Mengni (Nina) Cao

Corporate & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances


Nina Cao is an associate in the Corporate & Securities practice in Mayer Brown’s New York office. She maintains a broad M&A practice, representing public and private companies, including private equity, financial advisors, infrastructure fund and insurance company clients, in corporate and business combination transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments, co-investments, joint ventures, strategic alliances, cross-border transactions, among others. She represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including infrastructure, energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, health care services and asset management.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Nina worked in one of the largest China-based law firms’ New York office as a senior associate where she advised on M&A transactions, private equity and venture capital investments and other foreign direct investments.


Infrastructure / Renewable Energy

  • Represented French multinational utility ENGIE SA in its $1 billion acquisition of Texas-based battery storage company Broad Reach Power from private equity funds EnCap Energy Transition and Apollo Infrastructure.
  • Represented Global Atlantic Financial Group, an affiliate of KKR & Co. Inc., in the sale of all of the cash equity interests in a 1.17GW operating solar portfolio to Onward Energy, a U.S.-based energy company. The solar portfolio includes a total of 11 projects located across 8 different U.S. states.
  • Represented a financial investor in its acquisition of the equity interests in multiple project companies for the development and construction of an aggregate of 55.0 MWac portfolio of solar-powered electricity generating plants.


  • University of Economics and Business, LLB
  • Washington University in St. Louis, JD


  • New York


  • English
  • Mandarin