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Han Kun Law Offices

Work +86 10 8525 5500
Beijing, HONG KONG, SHANGHAI 200041,, Shenzhen

Yijun Chao

Work +86 (10) 8525 5502
Han Kun Law Offices


Focuses on Private Equity & Venture Capital, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, and Investment Funds.


One of the most experienced legal professionals and pioneers in China's VC/PE investment sector since 1990s.  Before founding Han Kun, Mr. Chao practiced at two famous international firms (Coudert Brothers, and Morrison and Foerster) for about eight years.


Mandarin (native), English (fluent)


Member of the PRC Bar and admitted to the New York State Bar.


Attended Peking University and Cornell Law School

China: Capital markets

Capital markets: PRC firms

Within: Capital markets: PRC firms

Han Kun Law Offices regularly handles overseas capital markets transactions and has experience representing both Chinese insurers and international underwriters. Yijun Chao specialises in private equity and venture capital, securities and M&A; Zhe Wang deals with foreign direct investment and Ying Zhou has an expertise in public and private financing matters. JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, China Literature and Baidu count among the team's clients. In a notable cross-border highlight, Chaoying Li provided PRC law counsel to Tencent Holdings as the issuer on its $5bn global-term-note programme.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms

Within: Leading individuals

Yijun Chao - Han Kun Law Offices

Within: Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms

Han Kun Law Offices is 'a great firm that is well balanced as a mainland China-based practice; it not only identifies issues, it also provides solutions to those issues'. The team is highly rated for its advice to venture capital and private equity firms on their investments and fundraising in China. Recent work includes advising China's Meituan-Dianping, an online platform for movie ticketing, food delivery, restaurant bookings, beauty services, travel and luxury goods, on its $4bn series C round of equity financing; the assistance included legal opinions, deal negotiations and various financing documents. The practice also acted for China Structural Reform Fund Corporation in its investment in JD Finance, which involved designing the structure of a fund and negotiating a limited partners agreement. The names to note are Yijun Chao, Dafei Chen, Chaoying Li, Ying Yang and Loretta Li, along with Yixin Lin and Min Duan. Counsels Sheng Li and Zaiguang Lu are also highly regarded.

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China: TMT

TMT: PRC firms

Within: Leading individuals

Yijun Chao - Han Kun Law Offices

Within: TMT: PRC firms

With a strong focus in the TMT sector and a wealth of experience acting for private equity and venture capital funds, Han Kun Law Offices has a market leading practice which make it a popular choice among clients such as Chinese TMT giants Baidu, Tencent,, Warburg Pincus, Legend Capital and Fidelity Asia Venture. 2017 has been another prolific year for the team; highlights included advising China Structural Reform Fund as one of the investors in China Unicom's mix ownership reform, handling iQiyi's US IPO and listing on the Nasdaq global market, and assisting Tencent and on their joint investment in Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties. Chaoying Li acted for Tencent in its $5bn global medium term note programme, Dafei Chen assisted Meituan-Dianping with its $4bn series C round of equity financing. Yijun Chao counts Mtime and NIO as his clients, and advised the latter in its series C and series D funding rounds, raising capital from Tencent, Baidu and a number of co-investors. Tracy Zhou and Gloria Xu are also names to note.

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