May 24, 2012
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC), one of Canada’s leading business and litigation law firms, is pleased to announce that Wei Shao will be joining the firm as Partner and Co-Chair of the national China Initiative.
With extensive experience in corporate and project financing, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border advisory work, and general corporate and commercial transactions, Wei is a welcome addition to the FMC team. He has represented Asian private and public companies including major SOEs, investors and entrepreneurs, sovereign and investment funds in a number of significant transactions in Canada. He has also provided legal counsel to Canadian and international businesses in natural resources, manufacturing, technology, environmental, infrastructure and financial transactions in China. In addition, Wei has conducted legal work on behalf of government agencies and diplomatic missions from both Canada and China.
“We are very excited that Wei has decided to join the FMC team based in Vancouver,” said John Sandrelli, Managing Partner, FMC Vancouver. “He will play a pivotal role at FMC as we continue to grow and expand our business and relationships in China. Wei’s nuanced understanding of the Chinese business, legal and social landscape, coupled with his excellent reputation within the legal industry in both countries, will provide significant momentum driving the success of our China practice and initiatives across all FMC offices.”
Wei completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Xian Foreign Languages Institute in 1982. In 1986, he was awarded his United Nations Accreditation of Simultaneous Interpretation at the Beijing University of Foreign Studies. Wei also received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto in 1993 and was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1995.
As an interpreter accredited by the United Nations and the federal government of Canada and as a consultant, Wei has been involved in numerous ministerial meetings and negotiations between Canada and China.
Wei is also an active board member in a number of community organizations. He is a member of the Vancouver Police Board, member of China Hong Kong Market Advisory Group and the Chinese Community Advisory Council of the Government of British Columbia, and director of the Canada China Business Council, British Columbia Chapter.
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