AmCham China Financial Services Forum is very honored to invite Professor Nico Howson from Michigan Law School to discuss the ongoing effort to amend the 2006 PRC Securities Law, and what it means for both corporate finance and the development of rule of law institutions in China.
Between 2015 and 2017, Professor Nico Howson served as the only non-Chinese citizen member of the Asian Development Bank's expert group advising the National People's Congress of the PRC on amendment of the 2006 PRC Securities Law. Starting in the summer of 2015, and before the stunning collapse in the Chinese stock exchanges in July and August of that summer, and a later crash at the start of 2016, the process gave Howson a unique look inside the process of legislative drafting in contemporary China, and, perhaps more importantly, the politics surrounding regulation of the capital markets in China, the tension between state directed markets and relatively autonomous but regulated markets, and the keen sensitivities surrounding establishment of a private attorneys general system allowing enforcement by private claimants before formal judicial institutions and not just (traditional) public enforcement by the Chinese party state.
Professor of Law at University of Michigan Law School
Nicholas Calcina Howson is a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. A former partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, he worked out of that firm's New York, Paris, London and Beijing Offices, finally as a managing partner of the firm's Asia Practice based in the Chinese capital. During this time, he acted for clients in precedent-setting transactions, including the first SEC-registered IPO and NYSE-listing by a PRC-domiciled issuer and the first private placement of shares to foreign interests in a newly privatized PRC company limited by shares and subsequent IPOs on the domestic Chinese capital markets. Howson has also taught at the Berkeley (Boalt), Columbia, Cornell, and Harvard Law Schools, and served as a consultant on Chinese law matters to the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and has advised the National People’s Congress of the PRC on the amendment of the PRC Company Law and the PRC Securities Law. He acts regularly as a Chinese law expert or party advocate in U.S. and international litigations and/or U.S. government enforcement actions. Professor Howson is a designated foreign arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) in Beijing and the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHAIC).
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