Overview

Gentry Sayad focuses his practice on international transactions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and compliance issues and issues relating to intellectual property, dispute resolution, government relations, and China in-bound and out-bound investment. He also has a background in general commercial litigation. Mr. Sayad's industry experience includes clients in the manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, energy, insurance, and agricultural industries and he has represented private equity firms in relation to investments and transactions throughout Asia. He also has extensive experience representing not-for-profit and educational institutions.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sayad worked as the Managing Partner in the Shanghai office of two international law firms where he advised clients throughout Asia, including Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, on an array of business issues including government relations, mergers and acquisitions, FCPA/compliance issues, employment, intellectual property, antitrust, trade and regulatory matters and market entry strategies. Previously, he worked as a partner in the St. Louis office of a national law firm and he relocated to Shanghai in 2005 to manage the office there for the firm. He currently serves as the Legal Advisor to the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai. Mr. Sayad also served as the Director of the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development China Trade and Investment Office and the Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Sayad is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

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Experience

Conducted FCPA and antitrust training for large U.S.-based insurance and benefit administrative company. Xinxiang, China, March 2011.

Conducted FCPA and anti-bribery training for a U.S. manufacturer in Wuhan, China in 2013.

Conducted anti-bribery compliance training for U.S. retailer operating facilities in China in January, June, and November 2015.

Represented a client in the acquisition of a majority interest of a Taiwanese-owned Chinese manufacturing company with related assets/ownership in Mauritius and the British Virgin Islands and ultimately established new manufacturing facilities for a resulting entity in Vietnam.

Assisted companies by managing local counsel in Chinese Court proceedings.

Conducted FCPA training presentation for large U.S. manufacturer of industrial equipment for the solar industry. Shanghai, China, February 2011.

Conducted an investigation into kick-backs, trade secrets and non-competition for a U.S. company culminating in the termination of multiple employees in 2012.

Represented U.S. manufacturer of animal feed additives in establishment of Chinese and off-shore entities

Assisted western and Chinese clients in relation to Rule B Admiralty proceedings in the Southern District of New York.

Conducted FCPA training for automotive manufacturing subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 Company, “Gifts and Bribes: Avoiding Liability and Corruption Laws,” Suzhou, China, July 2008.

Assisted automotive manufacturer in set-up of new entity with Greenfield manufacturing facility and negotiated construction, project management and design agreements relating to construction of facilities.

Advised a multinational Fortune 500 Company about its strategy to expand in China and other parts of Asia as part of a year-long strategic overhaul and review of its Asia strategy, including advice on existing manufacturing operations, potential mergers and acquisitions, industry competition, customer concerns and branding.

Assisted global automotive parts conglomerate in establishment and operation of numerous wholly-owned subsidiaries and Joint Venture operations in China.

Conducted antitrust compliance training for a Fortune 500 corporation’s operating facilities in Changzhou, China. “Know Your Antitrust – Compliance with the Antitrust Law of the US, China, Europe, Japan and Korea,” Changzhou, China, May 2010.

Provided multi-national agribusiness company and related entities with a comprehensive introduction and strategic program relating to all aspects of agribusiness in China. Provided and arranged tours and research concerning the industry and organized meetings and briefings with U.S. and Chinese government officials, American-owned Chinese subsidiaries, Chinese government-owned and privately-owned enterprises, and U.S. and Chinese-based industry specialists.

Conducted FCPA due diligence in China, Vietnam, and India, as well as transactions in the Middle East and Europe. The due diligence focused on conduct, including gifts or bribes to public officials and the books and records side of the FCPA, which addresses how companies must maintain its accounting records.

Assisted U.S. clients in relation to local labor arbitrations in China.

Conducted full investigation of FCPA and Compliance issues for U.S.-based Fortune 100 Company in China in 2011.

Conducted anti-bribery and antitrust compliance training for a U.S. manufacturer’s operating facilities in China. “Gifts and Bribes: Avoiding Liability under Anti-Bribery Laws” and “Antitrust: China & U.S.” Shanghai, China, January 2015.

Assisted clients in relation to dispute resolution in mediations and in front of the Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Represented large U.S. manufacturer in energy sector in the formation of new entities, joint ventures, and acquisitions in China.

Conducted training covering “FCPA, Anti-bribery and Corruption Laws in China,” Changshu, Shenzhen, and Shanghai, China, April 2008.

Conducted full investigation of FCPA and Compliance issues for a U.S. company in the healthcare industry in 2011-2012.

Conducted a training presentation for a US-based corporate headquarters in Shanghai, China. “Anti-bribery and Compliance in China: The FCPA and China’s Anti-bribery Laws,” Shanghai, China, May 2010.

Represented a major U.S. private equity/investment firm relating to the acquisition of a software company in India.

Assisted clients in labor arbitrations in China.

Provided advice and training to numerous clients about the implementation of China’s Employment Contract Law in 2008.

Advised a Fortune 500 Company’s Chinese subsidiaries on issues relating to the formation of labor unions in China and China’s employment laws.

Assisted clients in FCPA investigations and conducted individualized seminars to clients in China.

Conducted training on “Business Ethics in China,” Zhongshan, China, September 2008.

Advised a large manufacturer of agricultural products in relation to importation and labeling of GMO and non-GMO products into China and reversing a Shanghai customs determination that the client’s products all required obligatory GMO labeling.

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Education

Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D. (1991) National Moot Court Team

Kenyon College, B.A., Political Science (1986)

Admissions

Missouri (1994)

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

U.S. Court of Appeal, Eighth Circuit

clerkship

U.S. Court of Appeal, Eighth Circuit - Honorable Theodore McMillian

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri - Honorable William L. Hungate

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri - Honorable Carol E. Jackson

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri - Honorable George F. Gunn

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Professional & Community Activities

American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Legal Advisor of the Board of Governors (2016-Present)

American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Legal Committee, Member (2007-Present), Vice Chair (2015-Present)

American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, The Policy Advisory Committee for the Board of Governors, Member (2014-Present)

American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Outbound Foreign Investment Committee, Member (2015)

China Business Law Journal, Editorial Board, Member

Shanghai American Boys Football League, Board of Directors, Member

St. Louis Opera Theatre, Board of Directors, Member, “Operators”, and President (2000-2008)

Off the Cuff Productions (professional theatre company), President (1998-2006)

Forest Park, Advisory Board, President and Mayoral Appointee (2004-2007)

Arts & Education Council, Board of Directors and Development Board, Member (2004-2006)

St. Louis Art Museum, Member, Corporate Partnership Committee and Young Friends Steering Committee, Member (2000-2006)

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