Jingzhou Tao is the Managing Partner responsible for developing the Asia Practice of the firm. He has advised many Fortune 500 companies on international mergers and acquisitions, arbitration and corporate matters involving China for more than 25 years. Mr. Tao has represented major American and European and Japanese companies in hundreds of transactions in China involving joint ventures, tax planning, strategic alliances and intellectual property protection. He also has significant experience in international arbitration proceedings both in China and before the major international arbitration institutions.
In 2014, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific ranked Mr. Tao for his dispute resolution practice in China and named him one of the "Most In Demand Arbitrators" in the Asia-Pacific region. Peers note that "he is held in high regard" in the market. Chambers has also previously recognized Mr. Tao as "someone you’d have in your top ten for China work" who "really bridges the divide between Western and Eastern views," "a respected name on the arbitration scene" and "very well regarded for his activity in the international arbitration arena especially in relation to disputes involving PRC entities." The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 describes him as "highly regarded" and recommends him for his Corporate/M&A practice. Mr. Tao was also recognized by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2013 as a leading lawyer in China, and named by Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? as a recommended lawyer for dispute resolution in 2012.
Most recently, Mr. Tao was appointed by the World Council of the International Chamber of Commerce to serve another term as a member of the International Court of Arbitration.
Mr. Tao is a frequent speaker among the legal world and has also published many articles in Chinese and international legal and business publications. His writings primarily address Chinese law related matters. Mr. Tao has also been a columnist for Century Weekly since 2011.
Peking University, LL.B., 1982
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, DEA, 1984
Chair, Commission on International Commercial Arbitration of ICC China
Co-Chair, China International Arbitration Club
Board Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA),
Board of Trustees of Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)
Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Member, Advisory Committee of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
Member, International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
Adjunct Professor, Peking University Law School and East China University of Political Science and Law
Arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the American Arbitration Association, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and the Beijing Arbitration Commission