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CAO, Xiang (Shawn) Partner

Professional Experience

Mr. Shawn Cao joined JunHe in 2014.  He provides legal services for major domestic enterprises and multi-national companies in corporate and M&A, foreign direct investments and PE/VC investments. Mr. Cao is experienced in industrial sectors such as energy and infrastructure, real estate, manufacturing, information technology, catering and exhibition services. He has expertise in transaction structure design, legal due diligence, preparation of transaction documents, negotiation, closing and up to post-closing matters. 

Mr. Cao has been the lead lawyer in many high profile M&A and investments, including without limitation, a multinational oil and gas company’s investment in a PRC LNG receiving terminal project, Avon’s sale of 100% equity in its PRC manufacturing facility to TheFaceShop, and  Ball Asia’s sale of its PRC packaging business to ORG Technology Co., Ltd. (SZ.002701). He was also involved in Tencent’s series E round investment in Tuhu.cn, Reed Exhibitions’ (a member of RELX Group) new joint venture cooperation with its domestic partners and Costa Coffee’s buyout of its joint venture partner’s equity. 

In addition to the above, Mr. Cao also provides general corporate services for various foreign-invested and domestic enterprises.


Bachelor of Laws, East China University of Political Science and Law, 2009

Master of Laws (magna cum laude), Fordham University School of Law, 2013

Professional Associations

Member of the All-China Lawyers Association and the Shanghai Lawyers Association

Member of the New York State Bar Association

Language Skills

Mandarin and English

JunHe is the only Chinese law firm to be admitted as a member of Lex Mundi and Multilaw, two international networks of independent law firms. JunHe and selected top law firms in major European and Asian jurisdictions are “best friends.” Through these connections, we provide high quality legal services to clients doing business throughout the world.
As the first carbon neutrality fund sponsored by a law firm in China, the BAF Carbon Neutrality Special Fund was jointly established by JunHe and the Beijing Afforestation Foundation (BAF) to promote carbon neutral initiatives, and encourage social collaboration based on the public fundraising platform to mobilize engagement in public welfare campaigns.