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Aug. 16: Chinese Investment in Hawaii

  • Ala Moana Hotel 410 Atkinson Drive Honolulu, HI, 96814 United States (map)

The newest group of foreign investors to make the news in Hawaii are from China. Their high-profile purchases include expensive residential properties, office buildings, hotel properties, and land.

With the changes in the global business environment, our panel will discuss relevant topics including the actual extent of Chinese investment in Hawaii, how it compares with overall investment throughout the United States, how the relationship between the U.S. and China affects investment, how business practices differ in China, and what factors influence their investment decisions.

Dr. Lawrence C. Foster has traveled to China since the late 1960s and for eight years lived part of the year in China where he was a Senior Consultant at a major international Chinese law firm and taught at Beijing University’s School of Transnational Law. In addition to a law degree, he holds a Ph.D. in Chinese language and literature. Dr. Foster is the former Dean and an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.

Mark Bratton is President of Bratton Realty Advisers, Ltd. and is exclusively contracted with Colliers International,. He has represented sellers of hotels & resorts, retail/shopping centers, office & industrial buildings, multi-family properties, and development land, and has been recognized with numerous awards for his outstanding work. He received his formal education in Real Estate Investment and Development from San Diego State University.

Jeffrey Daniel Lau, a US attorney, has practiced commercial law for over 40 years, including representing international clients from China and Taiwan. He was President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and is the China Liaison for the City and County of Honolulu. He mentors China mid-career managers at the East West Center’s Asia Pacific Leadership Program at UH and International Business majors at the Shidler College of Business. He has lectured or worked with a number of universities throughout China.


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