Caidan Cao Partner, Beijing
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Professional Profile

Ms.Cao's practice mainly focuses on EHS (Environment, Health and Safety), energy and legal compliance for corporations’ overseas business operation. She graduated from Stanford Law School with LLM Degree in environmental law, energy law and nature resources law. She has extensive experience in legal compliance and regulatory matters concerning environmental protection, work safety and energy issues. She is also experienced in energy projects development and financing, climate change and green finance, environmental and energy litigation, international energy cooperation, and legal compliance for corporations’ overseas business operation.

In the past years Ms.Cao has intensively engaged in the legal work aiming to promote the development of renewable energy industry, including advocating forward-looking legislation and policies and drafting the proposals, advising energy companies on project development, investment and financing issues, advising the legal issues arising from technological innovation of renewable energy power generation and grid connection, advising the compliance and regulatory matters for energy projects, assessing, mitigating and managing legal risks, and handling environmental and energy litigation cases.

In addition, Ms. Cao also provides legal advice and solutions on legal compliance issues for corporations’ cross-border investment and business operation, including market access and accreditation, product quality and safety standards, international environmental compliance standards, regulation of energy industry, compliance of international labour law, and establishment of overseas legal entities.

Before her career in Gen Law Firm, Ms.Cao worked as Managing Partner of a prestigious Law Firm, where she managed all the legal work and lawyers team in Beijing Office. When she served as Legal Head of an international organization crossing Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul, she established a multi-jurisdictional legal team and managed international legal work in both common law and civil law systems. She also interned with the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and clerked with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. In her previous work she has conducted legal research in numerous international projects and engaged in the draft of international treaties and instruments.

Given her solid legal expertise and lawyering skills, Ms.Cao was rewarded and ranked as “Top Chinese Lawyer in the Year of 2021 in Legaband Ranking (Energy and Natural Resources) ”. 

Practice Areas

> Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources

> Intellectual Property

> Science & Technology and Data Compliance

> Foreign Legal Services

Education Background

 LLM, Stanford University School of Law, USA

 Stanford Ignite Program, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA

 LLM, School of Law, Lund University, Sweden

 Master of Science, Lund University, Sweden

Lawyer Qualification


Working Language

Chinese, English, Cantonese