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Roy G. Zou
Partner, Beijing
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Roy Zou has worked actively on many client matters, including merger and acquisition transactions, the creation of joint ventures, market entry, and international trade. Roy has extensive experience in directing legal and financial due diligence reviews of Chinese companies for multinational corporations and investors. He deals regularly with approval authorities and other government regulators and agencies in connection with commercial transactions. Roy also assisted in a number of U.S. litigations involving Chinese companies or government agencies as respondents or defendants.

Roy previously worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China for seven years. Serving in the General Office and the Department of Treaty and Law, he was involved in the documentation and negotiation of many important bilateral and multilateral issues. Roy's diplomatic career included assignments in overseas Chinese missions.

• Representing CITIC Dicastal Wheel Manufacturing Co., Ltd. on its proposed investment in the foreign automotive industry.
• Representing a leading worldwide media, technology, research and event company on regulatory and other issues in its investments in China.
• Representing a multinational chemical products company in its global acquisition, including counseling on acquisition of equity and assets of relevant Chinese companies, as well as anti-monopoly notification requirement.
• Representing a multinational company in acquiring a majority interest in dozens of industrial gas and chemical facilities, including divestments and reorganizations, in many cities and provinces throughout China.
• Representing a premier advanced materials producer in a wide range of mergers and acquisitions, direct investment, and divestiture transactions in China over the last 10 years.
• Representing several Fortune 100 companies in negotiating with the competent Chinese authorities in reaching a comprehensive memorandum of understanding for IP protection on investment projects in China involving the introduction of advanced and niche technologies.
• Representing a U.S.-based publicly traded company in its multimillion dollar acquisition and capital restructuring.
• Representing an international investment fund in structuring a direct investment of approximately US$60 million in a five-star hotel project in Shanghai Municipality, China.
• Representing an international investment fund in its over US$145 million acquisition of a high-rise, mixed-use retail and office development project in China.

Hogan Lovells Publications
23 December 2015 "Chinese pharma company fined for refusal to supply downstream competitors."

Autumn 2015 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly."

01 September 2015 "Antitrust in China's pharma sector – Bengbu action following big-bang reform."

24 June 2015 "E-commerce liberalization in China: State Council and MIIT push forward."

05 June 2015 "China Launches New Rules on Food Recall System."

12 May 2015 "China Opens Up The Domestic Bank Card Clearing Market to Foreign Competition: A Significant Opportunity Beckons for Foreign Investors.", Hogan Lovells

Spring 2015 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly – Spring 2015."

Spring 2015 "Leveraged Finance Update from Hogan Lovells."

30 January 2015 "Full foreign ownership of e-commerce businesses permitted in the Shanghai FTZ: But is it a breakthrough?" Hogan Lovells TMT Alert, Hogan Lovells

04 November 2014 "NDRC Revisits the Approval Requirements for Foreign Investment Projects: But will they be Enforced in Practice?" China Corporate Alert, Hogan Lovells

27 October 2014 "Further Opening-up of Policies on Wholly-Foreign-Owned Medical Institutions - Seven Pilot Provinces (Cities) in China following Shanghai FTZ's Step."

16 June 2014 "Third Party Payment Licences in China - Are They within The Grasp of Foreign Investors?", Hogan Lovells

15 May 2014 "Clearing the Air on China's New Environmental Protection Law.", Hogan Lovells

11 April 2014 "Financial Reforms for the Shanghai (Pilot) Free Trade Zone: slowly coming into focus." Corporate China Alert, Hogan Lovells

30 January 2014 "China announces significant amendments to the PRC Company Law: but what is in it for foreign investors?"

29 January 2014 "China Launches Landmark Preference Share Pilot Program.", Hogan Lovells

05 December 2013 "China Seeks to Update its Legislation to Address Burgeoning E-Commerce Market.", Hogan Lovells

10 October 2013 "China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone - China's Springboard to a Free Market?"

03 March 2013 "China Streamlines Foreign Exchange Administrative Procedures to Facilitate Cross-border Investments." China Corporate Alert, Hogan Lovells

28 January 2013 "Welcome Clarity on Online Sales in China." China Corporate Alert, Hogan Lovells

08 January 2013 "China to Strengthen Protection of Online Private Information." China Alert, Hogan Lovells

10 September 2012 "Draft Issued for Solicitation of Comments to Revise the State Council Regulations on Internet Information Services." China Newsletter, Hogan Lovells

