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

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

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

Hong Kong > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

Xiao YongDechert

The team at Dechert ‘has a deep understanding of the industry‘ and is especially strong in handling cross-border mandates for clients in the oil and gas sector. Other areas of instruction for the group include LNG, upstream, downstream, and renewable energy power projects. Xiao Yong is the main practitioner to note.

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms

Known for handling complex multi-jurisdictional matters, Dechert LLP‘s team is particularly strong in the oil and gas and LNG industries. The ‘very efficient practice‘ also works on groundbreaking projects in the green energy, mining and natural resources sectors; and its work comprises investment transactions, divestments, joint venture formations, fund raising, government regulations and dispute resolution. The China energy practice is led by energy and natural resources, mining and metals and oil and gas specialist, Xiao Yong, who splits his time between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, and ‘finds ways to solve problems‘. ‘Impressive‘ Beijing counsel Zhaohui Li has extensive experience in advising Chinese state-owned companies on their outbound transactions.