Melissa Zhu focuses her practice on cross-border M&A, private equity, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, and other commercial transactions. She frequently advises multinational companies and foreign investors on complex legal issues relating to formation, reorganization, divestiture, regulatory approval, labor and employment, real estate, environment, compliance, and dispute resolution matters in China. Melissa also has extensive experience in Chinese outbound transactions where she has represented either Chinese investors or foreign targets.
Melissa has worked with clients in a broad range of sectors, including energy, construction, machinery, aviation, automotive, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, retail, e-commerce, TMT (telecommunications, media, and technology), and high-tech. Her recent experience highlights include: International Automotive Components' formation of a joint venture with Shanghai Shenda; GIC's investments into Shenzhen Dajiang; China Vanke's investments into China Media Capital; Cardinal Health's acquisition of Johnson & Johnson's heart bracket business; GE's acquisition of an LNG technology company; and a global consumer goods company's litigation with its Chinese JV partner before PRC courts.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2011, Melissa practiced at a leading PRC law firm in Beijing and was in-house counsel at one of China's five largest power group companies. Melissa passed the PRC Bar Examination in 2005 and the New York State Bar Examination in 2008. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (LL.M. in Financial Services Law 2008); Central University of Finance and Economics, China (LL.M. in Finance and Tax Law 2007; LL.B. 2005)
- New York