Beatrice Schaffreth is an international lawyer with 25+ years of experience in cross- border operational, regulatory, and crisis-management issues and challenges – particularly those encountered in China. Recognized by various regional and global organizations for her work in anti-corruption, corporate ethics and compliance, investigation, dispute-resolution, and environmental matters, she is also a regular advisor, commentator, presenter, guest-lecturer, and interviewee on these issues.
Ms. Schaffrath has spent nearly two decades living, working, and lawyering in the China region. Among her work experiences, Ms. Schaffrath was a Headquarters-level Shanghai-based executive with United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”), serving as its Global Ethics & Compliance Counsel – China. Prior to her work with UTC, she was a Beijing-based Partner with global law firm Baker & McKenzie. Before becoming a lawyer, she reported with the Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and served as a Ford Foundation/U.S. State Department International Fellow assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria.
Ms. Schaffrath is multi-cultural by birth, inter-disciplinary in mindset, and cross-functional in her collaborations. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in China Studies from the University of Washington, and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice law in several jurisdictions in the U.S., and is a past Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s China Law Committee. She is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin), with some capacity in Hindi and German.