April 17, 2014

Woo Greater China Business Conference at UCLA Anderson Addresses Cross-Border Investment

Business leaders weigh in on growth industries, regulatory compliance, investment strategies and more

LOS ANGELES (April 17, 2014) - UCLA Anderson School of Management will host its eighth annual Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference, titled "Success Stories of U.S.-China Investment," on Friday, April 18, 2014. Successful U.S. and Chinese business leaders, investors and academics will gather at the event to discuss issues affecting cross-border investments, from growth industries to regulatory and compliance issues.

"We are in a challenging environment for U.S.-China cross-border business and investment,” says Michael Woo, Los Angeles' first Chinese-American city councilman and son of conference founder Wilbur K. Woo. “Yet many companies are experiencing success in both directions. The Woo Conference provides a forum to hear from successful and influential investors and business leaders who are establishing collaborative partnerships, overcoming hurdles and successfully engaging in East West cross-border investments.”

UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian and Woo will deliver opening remarks; the keynote address will be given by California State Controller John Chiang. This will be followed by a macro overview of China's economy by William Yu, economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, and a business perspective provided by Siu Fung Chan, partner and head of strategy consulting at PwC China.

Panel discussions and sessions throughout the day will address topics such as corporate social responsibility, investment strategies for Chinese companies entering the U.S. market, implications of China’s diversified investments in U.S. real estate markets, competitiveness of Chinese technology companies, cross-border investment in film and entertainment and cross-border talent and bicultural issues, and more.

“The Woo Conference recognizes the vital importance of market forces in Greater China” says Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. “As cross-border investments grow in both directions between China and the US, we are fortunate to have a slate of speakers at the conference who will illuminate the drivers, challenges and outcomes of China - US relationships.”

Speakers include representatives from: Cathay Bank, China Telecom (Americas), Castle, Cox & Nicholson, LLP., CBRE, Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation Bank, Landsea, U.S.-China Real Estate Investment Center, Princess Cruises, Latham & Watkins LLP, Aon, Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum, China Mobile International (USA) Inc., Transfuels, ChinaCache, PwC, Allergan Inc., Houlihan Lockey, Pacific Auto Company, Orb Media Group, Resolution Agency, LeVision Pictures U.S., Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP.

Born in China in 1916, the late Wilbur K. Woo received his bachelor's degree in business administration from UCLA. He endowed the Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference at UCLA Anderson with the goal of promoting understanding of the economic ties between the Greater China region and United States. He established the Conference to show his gratitude for the training he received at his alma mater many years ago.

The 2014 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference is sponsored by PwC, Cathay Bank and Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP. This year's conference is organized by the Center for Global Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management in association with the Greater China Business Association and in collaboration with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA). To view the full schedule and panel topics for this year's conference, please visit: anderson.ucla.edu/wooconference

About the UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management

TThe Center for Global Management (CGM) prepares UCLA Anderson students to understand, shape, and succeed in the complex world of global business. The Center provides conceptual frameworks through which to view various regions and economies, and instills in students the necessary global social, intellectual, and psychological competencies to become truly global citizens.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson's MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school's Think In The Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UCLAAnderson or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uclaanderson.

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