Navigating the Chinese Business Environment

Though China’s regulatory system and consumer market can appear intimidating to enter, there is almost always a fast, efficient, and secure approach for businesses from the Bay Area. Solidifying an economic relationship between China and the Bay Area has been central to Chinese development policy for the last decade and the Bay Area Council has been instrumental in the implementation of that policy. This has put the Council in a unique position to guide businesses in accessing the many preferential policies available to our region.

The China initiative began in 2008 with the establishment of its first office in Shanghai. Its mission was to access more opportunities for new business in China by partnering with local governments. Since then, by capitalizing on relationships with local, provincial and central government, the Bay Area Council has opened opportunities for new business in Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. The Bay Area Council members have also provided much of the thought leadership, investment, and services China needs to resolve its critical challenges of environmental degradation, economic slowing, and deficits in public healthcare.


  • Logistics planning for trips, delegations and one-on-one meetings
  • Introductions to key government officials and business leaders
  • Business development and introduction to clients
  • Interpretation services during negotiations and meetings
  • Facilitation for terms of agreement, including site selection and incentives
  • Preparation of required registration documents and guidance through registration process
  • Continuing networking and government relations support after registration

BAC Member Articles

Morrison & Foerster: China’s Cyber Security Law: With more questions than answers, what steps can you take now?” (July, 2017)

Deloitte: “The Investment Environment in Yangpu” (December, 2016)

Upcoming Events

November 15: BACEI-Asia Society Innovation and Investment Conference

A full-day conference in the Bay Area built around two reports examining the emerging trends and issues surrounding Chinese innovation and China’s rise as a significant source of foreign direct investment into the U.S. The reports includes insights from China and the U.S. business leaders and subject matter experts to paint a comprehensive story of the growing impact of China on the economies of the Bay Area, California, and the United States.

Past Events

Chinese New Year Gala [Invite Only]

Feb. 8, 2017
Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco

The Seeds of Our Future: AgTech and the Connected World [Partner Event]

April 6, 2017
Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco

Clean Energy Ministerial 8  – CEM8 Delegation to China

June 6-9, 2017
Beijing, China

California-China Clean Energy Insights

July 11, 2017
Nixon Peabody Offices, San Francisco

Nanjing Golden Autumn Trade Fair

Sept. 11, 2017
Nanjing, China

National Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week: Sino-US Green Innovation Forum

Sept. 17, 2017
Yangpu District – Shanghai, China

Sixth Annual Innovation Delegation to China (Life Sciences)

Sept. 24-29, 2017
Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou


Committee Chairs

Andrew Giacomini, Managing Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP

Lilly Chung, Partner and West Region Chinese Services Group Leader , Deloitte

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