Kathleen Cao

Kathleen worked for Shanghai Junyue Law Firm and the Shanghai branch office of leading PRC law firm Wang Jing & Co., before joining R&P.

Now a Partner, Kathleen assists foreign companies in establishing a business presence throughout China, mainly through M&A transactions and joint ventures, and providing legal services on general corporate matters relating to their incorporation, operation and termination. She also advises on investment structures and exit strategies, international commercial transactions, tax compliance and customs matters, and represents businesses in negotiations with counterparts and governments departments.

She frequently supports clients on major M&A transactions, often involving real estate, where she takes charge of managing the due diligence, designing the deal structure, drafting and negotiating relevant transaction documents, implementing the transaction and dealing with relevant government procedures until closing. Kathleen also has experience completing MOFCOM anti-trust filings and related work.

Kathleen also represents international clients in commercial projects in China, including tenders with Chinese government departments and state-owned companies.

Kathleen is the co-author of the China chapter of Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers (2010) published by Kluwer Law International. She was a major contributor to Cash Pooling and Insolvency: A Practical Global Handbook, Second Edition (2016) published by Globe Law and Business.

Kathleen was educated at the Shanghai Institute for Foreign Trade and Shanghai’s Fudan University (LL.M.). She is licensed as a PRC lawyer since 2007.

She is fluent in Mandarin and English.


  • 2014 Asialaw Rising star lawyer (PRC; Dispute Resolution, Corporate / M&A)
  • 2015 Asialaw Leading Lawyer (PRC; Corporate / M&A)
  • 2016 Asialaw Leading Lawyer (PRC; Corporate / M&A)
  • 2017 Asialaw Leading Lawyer (PRC; Corporate / M&A)
  • 2018 Asialaw Leading Lawyer (PRC; Corporate / M&A)
  • 2019 Asialaw Leading Lawyer (PRC; Corporate / M&A)