Commerce. Our practice extends to all aspects of international commerce between Texas and China particularly in the energy field. China is not only the most populous nation in the world but has had the greatest economic growth of any nation over the last several decades. Over 250 Chinese companies were exhibitors at the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. We speak English and Mandarin in our offices, have negotiated contracts with Chinese manufacturers, dealt with attorneys in China and can lend our experience and knowledge to your specific needs. The laws of China and Texas and the United States are quite different. However, with the admission of China to the World Trade Organization, we have seen many changes including a greater acceptance by China of international standards for trade assimilating and accelerating China's presence in trade with all nations. Texas (Houston in particular) and China have close ties through the oil and gas industry. We value our role as a trusted advisor to Texas companies with business in China or with Chinese in Texas as well as being a trusted advisor to Chinese companies with business in Texas. We have unique understandings of trade, culture, politics and language of both China and Texas.
Arbitration and Mediation. Our job is to steer clients clear of business disputes by clearly defining expectations in the legal relationship between parties. However, we can provide representation in China/Texas business disputes, if one were to arise, before arbitration tribunals such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the Center for Public Resources (CPR), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), panels governed by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and others.
Litigation. As we do with our Texas clients, we represent Chinese companies before U.S. and state courts. Chinese attorneys will find us valuable to work with on litigation in Texas. We are the important resource that understands the needs of Texans and Chinese in seeing their legal rights enforced or defended.