Patti Waldmeir

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Full name: Patti Waldmeir

Area of interest: China business; US law and society; South Africa

Journals/Organisation: Financial Times


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Career: Joined FT 1981: Johannesburg bureau chief 1989/1996; Lex columnist; Lex columnist; US legal columnist; US editor of FT

Current position/role: Shanghai correspondent

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Awards/Honours: New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, 1998 - for Anatomy of a Miracle



Books & Debate:

  • Anatomy of a Miracle: The End of Apartheid and the Birth of the New South Africa OCLC35025731 , 1997

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Remit/Info: Chinese business and economy






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Articles: 2008

  • Investor's notebook: Beijing finally acts to lift equities gloom - Dramatic steps to prop up the Chinese stock market were unveiled by Beijing on Thursday after a 70 per cent fall in stock prices since last October - 18th September 2008
  • Analysis: A golden opportunity? How Chinese brands are betting on an Olympic boost - When Li Ning, the celebrated Chinese gymnast turned sportswear entrepreneur, flew around Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium to light the Olympic torch last week, he instantly called the powerful nationalism of the opening ceremony into the service of his eponymous brand - 13th August 2008
  • Investor's notebook: Shanghai bets on Beijing games - The Beijing Olympics mark an important moment in history for the Chinese people. But the Games have an added significance for those millions of small investors who hope that they could also mark a turning point for the Shanghai stockmarket - 7th August 2008
  • Analysis: Deals on hold? - China and India are now so integral to the global financial system that the impact of looming changes to antitrust legislation in both countries is sure to be quickly felt across the world - 28th July 2008 (with Sundeep Tucker)
  • World View: Side-effects of a Swiss takeover - What lies behind Roche’s decision to offer nearly $44bn for the 44 per cent stake it does not already own in Genentech? - 21st July 2008 (with Paul Betts)

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Column name: Legal counsel

Remit/Info: US law and society - focusing predominantly on intellectual property, employment law, legal topics (of interest to business and general readers)


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Website: FT.Com / Patti Waldmeir

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Day published: Wednesday

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Average length: 800 words

Articles: 2008

  • Judges deal second blow to Bush - The US Supreme Court upheld a ruling that barred FBI agents from searching the legislative office of congressman William Jefferson as part of a corruption investigation - 1st April 2008
  • Divorce is not what it used to be - We Americans are surrounded by law: it is hard to take a step without tripping over it - 26th February 2008
  • Death of self-rule on the internet - Two weeks ago, the company shocked millions of users by radically rewriting the constitution of the democratic republic of Ebay, founded in 1995 not just as an auction site but also as a social experiment in online self-government - 12th February 2008
  • Inertia is the better part of valour - The US Congress seems to operate on the principle that, if you ignore problems for long enough, they will cease to exist. And in the case of US patent reform – which faces a make-or-break vote in the US Senate shortly – they could just about be right - 5th February 2008
  • Internet as legal aid - Everyone who lives in a democracy has no choice but to trust their neighbours to pick their lawmakers – but their divorce lawyers? - 29th January 2008
  • Trust Mum about clones - Eating is no rational matter. Any unhappy lover or overweight teen knows the truth about food: it feeds the mind much more than the body. Emotion matters more than nutrition, and fear matters more than science - 23rd January 2008
  • Techno-toys in court challenge - The US Supreme Court is mediating in a dispute between a bunch of Taiwanese computer makers and a Korean rival that could affect everyone who buys a computer in America - 15th January 2008
  • Tyranny at the US water cooler - Later today, millions of Americans will gather around the digital water cooler to gloat or moan about the results of last night’s dramatic New Hampshire presidential primary election - 8th January 2008

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