Xiaohu Ma, a partner of Morrison & Foerster LLP worldwide partnership, is qualified as a Senior Lawyer in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Mr. Ma’s diverse practice includes advising on China-related securities offerings, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, buyouts, in-bound and out-bound China-related investments, real estate development and financings, and the resolution of commercial disputes, and international arbitrations.
Mr. Ma is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia in 2008 and 2009 for Private Equity: Buyouts in Hong Kong. Chambers Asia says, "Xiaohu Ma can be a 'lightning rod' for clients in his ability to reconcile opposing viewpoints in order to get deals done and regulatory approvals passed." He was also selected by Asian Legal Business as a finalist for the International Dealmaker of the Year award in 2007.
Mr. Ma has extensive knowledge of the legal and practical commercial aspects of the foreign investment regulatory approval process in China, land ownership and transfers, and foreign exchange complications of doing business in China. He has advised on such matters in his role as PRC counsel on some major international securities offerings. He also represents China-related enterprises in connection with restructuring, private equity, venture capital financing and other financing activities. Mr. Ma regularly advises major Chinese enterprises and foreign parties in international investments and mergers and acquisitions in China. He also has extensive experience on litigation and arbitrations relevant to China, including several cases handled at CIETAC.
Mr. Ma received his Bachelor of Laws degree and his Master of Laws degree from Peking University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Mr. Ma was admitted to the Chinese bar in 1988, and was designated a Senior Lawyer by the Ministry of Justice in 1989. In June 1993, he was one of the first group of lawyers designated by the PRC Ministry of Justice and the China Securities Regulatory Commission as qualified to advise on PRC securities law.
Mr. Ma is a frequent lecturer and writer on developments in Chinese law affecting foreign investors. He is fluent in English as well as Chinese.