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Fangda Partners is experienced in handing a broad range of disputes, including litigation in Chinese courts and arbitration before China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and other arbitration settings. The team is well positioned to handle highly complex disputes arising from M&A, shareholdings and intellectual property. It is representing a multinational company in a series of disputes with its Chinese joint venture partner in relation to the control of the entity. Nuo Ji, Helen Shi, Benjamin Miao, Xiang Ji and Daniel Huang ‘stand out’ in the large team.
King & Wood Mallesons ‘remains at the top of its game’, particularly in the area of contract disputes, securities misrepresentation and cross-border disputes. Tao Huang heads the practice, which assisted a number of SOEs in construction disputes and sales contract litigation, while Lingyun Liu and Yaozhi Qian assisted a client in an equity and ownership rights dispute arising from a land development project. Baosheng Zhang has substantial experience in capital markets dispute resolution; Feng Gao, Wenjing Tian and Linda Liang are other names to note.
Zhong Lun Law Firm regularly handles domestic and international arbitration and litigation. Restructuring and insolvency expert Decai Zhang variously handled a shareholder dispute, contract litigation, a disputed insurance claim, and a cross-border construction case during 2015. Wei Bao is a key name to note for real estate, equity and restructuring disputes; Lijun Cao is recommended for international arbitration; and Wilson Huo represented a bank against an insurance company in a disputed insurance claim arising from an international sales of goods transaction and export financing.
Leveraging its strong capability in capital markets, Commerce & Finance Law Office has notable expertise in equity transfer disputes, patent infringement proceedings and contract disputes. Well-regarded litigator Hongji Li acted in a RMB500m breach of construction contract case and Zhong Cheng successfully represented Wanjia Asset Management in pursuing liabilities in a breach of warranty. IP litigator Jialu Wang and banking and finance specialist Saibo Jin are also names to note.
Global Law Office has an impressive track record representing clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including shipping, e-commerce and finance. The firm fields a number of highly regarded arbitrators, including Yifeng Gao, Xiusong Xing, Jingye Jiang and Liyun Kou; Jianwei Fang, who joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in July 2015, represented a subsidiary of a large SOE in a LNG project contractual dispute. Clients include Tianjin Guodian Shipping, Qunar.com, Standard Chartered and China Resources Power. Zhao Li and Meph Gui specialise in IP litigation.
Jingtian & Gongcheng handled a number of high-profile IP and unfair competition cases, as well as insolvency and liquidation proceedings. Clients include Bloomberg, Aluminium Corporation of China, CITIC and Mercuria Energy. Chungang Dong shows ‘effective communication and commercial acumen’, Sanqiao Xu is ‘hugely experienced in arbitration’, and Shiqi Sun provides ‘tailored advice’. IP litigator Ke Hu successfully acted for a financial institution in a trade mark infringement and unfair competition case.
JunHe LLP handled a number of defamation cases in 2015, including one in which Honghuan Liu represented Shell (China) in a complex case brought by its distributors. IP litigation is another particularly strong area for the practice, which represented Sogou Technology Development in a patent infringement dispute with Baidu.com.
Tiantong & Partners is a boutique which specialises in handling complex and domestic and international commercial disputes before the Intermediate, High and Supreme People’s Courts. The team handled a number of construction and real estate litigations, including related insolvency proceedings, land use and transfer cases, and partnership disputes. Managing partner Yong Jiang has ‘strategic insight’. Yaoquan Chen, Qing Peng and Feng Wang are also recommended.
AllBright Law Offices’ recent highlights include representing Shandong Chenming Paper in a number of disputes with Arjowiggins, including breach of the joint venture contract; the team also assisted Fosun International in a pre-emptive rights dispute. The team is also active in real estate, construction and IP litigation. John Liu, Lawrence Zhu and Rui Guo are the key names to note.
DeHeng Law Offices’ ‘fantastic dispute resolution practice’ handles civil and criminal litigation. Recent instructions include acting on accused corruption and embezzlement, trade mark infringement and employment disputes. Zhaofeng Wang is the main contact.
Dentons China ‘exhibits in-depth knowledge and expertise in dealing with all technical aspects of legal proceedings’, and has strong capability in litigation and international arbitration. Jiangtao Ma was part of a team which assisted China South Industries Group Finance in a set of high-value lending disputes. Gretchen Liu, Rina Dao and Yongrui Zhu are other names to note.
