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Johnny Zhao is a partner of Taylor Wessing and based in Beijing. As a Chinese corporate lawyer, he advises MNCs as well as medium-sized foreign companies in relation to their investments and various operations in China. Besides his specific focus on the pharmaceutical, real estate and retail sectors, Johnny has developed a profound expertise in the automotive industry advising both OEM as well as suppliers in this field. Johnny is a specialist in M&A and corporate restructuring involving complicated cross-border and domestic transactions. His experience also extends to advising on merger control, competition compliance, corporate governance, trade issues and securitization of Chinese state-owned enterprises by means of overseas IPO and China outbound investments.


Volvo Car Corporation Advising on its China operations including group financing and distribution activities
Hugo Boss Advising on its participation in and establishment of a joint venture in Hong Kong with a Hong Kong based fashion company.
ThyssenKrupp AG Advising on the sales and divestiture of its global tailor blank business to Wuhan Iron and Steel Group.
Valentino Advising on its China establishment and start-up of operations (including property lease and franchise operations)
Johan Hay GmbH & Co. KG Automobiltechnik Advising on setting up an automotive parts manufacturing plant in Tianjin.
Knorr Bremse AG Advising on the restructuring of a component manufacturing joint venture in the railway sector.
Sorin Group Advising on its strategic partnering with MicroPort Medical, a leading Chinese medical device manufacturer on the establishment of a medical device sales and manufacturing joint venture.
Daimler AG Advising on the establishment of a car leasing company in China and start-up of the operations and the strategic alliance with Foton and establishment of a truck manufacturing joint venture in China.
Knorr Bremse Advising Knorr Bremse on restructuring of a manufacturing joint venture in the rail way sector.
Webasto AG Advising on acquisition of the majority stake in a leading Chinese heating and air-conditioning manufacturer in the automotive industry.
Schmitz Cargobull AG Advising on the establishment of a trailer manufacturing joint venture with Dongfeng Automotive.


Since 2009 Partner at Taylor Wessing
2003 - 2009 Associate at Taylor Wessing
1998 - 2002 Lawyer at GFE Law Office (Guangzhou China)


1998 LLB degree from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China



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