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Karen Fan

Karen Fan

Shanghai/New York

Tel: +86 21 6135 6145/+1 212 415 9238
Email: fan.karen.yiqin@dorsey.com

Practice areas

General corporate & cross-border M&A; PE/VC; Business sale & asset divestiture; Risk control & compliance program


Karen Fan is a global partner, managing partner and chief representative of Dorsey’s Shanghai office, qualified to practise in the State of New York, with achieved PRC legal qualifications.

Fan’s practice areas include cross-border M&A, PE & VC investment, international joint ventures, business sale and asset divestiture, risk control and compliance programme, internal investigations, executive transitions and government enforcement. Fan has the ability to provide strategic advice and practical guidance to clients when they encounter legal and regulatory challenges in expanding businesses into the international market.

Leading the China M&A group at Dorsey, Fan has completed many challenging and consequential cross-border M&A transactions, including: representing The Coca-Cola Company in a complex restructuring of the joint venture of still beverages business in China; representing R&F Properties in the sale of the Guangzhou International Airport R&F Integrated Logistics Park to The Blackstone Group; representing Eddingpharm in the acquisition of Eli Lilly’s right in China for two well-known antibiotics products, as well as its Ceclor manufacturing facility; and representing Fosun Healthcare in the acquisition of a portfolio of healthcare-related properties in the US.

Under the leadership of Fan, Dorsey’s China M&A practice recently won recognitions such as “Deals of the Year 2022: Cross-Border” from China Business Law Journal; “China International Notable Law Firm” by ALB Asia M&A Rankings 2022; and “Other Notable Firm: China” in IFLR 1000 M&A Rankings 2022.

Fan joined Dorsey from Fosun International, where she was the North American senior legal counsel, advising the board and executives of Fosun on cross-border M&A transactions. Benefitting from this experience, Fan frequently acts as outside general counsel for clients, using her unique experiences and skills to assist clients in preventing, detecting and solving a variety of troublesome legal issues under multi-jurisdiction context.

As one of the first batch of honorable foreign lawyer members of the Shanghai Bar Association, Fan is a regular speaker for its foreign legal training programmes.

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