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Practice areas:

Corporate and M&A
Private equity

A lawyer who cares, and who demonstrates a solid legal background and flexibility and shrewdness as a “deal maker” while closing a deal for the client. --- Wang Jian (Aerdragon Aviation-Legal Director)

Yao Zhou graduated from China University of Political Science and Law. She then went to University of Oxford to study for master's degree in 2007. Yao Zhou is a partner at banking & finance department in Dacheng Law Firm. Since working as a full-time lawyer, she has mainly engaged in aircraft financial leasing, Banking and finance, foreign direct investment, corporate financing and (international) merger and acquisition. Her rich professional experience, meticulous legal services and excellent English ability presented during transaction has won unanimous recognition from customers.

  • Acted as legal counsel for a domestic national bank in the project regarding an aircraft regulated by Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen customs by the means of long-distance “relay” supervision, whose design is the first case in national aviation financing area, and provided relevant legal services thereto.
  • Acted as lead counsel and cooperated with Dentons London team to the financing bank in a complex financing restructuring transaction involving a restructure from the existing “cross-border direct lease” to a “PRC tax lease, We have truly demonstrated our ability to provide a “one-stop” service covering mul-tiple jurisdictions to our clients.
  • Acted as Chinese legal counsel for a leading commercial bank in China, rendering legal services in providing the acquisition financing to HNA in relation to the purchase of Swissport.
  • Acted as Chinese legal counsel for a domestic leading commercial bank in the project of providing acquisition financing to China National Chemical Corporation (CNCC) in relation to its landmark USD43 billion takeover of Syngenta, the Swiss pesticides and seeds group.
  • Represented French banks and financiers in assisting with the launch (for the first time) of French tax leases in China.

  • Asset finance
  • Banking
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Structured finance/securitisation
  • Trade finance

  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Financial services 
  • Shipping 

PRC lawyer

Appointed as member of “China Contact Group” by the Aviation Working Group.

In September 2018, she was selected to the talent pool of foreign business lawyers that established by judicial department and was incorporated in Thousands of National Foreign Business Lawyers Roll.

LLM 、University of Ox-ford  2007