Ronghui Hu is a global affiliate visiting scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) for 2019-20. From 1990 to 1995, Hu worked in the banking industry - first as a member of the administrative team to establish the first branch of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) in China, specializing in project finance and foreign exchange trading. She also served as a manager in the Shanghai branch and was later appointed as director of BTMU China.
Following her time at BTMU China, she utilized her expertise in law to become Senior Partner with the Zhonglun Law Firm where for 20 years she helped build it from a start-up law firm into one of China's largest firms with international influence. During this time, she handled several high-profile cases, including one in which she acted as the representative legal counsel for 6C (Toshiba, Panasonic, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, JVC, and Time Warner) and succeeded in getting her clients a contract with the Chinese government - the first pool patent license agreement executed by foreign companies with the Chinese government.
In her role as a Zhonglun partner, Hu was often directly involved with negotiations on behalf of Japan (and its various enterprises) with China (and its various state-owned companies). Her law practice acted as a catalyst for changes in commercial law in China. Currently, Hu serves as Principal Adviser of Scihead IPR Patent Office.