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."
Walker was named by Chambers Asia 2018 under the categories “China, Corporate/M&A” and “China, Private Equity: Buyouts (International Firms)” and by Chambers Global 2018 in “The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” under the Corporate/M&A category for the China region. He was also recognized by 2018 Asia-Pacific Legal 500 as a leading M&A and Private Equity Lawyer in China. In the new 2018 IFLR 1000 rankings, Walker received special recognition as a “Leading Lawyer” in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity categories.