Asen Velinov, J.D.


Juris Doctor, International Law Fellow, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA, 2012

LL.M., Chinese Business Law, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China, 2013

Master of Arts, Chinese Politics and Diplomacy, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2008

Bachelor of Arts, Business Chinese, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 2006


During his over 20 years in China, Mr. Velinov has witnessed the vast changes within the country and its role in the international system. He has helped many Chinese and foreign enterprises with their cross border investments, often from an early stage – including educating decision makers about viable opportunities and regions of high potential, coordinating the creation of a deal support team through to closing the deal. He has helped law firms leverage their client resources to promote cross selling and cooperate with other service providers and domestic and foreign government entities to maximize deal outcomes. He has a strong interest in China’s Belt and Road initiative, its spillovers and the 17+1 group of countries and have done extensive work to popularize them to potential investors, including by helping produce TV programs on related opportunities. He has led numerous seminars on the topics of due diligence, viable investments and investment decision making, as well as the interplay between legal, corporate, media, government and non-governmental actors.

Academic Experience

Lecturer at ECUPL, SHUFE, USST, ECNU, SIT, AMBRA University, EMLYON et. al. since 2013

Visiting Scholar – Fordham University School of Law, New York, USA, Spring 2019

Visiting Scholar, Doctoral Support Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 2019 – 2020

Research Interests

  • Internationalization of Legal Services
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Court Judgments in China
  • Legal Reforms and Developments
  • Chinese International Initiatives
  • Investment Decision-making
  • National Branding

Selected Publications

A Non-Exhaustive Overview of Various Aspects of Power and Power Dynamics from aChinese Perspective: Governmental Power, Private Power, and Personal Power – University of St. Thomas, Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2023 – pending

Dispute Resolution Developments related to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and decades of Chinese Companies going global: Drivers, Considerations and Influences (Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Court Judgments on the Basis of Judicial Assistance Treaties and Reciprocity, with focus on Bulgarian, CEE and US Practice. Legal, Practical, Political, Technological and Business Considerations. – Sofia University Press, 2022

Thoughts on Cultural Awareness, Communication Skills and Vocabulary for International and China focused Business Deals and Exchanges in the contexts of a Complex Global System and the Belt and Road Initiative: Illustrated by Personal Statements Written by ECUPL Students – VTU Societas Classica, 2021

FLIA Insight special issue on “COVID and Lockdown Influences on Families and Divorce Related Matters” – 2021

Globalization of Legal Services: Navigating New Opportunities in China and Beyond, ABA 2018

Perspectives from the Field: Lessons from the Internationalization of Chinese Law Firms, ABA 2017