Robert Q. Lee: Lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP

Robert Q. Lee

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Shanghai,  China
Phone+86.21.6100.8972

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality, Resort & Golf
  • Technology
  • China
  • Finance & Financial Institutions
  • Japan
  • Latin America
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Real Estate
  • Transactional & Securities
 
EducationThe George Washington University (B.A., 1992); University of Wyoming School of Law (J.D., 1995) Member, Editorial Board for the Law Review
 
Admitted1995, Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. (Not admitted in China)
 
LanguagesKnowledgeable of Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and Vietnamese
 
Biography

Robert Q. Lee is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where his practice focuses on the representation of public, private, and emerging growth companies in corporate and commercial matters, mergers, asset and stock acquisitions and divestitures, reorganizations and roll-ups, business start-ups, securities offerings, indentures, bond issues, corporate governance, private equity and mezzanine financing, securitizations, equipment financing, secured transactions, supplier and distribution agreements, technology licensing, servicing agreements, and franchising.

Mr. Lee has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest rating of 5.0 out of 5, in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Lee was a partner with an international law firm and previously served as interim in-house counsel and outside corporate counsel for GE Power Systems, GE Capital, GE Access and GE Transportation, and provided support for Siemens corporate and real estate legal divisions.

Mr. Lee has engaged in cross-border transactions and investments particularly relating to Latin America and Asia Pacific (China/Hong Kong) Regions, including aviation related projects (manufacturing and flight training), letters of credit, bank guarantees, stock exchanges, reverse mergers with U.S. publicly traded entities, project financing, corporate reorganizations, equity and cooperative joint ventures, power generation projects, strategic alliances, transnational technology transfers and licensing, manufacturing and development projects, WFOEs, Hong Kong holding companies, import and export arrangements, international distribution agreements, and international consortia agreements and foreign investments in real estate. He has negotiated and conducted filings with MOFTEC, MOFCOM, CAAC, SEZs, and provincial and municipal governments, and coordinated the structuring of preferential projects for foreign enterprises in China. Mr. Lee has also represented foreign investors and executives in U.S. immigration matters, including formation and investments in EB-5 Regional Centers and applications for business and investment visas (L-1 and E visas).

In the areas of financing and secured lending, Mr. Lee has performed work for major banks, governmental lending agencies, and other lending groups (GE Capital, Heller Financial, SunTrust, CNL, Wells Fargo, Citibank, and Colonial Bank), including syndicated and multi-tranche loans, workouts and restructuring of loan facilities, complex multi-state commercial loan transactions, sales and purchases of notes, mortgages and bank instruments, securitizations, and project financing. He has negotiated, prepared and reviewed credit agreements, mortgages, security agreements, financing statements, partnerships, stock and membership interest pledges, guaranties, intercreditor agreements, participation agreements, forbearance agreements, subordination agreements and other collateral documents as well. In addition, Mr. Lee has engaged in municipal bond issuance transactions and financing for construction and infrastructure projects.

Mr. Lee has served as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, developers, investment funds and major landowners for commercial real estate matters, including negotiation, drafting and review of real estate purchase and sale agreements for land, Planned Unit Developments, retail and office centers, hotels, restaurants, resorts, assisted living facilities, and industrial warehouses. He has reviewed title, survey and permitting matters and prepared commercial leases, easements, reciprocal covenants, licenses, ground leases, management agreements, and operating agreements.

Additionally, Mr. Lee has represented issuers, underwriters, and investors in connection with Regulation D exempt transactions and private placements, IPOs, PIPEs, secondary offerings, registration of securities with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and listing on U.S. stock exchanges and OTCBB. He has provided counsel with respect to corporate governance, SEC reporting and Blue Sky legal compliance, NASD requirements, underwriting and IR agreements, legal opinions, and "comfort" letters.

