Charlotte Westfall focuses her corporate practice on venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC compliance. She counsels public companies on corporate governance, public disclosure issues and other business matters. She assists blockchain and cryptocurrency companies with navigating the regulatory landscape to achieve their objectives.

    Charlotte approaches her clients’ legal needs with an acute business mindset, offers efficient and practical solutions to their problems and helps build strategic partnerships. She collaborates with her integrated global legal team and leverages the firm’s strong local connections to seamlessly provide her clients with top-quality legal advice.

    Charlotte advises clients on cross-border US-China business transactions, as well as market entry strategy, corporate development and branding for Chinese companies seeking investment opportunities in the US, as well as US companies seeking access to the Chinese market. Charlotte has experience representing businesses in the technology sector, including software development, agricultural technology and clean technology. She currently serves as general counsel for a global cold chain technology company and sits on the board of advisors for several Silicon Valley start-ups.

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    Education

    • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
    • Shanxi Normal University, LL.B., Chinese Law
    • Tsinghua University, Certificate of Completion, The First Legal Workshop for Overseas Chinese Lawyers

    Admissions

    • California, 2006
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of California

    Languages

    • English
    • Mandarin

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    Publications

    • Co-author, “Delisting from Exchanges: Tough Prospect for US-Listed Companies with Operations Based in China,” China Business Review, June 4, 2020.
    • Co-author, “5 Key Factors Companies Should Consider When Establishing Operations In China,” Forbes, July 15, 2015.
    • Co-author, “8 Common Mistakes U.S. Companies Make When Sourcing Goods And Suppliers In China,” Forbes, January 30, 2014.
    • Co-author, “Sourcing Goods and Suppliers in China: A How-To Guide for Small Businesses,” Forbes, January 6, 2014.
    • Co-author, “Chinese Monopoly Law: A Practical Guide,” COMPETITION, The Journal of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California, Volume 18, No. 1, Spring 2009.

    Speaking Engagements

    • Panelist, Virtual Webinar, “Challenges US-Listed Chinese Companies Face in Light of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act,” hosted by Consult.me, June 4, 2020.
    • Moderator, Virtual Webinar, “How to Better Prepare Your Business to Re-open,” hosted by Chinese Enterprise Association, May 22, 2020.
    • Panelist, “Blockchain Technology - Cutting-Edge Regulatory Trends & Litigation Risks,” Fast Fire with Squire CLE, hosted by Squire Patton Boggs, Atlanta, Georgia, February 22, 2020.
    • Moderator, virtual webinar, “How to Better Prepare Your Business to Re-open,” hosted by Chinese Enterprise Association, May 22, 2020.
    • Panelist, “Blockchain Technology - Cutting-Edge Regulatory Trends & Litigation Risks,” Fast Fire with Squire CLE, hosted by Squire Patton Boggs, Atlanta, Georgia, February 22, 2020.
    • Panelist, “Impact of Blockchain on Finance Services & Regulation,” The FinBlock Summit, co-hosted by BlockTrain and Draper Dragon, San Mateo, California, January 12, 2019.
    • Panelist, “China Panel: Discussing connecting China and Silicon Valley, with a particular emphasis on opportunities, technology, food safety, and venture capital,” Silicon Valley AgTech Conference, organized by RoyseLaw Silicon Valley AgTech, Mountain View, California, May 6, 2016.
    • Panelist, “China Roundtable: Investment Opportunities in the US,” Silicon Valley AgTech Conference, organized by RoyseLaw Silicon Valley AgTech, Mountain View, California, May 11, 2015.
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