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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ ENTERPRISE } UC HASTINGS 31 D Y L A N GO L D B Y Global Opportunities Graduates parlay their tech savvy into dynamic international careers. or lawyers working in the international technology sector, life is on fast-forward, with rapid-fire changes in the business landscape—and boundless opportunity. Take Nathan McMurray ’06, senior legal counsel at Samsung Electronics, a multinational conglomerate with annual revenues that account for some 17 percent of South Korea’s gross domestic product. “If you look at the trajectory of Samsung and where it’s going, you want to be a part of that,” says McMurray, who is the only attorney in the company’s Seoul headquarters who is not of Korean descent. “Riding that rocket is just an amazing experience.” Two years on a Mormon mission in South Korea allowed McMurray to begin learning the language, which led to his moving to Asia in 2006. “I think we live in a time when you can live in multiple places,” he says. “If you’re willing to be mobile, and you’re willing to learn the language, the opportunities are endless.” Michael Wong ’85, principal at Baker & McKenzie, describes similar impressions of his experience in his firm’s Taipei office, where he has worked on multibillion-dollar mergers. “The most interesting thing about the international tech sector is how quickly it moves,” says Wong, “from the hardware area that I worked in 10 or 15 years ago to the software and e-commerce space we deal with today.” Jenny Liu ’00 is a partner in Squire Sanders’ corporate transactions, finance, and governance group in Beijing. Raised partly in Guangzhou, China, and partly in San Francisco, she always thought that Asia would be a good market for her. Liu found the dynamism of her practice and her clients fascinating. “As technology becomes more sophisticated in China, so do the clients,” says Liu, who has worked with companies involved in the Internet, telecommunications, software, and semiconductors, to name just a few of her clients’ specialties. “When I first started to represent founders and entrepreneurs in venture capital financing transactions, I had to explain every line of a term sheet to help them understand the deal. Now, the founders and entrepreneurs I meet are far more experienced and no longer need their attorneys to explain every clause.” Liu says the range of international opportunities for lawyers specializing in technology is enormous. E-commerce is exploding in China, with 500 million Internet users and 200 million-plus e-shoppers, raising regulation, intellectual property, labor, and taxation issues. “The challenge is keeping up with industry knowledge, which is ever-evolving,” “If you look at the trajectory of Samsung and where it’s going, you want to be a part of that. Riding that rocket is just an amazing experience. ” —Nathan McMurray ’06


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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