MAO Tong’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions and cross-border acquisitions, as well as private equity funds targeting the Asia market. He advises multinational corporations and investors in corporate and commercial matters in China and Asia, as well as Chinese clients doing business outside of China. MAO Tong also advises clients on financings, private equity investments, international joint ventures, corporate strategies and infrastructure, and real estate transactions.

    His fund practice includes fund formation, asset management and post-launch portfolio investment projects, often involving funds with multi-strategy and opportunity mandates and feeder structures. He also advises clients on virtual asset funds.

    For more than 30 years, MAO Tong has been involved in more than 100 Chinese-foreign joint ventures and wholly foreign-owned enterprises in China. He has also advised international clients in connection with acquisitions of Chinese entities, as well as restructuring existing foreign operations in China.

    MAO Tong's clients include Fortune 100 companies, major Chinese state and private enterprises, private equity funds, technology companies, and Chinese banks and financial institutions.

    MAO Tong also has actively advised China-based and international clients on infrastructure and energy projects.

    MAO Tong regularly advises and speaks on regulatory and dispute resolution matters. He has provided FCPA, compliance and integrity training courses to more than 2,000 employees of one of the largest US-based conglomerates and has provided compliance and FCPA training programs for US corporate executives throughout Asia. MAO Tong gives FCPA training and advice to international clients in connection with potential acquisition and joint venture projects in China.

    Prior to joining the firm, MAO Tong was the managing partner in the Hong Kong offices of two other international law firms and also served as General Counsel – Greater China for the General Electric Company. He is a frequent speaker and has written numerous articles on China and cross-border legal matters. He is one of the authors of the first edition of CCH China Master Business Law Guide, a pre-eminent introduction to business laws and regulations of China. MAO Tong is a founding member and past president of the China Business Association.

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    • Leading a team of lawyers in Hong Kong and China in forming US$100 million+ funds managed out of Hong Kong and completing an acquisition by a US private equity fund of a Hong Kong-based company with manufacturing operations in China and other countries.
    • Advising a China-based biotech client to acquire the assets of a US company, enter global licensing arrangements, establish Hong Kong and Singapore holding platforms and expand in Southeast Asia.
    • Advising clients to access capital markets in the US and Hong Kong through SPAC and listed shell companies.
    • Advising a private equity fund in connection with multiple acquisitions in China and subsequent exit sales, including a US$250 million convertible bond transaction with a Hong Kong-listed company.
    • Leading a team of lawyers advising a major Chinese state-owned enterprise to develop a hydropower project in Laos.
    • Leading a legal team in advising one of the largest China-based financial institutions in connection with the financing of a US$1.2 billion acquisition of an energy company in Kazakhstan.
    • Leading a team of lawyers in China to provide local and international compliance support and investigation, and resolve executive departure and labor arbitration issues.
    • Leading a team of lawyers and local counsel (based in China, New York, Europe and Africa) in advising one of the largest China-based energy companies entering into a country in Africa.
    • Advising a major China-based state-owned energy company in connection with its oil exploration operations in Africa and cross-border dispute issues.
    • Advising a major US-based clean energy firm in connection with a multibillion-dollar project in Inner Mongolia.
    • Advising one of the largest paper companies in China on its Hong Kong pre-IPO restructuring.


    • Columbia University, J.D., 1986
    • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1983


    • New York


    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of New York
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of New York


    • English
    • Chinese (Mandarin, also known as Putonghua)

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