Legal Services Trade Mission to China

Legal Services Trade Mission to China

September 16-18, 2013

The General Counsel of the United States Department of Commerce will lead a Legal Services Trade Mission to China, September 16-18, 2013. The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. law firms without a presence in China to the Chinese market, to market U.S. legal services to Chinese companies and individuals, to raise awareness about the U.S. legal and business climate to Chinese companies interested in doing business in the U.S. market, and to further an on-going dialogue with Chinese authorities on opening the Chinese legal services market to expanded practice by U.S. firms.

Map of China
Map of China

The trade mission will include stops in Beijing and Shanghai. In both cities, participants will receive market briefings to obtain key information from U.S. officials on the legal services environment in China. They will then participate in specially-tailored forums on U.S. legal services for audiences of Chinese persons seeking to do business in the United States and others seeking legal services in China and the United States. In addition, the trade mission will include opportunities for participants to have policy discussions with Chinese government officials in order to learn more about the regulatory landscape and present the benefits that U.S. law firms can provide to Chinese and U.S. companies. Joining the official U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Mission will enhance the participants’ ability to engage in such meetings, which can be difficult to obtain when not accompanied by government officials. In addition to U.S. law firms, bar associations and other organizations that represent U.S. legal service providers are encouraged to apply.

Your Business Case to Attend

The U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to supporting U.S. commercial interests abroad. Through a global network of the best international trade professionals in the world, the Commercial Service delivers the information and contacts your company needs to succeed in foreign markets. Furthermore, as China seeks to transition from a manufacturing, export-based economy to a center of international business and finance, its need for sophisticated multinational legal and financial services is growing. Illustrating this trend, more than 200 foreign law firms currently have a presence in China.

Trade Mission Advantages

  • Meet with potential partners: Your business-to-business meetings will be individually crafted to meet your needs.
  • Government meetings: Mission participants will meet with relevant government officials in China.
  • Exclusive networking receptions: At each stop, delegates will attend networking receptions with local industry and government leaders.
  • U.S. Government-Hosted Legal Forum: During this event, participants will have an opportunity to network with Chinese law firms who have expressed an interest in doing business in the United States.

Fees and Expenses

  • Large company - $4,300
  • Small and Medium-Sized Company - $4,000
  • Additional Participant - $800

The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation, except as stated in the proposed timetable, or air transportation to and from the United States. Business visas are not required.

To apply for this mission, please send a completed application form to


Commercial Service Washington, DC
Frank Spector
International Trade Specialist

Office of General Counsel
Brett Gerson
(202) 482-5595

U.S. Embassy – Beijing
Mark A. Lewis