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Cecillia Dai

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Cecillia Dai is an associate in the firm’s Shanghai office. Her practice focuses on advising multinational clients on investment and operation in various sectors, such as real estate, commercial financing (especially real estate financing), foreign direct investment, merger and acquisition, and private equity, etc.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Dai worked for both international law firm and PRC leading law firm where she advised multinational clients on their operations in China, including real estate and corporate deals, anti-corruption compliance, foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity projects, etc.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • PRC National Bar Association
  • Shanghai Municipality Bar Association
  • Serving as client’s in-house China compliance officer under a temporary secondment, with responsibility for intake and elevation of Greater China-based employee complaints and queries respecting compliance with various company policies, conducting tracking and analysis of compliance-related matters, and working with company’s global compliance head and in-house legal team to expand implementation of company’s compliance procedures.
  • Conducting anticorruption-focused due diligence and analysis in connection with setting up a limited partnership fund on behalf of a publicly-traded US client through joint venture with its domestic partner
  • Conducting anti-corruption focused due diligence and analysis in connection with a planned China consumer distribution-focused acquisition and joint venture on behalf of a publicly-traded US client
  • Conducting anti-corruption focused interviews of China agents used by a target in a multi-jurisdictional M&A project
  • Participating in an internal investigation with UK Bribery Act and PRC commercial bribery implications for a UK-headquartered, US-listed client, and assisting the client reviewing and updating its employment handbook and policies, conducting ethics compliance training. 
  • Representing client in connection with negotiation and execution of a framework agreement to acquire and develop a project land in Nanjing with initial investment for the land acquisition over USD40 million
  • Advising client to acquire an under-construction office premises in Chengdu with the total contract price about RMB18 million
  • Representing client, a well-known multinational computing products company, to review and negotiate the lease agreement relating to the offices located in Guangzhou with the total contract price about RMB100 million
  • Advising client, a well-known domestic real estate group, to purchase a project land through offshore equity transaction with the total transfer price over RMB1.5 billion
  • Advising a multinational bank client to extend syndicated term facility to the Hong Kong subsidiaries of a Korean company, which involves a bunch of collaterals for security, including a mortgage over the real property located in Shanghai owned by such Hong Kong subsidiaries
  • Advising client to borrow onshore and offshore syndicated facilities respectively through its Hong Kong and PRC subsidiaries, which involves a bunch of collaterals for security, including a property mortgage over the real property located in PRC
  • Representing a public financial group, through its wholly-owned subsidiary in PRC, to acquire part of the equity interests in a fund management company in PRC held by a state-owned company with the total equity transfer price of RMB330 million
  • Representing a domestic listed company in heavy industry to cooperate with a foreign listed company for establishing an equity joint venture in PRC
  • Helping a foreign bank to carry out its incorporation of a wholly-owned local bank in PRC (including due diligence review of the entire customer files in the bank’s six branches)