Second Annual Stanford China Law and Policy Conference

May 5, 2012

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m

(Networking Reception to Follow)   

Stanford Law School, Room 290

Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610 

Keynote Address by

Qi Lu


Microsoft Online Services Division

CLE credits will be available to registered participants.

The conference is free and open to the public.
Because space is limited, registration is required and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m.
Registration Opens (Cooley Courtyard)
10:15 a.m.Introductory Remarks
10:30 a.m.

Panel I:   The New Foreign Investment Environment in China - 

                      Corporate Governance in the Maturing Chinese Economy

Panelists:       Lionel M. (Lon) Allan  -  Chairman Emeritus, National Association of Corporate Directors,                                               Silicon Valley Chapter, Inc.

                          Howard Chao  -  Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

                          Nicholas C. Howson  -  Professor, Michigan Law School

                          Jack Xu  -  Vice President, Cisco

Moderator:   Yabo Lin  -  Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
12:00 noonLunch
1:00 p.m.Keynote Address by Qi Lu - President, Microsoft Online Services Division
1:15 p.m.Break
2:15 p.m.

Panel II:   The Role of Chinese Law and Policy in Promoting “Chinese  Innovation”

Panelists:      David S. Chen  -  Vice President, Microsoft

                          Edison Tse  -  Associate Professor, Stanford School of Engineering

                          Xiang Wang  -  Partner, Orrick  Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

                          Ken Xie  -  Founder, President, and CEO, Fortinet

Moderator:  Peter Su  -  Counsel, SNR Denton

3:45 p.m.Break
4:00 p.m.

Panel III:  Developing the Chinese Clean Energy Sector –

                          Issues in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Panelists:      Jeffrey Ball  -  Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center

                          James C. Chapman  -  Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

                         Kang Sun  -  President and CEO, Amprius

                         Alex Wang  -  Visiting Assistant Professor, Berkeley Law School

Moderator:  Michael Wara  -  Associate Professor, Stanford Law School

5:30 p.m.Networking Reception (Student Lounge, First Floor)

About our Speakers

Qi Lu, President, Microsoft Online Services Division

As president of Microsoft's Online Services Division (OSD), Dr. Qi Lu leads the company's search and online advertising efforts. Dr. Lu oversees the OSD Research & Development team which has responsibility for the evolution of Microsoft's search, portal and advertising services; the Online Audience Business Group; and the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Business Group. Dr. Lu reports to Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Lu spent 10 years as a Yahoo! senior executive. His roles included serving as the executive vice president of engineering for the company's Search and Advertising Technology Group where he oversaw the development of Yahoo!'s Web search and monetization platforms and vice president of engineering responsible for the technology development of Yahoo!'s search, e-commerce and local listings of businesses and products.

Before joining Yahoo!, Dr. Lu worked as a research staff member at IBM's Almaden Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University and was a faculty member at Fudan University in China. He received his bachelor of science and master of science in computer science from Fudan University and his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lu holds 20 U.S. patents.

Lionel M. (Lon) Allan, Chairman Emeritus, National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter, Inc.

Following a 35 year career as a corporate lawyer in Silicon Valley, Lon Allan now serves as both an advisor and educator in the corporate governance arena and as a member of the Faculty of the Stanford Senior Executive Program. In addition, Mr. Allan continues his more than three decades of service as an independent director on both non-profit and for-profit boards.

Mr. Allan has been an outside director on the boards of a number of companies, including: NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (Chair, Governance Committee); Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc. (Chair, Governance Committee; Chair, Compensation Committee); Galvantech, Inc.; Global Motorsport Group, Inc. (Vice Chair of the Board; Chair, Audit Committee); Accom, Inc. (Chair, Audit Committee); Louth Automation, Inc. and Groth Vineyards and Winery (Chair, Governance Committee). He has also been active on the boards of various professional, philanthropic and civic organizations, including the Silicon Valley chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (Chair of the Board); The Harker School (Chair of the Board); KTEH Public Television Channel 54 (Chair of the Board); Villa Montalvo (President of the Board); the Silicon Valley Chapter of the AeA, formerly the American Electronics Association (Legal Consultant to the Executive Committee); the American Bar Association (Chair, Middle Market and Small Business Committee); and the Board of Visitors at Stanford Law School.

