J. Gray Sasser
Gray serves as a member at Frost Brown Todd's Nashville office in the Business Combinations & Securities Group. His focus is in International Services, advising foreign companies growing the regional economy through direct investment in the U.S., while assisting American enterprises expand their global footprint.
As former Senior Vice President for Congressional Affairs of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Gray brings significant international and federal government experience offering strategic advice on navigating federal export and trade issues.
Gray currently teaches a course on Asia’s emerging economies as an adjunct at Belmont University. He previously served as chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party and has practiced law in Nashville, Houston and Beijing with Miller & Martin PLLC and Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Provides strategic and legal advice to regional and national companies entering or expanding operations in the People's Republic of China, including development of effective governmental affairs strategy, entity-selection and site-location, as well as evaluation of potential PRC partners.
Advising prominent national business organization advocating for United States trade and diplomatic engagement.
Advised Maryland medical equipment company in connection with obtaining federal government support for exports to Africa.
Assisting Tennessee-based high-tech equipment manufacturer in connection with federal export licensing issues.
Delivered presentation on doing business in China to Nashville bar organization.
Represented Kentucky and Tennessee telephone cooperatives in amendment of applicable Tennessee statues and related series of merger transactions. Assisted major metropolitan hospital in obtaining Tennessee Attorney General's consent to non-profit merger.
Primary responsibility for drafting and negotiating detailed transitional services agreements, coordinating two overseas signing ceremonies and supervising the work of European attorneys in connection with multi-jurisdictional sale of petrochemical assets for a leading international oil company.
Represented regional company specializing in counseling and treatment of troubled teens in sale of substantially all of its assets to a publicly-traded Texas health care company.
Memberships & Affiliations
- Martha O'Bryan Center, Board Member
- Tennessee Historical Commission, Commissioner 2005-2010
(appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen)
Recent Blog Posts
- The Medieval Economics of Cryptocurrency
- ICOs: Cloud-Based But Likely Grounded in Regulations
- Precis of potentials and pitfalls
- Beyond the China Headlines
- State of Tennessee Opening for Business in China
- China Risk Factor Hiding in Plain View: A Brief Analysis of Variable Interest Entities (VIEs) Under Chinese Law
- Federal Export Support Programs and China Trade Strategy
- Rising Wages and Written Contracts – Introduction to Common Chinese Employment Law Issues
Non-FBT Publications and Events
"Growing Global Purchasing Power and the Increasing Global Middle Class: What Does it Mean for Local and National Reorganizations?" Turnaround Management Association, April 18, 2013
"Jim Sasser Headlines International Business Symposium," College of Business Administration, Belmont University. March 30, 2012.
"Obama Export Push Bodes Well for Tennessee Businesses," The Tennessean. January 31, 2011.
"Fuel for the Next Century," China Business Review, Vol. 25, No.4, July-August 1998.
"Reform in China," Infrastructure Finance, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1996.