St. John joined Brunswick in 2008 following seven years at APCO Worldwide where he advised foreign multinationals on investment, public affairs, government engagement, and corporate communications issues across China.
St. John has extensive hands-on experience advising on technology, media, and telecom issues as well as natural resources sector. He is a key author and driver of Brunswick’s government and policy analysis.
Recent issue and crisis counsel includes high profile environmental incidents; multi-jurisdictional product recalls; food and safety recalls; anti-corruption investigations; intellectual property litigation; bankruptcy and criminal matters; class action cross-border lawsuits; and corporate espionage matters. He has advised on Chinese companies going global, including the acquisition of key assets and integration matters, as well as foreign companies acquiring assets in China.
The China International Import Expo (CIIE), the country’s first state-sponsored import promotion fair, concluded in Shanghai on Saturday. The CIIE appears to have been a boon for foreign sellers: over its six days, Chinese state-owned and private firms signed about $58 billion in contracts and agreements with international companies. But the event, as a diplomatic venture, provided little clarity on how China would resolve its dispute with the US or manage its economic relations with other western economies.
By Yan Mei
12 November 2018
China’s President Xi Jinping on Monday will open the six-day inaugural China International Import Expo in Shanghai (“CIIE”). As one of China’s key diplomatic events of 2018, this is far more than just another trade fair. It is a platform to demonstrate that China is open for business—and is set to open to the rest of the world even wider.
By Yan Mei
02 November 2018