Tom Shoesmith is the leader of the firm’s China Practice. He is a partner in the firm's Corporate & Securities section and splits his time between Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Beijing offices. He specializes in international corporate transactions, with a special emphasis on China. He has handled more than 200 international financing transactions cross-border acquisitions and complex multinational joint ventures involving more than 50 countries around the world. Since 2003, he has focused most of his efforts on transactions in and with China, including foreign direct investment into the PRC as well as corporate finance and public capital markets transactions for PRC-based companies.
Mr. Shoesmith lived in Asia for more than 20 years, and practiced in China between 2003 and 2010. Until his return to California in 2010 he was the head of the firm’s Shanghai office. His relocation to the United States makes his decades of experience in Asia readily accessible to clients based in the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Shoesmith is a recognized industry leader and lecturer on U.S.-China corporate finance and M&A matters. He has particular experience in structuring transactions to achieve his clients’ objectives while remaining compliant with the often difficult regulatory and political context of the PRC.
Speaker “Guidance for pre-IPO Chinese Companies” Shanghai, 2015.
Speaker “Best Practices for Chinese Companies Who are Now Public in the United States,” Beijing, 2014.
Speaker, "China's Recent M&A in California, 2014 CEA China-California Economic Forum, September 2014.
Speaker, "10 Biggest Mistakes Made by Multinationals Dealing with China and Other Asian Countries," 2014 Asia Business Forum, February 2014.
Executive Co-Chair, Perchance to Dream: A China-US Summit on Social Media, October 2013.
Speaker, "Protect Yourself: A Guide to China Legal Structures," China Market Entry Strategy Summit, September 2013.
Speaker, "Can the VIE Be Fixed: A Fresh Look at Investors' Least Favorite Legal Structure," 2013 China Best Ideas Investment Conference, September 2013.
Speaker, "Silicon Valley Experience," Stanford Senior Executive Program - Universal Banking and the Transformation and Innovation of the Banking Industry, August 2013.
Speaker, "Introduction to Internet Regulation in China," Pillsbury CLE Marathon, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, January 2013.
Speaker, "NOMURA Expert Speaker Series: Variable Interest Entities", July 2012.
Speaker, "PRC Challenges to Variable Interest Entity Structures, " DealFlow Reverse Merger Conference, Los Angeles, June 2011.
Speaker, The Peculiarities and Challenges of Doing Business in China, McKesson Law Firm Summit, September 2010.
Moderator, "Opportunities and Challenges of Investing in China," Halter Financial Summit, Shanghai, China. April 2010.
Speaker, " IPOs for China-based Companies - Structures and Approaches" China IPO Boot Camp, Shanghai, China. March 2010.
Speaker, "Going Public Through an IPX," joint presentation with Bank of New York Mellon and CCG Investor Relations, Shanghai and Beijing, April 2009.
Speaker, "Reverse Mergers for Chinese Companies," PIPEs Summit, New York. July 2007.
Speaker, "Structuring for International Capital Transactions," DealFlow Reverse Merger Conference, San Francisco. June 2007.
Speaker, "Structuring Reverse Merger Transactions After September 8," Roth / NASDAQ Conference, Shanghai. May 2007.
Speaker, Harvard China Review Annual Conference, Cambridge, MA. April 2007.
Speaker, "Protecting Intellectual Property in China," Annual IP Review, New York. April 2007.
Speaker, "Compliance Issues for Chinese Companies Public in the U.S.," Halter Financial Group, Phuket, Thailand. March 2007.
Speaker, "Legal and Practical Considerations for China M&A," Shanghai. September 2004.
Speaker, Executive Roundtable on Foreign Trade and Distribution Regulation, Shanghai. June 2004.
Chair, "China Real Estate Funds & Investment 2004," Shanghai. April 6, 2004.
Speaker, "Venture Capital Financing in China," Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference, Los Angeles. March 2004.
Speaker, "Mezzanine Financing for Real Estate Development in China," American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai. November 2003.
Speaker, 2003 Forbes Global CEO Conference, Shanghai: "Banking and Capital Markets in China." September 2003.
Speaker, Financial Executives International Conference, Suzhou: "Sarbanes Oxley—What Financial Officers of Foreign Subsidiaries Need to Know." September 2003.
cum laude, Member, Harvard International Law Journal
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, concentration in East Asian Studies