|Anthony Wang | Candidate for Treasurer|
Anthony S. Wang
Candidate for Treasurer
I am a partner in the Newport Beach offices of O’Melveny & Myers, which I joined in 2015 after relocating from China where I had practiced for many years. At O’Melveny, my practice focuses on domestic and cross-border transactions for clients (e.g., Breakthrough Energy, Cox Enterprises, Edwards Lifesciences, etc.) across a variety of industries.
Previously, I was a partner at Weil Gotshal, where I helped to launch their Shanghai office and build the firm’s Greater Asia platform from 2004-2015. Before Weil, I started my career at Brobeck in the late 1990s during the first “dot-com” boom, representing early stage start-ups, VCs, and large tech companies in the technology sector.
In this regard, I bring a wide range of experience from my 20+ years of corporate practice, including regular dealings with corporate boards and senior management teams. I advise clients on difficult corporate governance and compliance matters, internal financial controls and other challenging legal and financial issues, where my role has often been to help solve problems and find win-win solutions, to the extent possible. I believe these skills will be critical to the performance of my potential duties and responsibilities as Treasurer, if elected.
I have also maintained an active pro bono practice, working with many 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (e.g., national governing bodies for USA Volleyball and USA Water Polo, respectively) on various non-profit governance and compliance matters. These experiences have allowed me to work with diverse groups of stakeholders, helping to “build bridges” and bring people together from different backgrounds and cultures to achieve a common purpose.
I currently serve as Chair of the Diversity Committee for O’Melveny’s Newport Beach office. I also serve as a Director and Co-chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association and as a member of the Diversity Task Force for the Orange County Bar Association. Finally, my commitment to the APA legal community goes back to my tenure at Georgetown, where I served as the President of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (1997-1998) and NAPALSA Conference Co-Chair (1996-1997).
Based on NAPABA’s success in serving the broader APA legal community, my goal is not to materially diverge from NAPABA’s strategic plan. NAPABA has done an amazing job at achieving its strategic vision while growing its membership in recent years. I hope to work with the leadership team to build on this strong platform while continuing to raise the organization’s profile and influence with key stakeholders in the broader legal, business and political sphere.
As Treasurer, my primary goal will be to ensure transparency and financial responsibility to ensure the long-term fiscal health and sustainability of the organization. As a member of the NAPABA board and executive leadership team, I would actively listen to, and seek to learn from, as many of NAPABA’s members as possible, for whom we are elected to serve. Besides attending regularly scheduled meetings, I anticipate traveling around the country to meet with members and our local affiliates to understand their concerns and see how NAPABA can support them in a financially prudent manner. I would also look to seek guidance from past NAPABA leaders who have useful institutional knowledge.
Moreover, as a partner at two AmLaw 100 firms during the past decade, I also know “first-hand” how critical it is to promote APA associates who strive to enter the partnership ranks. Recent statistics show that APA associates represent nearly 10% of AmLaw associates, but less than 4% of partners. I believe that NAPABA can work with its members and outside sponsors (e.g., law firms or corporate organizations) to help identify/grow the pipeline and allow for greater retention and promotion of qualified APA attorneys, and if elected, I would work with these organizations to support this action item.
Finally, in the continued turbulent and, at times, tribal political environment we see today - whether locally or nationally- I believe it is critical that NAPABA maintains a nonpartisan and professional focus on promoting the interests of all APA lawyers in a mutually respectful and open manner. While there will be difficult legal issues that confront our nation for which NAPABA should take a stand, I believe we should encourage open, honest and respectful debate among our members and leaders. In this regard, my hope is that NAPABA can turn such challenge into an opportunity to (i) encourage mutually respectful dialogue and (ii) seek consensus on broader issues for which NAPABA may be asked to speak on behalf of the APA legal community.
Anthony S. Wang focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on private equity, venture capital, merger and acquisition, and Asia-related media and entertainment transactions. His clients span numerous industries including telecommunications, media, software/technology, manufacturing, energy, and real estate. He also has extensive experience in dealing with US securities compliance issues, corporate governance matters, and intellectual property topics, specifically with startup companies and venture capital and private equity investors.
A leading corporate practitioner in China, Tony is ranked by Chambers Asia as a “Leading Lawyer” in “Corporate M&A High-end Capability: China-based (International Firms)” and “Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms).” He is also ranked by International Financial Law Review as a “Leading Lawyer” for “China M&A” and by Legal500 as a “Leading Individual: Foreign Firms” for “China Private Equity/Venture Capital.” Chambers recognizes Tony for giving “good starting advice when it comes to acquisitions.
Prior to joining O’Melveny, Tony spent many years at the Silicon Valley and Shanghai offices of another international AmLaw 50 firm, cultivating a valuable understanding of both US and Chinese cultures.
Honors & Awards
NAPABA Affiliate Endorsements
*All work or organizational affiliations disclosed are for identification and disclosures purposes only, and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions.