Recently, the In-House Community announced the results of this year's "Counsel of the Year Awards". Han Kun partner Kelvin Gao was named as an "External Counsel of the Year 2022-23".
Mr. Gao has practiced law for almost two decades and has extensive experience in a variety of fields and industries. His major practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, formation and deployment of private equity funds, securities offerings, and corporate restructurings. Mr. Gao has been legal counsel to numerous leading investment institutions, multinational companies, and unicorn companies, for whom he has provided a full range of legal services, from deal structuring and legal documentation to closing, for their various cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing projects in industries covering internet, computer software, entertainment media, education and training, consumer and retail, and healthcare services. Mr. Gao routinely serves as counsel to many leading institutional investors. Over the years, Mr. Gao has been actively involved in structuring and establishing onshore and offshore China-focused private equity funds for both foreign and domestic fund sponsors and investors. He has also represented many well-known institutional and industrial investors in various private equity investments and M&A transactions. Mr. Gao has also advised issuers as well as underwriters in several high-profile overseas IPOs involving Chinese companies or operations.
In-House Community's Counsel of the Year Awards cover over 20,000 counsel and legal professionals in Asia and the Middle East, and the winners were chosen through interviewees' direct votes and recommendations, aiming to praise the outstanding enterprises as well as external counsels in the legal realm.