Jingzhou Tao


Jingzhou Tao


Beijing | 24/F, North Tower, Beijing Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100020
+8610 5829 1308 | +8610 5829 1313


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."  

In 2018, Mr. Tao was appointed by the Chinese Supreme Court as a member of International Commercial Expert Committee.

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
  • Mandarin
  • English
  • French
  • Board of Trustees of Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)
  • Member, ICC Commission 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 and Tsinghua University Law School
  • Arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the American Arbitration Association, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Beijing Arbitration Commission and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB)
Speaking Engagements
  • Managing Infrastructure Disputes in Asia — 13th Annual Generations in Arbitration Conference, Hong Kong (March 31, 2019)
  • Positioning of ICC Arbitration in the Asian World with a Focus on China — ICC PIDA1 Training, Shanghai (March 29, 2019)
  • Working Group: Preparing and Drafting the Request — ICC PIDA1 Training, Shanghai (March 29, 2019)
  • China 4th Annual International Arbitration, Regulatory & Competition Law Summit — Shanghai (March 21, 2019)
  • 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)
  • Conference Chair of 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)
  • 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)
  • ASA China Roadshow & Workshops — Swiss Arbitration Association, China (June 14, 2016)
  • The Culture of International Arbitration — 19th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day, Shanghai (March 4, 2016).
  • 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)
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission for its 20th Anniversary — Beijing (September 22, 2015)