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Jack Cai, Managing Partner Shanghai

Jack Cai

Managing Partner Shanghai


English, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Shanghainese

Practice areas

  • Automotive
  • Commercial and IT
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Real estate
  • Employment law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity

Practice notes

Jack is the Managing Partner of the Shanghai office. He specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, China-related investments, employment law, general commercial law, private equity, capital equity market, corporate restructuring and general corporate advisory. He has worked on matters across a range of industries including chemical, diversified industries, pharmaceutical, medical devices, consumer, education, real estate and energy & resources.

His recent experience includes:

  • advising the subsidiary of a FTSE 100 UK based company on the acquisition of a Chinese medical devices manufacturing company. Jack acts as lead counsel on this transaction and is involved in all aspects of the acquisition and acquisition documents;
  • advising a global leading veterinary pharmaceutical company on the acquisition of the remaining equity interest (49%) in a Hong Kong joint venture established with a Taiwanese partner;
  • advising a global leading veterinary pharmaceutical company’s proposed formation of a JV company in China with a Chinese listed company where both parties are planning to contributing their respective key businesses in China into the JV;
  • advising the 50% parent of a company ranked among the five largest primary aluminium producers in the world on a major corporate restructuring involving the equity interest in the Chinese JV as well as continuing corporate and financing advice;
  • advising a market leading UK based international group on a strategic transaction in relation to their development in China. The transaction covers all stages of a the client’s plans to purchase land, construct and fit out a new factory, transfer employees and operate the facility;
  • continuously supported and advised the most valued chemical company in the world on their PRC transactions, including projects work and general corporate support for their PRC entities;
  • carrying out a comprehensive HR audit in China for an AIM listed multination producer and marketer of high quality protein research tools;
  • providing ongoing specific and general advice on all employment issues for a NASDAQ listed market leader manufacturer in the aircraft industry; and
  • advising an international retailer on the departure of a member of the company’s local senior management.

Jack has had almost a decade of on the ground experience in China and has established long term client relationships, winning the trust and confidence of his clients through the practical and commercial nature of the advice he provides, always taking into account the interaction between legal provisions and business needs. His awareness of both Chinese and Western cultures allow him to bridge the cultural gap between his clients and counterparties.