Jason Zhao represents clients on cross-border corporate transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital investments. He has experience advising Chinese companies in their overseas acquisitions, as well as international clients in their investments and operations in China.

Mr. Zhao’s recent representative experience includes advising:

M&A

  • CITIC Capital Partners and its affiliate on the acquisition of Salion Food Condiment Company Limited, a manufacturer of condiments and seasonings, with its principal business in China

  • MBK Partners Fund V, L.P. on the US$950 million acquisition of ocean parks located across China from Hong Kong-listed hospitality group Haichang Ocean Park Holdings Ltd.
  • The general partner of a multi-billion private equity fund on its self-tender offer to restructure the fund for a potential IPO*
  • A group of private placement noteholders on an out-of-court restructuring of Savers, one of the largest thrift store operators in the US and Canada*
  • Jiangxi Copper on its acquisition of three copper mines in Albania*
  • A Chinese SOE on its acquisition of a tungsten mine in Kazakhstan*
  • Lukoil on its sale of energy assets in Kazakhstan to Sinopec*
  • A Russian oil company on its sale of energy assets in Iraq to a Chinese SOE*
  • A US investment firm on its bid for certain oil and gas assets in the Eagle Ford*
  • A US investment firm on its bid for certain oil and gas assets in Oklahoma*
  • A US utility company on its bid for certain pipeline assets in Pennsylvania*
  • A US private equity firm on a private placement by a US energy company*

PE/VC Investments

  • A US satellite startup company on its series seed financing*
  • A Hong Kong-based private equity firm on its:
    • Series A investment in a Chinese beverage manufacturing business*
    • Series A investment in a Chinese beverage retail business*
  • A New York-based private equity firm on its:
    • Series B investment in a Chinese bioscience company*
    • Series E investment in a Chinese food sourcing company*

General Corporate

  • A number of US-based religious congregations on their civil configuration*
  • A US fashion trade show organizer on its proposed joint venture with a Chinese SOE*
  • Far East on its gas joint venture project with a Chinese SOE, CUCBM*
  • A US multi-national food company on sourcing renewable energy in China*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • New York

Education

  • LL.M., College of William & Mary, 2015
  • LL.M., Queen Mary, University of London, 2011

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English