Gary J Gao
partner and head of the compliance, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Gao Jun is a partner and the head of the compliance and regulatory department of Zhong Lun Law Firm. He has an LLM in the UK and his working languages are English and Chinese. Mr Gao has practised law for 27 years, which makes him an experienced lawyer in both compliance and regulatory as well as international dispute resolution. Before being admitted to the PRC bar in 1995, Mr Gao worked as a criminal judge in a district court in Shanghai for five years.
Mr Gao has been consecutively recommended as a Leading Individual in compliance and regulatory by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 and 2020 and in corporate investigation and anti-bribery by Chambers Asia-Pacific in years 2018 to 2022. Mr Gao was also honoured as the 2022 Distinguished Practitioner in Regulatory by Asialaw Profiles; by Benchmark as a Litigation Star in Litigation China and Asia-Pacific in years 2021 and 2022, and as the Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020 Lawyer’ for ‘the Deal of the Year 2020’ by China Business Law Journal; a ‘2020 Band 1 Lawyer of Compliance & Government Affairs’, ‘2019 Band 1 Lawyer of Compliance’ and ‘2019 China Top 10 Lawyers – Government Affairs’ by LegalBand; as one of ‘The A-List China’s Elite 100 Lawyer 2019’ by China Business Law Journal; the 2017 ‘Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year’ by China Law & Practice; the 2016 ‘Client Choice Top 20 Lawyer’ by ALB; and as one of ‘Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business of Dispute Resolution’ recommended by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013.
Many years of work experience in compliance and regulatory and international dispute resolution has given Mr Gao a comprehensive understanding of international business skills and operations, compliance risks as well as traps that may arise in negotiations. Mr Gao has assisted many multinational enterprises, institutions and large domestic enterprises in different industries in the following matters: compliance issues, including in the context of cross-border investigations, joint investigations by multinational governments and criminal investigations by overseas law enforcement agencies; building comprehensive compliance systems and cybersecurity and data compliance services; in the context of state secrets review, judicial assistance and witness preparation for cross-border investigations; strategies for crisis issues and the design and implementation of firewall programs at home and abroad; criminal law matters, including internal compliance investigations into management; criminal procedures; employee dismissals; and in providing compliance training services to management, employees and business partners.