Steven N. Robinson

Steven N. Robinson

Washington, D.C.

Email steven.robinson@​

Phone +1 202 637 5690

Fax +1 202 637 5910

LanguagesEnglish, Mandarin

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Mergers and acquisitions.

IFLR 1000-2015

During Steve Robinson'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, life sciences, 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, building a market-leading practice that has worked with more than 100 education clients on their activities in China. He writes and speaks extensively about the Chinese legal environment and its impact on foreign participants.

Awards and recognitions


Aviation, Highly Regarded


Construction and Materials, Highly Regarded


M&A, Highly Regarded


Private Equity, Highly Regarded


WCLA Outstanding Achievement Awards
Washington DC Chinese Legal Association

Education and admissions


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

A.B., Brown University, 1972


Member, American Chamber of Commerce, Beijing

U.S. China Business Council

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Representative experience

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

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 several leading U.S. hospitals in connection with their collaborations with Chinese hospitals.

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 a 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.

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