Thomas Yih: Man on a mission
A finalist for In-House Team of the Year at the recent CLP Awards, Shanda Interactive Entertainment [Shanda Games since its IPO] has enjoyed an extremely busy year closing a series of transactions in an unprecedented investor climate. Shanghai-based general counsel Thomas Yih speaks with CLP
Issue: November 2009
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Shanda Interactive Entertainment
What are the key
responsibilities of your role, and how does this fit in with
the rest of the legal function at Shanda?
I am primarily responsible for all of the legal -
including IP - and compliance functions. In addition to
supporting the daily operations of the company, the legal team
actively participates in a variety of transactions, ranging
from US capital markets to M&As and investments (both
onshore and offshore). Compliance is also extremely important
for Shanda. As a publicly listed company on Nasdaq, Shanda is
subject to the requirements of Nasdaq rules as well as Cayman
Islands law. In addition, because our business is primarily
conducted in China and the internet and interactive
entertainment industry are subject to tight scrutiny by the
government, the legal team is also tasked with ensuring
compliance with PRC rules and regulations.
How many lawyers work in-house at Shanda, and how do
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