In addition to board service, Mr. Allan has been a lecturer on corporate governance issues at the Haas Business School at U.C. Berkeley; Stanford Law School; SCU Law School; The Rock Center for Corporate Governance; the National Association of Corporate Directors; the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC); Directors' Consortium at the University of Chicago; China Education Group, Hong Kong; National Taiwan University; Lexis/Nexis Singapore; the American Lawyer Magazine Board of Directors Training Program and Stanford Directors’ College. He has also presented lectures on corporate and securities issues at the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California, and has had articles published by Prentice-Hall Corporation Service, the California Continuing Education of the Bar and Mathew Bender & Co.

Mr. Allan received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1968 and his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1965. In 1969-70, he was Law Clerk to Chief Judge Robert Peckham of the United States District Court in San Francisco. Mr. Allan was elected a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) in 1989.

Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center

Jeffrey Ball, formerly The Wall Street Journal's environment editor, is scholar–in–residence at Stanford's Steyer–Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Ball's work focuses on the intensifying race among companies and countries to corner the clean–energy market, and the implications of that race for consumers and the planet. In addition to conducting research, he writes articles, convenes roundtables, speaks publicly, and plans to write a book.

Ball spent more than a decade at the Journal writing about energy and the environment, in particular about the economic viability of changing the way the world consumes fossil fuels. He covered the auto industry for the paper out of its Detroit bureau, and the oil industry from the paper's Dallas bureau. In 2009, he wrote a Journal column called Power Shift, which won an award from the National Press Foundation for its coverage of the changing energy and environmental landscape. He spent most of 2010 covering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, focusing on questions about the spill's environmental effect.

Also at the Journal, Ball created and was founding editor of Environmental Capital, a blog about energy and the environment. He helped conceive, and was a host and moderator of, ECO:nomics, an annual Journal conference on energy and the environment that brings together chief executives, policymakers, and other leaders in the field. In addition, Ball helped host the annual meeting of the Journal's CEO Council, a group of global chief executives who discuss policy issues and make recommendations for federal action.

Howard Chao, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Howard Chao is the Senior Partner of O’Melveny’s Asia Practice. During his 31 years with the Firm he has been engaged in a broad variety of transactional matters. He was responsible for establishing the Firm's China offices, and was stationed in the Firm's Shanghai office for many years. He is currently engaged in a general corporate practice, with an emphasis on cross-border and Asia matters.

Howard is a recognized authority on China and has extensive experience advising clients on China matters. He has advised clients from many sectors in connection with their investments and operations in Asia. More recently, Howard has been assisting Chinese companies with their outbound investment transactions.

James C. Chapman, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

James C. Chapman is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses on securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. Mr. Chapman has more than 20 years experience in corporate and securities law and has been involved in over 200 mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. These transactions have included public offerings, private placements, debt financings, venture capital transactions, stock sales, asset sales, mergers, reorganizations, and recapitalizations. He is a member of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital, Green Energy Technologies and Transactional & Securities Practices, as well as the Emerging Technologies Industry Team.

Mr. Chapman also has a significant background in international transactions, particularly dealing with China and Chinese-related companies. These transactions include both assisting Chinese companies invest and raise capital in the U.S. and helping U.S. firms make investments and operate in China. From the media industry to the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Chapman has been engaged in working with clients on numerous China-U.S. transactions and matters.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Chapman established the Nixon Peabody LLP Silicon Valley office and served as its managing partner for two and a half years. He also had a major role in the development of Nixon Peabody’s China practice.

David S. Chen, Vice President, Microsoft

Dr. David S. Chen started his career in 1984 with General Motors Research Lab in Michigan, developing computer software for manufacturing automation. From 1994 to 2004, he worked for GM in China, where he played a key role in areas of joint venture negotiations, merge/acquisition projects, product portfolio planning and development, and joint venture management. From 2004 to April 2011, Dr. Chen, as Vice President of GM China and General Manager of GM Beijing Operations, had the responsibility for public policy, government affairs, and corporate social responsibility.

In May 2011, Dr. Chen joined Microsoft.  He serves as Vice President of Microsoft, General Manager of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Great China Region (GCR). He is also a member of Microsoft GCR’s Executive Management Committee.  He is responsible for government affairs, corporate affairs, and legal activities in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  His responsibility also includes promoting cooperation between Microsoft and Chinese government, and ensuring Microsoft’s business conduct complies with local law and regulations.

