International Law • Corporate Litigation • Business Consulting
Sayad & Associates, LLC is a law practice based in St. Louis, Mo. that specializes in international law and dispute resolution, corporate law and litigation, government relations, compliance and business consulting for international companies. Sayad & Associates also assists international clients in global market-entry and market strategies.
Founded in 2020 by E.W. Gentry Sayad to address a growing need to provide solid and pragmatic legal and business advice to U.S. and international companies doing business around the world.
The firm has deep, extensive experience in U.S. commercial law and litigation, in addition to its global expertise. The firm also works with an extensive global network of resources it utilizes to solve international business issues and transactions facing companies doing business globally.
Sayad & Associates, LLC is uniquely positioned as a midwestern firm that offers its clients legal advice and business solutions by understanding their domestic and international needs and challenges.
International Law, Corporate Law and Litigation, and Business Consulting
Our services include…. Corporate Law and Litigation, Compliance Programs and International investigations; Cross-Border transactions; International Law and Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property rights, investigations and enforcement; and Business Consulting for clients around the world on Market Entry and strategies, Government Relations and Trade and Investment.
Our attorneys are frequent authors and presenters on topics in their industries and niches. They are also featured as subject matter experts in business and industry publications.
If you would like to speak to one of our thought leaders about contributing to an article, participating in a presentation or other speaking opportunities, please contact Gentry Sayad.
E. W. Gentry Sayad
As founder and managing partner of the firm, Gentry Sayad has over 25 years of experience working as a litigator for U.S. and foreign firms and managing and representing clients in complex litigation in the U.S. and abroad. He also has more than 15 years of experience in Asia as the managing partner for the Asia offices of three U.S. international law firms handling international transactions, advising, training and investigating issues relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and compliance work. Mr. Sayad also advises U.S. and foreign clients on market entry in jurisdictions all over the world, intellectual property strategies and enforcement, dispute resolution, government relations and in-bound and out-bound investment.
Mr. Sayad has served as legal adviser to the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and currently serves as general counsel and member of the Executive Committee to the U.S. China Investment Council (USCIC) for investment and trade between China and the U.S. Mr. Sayad also worked as the director of the Missouri Trade and Economic Development and Department of Agriculture offices in China. He also has worked with the economic development offices of several other U.S. states, including Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota on China trade and investment issues.
Mr. Sayad has advised members of the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations, members of Congress, educational institutions and other governmental entities on issues of Chinese and Asian policy and law affecting U.S. businesses. He has been a longstanding member of the International Bar Association and maintains a wide network of experienced local resources throughout the world.
He has been a member of the President’s Roundtable, a membership only group of the top 65 CEOs of international Fortune 100 Companies in Asia since 2010. He is the only attorney member of the group and serves as its unofficial counsel.
Mr. Sayad served as a law clerk for four federal judges, three in the Eastern District of Missouri and one in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the U.S.
Legal and Business Consultant
A recognized international business law attorney, Ms. Zhao advises clients on a range of U.S., Chinese and global legal and business issues. Having worked extensively in the U.S. and China, Ms. Zhao focuses on international transactions, commercial contracts, corporate issues and internationally related regulatory matters. She advises clients in implementing compliance programs and establishing standard operating procedures to minimize risk. Industries she serves include manufacturing, technology and gaming. She is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Legal and Business Consultant
Ben Zou has more 10 years of experience in international law and finance. In addition to legal work, Mr. Zou has also worked as a private equity fund manager and chief operation officer of several companies. Mr. Zou is known for his ability to blend his legal, finance and management experiences to forge creative and practical solutions to business problems. He is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and has Bachelor of Science degrees in math and economics from Duke University.
Senior Legal Consultant
Harold Chen has over 20 years of practice experience with U.S., Chinese and European firms. He focuses his practice on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, supply and distribution agreements, compliance and anti-corruption for domestic and multinational companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Chen also works on employment issues and dispute resolution. He is a graduate of the University of Warwick School of Law in the United Kingdom and the East China University of Politics and Law.
Bei (Kitty) Miao
Paralegal & Immigration Consultant
Kitty Miao has more than 15 years of experience as a paralegal and legal assistant in the U.S. and China. Ms. Miao has deep experience assisting international companies with visas and other immigration and residency issues, including helping Chinese investors and U.S. development projects with EB-5 visa applications. She has also helped foreign clients and their family members obtain the relevant immigration paperwork in China. Ms. Miao has a degree in International Business and English from Shanghai University of International Business and Economics.
Senior Legal Consultant
Lanbo Yang has nearly 20 years of experience representing and working for international businesses. Ms. Yang has provided legal services in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, as well as commercial, corporate and employment related matters for a variety of international companies. Most recently, she has worked as the in-house general counsel for Gilead Sciences, Inc. in China. Prior to that, Ms. Yang served as an in-house general counsel for Medtronic in China. Her experience covers a broad range of industries with expertise in the health care, electronics and general manufacturing sectors. Prior to her work in-house, Ms. Yang worked in the law offices of international firms in Shanghai, France and the U.S. She possesses a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from Fudan University in China.
Gentry Sayad is a seasoned professional with 15 years navigating the legal complexities of doing business in China, one of the world’s most challenging markets. Great judgment and extremely reliable.
I have known and worked with many of the finest international law firms during my 35 years as a venture capitalist and investment banker in China. Gentry Sayad is at the top of the list in understanding the complexities of the Chinese and American legal systems. In addition, he also understands the business cultures so that Americans can build successful and lasting businesses in this dynamic marketplace.
I have worked with Gentry for many years and know him to be a trusted source for business advice in Asia as well global compliance programs and investigations and cross-border transactions. He has cultivated an experienced and knowledgeable team and has an extensive global network of resources that he effectively utilizes to solve international business issues and transactions facing US companies around the world.
During my five years living in China leading one of the largest consumer brands in the world, I found Gentry Sayad to be one of the most capable and knowledgeable International Business Advisors / Attorneys I’ve had the chance to work with. In particular, Gentry brings advantaged strength and insights into Asian markets and matters.
I have engaged Gentry Sayad and his legal team in a number of International legal, business and tax matters over the last 12 years. Those included legal entity structure set up and company formation. Other areas of working with Gentry and his team included compliance policy development and training, contract management and tax matters and Intellectual Property management and Enforcement. I can vouch that Gentry and his team have been trusted legal advisors and provided solid and pragmatic legal advice to the companies I worked for. Most importantly, Gentry brings an astute commercial sense, strong legal understanding and broad experience to the table.
Mr. Gentry Sayad has been a respected member of the American business community in Shanghai for many years. As U.S. Consul General, and subsequently as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, I interacted with Gentry on many occasions and sought his advice and assistance. He served as counsel to the AmCham board, on a volunteer basis, for three years (2016-2018), headed the Chamber’s legal committee and was an active participant on many of the Chamber’s annual “doorknock” trips to Washington. He was also a regular contributor to the Chamber’s policy related publications and advocacy, especially those related to intellectual property rights, an area where Gentry has deep expertise. He has worked with companies across a broad spectrum of industries, including both inbound and outbound investment. Gentry has a wealth of experience about what makes China tick and what companies must do to succeed in this market.
I have known Gentry Sayad for a number of years and have worked with him on matters in China involving the US business community and trade issues between the US and China. I know Gentry to be very professional and to possess deep experience on issues facing US companies, including compliance and anti-bribery matters as well as enforcement of intellectual property rights. Gentry is a highly respected member of the legal and business community in Asia and brings in-depth knowledge plus extensive practical experience to his US clients doing business abroad.