Early briefings, Shanghai; June 2015

Roger Epstein, Member and Chief Counsel

Mr. Epstein practiced law with  Cades Schutte, the largest law firm in the State of Hawaii from 1972-2016, and the chair of its Tax Department since 1985.   

He is a nationally recognized  expert in International and U.S. domestic tax planning and litigation; and has substantial experience in corporate and partnership structure, real estate law and financing, international estate planning, family trusts and litigation.  He is an honors graduate of Georgetown Law School.

Roger is a co-founder of the US-China Legal Network and the Asia-Pacific Network Foundation, both of which have developed favorable business relationships between lawyers, partners and investors in America and Asia; and was instrumental in the execution of cooperating agreements between the Hawaii State Bar Association and Bar Associations and Judicial Districts in Shanghai and Suzhou.

His experience in Asia dates back over forty years when he began providing US tax advice to major Chinese and British clients in Hong Kong. The was one of the first American attorneys to visit mainland China in the early 1980’s.  He was Of Counsel to a large Thai law firm in Bangkok in the 1980’s, and has represented numerous Japanese corporations doing business in the US.  

Prior to joining Cades Schutte in 1972, Mr. Epstein was a Tax Law Specialist with the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. and prior to that, he was an Internal Revenue Agent in Washington D.C. He is a frequent lecturer at presentations across the country; A.V. rated by Martindale Hubbell, and is listed in both Who’s Who in American Law and Best Lawyers in America (every edition since the publication began); and a Member of the American College of Tax Counsel.

In 2011 he received the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Greeley-Key Award for Innovation in the Law, recognizing his work on forgiveness projects and restorative justice.  And in the same year was listed as the best tax attorney in Hawaii, by Best Lawyers in America.

Michael North, Managing Member, Business Development

Michael North is the original founder of North Communications, a leader in multimedia touchscreen networks. Together with key investor Metromedia and its principal, John Kluge, he was responsible for many innovations in the public access field, and operated hardware, software, services and network management divisions in hundreds of sites worldwide.

Clients and allies of North Communications included IBM, Microsoft, IBM, BellSouth, GTE, MCI, Sears,  U.S. Postal Service, , the PGA, Social Security Administration, Medicare, the Cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Brisbane and Singapore, the States of California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and more.

He is an experienced entrepreneur and private investor, with extensive relationships across mainland China. Michael works with investment banking professionals to identify, research, assist in corporate development, and provide capital to sound, growing businesses. He has made investments in the renewable energy field in strategic markets around the world, including Ghana, India, Jamaica, Tibet and the West Bank.

Michael serves as a Senior Business Development Executive with Wealthbridge, a firm that provides financial services to individuals and growing companies. He is helping to expand the firm’s business reach in America and Asia.

Michael has worked actively since 2012 with his longtime associate and partner, Arthur Lipper, to develop royalty finance as a new field of investment. He is a co-founder of the Zhou Enlai Peace Institute.

More at http://www.michael-north.com

Xiaofang Zhou North, Member, President, APG China

Born in Beijing, Xiaofang was trained in hotel management and international relations, and served in the Jianguo Hotel, the first joint venture hotel in China in the mid-1980′s, helping to open up Beijing and all of China.

She moved to America in the early 1990’s and became a successful entrepreneur, founding a jade import-export business and operating a stylish retail establishment. She was also active in travel industry management, negotiating contracts with vendors, co-ordinating with airports and immigration.

In 2001, she was a member of the Governor’s delegation from the State of Hawaii to China.

Xiaofang is a well-known speaker, author and filmmaker. She is a much-sought expert interpreter of English and Mandarin Chinese, with an in-depth knowledge not only of vocabulary, but of cultural and business nuance.

Xiaofang is the co-founder of Asia-Pacific Group and of the Zhou Enlai Peace Institute. Xiaofang spearheads the effort, with Arthur Lipper, to bring royalty finance to mainland China.

More at http://xiaofangzhou.com/experience

Tobin Butcher, Member, Investment Banking

Tobin Butcher is the founder and managing executive of Bridge Capital – a Seattle based financial company that provides foreign companies and high net worth clients with access to investment opportunities in the United States.

Mr. Butcher specializes in identifying opportunities, business structure, finance, and negotiation. Mr. Butcher is also an industry leader in the EB-5 Visa Program and has formed many Regional Centers around the United States.

Mr. Butcher has spent his career in finance working at both Citigroup and Goldman, Sachs & Co.


Selected scenes of APG at work with clients, in China and America.