‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Building Bridges To China

Michigan Matters

By CBS Detroit

March 29, 2017

Hong Lei, Consul General of China’s Chicago office which covers the Midwest including Michigan, talks about the importance of the Great Lakes state on “Michigan Matters” airing this Sunday.

He is the 10th Consul General of China in Chicago and new to the job.

He appeared along with Carol Cain, Senior Producer/Host of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” to discuss bi-lateral trade between the Asian Nation and Michigan.

“I’m committed to joining hands with people of all circles in this region to promote our mutually beneficial cooperation and people-to-people friendly exchanges, and thus contribute to building a new model of major power relations between China and U.S,” he said.Automotive, agriculture and tourism are some of the areas Michigan has been touting to the huge Asian nation.

The Consult General also talks about how China sees Michigan.

Then, Lisa Gray, Chair of the North American Chinese Coalition, Justin Robinson, Vice President of Business Attraction at the Detroit Regional Chamber, and Peter Theut, Chair of China Bridge, continues the conversation about the importance of Michigan and China.

Theut, a lawyer, has been to China over 50 times and doing business there for decades. Robinson also has been to China dozens of times and is helping the chamber with its global efforts. And Gray, who resides in Metro Detroit, is building two way economic bridges through her efforts.

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Clayton & McKervey Unveils New Mandarin Web Site

Clayton & McKervey, an international accounting and business advisory firm servicing growth-driven middle-market companies, introduced a new Mandarin web site on January 13, 2017. Created by Ann Arbor-based Perich Advertising + Design, the site is designed for Chinese companies considering expansion to the United States.

“We know that Chinese companies looking to invest in the United States will research professional service advisors. Our new web site, presented in Mandarin, makes the search process easier,” said Tim Hilligoss, Shareholder and China Practice Leader. “This new communication tool helps convey Clayton & McKervey’s commitment to the Chinese market; our years of hands-on experience, supportive international culture, and team of Mandarin-speaking accountants,” he said.

Clayton & McKervey’s Mandarin site (cn.claytonmckervey.com) is an extension of the firm’s English site introduced in May 2016. The firm also launched a German site in November 2016. These responsive sites were designed to connect with businesses seeking CPA firms with Clayton & McKervey’s depth of expertise with international markets and closely-held businesses.

Global Automotive Forum Offers Insight Into Future of Mobility Industry in China

As part of a strategic effort to learn more about Chinese automotive market trends and strengthen existing industry relationships, the Detroit Regional Chamber traveled to Chongqing, China in June to participate in the 2016 Global Automotive Forum. The three-day trip provided an opportunity to share the current state of the auto industry in Michigan with leading Chinese industry executives, as well as explore developments in electric vehicle manufacturing and the connected and autonomous vehicle landscape in China.

The trip builds on the Chamber’s longstanding relationship with the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and was conducted in partnership with the Michigan Automotive Industry Office and Michigan-China Innovation Center.

While abroad, Justin Robinson, the Chamber’s vice president of Business Attraction, attended several events around the show and participated in a panel discussion on doing business with the Michigan automotive industry attended by representatives from Chinese suppliers. Kevin Kerrigan, senior adviser for automotive initiatives at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), also led a panel discussion on connected and autonomous vehicle development and electric vehicle development for over 600 attendees.

Robinson said a key takeaway from the trip was the stark difference between the two countries on a next-generation mobility strategy and current progress by our respective domestic suppliers in this space.

“While the U.S. has made a pretty full pivot into connected and autonomous technology, China’s priority still seems to be focused on new energy/electric vehicle development,” he said. “We are roughly a couple years further along in the connected mobility discussion with the exception of a very small number of leading Chinese automotive and technology firms.”

That’s where Michigan’s numerous research and development and vehicle testing assets, such as the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, will benefit the state and country in the long-term, Robinson said.

“How can Chinese companies keep up with the technology demands of both new energy and connected and autonomous vehicle markets? Most of the Chinese OEMs and suppliers don’t have the dollars to invest in that type of research and development. It will be interesting to see how that plays out,” Robinson said.

