Sterling Chan

Sterling is an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Business and Finance Department, where he works on a broad range of general corporate and real estate matters. His work focuses on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and real estate transactions. Before joining the firm, he worked on matters relating to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program as well as FCPA compliance issues. Sterling has worked with clients from Taiwan, China and Japan; and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Burmese.

What do you focus on?

Corporate Transactions

I assist clients with various types of commercial transactions. My work includes performing due diligence on commercial contracts, drafting agreements relating to asset acquisitions, dispositions and financing; and facilitating closing and post-closing processes.

Corporate Governance

I assist clients with corporate governance issues including drafting documents relating to formation, operations and structuring.

Real Estate Transactions

I assist developers and investors with acquiring, disposing, developing and financing real property; including performing due diligence on commercial contracts, drafting purchase agreements, promissory notes and formation documents.

What do you see on the horizon?

Technological proliferation, sustainable development, and cross-border investments will continue to facilitate tighter integration between emerging and developed markets. The result is a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape, with increasingly complex transactional frameworks throughout traditional innovation sectors. I leverage my transactional expertise and international experience in helping my clients adapt to these new challenges to achieve their business goals.


  • “Mergers & acquisitions 101,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2018

Crowdfunding your startup guide to EB-5 financing for startups

Medium | May 24, 2017

San Francisco M&A and corporate transactions partner Jinjian Huang and associate Sterling Chan co-authored this column about how startups can leverage the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program as a source of financing.


Sterling Chan


San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8344

Fax: 844-847-0468

George Washington University Law School, J.D.

University of California, San Diego, B.A.




Mandarin Chinese


  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
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