Peng Tao

Peng Tao

Of Counsel

Peng Tao has been a member of the firm since 2008 and has been based in several DLA Piper offices, including New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He focuses on PRC tax, transfer pricing, mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, and general corporate and commercial issues concerning operations in China, offshore investment from China and other cross-border transactions. He has assisted many US and European companies in entering into and operating in China as well as in restructuring their China operations. Peng has published numerous articles and book chapters on China taxes and M&A and is a frequent speaker on China tax and transfer pricing issues.

Before entering private practice, Peng worked in China on the legislative staff of the PRC central government in drafting various tax and banking laws and regulations.

Bar admissionsNew York


  • US- and Europe-based Fortune 500 companies on acquiring private and state-owned Chinese companies
  • US-based manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies on structuring IP licensing and contribution into China
  • US-based Global 500 companies on China operations and holding company structures
  • US-based high-tech and manufacturing companies on China operations and distributions and related tax and transfer pricing issues
  • US-based retailors on tax structures and restructuring concerning China operations
  • China-based Global 500 companies in expanding operations in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and South America
  • China-based Global 500 companies and private investors on various tax and legal issues in cross-border transactions and investments
  • US- and Canada-based companies on investments in Chinese capital and financial market from tax perspective
  • US- and Europe-based multinational companies on indirect transfer and China tax audit defense
  • Multinational companies on a wide range of PRC tax issues involving enterprise income tax, VAT, individual income tax, customs duty, and other taxes and treaty issues in cross-border transactions and Chinese operations
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • New York University, LL.M (Taxation). 1999
  • University of Michigan, LL.M. 1998
  • Peking University, LL.M (Administrative Law). 1997

Insight Overview

Peng has published numerous articles and spoken on PRC tax and transfer pricing issues.

Prior Experience

Before entering private practice, Peng worked at the Fiscal and Financial Department with the Bureau of Legislative Affairs of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China from 1992 to 1997. He drafted and reviewed banking and tax laws and regulations that were applicable nationwide in China including the Individual Income Tax Law (amended) and its implementing regulations, the Provisional Regulations on Value Added Tax, the Law on People's Bank of China and the Law on Commercial Banks.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Peng worked in the Palo Alto and Beijing offices of two other international law firms.

Peng has worked in DLA Piper’s New York (where he was head of the China desk in the tax group), Shanghai and Hong Kong offices before being transferred to Silicon Valley office.

Memberships And Affiliations

Peng is a member of the International Tax Institute of China, an official correspondent for China for Tax Notes International and a board member of BNA's Tax Management International Forum Advisory Board.