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Shawn Cao

Shawn Cao


Tel: +86 21 2208 6274
Email: caoxiang@junhe.com

Practice areas

Foreign direct investment; Investment & financing; Joint ventures; M&A


Shawn Cao has practised since 2010 and focuses on corporate and M&A, foreign direct investment and PE/VC investment at JunHe, based in Shanghai. He is experienced across industrial sectors including energy and infrastructure, real estate, manufacturing, information technology, catering and exhibition services.

Cao has been lead lawyer in many high-profile M&A and investment transactions. These have included Sembcorp Energy’s RMB 1.5 billion acquisition of 35% equity in SDIC New Energy Investment; Avon’s sale of 100% equity in its PRC manufacturing facility to TheFaceShop; Ball Asia’s sale of its PRC packaging business to ORG Technology; Tencent’s series E round investment in Tuhu.cn; Reed Exhibitions’ (a member of RELX Group) new joint venture co-operation with its domestic partners; and Costa Coffee’s buyout of its joint venture partner’s equity.

In addition, Cao provides general corporate services for various foreign-invested and domestic enterprises.

Cao’s educational background in both domestic and overseas law schools brings him efficient communications with domestic and foreign clients, and precise understanding of client needs, providing viable legal solutions. Recommending JunHe partners including Cao, the general counsel of one multinational company describes the JunHe team as “very creative, responsive and business-oriented”.

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