O’Melveny Worldwide

Nolan Shaw is a corporate transactional counsel in O’Melveny’s Hong Kong office. His practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, joint ventures, foreign direct investment, and general corporate matters involving a variety of industry sectors, including tech, automotive, life sciences, entertainment, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, and others.  His clients include public and private companies, VC/PE investors, multinational corporations and sovereign wealth funds.  He has significant experience with transactions involving targets and clients in the US, China, and SE Asia, among others, and has been based in Hong Kong, as a Registered Foreign Lawyer (admitted in California), since 2018.

Nolan previously served as seconded legal counsel to the Real Estate strategy of Pacific Alliance Group (PAG) for six months in late 2017 and early 2018, where he covered acquisitions by PAG in China, South Korea, and New Zealand, including PAG’s acquisition of a majority stake in China Merchants buildings located in Beijing and Shanghai.

Mergers and Acquisitions / Private Equity

  • A GCC sovereign wealth fund in numerous investments, involving targets in the US, UK, Europe, and South Korea
  • Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. in its strategic acquisition of Arcadis Hong Kong design & engineering and Singapore consulting businesses (now Asia Infrastructure Solutions)
  • A leading Singapore-based e-commerce company in its investment in an Indonesian e-payment company
  • E-learning provider Go1 in its Series D preferred equity fundraising
  • Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. in its strategic acquisition of J. Roger Preston, an engineering consultancy firm with offices in Hong Kong and SE Asia
  • A leading e-commerce company in its Series E investment in a SE Asian logistics company, and related business cooperation agreement
  • An investor consortium in the acquisition of Cellular Biomedicine Group (NASDAQ: CBMG) in a "going private" transaction valued at approximately US$380 million
  • SEEK Limited in the sale of a majority stake in Zhaopin, a leading Chinese online recruitment services provider
  • PAG Real Estate in its dispositions of several real estate investments in China
  • Lucid Motors in its US$1+ billion investment by the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • SEEK Limited (and later, Seek Growth Fund) in connection with a number of VC investments, acquisitions and dispositions involving start-up and growth companies in North America, South America and elsewhere
  • A management-led buyer consortium in a “going private” transaction of SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL)
  • The founders of Adicon Holdings Limited in the sale of a controlling stake in the company to Carlyle Group and other investors
  • eHi Car Services Limited (NYSE: EHIC) in its acquisition and de-listing by a consortium comprised of members of company management, The Crawford Group, MBK Partners, Ctrip Investment Holdings and Ocean Link
  • PAG Real Estate in its venture investment in a coworking space provider
  • Starr Companies in its Series C investment in Gushengtang, a Chinese traditional medicine health services company
  • Guangzhou Auto in its Series B investment in Uber China and related strategic cooperation arrangements
  • Home improvement retailer Kingfisher plc (LSE: KGF) in its sale of a majority stake in B&Q China to Chinese acquirer Wu-mart

Joint Ventures

  • An Australian company in its establishment of an educational services joint venture in the US
  • A US media company in its exit of a content distribution joint venture in China
  • A US media company in the restructuring of a film financing joint venture in China
  • Electric scooter company Bird Rides in a proposed manufacturing joint venture in China
  • A leading U.S. e-commerce company in its proposed establishment of a data center joint venture in China
  • Yihaodian in its restructuring and establishment of a platform e-commerce joint venture with Walmart in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone


  • Mandarin Chinese


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Hong Kong (Registered Foreign Lawyer)


  • University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, J.D.: cum laude
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, B.S.; M.A.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 Greater China (2024) in Hong Kong, Corporate (Including M&A)

Professional Activities


  • Hon. Maxine Chesney, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California