David K.Y. Tang

Managing Partner, Asia

925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104-1158

United States of America

Mr. Tang is the Managing Partner, Asia for the firm and his law practice concentrates in the areas of foreign investment, cross-border financings, mergers and acquisitions, and real property related transactions. He has more than 30 years of transactional experience in the Greater China market. Mr. Tang was managing partner of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP from 1995 – 1999, a predecessor law firm to the formation of K&L Gates LLP. He was named in the China Business Law Journal’s A-List of 50 Elite Lawyers for the China Practice and is also included in Best Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for Corporate Law and Real Estate Law.

Among his activities, Mr. Tang served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2002 – 2008 and as its Chair from 2006 – 2008. He currently chairs the American Bar Association Task force on Trade in International Legal Services.

  • “Tied to Your Desk? Blocked at the Door? Changes in China’s Visa Policies for Foreigners,” Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety Alert, 2013
  • “Group of Thirty Issues Roadmap for Financial Reforms,” Public Policy Alert, 2009
  • “China Passes New Labor Contract Law in Effort to Achieve Its Goal of Maintaining a ‘Harmonious Society’, ” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, 2007
  • “Expansion of China’s Outbound Investment Rules Regulating the Qualified Domestic Institutional Investor (QDII) Program,” Asia Alert, 2007
  • “In 2006: Seize Economic Opportunities with China,” Puget Sound Business Journal, 2006
  • “The China Game: The Obstacles, Challenges and Rewards of Doing Business in The People’s Republic of China,” Corporate Legal Times, 2004
  • “American and International Proposals for Facilitating Electronic Commerce,” Oxford University Press, 1999
  • “Special Concerns of Foreign Investors in Sophisticated Real Estate Transactions,” PLI 1998
  • “International Joint Ventures,” Negotiating and Structuring International Business Transactions, 1994
  • “Foreign Investors as Joint Venture Partners,” Foreign Investment, 1990
  • “Economic Trade and Organizations in China,” Doing Business in China, Matthew Bender, 1989
  • “Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises,” Journal of Chinese Law, 1988
  • Various Newspaper Op-eds and Letters to Editor


  • A.B., Harvard University (1975)
    (magna cum laude)
  • Certificate, The Hague Academy of International Law (1976)
    (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • J.D., Columbia Law School (1979)
    (Certificate with Honors, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law)


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