Dr. ZhaoxiaChen

European Counsel

(T) + 49.211.5406.5500

Dr. Zhaoxia Chen advises clients on M&A, with a special focus on cross-border transactions between China and Germany. She has extensive experience advising both foreign companies investing in China and Chinese companies entering into the European market.

Zhaoxia recently advised Pandox Group on various hotel transactions in Germany (including its acquisition of 18 hotels from the Leonardo Group for €400 million) and Goldman Sachs on its acquisition of K + K Hotels. She also advised the Chinese industrial family Liao on their acquisition of Hein Gericke; a leading Chinese construction company on its bid for the water construction business of a leading European construction group; Dallah Al-Baraka Group on the sale of its minority stake in World Sport Group to the Chinese LeTV; a Zhejiang-based machinery company on its bid for a listed, insolvent German machinery company as well as its foreign subsidiaries; a Shanghai-based automotive supplier on its bid for a business unit of a German automotive supplier; a Hangzhou-based machinery tools company on its bid for an European machinery tools group; and a Chinese state-owned postal company on its formation of a joint venture with several German partners.

Zhaoxia is a former scholar of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. She is a guest assistant professor at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in China. She publishes and lectures frequently on European and Chinese law regarding foreign investment.


  • Pandox acquires three hotel properties in Germany for €103 million (US$115 million)Jones Day advised Pandox AB in its €103 million (US$115 million) acquisition of three hotel properties in Germany.
  • Vocke Industries acquires assets of Summary AGJones Day represented Vocke Industries GmbH in connection with its acquisition of the business of Summary AG, a production e-commerce company with an emphasis on the sectors of fitness, household, gardening, fashion, and lifestyle products, by means of a distressed asset deal.
  • David Lloyd Leisure enters German market with acquisition of HealthCity clubJones Day advised David Lloyd Leisure in its acquisition of a HealthCity-branded club in Bad Homburg, near Frankfurt.
  • Pandox acquires seven hotels in Germany, Austria, and Netherlands for €415 million (US$440 million)Jones Day advised Pandox AB in connection with the €415 million (US$440 million) acquisition and related financing of seven hotels in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, from Invesco Real Estate European Hotel Real Estate Fund II FCP - SIP.
  • RPC Group acquires Global Closure Systems for €650 million (US$715.8 million)Jones Day advised RPC Group PLC in its €650 million ($715.8 million) acquisition of GCS Group, a leading global manufacturer and provider of closures and dispensing systems.
  • Reynolds American sells Natural American Spirit International businesses to JT Group for $5 billionJones Day advised Reynolds American Inc. in its $5 billion sale of the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brand outside the U.S., to the Japan Tobacco Group of companies (JT Group).
  • Pandox acquires 18 hotels in Germany for €400 million (US$437 million)Jones Day advised Pandox AB in its €400 million (US$437 million) acquisition of 18 hotels in Germany with a total of 3,414 rooms.
  • Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels acquires K+K Hotels GroupJones Day advised a consortium led by Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels, a leading hospitality investment and management company, in its acquisition, acquisition financing, and debt restructuring of the K+K Hotels group, which owns a portfolio of ten boutique hotels located in London, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Bucharest.
  • International Sports Events Company sells its 21.4 percent stake in World Sport Group to LeTVJones Day advised International Sports Events Company Ltd., a subsidiary of the Saudi-Arabian conglomerate Dallah-Albaraka Group, in connection with the sale of its 21.4 percent stake in World Sport Group Pte. Ltd. with its seat in Singapore in the framework of an auction to a subsidiary of the China based web and tech company LeTV (Leshi Internet Information & Technology).
  • Liao Family, majority shareholder of Tech Design Team, acquires all operating assets of Hein Gericke Germany and its associated foreign subsidiariesJones Day advised The Liao family, the ultimate shareholder of a group of companies involved in the production and distribution of motorcycle helmets and accessories in China and Spain, in connection with its acquisition of all operating assets of Hein Gericke Germany GmbH, a retailer of motorcycle accessories and clothing, and its associated foreign subsidiaries other than in the UK.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • April 16, 2019-April 18, 2019
      New Investment Policies in EU and USA in the new political era, Jones Day Legal Forum 2019
    • April 15, 2019
      New developments of investment environments in three major European countries (UK, Germany and France)
    • May 8, 2015
      Investing in Germany seminar
    • May 7, 2015
      Investments in Germany Through M&A Transactions, China Association of Private Equity
    • November 21, 2014
      Investments in Germany through M&A Transactions, Beijing Private Equity Association (BPEA) Seminar
    • 2013年11月15日
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