Xu Xiaodan


Areas of practice

Ms. Xu Xiaodan, a partner at King & Wood Mallesons, specializes in the areas of labor law, employment litigation and cross-border dispute resolution.

Ms. Xu has extensive experience in advising on complex labor and employment matters to provide strategic solutions to a number of prestigious multinational companies. Her clients include many leading companies doing business in China. She counsels corporate clients on amendment, termination, ending and renewal of individual and collective employment contracts, assists her clients in drafting and revising employment handbooks, internal labor policies, offer letters, secondment agreements, and offers legal advice on issues of overtime work, employee benefits, social insurance, etc.. Meanwhile, Ms. Xu has rich experience in handling labor union matters, collective bargaining, restructuring management and outsourcing human resource, as well as economic downsizing, etc.. 

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Ms. Xu also specializes in resolving international commercial disputes related to cross-border trade, foreign direct investment, equity disputes, banking, and product liability claims. In particular, she has counseled many State-owned banking institutions, listed companies and foreign-invested enterprises in employment-related arbitrations and litigations, which arose from disputes regarding termination, compensation and benefit, non-compete covenant, discrimination, work related injury, labor dispatch and infringement of trade secret. Ms. Xu is also active in providing advice on pre-trial matters and works closely with King & Wood Mallesons’ business transaction teams on risk management.

In January 2014, Ms. Xu was awarded as a leading labor & employment lawyer by the Beijing Bar Association.

In 2015, Ms. Xu Xiaodan was awarded as one of Top 15 Rising Lawyers in China by Asia Legal Business (ALB).

Work experience

Ms. Xiaon Xu joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2000.

She obtained her LL.B. from Peking University in 2000 and received her LL.M. from King’s College London in 2005. She qualified as a PRC lawyer in 2002.

She is proficient in both English and Chinese.


Legal insights

This article analyzes and interprets the employment-related parts of the Minutes as trial guidance.

13 January 2017

The Pilot Implementation Plan on the Work Permit System for Foreigners in China” was issued on September 27, 2016.

07 November 2016

This article presents basic facts of trade unions in China.

16 August 2016

Courts have different opinions on the nationwide work location clause. Please see the cases in this article and the abstracted key points thereof.

12 May 2016