Investing or Doing Business in Asia? This Lecture is for You

Lebanon, Ill. — For over 25 years, Dennis Unkovic has helped U.S. companies establish operations or sell their products in China and throughout Asia. He understands the risks, challenges and cultural differences that affect a company’s chance for success abroad. The international attorney, business advisor and author will share his expertise on “Doing Business in Asia” on Monday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

Unkovic is a partner with Pittsburgh-based the law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP. He is actively involved in negotiating complex commercial transactions such as foreign direct investment, international mergers and acquisitions, and creating strategic alliances and joint ventures. He has had significant involvement in transactions in China, India, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Europe and Australia.

“Mr. Unkovic has helped to facilitate and guide entrepreneurial ventures worldwide,” said Dr. Frank Spreng, professor of economics and director of the MBA program at McKendree. “He is well known in international circles for his expertise as a legal advisor and business consultant. I encourage anyone who has an interest in foreign trade and investment, in doing business in Asia, or in Asian culture, to attend.”

Unkovic has written seven books and more than 150 articles, several of which have been translated into Chinese and Japanese. He was asked by the American Bar Association to author “Understanding Asia: Winning Strategies for Business Success,” which was published in late 2011. Most recently he edited the third edition of “Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia,” published in April.

He frequently speaks to business executives, trade associations, and government and academic leaders on high profile international issues. In the last 30 years, he has given numerous presentations in 50 countries. Among them was a talk he gave at McKendree about 25 years ago.

He returns to campus as the sixth participant in the university’s Wayne E. Lanter Lecture Series, which brings influential business and entrepreneurial leaders to campus to share their insight and strategies for success. “All of the participants in this series have been important, dynamic players in the entrepreneurial world,” Spreng noted. “We are fortunate to have Mr. Unkovic return to McKendree. He is truly an authority on international business.”