In more than 20 years in practice, John Kao has advised on more than 100 deals involving Greater China-based clients in acquisitions and investments overseas and multinational companies, private equity firms, and venture capital firms in acquisitions and investments in Greater China. He has particularly deep experience advising clients in complex and sensitive transactions that have become difficult to resolve. In addition, John advises clients on the formation of private equity and venture capital funds and on a wide array of legal issues and corporate matters in Greater China.
John's representative transactions include: the bid to acquire one of the world's largest construction machinery manufacturing companies, a NYSE-listed company's sale of controlling assets to its former Chinese joint venture partner in the culmination of an 18-month legal battle, a leading independent semiconductor services company's acquisition of its rival, a major Chinese power generation company's acquisition of 50 percent of the equity in an international power company, and the proposed acquisition by a Chinese state-owned enterprise of a major U.S. bus manufacturer.
Other companies for which John has worked on substantial matters include Diebold, Lincoln Electric, PolyOne, Sherwin-Williams, Textron, Woodward, and Uni-President Group.
John is a frequent speaker on China inbound and outbound mergers and acquisitions and investing in China by foreign enterprises. He heads the Firm's M&A Practice in Asia and is Partner-in-Charge in Beijing.
Honors & Distinctions
Chambers Global and Chambers Asia - leaders in their field : China international firms corporate/M&A (2009-2016)
Chambers Asia - notable practitioner: private equity HK/China (2008-2016)
Asia Pacific Legal 500 - China corporate/M&A and private equity/venture capital (2009-2015)