Sarah Zhao helps clients solve the challenges associated with international commercial transactions. She advises Fortune 500 companies on corporate and regulatory issues related to corporate formation and maintenance, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, and privacy and cybersecurity. Sarah leverages an understanding of Chinese culture and language to adeptly negotiate and close transactions between China and other countries.

International Corporate and Transactional Experience

Sarah guides companies through the challenges of:

  • Corporate registration
  • Maintenance and restructuring
  • Joint ventures
  • Financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Securities
  • Licensing
  • IP protection
  • Leasing
  • Contract drafting and negotiation
  • Technology transfer
  • Labor
  • Tax
  • Arbitration
  • Trade
  • Governmental affairs
  • Legislative issues in China

She also has assisted Chinese companies and sports clubs with corporate formation and maintenance, M&A, financing, public listing and NBA issues in the United States.

International Regulatory Experience

Sarah has done substantial regulatory work related to foreign investment in China, especially in the areas of internet and telecom, social media, e-commerce, VOIP, data protection, privacy and cybersecurity. In addition, she has advised clients in energy and environmental protection areas. She has worked with private companies, trade associations and governmental officials to enhance China’s business environment for foreign companies, in accordance with World Trade Organization (WTO) principles. As a result, several Chinese rules have been amended or abolished.

Industry Expertise

For more than 20 years, Sarah has advised clients in the industries of information technology, energy, financial services, life sciences, agriculture, aviation, shipping, transportation, manufacturing, real estate, publishing, data protection, and sports and entertainment. She also has arbitration and litigation experience related to China.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Harvard Business School
Executive Education

Valparaiso University School of Law

Indiana University
M.A. Journalism

Beijing Language and Culture University
B.A. English Language and Literature

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • International Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Valparaiso University Law School National Advisory Council — Board Member
  • Global Forum, an international telecom organization — Steering Committee for Asian Affairs
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