Dr Deming Zhao is a partner of Global Law Office, Shanghai. His practices cover corporate and regulatory compliance, customs and trade compliance, export control and shipping litigation. Dr Zhao is one of the pioneers who has developed the legal practice of customs and trade compliance in China, which has won wide recognition among multinational clients. Dr Zhao was also named in the Client Choice – Top 20 Lawyers in China, the first survey of this kind by ALB in 2012.
As the leading lawyer in customs and trade compliance practice, Dr Zhao has advised, represented or defended many renowned multinational companies in customs query, audit and investigation cases, administrative or criminal, and has led many projects in respect of trade compliance internal control systems, health checks and training for multinational clients in China.
Dr Zhao advises and trains many clients on export control or economic sanctions, and frequently makes speeches on China export control and customs supervision practices at symposiums or seminars in Europe. In 2019, Dr Zhao was invited by the International Anti-Corruption Academy to lecture on China and US export control practices in Seoul to professional audiences from Asian countries. In an administrative review case, Dr Zhao successfully defended a multinational client against the export licensing requirement for a given chemical product.