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Norman B. Page

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Partner
Chair, China Practice
T206.757.8117
F206.757.7700
While based in DWT’s Seattle office, Norm also served for 10 years as chair of DWT’s firmwide Executive Committee and for 15 years as chair of DWT’s financial services practice. Between 2007 and 2018, Norm divided his time between DWT’s Shanghai and Seattle offices. In 2018, DWT closed its Shanghai office and Norm officially returned to DWT’s Seattle office. Norm is a partner with DWT, an associate professor at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), and frequent lecturer on cross-border finance law at Fudan University Law School.

Norm focuses on domestic and international business transactions, including finance and commercial law. His experience includes software distribution and licensing, joint ventures and strategic alliances, with an emphasis on international markets. Norm works with Internet and e-commerce clients on commercial and financial matters, including credit programs with Internet payment companies. Norm also does substantial secured lending work.

Norm's principal clients include: Bank of America, General Electric Capital Corp., Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Financing Corp., Starbucks Coffee Company, and Amazon.com.

Representative Experience

Commercial finance

Regularly acts for Bank of America in its role as agent and lead lender on syndicated multi-lender credit agreements with borrowers in the U.S. and throughout the Asia Pacific region. (Ongoing)

Internet payment systems

Regularly acts for online merchants to handle commercial agreements with internet payment processors and credit card companies for Internet business in China and worldwide. (2010-2011)

Retailer's customer loyalty and rewards program

Represented large multi-store retailer in creating and launching a customer loyalty program throughout China, including online customer interface, information privacy and security, and back-end data processing. (2011)

Software distribution finance for software manufacturer

Represented large international software manufacturer in domestic and international finance, including development and negotiation of vendor finance programs for distribution of information technology in Brazil, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Korea. (2009-2011)

Strategic alliance

Represented Chicago-based chemical manufacturer in the formation of a strategic alliance and the negotiation of an exclusive supply and distribution agreement with a Nanjing-based chemical manufacturer. Also advised client on antitrust issues. (2010)

Acquisition of stock and other assets

Represented a U.K.-based media company in its purchase of a PRC company specializing in reverse engineering to protect media and technology companies against IP infringement. The transaction involved the off-shore purchase of the stock of a BVI company and the on-shore purchase of the assets of several Chinese companies. (2009)

Sale of assets

Assisted a Toronto-based shipper and freight forwarder in selling its Shanghai and Hong Kong subsidiaries to a U.S.-based logistics company. (2009)

Additional Qualifications

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China, 2009-2017
  • Guest Lecturer, Fudan University Law School, 2010-2017
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Washington Law School, Summer 2014
  • Attorney-Advisor, Agency for International Development, Bureau for Private Enterprise: helped develop, negotiated and documented small business and agricultural lending programs with private banks in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Bolivia and Ecuador, 1983-1985
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Jerome Farris, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1979-1980

Professional & Community Activities

  • Organizing Committee for Seattle Visit of China’s President, Hu Jintao, April 2006
  • Past Vice President, Former General Counsel, Washington State China Relations Council, 1998-2007

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Banking Law by Best Lawyers, 2001-present
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