Robin Gerofsky Kaptzan, Esq.
Partner - Senior International Corporate Counsel
A New York licensed attorney with three decades of legal and business experience in the U.S. and Asia, Robin recently joined the law firm as a partner and leads the Asia-Pacific practice. While acting as an international business lawyer and global corporate general counsel, Robin is sought out by clients to conclude cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and transactions, structure joint venture and other relationships, craft commercial contracts, and design investment and negotiation strategies. Additional transactional support she provides is essential employment, intellectual property, corporate, and commercial guidance together with managing large projects. She also advises on compliance and government investigations, and anti-corruption / data protection protocols. Her clients hail from a variety of sectors and include small to multinational companies (private, public, family), government offices and individuals, many with operations or connections in China, Asia and around the globe.
Having lived and worked in Shanghai for over 20 years, Robin’s knowledge of Chinese laws, regulations and customs is invaluable and has allowed her to build strong and trusting long term client and business relationships. She was a trailblazer having worked since 2005 in Shanghai as a Senior Foreign Counsel for some of the largest prestigious Chinese and foreign law firms. She joined Duan & Duan, one of the oldest Chinese law firms, in 2015. For over two decades, Robin orchestrated legal teams, and oversaw and managed legal projects from a variety of sectors.
Focusing on maximizing return with minimizing risk, Robin provides sensible forward-thinking guidance with a deep appreciation for her clients’ cultural traditions and corporate philosophies, making her a trusted advisor. Robin is a passionate and proactive advocate for her clients, finding creative, practical solutions while maintaining business growth when navigating complex business challenges.
Robin began her education in business, graduating Cum Laude and earning a B.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1982. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1985 and was admitted to practice law in the state of New York a year later. Robin began her career as a Corporate Litigation Attorney in New York City, handling complex litigation cases for almost 10 years before moving to Asia.
As a dynamic leader, Robin was recently appointed to the At-Large Council (2021-2024) of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law (Section). Since 2007, she served as a Section Deputy, Division Chair, and Committee Advisors, Co-chairs, and Vice-Chairs. Building Section China friendships, she strengthened relations in Shanghai with the Shanghai Bar Association and American Chamber of Commerce Chapter.
As a routine author, Robin has contributed to publications by the Section, Thomson Reuters, and other prominent magazines. She also presents on China laws and regulations, U.S.-Asia transactions, corporate governance and US law and diversity issues.