Attorneys & Support Staff
Senior Advisor: China Business
Originally from Upstate New York, Mike moved to Asia in 1993 and is a China business advisor to both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Recognized as an expert on China sourcing, he has been interviewed by WSJ, CNBC, FT & Bloomberg.
A featured presenter on China business issues at seminars, trade shows and corporate events across the globe, Mike is the author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” (available on Amazon).
Mike founded a boutique sourcing agency in China with 1 employee and 1 client back in 2002. On behalf of his clients at the PassageMaker Group, Mike was responsible for a 200 million USD supply chain (per annum, during a recent busy year) of goods flowing from China to the world.
He received a double degree in Diplomacy and Economics from the American University in Washington DC and went on to gain an International MBA from the University of South Carolina. Mike spent two years as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar researching Japanese factory management & quality control in Tokyo and Osaka.
Mike studied Chinese for a number of years in Harbin & Beijing in the 1990’s. He currently spends Spring/Fall in Shenzhen, Winters in Thailand & Summers at the family cottage in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Mike is married & has two daughters.
A Chinese lawyer on working with AsiaBridge Law, in her own words:
“I understand how the big multinational law firms work, and AsiaBridge can provide the same level of service at much better rate. Thanks to our international team, not only do we offer excellent communications and world-class project management, but we have the local understanding and great local lawyers on the ground.”
AsiaBridge Law (ABL) maintains a network of professional, affordable and fully-licensed attorneys across Asia, including a very strong presence in China. ABL itself is not a law firm.
AsiaBridge Law provides bilingual paralegals to coordinate the Asian attorneys on behalf of the client. Account management is offered in English, but Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Russian and other major languages are also available upon request.
AsiaBridge Law’s paralegals, support staff and the attorneys in our network all work remotely, we don’t have fancy offices or even a traditional boardroom! Rather than spend on physical infrastructure, we choose to invest in systems and staff. Visit here to learn how we keep costs down, effectively manage remote teams and deliver a superior service to our clients.
Post-Pandemic Update (1/2023)
During 2020, 2021 & 2022, the strict quarantine policies in China, ongoing global trade friction, inflation back home, Xinjiang human rights abuses, crack down on Hong Kong democracy, shift towards authoritarianism and political fallout resulting from Beijing’s alignment with Putin all added up to create a business environment where “the juice of doing business in China is no longer worth the squeeze” in the eyes of many small to medium sized international businesses. This mentality among potential clients had a dramatic impact on AsiaBridge Law’s billings. Our loss recovery, debt collection and litigation projects increased while contract drafting, Intellectual Property registration, general counsel and due diligence declined to the point that the business was no longer sustainable.
Legal services are still being conducted on behalf of international clients, but billing takes place directly between the English-speaking lawyers in China and the international clients.
At present, AsiaBridge Law is essentially a referral service to reputable Chinese lawyers who continue to service new and existing clients.
If you are in need of legal support in China, simply fill out the contact us form and we will put you in touch (free of charge) with an affordable, reputable, fully-licensed lawyer in China.