Mr Xiao Yong > Dechert > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

31/F Jardine House
One Connaught Place, Central
Hong Kong
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Work Department

Corporate; Energy and Natural Resources; Mergers and Acquisitions


Xiao Yong 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 assisting clients with cross-border transactions.

Mr. Xiao represents Chinese companies, including a number of China’s largest state-owned businesses, on international mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investments. He also acts for multinational companies on PRC-related corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, private equity, venture capital, regulatory, and general corporate matters. In addition, his practice 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. 

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, now Ministry of Commerce) of the People’s Republic of China.


Fellow, China Law Society


Wuhan University School of Law, B.A., LL.B., 1985
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, LL.M., 1999

Lawyer Rankings

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms

Dechert LLP‘s recent Asia energy and natural resources work included advising on project developments, acquisitions, joint venture investments, divestments, distribution agreements, and dispute resolution. Clients particularly benefit from the firm’s China offices’ integration with global resources in Asia Pacific, CIS, Middle East, Europe and America. Xiao Yong, who works across the Beijing and Hong Kong offices, assists clients with cross-border transactions, with a focus on the energy and natural resources, mining and metals, and oil and gas sectors. The practice experienced the departure of energy specialist Nicholas Song for Asian co-working space provider, JustCo.

Hong Kong > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

Xiao YongDechert

Xiao Yong is the key name at Dechert, which counts upstream, downstream, LNG and nuclear power projects as core areas of expertise, as well as the oil and gas industry as a key sector strength. Cross-border mandates also feature prominently in the team’s workload.