Walker J. Wallace


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Walker J. Wallace is managing partner of O’Melveny’s Shanghai office and a leader of the firm’s China practice. He has extensive experience in international transactions and has worked with clients in a wide range of projects across Asia, from multi-nationals seeking to invest in China, to private equity funds pursuing investment strategies in Southeast Asia. In China, Walker has helped clients negotiate the complexities of investing and structuring business operations in numerous industries, including consumer products, healthcare, real estate, software, media and entertainment, retail and education.

Before moving to Shanghai in 1997, Walker practiced in New York for several years. He is the former Chairman of the Legal Committee for the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce, and is the co-author of “Acquisitions of Companies with Chinese Assets,” “Foreign Private Equity Investment in China: Which Way to the Exit?,” “Onshore Financial Investing in China,” and “Enforcement on Defaulted Loans and Mortgage on Real Property under Chinese Law.”



  • Mandarin Chinese

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by IFLR1000 as a "Leading Lawyer" (2020) and "Highly Regarded" (2018-2021) in Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
  • Recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific for Corporate/M&A: China-based (International Firms) & Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms) (2020 & 2021)
  • Recognized by Chambers Global 2020 & 2021 in the Corporate/M&A category for the China region
  • Asia-Pacific Legal 500 2020: Leading M&A and Private Equity Lawyer in China


Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • Columbia University, J.D., 1995: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Williams College, B.A., 1990: cum laude
  • Numerous acquisitions of office and residential buildings by international financial institutions in China
  • Formation of several China-focused private equity funds
  • Formation of small loan companies and other alternative investment structures for investing in distressed assets in China
  • Sale to Suntory of ASC Fine Wines, China’s leading wine distributor
  • Fund investment in leading Chinese coal bed methane company
  • Fund investment in a leading Chinese company operating for-profit universities

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