Nicholas Rockefeller Network: Pacific Rim Function
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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
Financial Developments in Asia and the Pacific Rim
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 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 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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