DALLAS, TX—Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli welcomes corporate attorney Viking Tao as a new shareholder based in the firm’s Dallas office. Tao joins the firm’s Corporate and Transactional practice group, part of Polsinelli’s highly regarded national Business Department.
Tao’s practice focuses on private equity-led commercial real estate investment and development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, partnership and joint venture negotiations, and commercial disputes. For nearly two decades, she has counseled Chinese and other Asian companies on establishing presence in the United States, forging alliances with U.S. businesses, embarking on strategic expansions or navigating through the evolving U.S. regulatory and compliance requirements.
With a client list that includes leading American and Asian funds, family offices and developers, as well as small- to medium-sized developers, investors and lenders, Tao counsels clients in connection with the acquisition, financing, development, leasing, management and disposition of commercial real estate. She has deep experience with a wide range of real estate projects, including multifamily, student housing, office, retail, residential subdivision, hotel, assisted living, industrial and mixed-use facilities.
Prior to joining Polsinelli, Tao served on the board of directors for a Texas-based law firm, where she also chaired its China Practice Group, representing Chinese and other international clients in their investments in the United States. She is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese.
Tao earned her LL.B. from the Beijing University School of Law before obtaining her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Before going into private practice, she also served for several years as in-house counsel at the Bank of China’s New York Branch during the bank’s $9.7 billion IPO.