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On the evening of 6th December, The Legal 500 visited the Grand Kempinski Hotel in Shanghai for the GC Powerlist: China Teams 2018 reception, along with our sponsors Dentons Shanghai, Juris Legal and Blackstone Chambers.

The evening marked the launch of the 2018 China Powerlist, and over 100 representatives from the PRC legal community were in attendance to mark the occasion.

The GC Powerlist is an initiative designed to highlight the most influential and innovative in-house teams in business today. Now in its fifth year, the GC Powerlist series covers 33 jurisdictions globally and has been very well received by the legal community, with the series now officially supported by the International Bar Association.

For the China Teams 2018 list, the final selection followed a five-month-long research process by The Legal 500’s dedicated Client Intelligence Unit team. Researchers collated hundreds of nominations from law firm partners and fellow in-house practitioners from Greater China, before narrowing down the list to the 100 successful teams identified, through a series of interviews followed by quantitative and qualitative research.

Included on the list are the key in-house lawyers from companies such as Ant Financial, China Telecom, Sinochem Group, Tencent Holdings and Xiaomi Technology. The full list can be found here.

At the reception, the guests were welcomed by The Legal 500 China Editor Bei Zhao and China Key Account Manager David Wildman, followed by our keynote speakers, Mr Jianjun Wang, senior partner at Dentons Shanghai Office, Juris Legal’s Angad Dhaliwal, Gary Oliver, senior clerk from Blackstone Chambers, as well as Leslie Zhang, Vice President and General Counsel, United Energy Group and Yunli Long, Legal affair centre deputy director at China National Investment and Guaranty Corporation.

Speakers discussed key developments in the Chinese legal market among the in-house community, the importance placed on the legal sector to protect and maximise its economic and commercial potential, and the increasingly important role in-house legal teams play within their companies.

Scroll down below to see photos from the evening.