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Fangda Partners’ ‘outstanding’ practice handles the full range of corporate and commercial transactions for a diverse array of clients. It has notable strength in M&A and its work in this space saw Jonathan Zhou and Leo Lou advising Baoshan Iron and Steel Company on the merger with Wuhan Iron and Steel Company, creating China’s biggest steelmaker; Michael Han and Peng Tan advising Xiaoju Kuaizhi on its $7bn acquisition of Uber (China); and Jeffrey Ding and Diana Xue handling China National Chemical Corporation’s $43bn purchase of Syngenta. The team has been particularly active in the TMT sector; recent highlights include its advice to Alibaba Group on its complete takeover of Youku Tudou, and acting for China Music Corporation on its merger with Tencent’s QQ music business. Chuanjie Zhou, Norman Zhong and Michael Qi are also recommended.

JunHe LLP fields a number of highly regarded practitioners who regularly handle big-ticket cross-border M&A transactions, particularly joint ventures, foreign direct investments and divestments. Highlights included assisting CITIC and its subsidiaries with the transfer of RMB31bn equity interests to China Overseas Land & Development, assisting Dynamic Ever Investment and Fujian Petrochemical Company with their RMB34.5bn joint venture of Fujian Gulei Petrochemical, and acting for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation on an asset and business restructuring relating to the Sichuan-East China natural gas transmission pipeline project. The 59-partner team is jointly headed by Shanghai-based Joe Chen and Beijing-based Henry Shi. Other key names include M&A expert Wei Xiao, who is recommended for share acquisitions and compliance matters; the well-regarded Adam Li, who focuses on M&A, joint ventures and IPO transactions; private equity specialist Binxue Sang, who advises multinational on cross-border transactions; and Kirk Tong, who has particular experience in foreign direct investment, capital markets and antitrust matters. Hongli Mastands out’ and Ran Ju is also recommended.

King & Wood Mallesons is well positioned to act for a mix of multinational and domestic clients on complex M&A and joint venture mandates. Leveraging its global footprint, the team is regularly instructed on cross-border transactions for clients in the energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and financial services sectors. Recent highlights include successfully advising Apex Technology as the lead investor on the $4bn acquisition of Lexmark International, assisting Bank of China with its disposal of Nanyang Commercial Bank, acting for a consortium of leading Chinese companies and institutional investors on their £2.4bn investment in data centre company Global Switch, and handling Qingdao Haier’s asset purchase of GE’s appliances business. The sizeable team is led by the highly regarded Ping Xu and has been further strengthened by the recent arrival of Kaichang Yong from Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office, Xiaoyang Li from JunHe LLP and Conghua Jiang from AllBright Law Offices. Other names to note include Harry Du, who is prominent in the commercial real estate and infrastructure sectors, Kaiding Wang, who focuses on corporate governance and cross-border M&A transactions, and Yi Zhang, who specialises in corporate restructuring, M&A and outbound investments by Chinese companies.

Zhong Lun Law Firm’s team stand out for its capacity to handle high-profile cross-border M&A transactions. As evidence of this, the group advised Khazanah Nasional Berhad (as one of the investors) on the restructuring and financing of Cainiao Logistics (an affiliate of Alibaba Group), handled I Squired Capital’s acquisition of four state-owned new energy companies, and assisted Komatsu with a $2.8bn-plus multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Joy Global, which included handling the merger filing before China’s Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM). The team is a popular choice for clients in the TMT space, which it regularly advises on transactions and regulatory issues; clients include Jiayuan.com International, Booking.com, Kingsoft Cloud and Tencent. Anthony Zhao is recommended for large private equity and venture capital investments, M&A transactions, corporate finance and restructurings, with particular expertise advising on cross-border transactions combining both offshore and onshore structures; Audry Li focuses on advising multinational companies on cross-border transactions as well as handling compliance issues; Scott Guan’s client base spans a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, chemical products, technology, retail and natural resources; and Yun Zhou is particularly active in the real estate sector and is recommended for M&A, private equity and investment funds transactions. Cindy Guo, Yinzi Hu - Haoze Li and Bijun Huang are also names to note.

Global Law Office has an outstanding record in onshore and offshore M&A transactions, where it acts for a client base that includes a mix of domestic and overseas listed companies, SOEs and financial institutions. In 2016, Jinrong Liu and Alex Liu advised Hubei Sanonda on its RMB18.4bn-plus purchase of ADAMA Agricultural Solutions. Highlights for Huawei Lin included handling Cindat Capital and Union Life Insurance’s joint investment in a Welltower portfolio of real estate assets, assisting Primavera Capital with its acquisition of Kerr Investment Holding, and advising Blackstone on its $15bn acquisition of GLP. Miller Wang, Shanghai-based Yu Zhang and pharmaceuticals sector specialist Alan Zhou are also recommended.

