Richard YAO

Richard YAO

Corporate Partner
Head of Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Tel: +86 21 2285 9868 Email:
Suite 805, Wheelock Square, 1717 Nanjing Road west, Shanghai 200040, China


Mr. Yao is an international partner and heads the firm’s mergers & acquisitions practice. He specializes in cross border in-bound and out-bound investment, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, anti-trust and general corporate work.

Mr. Yao has a wealth of experience in merger and acquisition-related matters, including foreign direct investment, inbound and outbound investment, spin-offs and joint ventures. He has completed a significant number of transactions involving large US and European clients in China across a wide range of industries (including auto, banking, container terminals, e-commerce, food and beverage, insurance, machinery manufacturing and real estate). Aided by an in-depth understanding of the legislation and practice that covers M&A and anti-trust issues in the PRC, Mr. Yao has successfully represented both large and small companies in negotiated and contested M&A matters in a wide variety of contexts.

Before joining FuJae Partners, Mr. Yao was a partner at Jun He Law Offices where he specialized in corporate and M&A law. His professional experience also includes over 8 years as an associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and 1 year as an in-house lawyer within the legal department of United Technologies.

Mr. Yao currently serves as a non-executive director of PengXin Global Resources Corporation, a Shanghai listed A share company.


-LL.M., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (1996)
-LL.B., East China University of Political Science and Law (1992)

Professional Qualifications
-Admitted in New York State