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Lucy Yao

Lucy Yao

Associate Director – Greater China, Alternative Legal Services

Lucy leads our Alternative Legal Services team in China.



Lucy joined the Alternative Legal Services (ALT) team in 2017, with responsibility for the strategic management of the team in the Greater China region.

She leads a team of experienced lawyers and law graduates, all of whom are bilingual Mandarin and English speakers.

Lucy collaborates with colleagues across the firm's network to offer a tailored, cost-competitive approach to the document-intensive aspect of contentious and non-contentious legal work, including cross-border disputes, corporate investigations, due diligence, capital markets transactions and commercial contract reviews.

Lucy first joined Herbert Smith Freehills as an Associate in 2004, advising on a number of cross-border M&A transactions and foreign investment projects in China. She then went on to practise at a number of major international law firms, latterly as a Professional Support Lawyer, before re-joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2017.


Lucy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from Peking University, as well as a Master's Degree in Law from University College London.

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