Jingzhou Tao


Jingzhou Tao


Beijing | 24/F, North Tower, Beijing Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100020
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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 30 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.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 has recognized Mr. Tao as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in China for a third consecutive year. He has been consistently ranked in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific for his dispute resolution practice in China and 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 described 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
  • Paris
  • Simplified Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • 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, CIETAC International Advisory Board
  • 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, the Beijing Arbitration Commission and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) 
Speaking Engagements
  • The Devil Lies in Details - Caste Study in International Commercial Arbitration — High-level Dialogue on International Commercial Arbitration Among OBOR Counties, Beijing (September 19, 2018)
  • Recent Developments of UNCITRAL Model Law and PRC Arbitration Law — The 4th Social and Scientific Arbitration Roundtable Conference, Beijing (September 19, 2018)
  • Moot Cross-examination Participant, Commentator, and Moderator — First CIETAC Global Arbitration Forum, Beijing (September 18, 2018)
  • China Arbitration Summit — Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China (SPC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Beijing (September 16, 2018) 
  • Greater Diversification or Collaboration — ICC Arbitration Conference, London (September 12, 2018)
  • ICC Update: Belt & Road Initiative — ICC Arbitration Conference, London (September 12, 2018)
  • Round Table Discussion on China and the World Order — Perry World House, Penn Wharton China Center, Beijing (September 7, 2018) 
  • Dispute Resolution and Procedural Innovation — AIIB Legal Conference, Beijing (September 5, 2018)
  • Opportunities and Challenges of Arbitration in the Context of BRI  PRC Bar Association, Shenzhen (August 31, 2018)
  • ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Asia — Hong Kong (June 29, 2018)
  • Conflict of Interests: Beyond the IBA Guidelines? — ICC Asia Conference (June 27, 2018)
  • Comparative Analysis of Developments in Arbitration Law in the Region —3rd ICC Asia Conference on International Arbitration, Singapore (June 28, 2017)

Partner Jingzhou Tao speaks on the panel "Comparative analysis of developments in arbitration law in the region". What are the recent topical developments in the region when it comes to arbitration? Examples could include enforcement trends; dealing with guerrilla tactics; greater diversity in tribunals; arbitration involving the financial services industry; codification of IBA guidelines; liberalization of China’s arbitration regime etc.

  • M&A Panel —University of Chicago China Forum 2017, Chicago, IL (April 30, 2017)
  • International Arbitration in Greater China: Recent Developments —2nd ICC Asia Conference on International Arbitration, Hong Kong (June 29, 2016)

The conference offers a line-up of top-class speakers, various plenaries, an excellent opportunity to network, an in-house counsel roundtable and sessions on:International arbitration in Greater China: recent developments; Investor-State arbitration under the ICC Rules; and Intellectual Property Disputes.

  • ASA China Roadshow & Workshops — Swiss Arbitration Association, China (June 14, 2016)

Partner, Jingzhou Tao, speaks on "Swiss Arbitration and China: The Law, The Culture, The Fit" on the 14th, 15th and 17th of June at the seminar & workshops respectively. On June 18th, Jingzhou Tao speaks on "Dispute Resolution Institution in China and Europe: Cultural Similarities and Differences".

  • The Culture of International Arbitration — 19th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day, Shanghai (March 4, 2016)

Partner, Jingzhou Tao, moderates the panel on : The culture of international arbitration. Is there an international arbitration culture in China and elsewhere in East Asia that is meaningfully distinct from the culture of international arbitration elsewhere in respect of: (i) how soft law is received; (ii) the combined use of arbitration and mediation, (iii) the education of young lawyers; and (iv) the neutrality (or not) of party-appointed arbitrators.

  • ICSID at 50: The Evolution Of International Investment Treaties And Dispute Resolution — International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an (November 26, 2015)

Partner, Jingzhou Tao, moderates Session 2: International Investment Treaties and Arbitration: Asia Pacific Perspectives. The panelists explain how each country’s treaty program contributes to the country’s overarching economic policy. They also discuss developing trends and delve into region‐specific aspects of these treaties.

  • Practical Realities of Arbitrating in the Asia Pacific Region — IBA Annual Conference, Vienna (October 6, 2015)
  • China Arbitration Summit 2015 — Beijing (September 25, 2015)
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission for its 20th Anniversary — Beijing (September 22, 2015)
  • CIETAC Foreign-related Arbitration Annual Review — Beijing (September 22, 2015)
  • Conference: Demystifying International Arbitration for Chinese Parties — Shanghai (May 29, 2015)
  • Conference: Demystifying International Arbitration for Chinese Parties — Beijing (May 28, 2015)
  • 1st annual ICC Asia regional conference on International Arbitration — Singapore (May 26, 2015)

Jingzhou Tao speaks on a panel titled, "International arbitration in Asian emerging markets: recent developments."

  • Foreign Law Firms in China: Past, Present and Possible Future — Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (February 24, 2015)
  • Chinese Concept of Rule of Law — 2015 Global Times Annual Meeting, Beijing (December 6, 2014)
  • China's Outbound Investments in Europe — The Association of Chinese Lawyers in Europe, A.s.b.l., Luxembourg (December 2, 2014)

This seminar which focuses on the following subjects: Why China's outbound investments are surging; How to interpret, structure and manage China's outbound investments; and How to deal with Chinese investors.

  • Casablanca's Place in a Shifting World: a Rising Arbitration Venue in Greater North West Africa and for South-South Disputes — 2014 Casablanca Arbitration Days, Casablanca, Morocco (November 29, 2014)

Jingzhou Tao speaks on the topic "The Rise of South-South Trade and Investments, and its Impact on Disputes: The Example of Chinese Investments in Africa" on Panel 2, "New Emerging Powers in the South," during Session 4 of the conference.

  • Arbitration and China - What Now and What Next? — 2nd Annual GAR Live Asia Conference, Hong Kong (October 18, 2012) 
  • Asian Arbitration Practice Update — ICC Court of International Arbitration and CIETAC, Chengdu and Nanjing (July 3, 2012)
  • China Talent Policy — Western Returnees Association of China, Beijing (June 30, 2012)
  • China Arbitration Practice Update — French Embassy in China and the Beijing Arbitration Commission, Beijing (June 27, 2012)
  • The Challenges and Opportunities of Doing Business Outside China — The Economist Intelligence Unit's Chinese Outbound Investment Event 2011, Beijing (October 19, 2011)

Jingzhou Tao examines medium-term trends for outbound investment in Chinese organisations and the companies making these investments as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these opportunities.

  • Opportunities and Challenges for Chinese Investment in the US — China-US Investment Forum 2011, Washington, DC (October 5, 2011)
  • Chinese OFDI to Africa — China Goes Global Conference, Boston, MA (October 4, 2011)
  • ICC, CCOIC and CIETAC Symposium on International Arbitration — Sponsored by Dechert LLP, Baker & McKenzie and Zhonglun Law Firm, Beijing (July 5, 2011)

Jingzhou Tao speaks on the panel ‘Arbitration in China and Beyond’ which discusses recent developments in the use of arbitration in commercial disputes in China; arbitrations and court proceedings in China; an update with case studies; challenges and issues relating to enforcement of arbitral awards in China; and the future of the arbitration landscape in China and where does it stand in face of regional competition?

  • Chinese Law Firm's Expansion Abroad — Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies Conference (GLEE), Shanghai (June 11, 2011)