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Increased Internet access in China's classrooms, new technology and relatively low technological and capital market entry requirements have led to an abundance of investment opportunities in the Chinese education industry.

Taking a multidisciplinary approach to education law, TransAsia draws on expertise from its Corporate and Commercial, Real Estate, Employment and Intellectual Property practices to assist multinational clients to develop their businesses in this sector, such as through the establishment of Sino-foreign educational institutions. Our experience is founded on a deep understanding of the education sector and the unique regulatory structure that applies in China.  This enables us to provide clients with services that give them the competitive edge needed in this growing market. We provide support to educators and investors in a number of areas, including higher education, private education and publishing.

Client Services

  • Negotiation and documentation of intellectual property licenses and other cooperative relationships
  • Market entry structures
  • Partner identification and selection
  • Regulatory and compliance issues and permits, including the Permit for Running Private Schools and the Registration Certificate for Citizen-managed Entities
  • Leasing or purchasing of premises and facilities
  • Visa applications for expatriate teaching or administrative staff
  • Legal issues relating to the development and licensing of educational software and teaching materials
  • Comprehensive legal due diligence

Representative Transactions

Higher Education

  • Provided Hult International Business School with strategic advice on its cooperation with Fudan University for its MIB (Masters of International Business) program in China
  • Advised the Queensland State Government's Department of Education, Training and the Arts on its cooperation programs in China
  • Advised the Beijing University of Arts and Science on its acquisitions of domestic education institutions and business expansion in China

Private Education

  • Advised English First on its China expansion, school franchises, "smart schools", online development and curriculum
  • Represented Blackboard in its education software joint venture with CERNET, a direct subsidiary of the PRC Ministry of Education
  • Advised Family Learning House on the structuring and documentation for its cooperation with a local partner to establish a private kindergarten in Shenzhen
  • Assisted Disney with the establishment of an education-related company in Suzhou


  • Advised Yale University on its cooperation with China International Publishing Group on a joint project to promote the learning of the Chinese language worldwide, along with the corresponding publications and teaching materials
  • Advised China Higher Education Press on its cooperation with various leading U.S. publishers


  • PRC counsel to Tiger Global (leading private equity fund) for its investment into New Oriental and the subsequent float of New Oriental on the NYSE
  • Advised Blue Ridge China on its investments into a number of leading private universities in China
  • Advised various private equity funds on their investment into PRCEDU, the largest online university in China

Representative Clients

  • Blackboard
  • Blue Ridge China
  • China Higher Education Press
  • Cultural Experiences Abroad
  • English First
  • Englishtown
  • Hult
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Queensland State Government
  • Tiger Global
  • Yale University