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Zhiguo Du

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Education

Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2007

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Ph.D. 2004

Fudan University, B.A. 1998

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan

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Zhiguo Du is a member of the firm's Corporate and Transactions Group, focusing on international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture transactions, corporate governance, tax planning, litigation and China practice.

Zhiguo specializes in multinational cross-border mergers and acquisitions and has extensive experience in representing Chinese enterprises doing business in the U.S. and advising U.S. companies with operations in China.

Prior to joining the firm, Zhiguo was an associate attorney at a major Michigan law firm. He also gained experience working at the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

Representative Matters

Mergers and Acquisitions

Represented a top Chinese automotive parts manufacturer in its EUR 16 million acquisition of automotive headliners business from a Netherlands company.

Represented a global automotive parts manufacturer with headquarters in China in its $147 million acquisition of the automotive sun visors business in France, Mexico and U.S. from a Netherlands company.

Represented a top Chinese automotive parts manufacturer in its $13 million acquisition of the lighting and components assets and business of a U.S. company.

Represented a Chinese investment company in its $39.5 million acquisition of 100% ownership of a Michigan corporation which provides integrated automation and tooling solutions to the automotive industry.

Represented a U.S. vertically integrated global supplier of automotive components to sell its business to a large Chinese automotive parts supplier for $101.2 million.

Represented a U.S. company in selling its real property located in the U.S. to a large Chinese automotive parts supplier for $17.6 million.

Represented a Chinese manufacturer in its $302 million acquisition of a U.S. automation manufacturer.

Represented a Chinese public company in its $47 million acquisition of shares of a Michigan-based automotive interior parts manufacturer.

Represented a Chinese state-owned enterprise in its $572 million acquisition of an automotive sealing manufacturer with business operations in eight countries.

Represented a Hong Kong company in its $97 million acquisition of all of the outstanding capital stock (or equity equivalents) of a Tennessee corporation, and certain business assets from its affiliated entities.

Represented a Chinese public company in its $130 million acquisition of a Beijing-based Sino-foreign joint venture.

Hart-Scott-Rodino Filings

Represented companies in connection with Hart-Scott-Rodino filings for mergers and acquisitions.

Research and Development Centers

Represented several top Chinese automotive OEMs in establishing subsidiaries and research and development centers in the U.S.

Litigation

Represented Chinese enterprises involved in business disputes with American corporations, including formal litigation proceedings, arbitration and mediation.

Represented client in a major white-collar criminal defense case.

Nonprofit Tax Exempt

Assisted clients in establishing Michigan nonprofit corporations and prepared the applications and obtained 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status under federal tax law for charitable purposes for clients.

Honors

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020

Wayne State University Law School, Barrister's Scholarship

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Coordinator Award

Fudan University, Tung OOCL Scholarship

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Detroit Chinese Business Association