Shaun Gao

Senior Legal Consultant
Shanghai Office
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Shaun Xin Gao is a senior China counsel at Katten’s Shanghai office and is fluent in both English and Chinese (Mandarin and Shanghai dialects). Working across the IT and telecoms, advertising and broadcasting, clean and renewable energy, education, new media, retailing and franchising, and traditional manufacturing sectors, he concentrates in fund formations, private equity/venture capital investment transactions and related mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Shaun has extensive experience advising clients on private equity and venture capital investments, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, market entry strategies for foreign investors, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, and general legal compliance issues. He has been qualified as a PRC lawyer since 2005. Shaun practiced for several years with a well-respected local firm and a US firm’s Shanghai office and, immediately prior to joining Katten, served as a leading legal counsel at one of the largest Chinese private companies.

Shown below is a selection of Shaun’s engagements.


  • LLB, East China University of Political Science and Law
  • LLM, University of Sheffield
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