Representative Transactions

International Transactions
• Represented U.S. helicopter manufacturer in stock sale to Chinese-owned enterprise
• Represented U.S. biotechnology firm in multi-billion dollar licensing and technology transfers in East Asia and India
• Represented U.S. company in tire manufacturing joint ventures in China, P.R.C.
• Represented U.S. publicly traded company in connection with technology transfer and licensing agreement with German company
• Assisted Chinese parent company in recapitalization of U.S. subsidiary
• Established joint venture agreements for Chinese flight training joint ventures in China
• Represented Korean company in buy-out of Korean joint venture by publicly held U.S. paper company
• Represented Chinese-Japanese manufacturing joint venture in establishing North American distributorships
• Represented U.S. and Chinese companies in connection with OEM and manufacturing agreements
• Represented Chinese companies in connection with commodities and minerals purchase and sale agreements
• Negotiated long term aviation consulting agreements with Chinese airlines

Mergers and Acquisitions
• Represented acquirer in assets purchase of commercial airline pilot training facilities from major aeronautical university
• Represented large public U.S. banking group in multi-billion dollar merger of 18 income partnership funds
• Represented target in $3 million asset sale of Canadian electronic component manufacturer
• Represented Fortune 50 company in $30 million acquisition of limited liability company membership interest in Georgia technology company
• Represented acquiror in $10 million asset purchase of New York recorder stylus manufacturer
• Represented Fortune 10 technology company in multi-million dollar buy-out of equity interest in transportation joint venture
• Represented target in $1.25 million asset sale of mail service franchises
• Represented acquiror in $1 million purchase of assets of a North American fleet managing system company from receivership
• Represented Fortune 250 construction company in multi-million stock divestiture of construction division

Corporate Transactions
• Represented Fortune 10 company in $4 million sale of power generation system and teaming agreement with Malaysian company
• Represented Fortune 10 company in connection with privatization of Oman power system project
• Represented Fortune 10 company in connection with teaming agreement for sale and development of energy control systems in Australia
• Represented Fortune 10 company in negotiation and drafting of sale and service agreements for digital satellite communications system
• Negotiated with national railway systems and prepared Purchase, Services and License Agreement for PinPoint Locomotive Tracking System

Venture Capital Transactions
• Represented Fortune 50 company in $3 million venture capital investment in California technology start-up target
• Represented Internet start-up Issuer in $1.25 million convertible debt offering
• Represented technology start-up Issuer in $750,000 bridge loan/warrant issuance
• Represented technology start-up Issuer in $350,000 bridge loan/warrant issuance

Lending and Work Outs
• Represented borrower and affiliated companies involving workout of $900 million securitized loans secured by hotels and resorts, equity interests, and other assets located in the United States
• Represented borrower and affiliated companies involving $800 million loans secured by hotels and resorts, receivables, and other assets located in the United States and equity interests in foreign holding companies
• Represented senior lender in Participation Financing involving workout of Credit Facilities of co-senior lenders and junior lender and Note Exchange Offering (Total workout value of over $300 million; client participation value of $50 million)
• Represented borrower and affiliated companies involving $165 million loans secured by timeshare resorts receivables, inventory, intellectual property; and real property located primarily in Southeastern United States
• Represented international holding companies and affiliates involving $30 million acquisition loan secured by hotel property located in the Atlanta International Airport Concourse
• Represented borrower involving $26.4 million conveyance and loan assumption transactions involving hotel property located in Florida
• Represented borrower involving $2 million medical equipment financing
• Represented lender involving $3 million revolving credit facility
• Represented lender involving $1.8 million construction equipment financing

Bond Issuance
• Represented underwriter in connection with $13,250,000 industrial development revenue bonds issuance for improvements to educational facilities
• Represented issuer in $12.5 million revenue bonds issuance for construction of health care facilities

Securities Offerings
• Represented Hong Kong publicly traded company in connection with reverse merger with U.S. publicly traded company and filing of registration statement with SEC and NASDAQ listing
• Represented issuer in $40 million private placement
• Represented issuer in $25 million exempt offering of convertible preferred series stock
• Represented issuer in $15 million private placement
• Represented issuer in $10 million private placement
• Represented issuer in $3.5 million offering of preferred series stock and warrants issuance
• Represented issuer in $3 million preferred series stock offering

