China Law & Tax is a leading business consulting firm focusing on China, Hong Kong and Asian tax, legal, employment and business advisory services. Ralph Ybema LLM, a Dutch national, heads this Hong Kong-based practice which offers a full service range varying from general corporate and contract drafting support, capital markets transactions including Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and Privatizations, to part-time Asia corporate counsel work for MNC clients ASML Lithography, Scandinavian Tobacco and Van Leeuwen Buizen Group.
For 15 years, Ralph has advised senior executives in Blue Chip companies such as Computer Sciences Corporation of the US and Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands, both with 100 000+ staff and revenues in excess of US$ 15 Billion. He has been lead counsel in a full range of cross-border commercial transactions with an individual contract value of up to US$ 350 Million, including M&A, Joint Ventures and large-scale IT contracts.
Until recently a Member of the Boards of Hong Kong-listed PRC Blue Chip China Resources Microelectronics (HKEx: 0597) and Chiho-Tiande Group Limited (HKEx: 0976), a client company gone public in 2010, Ralph has an inside perspective on the business affairs of both Chinese State-Owned and privately held Enterprises. He is an arbitrator and mediator at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and represented the corporate counsel profession on the prestigious Professional Services Advisory Committee of Hong Kong’s Trade and Development Council (HKTDC) -then chaired by the present Hong Kong Chief Executive (Prime Minister), CY Leung.
Being founding President and Honorary Member of the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association and founding Secretary of its Singapore equivalent, Ralph frequently speaks at high profile events in China, Asia-Pacific and beyond. Past engagements include Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Indonesia, besides Toronto, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Istanbul and other locations in Europe and (by HKTDC video link) Honolulu, Orange County, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
Although Ralph spent most of his professional career in Asia and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, he has actual negotiation and drafting experience in Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. Such a powerful set of legal language skills is rare if not unique in the Far East.