Overview

John regularly advises multinationals and Chinese companies on their cross-border investments and M&As as well as related compliance and regulatory matters in a wide range of sectors. He is highly regarded in the market for his extensive experiences in transactional and commercial work in various sectors.

John is a Partner in the corporate team and Chief Representative of Bird & Bird's Beijing office.

Based in China for more than 20 years, he represents multinationals and local companies across a wide spectrum of key industries, particularly aviation, satellite, hi-tech, advanced manufacturing, telecommunications and renewable energy.

John also regularly works with colleagues in our global network to advise Chinese companies including well-known state-owned enterprises and privately-run businesses on their offshore investments across jurisdictions such as Continental Europe, Russia, Australia, US, UK and Singapore.

He is one of the few lawyers who is both experienced in assiting Chinese companies with their outbound investments and familiar with filing/clearance matters in highly regulated sectors with various regulators such as CFIUS, FIRB and PRC regulators governing outbound investments .

John is also experienced in data protection (including General Data Protection Regulation) issues, export controls and sanctions and anti-corruption compliance matters.

John was admitted in the State of California in 1995. He has a Bachelor degree in English from Xi'an Foreign Languages Institute, a Master degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a JD from J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University.

He is a native Mandarin speaker and fluent in English. 

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. He is ranked as a leading individual for M&A A by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2014, 2015 and 2016), IFLR 1000 (2014) and Chambers Asia (2012, 2013, 2014).

  2. John "has praiseworthy expertise in FDI and corporate transactions in a diverse number of industry sectors".

    PLC Which Lawyer
  3. "Market sources agree that he gives advice that is 'always informed from a local perspective - this regional knowledge makes his input invaluable'".

    Chambers Asia 2014