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Fangda Partners is particularly active in cross-border transactions, where it acts for domestic and multinational companies. In another impressive year, Jeffrey Ding and Diane Xue acted for ChemChina on its $43bn tender offer for Syngenta’s 100% outstanding shares; the team also assisted a consortium of investors in the $9.3bn take-private transaction of Qihoo 360 Technology. Other key figures include Jonathan Zhou, Michael Han, Leo Lou and Norman Zhong who were part of a team that assisted Alibaba with its investment in Suning Commerce, one of the largest privately owned retailers in the PRC. The team also advises on private equity investments, such as acting for CITIC Private Equity Funds Management on its investment in the series F financing of ele.me.

JunHe LLP’s ‘excellent team’ impresses clients with its ‘responsiveness, comprehensive industry knowledge and accuracy in its professional advices’. It is regularly instructed by multinational companies on inbound investments and cross-border private equity transactions. The team advised China National Tire & Rubber on its highly complex acquisition of Pirelli, including assisting with antitrust reviews in the PRC and a number of other jurisdictions. Yongqiang Yu and Xiaocheng Li assisted PICC P&C on its over RMB23bn purchase of 19.99% of the shares of Huaxia Bank, which is majority-owned by Deutsche Bank. Antitrust specialists Janet Hui and Yingling Wei are recommended along with FDI experts Kirk Tong, Linfei Liu and Hongli Ma, regulatory and compliance expert Wei Xiao and private equity investments practitioners Adam Li and Binxue Sang.

A clear leader in the market’, King & Wood Mallesons’ ‘well-organised’ corporate team has ‘deep knowledge coupled with excellent legal and technical skills’. Leveraging its comprehensive global network, the group assists a wide range of clients with cross-border commercial and corporate mandates. Ping Xu’s highly impressive year included advising Fonterra on purchasing a stake in Beingmate Baby & Child Food through a partial tender offer, and acting for Qingdao Haier on the successful $5.4bn acquisition of General Electric’s appliances business, which was one of the largest outbound transactions by a Chinese listed company outside the financial services sector. Clients also include State Power Investment Corporation, China Life Investment, Ant Financial Services and China General Nuclear Power. Harry Du is recommended for his expertise in high-end M&A in the infrastructure and real estate sectors; Xiaohong Zhao and Kaiding Wang are also well regarded.

Second to none’, Zhong Lun Law Firm excels in its ‘commercial awareness and the collective strength of the team’. The firm’s high-end client base includes Alibaba, China Cinda Asset Management and ZTE. Anthony Zhao and Luke Zhang led work for National Council for Social Security Fund to assist with its RMB10bn investment in the Ant Financial Services. It also acted for China Taiping on its series A financing of JD Finance and assisted Shanghai Qijia Network Information Science & Technology with its red-chip restructuring and series B financing from Orchid Asia Group Management, SIP Oriza and other co-investors. Scott Guan is ‘a true dealmaker for cross-border and cross-cultural transactions who is able to ensure that any challenges are eliminated’. Additionally, Evan Sun is ‘an outstanding negotiator’ and Wantao Yang, Audry Li, Lefan Gong and Yun Zhou are also key figures.

Beijing-based Jinrong Liu and Hai Huang head the substantial team at Global Law Office, which includes Alan Zhou, Michael Yu and Yu Zhang. The team acts for multinational and domestic clients in matters such as large cross-border M&A, the establishment of joint ventures and private equity investments. Liu was part of the team that assisted ChemChina with using its subsidiary, Sanonda, to acquire ADAMA Agricultural Solutions. Another highlight included advising Guangdong Electronics Information Industrial on its RMB2.6bn acquisition of Foshan Electrical and Lighting. Other clients include Novartis, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Samsung and CARsgen Therapeutics.

Haiwen & Partners is expert in handling large-scale domestic and cross-border M&A. Weibo Jiang is ‘an excellent corporate lawyer and a great negotiator’ and Fei He is also ‘a brilliant lawyer’. Clients include Sinopec, China Mobile and Goldman Sachs.

Han Kun Law Offices is ‘able to draw up a strategic, multidisciplinary team to give its client rounded, tailored advice’. In September 2015, the team expanded substantially in Shanghai by recruiting a number of partners, including the highly regarded David Tang. The group acts for domestic and multinational clients in their PRC and cross-border equity and asset acquisitions. The team once again demonstrated its strength in the TMT sector, acting on transactions for clients such as Baidu, Tencent, Didi Kuaidi and PPTV. Dafei Chen handled Meituan.com’s high-profile merger with Dianping.com, a combination of two of the largest TMT sector companies in China which created the leading O2O platform in the market. Yijun Chao acted for Warburg Pincus and a number of other investors in their investment in UCAR Technology’s $860m series A and B financing. Charles Li is ‘technically astute’.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal has a prominent client base which features large SOEs, private companies and multinationals, including Bombardier, China Life Insurance (Group) and TCL. The team recently assisted Citygroup in connection with the $3.55bn sale of its stake in Guangfa Bank to China Life Insurance and advised ACE on the Chinese regulatory aspects of its global acquisition of Chubb. Annie Wu and Lan Lan lead its outbound and inbound M&A groups, respectively. Xiaodong Zheng, Ketong Shi and Mingkai Wang are also highly recommended.

