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Cao, Lei


Cao Lei practices in the areas of M&A/ disposals/ joint venture, private financing and investment / fund formation and securities issuance & capital markets. She represents clients in several sectors including the internet and e-commerce, real estate, retailing, education, advertising, shipping, mining, securities, semiconductor, automobile, auto parts as well as high-technology. She has extensive experience in structuring, negotiation and documentation of projects in a wide variety of industries.

Her recent experience includes advising:

Mergers & Acquisitions/ Disposals

  • Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd. on its proposed US$1.79 billion acquisition of 100% equity interest of reorganized Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. and its subsidiaries;
  • Beijing West Industries on its US$100 million acquisition of Delphi's global suspension and brakes business and assets;
  • Capital Semiconductor Limited on its acquisition of Motorola, Inc.'s and Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.'s cellular communication technology;
  • Mr. Zhang Dazhong on its sale of 100% equity interest in Dazhong Electronics to Zhan Sheng Investment Co.(Gome, China`s largest electronics retailer arranged a loan of RMB3.6 billion to Zhan Sheng to acquire Dazhong Electronics, with an option for Gome to purchase Dazhong Electronics);
  • Lafarge on its RMB305 million acquisition of 100% equity interest in Sichuan Shuangma Investment Group;
  • W&K Communications Group on its sale of 100% equity interest to Publicis Group;
  • Sino-Ocean Land on its acquisition of dozens of real estate project companies located in Beijing, Tianjin, Changchun, Dalian, Qingdao, Zhenjiang, Chengdu, Haikou, Sanya, including (but not limited to) Mizhiyun (Beijing) Call Center Industrial Base Co., Ltd., Hainan and Zhejiang Coconut Village Construction and Development Co., Ltd., Sanya South Olympic Garden Co., Ltd, Changchun Gao-Li Co., Ltd, Dalian Qianhao Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. and Tianjin Pulida Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.;
  • Sino-Ocean Land on its sale of minority equity interest in one of its subsidiaries to Lehman Brothers;
  • Beijing Puresino-Boda Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd. and Taliworks Corporation Berhad as the consortium on their RMB810 million acquisition of Yinchuan Sewage Treatment Co., Ltd. through bidding procedures;
  • China National Fisheries Co. on its acquisition of 100% equity interest in a fishery company of Mozambican;
  • SW Kingsway Capital Holdings Limited on its RMB230 million acquisition of a new residential property in the Ocean Express complex;
  • a real estate company on its RMB7 billion acquisition of a large villa real estate project company in Shanghai;
  • an international company on its proposed US$400 million acquisition of a large economic chain hotel;
  • two Chinese companies on its RMB170 million acquisition of 51% equity interest in a foreign-invested renewable resources company;
  • an international private equity fund on its RMB50 million acquisition of majority equity interest in a domestic environmental company;
  • an international private equity fund on its loan of US$12 million to an offshore company for the acquisition of a domestic company.

Joint Venture

  • Chuanqi Tourism Investment Co.,Ltd. on the formation of the joint venture in Beijing with Beijing Badaling Tourism Corporation for the purpose of development of travel and leisure business mainly within the Badaling Great Wall Scenic Area located at Yanqing County, Beijing;
  • Shanxi Securities Co., Ltd. on its investment bank joint venture with Deutsche Bank AG;
  • Groupama on the formation of Groupama-AVIC Property Insurance with Aviation Industry Corporation of China;
  • Sino-Ocean Land on its commercial real estate joint venture in Beijing with John Swire & Sons Group;
  • a real estate company on its proposed real estate joint venture with an American REITS.

Private Financing and Investment / Fund Formation

  • Sino-Ocean Land on its US$200 million private equity financing (Investors include, among others, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse);
  • Sino Prosperity Real Estate Fund (established by Sino-Ocean Land and KKR as its sponsors) on its investment projects in PRC;
  • E-town International as LP, Aerospace Investment Holding Co., Ltd., China International Trust and Investment Corporation and Haidian State-owned Capital Management Center in connection with the formation of Aerospace Industrial Investment Fund (RMB3 billion).

Securities Issuance & Capital Markets

  • Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Limited on its US$1.7 billion IPO and Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and BOCI International are joint lead underwriters;
  • Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Limited on its issuance of HK$1,575,000,000 Convertible Securities, US$500,000,000 guaranteed notes (due date in 2019), US$700,000,000 guaranteed notes(due date in 2024);
  • Sino-Ocean Land limited on the issuance of RMB2.6 billion corporate bonds; 
  • Dare Technologies Co., Ltd. on its RMB450 million private placement;
  • China Fiberglass Company Ltd. on its share structure reform.
  • Ms. Cao received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from NanKai University and Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Peking University. She is fluent in Mandarin and English.


Beijing Office

18/F, Tower C, Sanlitun SOHO, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027, PRC.

T:+8610 65069866

Shanghai Office

Level 45, Jinmao Tower, 88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200121, PRC

T:+8621 58771007



M&A/ Disposals/ Joint Venture

Private Financing and Investment / Fund Formation 

Securities Issuance & Capital Markets


B.A, NanKai Unversity

LL.M., Peking University


Admitted in PRC

Member of All China Lawyers Association

Member of Beijing Lawyers Association


Senior Fellow at Phoenix International Think Tank

Mandarin Chinese and English

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