Yijun Chao co-founded Han Kun Law Offices in 2004. Previously, he worked at Coudert Brothers LLP and Morrison & Foerster. Mr. Chao focuses primarily on private equity and venture capital, onshore and offshore securities issuances and listing, mergers and acquisitions, fund formation and management, and intellectual property.
Mr. Chao has been on the cutting edge of the development of China's venture capital and private capital industry, representing many high-tech start-ups in their private equity and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and onshore and offshore listings. His clients are in a broad range of industries, including Internet, computer software, telecom, entertainment and media, automobile and transportation, education and training, new retail, biotech, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. He also represents many industry leading multinationals and PRC and non-PRC equity investment funds in their investments into Chinese companies. He has advised issuers and underwriters on multiple listings of Chinese companies in the United States, Hong Kong, and mainland China.
Mr. Chao also represented a variety of multinational companies, handling various legal issues related to their direct investments and mergers and acquisition transactions within China. Such transactions include the establishment of various types of foreign-invested enterprises, structure, significant and complex asset transfers, appraisal and government approval of state-owned assets, research and analysis of regulation and policy changes, and strategic planning. He also represents both multinational companies and Chinese companies in handling transactions and infringement matters related to patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets.
Mr. Chao has been consistently recognized as a leading Chinese lawyer in the fields of private equity, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and technology, media and telecommunications by many internationally renowned legal ranking agencies.