Kenneth Zhou

Partner, Asia Corporate Practice Group
WilmerHale

Running for: Governor

Campaign Statement

I have been working closely with US and China business communities for the past 15 years.  I have served for a number of years in various capacities of AmCham China, including Associate General Counsel, General Counsel and Co-Chair on the Outbound Investment Forum, and am familiar with AmCham China’s mission and policy endeavors. If elected to the Board of Governors, I will continue to help AmCham China on its mission to help American companies succeed in China through advocacy, information, networking and business support services.

I would be honored to have your vote in the election.


Biography

Kenneth Zhou is a partner in the firm's Asia Corporate Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2004.

Practice

Mr. Zhou's practice focuses on foreign direct investment, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliance, general corporate, anti-trust and regulatory matters, FCPA and investigations, and international dispute resolution. He has advised foreign companies in high-tech, media and entertainment, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, banking and financial services, publishing, consumer product and services industries with respect to  their strategic expansion in China.  Mr. Zhou has also advised leading Chinese companies on their outbound investments, M&A and strategic expansion in the U.S. and Europe.  In addition, he is also experienced in private equity and venture capital transactions, capital market, foreign trade and WTO matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Zhou was a corporate attorney and a member of the China Practice Group at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he worked in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing. Before Paul Weiss, Mr. Zhou participated in the establishment of AllBright Law Offices, a leading law firm in China.  He also served as general counsel of Shanghai Alliance Investment Limited, the investment arm of the Shanghai Municipal Government. 

Professional Activities

Mr. Zhou currently serves as General Counsel of the American Chamber of Commerce – People's Republic of China.

Publications

Mr. Zhou is the author of the Business Organization Chapter published in Business Law in China: Trade, Investment, Operations and Finance. ICC Publ. No. 672, 2d rev. ed.  He is also one of the authors of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law – The First Five Years, published by Wolters Kluwer in 2012.  He has written articles in such periodicals as China Law & Practice, Asia Pacific Antitrust and Trade Review, Capital and others on a wide range of topics including M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity/venture capital investment, foreign direct investment in China, tax and regulatory matters.  Mr. Zhou was interviewed and spoke at events organized by CNN, Bloomberg, CCTV, The American Lawyer, Cai Jin Magazine, South China Morning Post, American Chamber of Commerce China, 21st Century, Top Capital, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA), Asia Risk, and others on a variety of topics including cross-border M&A, anti-monopoly filings in China, equity financing, outbound investments of Chinese companies, dispute resolution, PE/VC investments, Internet law, SOE restructuring, qualified foreign institutional investors (QFII), qualified foreign limited partnership (QFLP), VIE structures, anti-monopoly law and national security review.