With increased convenience brought from the U.S. and China 10-year visitor visa program and the recently announced new policy of outbound investment by the central government, we predict there will be another huge demand from Chinese business and high-net-worth individual investors to invest in the U.S. real estate market. Chinese investors will not only focus on residential or small development projects, but also involve in and actively look for large scope investment opportunities including local community development, city iconic/signature projects, etc. At the same time, Chinese investors are seeking for professional knowledge on how to conduct business in the real estate industry in the U.S., especially on U.S. legal and regulations, and risk assessment among those business transactions.

To help business and individual investors better understand such knowledge, NanHai Group and Seattle US-China Business Council (“SUNBC”) jointly organize this educational seminar. We are very pleased to have Mr. Warren Koons, Real Estate Attorney, and Mr. Keith Baldwin, Business Attorney, to give us a presentation on this topic. Both attorneys are partners of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, one of the top attorney firms in Washington State. Their presentation will address Steps to Invest in the U.S. Commercial Real Estate, and How to Structure U.S. Business Relations. In addition, it’s our honor to have Mr. Alex Cai, Partner Attorney of Cai & Associates, to serve as the moderator for group discussions and answer questions.

Please note this event will be hosted primarily in English. We are pleased to have Ms. Lynne Ye, a professional interpreter, to provide Mandarin translation throughout this seminar.

Date & Time:

June 24, 2014 Saturday 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM PST


Nanhai Office
10415 NE 37th Circle, Kirkland, WA 98033

Parking information please see the bottom of the page.


02:45 – 03:00 Registration
03:00 – 03:05 Greetings By Nanhai & Seattle U.S. China Business Council
03:05 – 03:35 U.S. Commercial Real Estate, What Should Chinese Investors Know
(Warren Koons Partner Attorney at Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP)
03:35 – 04:05 How To Structuring U.S. Business Relationship
(Keith Baldwin Partner Attorney at Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP)
04:05 – 04:30 Q & A Moderate (Alex Cai, Attorney at Cai Associates)
04:30 – 05:00 Interactive and Social Network

More details see below.
(Complimentary food, water and soft drinks will be provided.)

Biography of Speakers:

Warren Koons

Warren Koons practices commercial real estate law, with an emphasis on purchase and sale, exchange, leasing and secured financing transactions for various types of commercial properties, including timberland, industrial, retail, office, hospital/medical, mixed-use, and agricultural. Warren also counsels clients on a wide range of real property issues, such as easements, boundary problems, rights-of-way, logging contracts, licenses, options, title matters, and the rights and obligations of land owners.

Keith Baldwin

Keith Baldwin is a business transactions and securities lawyer with a thirty-eight year history of serving clients’ legal needs. Keith focuses his practice on business relationships, including mergers and acquisitions, agreements among owner-entrepreneurs, and best practices for corporate governance. Keith’s practice emphasizes family-owned and other closely held private businesses, businesses funded by non-U.S. investors and U.S. subsidiaries of foreign corporations. He assists growth-oriented companies in raising capital in compliance with federal and state securities laws, and serves as outside counsel to both emerging and mature businesses.

Alex Cai

Alex Cai was one of the China trained lawyers who had been sent to study in the USA in mid-1980. Alex Cai got his LLM from University of Georgia School of Law and J.D. from University of California Berkeley School of Law. Thereafter, he became a licensed lawyer in Washington State and worked with Davis Wright Tremaine. In 1994, he returned to China to set up a Chinese law firm. As a lawyer dually licensed in China and Washington State, he has been mainly providing legal service to many multinational corporations. In April, 2014, he opened up the Bellevue office jointly with Charlie Cai, a lawyer dually licensed in Washington State and New York State. Now with support and resource of his Shanghai and Bellevue offices, Alex Cai is focusing his practice on assisting Chinese companies and individuals in their legal matters relating to EB5 and L1 visa, M&A, incorporation, real estate transactions and commercial contracts.

Parking Information:

Free parking is available at office parking area;


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Event Cost and Registration:

FREE. Please click here to registration via Eventbrite or email to Ken : ken.lu@sunbc.org as early as, however, due to the capacity of seats. Thank you so much for your interest!

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