Ms. Lao is a Managing Director in the Ares Legal Department. Ms. Lao serves as an alternate member to the General Counsel of the Ares Asia Trade Approval Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2020, Ms. Lao was an Executive Director and Senior Counsel at SSG Group, where she was a deal counsel and advisor on SSG private credit and special situations investments in Asia-Pacific. Previously, Ms. Lao was a Senior Associate in the Business Restructuring and Insolvency Department at Hogan Lovells in Hong Kong, where she focused on debt restructuring and special situations investing in Asia-Pacific, representing primarily financial creditors, distressed companies and turnaround professionals. Ms. Lao holds a L.L.B. in Law from King's College London. She is admitted to practice law in Hong Kong, England and Wales.