Patrick Gu is a partner at DaHui Lawyers. He is a senior member of its labor and employment practice, as well as a member of the regulation/compliance and disputes resolution practice groups.
With over 16 years of experience, Patrick has a rich mix of in-depth labor law knowledge and extensive human resources related expertise accumulated from working with the labor arbitration tribunal, top-tier foreign and local Chinese law firms as well as Fortune 500 companies. Patrick previously worked at the Shanghai Municipal Labor Arbitration Commission as a labor disputes arbitrator and was responsible for lawmaking at the Shanghai local labor authority. Now, he still serves as a part-time labor disputes arbitrator.
Prior to joining DaHui Lawyers, as the industrial relations director and senior in-house labor counsel in a well-known Fortune 500 company, Patrick oversaw and advised on all labor and employment law matters and practice throughout China, and worked closely with the legal department, human resources personnel and business unit leaders. He therefore has a keen business sense to provide constructive, practical and insightful advice and solutions for clients.
In addition, Patrick also assists clients to initiate and conduct anti-corruption, anti-bribery and other business ethics related investigations, and advises on misconduct actions as well as disputes resolution. Patrick frequently advises on the design and execution of cross-border assignments and repatriations, mid- and senior-level employee dismissals, workforce redundancy, mass layoffs, voluntary separation arrangements and complicated issues in relation to employee transfer, employee integration and department re-organizing projects arising from organizational restructurings, divestitures, spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions.
Patrick has assisted clients to conduct labor and employment compliance due diligence to identify potential risks in order to minimize legal exposure in transactions, as well as advising on employee stock option plans and relevant disputes resolution for start-ups and large multinationals.
Patrick represents clients in labor arbitrations and litigations, advises on the establishment and improvement of internal risk control systems, strategically provides industrial and employee relations advice (such as the establishment and management of trade unions and employee representatives congress), efficiently assists clients on crisis management projects (such as labor unrest, work stoppages and collective bargaining), and assists clients to effectively communicate with officials.
Patrick is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Patrick’s recent representations include:
Employment Law Compliance
Employment Law Counseling and Consultation
Labor Relations, Industrial Relations and Crisis Management
Labor Disputes Arbitration and Litigation