M&A Circle – Business Between Silicon Valley and China

Date: Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Brocade
130 Holger Way
San Jose, CA 95134

M&A Implications in the Era of Rising Protectionist Sentiment in the US and China


2016 started out as a robust year for outbound Chinese investment into Western companies. But as the year progressed, the Chinese government placed increasing restrictions on the outflow of capital. How will this impact dealmaking in 2017? President Trump’s “America First” policy is likely to have a further impact on outbound investment by Chinese acquirors. How should US companies evaluate Chinese partners and counterparties in these changing times? What are the current trends and issues for US companies looking to invest in China?

Our ACGSV panel of experts will lead a discussion on political and economic developments in China and likely changes under Trump’s “America First” policy, investment and M&A activities and associated issues by Chinese companies in the US and by US strategics in China, and tips for dealing with Chinese counterparts. The interactive discussion will enable buyers and sellers to learn from the experiences and practices of the panelists and other forum participants.


Our Distinguished Panel


Helen Li

Managing Director
Needham & Company, LLC

Helen Li joined Needham & Company in 2011, with a primary focus on technology-focused banking and the firm’s China practice.
Since joining Needham, Helen has completed over 40 transactions, including complex M&A advisory assignments for cross-border public and private companies and public and private financings.

Prior to Needham, she worked for over 7 years in the semiconductor industry, serving in multiple roles including R&D, technical marketing and strategic sales at Micron Technology, Marvell Semiconductor and InvenSense. She also worked for top tier China VC firms, Qiming Ventures and Gobi Partners, on industry research, deal sourcing and due diligence.

Helen received her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, MSEE from the University of Southern California, and an BA from Tsinghua University.


Kenneth J. Petrilla

Managing Director

Kenneth J. Petrilla joined ChinaVest in September 2015 as Managing Director. Prior to joining ChinaVest, Mr.Petrilla was Executive Director of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment. Prior to that, Mr. Petrilla was an Executive Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank.

During a career that spanned over 30 years with Wells Fargo, Ken held many positions, including Head of the China Desk, Regional Manager of Europe, the Middle East and Africa , Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo Bank International, Dublin, Ireland, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo Securities International Limited, London, England, Managing Director of the Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank and other senior international banking positions. Ken has significant corporate governance experience. He has served and continues to serve on numerous boards, associations and organizations.


Edward Toung

Corporate Strategy & Cloud Solutions Executive
Micron Technology

Edward Toung focuses on emerging businesses at Micron and is presently the Executive Director of its Business Accelerator in the Bay Area.

Previously Edward was the VP of Corporate Development at Western Digital Corp. where he led China strategy and the formation of its China joint venture with Tsinghua Unigroup. Prior to that, he was the VP of Corporate Strategy at LG Group based in Seoul and Beijing, where he focused on strategy and M&A in the enterprise sector. He also served as the VP of Global Alliances and Asia Pacific at E2open, a cloud-based Enterprise software company, based initially in the Bay Area and then in Shanghai. He started his career at i2 Technologies (acquired by JDA) and Ariba (Acquired by SAP) in product management roles.

Edward holds graduate degrees in Business and Engineering from the UC Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Purdue University.


Our Distinguished Co-Moderators


The event will be co-moderated by Nick O’Keefe, M&A Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, and Yingxi Fu-Tomlinson, Head of Shanghai Office, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP


Yingxi Fu-Tomlinso

Head of Shanghai Office
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Yingxi Fu-Tomlinson was born and raised in Shanghai and is among the first small group of attorneys to have received formal legal education in both the United States and China. Ms. Fu-Tomlinson’s 26 years of experience in M&A and corporate law matters spans the US, China and other Asian countries. Ms. Fu-Tomlinson has advised multinational corporations, private equity funds, and Chinese companies on a wide range of strategic and financial in-bound and out-bound investment, acquisition, restructuring and joint venture projects in various industries. She has also represented many high-technology companies and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements and other general corporate and commercial matters in the US.


Nick O’Keefe

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Nick is an M&A Partner in Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer’s Silicon Valley office. He has over 20 years of corporate law and M&A experience, with an emphasis on buy-side and sell-side work and takeover defense, including domestic and cross-border deals. His clients include public and private strategics, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and financial advisors.