Established in 2013, dispute resolution boutique Huizhong Law Firm continues to strengthen its position in the market by acting for a broad range of clients in highly complex cases. Recent highlights include acting for the Chinese party in a Sino-foreign real estate joint venture in a CIETAC arbitration and defending a Chinese state-owned entity against allegations arising from a contract for the importation of soybeans. Ning Fei has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge’ and Xingguang Cao has ‘an excellent strategic approach’.
Jincheng Tongda & Neal has experience in a number of areas, including commercial, IP, construction and real estate disputes. Shanghai-based Ping Zhao handled an arbitration before Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHIAC) in relation to an alleged breach of a joint venture contract. IP partner Yong Wang acted for Beijing Qunar Information and Technology on its non-infringement of a domain name dispute with Shanghai Shebai Company.
AnJie Law Firm is praised for its ‘wealth of experience in IP, antitrust and insurance disputes’. Arthur Dong and antitrust specialist Hao Zhan handled a defence case against a group of Chinese companies in judicial court for anti-monopoly case regarding patent licensing issues. Dong also represented a Fortune 500 company with a series of criminal, administrative and civil proceedings in relation to trade secrets infringement. Honeywell International, Sinopec, Ping An Insurance (Group) Company and Beijing Huayan Cultural Investment are also clients.
Leveraging its traditional strength in capital markets, Grandall Law Firm regularly acts for a large number of listed companies in their disputes; representative clients include China Development Bank, Sinopec, China Life Insurance Company and Société Générale. Ningning Huang and Xuebin Chen are names to note.
Guantao Law Firm’s clients include National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Shanghai Harvest Pharmaceutical and China Life Insurance (Group) Company. In one recent highlight, the ‘pragmatic’ Weiguo Yang successfully acted for China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection and its subsidiary in arbitration proceedings before CIETAC. Shaosong Sun heads the practice.
Llinks Law Offices advises on civil and commercial disputes, and its recent instructions include disputes arising from licensing agreements, supply contracts and private equity investments transactions. Peiming Yang’s client roster features multinational companies, foreign invested enterprises, SOEs and domestic private companies. Tommy Xia and Charles Qin focus on representing financial institutions and asset management institutions in commercial disputes.
DaHui Lawyers handled a number of complex commercial litigation and arbitration cases concerning trade secret infringements, IP protection, labour law and commercial bribery. Xing Wan is the key figure along with ‘excellent arbitrator’ Arthur Ma, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in April 2015.
Founder Charles Duan at Duan & Duan Law Firm acts for Chinese companies in international litigation and arbitration. The team represents a large number of domestic and multinational clients from industries, including the energy, manufacturing, software, construction and real estate sectors.
At East & Concord Partners, Jiangning Zhao represented defendant Alstom Hydro China in a tort liability dispute. Other clients include Toshiba, China Galaxy Securities, General Electric and TEDA Investment. Qi Zhou is ‘a safe pair of hands’.
Run Ming Law Office’s strength lies in its experience representing foreign investors in contractual and IP disputes. Yadong Wang ‘gives strong advice’.
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Dispute resolution: foreign firms
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP史密夫斐尔律师事务所
Other recommended firms
- Bird & Bird 鸿鹄律师事务所
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- Latham & Watkins LLP 瑞生国际律师事务所
- Mannheimer Swartling 瑞典曼斯律师事务所
- Morrison & Foerster LLP 美富律师事务所
- Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP 奥睿律师事务所
- Proskauer Rose LLP 普洛思律师事务所
- Shearman & Sterling 谢尔曼·思特灵律师事务所
- Stephenson Harwood 罗夏信律师事务所
Vinson & Elkins LLP文森-艾尔斯律师事务所
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is ‘undoubtedly one of the best firms around for litigation and arbitration’. In addition to the practice’s specialist arbitration focus, it is highly experienced in complex, high-value litigation. Jessica Fei in Beijing is widely recognised as a go-to person for significant overseas arbitration for Chinese state-owned companies. In Hong Kong, key advisers include the ‘highly impressive and deeply experienced’ global head of disputes Justin D’Agostino and global corporate crime and investigations head Kyle Wombolt, as well as Gareth Thomas, who is ‘of the highest calibre – both knowledgeable and practical’; Simon Chapman, whose ‘experience in arbitration is impressive and he is also extremely quick at turning around documents’; and Julian Copeman. Former Shanghai office head Brenda Horrigan relocated to Australia.
At Baker McKenzie, Shanghai-based Simon Hui is recommended for commercial and insurance litigation while, in Beijing, recently promoted partner Vivian Wu focuses on anti-bribery and anti-competition matters and special counsel Shen Peng is experienced in FCPA investigations, commercial litigation and international arbitration. Michelle Gon joined MWE China Law Offices (Strategic Alliance with McDermott Will & Emery).