Other key takeaways:

  • Chongqing is China’s largest manufacturing base. The city has an annual auto capacity production of 4 million vehicles with Chang’an and Ford Motor Co. making up a large percentage of this capacity.
  • Chinese brands held over 30 percent share of the Chinese passenger auto market in 2015.
  • Chinese industry execs know that the country must transform its smart mobility strategy as the industry continues to rapidly develop due to disruptive technologies. The challenge is that China’s domestic auto industry lags behind the world’s auto powers in terms of development levels, professional expertise and other related criteria.

In addition to the Automotive Forum, the Chamber and MEDC traveled to Chengdu, China in support of Michigan’s sister state, Sichuan Province. While there, the team met with Sichuan government leaders and a small number of Chinese OEM and Tier 1 suppliers with a focus on electric and autonomous technology.

As a follow up, the Chamber assisted with the hosting of the Executive Vice Governor of Sichuan to the Detroit region at the end of June featuring 80 delegates from government, industry, education and tourism. The visit was anchored by a reception hosted by Gov. Rick Snyder, and a tour of the city hosted by the Chamber featuring delegation representatives and Sichuan Executive Vice Gov. Wang Ning.

For more information on Forward Detroit, contact Marnita Hamilton at 313.596.0310. To view a full list of investors and past Investor Exclusive content, visit our Investor Resources page. For more information on Business Attraction, contact Justin Robinson at 313.596.0352.

Brinks Gilson & Lione to open office in IP hotspot, Shenzhen, China

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, and with an office in Ann Arbor, Mich., announced it has filed an application with the Shenzhen Justice Bureau to establish an office in Shenzhen, China, the firm’s first location overseas.

Shenzhen, a city in Guangdong Province in southeastern China, is a major financial and manufacturing center. The province is known for high technology and biological research, including for pharmaceutical and bioengineering companies, and for its favorable business environment for hardware start-ups—earning it the nickname of “China’s Silicon Valley.” Brinks will be the first foreign law firm to open an office in Shenzhen.

“Brinks Gilson & Lione’s purpose in establishing our new office in Shenzhen is simple,” said Brinks president James R. Sobieraj. “We want to be closer to our clients in China. Brinks already represents a number of China’s largest and most successful enterprises with intellectual property needs in the U.S. They rely on Brinks’ range of experience as they enter and expand in the U.S. and the global marketplace. Now we’ll have a local presence to serve these valued clients.”

Brinks’ Shenzhen office will help Chinese enterprises that export to the U.S. take full advantage of U.S. IP laws by helping them protect their innovations and defend against assertions of infringement by their products, including in U.S. federal district court, before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Brinks shareholder and litigator Harold V. Johnson, who has more than three decades of experience in the practice of IP law, will be the managing shareholder in Shenzhen. Attorneys Gustavo Siller, Yuezhong Feng, and Elizabeth Chien-Hale will be able to take advantage of this new location as they continue to represent Chinese clients. Brinks also plans to hire local Chinese technical and administrative personnel.

“Brinks Gilson & Lione has demonstrated a strong track record of success representing Chinese companies facing patent litigation in the United States,” said Johnson. “As Chinese companies expand to the global market, they will continue to face legal challenges to the importation and sale of their products in the U.S., including with respect to intellectual property. Brinks is well-positioned to help.”

Brinks attorneys have represented Chinese companies in several patent infringement actions in U.S. district courts and before the ITC. The firm successfully defended a major Chinese telecommunications company in three ITC actions, and successfully represented another Chinese enterprise in its first abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Brinks has also represented Chinese clients in litigations brought in district courts in the District of Delaware, the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Northern District of Illinois.

The announcement of the opening of Brinks’ Shenzhen office comes on the heels of the firm’s participation in the 2016 Annual Conference of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) in Beijing, China on May 15-18, 2016, and Brinks’ co-sponsorship of the 2016 IP Strategy Forum: Taiwan, U.S. and China, in Taipei, Taiwan on May 20, 2016.

Brinks Gilson & Lione’s office in Shenzhen is the second new location the firm announced; the firm is also opening a new office in Tampa, Fla.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property. Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Attorney Fang Liu Joins Dickinson Wright’s China Practice

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 16, 2015 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Fang Liu has joined the firm’s China practice. She will be based in the firm’s Ann Arbor office and travel extensively between the U.S. and China.

