Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce that Baker McKenzie Principal Richard Weisman has been elected as chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC). His appointment takes effect today at the conclusion of the APCAC Business Summit in Hong Kong. 

Richard has served several terms as governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong dating back to the 1990s. He has also worked with APCAC on tax policy issues, including US taxation of US citizens and companies operating in Asia.

Commenting on his appointment, Richard said, "I am honoured to be elected as the new chairman of APCAC, and I look forward to working with the American Chambers of Commerce throughout the Asia Pacific region to support their thought leadership, government relations, and other services to their members.  Notably, APCAC will continue to promote fair and reciprocal trade practices which lead to economic growth."

A seasoned tax lawyer by practice, Richard advises on international tax matters, with a focus on Asia and the United States.  He advises on a wide range of tax matters including tax policy issues.  His clients include companies, individuals, and governments.  Richard served as head of Baker McKenzie’s Global Tax Practice Group from 2009-2012, and also served on the Firm's Global Executive Committee for five years, and as Chair of the Firm's Asia Pacific region. In over 30 years with Baker McKenzie, Richard has been based principally in Hong Kong since 1988 and has also spent time working in New York and Singapore.

Established in 1968, APCAC is an association of 28 American Chambers of Commerce throughout the Asia Pacific region. The collective membership of APCAC represents more than 15,000 companies, 50,000 overseas American employees, and over US$700 billion in annual trade and investment in the region.
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