Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Beijing office

Running for: Vice Chair or Governor


Campaign Statement

I have served on the Board of AmCham China during the past year, and would be honored to again serve the American community on the Board with a focus on 3 goals:

  • Strengthen AmCham China's ability to help US businesses export more to China;
  • Push for regulatory changes that would permit U.S. service firms to operate more broadly in China and, in particular, U.S. law firms to provide legal advice on Chinese law to U.S. businesses here in China;
  • Strengthen AmCham China's ability to help smaller U.S. businesses to cost-effectively overcome PRC regulatory and administrative hurdles and locate business opportunities in China.

In addition, I will do my best to represent the interests of all U.S. businesses and business persons here in China.

I have worked in China for more than 20 years and have an MBA and degrees in law and engineering.  I have lived in Beijing for the past 17 years with my wife where we have raised three children.

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Jon Christianson is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Beijing office where he has been located since 1999.

He was named by the American Lawyer in 2006 as a“Deal Maker of the Year” for his work on bringing the first of China’s large state-owned banks to the global markets through China Construction Bank’s US$ 9.2 billion IPO and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.  Mr. Christianson also worked on such landmark transactions as the first listing in 1991 of B Shares in China, the first listing in 1993 of a Chinese Company on the New York Stock Exchange, in 1994 China’s first sovereign debt offering into the U.S. public capital markets since 1949 and in 2006 China’s sovereign wealth fund in its first overseas investment.

Mr. Christianson has been instrumental in advising on many merger and acquisition transactions both inside China as well as representing Chinese companies in such transactions globally.  He has also advised extensively on strategic investments in China by American companies as well as financial investments in China-related companies by venture capital, private equity and hedge fund clients.  He holds a B.S. in engineering and J.D. and M.B.A degrees.