Robin Gerofsky Kaptzan, Esq.

Partner - Senior International Corporate Counsel

212.518.8532
rkaptzan@zahnlawglobal.com

Robin Gerofsky Kaptzan, Partner – Senior International Corporate Counsel, Bio Photo

Robin is a partner of the law firm, who leads both the Asia-Pacific practice, as well as the firm’s Corporate and Dispute Resolution/Strategy Design teams. She has three decades of diverse international legal and business experience in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific region, focusing primarily on corporate, dispute resolution, and large project management.

Robin provides sensible forward-thinking guidance with a deep appreciation for her clients’ corporate and personal philosophies and cultural traditions, making her a trusted advisor. She is a passionate and proactive advocate for her clients and finds creative, practical solutions, while focusing on minimizing risk and maximizing efficiency and return.

1. Asia-Pacific Projects.
Robin was a trailblazer having worked since 2005 in Shanghai as a Senior Foreign Counsel for some of the largest prestigious Chinese and foreign law firms. For over two decades, Robin orchestrated legal teams, and oversaw and managed legal projects for her clients hailing from a variety of sectors, which include small to multinational companies (private, public, family), government offices and individuals, many with private investments, operations or connections around the globe.

Robin also lived and worked in Hong Kong for almost 4 years, acquiring an understanding of local laws, regulations, and business practices.

Her cross-border project work in the Asia-Pacific region has allowed her to build strong long-term client relationships as well as trusted business relationships with talented colleagues on the ground throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and with whom she continues to work.

2. Corporate.
International. While acting as an International Business Lawyer and Global Corporate General Counsel, Robin is sought out by her clients to structure and conclude cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and transactions, craft commercial contracts, and design investment and negotiation strategies. Additional transactional support she provides is essential employment, intellectual property, corporate, and commercial guidance together with overseeing and orchestrating large projects.

Domestic. For her U.S. focused corporate clients, Robin listens to her clients and designs advantageous business structures, carving a path to the client’s intended goal. Robin also provides further support when preparing contracts and recommending and implementing protections for the business.

When navigating simple to complex corporate challenges, domestic and international, Robin concentrates on her client’s core needs and interests together with strong corporate governance and business growth. Having lived and worked in the Asia-Pacific region for over 20 years, Robin’s knowledge of local laws, regulations, customs and cross-border projects is invaluable in today’s global environment and is applied to all her corporate work.

3. Dispute Resolution and Strategy Design.
Robin began her career as a Corporate Litigation Attorney in New York City, handling complex litigation cases for almost 10 years before moving to Asia. While in China, Robin guided corporations and individuals in multifaceted commercial, cyber-fraud, and labor disputes and arbitrations. Now, Robin channels her decades of litigation and investigation expertise for complex dispute resolutions, regulatory compliance, data protection, and government and corporate investigations and internal company audits. She innovatively analyzes and comprehends volumes of her clients’ crucial facts, identifies and dissects concerns and relevant legal principles, carefully applies the laws and regulations and then implements them, while attaining paramount results to support her clients’ goals.

Robin’s continued connection throughout the decades to U.S. lawyers, accountants, and investment bankers allows her access to information to support her domestic and cross-border projects.

As a dynamic leader, Robin was appointed significant head roles by the American Bar Association, International Law Section starting in 2007, including strengthening relations with the Shanghai Bar Association and American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai Chapter. As a routine author, Robin has contributed to publications by the Section, Thomson Reuters, and other prominent magazines. She also presents on China laws and regulations, US laws and diversity, U.S.-Asia transactions, and corporate governance.

Robin Gerofsky Kaptzan is a seasoned General Counsel with a committed focus on the Asia-Pacific region (with a focus on China), Business Solutions, Strategy and Project Management, and has shared her knowledge with her clients and the global community for over a decade.

