Nota Bene Episode 105: Asia Q4 Check In: Asia Continues Marching Forward Post-Pandemic with Paul Kim


Our Asian markets expert, Paul Kim, joins the conversation with updates on the recovery efforts post-pandemic in Asia. We further explore China’s rise as a dominant figure in the world economy, the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on multinational companies, and the progress of Eastern countries despite COVID setbacks.

Paul is a graduate of the University of Chicago, with highest honors, and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard University.  Paul currently serves in private practice as a Corporate Partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Seoul office advising clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, venture capital and securities transactions, restructurings and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

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What We Discussed in This Episode:

  • How is Asia’s economic progress different than the progress (or lack thereof) in the U.S. post-pandemic?
  • What is the common view and reaction of those in Eastern countries of how COVID was handled in the U.S.?
  • What are some of the safety measures still being followed by individuals in Asian countries despite decreased COVID cases?
  • How is China’s economy pulling ahead of the U.S.’s with the signing of the latest Asia-Pacific trade deal?
  • Why are multinational companies being forced to choose between doing business in the U.S. or in China?
  • Is the conflict between the U.S. and China regarding trade likely to continue after the U.S. election is settled?
  • What is the impression in the East of how the U.S. election developed?
  • As China moves closer to a One-China policy, does it have a more political and economic advantage over the West in becoming a harbor for the rest of the world?

Resources Mentioned:

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies – Jared Diamond 

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