Following the successful launch of offshore legal services from our Shanghai office on 1 August 2023, we are delighted to welcome Hannah Yao (Yao Hua) to join the firm as partner, based permanently in Shanghai.
Hannah is a dual qualified lawyer and was admitted in US (New York) and in PRC, specialising in Private Equity Funds, M&A and General Corporate. Hannah has extensive experience in various cross-border investments, especially in TMT sectors.
Hannah is a native Mandarin speaker and fluent in English. Coming from a leading PRC firm, she has considerable experience in assisting and representing PRC clients on their legal requirements. Her clients whilst practicing onshore comprised leading PE funds (Softbank, Sequoia, Bain Capital, Primavera Capital and China Silkroad Fund, amongst others) as well as leading technology companies (Apple, Tesla, ByteDance, 21Vianet Group and Hans Laser).
David Bulley, Managing Partner of Appleby’s Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, commented: “We are delighted to be adding Hannah’s significant expertise to our Corporate offering and look forward to continuing to grow our Shanghai office to continue to meet the needs of our clients. We are also proud that we are only the second offshore firm which has lawyers based permanently in Mainland China with Hannah’s appointment. This is an important step in our Asia offering and I look forward to the Hong Kong and Shanghai offices delivering incomparable offshore legal services in the region.”