Publications

Book Contributions

  • “The Golden Rules: Negotiating and Cultural Differences” – Chapter in a book entitled “Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Doing Business in China” – published by the American Bar Association, International Law Section – 2013, 2015, 2017 & 2019
  • “China’s New Foreign Investment Law Review” – Chapter in a book entitled “Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Doing Business in China” -published by the American Bar Association, International Law Section – 2019
  • “My Toolbox”, Chapter in a book entitled “Careers in International Law: Fifth Edition” that was published by the American Bar Association, International Law Section & edited by Marcelo E. Bombau – 2019
  • “China Law eBulletin” – Oversaw, contributed and edited committee newsletters published by the American Bar Association, International Law Section, China Committee (Co-Chair) – 2013
  • “New Tax Laws for Foreign Companies in China” – China Chapter in a book entitled “The International Lawyer” (a/k/a “Year in Review”) published by the American Bar Association, International Law Section – 2010
  • “China’s Tightened Control of Registration Procedures for Representative Offices” – China Chapter in a book entitled “The International Lawyer” (a/k/a “Year in Review”) published by the American Bar Association, International Law Section – 2010
  • “China Law Reporter”- Oversaw, edited and contributed to committee newsletters published by the American Bar Association, International Law Section, China Committee (Vice-Chair) – 2008-2009

Published Articles

Legal Zoom (online Magazine-U.S.A.) – Interviewed and quoted in articles by Katherine Gustafson

  • “How to Draft an LLC Operating Agreement” – 2023
  • “What does “inc” mean in a company name?” – 2023

American Bar Association, International Law Section, China Committee

  • “Marrying Your Partner without Getting a Business License – An Alternative to a Joint Venture in China” – 2014
  • “Hot Topics in Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions: Employment and Ethics Issues – 2013
  • “China’s Fiscal Stimulus Package: The Chinese Government’s reaction to the Global Financial Crisis” – 2009
  • “A Move Forward in China’s Implementation of its Unfair Competition Law When Hearing Civil Cases” – 2007
  • “A Hurdle for Small and Medium-Size Companies in Shanghai Supervision of the Company by Shareholders and Employees through a Supervisory Board or Individual Supervisors?” – 2006

American Bar Association, International Employment Law Section

  • “China – Proving a Contract is a Forgery in China: The Ink Test Application” – 2015

American Bar Association, International Law Section, Diversity Committee

  • “Bending in the Wind: The Chinese & American Culture” – 2015

Law Firm Newsletters and Law Updates

  • “China Investments Corporate Governance Advantages Under The 2020 PRC Foreign Investment Law” – 2023
  • “Shanghai’s Resumption Of Work Procedure Reopening Of China’s Factories & Loosening Of The Supply China Bottleneck” – 2022
  • “December 2021 China Increased Its Minimum Wage” – 2022
  • “China Scrambles as Coronavirus Closes Chinese Factories” – Shanghai 2020
  • “China Internet and Data Laws are Being Strictly Enforced, Yet are Still Murky” – Shanghai 2018
  • “China Increases Personal Protections and Enforcement in the Food, Drug and Related Industries: A review of recent court precedent, judicial interpretations and new laws” – Shanghai 2014
  • “China Legal and Business Guide” – Marketing booklet published by Haworth & Lexon Law Firm – Shanghai 2013
  • “3rd Amendment to PRC Trademark Law” – 2013
  • “The Free-Rider’s Shareholders are Jointly Liable for the Infringement” – 2012
  • “Court Awards Employee RMB 1 Million for Service Invention” – 2012
  • “The Right to Protect or Release Private Company and Individual Information” – 2012
  • “Supreme People’s Court Determines a Basic ‘Non-Competition Agreement’ does not constitute a Security Measure Protecting “Trade Secrets” – 2013
  • “Protecting a PRC Business from Wrongful Conduct” – 2012
  • “GAC released 16 Measures to Promote the Steady Increase of Foreign Trade” – 2012
  • “Court Awards Employee RMB 1 Million for Service Invention” – 2012
  • “Foreigners Working in China Are Now Required to Pay Monthly Social Insurance” – 2011
  • “China’s Reformation of the Tort Liability Law” – 2010
  • “Foreigners Working in China Are Now Required to Pay Monthly Social Insurance” – 2009

