UHLC alum joined Mayor Turner, other leaders on Greater Houston Partnership trade mission to China

University of Houston Law Center alumnus Shen Wang '16, left, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership.

University of Houston Law Center alumnus Shen Wang '16, left, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership.

Dec. 13, 2017 — Shen Wang '16 recently returned from a 10-day trip to China to help promote the city of Houston and its relationship with three major Chinese cities, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing.

Shen Wang '16

Shen Wang '16

Wang, an associate at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, was part of the Greater Houston Partnership's Trade & Investment Mission to China. The delegation included Mayor Sylvester Turner, attorneys, business professionals, lawmakers, professors from UH and other schools, and officials from the education, energy, finance, health, logistics and transportation sectors among others. The mission served as a follow-up to President Donald Trump's visit to China in early November.

"Considering my unique background as a Peking University undergraduate and a recipient of two doctoral degrees from universities in the United States, and considering my background as both an engineer and a lawyer, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Houston invited me to be part of this trade mission," Wang said.

"The trip went extremely well. In each city we met with high-level government officials, like the mayors of Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing and also with the business delegations of each city, which consisted of major business leaders and entrepreneurs.

"The entire delegation tried to promote Houston as a team," he continued. "We hope to encourage collaboration and opportunities between the Chinese cities and Houston, in a variety of business sectors."

The City of Houston's Trade Mission delegation in China.

The City of Houston's Trade Mission delegation in China.

Wang said the trip was an occasion to network and build long-lasting relationships both locally and internationally.

"I benefitted tremendously from pursuing my J.D. degree at the UH Law Center, and in return, I was glad to promote the Law Center," Wang said. "Secondly, I was able to promote my firm, discuss Houston's energy business, and promote the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators in China."

Wang's primary practice areas include banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and energy-related issues. He is currently serving on the Foreign Direct Investment Subcommittee of the Greater Houston Partnership and also on the Law and Media Committee of the Houston Bar Association. During his time at the Law Center, he served as the executive editor of the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal.

Wang earned a Ph.D. in Geophysics and Applied Math in 2012 from Purdue University, and worked as a geophysicist in major oil and gas companies while taking evening classes at the Law Center. He completed his undergraduate education in 2007 at Peking University.