Legal experts to speak at Wayne on doing business in Eastern countries

 Cutting-edge legal issues in doing business with India, China and the Middle East will be the focus of a panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Wayne State University Law School.


“Legal Aspects of Investment in Three Emerging Markets: China, India and the Middle East” will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. The event, which is sponsored by the law school’s Program for International Legal Studies, is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided after the program. No registration is necessary. Parking will be available for $7 (credit and debit cards only) in Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law.

“In recent years, American trade with China, India and Arab countries in the Middle East has boomed,” said Professor Gregory H. Fox, director of the Program for International Legal Studies. “American lawyers are increasingly involved in helping U.S. companies invest in those countries and in facilitating ‘inbound’ investment from those countries. This panel will explore the critical legal issues that emerge from structuring these transactions. The speakers are leading national authorities on the three regions, each with years of experience in both inbound and outbound investment.”

Panelists will be:
—Bing Ho, a partner of Baker & McKenzie’s China Corporate Group. He served as managing partner of its Beijing office from 2000 to 2005 and now leads the firm’s North American-China Corporate Practice, dividing his time between Chicago and China. Ho earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta (Canada) and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He completed two years of post-graduate studies in Chinese law at Peking University.

—Michael J.T. McMillen is a partner of international law firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP in New York. He is internationally recognized for his published writings and work in Islamic finance and project and infrastructure finance, and he teaches Islamic finance at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, The Wharton School of Business and elsewhere. McMillen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

—Gurinder J. Singh is founder and managing partner of Auvera Legal PLLC, a New York-based law firm that specializes in advising on domestic and international transactions. She is also the founder and CEO of Auvera Group Inc., a technology company that develops software for the legal industry. Prior to founding Auvera Legal, Singh spent seven years as a corporate transactional attorney with Miller Canfield, where she was chair of the firm’s India Team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne Law in 2007.

Panel moderator Bruce C. Thelen of Dickinson Wright in Detroit is an expert on international business and finance. He serves on the External Advisory Committee for Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies. He is a governing council member of the International Bar Association and was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Michigan District Expert Council. Thelen is founder, chairman and director of the German American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan and serves on the board of directors of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest. He also serves on the Detroit Chamber of Commerce and is chairman of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.