Mr. Cao is a Principal and Counsel in the Ares Legal Department. Prior to joining Ares in 2020, Mr. Cao was a Vice President at SSG Group, where he was responsible for SSG legal and risk management. Previously, Mr. Cao was an Associate in the Shanghai office of Zhong Lun Law Firm, where he focused on banking and finance, including real estate financing, acquisition finance, corporate lending, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Mr. Cao holds an L.L.B from Hunan Normal University in Law and an L.L.M from the University of Nottingham in International Commercial Law. He is a member of the ACLA.