C. Peter Theut is president and chief executive officer of China Bridge, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich.
China Bridge is a strategic partnering and international consulting company focused on assisting clients to bridge the cultural, business development and operational challenges that confront competitors in the global marketplace. China Bridge works with U.S. companies currently doing business in China or with a strategic interest in expanding into that country, as well as Chinese companies investing in or otherwise entering U.S. markets.
Prior to founding China Bridge, Theut was a partner at Butzel Long for 22 years. At Butzel he chaired the firm’s Global Trade and Transaction Practice, the firm’s China Initiative, and served as a member of the executive committee of the China Alliance. Theut is the author of “Practical Considerations for Doing Business in China” in Best Practices for International Business Transactions in China. He serves on the advisory boards of the Detroit China Business Association and University of Michigan Confucius Institute and sits on the Board of Visitors at the Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Theut is acknowledged as a Michigan Super Lawyer.
In addition to his China expertise, Theut has extensive experience with the financing, environmental and commercial aspects of waterfront development, and with admiralty and maritime law. He was editor-in-chief of the treatise Recreational Boating Law and serves as an arbitrator and member of the National Advisory Board of the Maritime Arbitration Association. He is the founder and past chairman of the Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association.
Theut is co-founder of Global Community Outreach, a non-profit organization that functions in coordination with various non-governmental organizations worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to remote parts of the world, with particular focus on Africa, China and Mexico.
Theut received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1960 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1963.