Blaine is a Canadian lawyer with 15 years’ experience living and working in Greater China.
Blaine has a diverse corporate practice with experience representing publicly and privately held clients on a variety of international and trans-national business and investment matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, WFOEs, intellectual property, franchising, licensing, strategic planning, distribution and supply relationships and anti- counterfeiting activities. His clients range from start-ups and entrepreneurs to multinationals and Fortune 500 companies; the common factor being that most are overseas-based with business interests or activities in China.
As an expatriate living in China, Blaine appreciates the challenges that the Chinese business environment presents to foreign business people. He is able to assist his clients to understand and navigate the legal and bureaucratic hurdles that businesses can face in China.
Blaine has lectured at seminars on topics such as Developing an IP strategy for China, Investment Opportunities in China and Approaches to Real Estate Development in China. He has written or co-authored numerous articles on Chinese laws and investment issues that have been published in the China Law & Practice Journal, Nanotechnology, Law & Business Journal, Shanghai Daily, Shanghai Business Review, Link Newsletter and Legal Studio.
Blaine was educated at the Universities of Alberta and Victoria in Canada and also the Tam Kang University in Taiwan. Blaine is also admitted to practice law in the province of British Columbia. He speaks both English and Chinese fluently.