Partner, Global Law Office
Dr Deming Zhao is a partner at Global Law Office, Shanghai. His practice covers corporate and regulatory compliance, dawn raid defence, 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 named in ‘Client Choice – Top 20 Lawyers in China’, the first survey of its kind by ALB in 2012, and was ranked as a highly recommended lawyer for customs, export control and economic sanctions (PRC firms) by Chambers Global 2021 and 2022.
As a leading lawyer in customs and trade compliance practice, Dr Zhao has advised, represented or defended many renowned multinational companies in administrative and criminal customs audit and investigation cases, 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 gives talks 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 Asia.
In an administrative review case, Dr Zhao successfully defended a multinational client against the export licensing requirement for a given chemical product. From 2020 to 2021, Dr Zhao was the leading lawyer supervising a global export control compliance programme for a leading Chinese company. In 2022, Dr Zhao has also advised clients on issues concerning sanctions and export controls against Russia and Belarus.