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Jie (Ella) GAO

Tel:+86 21 5598 9888/ 9666
Fax:+86 21 5598 9898
Working Language: Chinese/ English
Ella Gao has over 10 years of legal practice experience in real estate M&A, cross-border transactions, multi-national company general corporate matters, private equity fund raising and investment, and education and entertainment sector investment.
Representative Matters
  • Real Estate Transactions

  • Advised a US private company in its US$ 80 million (approx.) acquisition of a Chinese real estate company owning a commercial plaza in Shenyang and the subsequent change in its financing structure

  • Advised a US REIT in various projects in China. A selection of closed deals include: a US$12 million (approx.) acquisition of an industrial land plot in Shanghai, which involves transfer of construction in progress; a US$ 12 million (approx.) offshore acquisition of a BVI entity owning real estate in Tianjin; obtaining development right from the government for a 661 mu (»440,000 square meter) land in Shanghai; a 20-year lease of 95,000 square meter warehouses in Shanghai

  • Advised a European manufacturer in its manufacturing site relocation transaction in Taizhou, Zhejiang

  • Advised Longfor in its acquisition of a built commercial property in Shanghai

  • Advised a real estate private equity in its investment in a Beijing based asset management company specializing in acquiring, developing and managing industrial parks

  • Hospitality

  • Acted as legal counsel for management deals of over 80 new hotel projects of Hilton Worldwide in China

  • Advised two major US based international hotel chains as well as a Hong Kong based international hotel chain in their new management and franchise deals in China

  • Leasing

  • Advised a US based major coffeehouse chain for its nationwide store development in China

  • Advised a US retail clothing store chain for its nationwide store development in China

  • Represented a German automobile company in its build-to-lease training center project in Shanghai

  • Education

  • Advised a renowned international school in Shanghai on its general legal matters as well as its new school projects, including discussions with governmental departments and investors.

  • Entertainment

  • Advised a private equity investor that specializes in investment in media, music and entertainment sectors on due diligence investigations, deal structure design, and transaction document drafting and negotiation.

Education Background
  • China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)  MBA (2016)

  • Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)  Bachelor of Law (2003)

Professional Qualifications
  • Bar admission in P.R. China

Professional Background
  • Before joining DeHeng, Ms. Gao has practiced at Fangda Partners and Morrison & Foerster, and has also taken legal counsel roles including development counsel for Hilton Worldwide Greater China, legal counsel for Bayer China, and legal and operational manager for Dasym (a Dutch PE firm) China office.