Dr. Chen has a doctor degree in computer science from the University of Michigan, master degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from Purdue University, and a Sloan master degree of management from Stanford University. He earned his bachelor degree in mathematics from East China Normal University.

Nicholas C. Howson, Professor, Michigan Law School

Nicholas C. Howson earned his JD from Columbia Law School in 1988, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, recipient of the David M. Berger Prize for Public International Law and the Samuel I. Rosenman Prize for Academic Excellence and Citizenship, and served as the head notes editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Prior to attending Columbia Law School, and after graduating from Williams College in 1983, Howson spent two years (1983-85) as a graduate fellow at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, doing course work and writing on late Qing Dynasty-early modern Chinese literature. After law school, he was awarded a Ford Foundation/CLEEC Fellowship to complete research in Qing Dynasty penal law, during which time he was a resident at Beijing University (and working with scholars at People's University and the China University of Politics and Law) for the latter part of 1988.

In late 1988, Howson joined the New York-based international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was elected partner in the corporate department in 1996. Between 1988 and 2003, Howson worked out of the firm's New York headquarters, and also had extended postings in the London, Paris, and Beijing offices of Paul, Weiss, finally as the managing partner of the firm's China practice based in Beijing. In this period, Howson acted for clients in several precedent-setting corporate M&A, investment and securities transactions, including the first Rule 144A offering into the U.S. capital markets (Thorn EMI), the first debt issuance by a Chinese state-owned enterprise (Sinochem), many of East Asia's largest project finance transactions (power generation, oil and gas exploration, production and development, and transportation), the first private placement of shares to foreign interests in a newly privatized Chinese company limited by shares (25 percent of Hainan Airlines to George Soros), and the first U.S.-registered IPO and listing of shares on the New York Stock Exchange by a PRC-domiciled issuer (Shandong Huaneng Power Development).

Howson writes and lectures widely on Chinese law topics, focusing on Chinese corporate and securities law developments, and has acted as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the UNDP and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and various Chinese government ministries and administrative departments. He was Lecturer-on-Law at Columbia Law School teaching Chinese investment law between 1995 and 2003, and taught Chinese law at Harvard Law School in 2003-04. In 2004-05, Howson was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Cornell Law School teaching U.S. securities regulation, Chinese investment law, and China's legal reform and public international law. Howson is a member of the New York Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a designated foreign arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission ("CIETAC"). He was chair of the Asian Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and is a member of the Board of Advisors for Columbia Law School.

Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Yabo Lin is a partner in Sidley’s Palo Alto office. Mr. Lin regularly counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, technology transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate governance. He has represented U.S. and Asia-based clients in U.S. and cross-border M&A and other transactions. These transactions have covered a wide range of industries, including information technology, telecom, clean tech, metal, renewable energy, utilities, and transportation. In the general corporate area, he counsels companies in matters involving regulatory, intellectual property, risk management and compliance. Mr. Lin has also counseled foreign clients on transactions involving U.S. national security issues in connection with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS).

Born and raised in China, Mr. Lin was a licensed attorney in China before coming to the U.S. In 2006, Mr. Lin received the highest honor given, the Trailblazer Award, from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) for “making substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American Community.” He was included in the “Best Lawyers under 40” by NAPABA in 2004, and in the “40 under Forty” by Ingram’s in 2006.

In 2005, the President of the American Bar Association appointed Mr. Lin to its six-member board of the Asia Rule of Law Initiative Council. In 2009, he was appointed Co-Chairman of the ABA Asia Rule of Law Advisory Board, serving with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Lin is also a board member of the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund and the California Asia Business Council and an Advisory Board member of the Asia Law Alliance (a pro bono legal aid group in Silicon Valley). He is an adjunct law professor at Sun Yat-Sen University School of Law.

Peter Su, Counsel, SNR Denton

Peter Su is a member of SNR Denton's Intellectual Property and Technology practice, where he concentrates on strategic patent counseling, patent prosecution, patent reexaminations, technology transactions and participates as a member of the firm's national patent litigation team. He held design and process engineering positions at Advanced Micro Devices prior to practicing intellectual property law.

