Ian Liao is a partner with YK Law LLP and heads up its Corporate/M&A Practice. He is also a counsel with Beijing Yingke Law Firm, a leading law firm in China. Mr. Liao is a corporate lawyer with substantial experience in M&A, venture capital, private equity, technology and other corporate transactions. He has advised many venture capital funds and high-tech companies (including start-up and pre-IPO companies) in investment and fundraising transactions. Mr. Liao has also represented leading multinational companies in complex mergers, asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and equity purchase transactions involving various industry sectors (including manufacturing, television and media, special materials, medical devices and internet/e-commerce). He often works with the management teams of leading multinational companies on tech and commercial matters involving their US and overseas operations; as well as advising them on cross-border technology licensing and intellectual property enforcement matters.
Mr. Liao has advised clients on cross-border transactions involving the Greater China region since 1998 and continues to do so today. In particular, he has had extensive experience in transactions between China and the U.S. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Liao was a partner at two global law firms where he was based in their Shanghai and Beijing offices. He also worked in Taiwan as a lawyer for eight years. Mr. Liao was a summer extern for the Federal District Court of Hawaii.