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Emmanuel Meril

Education :  LL.M (Civil Law cum laude) (Univ of Paris XI);
 Postgraduate Degree (Industrial Property Law) (University of Paris II);
 Postgraduate Degree (Civil and Commercial Law cum laude) (Univ of Paris I)
Languages :  French, English and Chinese (Mandarin)
Office :  Shanghai
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Areas of Practice

About Emmanuel

Emmanuel has been advising European and North-American investors in Greater China for 20 years. From 1992 to 1995, Emmanuel worked in Taiwan with a French law firm. Thereafter, he moved to Shanghai as a legal consultant. In 1999, Emmanuel joined CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre and set up the CMS Shanghai office in 2001. He became a partner of CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre in 2007. In September 2010, he joined TransAsia Lawyers as special counsel.

Emmanuel specializes in mergers & acquisitions, tax law, commercial law and Chinese outbound investment. He focuses on the luxury goods, retail, automotive, railway, sport, art, and renewable energy industries, advising numerous companies on their cross-border corporate and tax matters.


  • China - Law and Tax Guide (Editions Francis Lefebvre - France - 2007)
  • Chapter on Labor Law of the Business Law Guide in China (ICC - USA - 2008) 
  • Chapter of Best Practices for International Business Transactions in China (Aspatore - USA - 2010)

Speeches and Conferences

Emmanuel is a regular speaker at conferences on Chinese business and tax law in France and China. He also hosted a weekly radio program in France about Chinese law.