Norman Qi Zhong is a partner at Fangda Partners who is primarily based in the Shanghai office. He has extensive experience in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions (both inbound and outbound), private equity, fund formation and corporate finance. Norman recently represented Alibaba in its 28.23 billion renminbi investment for a 19.99 per cent stake in Suning Commerce Group Limited, China Resources Enterprise in its acquisition of Tesco’s China business and the subsequent US$16.2 billion joint venture with Tesco, and the investor consortium in the ‘going private’ and back-door listing transaction of FocusMedia. Norman also regularly advises GE, GS PIA, TPG and Visa in their China investments. He graduated with a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law where he was a Kent Scholar (highest distinction). Norman also holds a master of law degree with distinction from Fudan University School of Law and a bachelor of law degree from the University of International Business and Economics (highest distinction). Norman is recognised as a ‘Leading Lawyer in China’ under the categories of mergers and acquisitions and private equity/venture capital by the IFLR1000.