Jeff Layman

Boeing Corporation

Jeff Layman is China Country Counsel for the Boeing Corporation, where he is the primary attorney responsible for Boeing’s business operations in China, a position he has held since January 2018.  Prior to joining Boeing, Jeff was a partner and chief representative of the Beijing office of an international law firm. He first arrived in China in 1991 as a “foreign expert” teaching at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has been actively involved in advising on China-related business transactions since he began practicing law in 1997.  

He currently serves as General Counsel to AmCham China.  In 2017, AmCham China presented Jeff with its inaugural Chairman’s Award, recognizing him as “the Unsung Hero for his selfless contribution to the Chamber.”  “As the General Counsel of the Chamber, Jeff really lives up to his reputation as a professional and dedicated person in his area,” said Chairman William Zarit, who presented the award. “We thank him for effectively tackling many of our thorniest challenges.”

With over twenty years of experience, Jeff has represented a broad spectrum of multinational companies on investments in China. While in private practice his experience included representing sponsors and lenders in the development, construction and financing of infrastructure projects. Jeff routinely assists on joint ventures, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory matters. Chambers Asia has recognized Jeff as one of Asia’s leading business lawyers and describes him as “a conclusive choice for deals involving Chinese counterparties.” 

Jeff earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College.  He studied Mandarin at the Universities of California, Berkeley and San Diego, Pomona College, Beijing Language and Culture University and Middlebury College.