In Beijing, on May 10, 2014, the Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) convened faculty from STL and STL’s sister school, the Peking University Law School, as well as a panel of distinguished lawyers to address cutting-edge issues in international legal practice and education.
Founded in November 1998, Tencent has grown into one of China’s largest and most used Internet service portal. Since its establishment over the last decade, Tencent has maintained steady growth under its user-oriented operating strategies and on June 16, 2004, Tencent Holdings Limited went public on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Entering into Tencent, visitors are surrounded in a hi-tech, interactive environment. On the real-time display screen in the exhibition hall, the students are able to watch the current online QQ users and the Wechat users. While the display screen scrolled, the staff introduced Tencent’s history and its current development.
The representatives of Tencent’s legal department delivered introductions for each legal team. The Legal Compliance and Transaction Department introduced the organization of the teams and the character of their work. They are in charge of the M&A transactions of Tencent and expressed their expectation for outside counsel since they are working closely with law firms. The Litigation Department recalled several cases Tencent dealt with recently, including the famous so-called “3Q War” case, which involved two large Chinese internet companies in dispute. The General Legal Department introduced the Online Payment and other Internet Finance businesses which are the promising businesses for internet companies in China. The IP Department presented the overall plan for Tencent’s global IP protection and Trademark protection. The Strategic Planning and Public Relation Department is a unique department – they present the Tencent Academy for Internet and its publications.
This Tencent visit piqued the interest of STL students. On the other hand, Tencent also expressed their need for students who have solid legal and language skills and are interested in working with internet companies.
– Reported By WU Guanhua (2L); Photos by WU Guanhua
Dean Philip McConnaughay and Judge Brooks Smith, STL’s 2014 C.V. Starr Distinguished Jurist in Residence, met with The Law Society of Hong Kong on April 10, 2014, to introduce them to STL and to exchange ideas for future cooperation between the two institutions. Of particular interest to both STL and The Law Society is the development of “Qianhai,” the emerging multi-trillion dollar joint Shenzhen-Hong Kong special economic zone focusing on service and high tech industries in an environment largely open to legal, regulatory and legal services reforms.
Peking University Transnational Law Review has published its first issue of volume 2. This issue covers a broad area of law, including several articles and a speech.
On April 19 2014, STL PILF hosted the First Annual Public Interest Auction on campus at the Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen. The Auction was the first event of its kind for a Chinese law school and was supported by many public interest law organizations from mainland China and Hong Kong. It is an annual fundraiser to support various public interest law events and Summer Internship Grants at STL. The Summer Internship Grants helps subsidize STL students who choose to devote their summers to public interest work. All monies donated will contribute to PILF to support these programs.
Li Jiangfeng is from the class of 2012, the first graduating class of STL.
STL’s moot court team was among the Best 16 Teams of the 7th Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court (FIAC). Students WU Mengqiu, WU Guanhua, ZHANG Junqi participated in this competition hosted by Goethe-University Frankfurt in Germany.
FIAC is a competition considered as one of the most prestigious international moot court competitions with a focus on investment treaty arbitration. It serves as a platform for students who want to compete on an international level and have a passion for investment arbitration. Teams present their arguments orally before tribunals of arbitration composed of investment treaty experts.
Last year, STL team won the second place in FIAC. The team members, Liu Shuang and LIU Xing’er, coached the team this year. Having prepared for nearly 3 months, STL team’s performance in the hearings was well recognized by the arbitrators all over the world. The team competed against 41 teams from all over the world including universities from the United States, Sweden, Russia, France, Germany, Jamaica, India, the United Kingdom, and many others.
Continuing a phenomenal run of school-wide moot court success, Peking University School of Transnational Law’s (STL) International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court team emerged from a competitive field of 16 teams to earn Second Place at the China National Round in Beijing from March 7-9. The team is composed of 5 students, all from the Class of 2016 – Guo Weijia, Ling Tong, Song Chao, Wang Lingling, and Zhou Zixi. C.V. Starr Lecturer Robyn Barnard also accompanied the team.
On March 2, 2014, STL Career Services Center and the Chinese Business Lawyers Association (CBLA) hosted a panel discussion titled, “The Chinese Legal Market: Current Perspectives and Future Trends in China and Abroad.”
Participating Panelists included Simon Mui, Sean Cai, Joyce Xiang, Fei Hu, Owen Wang. Simon Mui is the director of CBLA and a fellow of Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sean Cai is currently the director at HSBC Global Banking and Markets, in charge of strategic equity and financing business for Greater China clients. Fei Hu is a senior counsel at Huawei and his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation in the United States. Joyce Xiang is a vice president of CBLA, and she is an attorney with Kobre & Kim in Hong Kong. Owen Wang is a vice president of CBLA, and he is an attorney at Ropes & Gary in Hong Kong and focuses his practice on private equity transactions and cross-border M&A.
On February 26, 2014, STL Career Services and DaHui Lawyers organized a DaHui Lawyers Information Session. DaHui Lawyers Partner, Mr. Zha Zheng presented in session. According to their website, DaHui lawyers have a growing corporate practice that focuses on M&A, inbound and outbound investment, capital markets, and dispute resolutions, with a specific expertise in IT and telecoms, media and entertainment, real estate, private equity and venture capital, natural resources, renewable energy, health care, life sciences, and education. More information on DaHui here.
Mr. Zha Zheng gave a presentation of the introduction of the firm as well as his experience as an excellent transnational lawyer. Mr. Zha graduated from Tsinghua University with B.E. and LL.B degrees, and also obtained LL.M from Harvard University. Before starting the new law firm Dahui, he has worked with Skadden Arps and Allen & Overy, both of which are reputable law firms worldwide. In his speech, he introduced DaHui as a young law firm which involves significant international practices. He used his own experience to exemplify to students how to become a successful lawyer in future career and how DaHui may be a most suitable platform for young lawyers to achieve that.
In the end, Mr. Zha mentioned that since the legal market has warmed up this year, Dahui would like to recruit legal talents for internships or permanent positions from prestigious law schools, such as STL. He believes that DaHui will provide a practicing area where STL students can have sustained growth by working with the firm.
(Reported by Wu Guanhua, Photo by Wu Gunahua)