Cevela Zhou

Senior Legal Consultant

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Cevela Zhou is a senior legal consultant in O’Melveny’s Beijing office and a member of the Tax Practice within the Transactions Department. Cevela has advised clients in a wide variety of transactions involving China which include cross-border M&A, venture capital and private equity investments, initial public offering, foreign direct investment, tax dispute resolution, incentive scheme for executives etc.

Cevela is familiar with China’s foreign exchange and customs regulatory regime and has practical experience in various transactions involving companies and individuals.

Prior to joining the firm, Cevela worked at Earnst & Young's Beijing office as an auditor before she worked as a tax specialist where she focused on tax compliance matters.

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English

Education

  • Peking University, Bachelor of Economics
  • Peking University, Masters of Economics and Management

Professional Activities

Bar Exam

  • Passed Chinese Bar Exam

Author

  • “Tax Structuring of M&A in China: Acquisitive Tax-free Reorganization,” China Tax Intelligence (October 2007)
  • “The Next Great Leap in PRC Enterprise Income Taxation: The New ‘Resident Enterprise’ Standard,” China Tax Intelligence (November 2008)
  • “Withholding Tax on Cross-border Payments: The Tax Completion Certificate Going Away Party Begins,” China Tax Intelligence (June 2008)
  • Advise a well-known private equity fund in investing into its portfolio companies which involve PRC assets on tax structuring and compliance issues, review transaction documents and negotiate tax provisions;
  • Help an international private equity fund to solve its tax dispute with tax authority with respect to the disposal of its portfolio company, which constitute an indirect equity transfer under PRC Law, bring the case to a successful closing;
  • Represent a well-known US-based aerospace and specialty materials manufacturer in the sale of a subsidiary in Shanghai which involves bonded goods and equipment under customs supervisions and handle the tax recapture issues;
  • Assist a pre-IPO Chinese company to structure and enforce its equity-based compensation scheme;
  • Provide tax advice to a prominent international investment bank with respect to its routine business, from their investments involving QFII, futures, trust, other financial derivatives, investment in portfolio companies, cross-border loans, tax treaty entitlement etc. to analysis and strategy for a post-acquisition dispute;
  • Conduct tax due diligence and advise companies and underwriters with respect to tax disclosures for IPOs and ongoing public filings;
  • Advise a listed US-based leading IT technology company on tax planning strategy for its entry into China;
  • Advise an international hotel management company on their global hotel franchise agreements and handle foreign exchange remittance issues.