China Law – International Trade, Arbitration & Litigation Lawyer Joins Jones Day To Expand Chinese Legal Practice

Beijing – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – International law firm Jones Day today announced that Jingzhou Tao will join the Firm’s Beijing Office as a partner. He comes to Jones Day from DLA Piper where he was the former managing partner in Beijing. Mr. Tao’s arrival brings the total number of fee earners in Jones Day’s Beijing office to 45.

“Mr. Tao’s background is extraordinary,” said Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day. “His expertise in China matters and admission to practice law in France will further enhance Jones Day’s ability to serve clients around the world as One Firm Worldwide. He will be a terrific addition.”

Recognized as an expert in international trade, arbitration, and corporate work, Mr. Tao has advised on China-related matters since 1985, and has maintained an active practice in China for more than fifteen years. He has advised numerous clients on international law matters, particularly on legal, financial, tax, arbitration, and commercial aspects of trade and investment.

“This is a very significant appointment,” said Johnson Tan, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Beijing office. “As the China economy continues to flourish as a result of globalization, Mr. Tao’s arrival will further consolidate our leadership position in terms of our ability to serve clients across continents no matter what their business and legal needs require.”

Mr. Tao has represented over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and many major European, Japanese, and American companies for their hundreds of investments in China, including the establishment of equity joint ventures, contractual joint ventures, and wholly foreign-owned enterprises, in addition to their business and tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliance, and intellectual property protection matters.

Prior to joining DLA Piper in October 2005, Mr. Tao was the Managing Partner of Coudert Brothers’ China Practice. He was educated at University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), 1984 and Peking University Law School, 1982 and was admitted to practice law in China and Paris in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He is the author of numerous articles in Chinese, English, and French on matters related to Chinese arbitration, foreign investment and foreign trade. Jingzhou is fluent in English, French, and Mandarin, and has written several books in English and French on Chinese law.

Jones Day is an international law firm with 30 locations in centers of business and finance throughout the world. With more than 2,200 lawyers, including more than 400 in Europe, and 200 in Asia, it ranks among the world’s largest law firms. With four offices and more than 125 lawyers in Greater China, the Firm has one of the largest China practices of any full service law firm. Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies.

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