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JunHe LLP has sustained its prominent position in acquisition finance, real estate finance, structured lending and syndicated transactions. Recent highlights include advising Ping An Bank on its extension of a loan to CDH China HF Holdings Company (a member of the consortium) relating to its acquisition of Playtika, advising a consortium of lenders on the RMB2.8bn refinancing of a project development loan, and assisting a syndicate comprising China Development Bank, Bank of China, China Minsheng Bank and China CITIC Bank with financing the acquisition of a copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The ten-partner practice is jointly led by Shanghai-based Hui Zhou, and Beijing-based Shijian Liu, Jian Wang and Jun Zhou. Also recommended are David Liu, who is an ‘expert in financing and refinancing transactions’, and Gang Wang, who is particularly experienced in asset finance and aircraft finance.

King & Wood Mallesons has a fine record in acquisition, aircraft and structured finance transactions. It is also particularly active in the fintech space, advising a large number of key players in the market including Ant Financial, Lufax, Suning Commerce Group, Haier Financial and 360 Finance. In 2016, Stanley Zhou and Maggie Luan advised a syndicate consisting of Ping An Bank and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank on the leveraged buyout facility and management facility to Wuxi Merger and Group & Cloud for the privatisation of Wuxi Pharma Tech (Cayman). In other work, Feng Ma assisted China Development Bank (Henan branch) with a loan to a joint venture leasing company in order to lease a number of aircraft to a Russian airline. Jack Wang handles a large number of cross-border transactions and excels in the loan facilities and acquisition finance space; managing partner Ling Wang is highly recommended for aircraft leasing and project finance; and Yun Chen’s expertise lies in foreign exchange law and syndicated lending.

Zhong Lun Law Firm’s ‘highly commercial’ practice covers all key product areas and has a broad roster of clients. Its experience spans term loan facilities, project finance, asset securitisation and banking compliance. Dongyue Chen assisted International Finance Corporation with its loan to Houze Small Loan and its equity investment in the latter’s Cayman shareholding; Shirley Lu advised borrower Biostime International Holdings on its syndicated loan arrangement for the acquisition of shares in Swisse Wellness Group. Group head Wantao Yang is highly recommended for his expertise in project finance, syndicated loans and securitisation. Other clients include Tsinghua Unigroup, China CITIC Bank, China Merchants Bank and Volkswagen Finance (China). Joy Gao and Cheng Ni are also recommended.

Fangda Partners is particularly noted for domestic and international acquisition finance matters, and project finance. Zheng Xie acted as local counsel for the sponsor in a syndicated loan provided by China Merchants Bank for the privatisation of Qihoo 360 Technology, and advised China Merchants Bank on its syndicated loan facilities for the privatisation of Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties. Stanley Chen advised the management of Mindray Medical International on a $2.05bn loan facility to perform a single-step merger, and advised Ping An Bank on its bridge loan to finance the take-private of China Nepstar Chain Drugstore.

Global Law Office’s client list includes a range of Chinese banks, international commercial banks and investment banks. The group is jointly led by Lawrence Lin and Xin Zhang, who are highly recommended for project finance and asset finance. Zhang and Li Zhu acted for The Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank, Silk Road Fund and International Finance Corporation during the $1.69bn financing (on a limited-recourse basis) for the development of a hydro-power plant in Pakistan, and advised China CITIC Bank Corporation, China CITIC Bank International and The Export-Import Bank of China on a $3bn cross-border acquisition financing transaction following the acquisition of Lexmark International by a group of investors. Asset and trade finance specialist May Liu is ‘capable of bridging the gap between the creditors and the debtors, and can always identify the core legal and regulatory risks’. Minghao Xu is ‘professional and diligent’, and Miller Wang and Jeffrey Zhu are further names to note.

AllBright Law Offices recent work includes complex cross-border matters including project finance, foreign trade finance and real estate finance, and a large number of asset-backed securitisation instructions. In a particular highlight, a team led by Lin Sun assisted Tebon Securities and CITIC Securities with high-value asset-backed securitisations, and Xianming Li advised Southwest Securities on a RMB430m asset-backed securitisation loan transaction. Other clients include Cathay United Bank, Wuxi Vanke Real Estate, China Merchants Securities and China Fortune Securities.

DeHeng Law Offices’ practice focuses on cross-border acquisition finance and project finance as well as advising foreign banks on establishing representative offices or branches in China. Clients include China Development Bank, Bank of Communications, Bank of China, China Merchants Bank and Banco de la Nación Argentina; the team also acts for borrowers in acquisition finance matters. Recent highlights include acting for China Development Bank in a credit facility to the government of Zambia for the development of a network of solar-powered maize-grinding mills. Kai Ma, Sisi Shen and the ‘responsive’ Xu Zhang are key names to note in Beijing.

