Ling Xiao

Ling Xiao is the managing partner for DaCheng Law Offices’ New York and Los Angeles offices and lead member of the firm’s Corporate Practice. Ms. Xiao’s practice areas include international mergers & acquisitions, cross-border real estate investment, securities, distressed asset restructuring and corporate finance. She has represented clients from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States, Japan and Europe in various industries, including energy, real estate, aviation, healthcare, life sciences, and manufacturing. She also has considerable experience in navigating CFIUS, anti-trust, and other regulatory filings and requirements of foreign direct investment in the United States.

Ms. Xiao has practiced in Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles and excels at providing practical multi-jurisdictional solutions to cross-border investments. She has been internationally recognized for her thorough apprehension of the legal systems of both China and the United States, as well as her ability to structure and execute complex business transactions. Her extensive experience has also allowed her to work and develop a far-reaching network of best-in-class investment banking, finance, private equity, valuation and accounting specialists. Having practiced law extensively in both Asia and the United States, Ms. Xiao is uniquely able to create bridges of cultural and business understanding between foreign partners by providing apt solutions based on a client’s specific circumstances. DaCheng’s U.S. Corporate Practice, under Ms. Xiao’s leadership, has provided numerous medium and large multi-national corporations and closely-held businesses with superior legal services in the entire M&A process, including negotiation, transaction and financial structuring, due diligence, drafting of purchase and other relevant transaction documents, regulatory filings, post-transaction corporate compliance and general corporate matters.

Additionally, Ms. Xiao has authored “Chinese-Funded Investment in Overseas Mining Industry: A Case Study of China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s Purchase of Oil Fields in the United States” (Law Practice of Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions, by Yulong Li & Joseph D. Weinstein, Law Press, 2011) and “CFIUS Review Is Informidable” (Chinese Business Law Journal, July 2012).


  • Represented a Chinese private entity in acquiring the operating assets of a U.S. medical instruments company by providing legal services related to negotiations, transaction structuring, and financing.
  • Represented a Chinese company in structuring the purchase of assets of an insolvent U.S. company, including the purchase of land, ongoing real estate development projects, and financing in California. Upon closing, established a joint venture with local American real estate developers to develop, and operate development projects and the sales thereof.
  • Represented a Chinese state-own enterprise in acquiring a commercial real estate project in Texas, and establishing operations and staffing.
  • Represented a Chinese wind-energy company’s overseas acquisition of a U.S. wind-power company’s assets, and post-transaction corporate structuring.
  • Represented a major state-owned Chinese enterprise to acquire significant mining and energy assets in several Midwest States. Upon closing, established new operating companies to continue mining and mineral transportation businesses.