Technical areas of his practice have included software (mobile, business method, Internet-based, Web-based, social media applications), electronics (memories, wireless, networking, graphics, architectures), optics (lasers, optoelectronics, optical components, optical networks), and medical systems.

Pete is a frequent speaker on patent strategy and enforcement in Silicon Valley and Asia, including topics on progressive software and electronic concepts in view of evolving patent law on software and business method inventions. He has been active in creating patent strategies for several multinational corporations with large patent portfolios, as well as developing comprehensive pioneering patents for start-ups funded by Sequoia and Venrock, and founded by renowned professors from the University of California, Berkeley, and California Institute of Technology. He previously practiced intellectual property law with Fenwick & West LLP and Skjerven, Morrill & MacPherson LLP.

Kang Sun, President and CEO, Amprius

Kang Sun is President and Chief Executive Officer of Amprius. Kang has over 20 years business creation and management experience in various industries. He has led business at Fortune 500 companies as well as startup ventures.

Kang was Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director of New Business and New Products Division at Applied Materials, Vice President of New Venture Business and General Manager of Optical Device Business at Honeywell, and Vice President of New Business and Technology at Oce. Among his venture activities, he was President & Chief Operating Officer of JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO), Chief Executive Officer of RayTracker Inc, Chief Executive Officer of Index Technologies Inc. Kang received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from Brown University.

Edison Tse, Associate Professor, Stanford School of Engineering

Professor Tse is the author of over 150 articles in the fields of systems and control. He received the 1973 Donald P. Eckman Award for outstanding achievement in the field of automatic control. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he worked at Systems Control, Inc., where he formulated and solved numerous problems in defense, electric power, forecasting and marketing. At Stanford, he has developed omputer integrated systems to support fishery management policy decisions, management and control of the manufacturing enterprise, and industrial competitive analysis and product development. He is currently conducting research on building core competence within an enterprise to gain competitive advantage. He established the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and is now a member of its Advisory Board. His national society memberships include the Econometric Society, IEEE, ORSA, and TIMS.

Tse developed a framework for analyzing dynamic competitive strategy based on a dynamic model of grabber-holder dynamics that describes the forces that would shape the formation of an ecosystem supporting an exciting vision. Within such a framework, he developed dynamic strategies for firms entering an emerging market, latecomers that want to wedge into a matured market, and firms that need to turn danger into opportunities. Tse's recent interests are in extending the theory to analyzing the dynamic competition in network economy, regional technology center development, and applying the theory of dynamic strategies to the wireless, airport, real estate, and financial industries in China. Tse is the author of "Push Innovation" (源创新), a forthcoming book about innovation in China.  

Alex Wang, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law School

Prior to being at Berkeley Law in 2011, Mr. Wang was a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in Beijing and the director of NRDC’s China Environmental Law & Governance Project for nearly six years. In this capacity, he worked with China’s government agencies, legal community, and environmental groups to improve environmental rule of law and strengthen the role of the public in environmental protection. He helped to establish NRDC’s Beijing office in 2006. He was a Fulbright Fellow to China from 2004-05. Prior to that, Mr. Wang was an attorney at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City, where he worked on mergers & acquisitions, securities matters, and pro bono Endangered Species Act litigation. He was selected to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program 2008-10, and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.

Mr. Wang is a regular speaker on issues related to China and environmental protection, and has been an invited speaker at various institutions, such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society. His commentary has appeared in such places as the New York Times, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, China Daily, Global Times, Time Magazine, National Public Radio, Marketplace, and CCTV.

Mr. Wang’s recent publications include a guest edited volume of Chinese Law and Government entitled “Environmental Courts and Public Interest Litigation in China” (with J. Gao) (2010), “Environmental Courts and the Development of Public Interest Litigation in China” in the Journal of Court Innovation (with J. Gao) (2010), and “The Role of Law in Environmental Protection in China” in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (2007).

Xiang Wang, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Dr. Xiang Wang is the lead partner for Orrick's China-focused intellectual property practice; he spends his time between three offices: Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Beijing, where he is the Managing Partner. Dr. Wang assists local and foreign-based multinational companies with all aspects of their IP rights in China, Hong Kong and the United States. Dr. Wang has extensive experience representing both foreign and Chinese companies protecting their R&D and IP in global markets, including IP litigation and arbitration, as well as product liability, FCPA and securities litigation in the United States and China.