General Real Estate
• Represented major fund in multi-million dollar acquisition of REO properties from developer and banking institutions
• Represented major landowner in connection with $30 million sale of DRI real property and purchase money financing
• Represented Fortune 250 developer in $12 million acquisition of unimproved land
• Represented Fortune 250 developer in $5 million acquisition of platted building lots in PUD
• Represented purchaser in $13 million acquisition of office park
• Represented purchaser in $5 million purchase of hotel
• Represented Fortune 250 educational institution in $5 million acquisition of designed-built facility
• Represented purchaser in $8 million purchase of retail center
• Represented purchaser in $1.5 million purchase of warehouse facilities
• Represented Fortune 100 company in disposition of 68,000 square-foot warehouse facility
• Represented purchaser in $3.5 million purchase of restaurant facilities
• Represented seller in $5.25 million sale of condominium/hotel units

Development
• Represented developer in connection with amendment of Development of Regional Impact Development Order for 2,850 acre parcel
• Represented developer in development of 5,000 unit planned residential community
• Represented developer in acquisition and development of 10.25 acre multi-unit commercial park
• Represented developer in acquisition and development of 800 unit timeshare resort
• Represented developer in development of 245 multi-unit residential building

Leases
• Developed lease form for regional shopping center
• Developed lease form for 400,000 square-foot industrial park
• Represented Fortune 100 company in leasing of 220,000 square-foot industrial manufacturing facilities
• Represented Fortune 100 company in negotiating and drafting of build-to-suit lease involving 120,000 square-foot industrial warehouse facilities
• Represented landowner in leasing of 20,000 square-foot boat repair and docking facilities including riparian rights
• Represented major hotel chain owner in connection with negotiation and drafting of ground lease (13.5 acres)

Education

Mr. Lee earned his law degree from the University of Wyoming School of Law (J.D., 1995), where he was a member of the editorial board for the Law Review. His undergraduate degree was conferred by The George Washington University (B.A., 1992).

Admissions and Memberships

Mr. Lee is admitted to The Florida Bar, and additionally admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

He is a member of the Attorney's Title Insurance Fund Inc.; the American Bar Association (Business Law Section, China Law Committee, International Law Section); The Florida Bar Association (Business Law Section, International Law Section); and the Miami-Dade County Bar Association.

Professional and Community Leadership

Mr. Lee currently serves as a board member of the Association for Corporate Growth Orlando, executive board member of the Florida Hospital East Foundation, and has been elected president of the Hong Kong Association of Florida. He also serves on the George Washington University Elliott School International Council and the Rollins College International Business Advisory Board. He has served as legal counsel and advisor for International Buddhist and Progress Society, advisory board member of The Accountant Attorney Networking Group of Florida (AANGFL), legal counsel and board member for New Hope for Kids, chairman of the City of Orlando Minority and Women Enterprises Certification Board, member of the Dean's Advisory Circle for Barry University Andreas School of Business, board member of the Metro Orlando International Affairs Commission, founding member of the Orlando Committee on Foreign Affairs, president of the U.S. Pan-Asia Chamber of Commerce, board member and legal counsel for the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (Miami and Orlando), member of the Global Business Advisory Board of Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, legal counsel and board member of the Florida-China Association, Inc., representative of the Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce of Florida, board member for the Asian American Federation of Florida, Inc., board member and chair of the Professionalism/CLE Committee for Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association, and member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Languages

Mr. Lee is knowledgeable of Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and Vietnamese languages.

Recognition Florida Trend Magazine named Mr. Lee to the list of Florida Legal Elite in 2011. He was recognized as "The Strategist" on the "ALB Hot 100: The Hottest Lawyers of 2009" by Asian Legal Business Magazine and again on the "Hot 25 2009: The Legal High Flyers of the Year" by ALB China Magazine.

Publications
• Quoted, "Robert Q. Lee: New Florida manufacturing law to grow local industry," Orlando Business Journal (October 4, 2013)
• Co-Author, "China," Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery and Compliance- A Global Guide, published by LexisNexis (November 2011)
• Co-Author, "Private Equity and Hedge Fund Investments in Bank Holding Companies: Finding a Safe Harbor in the Federal Reserve's Regulatory Maze," Bloomberg Banking and Finance Law Report (July 2011)
• Co-Author, "Recent Developments: Avoiding the Pitfalls of 'Hidden Rules' Chinese Graft Laws and the FCPA," ABA China Law Reporter, 6.1 (2010)
• Author, "China and Latin America: Striking a New Balance," China Business Law Journal, 1.1 (2009)
• Author, "China's Rising Interest in Latin America," The China Business Review (September/October 2009)
• Author, Note: "The Presumption Against Extraterritorial Application of the National Environmental Act: Has the Iron Curtain Been Lifted?" Environmental Defense Fund v. Massey, 986 F.2d 528 (D.C. Cir. 1993)"; 29 Land and Water L. Rev. 533 (1994)
• Quoted in business and industry publications, including The Wall Street Journal, World Expo and Global Finance Magazine; Published on Web sites, including Nasdaq.com and Law360.com

