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Steven N. Robinson

Washington, D.C.

Steven N. Robinson

During Steve's career, he has thrived in the face of new challenges, whether in his role representing the government-in-exile of Kuwait following the invasion of Iraq, or working with the Russian state enterprise on the launch of the International Space Station, or developing a market-leading education practice in China.

Steve's comprehensive international experience advising clients on their most important projects around the world enables him to serve as a trusted advisor, assisting clients in achieving their objectives. From considering structures and strategies for entry into China's markets to working with clients on expanding their activity or achieving an exit, Steve's strong experience across a range of disciplines provides an experienced sounding board for clients.

Steve's core activities are advising corporate clients on capital raising, M&A and ongoing operational issues. He applies his considerable deal-making skills to work with clients in the technology, education and real estate sectors and he has developed a reputation for successfully advising clients in all these sectors.Steve is recognized as the leading education lawyer in China and has worked with more than 70 education clients on their projects in China. He writes and speaks extensively about the Chinese legal environment and its impact on foreign participants.

Mergers and acquisitions.

IFLR 1000-2015

Representative experience

Representing Kingdom Holding Company, chaired by Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia, in investor consortium acquiring US$400m stake in largest internet consumer sales company in China.

Advising private equity fund clients and portfolio companies on capital investments, restructurings, issues among shareholders and acquisitions and divestitures.

Advising a U.S. listed company on a stock and cash acquisition of BabyCare, Ltd.

Advising international universities on establishment of joint degree programs, formation of subsidiaries in China to conduct research activities in China, and regulatory compliance issues.

Advising top-tier UK firm on establishing luxury outlet shopping centers in China, corporate and commercial issues, and negotiation of lease documentation with various brand tenants.

Advised on the negotiating with the owner/developer of the Beijing Olympics Basketball Stadium on stadium management, and negotiation of the naming rights with MasterCard International.

Advising owners of group of companies providing education services in China in context of offshore and onshore sale of business to renowned private equity firm.

Representing Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in its negotiations to set up a joint venture with the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group to manage the Mercedes Benz Arena.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1984


  • Member, American Chamber of Commerce, Beijing 
  • US China Business Council

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


WCLA Outstanding Achievement Awards

Washington DC Chinese Legal Association

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