Vivian Mao is a Regional Manager at Dezan Shira & Associates. She is in charge of the East China region, including the Shanghai office and other regional offices. Together with professionals at Dezan Shira & Associates, Vivian provides foreign entities entering China with comprehensive investment and management advice, and guides investors through the process of business planning, establishment, management, and expansion.
Vivian joined Dezan Shira & Associates in 2015, and led the Business Advisory Service team for more than two years. Her work often included legal advisory on investment structures, incorporations, mergers & acquisitions, business restructuring, contract drafting and review, labor law, work permits and residence permits for expatriates, and intellectual property protection.
Prior to joining Dezan Shira & Associates, Vivian headed the Corporate Advisory Department at a multinational consulting firm. From 2008 to 2011, she worked in Singapore as an in-house legal counsel for a major listed company. Vivian began her legal career in 2005, working with an international law firm.
With more than 13 years of legal practice, Vivian is experienced in incorporation, corporate compliance, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, legal due diligence, project investment, international trade, offshore investment, intellectual property, labor law, contract review and drafting, dispute settlement, arbitration, and litigation. She has also led several anti-corruption investigation projects for multinational companies.
Vivian has a law degree in International Economic Law from Shanghai’s East China University of Political Science and Law, and holds the Certificate of Lawyer’s Qualification. Apart from her extensive knowledge and experience in the legal and Human Resources fields, she possesses a comprehensive understanding of the key tax and accounting topics relating to foreign direct investment in China.