Han Kun Law Offices has a leading presence in the TMT sector, where the team receives a steady flow of instructions from a range of industry players. For example, it advised Uber (China) on its $35bn merger with Didi Chuxing, acted for iDreamSky Technology during its take-private transaction and delisting from NASDAQ, and assisted Tujia.com, China’s largest B2C sharing accommodation platform, with its acquisition of short-term rental website Mayi.com. Other highlights include assisting Karl Lagerfeld with the sale of its China business, advising Taikang Insurance Group on its investment in IHH Healthcare’s China business, and acting for Berjaya (China) Great Mall on its sale of the construction project of Berjaya (China) Great Mall Recreation Centre to Beijing SkyOcean International. Chaoying Li splits his time between the firm’s Beijing and Shenzhen offices, while Dafei Chen operates from Beijing and Hong Kong. David Tang focuses on corporate compliance, foreign direct investment and cross-border M&A, and ‘corporate star’ Bing Xue specialises in venture capital, private equity and M&A transactions.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal has an impressive record handling PRC inbound deals, outbound public M&A, and take-private transactions, where it advises international financial institutions, institutional investors, private equity and venture capital firms, private PRC companies and SOEs. The team handles a large number of overseas M&A mandates involving developing regions as a result of the One Belt One road initiative, and its established Japan desk advises well-known technology companies on compliance, M&A and international trade matters. Insurance specialist Lan Lan, public M&A expert Xiaodong Zheng, Ketong Shi, who specialises in M&A and restructuring mandates, and the ‘highly responsive and thorough’ Annie Wu, who focuses on outbound investment, are the practice heads. Lan and George Yu advised Citigroup, as local counsel on its $3bn sale of its minority stake in China Guangfa Bank to China Life Insurance. Stephen Jun is highly recommended for his work in the real estate, natural resources and energy sphere; he acted for Sunac China during its $670m acquisition of seven properties held by Top Spring International. Other clients include GE (China), Zhejiang Xianju Junye Pharmaceutical, China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation and Hyosung Corporation. Associate Jiangxia Lu is also highly regarded. Wei He was promoted to partner in 2017.

Leveraging its solid record in the IPO and capital markets space, Jingtian & Gongcheng regularly advises a large number of listed companies on M&A transactions. It handled China Overseas’ RMB41bn acquisition of the residential business of CITIC Real Estate, which included advising on the antitrust aspects of the deal. Other highlights included assisting Suning Holdings Group with its $290m acquisition of majority shares of FC Internazionale Milano, acting for Kunming Shenghuo Pharmaceutical Group during the sale to Shenzhen-listed company China Resources Sanjiu Medical & Pharmaceutical, and assisting Wanda Cinema Line with the acquisition of marketing specialist Propaganda GEM. Wei Bai specialises in restructuring and M&A transactions, Guanchun Dai excels in high-value outbound transactions, Xiang Gao specialises in security compliance and corporate restructuring matters, and Shanghai-based Zejia Chen is also noted.

Tian Yuan Law Firm is a popular choice for major SOEs, foreign investors, financial institutions and a large number of listed companies. A team, led by Haijiang Li, Han Li and Tao Wang, advised Puxin Education on the £62m purchase of Pearson’s language training subsidiary Global Education. Other clients include Yunda Express, Beijing Jingneng Power, Luuenmei Quantum and China Yangtze Power.Yanling Ren focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A and franchising issues, and managing partner Xiaohui Zhu specialises in capital markets and M&A transactions. Yu Piao, Guanxiong Wu and Aihua Xiao are also key contacts.

Allbright Law Offices is experienced in advising domestic and foreign clients on acquisitions, foreign direct investments and general corporate matters. Recent instructions include establishing a Sino-foreign joint venture company, handling a corporate restructuring and advising on cross-border acquisitions. Practice head Victor Wang is highly recommended for his experience in private equity, M&A and venture capital transactions. Capital markets specialists Guoquan Shen, Philip Zhang and Ark Bao are also recommended.

Commerce & Finance Law Office handles the full range of M&A and corporate transactions with particular strength in inbound mandates. Its client list includes investment banks, financial advisers and various well-known companies. It advised China International Corporation, the financial adviser of Baosteel, on the latter’s merger with Wisco, and assisted Phoenix Healthcare with its acquisition of a subsidiary of CR Healthcare. Xiaoman Zhang, Jian Zhang and Gang Wu are the main contacts.

DeHeng Law Offices has an impressive record acting for SOEs and state-backed investment funds, and is increasingly handling inbound M&A and green field investments. Clients include Beijing E-Town International Investment & Development, CITIC Guoan Group and Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties. In 2016, managing partner David Chen served as lead counsel to China Gold International Resources on its acquisition of a Russian gold mine, and assisted state-owned investment firm Beijing Jianguang Asset Management with the multibillion-dollar acquisition of NXP Semiconductors’ standard products unit. Shanghai-based Yanan Zhao has a solid record handling domestic M&A, notably in the real estate sector. Yuan Wang joined from Chiomenti Studio Legale in 2017.

