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Ye Miao (缪烨)

Assistant Head of Asia Division (亚洲部 副总监,)
Auckland ye.miao@jaws.co.nz
+64 9 914 6740

As the Assistant Head of the Asia Division at James & Wells, Ye works in a team dedicated to providing specialist intellectual property and business advice to clients wanting to do business in Asia, and Asian clients wanting to do business in New Zealand and Australia.

With a strong background in corporate/commercial law and an international focus, Ye has worked with clients, advisors and other counsel across a number of jurisdictions (including Asia, Europe and the Americas) to undertake cross-border transactions and business activities. His passion for cross-cultural communication, combined with his commercial focus, means he can facilitate multi-cultural business opportunities and deliver excellent commercial outcomes for clients.

Ye is multi-lingual, being fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese (and the Shanghai dialect), and can speak a little Japanese.

When he isn’t working, Ye spends his time travelling, snowboarding, playing video games, reading, hiking and watching Asian dramas.  He has lived in China, Japan and New Zealand, and frequently visits the US.


Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws from The University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)from The University of Auckland
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 3 certificate

Industry specialty

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Clean technology
  • Consumer goods
  • Creative/Design/Media (creative industries)
  • Electronics
  • Fashion
  • Food and beverage
  • ICT - software
  • Mechanical
  • Natural products


  • Doing business in Asia
  • Domain name disputes
  • Education
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Competitive intelligence 
  • Confidential information and trade secrets


As a commercial lawyer in a top tier law firm in New Zealand, Ye developed expertise in corporate mergers and acquisitions, and overseas investment matters. Subsequently, Ye went on to work as in-house legal counsel in both the aviation and public sectors.

Prior to his legal career, Ye lived, taught and snowboarded in Hokkaido, Japan.