Claire Zhao advises multinational companies in PRC labor and employment matters, including support of mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions.

PRC Employment Law Counselor

Claire's experience includes:
  • PRC employment compliance, counseling and contracting (including non-compete and confidentiality matters)
  • PRC employee handbooks
  • Labor management relations and dispute resolution
  • Labor dispatch arrangements (involving FESCO, CIIC, etc.)
  • Employee grievances, terminations, separation agreements and labor dispute resolution
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Internal investigations related to alleged employee misconduct
  • Chinese employee stock-based benefits and related compliance
  • Social insurance and housing fund matters
  • Collective bargaining
  • Expatriate employment agreements, secondment and related issues

Immigration Advisor

Claire also advises clients on employment-related immigration issues, including:
  • Work permits and residency permit applications, renewals and cancellations
  • Work authorizations for employees and residency permits for families from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
  • Visa applications

Transaction & Restructuring Leader

Claire advises on M&A-related employment matters, including due diligence and strategies for workforce integration. She also handles employee transfers and terminations that arise through business restructuring projects in China.


Bar Admissions

New York


University of Minnesota
LL.M. (2013)

University of Sheffield
LL.M. (2005)

Beijing Jiaotong University
LL.B. (2003)


  • Chambers Asia-Pacific — Associate to Watch, China Employment, 2013-15
  • China Law & Practice — Rising Star, Labour & Employment, 2014
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