International Student Profile

Serena Shie is a JD (Juris Doctor) candidate at Harvard Law School, and will be receiving her degree in 2015. Previously, Serena attended New York University where she studied politics, sociology and business and spend a semester at the Institut détudes politiques de Paris. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude as well as student speaker and valedictorian. She went on to work as the Chief Operating Officer at Silent Models, a high-end boutique modeling agency in New York City. While at Harvard, Serena has been actively involved in a number of activities, and serves as the Events Chair of the Harvard Business Law Review, as well as an online editor and submissions editor. While in law chool, Serena worked with Long An law firm, a local PRC firm, where her international experience and language skills allowed her to work on numerous cross-border issues. Serena will be joining Latham and Watkins as a summer associate in 2014.

Serena is also a strong believer in giving back to the community. In 2011, she travelled to a number of schools in rural areas of Shanxi province and volunteered as a teacher, for which she received an honorary teaching certificate. As a result of her extensive international background, Serena is highly proficient in English, French, Mandarin and Cantonese.  

Student Profile: Saren Abgaryan (S.J.D.  ‘18)


SarenAbgaryan was enrolled in S.J.D. program of Leo KoGuan Law School in September 2015. Having completed his bachelor degrees in Armenia and spending one year as an exchange student at the United States, Saren has pursued his master’s degree in International commercial law at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He is being sponsored by Chinese Government Scholarship thanks to ranking on the top of the list among Armenian doctorate applicants to China, based on his academic potential. His research interests are dealing with international investment and commercial law matters. Since November 2015, Saren Abgaryan has joined the Cambridge Journal of Asian Law and Society at KoGuan Law School, as an assistant editor.  (Updated on, January 2016)



Dafni Korompeli is a Greek qualified lawyer in the Athens Bar since 2007. She has a rich experience in civil law, real estate transactions and contract law. She has studied at Democritus University of Thrace, and has been awarded EU scholarships for legal studies at Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg and Chinese business and language studies and Intercultural training at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing as participant in the EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Program. (METP).

Dafni has worked as a trainee lawyer at the Greek Ministry of Finance and Economics and Zhenghan law firm in Shanghai. In China, she has also worked as a Project Manager, coordinator and consultant for foreign companies.

Since 2009 she has been splitting her time between Beijing,Shanghai and Athens and she is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.


Renata Thiébaut is enrolled in the first S.J.D. class of KoGuan Law. She is from Brazil and has lived in China for several years and studied at Renmin and Tsinghua Universities with full scholarship from the Chinese government. Her career trajectory includes working for the national government and the United Nations. She has published papers on the institutionalization of the BRICS and the Chinese politics and law. Currently, she teaches at East China Normal university on Chinese Migration law and policies.



Ms. Goertz joins us from Germany and the University of Passau where she is developing an expertise in the area of labor and corporate law. Having lived in Shanghai for the better part of the decade, the KoGuan LL.M in Chinese Law provides Romy with a top tier legal education right in her own backyard. In addition to being a full time student, Ms. Goertz maintains an internship with Beiten Burkhardt, a top-ranked German law firm. As the LL.M. in Chinese Law and Shanghai JiaoTong University continue to provide Romy with those skills necessary for the ever evolving practice of PRC law, the knowledge she gains will no doubt pay dividends well into the future.




Casey Watters is a member of the first SJD class at KoGuan law school. His research is focused on bankruptcy law - in particular comparing the development of Chinese bankruptcy law to that of the United States. Casey holds a J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He previously worked at two law firms in California and externed for the Honorable Stephen Johnson, United States Bankruptcy Court. Casey is currently an assistant professor and teaches US business law.






Adrián Cisneros Aguilar is enrolled in the first S.J.D. class of KoGuan Law. His research is focused on Latin American Integration and its relationship with China. Adrián holds a law degree from Panamericana University in Mexico and an LL.M. from Wuhan University in China, where he graduated with honours. Before coming to China, he had worked in legal academia, law firms and the national government and is now a part-time legal intern in the Shanghai offices of a major multinational company. Adrián was one of 10 continental OAS-China scholarship recipients in 2010 and is now sponsored by the Shanghai Government.




Michael Chin is currently undertaking a J.D. (Juris Doctor) at Monash University. He has an MBA from the University of Cambridge and has worked in business, banking and corporate finance roles in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Michael is one of 20 recipients of the 2012 Prime Minister's Australia Asia Outgoing Postgraduate Award, which provide scholarships for the best and brightest university students from Australia and Asia. As part of his Award, Michael will take Chinese law courses at KoGuan Law School during the 2012-2013 academic year. 



Marcell Horváth has a J.D. from the University of ELTE, Hungary and has worked with law firm settings through both his part-time work (undergraduate level) and his previous positions as a Legal Trainee in Hungarian private law firms. He currently has a part time Law Clerk position with W&H Law Firm, Shanghai Branch Office (part of his broader LL.M. training program), which is a rapidly expanding firm in the Chinese legal community. He has also gained valuable experience in foreign affairs strategic planning and international policy analysis during his job with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary. 




  Kazuo Iwasa is a Japanese attorney. He graduated from the legal department of Shophia University in 1994. He passed the bar exam in Japan in 1998 and joined Matsuo & Kosugi law firm in 2000. He served as a member of the committee of legal apprentice in Tokyo Bar Association since 2003 and was a representative member in both Japan Bar Association and Tokyo Bar Association in 2007. During 2008 and 2010, he was an adjunct instructor in the law school of Sophia University.





Asen Velinov is a JD candidate at UOP McGeorge School of Law. He has had a decade long China focused education in Shanghai and aspires to do international legal work focusing on China. He chose KoGuan Law because of the school's reputation as one of the most highly regarded and innovative law schools in China, the internationally renowned faculty and the challenging international classroom environment. He describes the LLM Program in Chinese Law as tailor made for both foreign JD students aiming to diversify their degrees in a meaningful way, and anyone who needs the tools to successfully pursue a career within the dynamic Chinese legal market.




Stephen is a JD candidate at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He chose KoGuan Law for a myriad of reasons, including the Chinese Law courses offered, the close relationship between KoGuan and Wisconsin law schools, the reputable professors, the modern metropolis of Shanghai, and the friendly-commi