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Leo Peng is the current chief representative and managing director of Garvey Schubert Barer's Beijing office. He has wide-ranging experiences representing both foreign investors in China and Chinese enterprises investing abroad. Leo speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and more importantly understands the values of Chinese and Western cultures and systems. He has developed cross-cultural sensitivities and an intelligent understanding of the environments and the forces our clients face in their business ventures.

Leo has represented companies and individuals with respect to regulatory compliance and commercial activities in China. He has advised clients on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters in China, including employee rules and policies, termination, non-compete, employment arrangement for foreign employees and social security issues.

Leo's practice also focuses on comprehensive U.S. immigration planning for multinational companies and their employees, as well as for individual clients. He has more than a decade of experience in immigration law, particularly in obtaining U.S. citizenship, permanent resident status, inadmissibility waivers, and nonimmigrant visas for clients from around the world. He has consulted on mergers and acquisitions, established corporate immigration policies, and developed recruitment plans for client companies.

Prior to joining Garvey Schubert Barer, Leo worked as a general practitioner for five years in Seattle. He represented domestic and overseas clients in matters related to business formation, taxation, licensing, immigration, and intellectual property protection.

Professional Activities

  • Treasurer, AILA Bangkok District (APAC) Chapter, 2013-2014, Interim Treasurer, 2012-2013 
  • Member, The American Chamber of Commerce, PRC
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Community Activities

  • Member, Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF), 2007-Present
  • Director, Christ L.O.V.E., 1998-2002
  • Board Chair, Bread of Life Christian Church, 1998-1999

Blog Posts

Blog Posts

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar
    Beijing / Fuzhou / Shenzhen, China, May 22 | May 24 | May 26
  • "Cultural Considerations of Conducting Business in Asian Regions," Panelist, Globalaw
    Speaking Engagement
    Tokyo, Japan, 4.24.15
  • "Legal Issues Regarding U.S. Investment Immigration (EB-5)," U.S.-China Business Seminar
    Seminar
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Beijing, PRC, 1.21.10
  • "Immigration and Visa Issues for Chinese Companies Doing Business in the U.S.," U.S.-China Business Seminar
    Seminar
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Beijing, PRC, 11.26.09
  • How to Effectively Navigate the U.S. Immigration System for Chinese Citizens / Visa Categories to China
    Seminar
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA, 10.18.07

Publications

Admissions

  • Washington, 1995

Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa, W.S. Richardson School of Law, J.D., 1994

University of California Berkeley, B.A., Economics, 1991

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese
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