Jingtian & Gongcheng attracts big-ticket transactions from a broad range of listed companies. Qingjie Wang led a team which advised on aspects of the complex merger between China CNR and China CSR. In another highlight, Guanchun Dai assisted Wanda Cinemas with the asset restructuring aspects of its acquisition of Hoyts Group and acted for the same client on its RMB2bn acquisition of China Movie Media Group and Shimao City Cineplex. Wei Bai, Xiang Gao, Zhiqiang Zhang and Zejia Chen are also key contacts.

Allbright Law Offices handles foreign direct investments, acquisitions and general corporate matters. Victor Wang and Ark Bao’s team also have been assisting domestic clients in big-ticket outbound transactions. Clients include Sinopec, Shanghai Lingguang Industry, Shanghai Feilo Acoustics, and Wintime Energy.

Commerce & Finance Law Office is singled out for its strong experience acting for listed companies in corporate finance and M&A transactions. In 2015, Gang Wu assisted a large SOE, China Tower, in its RMB230bn acquisition of China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Xiaoman Zhang, Meng Zhang and Yi Zheng are also recommended.

Zhenwu Huang and Zeng Wang at DeHeng Law Offices handle a large amount of domestic M&A, while the practice also regularly acts for SOEs and state-backed investment funds during cross-border acquisitions, as well as private equity and venture capital deals. Chen Bo is a key figure for matters concerning fund formation and private equity buyouts. Managing partner David Chen is another name to note.

Dentons China is a popular choice for cross-border M&A and its client roster features a number of large SOEs. Recent work includes advising a distressed SOE on debt restructuring and employment issues and acting for Geo-Jade Petroleum on the acquisition of Bankers Petroleum. Daniel Wei is now the key contact following the departure of Mitch Dudek and Todd Liao to Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in September 2016.

Grandall Law Firm has a traditional domestic client roster but it is increasingly attracting multinational clients. A team, led by Jianjun Guan and Ming Wu, assisted Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Development to acquire an 81% equity stake in Keystone Lodging. In another highlight, Xiaoliang Wu acted for Shanghai Oriental Pearl during its acquisition by BesTV New Media. Managing partner Weidong Wang and Xiaoyi Feng have strong experience in the energy, power and infrastructure sectors.

Guantao Law Firm advises a number of large SOEs and private companies, including State Development & Investment, Core Capital Management, TravelSky Technology and Hutchison Harbour Ring. Pengpeng Yan acted for China Mobile Games and Entertainment on its privatisation and de-listing from Nasdaq following its acquisition by a consortium and Henry Hong assisted Joincare Pharmaceutical Group Industrial with its subscription of $30m series D shares in Apricot Forest through its wholly owned subsidiary, Tiancheng Industrial. Shaosong Sun, Yang Wang and Rong Liu are also highly recommended.

Llinks Law Offices’ ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team has particular expertise in the TMT and real estate sectors. David Yu acts for large financial institutions and domestic companies on M&A and other transactions, where clients include Morgan Stanley, Warburg Pincus, China Resources and Capital Today. Selena She assisted Summitview Capital with its $700m acquisition of Integrated Silicon Solution. The team also includes Wayne Chen and Calista Huang.

Tian Yuan Law Firm stands out for its equity purchase experience and has a broad client roster, which features hi-tech corporates, real estate developers and financial institutions. Xiaohui Zhu advised China’s Integrated Circuit Fund and National Council for Social Security Fund on a number of investments. Aihua Xiao is ‘a pleasure to work with’.

Anjie Law Firm regularly handles cross-border transactions and is particularly active in the insurance and TMT sectors. In 2015, Xilin Zheng assisted China United Network Communications with the sale of all its related assets to China Tower Company. Antitrust specialist Hao Zhan, Michael Gu and Yu He are other names to note.

Broad & Bright fields a number of highly regarded practitioners: David Wang is ‘an excellent counsel who helps to navigate the sometimes difficult coasts of Chinese Law’; Jun Ji is praised for his ‘powerful and customer-oriented service’; Libin Zhang has ‘excellent energy sector knowledge’; and Roland Sun is ‘a strong rising star’. Recent instructions include divestment and Sino-foreign joint venture.

EY Chen & Co. Law Firm’s recent highlights include advising CTS International on its asset restructuring following its purchase of China Special Article Logistics. John Jiang, Simon Chen and Zhong Lin are the main contacts.

East & Concord Partners advises on the full range of corporate transactions, including equity transfers and management buyouts. Clients include China LotSynergy, State Development & Investment, China Aviation Supplies and Maxim Capital. Cindy Hu, Zhifang Lu and Yi Yao are the main contacts.

R&P China Lawyers focuses on advising foreign medium-sized private companies and small-to-mid-sized multinationals on their Chinese investments and cross-border deals. Maarten Roos assisted with the sale of a multimedia business unit to a private equity buyer and the establishment of a new company under the private equity structure. Robin Tabbers and Rogier van Bijnen are also key names to note.

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