Grandall Law Firm is a popular choice for domestic clients, which it advises on corporate restructurings and M&A transactions. In 2016, Charles Guan assisted a Chinese consortium, led by Giant Investment (HK), with acquiring social gaming platform Playtika Holding from Caesars Interactive Entertainment for $4.4bn in an all-cash deal. Henry Huang’s recent highlights include advising OmniVision Technologies on the $1.9bn acquisition by a Chinese PE consortium consisting of PRC Venture Partners, CITIC Capital and Golden Stone Investment. Chun Li excels in cross-border agriculture investment, and counts Beidahuang Group, Xinjiang Production and Construction and Hainan State Farms as clients. Xiaoliang Wu has notable experience advising A-share listed companies on corporate restructurings, and Paula Yu handles general corporate transactions and foreign direct investment.

Guantao Law Firm handles inbound and outbound M&A transactions for multinational corporations and leading domestic clients. Recent highlights include advising China Life Investment Holding Company on its $600m investment in Didi Chuxing and acting as the PRC counsel for Gome Holdings on its transfer of equity interest in Gome Xinda Commercial Factoring to Sino Credit Holdings. The team is jointly headed by Beijing-based Dongying Sun and Bo Su, and also includes Henry Hong who has considerable expertise in capital markets, corporate restructuring and private equity investment transactions.

Haiwen & Partners is a popular choice for big-ticket domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, including acquisitions of material assets, stock purchases, restructurings and joint ventures. Clients include China Huarong Asset Management, China International Capital Corporation and China Minmentals. Key names to note include Weibo Jiang, Fei He, and Xiajun Fang, who joined the Shanghai office from JunHe in 2017.

Shanghai-based Llinks Law Offices’ client roster features a number of private equity funds and domestic clients from a broad spectrum of industries. In 2016, Leo Wang advised Jiangsu Shuangliang Technology on the RMB3.2bn-plus sale of the controlling interest in Jiangsu Youli Investment, while Wayne Chen and Selena She advised A-share listed SOE Sinochem International on its high-profile merger with Halcyon Agri, creating the world’s largest natural rubber supply chain manager. David Yu’s client list includes large financial institutions and domestic companies, and recent instructions include establishing a joint venture company and handling cross-border acquisitions.

Anjie Law Firm expanded its corporate offering in southern China when it established a Shenzhen office with the hire of managing partner Catherine Guo, cross-border M&A specialist Ju Qiu and Huaming Yu, who joined from Zhong Lun Law Firm in 2016. Guo led a team that assisted state-owned investment firm Avic Capital with its $8.6bn joint venture acquisition of Finnish game developer Supercell and acted for Avic Trust during its acquisition of ARA Asset Management. Beijing-based Yu He also handles corporate governance issues.

Broad & Bright’s 15-partner team, which is jointly led by Shanghai-based David Wang and Beijing-based Hongchuan Liu, regularly advises on the establishment of foreign invested companies, asset restructurings, and acquisition and disposal matters. Recent highlights include advising a Finnish company on its divestment of shares in a Shanghai-based joint venture company, handling a multibillion-dollar going-private transaction, and acting for an automobile sector client on the formation of a joint venture in China.

At DaHui Lawyers, managing partner Richard Ma advised the PRC subsidiary of Messe München Group on its purchase of the majority share of a company that will run the Fenestration China show, and acted for the publicly listed Zhejiang Dragon Pipe Manufacturing on its RMB2.7bn acquisition of Beijing Muzhiwan Science and Technology and Sooying Science and Technology. Other clients include Comcast, Newegg, live broadcasting platform InKe and eLong. TMT sector specialist Brendon Wu is another name to note.

Dentons China’s team handles cross-border M&A transactions and regularly acts as local counsel on the China-related global deals. Recent highlights include advising Ingredion on acquiring all of the outstanding shares of TIC Gums and acting for a manufacturer during its investment in a solar-thermal power station project. Shanghai-based Nancy Sun has extensive experience advising clients on inbound and outbound transactions, Daniel Wei focuses on M&As as well as real estate and construction projects, and Beijing-based Xuefeng Peng is another name to note.

East & Concord Partners predominantly advises domestic clients on corporate transactions including M&A and establishing new companies. The group advised Homeinns Hotel Group on its $16bn merger with BTG Hotels Group (Cayman), a wholly-owned subsidiary of BTG Hotel Group (Hong Kong). Founding partner Yi Yao is recommended for assisting Chinese companies with outbound investments, Cindy Hu focuses on corporate restructurings and corporate finance transactions, and Zhifang Lu has notable experience advising foreign clients on a range of issues involving foreign direct investment, venture capital investment and private equity investment.

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