Below are the details of three key personnel.
Kent Woo is a practicing lawyer and Partner of one of China’s leading, full-service law firms, specializing in serving international companies that invest in or trade with China. Fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Kent has over 20 years of experience providing legal advice and services to international companies doing business in or with China. This allows him to create cost-effective, client-specific legal strategies for entry into and operation in the Chinese market.
Kent’s expertise includes corporate and commercial law, foreign direct investment, mergers & acquisitions, labor & employment, intellectual property, international trade & customs, compliance & investigations, criminal defense, and litigation & arbitration. His clients are mainly multinational corporations and small-medium enterprises from various countries and regions around the world, including from Europe, the United States, India, Israel, Australia, and Hong Kong. In addition to his client work, Kent has contributed to a number of publications on Chinese law, including Asia Law & Practice, Asian Legal Business, LexisNexis and Street & Maxwell.
Kent was previously a Partner of two leading law firms in South China for more than 10 years. He also previously worked as the General Legal Counsel for Yahoo! China, and as a Legal Consultant for the Guangzhou Office of a large London-headquartered British law firm.
Kent graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China with a Master of Laws (Major in International Law), and also holds a Master of Laws (International Business Law) from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Matthew Warr has a wealth of experience in serving international companies investing in or trading with China, and like Kent Woo his expertise lies in the abovementioned areas. Matthew works for various clients from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and South East Asia.
In addition to his work for clients, Matthew is also a Board Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) South China, a volunteer role which involves working with leading executives from Australia and China to connect, inform and advocate on behalf of Australian businesses in South China, and advance the overall Australia-China business and economic relationship. Additionally, Matthew is currently studying an MBA at Peking University HSBC Business School in Shenzhen on a BHP Billiton Australia-China Scholarship.
Through his previous work at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Beijing, the Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales, China Policy in Beijing, and the Australian Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Matthew has developed an in-depth understanding of the business, political and cultural ties that exist between China, Australia and other Western countries.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Global Studies (Major in Legal Studies) and a Bachelor of Business (First Class Honours) in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He is a former recipient of a Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Award, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has lived in China for more than a decade.
Quentin Bottasso serves international companies investing in or trading with China, and has deep expertise and experience with regard to various aspects of Chinese law, particularly contract, labor and commercial law. His ability to understand his clients’ expectations and requirements makes him a valuable partner for those conducting business activities in China.
His fluency in English and French and professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and Italian, along with his understanding of Western and Chinese law and culture, are key elements to the successful relationships he has cultivated with his clients. His clientele are composed of mostly European companies in the industrial, sourcing, manufacturing, and wine industries.
In addition to his client work, Quentin has contributed to a number of publications on Chinese law, lectured at the joint International MBA program of MIT and Sun Yat-sen University, and constantly works on enhancing his technical knowledge and judgement in order to serve his clients better.
Quentin holds both a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Chinese Business Law from Aix-Marseille University in Southern France, and has studied Chinese law at the prestigious South West University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China.