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.

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)

Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D. (1991)
    National Moot Court Team
  • Kenyon College, B.A., Political Science (1986)

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri (1994)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Eighth Circuit

Clerkships

  • 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

Who We Are

Room 904, Building E, Chamtime Plaza, No. 6,, Lane 2889, Jinke Road, Pudong New District
Shanghai, 201203
China
t +86 21 3175 6175
Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
USA

Gentry Sayad

Experience Highlights

Acquisition of a software company in India for a major U.S. private equity/investment firm
Represented a major U.S. private equity/investment firm relating to the acquisition of a software company in India. more
Representation of U.S. manufacturer in establishment of Chinese and off-shore entities
Represented U.S. manufacturer of animal feed additives in establishment of Chinese and off-shore entities more
Investigation of FCPA and Compliance issues for a U.S. company in the healthcare industry
Conducted full investigation of FCPA and Compliance issues for a U.S. company in the healthcare industry in 2011-2012. more
FCPA and anti-bribery training for a U.S. manufacturer in China
Conducted FCPA and anti-bribery training for a U.S. manufacturer in Wuhan, China in 2013. more