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    An in-depth discussion among long-time China hands on the hot issues of the day.

    Will Chinese companies really be forced off of US stock exchanges because they cannot fulfill certain US audit review requirements? We’re now approaching a hard 3 year timeline for PCAOB to get access to audit working papers
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    We talk to the former Head of Enforcement for PCAOB, Claudius Modesti, who has negotiated this bilateral issue with China’s CSRC and Ministry of Finance in the past.

     

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    Xiaomi recently won a case in US federal court to block implementation of a rule that would have prevented US persons from investing in their stock. The announcement of this rule had initially sent their stock plummeting.
     
    Xiaomi and Luokung, another company facing this rule, have now given other similar companies a playbook for pushing back. We talk with Tim O’Toole, a white collar defense and international trade lawyer at Miller & Chevalier. Tim has brought numerous cases before the same judge in federal court as the Xiaomi and Luokung cases, and he walks us through the rulings and what comes next.

     

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    How China's First Internet Companies Went IPO in the US

    The Variable Interest Entity. It’s the key to how all Chinese internet companies have been structured to go IPO outside of China for the last 20 years.
     
    We’ll get into the notorious Alipay – Softbank – Yahoo story and others where the VIE was center stage in that drama. With Ma Xiaohu, one of the leading early technology lawyers in China who along with a few others had to come up with all these wonderful structures 20 years ago to enable that first batch of Chinese internet IPOs to happen…
     
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    A Deep Dive on China's Auto Industry

    On the heels of the Shanghai Automotive Show, we do a deep dive on the automotive industry and which types of players are likely to be winners and losers in the biggest global markets - China and the US.

     

    Bill Russo, Founder and CEO of Automobility Ltd and former VP for Northeast Asia at Chrysler.

     

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    A Deep Dive on China' Semiconductor Industry

    At the frontline of a global macro competition between two powers - we look at the China semiconductor industry and the challenges it faces to bring more of the value chain home locally and rely less on foreign suppliers. A bridge too far?

     

    Stewart Randall, Director of Operations and Global Lead for Electronics and Embedded at Intralink in Shanghai.

     

    Nalin Balan, Head of Sales and Business Development for Reality AI in San Francisco and former Head of IP Sales for Asia Pacific at Cadence Design Systems.

     

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    China Past and Future: A foreigner's perspective

    In this episode we lean on the experience of three foreigners who have done business in China for decades - Rich Robinson, Joanne Wood, and Dan Krassenstein. A wide ranging discussion on favorite China personal experiences, lessons to adapt to doing business in China, and how they see cross-border trade and investment trends with China going forward.

     

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    The Early Days of Airbnb China

    In the wake of the recent IPO, we interview three early members of the Airbnb China team on how Airbnb found and stuck to its core advantages against an array of local competitors. And how it managed to emerge as a rare Western tech startup success story in China.

     

    -Robert Hao, Co-Founder and COO of Hype, Ltd., Director of Business Operations and Strategy, HCO, Head of Supply at Airbnb 2012-2017

    -Bryan Huang, Founder at Annabai Technology, IT Manager at Airbnb 2015-2018

    -Ziyang David Fan, Head of Digital Trade at World Economic Forum, Senior Legal Counsel at Airbnb 2015-2017

     

     

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    -Paul Lin - Brand Marketing Consultant at Xavor Corporation and Chair of the Marketing Committee at Amcham Shanghai
    -Nicolas Bahmanyar, Senior Consultant at LEAF, a French law firm in China
    -Thomas Greb, Partner at Olivar & Greb Capital Management

    We dissect the consumer, tech, and financial services sectors and give feedback based on what we are seeing with our actual clients here in China. We also unpack the latest Amcham Shanghai China Business Report and try to explain the reasons behind the trends in business climate satisfaction and concerns multi national companies are voicing here.

     

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    -James Hull, Founder of Hullx and co-host of the China Tech Investor Podcast
    -Brian Fleming, Member at Miller & Chevalier, co-host of the podcast EMBARGOED!
    -Jemma Xu 许佳莹, Co-Founder at RedBlock Capital

     

    -James breaks down the business units of Ant and their competitive strengths.
    -Jemma walks us through China’s new digital currency, DCEP, as a potential threat.
    -Brian, on some of the past failures of Ant to expand into the US and potential to be on the US Commerce Department “Entity List”.

     

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    Roundtable discussion with Nalin Balan, formerly at Cadence Design Systems; Nicolas Bahmanyar – Senior Consultant on Data Privacy at LEAF, and Nathaniel Rushforth – Cybersecurity & Data Compliance Specialist at Da Wo Law Firm.

     

    Part 1 - The Rule Explained

     

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    Part 2 - Effect on Huawei’s Business and Tech

     

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    Part 3 - China Response and Impact on US Tech

     

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