About Me

I am a partner in Bird & Bird's Corporate team and the chief representative of the Beijing office. I have extensive experience in transactional and commercial work across various sectors.

I have advised multinational and Chinese clients on cross-border investments and M&As, as well as related compliance and regulatory matters in sectors including aviation, satellite, manufacturing, telecommunications, and renewable energy.

With more than 20 years experience in China, I assist Chinese companies with their outbound investments, especially in relation to filing/clearance matters in highly regulated markets dealing with areas such as CFIUS and FIRB as well as advising on the PRC Authority's rules governing outbound investments.

I regularly work with my colleagues across Bird & Bird's global network to advise Chinese companies, including well known state-owned enterprises and privately run businesses, on their offshore investments across Europe, Asia Pacific and the US.

In addition, I am experienced in dealing with data protection issues, including the General Data Protection Regulation, as well as matters involving export controls, sanctions and anti-corruption compliance.


  • State Bar of California, US in 1995
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Highly regarded in M&A – Foreign, China

IFLR 1000, 2020

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

PLC Which Lawyer

Highly regarded in Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms, China

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2020

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