Lectures and Speaking Engagements
• Speaker, "Foreign Direct Investment: Trends & Successful Strategies," 2013 Florida ACG Capital Connection, Orlando, Florida (2013)
• Speaker, "Beyond 101: Building a China Practice - Best Practices of Success in China," San Diego Chinese Attorneys Association, San Diego, California (2013)
• Speaker, "Corporate Forms, Best Practices, and Cross Border Tax Issues for Success in China," NAPABA Southeast Regional Conference, Tampa, Florida (2013)
• Speaker, Michigan Chapter of ACC's Eighth Annual State of the Law Update for In-House Attorneys, Livonia, Michigan (2013)
• Speaker, China Goes Global Conference, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2012)
• Speaker, "Doing Business with China and Asia," Orlando Regional International Council and Orlando Regional Realtors Association, Lake Nona, Florida (2012)
• Panelist, "Miami's Asia Summit: Addressing the Dynamics of the Relationship between the United States, Latin America, and Asia," Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's International Business Development Group, Miami, Florida (2012)
• Expert Panelist, "Business Without Borders: Sourcing Asia," HSBC Bank USA, South Florida Business Journal, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2011)
• Speaker, "Business Without Borders: Doing Business in Latin America," HSBC Bank USA, Business Without Borders Panel Discussion, Coral Gables, Florida (2011)
• Speaker, "Doing Business in Korea," Korean Economic Institute, Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School, Winter Park, Florida (2011)
• Moderator, "Financing Opportunities in Turbulent Times," Global Intelligence Briefing, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami, Florida (2011)
• Moderator, "China Business Panel," Annual Asian Business Conference, Florida China Association, Inc., Miami, Florida (2011)
• Speaker, "Chances and Challenges for Issuers and Financial Service Providers in German and Chinese Capital Markets," The Primerus International Transactional Services Practice Group Webinar, Miami, Florida (2011)
• Speaker, "Developing an International Strategy," World Trade Center Orlando, Florida (2011)
• Speaker, "Transacting Business in Brazil," Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Miami, Florida (2011)
• Speaker, "IPR and Dispute Resolution," Beware of the Dragon, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida (2010)
• Speaker, "Future Path of China and Chinese Companies," China Goes Global Conference, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2010)
• Speaker, "Venture Capital, Private Equity, Renminbi Fund; Chinese Growth, Enterprise Market and Corporation Listing," Harbin Mundell International Finance and Capital Forum, Harbin, China (2010)
• Speaker, "Infrastructure: Investing in Long Term Assets," Latin America China Investors Forum, Beijing, China (2009)
• Speaker, "Doing Business in Today's PRC," Window to China: Wujin, Grand Hyatt Atlanta, Georgia (2009)
• Speaker, "China: The Challenge of Doing Business in a Volatile Global Economy," U.S. Commercial Service, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida (2008)
• Speaker, "Doing Business in China," UBS Financial Services, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida (2008)
• Speaker, "Negotiating International Contracts," HSBC Bank, Miami, Florida (2006)
• Speaker, "Hong Kong - Succeeding in China with CEPA," Hong Kong Trade Development Council/World Trade Center Orlando, Florida (2004)
• Speaker, "Hong Kong - The Established and Transparent Legal System," Hong Kong Trade Development Council/World Trade Center Orlando, Florida (2002)
• Speaker, "Export Readiness Training," State of Florida Small Business Development Commission, International Programs, Florida (2001)
• Speaker, "Preparing, Structuring and Negotiating an International Deal," World Trade Center Orlando, Florida (2001) (Also at Miami and Orlando, Florida Offices)

 
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