26 July 2012 "China's New Exit-Entry Law Targets Illegal Foreigners." China Corporate Alert, Hogan Lovells

24 April 2012 "China Issues New Rules on Outbound Investments by Centrally-administered State-owned Enterprises." China Corporate Alert, Hogan Lovells

14 December 2011 "NDRC Measures on the Investigation of Ex-Factory Prices of Drugs (Trial Implementation).", Hogan Lovells

24 November 2011 "New Channel Opened for Flowing-back of Overseas Renminbi ("RMB").", Hogan Lovells LLP

16 June 2011 "Hogan Lovells China Alert - New SAFE Circular Changes the Rules on Company Financings and Round-Tripping Investments via Overseas Special Purpose Companies.", Hogan Lovells

June 2011 "Pilot Programmes of RMB Settlement of Foreign Investment and Financing Start in Shanghai." China Alert, Hogan Lovells

14 March 2011 "MOFCOM releases implementing rules on national security review.", Hogan Lovells

21 December 2010 "China Corporate Alert - Regulation of Foreign Representative Offices Further Tightened - But Procedural Certainty Improving.", Hogan Lovells

15 December 2010 "China Corporate Alert - Law on Laws Governing Civil Relations involving Foreign Elements.", Hogan Lovells

30 November 2010 "China Corporate Alert - New Circular Re-imposes Restrictions on Purchases of Properties in China by Foreign Entities and Individuals - A Sense of Déjà Vu.", Hogan Lovells

10 March 2010 "China Update Special: China Tax Law Update.", Hogan & Hartson LLP

04 February 2010 "The End of an Era? China Clarifies Its Intent to Subject Certain Indirect Equity Transfers of Chinese Companies to Income Taxation." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

07 December 2009 "Special Report: China’s Highest Court Seeks Public Comments on Rules Regarding FIE Cases." China Update, Hogan & Hartson

21 July 2009 "Special Report: China Tightens Reins on SOE Leadership to Prevent Corruption." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

24 June 2009 "China Issues Draft Regulations for Licensing of Imported Food and Food-Related Products and Materials." Food and Agriculture Alert, Hogan & Hartson LLP

11 June 2009 "Media & Communications Briefing: Issue 3." Media & Communications Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

10 April 2009 "China Update Special: China Updates Regulations of Telecom Operations Licensing.", Hogan & Hartson LLP

04 March 2009 "Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Special - SFDA's 2009 Work Plans for the Administration of Drugs and Medical Devices." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 April 2008 "State Council Develops New Draft for Comments Regarding Pre-Concentration Filings under the New Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 April 2008 "China Restricts Government Procurement of Imported Goods." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

05 February 2008 "Privacy & Data Security Briefing: Issue 1." Privacy & Data Security Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

18 July 2007 "China Update: Further Actions to Regulate Investment in China’s Real Estate Sector." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

18 July 2007 "China Update: China Beefs Up Its Battle Against Bribery." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

11 July 2007 "Operating Procedures Clarifying Equity Finance and Return Investments by Domestic Residents Through Offshore Special Purpose Vehicles." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

31 May 2007 "Law of China on Rights in Rem: Impact on the Real Estate Sector." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

24 May 2007 "China Introduces New Commercial Franchising Regulations: A Step in the Right Direction." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

22 September 2006 "China Introduces Strict Rules to Further Regulate the Real Estate Market." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

18 August 2006 "Regulations on Acquisitions of Domestic Enterprises by Foreign Investors." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

14 August 2006 "Enforcement of Judgments Between the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

24 July 2006 "China Tightens Control Over Foreign Investment in Real Estate." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 September 2005 "September 2005 China Update." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

23 August 2005 "August 2005 China Update." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 June 2005 "June 2005 China Update." China Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

Published Works
18 July 2005 "China." International Comparative Legal Guide to: Pharmaceutical Advertising 2005, Global Legal Group

International Trade and Investment
Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects
International Arbitration
Global Policy Advocacy
International Trade Commission
Global Media and Communications Watch
LL.M. Program, Duke University, 1998 LL.M., Legal Institute of the China Academy, 1997 B.A., Wuhan University, 1987
LANGUAGES English Mandarin