Tao Xu

Senior Staff Attorney

Xu, Tao

Tao Xu has experience with foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. She has advised many clients in the pharmaceutical, publishing, high-tech, consumer products and service industries with respect to their direct investment, restructuring and strategic expansion in China. She is also familiar with foreign trade and regulatory compliance issues.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Xu worked with another leading US law firm for two years. Previously, while based in the US, she was an in-house counsel of a multinational pharmaceutical company, where she advised management on such legal matters as IP licenses and regulatory issues affecting business in Asia.

Ms. Xu received her LLM from the University of Connecticut School of Law majoring in US Legal Studies. She received her LLB, with honors, from the Capital University of Economics and Business. She is fluent in English and a native Mandarin speaker.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the category of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China)
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2011, 2012 and 2013 for corporate/M&A: China-based (International Firms)

Publications & News


February 7, 2017

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2016 Developments and Predictions for 2017

The past year was consequential for FCPA enforcement in numerous respects, including blockbuster penalties, new policy initiatives, and the SEC's first DPA with an individual for FCPA violations.

February 2, 2016

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2015 Developments and Predictions for 2016

Among other significant developments, 2015 saw the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ” or the “Department”) document a policy priority of holding individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing. This policy was laid out in the “Yates Memorandum”—announced by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates—and related changes the DOJ made to the U.S. Attorney’s Manual.

April 4, 2014

Reforms to China's Company Registration Law

Both the amended Company Law and the amended Registration Regulations took effect on March 1, 2014. These reforms create a simplified and more capital-efficient registration system with respect to registered capital and regulatory requirements for companies in China.

March 4, 2013

WilmerHale Lawyers, Practice Recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific 2013

Chambers Asia Pacific has released its 2013 rankings, which include the recognition of two WilmerHale lawyers as well as the China Corporate Practice. Chambers Asia Pacific acknowledges Lester Ross for his Corporate/M&A: China-based (International Firms) practice and Tao Xu for her Corporate/M&A: China-based (International Firms) practice in the 2013 edition of this guide to leading lawyers and law firms in Asia.

March 16, 2012

Chambers Global 2012 Ranks 29 WilmerHale Lawyers, 12 Practices

March 1, 2012

Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 Recognizes Top WilmerHale Lawyers

March 25, 2011

Chambers Global 2011 Ranks 25 WilmerHale Lawyers and 17 Firm Practices

February 22, 2011

WilmerHale Lawyers Recognized in 2011 Edition of Chambers Asia Pacific

December 17, 2010

China Opens the Door Wider to Private and Foreign Investment in Health Care


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LLM, University of Connecticut School of Law, 2000

LLB, with honors, Capital University of Economics and Business, 1997

Bar Admissions

PRC National Bar



Chinese (Mandarin)

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