Yao is an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio USA and is admitted to practice law in Ohio and New York, USA. Yao’s practice area includes Corporate Law (corporate governance and U.S. legal compliance), Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance (Including Asset-based financing’s, revolving facilities, and mezzanine financing’s), U.S. Real Estate Acquisitions and Financing’s, Cross-Border Investment, Trust Law and Litigation. Specifically Yao counsels clients from U.S., China and worldwide in pre-merger due diligence, negotiations and deal documentation. Yao has extensive knowledge of both American and Chinese legal systems and specializes in assisting Chinese Investors with U.S. investments and ventures.
Yao has specialized in a number of industries with significant American-Chinese cross-border matters, including finance, healthcare, industrial, construction, transportation, restaurant and hospitality.
Yao has earned his Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2014, where he graduated cum laude with a concentration in Business Organization. During law school, Yao earned his place on the Dean’s Honor list from 2012-2014. Yao was also the recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Antitrust Law as well as International Trade and Policy.
During law school, Yao was Vice-President of Corporate Finance and Law Alliance, which aims to build meaningful connections between law students, MBA students, law firms and banking institutions. Yao was also a member of the Asian Pacific Law Students’ Association.
Prior to coming to the U.S., Yao earned his Bachelor of Law Degree (Economic Law) from Shanghai University of Political Science and Law in 2011, where he graduated as Shanghai Outstanding Graduate with GPA ranked No.1 in his department of 150 students.
As a bi-lingual and bi-cultural lawyer from China, trained in both the United States and China, Yao has extensive knowledge and experience in establishing and strengthening business relationships for international clients and businesses globally.