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Mr. Robert Lewis
Mr. Robert Lewis
Senior International Counsel, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Co-Founder & Chief Expert, China Going Global Think-tank

Robert Lewis has practiced law for more than 30 years, with 25 years in China.  His practice focuses on cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on M&A, infrastructure projects, project financing, energy, mining, telecoms/IT transactions and general strategic partnering arrangements. 

Mr. Lewis has worked on numerous high-profile projects in China, including:

• Acting as lead international legal counsel for the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube venue projects for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, advising Beijing State Asset Management Company, the lead domestic investor in these projects appointed by the Beijing Municipal Government;
• Acting as lead international legal counsel for ALSTOM’s acquisition of Wuhan Boiler Company – the only acquisition by a foreign party of majority interest in a B-share listed target company in China;
• Representing international banks on the Dachang Water Treatment Plant project in Shanghai, the first BOT project in China; and
• Representing the EPC contractor/minority investor in the restructuring of the Laibin B power plant project, the first wholly foreign-owned power plant project in China.

He also has advised Chinese enterprises on outbound investments in the US, Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, India, Russia, Canada, Australia and Africa for almost 15 years. 

He is Co-founder and Chief Expert of China Going Global Think-tank (CGGT).  He is frequently invited by State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), All China Lawyers Association (ACLA), etc. to make presentations on international legal risks and management of overseas investment projects as an expert.

Mr. Lewis is the author of numerous professional articles, including a recently published book named The Rules of the Game of Global M&A: Why So Many Chinese Outbound Investments Fail.