Greenberg Traurig Attorney Tom Ara Joins US-Asia Institute Board

One of the first initiatives Ara will undertake is to plan a media- and entertainment-focused Congressional delegation visit to China in 2016.

Tom Ara, an attorney at entertainment and media law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, has joined the US-Asia Institute's board of trustees, the Washington D.C.-based organization said.

He joins Chris Fenton, president of Chinese film studio DMG's North American operations, as the second trustee from the entertainment industry on the institute's board.

"I look forward to applying my media and entertainment industry dealmaking experiences and connections in the U.S. and Asia to help advance the Institute’s commitment to improving understanding and strengthening ties between the people and governments of the U.S. and Asia, said Ara.

Ara has worked closely with Fenton to bring a focus to entertainment’s role within the context of strengthening policy and ties between the governments of the U.S. and Asia.

One of the first initiatives Ara and Fenton will undertake is the planning of a media- and entertainment-focused Congressional delegation visit to China in 2016, where lawmakers will visit and interact with key Chinese officials overseeing the heavily regulated industry as well as make visits to the China offices of various U.S. studios.

At Greenberg Traurig, Ara’s practice focuses primarily on entertainment industry transactions representing banks, private equity groups, hedge funds, investors and borrowers, as well as feature film studios, networks, production companies, Internet and mobile-based content producers and distributors in the development, production and distribution of motion picture, television and new media content.

"Tom brings a wealth of insight and experience from his business and legal dealings in Asia, and we are delighted to have him join our board," said Kent Lucken, chairman of the US-Asia Institute.

The US-Asia Institute, based on Capitol Hill, was established 35 years ago as a nongovernmental organization to serve as an independent voice on the relationship among the U.S., China, and the countries in East and Southeast Asia. The institute has relationships with Congress, the White House, various think tanks and the broader business community.