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Financial Developments in Asia and the Pacific Rim

August 5, 2006

Banking Law Committee
Michael Roster, Golden West Financial Corporation
Juliana S. O’Reilly, Fannie Mae

Nicholas Rockefeller, principal, Rockvest Group, GlobalAgora

Daniel Fung, senior officer, Republic of China; former Solicitor General
of Hong Kong

Dawn Haghighi, president, U.S. Hong Kong Business Association; former
senior counsel, Charter One Bank 

David K.Y. Tang, partner, Preston Gates; chair, Federal Reserve Bank of
San Francisco        
Financial Developments in Asia and the Pacific Rim
Speaker Biographies

Nicholas Rockefeller

Nicholas Rockefeller is vice chairman and chief legal officer of the RockVest Group of Investors and is involved in various banking and commercial projects in China and
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Advisory Board of RAND, the Corporate Advisory Board of the Pacific Council on International Relations, the Board of the Western Justice Center Foundation, and the Central China Development Council and has served as a participant in the World Economic Forum and the Aspen Institute.  He also serves as a director of the Pacific Rim Cultural Foundation, and is a member of the boards of visitors of the law schools of the University of Oregon and of Pepperdine University.   Nicholas’ China practice includes transactions with China’s largest banks, energy companies, communications entities and real estate enterprises as well as with China’s principal cities and leading provinces.  He was chosen as a board member of the Central China Construction and Development Commission and as a director of the Xiwai International School of Shanghai International University. He has appeared numerous times on CCTV and other China media.    

Nicholas is a graduate of Yale University and of Yale Law School.

Daniel Fung

Daniel Fung was the first person of Chinese extraction to serve as Solicitor-General of Hong Kong, doing so in the years 1994-98 and thus straddling Hong Kong’s reversion to Chinese sovereignty.  He is Senior Counsel of the Hong Kong Bar specializing in constitutional and commercial law and is the chairman of Des Voeux Chambers.  Daniel also is currently chairman of the Broadcasting Authority, the government regulator of television and radio broadcasting in and out of Hong Kong, and is the founding chairman of the East-West Strategic Development Commission (Estradev), a non-profit, apolitical platform for conducting business-to-government dialogue to stimulate economic growth in emerging markets such as India, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic, and other nations.   In addition, Daniel is a member of the World Bank International Advisory Council on Law & Justice, a national delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultive Conference, chairman of the China Law Council, and president of the International Law Association Hong Kong Chapter.  He has been a member of Middle Temple since 1974, and in 1990 he became the youngest member of the Hong Kong bar to be appointed Queen’s Council.  Daniel also was a Visiting Scholar to Harvard Law School (1998-99) and a Senior Visiting Fellow to Yale Law School (1999).   Daniel is a fellow of University College London, where he graduated with an LL.B. in 1974 and an LL.M in 1978.

Dawn Haghighi
Dawn Haghighi is former vice president, senior counsel and director of legal operations for Charter One Bank in Illinois and recently served as special counsel to Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Illinois.  She has extensive experience in banking, corporate, health care and labor law.   After over a decade in law firm practice, Dawn previously served as corporate counsel at Interstate National Corporation, a subsidiary of Fireman’s Fund and affiliate of the Allianz Group, and as Midwest labor counsel for Nordstrom’s.   Dawn is a member of the board of directors of the Chinese American Service League and is past president of the Association of Corporate Counsel Chicago Chapter, of the National Hong Kong Business Association, and of the Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest.  She also was part of the delegation to the White House welcoming ceremony for Premier Wen Jia Boa of the PRC and has been an organizer and speaker for a wide range of conferences on China and the Pacific Rim. Dawn is a graduate of The College of Wooster and of Case Western School of Law.  She also has completed Chinese language programs in the U.S. and in Beijing.     David K.Y. Tang David Tang is a partner at Preston Gates Ellis LLP and is based in the firm’s Seattle and Hong Kong offices.  He also currently is chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.   David’s law practice is focused on international commercial transactions, venture and secured financings, and foreign investment matters.  He has over 25 years of transactional experience in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.   David is a graduate of Columbia University and of Harvard Law School.

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