China Business Network Presents:

Experiences of Chinese Companies Entering the U.S. Market:
Case Studies

Akana Ma

Lunch Presentation
by Akana Ma
Ater Wynne, LLP, Partner, Global Trade Group


What opportunities are there for U.S. consulting, services, and partner companies to improve their business with Chinese companies coming into the U.S. market? Akana Ma will describe the experiences of some of the Chinese companies he has worked with as they have learned how to do business in the U.S., and touch upon some of the ways in which U.S. firms, both those currently working with and those seeking to do business with Chinese partners, could improve their understanding and bottomline results.


Akana Ma is a partner in the Global Trade Group of Ater Wynne, LLP in Portland, Oregon. He works with companies and individuals conducting business in the global marketplace to help structure international joint ventures; comply with foreign laws and regulations; license and protect technology, trademarks, software and other intellectual property; contract for the sale and distribution of products and services; establish foreign offices, license and finance exports; comply with customs and import laws and regulations; and negotiate and draft commercial contracts. He has practiced international law for more than 20 years.

Akana Ma was featured in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin as one of a handful of Oregon attorneys with China trade expertise. He has published on topics such as harmonizing competing interests in Chinese-American business relationships, compliance of importers with U.S. laws, and U.S. exports and encryption.

Mr. Ma is a member of the District Export Council for Oregon and Southwest Washington, an appointed group that provides local companies with information about export issues. He is also a founding member of Legal Counsel International, a global alliance of international lawyers and law firms helping clients engaged in a wide range of international business transactions.

Mr. Ma holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a bachelor's degree from Tufts University cum laude. He also did graduate studies in Asian Legal Systems at Harvard Law School.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 12:00-1:30 PM
House of Louie Restaurant
331 NW Davis, Chinatown, Portland
Lunch & Talk: $20 members; $30 general; $15 for students with ID. Please add $5 handling charge to above for registration after 5pm March 30.
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