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Lester Ross

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Partner, WilmerHale
Beijing, China

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Lester Ross is co-partner-in-charge of the firm's Beijing office and a partner in the firm's Antitrust and Competition, Asia Corporate, Environmental, and International Trade, Investment and Market Access Practice Groups. He is also a member of the Emerging Energy Technology Group. He joined the firm in 2004.

His practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, competition, financial services, project finance, energy and environmental law matters and capital markets. Practice Mr. Ross has represented foreign companies in agricultural, industrial and service industries in their strategic expansion in China. He also has extensive experience representing foreign banks and corporations in the United States. He has prepared environmental, health and safety audit protocols for multinational companies conducting business in China and advised clients on environmental regulatory matters in China. He has represented clients in trade investigations, dispute resolution and regulatory matters in China. Professional Activities

Mr. Ross is a member of the Board of Governors and former general counsel of the American Chamber of Commerce – People's Republic of China and former chair of the Board of Advisors of the International Montessori School of Beijing. Fluent in Mandarin, Mr. Ross has been a visiting scholar at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences in Beijing and studied Chinese at Taiwan National University. He has conducted field work in China under the sponsorship of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China of the National Academy of Sciences.


  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1990
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Michigan, 1980
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1972

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