Wenjing Zhao

Wenjing Zhao

Of Counsel

Wenjing Zhao is Of Counsel in the firm's Shanghai office focusing her practice on counseling both U.S. and Chinese entities primarily in foreign direct investment, general corporate matters and labor and employment. Wenjing also counsels clients on internal investigations of FCPA and compliance matters. Wenjing passed the national PRC judicial qualification examination and is admitted to practice in New York.

Concentrations

  • Foreign direct investment
  • General corporate
  • Regulatory & compliance
  • Labor and employment

Capabilities

Experience

  • Advised numerous wholly foreign-owned enterprises, joint ventures, and representative offices in various parts of China and various industries such as manufacturing, trading and distribution, health care, IT, consulting, marketing, hotel management, etc. in respect of incorporation registration, market entry requirements, change and maintenance, liquidation, and dissolution.
  • Advised and assisted a HK listed pharmaceutical group in setting up in China multiple equity joint ventures with U.S. patent licensors.
  • Advised a global tech-fitness company in its investment in a Chinese startup company in Qingdao.
  • Advised and assisted a U.S. healthcare robotics company in setting up an equity joint venture with a PRC listed company.
  • Assisted a U.S. based thermal system manufacturer in handling the capital increase and other approvals and registrations in the PRC; Advised the same company on acquiring the High-New Technology Enterprise status.
  • Advised a UK-based world leading electroplating chemicals company on various business-related contracts, such as sales, production and consignment, distribution, construction, rebate, equipment purchase, and entrusted loan contracts.
  • Advised a U.S.-based photovoltaic solar equipment manufacturer on various business-related contracts, such as manufacturing, sales, technical service, warehousing contracts, and contract disputes, as well as various labor issues.
  • Advised a U.S.-based software company on various business-related contracts, such as software license, purchase and sale, terminations contracts as well as various labor issues.
  • Advised a U.S.-based world leading cleaning equipment manufacturer on various business-related contracts, such as supply and procurement, sales, construction, renovation and office moving, distribution contracts as well as various labor issues.
  • Advised a UK-based coating manufacturer on EHS regulatory compliance, corporate restructuring, and office relocation and reviewed relevant contracts.
  • Advised a NYSE-listed U.S. company on EHS regulatory compliance in relation to its chemical processing plant in Mainland China, including EHS regulatory compliance in respect of hazardous waste management, hazardous chemical production and importation licenses and permits, EIA amendment, factory expansion.
  • Advised a U.S.-based high-precision equipment supplier of high-precision equipment on a pledge of its Chinese subsidiary’s equities and handling cross-border guarantee registration with local foreign exchange authority.
  • Advised a U.S.-based world leading aircraft manufacturer on various customs compliance issues and provided assistance in coordination with customs authorities.
  • Advised a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company on customs compliance issues associated with catalyst servicing and upgrade transaction.
  • Advised multiple clients on office lease drafting, negotiation, and termination.
  • Advised a number of clients on PRC data protection and cybersecurity laws.
  • Advised multiple clients on handling franchise filings with MOFCOM, including one of the largest global quick service restaurant brands.
  • Assisted multiple clients on trademark registration, assignment and transfer, trademark opposition and conducting IP investigation in China.
  • Assisted a U.S. publicly traded retailer with its internal audits and investigations, including document review, on-site visit and interview, assessment of policies and records, etc.
  • Assisted clients in developing and implementing corporate compliance program, tailored FCPA and anti-corruption procedures, internal third-party intermediary selection and identification procedures.
  • Assisted clients in preparing for and managing government inspections and audits and responding to government inquiries.
  • Assisted an international medical device company with an internal investigation of potential FCPA violations involving paying bribes to Chinese health care professionals (HCPs) through distributors.
  • Conducted in-depth FCPA due diligences for strategic investments in Chinese companies, identified red flags, and provided recommendations.
  • Conducted an internal investigation in connection with conflict of interests in a Chinese subsidiary.
  • Conducted an internal investigation in connection with stealing confidential information by a Chinese employee, and supervised local PRC counsel on accusing of criminal misconduct.
  • Contentious terminations and dispute resolution - negotiate severance arrangements and draft release and termination agreements in connection with legal and ethical violations, termination with cause and without cause; manage and supervise local counsel in employment arbitrations and litigations.
  • Advised and assisted numerous clients with developing labor contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, consulting contracts, outsourcing service contracts, labor dispatching contracts, and employee handbooks.
  • Advised and assisted multiple clients with employee settlement and transfer in connection with global acquisition, factory closure, office relocation, and liquidation,
  • Advised multiple U.S.-based world leading supermarket groups on various labor issues, such as foreign expat, social insurance, labor union, retirement, and severance.
  • Advised and assisted multiple clients with preparing for and managing government investigations and responding to government inquiries in connection with complaints of labor law violations raised by employees.
  • Advised multiple clients on ESOP agreements and policies.
  • Clerkship Intern, United States Southern District Court of New York, 2007

Credentials

Education
  • LL.B., Fudan University School of Law, 2005
    • Exchange Student: Chosen to Study in the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, 2004
  • LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2006
    • Advisor, Journal of International Economic Law
Admissions
  • New York
  • Passed national PRC judicial qualification examination in 2011
Languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin), Fluent
  • Chinese (Shanghainese), Fluent
  • English, Fluent