CERLP 2020 Summer Workshop Series: Ji Li

Friday, August 7 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Virtual Event

Ji Li, John & Marilyn Long Professor of US-China Business and Law at UCI School of Law, will present his paper, "The Purchase of US Legal Service by Chinese Multinationals."


Chinese firms in the US rely regularly on external lawyers to navigate the complex US legal system. However, little do we know about their purchase of US legal services, as the literature on the subject has neglected emerging market MNCs. This essay attempts to narrow the gap by empirical examining the quantity of US legal services purchased by Chinese companies in the US. The article relies on a comprehensive survey dataset and interviews that reveal significant inter-company variations. The analysis will concentrate on several usual suspects, including service demand and the ownership structure of Chinese investors, a distinct attribute of many large emerging market MNCs. The findings of this study will contribute to multiple ongoing debates including the adaptation of Chinese MNCs to the institutions of developed host countries and their institutional impacts.

Zoom information will be sent to those who register. If you are not on the UCI Law Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession (CERLP) mailing list and would like to receive a copy of the paper, or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please e-mail centers@law.uci.edu.

CERLP’s Summer 2020 Workshop Series is a forum to share and discuss works-in-progress highlighting empirical research relating to the legal profession.

About the Center
The Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession (CERLP) is committed to empirical research and public engagement on issues relating to the legal profession. The center plays an important role in connecting UCI Law with regional, national, and global communities of lawyers and scholars interested in the future of the legal profession.

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