Arbitrator, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
Arbitrator, Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC)
Specialist Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC)
Mr Gary GAO graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK LLM and LLB from the East China Institute of Political Science and Law (1990) (Currently: East China University of Political Science and Law).
He is the Partner and the Head of Compliance Team of Beijing Zhong Lun Law Firm. He has got LLM in the UK and his working languages are English and Chinese. He has practiced law for 25 years, which makes him an experienced lawyer. Before admitted by PRC Bar in 1995, he worked as a criminal judge in a district court in Shanghai since 1990. Mr Gary GAO was consecutively recommended in Corporate Investigation/Anti-bribery by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019, and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018. Besides, Mr Gary GAO was honored as the “Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020 Lawyer” by Benchmark, “2020 Band 1 Lawyer of Compliance & Government Affairs”, “2019 Band 1 Lawyer of Compliance” and “2019 China Top 10 Lawyers – Government Affairs” by LegalBand, “The A-List China’s Elit 100 Lawyer 2019” by CHINA BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL, the 2017 “Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year” by China Law & Practice, the 2016 “Client Choice Top 20 Lawyer” by ALB and the “Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business of Dispute Resolution” recommended by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013.
More than 25 years of work experience in compliance and international dispute solution makes Mr Gary GAO has a full understanding of the whole operation of the enterprises, and, he is very familiar with the international business skills and traps in the negotiations and accumulate rich experience for the compliance of companies. Mr Gary GAO has also assisted many multinational enterprises, institutions, and large domestic enterprises in different industries to deal with compliance issues, including handling the governmental investigations, customs investigations, defending the clients in criminal proceedings, conducting internal compliance investigation regarding the management staff, criminal procedure and dealing with the employment termination therefore as well as providing compliance training services to their management, employees and business partners, etc.
Besides, Mr Gary GAO is an experienced and skilled litigator capable of handling complex, cross-border litigation as well as sophisticated commercial disputes. He has rich experience in foreign arbitration, litigation, mediation, and negotiation, familiar with the strategic planning of dispute resolution in multiple jurisdictions, the application of the law (especially those relating to the application of the common law), the collection, screening, and rules of proof of cross-border evidence. Mr Gary GAO has helped numerous multinational enterprises, institutions, and large domestic enterprises in dealing with a number of international litigations and arbitrations.