Nestor Gounaris


Regional Counsel, Asia Pacific, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S.F.S. Georgetown School of Foreign Service; J.D., University of Virginia

Nestor Gounaris has 20 years China experience, with nearly 14 years in-country since 1989. Nestor has represented over 600 clients of varied industries and nationalities...

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Nestor Gounaris has 20 years China experience, with nearly 14 years in-country since 1989. Nestor has represented over 600 clients of varied industries and nationalities on matters ranging from large scale investment projects to multi-million dollar cross-border trade disputes. He was an associate at O'Melveny & Myers and Simmons & Simmons in their respective Shanghai offices before joining China Solutions, where he served as managing partner for eight years. Maintaining his affiliation with China Solutions, Nestor is now Regional Counsel for Asia Pacific for Stepan Company, a US-listed entity with over US$2 billion annual revenue. In addition to teaching at Georgetown Law Center, Nestor has also taught Chinese business law courses at University of Virginia Law and University of California Los Angeles Law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked on Sino-focused projects at the National Committee on US-China Relations, the Committee for Scholarly Communications with the PRC, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Academy for Educational Development. Nestor attended University of Virginia Law School and Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, and serves on Georgetown Law School's Asian Advisory Board. He is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in Mandarin and Modern Greek.