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Jesse T H Chang

Lawyer admitted in New South Wales, Australia

Education :  B.Ec. (1977) and LL.B (1979) Australian National University; LL.M (1985) Columbia University
Languages :  Fluent English, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghai and Sichuan dialects) and conversational French
 +86 10 6505 8188 (Beijing)
 +86 21 6141 0998 (Shanghai)

1. TransAsia Lawyers

Jesse has been advising clients since 1980 as a lawyer and a banker on both inbound and outbound Chinese investments. He is the Founder & Managing Partner of TransAsia Lawyers and also the Founder & CEO of

Jesse set up TransAsia Lawyers in the mid '90s. With offices in Beijing and Shanghai, TransAsia is one of China's leading law firms in the areas of Tech, Media & Telecom, Labor & Employment as well as Outbound Investment and provides service to a list of leading Chinese and international companies.

Jesse's practice areas include:

Jesse is well-known and respected for his strategic thinking, negotiating skills and ability to advise effectively on delicate and complex matters. Clients often seek his advice on issues relating to partner selection, shareholder disputes and hostile takeovers. He has extensive and proven experience in advising clients regarding market entry structures in highly regulated sectors in China.

Specifically, Jesse has over the years dedicated much time to aviation, aerospace, media & entertainment and Internet. For aviation, his clients have included Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), British Aerospace, Air China, China Airlines (Taiwan) and Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC). In the late 1980s Jesse assisted China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) with barter deals involving F-7 with African countries. In the aerospace area, he proudly advised APT Satellite for transponder leasing and its launch in 1991. Jesse's media & entertainment clients have included News Corp / StarTV, NBC Universal, Walt Disney, Time Warner and John Woo/Lion Rock Productions. In the Internet sector, he has advised Electronic Arts and Amazon.

Jesse is frequently called upon to advise on crisis management situations: examples include securing regulatory approvals, appealing against unfavorable rulings and assisting with complex and difficult corporate restructurings in the media and IT sectors, resolving complex smuggling and value-added tax invoice cases as well as shareholder disputes.

Jesse has also represented clients in major arbitration cases before the International Chamber of Commerce and Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

In 1982 Jesse assisted a consortium of investors from Hong Kong and Taiwan (including Hang Lung and New World) to acquire an NYSE-listed car park company in a US$500 million transaction. Jesse has since advised a diverse range of Chinese clients with their international investments, covering infrastructure, minerals & resources, hotels & property, energy, agribusiness and telecommunications deals. Over the past 10 years, Jesse has been managing TransAsia's dedicated outbound investment practice with a focus on Australia, Africa, SE Asia, Latin America and the "One Belt, One Road" countries.

2. ChinaGoAbroad (CGA) 

CGA is a membership-based matchmaking and advisory service for cross-border transactions involving China. 

CGA focuses on:  

  • matchmaking investment projects and trade deals
  • political risk insurance
  • sports (ice hockey and youth soccer training)
  • tourism

CGA was co-founded by TransAsia Lawyers with the China Overseas Development Association (supervised by the National Development & Reform Commission, China’s powerful government agency in charge of both inbound and outbound investments).

Further information can be found at

3. Career Philosophy and Highlights

“Dedication and hard work will overcome your shortcomings and, in turn, generate happiness!”  

  • 2017: assisted China Rail with the Jakarta-Bandung high speed rail project
  • 2011 - 2016: represented China Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC) for negotiations with multiple foreign partners for each segment of the C919 project, China’s first commercial aircraft
  • 2005: advised Amazon on its China market entry
  • 1991: advised APT Satellite (China’s first commercial satellite company) from its inception to the launch of its first satellite and subsequent transponder leasing.
  • 1991: advised Rupert Murdoch on StarTV’s successful Chinese market re-entry
  • 1988: represented 25 Taiwanese defendants in settling successfully with the U.S. SEC for the then second largest insider trading case in the US securities history (US$19 million)
  • 1983: advised Nestlé on the formation of its first milk powder joint venture in China (Harbin)
  • 1982: advised a 6-member Hong Kong and Taiwanese consortium led by Hang Lung Properties for the takeover of Allright Parking, a NYSE-listed company. This was the first investment of its kind in the US by an Asian group

4. Major Publications

  • China's Media & Entertainment Law, 2013 Edition (TransAsia 2013)
  • China's Media & Entertainment Law, Vol I (TransAsia 2003) and Vol II (TransAsia 2006) 
  • China's IT & Telecoms Legislation, Vol III (TransAsia 2003)
  • China's IT Policy & Legislation, Vol II (TransAsia 2001)
  • China's Internet Policy & Legislation, Vol I (TransAsia 1999)
  • A Professional's Guide to PRC Land Legislation (Sweet & Maxwell 1999)
  • China Labour & Social Security Law - Essential Facts Explained (CCH 1998)
  • "Trademark Law in the People's Republic of China" (Foreign Trade, Investment and the Law in the PRC, Oxford University Press 1984 and 1988)
  • "Trade and Investment Law and Practice in the People's Republic of China" (Asian Pacific Regional Trade Law Seminar, Australian Attorney-General's Department 1984) 

5. Awards and Directorships

  • Selected by the Australian Government as one of the 45 individuals to be included the “45 Years, 45 Stories” which reminisce said length of diplomatic relationship between Australia and China (2017)
  • Australian National University (ANU) College of Business and Economics Hall of Fame Inductee (2015)
  • “Asia’s Leading Lawyers” in 2002, 2004 – 2010 and 2013-2017 (Asia Law & Practice)
  • Independent Director, Ares Asia Limited (HKEX Stock Code 645)
  • Arbitrator, Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission
  • Vice President, China Overseas Development Association (supervised by the PRC National Development & Reform Commission)
  • Director (first non-family member), Groupe Camus

6. Speeches and Conferences

Over the past 35 years, Jesse has served as the chairman of or a speaker at various China related events. In the past 10 years, he has frequently spoken on outbound investment and crisis management topics, and also PRC investments and law. In 2010, he was awarded the Best Presentation prize at the Australian Mining Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA) event in Perth for his speech on the internal and regulatory approval processes for PRC companies investing abroad. In addition, he has spoken about Chinese outbound and inbound investments for students from Melbourne University, Australian National University, La Trobe University, University of Chicago and Purdue University, as well as foreign MBA students studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2016, he chaired the session "One Belt, One Road: Political Risk" at the China Outbound Investment Fair (COIFAIR) in Beijing at which event he has appeared as a speaker for the previous 7 consecutive years. In 2016, he was invited by the All China Law Society to speak at one of its events dedicated to Chinese outbound investment. For details please see our News and Events page.

7. Extracurricular Interests

Jesse is equally devoted to sports. He regularly competes in international swimming, running and triathlon events. He was invited to represent Hong Kong (China) at the 2007 World Triathlon Championships and in 2008 won the Asian Aquathlon Championship for his age group. In 2016 he won a silver medal for the 400m at the Hong Kong Open Track & Field Championships.

8. Representative Clients

  • Adani
  • Amazon
  • APT Satellite
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Axalta
  • Aviation Industry Corp of China
  • Brambles
  • Carter's
  • China Development Bank
  • China Huaneng
  • China Minmetals
  • China Minsheng Bank
  • China Shenhua
  • CNH Industrial (Fiat-Chrysler)
  • Dow Jones
  • Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC)
  • NBC Universal
  • News Corporation / StarTV
  • Reignwood Group
  • Shanghai Aviation Corp
  • Time Warner
  • Walt Disney