Globalization Series IV

Legal and Practical Considerations for Chinese Investors Buying Businesses and Real Estate

Panel Discussion 10-19-2016

Please join the North Carolina Chinese Business Association on October 19, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Research Triangle Park Foundation to hear an experienced panel discuss "Legal and Practical Considerations for Chinese Investors Buying Businesses and Real Estate."

Sponsors of the event will be Nelson Mullins & Scarborough, LLP, a firm of more than 500 attorneys and government relations professionals practicing from offices in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and throughout the Carolinas. Nelson Mullins has strong roots in the business community and an appreciation for new directions in the business world, and ABTV, a North Carolina based business advisory firm with offices in Greensboro, Charlotte, Richmond, Jacksonville, and Atlanta, possesses a wealth of financial experience including operational due diligence. ABTV's team is made up of both top executive-level professionals and talent from leading consulting and Big 4 CPA firms. ABTV looks beyond financial analysis, incorporating vision and insight into their extensive knowledge of business processes, management, marketing, sales, manufacturing and other operational areas in order to add value. Also, ABTV can provide business valuations and assist investors evaluate potential investment targets.

The panel will be moderated by Terri L. Gardner, a member of the NCCBA and attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Gardner has represented Chinese investors in buying assets from financially distressed companies.

The panelists will be:

Edward Sanz

Mr. Sanz, a partner at ABTV, has served as a CFO and financial consultant to business owners, boards of directors and senior management for the past 30 years in the U.S. and abroad. In these executive-level roles, he has developed a track record for applying his creative business acumen to helping companies overcome difficult operating and financial challenges. He has worked in manufacturing, distribution, restaurant, food, higher education, retail, printing, media, construction, non-profit, service, telecom, real estate, software/technology, professional services and aviation. An accomplished domestic and international finance manager, Mr. Sanz focuses on stabilizing and turning around troubled companies by improving cash flow, restructuring debt and returning them to sustainable profitability. This has also included strategic advisory work and related mergers and acquisitions. He has been the CFO for several companies, including a three-year expatriate assignment in Mexico, and he also has significant experience working in South America, Europe and Africa.

Lawrence T. Englert

Mr. Englert, Managing Director at ABTV, has served as Chief Restructuring Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, as well as consultant to client companies. He has worked with companies with annual revenues from $10 million to $250 million. He has experience in manufacturing, distribution and service sectors of both consumer and business to business products. His industry experience includes building products, apparel, textiles, truck body manufacturing, pharmaceutical, chemical, plastics and motion pictures. Mr. Englert has executed asset divestitures, as well as managed the sell side process of corporate transactions.

Scott Tobin

Mr. Tobin is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Raleigh and Atlanta offices where he provides strategic business advice and litigation support to high growth organizations and those who govern, manage, and invest in them. While he advises those involved in a broad spectrum of industries, a significant portion of his business practice focuses on managing risk and capitalizing on growth opportunities for privately held life science and information technology companies and their investors. He often teams with clients at business critical junctures including raising capital, leveraging capital and technologies (typically through licensing, strategic partnerships, or acquisitions), or when owners or managers are exiting a business.

Grey Littlewood

Mr. Littlewood is an associate in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Raleigh office where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate, investment and leasing. Grey is licensed in both Virginia and North Carolina and routinely represents sponsorship groups, private real estate funds and other investors in the acquisition, financing, development, and leasing of commercial properties. In addition, Grey provides services to the capital markets industry and has represented numerous banks and other lending institutions in a variety of commercial financing transactions. In developing his real estate practice, Grey has also assisted clients with complex real estate valuation issues and represented clients against state and local governments in both tax and land use disputes. Grey also enjoys assisting new businesses with their legal needs. Prior to entering private practice, Grey served as a founding team member and counsel to a West Coast based CNN "top-ten startup of the year."