Ms. Liu brings over nine years of legal experience in China and the U.S. to Dickinson Wright. She will focus her practice on serving Chinese and American companies in corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, securities regulations, venture capital, private equity, real estate, and general commercial and employment matters. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Ms. Liu served as lead in-house counsel to Stellar MegaMedia Group Corporation, then the largest privately held media company in China, and practiced law at Beijing Tianchi Hongfan, a large law firm in China where she counseled clients on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, and large-scale real estate transactions.

Ms. Liu recently finished an internship with the Honorable Judge Christopher P. Yates of the Kent County Circuit Business Court in Michigan, and she previously externed with Honorable Justice Stephen J. Markman of the Michigan Supreme Court. Ms. Liu received her LL.B. from Peking University School of Law, the most prestigious law school in China, and her J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, where she was in the top 1% of her class (2 out of 438) and received the highest score in 19 classes. Ms. Liu received her LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, with Certificate of Specialization in Business Law. She is admitted to practice law in China, Michigan, New York, California, and Washington, D.C.

Dickinson Wright’s China Practice Team has extensive experience in assisting Chinese clients doing business throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia in matters involving foreign direct investment, formation of business enterprises, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, regulatory compliance, real estate, litigation and dispute resolutions, and the full range of commercial matters related to cross-border transactions between China and North America. We represent clients across a broad range of industries including automotive, manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, information technology, real estate, television and broadcasting, gaming, consumer products, and retailing, among others. To learn more about our China practice, please visit us at http://www.dickinson-wright.com/asiapacific/chinese-page.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 380 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has thirteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and six other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

December 2: Gov. Snyder’s China Trade Mission Bolsters Businesses, Jobs in Michigan; Outlook Survey Gauges Economic Health of Detroit Region

Gov. Snyder’s China Trade Mission Bolsters Businesses, Jobs in Michigan

Capitalizing on the growing interest of Chinese firms to invest in Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber participated in a weeklong trade mission to China with Gov. Rick Snyder in November to promote economic development opportunities in the region.

The Governor met with top executives from numerous Chinese companies in one-on-one business receptions and roundtable discussions, along with government officials in Beijing, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hangzhou to address Michigan’s economic recovery and Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy. The Governor also signed a memorandum of understanding between the Michigan Automotive Office and Chinese Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Automotive Committee. The agreement provides for a U.S.-China automotive forum both at the North American International Auto Show and the Shanghai/Beijing Auto Show.

The trip included several contract signings between Chinese and Michigan companies, including Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. The company’s STEC USA subsidiary will locate a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Madison Heights, investing more than $100 million and creating more than 1,000 jobs in the state. These contracts will increase export opportunities from Michigan to China.

As part of the trip, Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development for the Chamber, helped facilitate meetings with the Governor, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and several key Chinese prospects to ensure that the Detroit region is front and center for future investment.

Outlook Survey Gauges Economic Health of Detroit Region

With a new year approaching, the Detroit Regional Chamber is seeking members’ input in the 2015 Michigan Economic Outlook Health Check survey. This online survey gathers employees’ perspectives on the economic outlook for their organization, community, region and state. Data collected from the survey will provide valuable feedback for future discussions focused on creating a healthy economic environment conducive to growing businesses in Michigan.

The economic health check is simple and easy to complete in five minutes or less. The deadline to complete the survey is Thursday, Dec. 11. Click here to access the survey.

Learn Secrets of Fortune 50 Companies to Boost Health Care Engagement Among Employees

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber in partnership with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) at Forward Thinking: Driving Health Care Value through Employee Engagement, an intimate workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the AIAG headquarters in Southfield.

Speakers include Laurie Cosgrove, manager of health and welfare benefits at Robert Bosch LLC, who will share strategies and tactics that drive health engagement among Bosch’s almost 25,000 North American employees. Also, attendees will hear from associates from ROC Group, whose client list includes McDonald’s, Kraft Foods Group, and PepsiAmericas Inc., on how to communicate health benefits with employees and their families. The workshop provides tools and resources to drive greater employee engagement and satisfaction from a company’s current benefits portfolio.

Click here to apply to be selected for a free registration valued at $250 per person. Space is limited, and only two people per company are allowed to attend. Applications must be submitted no later than Dec.19. Winners will be notified by Jan. 9, 2015.