F. Fraser Mendel

FM Legal Group PS
Contact: 206.552.8019
Law Schools: New York University
University of Washington
Jurisdictions: New York


About F. Fraser Mendel
A partner in FM Legal Group PS, Fraser Mendel focuses his practice on corporate law, with special attention to international transactions. Mr. Mendel has extensive experience in the areas of cross-border transactions, direct investment in China, venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, international employment issues, technology regulation, and intellectual property. He has over 18 years of experience in international corporate law, including promoting cutting-edge investment and diversification in Asia. Mr. Mendel advises multinational firms and has built a diverse practice representing companies entering the Greater Chinese market, particularly in technology industries. He has been the driving force for over 100 venture capital financings and mergers and acquisitions, and advises U. S. businesses concerning Chinese regulatory issues, particularly in the areas of direct investment, technology licensing, cross-border partnerships, cleantech, telecommunications, privacy, and IPR protection. Mr. Mendel, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, writes and speaks frequently on issues related to technology and international transactions.
Directory Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Law
  • International Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • China Law
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
Professional Experience
Partner, FM Legal Group PS
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C. (Seattle, WA)
Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP (Beijing, China)
Attorney, Goodman Phillips & Vineberg (Beijing, China)
Legal Consultant, CGA Ltd. (Beijing, China)
Attorney, Huang & Partners (Taipei, Taiwan)
New York UniversityLL.MTaxation
University of WashingtonJ.DLaw
Honors: Managing Editor, Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal
University of Washington - Jackson School of International StudiesM.AChinese History
Honors: FLAS Fellowship, 1992 FLAS Fellowship, 1993
Pomona CollegeB.AAsian Studies
Honors: National Merit Scholarship
Professional Activities
Board Member Washington State Bar Association, International Practice Section 2013-Current
Board Member Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle 2012-Current
Board Member Washington Council on International Trade 2012-Current
Vice Chairman Washington State China Relations Council 2011-Current
Advisory Board Member Chinese Language Teachers Association of Washington 2007-Current
General Counsel Washington State China Relations Council 2010-2011
Advisory Board Member Impact Capital 2010-2011
Professional Associations
Member, International Bar Association
Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
Member, King County Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Association of Asian Studies


Articles & Publications
  • China Enacts Amendments to its Renewable Energy Law
    Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter
  • Distribution and Alternatives in Doing Business in Washington State
    Int'l Section, Washington State Bar Association
  • Climate Change and Carbon Emissions - China Announces a Ten Year Plan for Reduction of 'Carbon Intensity'
    Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter
  • Amended Regulations Could Open Telecoms Sector
    China Law & Practice
  • China’s New Judicial Interpretation on the Company Law - A Step toward Systemized Corporate Exit Mechanisms
    China Law & Practice
  • Employee Privacy: Guide to U.S. and International Law
    A S Pratt & Sons and Thompson Publishing
  • China's Partnership Enterprise Law Revised
    China Law & Practice
  • Regulating Spam in the Middle-Kingdom: China’s New Anti-Spam Regulations
  • "Offshore Outsourcing and Offshoring to China," in Outsourcing Revolution 2005
    Practicing Law Institute
  • “Offshoring to China” in Outsourcing Revolution 2004
    Practicing Law Institute
  • Legal Issues Related to Franchising in China
    Franchising in China
  • Protecting Olympic Intellectual Property
    China Law & Practice
  • Venture Capital Investing in China
  • Information Technology Chapter in the “Canada-China Business Council Year 2000 White Paper”
    Canada-China Business Council
  • Life and Death of an Internet Company in China
    Asia Law & Practice Publishing Ltd.
  • “Licensing in the PRC” chapter in “Life and Death of an Internet Company in China”
    Asia Law & Practice Publishing Ltd.
  • Holding Companies: An Alternative Investment Strategy
    China OnLine
  • “Seven Deadly Hiring Sins Made By High-Tech Companies in China,” CCBC Forum
    Canada-China Business Council
  • State Supported Export Credits chapter in “Trade Finance in the PRC”
    Asia Law & Practice Publishing Ltd.
  • Regulatory Environment of Satellite Projects in Asia chapter in “Developing and Financing Telecommunication Satellite Projects in Asia”
    Asia Law & Practice Publishing Ltd.
  • Land Consolidation in Taiwan
    Rural Development Institute
  • Judicial Power & Illusion: The ROC’s Council of Grand Justices and Constitutional Interpretation
    Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal


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