Dentons China’s broad banking and finance practice spans trade finance, cross-border corporate finance, project finance, derivative finance, asset-backed finance and acquisition finance. It advises a healthy balance of financial institutions and listed companies; HSBC Canada, China Merchants Bank and CITIC Prudential Life Insurance Company are among the client list. Highlights included acting for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) on financing the acquisition of Esteemed Zone, and assisting China Huarong Asset Management with its RMB25bn bond issuance. Leo Zhou is a key figure, who specialises in cross-border finance transactions. Qing Guo, Lihong Wang, Yunfeng Song and Feng Qu are further names to note.

Han Kun Law Offices expanded through the hires of Xiaoming Li and Jun Wan from White & Case LLP and JPMorgan Chase Bank (China) respectively. Li specialises in cross-border finance and M&A transactions, while Wan is particularly experienced in the fintech space. Other names to note include Shu Wang, who is recommended for aviation finance, and Jun Zhu, who specialises in project finance, as well as the establishment of financial institutions and regulation compliance. Recent work highlights for the firm include advising CCB International on the establishment of its $5bn medium term notes programme, assisting China Southern Airlines Company with a number of aircraft leases, advising Car on its issuance of RMB2bn panda bonds, and acting for Reignwood Group during its refinancing of a $100m term loan facility with Credit Suisse AG for the acquisition of an office building in London.

Jingtian & Gongcheng is recommended for acquisition, project, trade and asset finance, and clients include China Development Bank, United Overseas Bank, Huabao Investment Trust and New China Fushi Asset Management. Practice head Jiejiang Wu acted as PRC counsel for a consortium of banks on the $3.4bn syndicated loan facility for the development of Dubai Hassyan’s clean coal power plant project, and advised on a multimillion-dollar term loan facility in relation to a cross-border debt restructuring and financing. Maoxian Qin has notable experience advising financial institutions on asset management, and Hongjiu Zhang handles the finance aspects of large cross-border M&A transactions.

Anjie Law Firm is particularly active in cross-border project finance. For example, practice head Gulong Ren assisted China Shenhua Energy Company with the $520m financing for its first and $1.3bn financing for its second overseas coal-fired power plant project in Indonesia. Ren also advised China Development Bank on its loan to China General Nuclear to finance its investment in the Hinckley Point C nuclear power project, and acted for a Chinese bank on its €1.8bn loan to an investment company relating to the acquisition of a brewing company in multiple jurisdictions. Further names to note include George Zhang, who is recommended for advising multinational companies on their investments in China, and Di Zhang, who joined from Zhong Yin Law Firm in 2016.

Jointly led by Dorothy Xing and Jennifer Zhang, East & Concord Partners’ team advises a range of domestic and foreign banks, other financial institutions and large corporates. For example, clients include China CITIC Bank International, SPD Silicon Valley Bank, Ping An Trust & Investment, New China Life Insurance Company and EverBright Prestige Capital Asset Management. Recent highlights include acting for CITIC Trust on the issuance of asset-backed noted for CITIC Offshore Helicopter.

FenXun Partners advises banks and other financial institutions on pre-IPO finance, and structured and project finance transactions. Leveraging its association with Baker McKenzie (through Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office), the team advises on domestic and cross-border financings for a range of clients including multinational companies, Chinese SOEs and private companies. Founding partner Xusheng Yang recently handled a number of aircraft leasing transactions for a Chinese leasing company. Asset management specialist Sue Liu ‘understands clients’ needs and provides advice that is easy to digest’.

Grandall Law Firm’s recent highlights include advising Fortune 500 company SAIC Motor on its RMB20bn syndicated loan from 12 commercial banks. Other clients include Shanghai Datang Financing Lease, Bank of Communications, HSBC Bank (China) Company and The Macau Chinese Bank. Kenneth Xue is the key name to note, and other key contacts include Yixiong Li, who specialises in structured finance and securitisation, and Charles Guan, who is particularly experienced in project finance. Julia Zhu is also recommended.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal’s 21-partner team acts for clients such as China Development Bank, China Agriculture Bank, International Financial Capital and Xinda Asset Management Company, as well as a number of US, European and Asian banks and financial institutions. Recent highlights include acting for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) on restructuring the RMB1.3bn of debt of Sanjiu Group and the RMB700m of debt of Materials Group. Biaochong Chen, Haibo Xu and Lan Lan are key names.

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