Butzel Long attorney C. Peter Theut invited to serve on Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Confucius Institute

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -  Butzel Long attorney C. Peter Theut has been invited to serve a two-year term on the Advisory Board of The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM). 
The network of more than 60 Confucius Institutes at universities around the U.S.-and more than 300 worldwide-seeks to strengthen educational cooperation with China, develop Chinese language education, and increase intercultural understanding with the peoples of China.  The network has developed in collaboration with the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in Beijing, a branch of the Chinese Ministry of Education. 
Unique within this extensive network, the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) focuses primarily on the promotion of Chinese arts, from the ancient to the modern. 
Based in Butzel Long's Ann Arbor office, Mr. Theut practices in the areas of international law, business and corporate law and admiralty and maritime law.  He serves as Chair of the firm's China Initiative, is the Butzel Long co-representative on the Executive Committee of the China Alliance and is the immediate past Chair of the firm's Global Trade and Transaction Practice. 
Mr. Theut has significant experience representing Pacific Rim-based companies in their North American operations, and advising European and Asian companies on international business and legal strategies.  He has assisted U.S., Japanese and European companies in structuring investment strategies and establishing business entities in China, Mexico and Europe.  He also regularly assists China-based companies to establish, expand or invest in the U.S., Mexico or Europe and U.S. clients in establishing, expanding or investing in China-based businesses and operations. 
Mr. Theut's experience includes mergers and acquisitions, coordination of global expansion efforts, general corporate law, international arbitration and international joint ventures.  He regularly negotiates and documents China-related transactions and provides counsel with respect to capital structure, operating control, governance and related issues.  Mr. Theut also has extensive experience with the financing, environmental and commercial aspects of waterfront development, with admiralty and maritime matters and with maritime arbitration. 
Mr. Theut is the Co-Founder of Bridges International a/k/a China Bridge, a company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan that specializes in strategic consulting for U.S. companies doing business in China and Chinese companies investing and/or doing business in the U.S.  Mr. Theut also is the Co-Founder of Global Community Outreach, a non-profit organization also headquartered in Ann Arbor that functions in coordination with various non-governmental organizations worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to remote parts of the world, with particular focus on remote parts of China, Mexico and Africa. 
He has extensive experience in the financing, environmental and commercial aspects of waterfront development and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the one volume treatise "Recreational Boating Law."  Mr. Theut serves as an arbitrator for the Maritime Arbitration Association and is a member of the National Advisory Board of that Association.  He is the past Chairman of the Recreational Boating Committee of The Maritime Law Association. 
Mr. Theut serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Advisory Board of the Detroit China Business Association and the Board of Visitors of Wayne State University. 
Mr. Theut conducts frequent seminars in his areas of expertise and regularly lectures at various colleges and universities on global trade issues. His publications include "Practical Considerations for the U.S. Lawyer Doing Business in China," 2009 Aspatore Publication, Inside the Mind.  
Mr. Theut is a recipient of the "William B. Otto Industry Service Award" for outstanding contributions to the marine lending industry.  He also is recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer, and by Who's Who in America and Who's Who in America Law.  Mr. Theut is a graduate of The University of Michigan (J.D., 1963; B.S., 1960). 
About Butzel Long 
Butzel Long is one of America's leading law firms, with 240 attorneys and offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, Washington, D.C., Boca Raton and Palm Beach, Florida, as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey.  The firm is also a member of the Washington, D.C. law firm Butzel Long Tighe Patton.  Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on a regional, national and multi-national level and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms.  Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com .

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