Dr. Wang has developed the region's premier IP practice based on his reputation as one of the few IP lawyers who has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering, a Chinese Certificate of Laws and admission to New York and Indiana as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Orrick China IP team has prosecuted thousands of patent and trademark applications as well as successfully assisted international clients in more than one hundred major patent, trademark and trade secret disputes in both China and United States as well as regionally over the last 10 years. Due to its success in patent disputes in both litigation and arbitration involving foreign companies in China, the Orrick China IP team was featured in a 30-minute documentary film “Patent Wars” by the China Central Television (“CCTV”) on October 29, 2011.

Michael Wara, Associate Professor, Stanford Law School

An expert on environmental law and policy, Michael Wara’s research focuses on climate policy and regulation, both domestically and internationally. Professor Wara’s current scholarship addresses the performance of the emerging global market for greenhouse gases and mechanisms for reducing emissions, especially in developing countries after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

Professor Wara ’06 was formerly a geochemist and climate scientist and has published work on the history of the El Niño/La Niña system and its response to changing climates, especially those warmer than today. The results of his scientific research have been published in premier scientific journals, including Science and Nature.

Professor Wara joined Stanford Law in 2007 as a research fellow in environmental law and as a lecturer in law. Previously, he was an associate in Holland & Knight's Government Practice Group, where his practice focused on climate change, land use, and environmental law.

Professor Wara is a research fellow at the Program in Energy and Sustainable Development in Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Ken Xie, Founder, President, and CEO, Fortinet

A seasoned and successful entrepreneur, Ken Xie started his first network security company SIS in 1993, designing software firewalls while studying at Stanford University. In 1996, he realized the performance limitations of software firewalls running on PCs/servers, and then started NetScreen. As founder, president and CEO, he lead the company to develop the industry's first ASIC and dedicated hardware systems for high performance firewalls and VPNs. NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN) later was acquired by Juniper (NASDAQ: JNPR) for $4 billion. In 2000, after recognizing that firewalls and VPNs alone could not stop content and application network attacks such as viruses, intrusions, spam and malicious Web content, Ken founded Fortinet. Fortinet pioneered Unified Threat Management (UTM) - a market which Fortinet leads and has quickly grown to be among the largest segments in the network security space. Fortinet completed its IPO (NASDAQ: FTNT), which was lauded by Renaissance Capital as "2009 IPO of the Year."

Business success and technology innovation has garnered Ken numerous patents and accolades. In 2006, Ken was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and Time Magazine, and Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He was also recognized as a Top 5 Entrepreneur by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2005, top 25 Chinese-Americans in Business by Forbes in 2010, and "Father of UTM" in an InfoSecurity cover story in 2011.

Ken earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is also a state registered Professional Engineer in Electrical, and hold certificates of Advanced Project Management, Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University. Ken is active in the industry and community, serving as a board member of HuaYuan Science and Technologies Association, and a member of Committee of 100 and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Bay Area Council.

Jack Xu, Vice President, Cisco

Jack Xu is a corporate vice president at Cisco, where he is currently responsible for Cisco unified communications product portfolios. Prior to joining Cisco, Jack served as eBay's vice president of engineering & research and was an eBay Fellow. During his tenure at eBay, Jack created the company's global development strategy, led the development of its proprietary search and listings technology, and oversaw eBay Research lab, which was responsible for many cutting edge innovations. He also played a pivotal role in the expansion of eBay operations in Asia, and was the founding chairman of eBay Global Development Center in China. Prior to that, Jack was the Chief Technology Officer and member of CEO office at Netease (Nasdaq: NTES), where he was responsible for its technology, operations, marketing, research and product development. From 1996 to 2000, he held a senior management position at Excite.

Jack graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University with BA and MS degrees. While working towards his PhD at University of California at Berkeley, he was a research associate at Berkeley. Jack currently holds a visiting professorship in Software Engineering, Communications, and Information Management at Sun Yat-Sen University. In additional, he plays an active role in the community as the vice president (2007-2008) of Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association, a premier non-profit organization for promoting entrepreneurship.


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