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Jack Cai, Partner

Jack Cai



English, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Shanghainese

Practice areas

  • Automotive
  • Commercial agreements
  • Commercial and IT
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Real estate
  • Employment law
  • Industrials
  • 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, data privacy, corporate restructuring and general corporate and regulatory advisory. He has worked on matters across a range of industries including automotive, consumers, chemical, manufacturing, medical devices, professional services, and renewable energy. Jack is a co-head of the firm’s industrial sector group in Asia.

His recent experience includes:

Corporate and Commercial

  • an international leading asset manager, as investment advisor to a renewable energy investment fund, on a series of strategic acquisitions of solar and wind assets in the PRC;
  • a major French waste and water treatment company on its acquisition of a Chinese energy efficiency business;
  • a global leading medical and healthcare equipment company on its proposed acquisition of a controlling stake in a Chinese medical devices manufacturing company based in Guangdong province;
  • a global leader in the transportation and storage of specialty chemicals and other bulk liquids on the China aspects of the spin-off of its tanker and tanker container business;
  • a NYSE listed automotive safety supplier on the China aspects of the spin-off of its electronics segment;
  • a leading power management company on the China aspect of its spin-off and disposal of its fluid conveyance division business;
  • an Italian energy infrastructure company on its entry into the Chinese market, including the establishment of its energy service subsidiary in Beijing and its co-operation with Chinese stated-owned oil and gas companies;
  • an AIMS listed UK group on a strategic transaction in relation to their development in China. The transaction covered all stages of the client’s plans to purchase land, construct and fit out a new factory, transfer employees and operate the facility;
  • a leading Swedish automotive components manufacturing company in reviewing its distribution and supply agreements in China; and
  • a global leading multinational technology company on the lease of offices for its entire line of business units across all cities in China.


  • a leading supplier of medical devices and software services on the employee transfer aspects of its acquisition of part of a global medical technology company’s business;
  • a global semiconductor company on its China restructuring involving the transfer of more than 300 employees;
  • an American multinational owner, operator, and franchiser of hotels and resorts on its relocation involving more than 30 employees in China;
  • an AIM-listed multinational producer and marketer of high quality protein research tools on a comprehensive HR audit in China;
  • a US multinational company on their day-to-day employment law issues in China (including recruitment, preparing employment related documents, work-related injury certification, fraud investigation, dismissal etc.); and
  • a US multinational company on its restructuring involving the redundancy of more than 50 employees in China. 

Data Protection

  • a global travel industry association on data protection law in China;
  • a leading provider of global, enterprise-level identity protection and fraud detection solutions and technologies on a risk assessment of the implementation of its global data breach product; and
  • a leading Swedish automotive components manufacturing company on their processing of vehicle testing data in China.

Jack has over 14 years 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.