Simon Meng

Corporate Partner, Shanghai

“I have decades of experience advising multinationals on their complex cross-border deals, with deep knowledge of the U.S., French, Hong Kong and Chinese business environments. I have much experience of different systems and cultural diversity to ensure that clients are able to navigate unfamiliar transformations successfully and efficiently.” 

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Simon is widely recognised as a leading China cross-border transaction specialist. He has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, direct investments and joint ventures, as well as project developments in China. 

Simon has particular expertise in transactions in the automotive sector, with specialist knowledge of electric vehicle, e-connectivity and other e-mobility-related projects. He has advised various key market players on their significant M&A and JV transactions in China, Europe and the U.S., both in the e-mobility sector and the traditional automotive sector. 

Simon is a lead partner in the firm’s Technology sector group and frequently advises on tech issues relating to e-mobility. 
 
Work highlights

Simon has advised on many market-leading transactions. These include advising: 

  • a world-leading electric vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) on entering into the Chinese market and setting up its China EV manufacturing base; 
  • a major international internet company on its joint venture with a Chinese company involving the manufacturing of electric vehicles in China; 
  • a Chinese OEM for its international expansion of EV efforts relating to acquisition of battery related technologies and autonomous driving technologies;
  • a worldwide leading advertisement company on investing in internet-based advertisement businesses in China; 
  • a major European energy company on its BOT-PPP projects development in China.

Professional experience

Simon speaks frequently at conferences, including at the Sino-European Entrepreneurs Summit, the annual gathering of the foremost business leaders from Europe, and at the FT Future of the Car Summit in May 2019.

Education and qualifications

Simon has a BA degree of law from Beijing University, and holds two masters’ degrees (public law and business law), and a PhD in law from Bordeaux University, France. Simon also holds a LLM degree from New York University, School of Law.

He speaks English, Mandarin and French.