Speaking Engagements

Hosted by Government Trade Divisions, Associations and Law Firms

  • “Hurdles for Doing Business in China: Tackling Tax and Legal Issues for Small and Global Operations – BOKS International – Webinar 2023
  • “Should I Stay? Or Should I Go” – Hosted by Zahn Law Group, LLP – Webinar 2023
  • “The Elephant in the Room: Balancing Ethics vs. Profitability in Your China Business” – US-China Intellectual Property Exchange and Development Foundation – Webinar 2022
  • “Why is China Still a Place to do Business? Current Opportunities and Mechanisms for Success-in what is the “new” normal” – US-China Intellectual Property Exchange and Development Foundation – Webinar 2020
  • “Embracing USA Cross Border Dispute Resolution” –Qingdao, China Government – Qingdao, China 2018
  • “How to Get Paid – Without Negotiating! – Duan & Duan Law Firm (Shanghai) – Shanghai, China 2018
  • “Conducting Business in China” (Intellectual Property, Market Entry and Food Industry) –Queensland, Australia’s Shanghai, China Trade Mission Office – Shanghai, China 2018
  • “Conducting Business in China from a Legal and Business Perspective” – Marquette University (Executive MBA and Undergraduate Business Students) – Shanghai, China 2007 – 2017
  • “Conducting Business in the USA: A Cultural & Legal Perspective” –Duan & Duan Law Firm (Shanghai) – Shanghai, China 2015

Hosted by the American Bar Association, International Law Section

  • “Navigating the Rough Seas of Foreign Legal Compliance and Accelerating Compliance Enhancement” – Virtual Annual Spring Meeting – Webinar 2020
  • “The Challenging Job of Managing Labor and Employment Issues in Asia’s Mosaic of Cultures and Jurisdictions” – China Committee Monthly Meeting – Webinar 2020
  • “How to Sell a Non-U.S. Business to a U.S. Public Company – Annual Spring Meeting – Regional Meeting – Miami, Florida, U.S.A. 2017
  • “Ladies Gambatte, Kudasai: A GRIT Toolkit” (Equality for Women in the Workforce) – Regional Meeting – Tokyo, Japan 2016
  • “The Challenging Job of Managing Labor and Employment Issues in Asia’s Mosaic of Cultures and Jurisdictions” – Annual Spring Meeting – Washington, DC U.S.A. 2015
  • “Mediation Acceptance Differs in China, US Competition” – Co-hosted with the China Business Lawyers Association and Asian American Bar Association of New York (Quoted in article written by Paul Wilitzkin, China Daily) – New York City, New York U.S.A. 2015
  • “When Management Misbehaves in China” – Fall Regional Conference – Montreal, Canada 2015
  • “Managing Cross-Cultural Fires Between Asian Cultures and Western Cultures Focus on China and America” – Asia Pacific Committee & Diversity Committee – Webinar 2015
  • “Revisiting Business Structuring for Your China Operations” – Fall Regional Conference – New York City, New York U.S.A. 2014
  • “Revising Business Structures for your China Operation” – Annual Spring Meeting – New York City, New York U.S.A.2014

Robin Gerofsky Kaptzan works as a Corporate Attorney, Business Advisor, and Global General Counsel, and has been recognized in the legal community in various arenas.

American Bar Association, International Law Section – U.S.A.

  • Judge of Nominating Committee, Mayre Rasmussen Award – 2020-2024
  • At-Large Council of the American Bar Association, International Law Section (Appointed Member) – 2021-2023
  • Best Section Program for the Annual Meeting” (Co-chair, Program Coordinator) – 2016
  • “Unsung Hero” – 2013
  • “Outstanding Collaboration Between Committees on a Non-CLE Program” (Co-chair) – 2013
  • “Best Committee Publication” (Co-chair, Editor) – 2013

International Moot Competition (Shanghai Arbitration Association) – Shanghai, China

  • “Extraordinary Contributions Award” – 2019

International Professional Women’s Society – Shanghai, China

  • Lead Judge of Nominating Committee – Annual awards appointed by category to leading business women in Shanghai, China – 2018
Practice Areas:
  • Business & Corporate
  • Asia-Pacific Practice
  • Cross-Border
  • Employment & Other Disputes
  • Family Office Services
  • Crypto Currency Disputes
  • External General Counsel
  • Project Management
Admissions:
  • New York

Education:

  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law
  • University of Miami Herbert Business School, Magna Cum Laude