Vivi Zhou


  • LLM, New York University, 2015; Graduate Editor, NYU Journal of Law and Business
  • LLM, China Foreign Affairs University, 2012
  • LLB, Graduated with honors, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2010


  • New York, 2016
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Vivi Zhou


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Vivi Zhou is an associate of Ropes & Gray’s Shanghai office in the life science group. She has experiences in advising start-up companies in their financing transactions and pre-IPO restructuring, as well as private equity firms in their strategic investment in the healthcare and biotech industries. She also represents clients in their cross-border mergers and acquisition deals in a wide range of industries, and advises international conglomerates in forming strategic alliance and joint ventures with PRC enterprises and addresses corporate governance issues on a daily basis. 


Notable transactions in which Vivi has been involved prior to joining the firm include:

  • Advised a Chinese biopharmaceutical start-up which is at a pre-money valuation of US$500 million in its Series A round financing.
  • Advised a Hong Kong based PE firm as the lead investor in its purchase of convertible bonds issued by a Taiwanese biotech company, where the total principal amount of the bonds is US$106 million.
  • Advised a Hong Kong based company in its acquisition of 100% equity interests in the subsidiary of a leading U.S. nutrition products company in China.
  • Advised a top Chinese healthcare company to form a strategic joint venture with a leading U.S. health products company to develop and commercialize high-quality consumer health products.
  • Advised the pre-IPO restructuring transaction of an emerging medical device company based in Hangzhou, China.
  • Assisted Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. in its US$90 million acquisition of 75% of the outstanding shares of, and a controlling interest in, Zhejiang Maximal Forklift Company Limited.
  • Advised a leading German water treatment company in forming a joint venture with a Chinese company in Zhejiang, China.


  • Co-author, “A New Chinese National Intelligence Law Is On Its Way,” JD Supra (June 19, 2017)
  • Co-author, “Non-reviewability Doctrine in Judicial Review,” Administrative Law Review (vol.13), China Law Press (March 2011)
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