Yao Feng is widely recognised as a "very responsive lawyer with good client service". Commentators note her "strong relationship with the regulators".
Ms Feng graduated from Jilin University Law School with an LLB in 1997. After graduation, Ms Feng worked in the department of treaty and law at the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China as government counsel (1997 to 1999), and as the director of the Anti-Dumping Office (1999 to 2001). Ms Feng went to Columbia Law School in New York, USA in 2001 and gained an LLM in 2002. Ms Feng worked at Covington & Burling’s Washington, DC Office from 2002 to 2003, and then joined Broad & Bright as one of the founding members.
Ms Feng focuses on antitrust, international trade and FDI in her practice. She has acted as the attorney for hundreds of filings to MOFCOM regarding concentration of undertakings, and has provided legal service in various international trade disputes for companies and governments in China, South Korea, Japan, the USA, the EU and Russia. At the same time, she has rich experience in customs affairs, WTO, international trade disputes and FDI.
Ms Feng has acted as the attorney for many significant deals as the head of Broad & Bright’s antitrust team, and has rich experience in competition law. The deals Ms Feng represented includes China’s first conditional approval of InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch (2008). Ms Feng represented Coca-Cola in its acquisition of Huiyuan (2009), one of the most complicated filings in China. In 2015, Ms Feng and her team assisted Seagate in successfully obtaining approval by MOFCOM to lift its “hold separate” restriction – the first case where the “hold separate” conditions were completely released. In the same year, Broad & Bright represented NXP in its acquisition of Freescale, which was the first conditional approval of MOFCOM where the “upfront buyer” situation was involved in the divestment remedy. In 2017, Broad & Bright represented five of the seven cases that were conditionally approved by MOFCOM. In 2018, after the institutional reform in China, the first conditional clearance by SAMR (the new antitrust agency) was also represented by Broad & Bright. The high-quality service has won recognition from clients and legal professionals. She has been recommended by many prestigious legal ranking publications, including Chambers, Global Competition Review, China Business Law Journal and Asia Law & Practice.
Ms Feng also has rich experience in international trade and international investment. She has led numerous cases regarding anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard measures. Before entering private practice, Ms Feng worked on anti-dumping issues and bilateral negotiations (Sino-US and China-EU) at the department of treaty and law at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (now MOFCOM). She also attended the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law working group meeting, and drafted trade regulations. Moreover, Ms Feng has provided legal service for WTO rules implementation, OECD steel negotiation, trade barriers and antitrust law legislation as an expert. Ms Feng was the director-investigator of many anti-dumping cases initiated by the Chinese government.
Ms Feng has authored many books and journal articles, chief among them the China chapter of The Guide to Merger Remedies (Global Competition Review, 2018), the China chapter of Foreign Investment Review (third edition, 2017–2019), the China section of "Overview of class/collective actions and current trends" from Thompson Reuters's Practical Law (second edition, 2017–2018), Global Legal Insights - Merger Control (second edition, China, 2013), "Expert Insight - Trade Law" in Lawyer Monthly Magazine (2017) and “China’s Anti-Dumping Law” in World Trade Magazine (2003).