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Yasue (Becky) Nao Koblitz Joins Sheppard Mullin Beijing

February 6, 2012

Yasue (Becky) Nao Koblitz has joined the Beijing office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as special counsel in the firm's Corporate practice group.  Ms. Koblitz most recently practiced at Salans in Beijing.

Ms. Koblitz's 20-plus years of legal experience spans three continents and broad areas of expertise.  She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Stanford University and American University.  Ms. Koblitz began her legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division and brings to the Beijing office a special focus to the firm's practices in cross-border antitrust, competition law, and white-collar investigations.

Guy Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin, stated that “We are pleased to have Becky join us in China.  Her work with foreign companies with respect to the intricacies of China’s developing competition law system including merger review, cartel and pricing investigations, and other aspects of China’s anti-monopoly system will support our clients as they overcome the challenges of doing business in China.” 

Given Ms. Koblitz’s unique experience in working with the U.S. Department of Justice, she also advises Chinese companies on U.S. and international antitrust issues as they increasingly invest in the United States and internationally.  She also has developed special expertise with respect to compliance issues under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and PRC Anti-bribery regulations. 

Ms. Koblitz has worked with various international law firms and corporate law departments in Beijing, Berlin, and Washington D.C., and has worked on the ground in China for over five years.  She is admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar (since 1982) and has a BA/MA from Stanford University and JD from American University.  She speaks conversational Chinese and is fluent in Japanese, German, and English.