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Doing Deals in and with Emerging Markets: BRICs and Beyond 2013

Author(s): Maurizio Levi-Minzi, John Du
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, International Law
Published: Jul 2013
PLI Item #: 42806
CHB Spine #: B2040

Mr. John Du is a partner of Jun He Law Offices. Mr. Du joined Jun He in 2001 and practices in our New York office.

Practice Areas
Mr. Du focuses on US-China cross-border transactions, direct foreign investment in China, US business and corporate law, and commercial litigation.

Professional Experience
Mr. Du has represented both Chinese companies involving with business in the US as well as US companies involved with business in China. Mr. Du has participated in complex project financing involving China and international financial institutions and has provided legal advice for Chinese loan facilities applying New York law. He has also represented a number of US-based, global multinational companies in their investment and in the re-organization of their operations in China.

Mr. Du has extensive experience in representing high-tech companies in venture capital financing and in the protection of intellectual property. He has also successfully represented trading companies in trade litigations in both federal and state courts in New York .

Prior to joining Jun He in December 2001, Mr. Du engaged in a solo practice in Midtown Manhattan and counseled corporate and individual clients in the areas of corporate structure, business financing and protection of intellectual property.

Mr. Du started his legal career in 1994 as a law clerk for a New York-based, medium-size law firm specialized in entertainment law and commercial transactions. He worked full-time throughout the year and went to law school in the evening. He accumulated valuable hands-on experience in the areas of corporate organization and re-organization, copyright and trademark, as well as commercial litigation.

BA in English, Beijing Institute of International Relations, 1988
MBA, Baruch College, City University of New York, 1994
JD, New York Law School, 1998

Professional Associations
Member, New York and New Jersey State Bar Associations
Member, American Bar Association

Language Skills
Fluent in English and Mandarin

Maurizio Levi-Minzi has extensive experience advising clients on corporate matters relating to Latin America and co-leads the firm’s Latin America Practice Group. Mr. Levi-Minzi is also a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Family Enterprises, Global Infrastructure & Project Finance, Mining, and Energy & Natural Resources Groups. He has over 20 years of experience in complex cross-border M&A, joint ventures and project finance transactions.

Mr. Levi-Minzi regularly represents strategic investors and private equity groups in transactions in Latin America and in the U.S. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in Latin America by Latin Lawyer 250 (2016). The Legal 500 Latin America (2014-2015) notes that Mr. Levi-Minzi is a prominent player in the region and is both “creative in finding solutions” and “very good at reading people.” Mr. Levi-Minzi has also been named an “Expert in Mining” by Who’s Who Legal (2015). He co-authored the articles in Latin Lawyer entitled “Going to El Norte,” (August, 2015) and “Lost in Translation,” (April, 2014) which discussed legal concepts in cross-border M&A with a focus on Brazil and the U.S. He is also the co-author of “Drilling For PE Deal Opportunities,” The Mining Journal (December, 2014), “Royalties in Peru and Chile,” The Mining Journal (August, 2014), “Private Equity & Venture Capital in Latin America – deal structuring,” BVCA International Series (November, 2013), “Giving Notice,” International Financial Law Review (September, 2012), “How To Notify Under Brazil’s New Pre-Merger Antitrust Regime,” International Financial Law Review (August, 2012), “Brazil Effects New Merger Control Regime,” The Deal (August, 2012) and “Brick By Brick: Brazil,” Private Equity Manager (March, 2012).

He is a contributing author of The Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and The Deal. Mr. Levi-Minzi co-chairs the program “Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets (2016)” of the Practising Law Institute. Mr. Levi-Minzi is also an adjunct professor at New York University, where he teaches cross-border M&A. In 2014, Mr. Levi-Minzi spoke at the annual conference of the IBA in Tokyo on the topic of cross-border M&A transactions between Asian and Latin American companies. In 2015, he spoke at the Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum on the topic of private equity investments in Latin America.

Mr. Levi-Minzi is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Golden Gate University. Prior to joining the firm, he was a banker with NMB Bank (ING Bank) in New York. Mr. Levi-Minzi is fluent in Italian and Spanish and reads Portuguese.