Partner, Dechert LLP
Yong Xiao is the Partner of Dechert LLP, and practices in the area of corporate law, with a focus on the energy and natural resources, mining and metals, oil and gas sectors. Mr. Xiao has significant experience in China assisting clients with cross-border transactions.
Mr. Xiao represents multinational companies on PRC-related corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, private equity, venture capital, regulatory, and general corporate matters. His practice also includes seeking approvals from high-level government agencies and conducting anti-monopoly filings. He has represented clients from various sectors and industries, including energy, financial services, manufacturing, franchising, healthcare, food and beverage, and technology.
Mr. Xiao also acts for Chinese companies, including a number of China’s largest state-owned businesses, on international mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investments.
Mr. Xiao has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for energy and natural resources in China by Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global, noting that he is “very knowledgeable about joint venture formation issues and governmental approvals”, and described him as a “prominent figure in the [energy] market, recognized for his abundant experience advising Chinese state-owned entities on overseas investments”. He is also recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 and 2018, IFLR1000 2016 and 2017, and Who’s Who Legal 2016. Mr. Xiao has presented at events such as All Things China, a seminar presented by Dechert and Singapore Corporate Counsel Association, and China Energy Assembly: Enabling China’s Energy Transition.
Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Xiao served as head of the China practice and partner in the energy transactions and projects group at Vinson & Elkins. His previous experience also includes working as the Assistant Chair of the Foreign Investment Law Division of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Trade and Cooperation (MOFTEC) of the People’s Republic of China.
肖律师一直被《钱伯斯·亚太》和《钱伯斯·全球》评为中国能源和自然资源领域的领先律师，称其“对合资公司设立和政府审批事务非常了解”，堪称“【能源】市场上的杰出人物，凭借为中国国企提供海外投资法律服务的丰富经验而备受认可。”此外，肖律师还是2017年和2018年《法律500强·亚太》、2016年和2017年《国际金融法律评论》以及2016年《Who’s Who Legal》的推荐律师。