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Sherry Gong (Partner at Hogan Lovells International Beijing Representative Office (UK))

Sherry Gong

Partner at Hogan Lovells International Beijing Representative Office (UK)

Sherry Gong's practice areas focus on regulatory, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment and TMT. She advises many multinational companies and institutes in various legal matters, especially in the TMT, education and life science industries.

She is an expert in data privacy and cyber security laws, third party payment license, ecommerce and other TMT related matters. She helps clients develop their privacy and cookie policies, understand the data localization requirements precisely, draft and review data transfer agreements, analyze data breach risks and reporting obligations, conduct data privacy and cybersecurity compliance programs. She advises clients on CIIO determination, CIIO or NO obligations, cyber security review, important data, MLPS, security vulnerability regulations, etc.
She is known for providing practical advice that addresses the commercial realities of her clients and offers constructive and innovative solutions to meet their business needs.

Wenjie Gu (China Chief Representative at Zoom)

Wenjie Gu

China Chief Representative at Zoom

Mr. Wenjie Gu is the Co-Chair of AmCham China ICT Forum and China Chief Representative of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., heading government affairs, public relations, external partners and business related matters, with his team spreading across several important Chinese cities.

As the principle government interface in this fast growing Internet company, Mr. Gu is building up the company’s image, reputation and mutual trust with government, navigating policy and advocacy, and delivering the right message while maintaining the company’s substantive presence in China.

Before joining Zoom, Mr. Gu had held senior positions for nearly 20 years with the U.S hi-tech industry, including Director / Senior Director of government relations and public policy in Autodesk Software, Broadcom Semiconductor and Amazon, and China Vice President of the U.S. Information Technology Office.

Mr. Gu graduated from the English Department of Beijing Foreign Studies University, obtained his MBA degree and M.S. of Finance from the U.S. Fordham University. Upon college graduation in 1995 he began his career as a government official with China’s Ministry of Posts and Telecoms, the predecessor of the Ministry of Industry and IT, and worked there for 7 years in the Overseas Telecom Business Division.

John Whitcomb (Managing Director of Public Affairs at FTI Consulting)

John Whitcomb

Managing Director of Public Affairs at FTI Consulting

John Whitcomb is a Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment in FTI Consulting, and he is based in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the industrials sector and serves as the sector’s lead for public affairs.

Mr. Whitcomb provides strategic counsel to clients on a wide array of issues impacting their enterprise value, reputation, and freedom to operate. This includes policy and regulation, government investigations, mergers and acquisitions, international arbitrations, and litigation. He is particularly focused on identifying and analyzing policy and regulatory trends, developing and executing integrated advocacy solutions, and advising on regulatory approvals for cross-border transactions (antitrust/competition and CFIUS). and has worked with a wide range of clients in aerospace and defense, chemicals, materials, and agriculture.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Whitcomb was part of C2GROUP, a highly regarded bipartisan government relations and lobbying firm, which was acquired by FTI Consulting in 2013. In his role as legislative analyst, Mr. Whitcomb provided research and insight on a variety of policy and regulatory issues, including trade, taxation, transportation, and government appropriations. He also helped manage an industry trade organization that advocated for tax changes to the Internal Revenue Code.

Mr. Whitcomb has political experience at the state and Federal levels.

Johnny Xie (Managing Director of Export Controls, Sanctions and Trade at FTI Consulting)

Johnny Xie

Managing Director of Export Controls, Sanctions and Trade at FTI Consulting

Johnny Xie is a Managing Director in the Export Controls and Sanctions offering in the Forensics and Litigation Consulting segment of FTI and he is based in Shanghai. Johnny is an expert in export controls, economic sanctions, international trade strategy, and customs affairs.

With respect to export controls and economic sanctions, Johnny is one of the earliest pioneers and the most experienced professionals in China. With a solid understanding of multilateral export control regimes, as well as the U.S. export control system, Johnny has been actively engaged for more than 12 years in helping China’s regulatory bodies and trade communities develop and improve their export and trade control policies, regulatory implementation, enforcement mechanisms, and compliance practices. Johnny regularly assists companies with their trade compliance strategic reviews, export control and sanctions audits, and internal controls program development. Both multi-national companies and domestic Chinese companies benefit from his services that are recognized as systematic, practical, and useful.

Johnny began his career with China Customs where he worked for 11 years. During his time, he was instrumental in forging cooperation agreements at the multinational level including the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Customs Organization (WCO), and several United Nations entities. Johnny has a deep understanding of extensive customs procedures and formalities. From HS classification to valuation and duty mitigation strategies, Johnny’s customs expertise is a benefit to clients across multiple industries.

Johnny received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is fluent in Mandarin and English.