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Ian M. Liao

Fax +86.21.3251.8918
Fax +1.949.253.0902

Ian Liao is a partner in the firm’s Shanghai office. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and cross-border technology transactions. He has represented public and private companies in mergers, asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and equity purchase transactions involving a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, television and media, special materials, medical devices and internet/e-commerce. In particular, Mr. Liao has substantial experience with M&A transactions in the internet/e-commerce space.

Mr. Liao also has substantial experience advising venture capital funds in fund investment activities and advising high-tech companies, including start-up and pre-IPO stage companies, in fund-raising activities. In addition, he has represented clients in a number of cross-border technology licensing and intellectual property enforcement matters.

Professional Background

Mr. Liao has been practicing in Greater China since 1998 and continues to advise clients on transactions involving Greater China. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Liao was a partner at an international law firm where he worked in their Shanghai and Beijing offices. In addition, he was an associate at law firm in Taiwan. He was also a summer extern for the Federal District Court of Hawaii.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • California State Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Managing Legal Risks in Global Expansion of Chinese Companies,” Shanghai, China, 24 October 2012
  • “Doing Business in China: How To Tame the Dragon,” Dallas, Texas, 14 February 2012
  • “Recent Legal Developments in China,” Brussels, Belgium 14 December 2011