Richard Ma



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Professional Highlights

Over 20 years practicing in market entry, M&A, PE/VC and regulatory matters in China

Known for creativity and strong commercial sense in mapping out solutions

Now a go-to lawyer for MNCs and international big business expanding in China

Consistently ranked a Band 1 practitioner by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific


As the Managing Partner of DaHui Lawyers, Richard oversees the firm’s operations and strategy as well as devoting energy to team building and client management. In parallel, Richard maintains an active practice and leads the firm’s corporate and TMT departments.

At the forefront of legal innovation over the last two decades, Richard has long been regarded as a prominent legal expert in China’s TMT industries. He has successfully advised leading multinational and Chinese companies on many of the most well-known transactions in the market, ranging from market entry and restructuring, through regulatory and compliance matters, to M&A and financings. Richard’s clients include long-standing players, cutting-edge tech giants and traditional enterprises transitioning to the new economy. His industry-acknowledged creativity and strong commercial sense in mapping out solutions in response to China’s unique regulatory hurdles and business environment have made him the go-to PRC counsel for the world’s largest MNCs and leading TMT companies in China.

Richard has consistently been ranked as a Band 1 practitioner by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific.

Notable Representations

Internet and Communications

  • Advised Adobe on local regulatory matters
  • Advised Akamai on its market entry and structuring
  • Advised Aruba on its acquisition of Azalea and China structure
  • Advised BAE on its restructuring in China
  • Advised Blue Ridge in its investment in
  • Advised CBS Interactive on its acquisitions of 17 leading vertical portals in China over the past 10 years
  • Advised Elsevier on its online Chinese portal with respect to both structural and regulatory aspects; advised on the provision of medical and pharmaceutical information services; advised on its joint venture with Peking University on the provision of online training courses for Chinese doctors and nurses; and advised on its acquisition of a medical software company in Shanghai
  • Advised Electronic Arts on its operation in China
  • Advised Google on its market entry as well as regulatory and antitrust issues
  • Advised Hewlett-Packard on its Halo business
  • Advised Intel on its restructuring in China
  • Advised LexisNexis on its acquisition of and
  • Advised Microsoft on its launch of online products
  • Advised Morgan Stanley on regulatory matters relating to private lines and VPN
  • Advised Nokia on its technology cooperation with and
  • Advised RIM on BlackBerry distribution in China
  • Advised on its acquisitions of, and
  • Advised Tiger Global in its investments in PRCEDU and Longtop 

Publishing & Media

  • Advised CBS in its content license deal with local Internet portal and China Mobile
  • Advised China Cablecom (NASDAQ: CABL) on its cooperation with Chinese partners to establish joint ventures and obtain financing, which created a new model for cooperation with Chinese MSOs in the cable television industry
  • Advised Elsevier on its joint venture with Science Press
  • Advised U.S. online video company Freewheel Media on its $375 million acquisition by broadcast and cable behemoth Comcast Corp
  • Advised Metacafe on its market entry and regulatory matters
  • Advised MPAA (The Motion Picture Association of America) on regulatory and anti-trust matters
  • Advised NBCU on regulatory matters
  • Advised News Corp on regulatory matters
  • Advised O'Reilly Media on its China structure and operation
  • Advised Reed Exhibitions on its numerous acquisition, joint venture and cooperation projects in China
  • Advised Safari (a joint venture between O'Reilly Media and Pearson) on its market entry and cooperation with local partner
  • Advised Walt Disney on its China structure
  • Advised YOU ON DEMAND on its joint venture with CCTV-6 and content license deals with Hollywood Studios

Other Industries

  • Advised Chevron on its cooperative project with CNPC in Chuandongbei
  • Advised Philip Morris on its China structure and regulatory matters
  • Advised Rinker Materials (Cemex) on its joint venture and operational matters in China
  • Advised Tyco International on its acquisition and restructuring in China

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