Jones Day’s practice frequently acts in matters relating to IP, antitrust and energy. Recent cases include defending Wuxi Hisky Medical Technologies in patent cases filed against it by a competitor in Europe. Shanghai-based Michael Vella and Jerry Ling are recommended along with Haifeng Huang, who divides his time between Hong Kong and Beijing, and Peter Wang, who works from Shanghai and Beijing.
DLA Piper’s ‘team provides an excellent service and very timely responses at competitive rates; it is also great for strategy’. Shanghai managing partner Roy Chan has considerable experience in insurance and commercial related disputes, and Hong Kong-based Asia dispute resolution head Satpal Gobindpuri acted for Watanmal Boolchand & Co in defending Hong Kong High Court proceedings over allegations of unpaid director-level salary and bonus.
Hogan Lovells International LLP is recommended for cross-border cases, including shareholder disputes, compliance investigations, complex commercial litigation, international arbitration and construction claims. The ‘determined and able’ Terence Wong, Eugene Chen, William (Skip) Fisher and Zhen (Katie) Feng are key names in Shanghai, as are Beijing-based Rae Yan and Deanna Wong, who splits her time between Hong Kong and Beijing.
In addition to Norton Rose Fulbright’s China-related arbitration work, construction cases, shipping claims and energy disputes, the practice also has strong insurance and IP case credentials. Recent highlights include representing Right Margin, a Chinachem Group company, in a contractual dispute. Camille Jojo is ‘an excellent adviser to have on your side of your table’ and heads the team, which includes Wynne Mok, Alfred Wu and Jim James, all based in Hong Kong. International arbitration expert James Rogers relocated to the London office.
In addition to assisting clients with disputes in the region, O’Melveny has extensive experience of representing Asian clients in international litigation and is particularly expert in defending US-listed Chinese companies in securities class actions in the US federal courts. Bingna Guo, who splits her time between Beijing and Shanghai, worked with colleagues in Los Angeles to successfully defeat motions for class certification in securities class actions. Denis Brock and Friven Yeoh are key figures in Hong Kong.
Pinsent Masons is recommended for its experience in large, complex international disputes, particularly within the construction, engineering, energy, insurance and technology industries; the practice is also noted for cases relating to infrastructure and other major projects. Shanghai-based head of the China practice Hew Kian Heong is well regarded, as are Beijing-based John Bishop, Helena Chen and Sam Boyling.
Allen & Overy LLP’s Jane Jiang leads the PRC litigation practice in the firm’s Beijing office; she has a strong focus on the financial services industry and its regulatory environment, and has led on various China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) investigations. The Hong Kong office, alongside London colleagues, acted for an international financial institution in a dispute arising from the close-out of FX currency option transactions and an associated guarantee. Simon Clarke is head of litigation in Hong Kong.
Clifford Chance LLP’s Asia litigation and dispute resolution head Matthew Newick, who splits his time between Hong Kong and London, specialises in commercial dispute resolution and regulatory enforcement, particularly in complex, cross-border disputes and financial services investigations. Cameron Hassall in Hong Kong is recommended for Asia-related international arbitration and litigation; he particularly stands out for cross-border investment, joint venture and shareholder disputes in the energy and infrastructure, private equity, aviation and banking and financial institution sectors.
Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘team is excellent; its quick responses and professional legal advice are of great help to clients and the charges are quite reasonable’. The practice has a large dispute resolution team in mainland China and is best known for its expertise in the insurance, infrastructure, maritime, aviation and trade and commodities sectors. In Shanghai, Asia managing director Ik Wei Chong is ‘diligent and reliable and has outstanding professional knowledge’; Andrew Rourke, who divides his time between Shanghai and Guildford in the UK, is ‘prompt and accurate, and he quickly figures out the key issues of cases’. Beijing managing partner Patrick Zheng specialises in international arbitration and China-related litigation (both onshore and offshore); together with the Hong Kong office, Zheng acted for Hua Xia, a mainland Chinese bank, in a letter of credit dispute with China Construction Bank; the matter included complex jurisdictional issues. Legal director Leslie Shen in Shanghai is also highly rated and the office welcomed Richard Bell, who relocated from the firm’s Abu Dhabi office.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s China dispute resolution practice regularly acts in significant commercial litigation, international arbitration, and contentious regulatory matters and investigations; it stands out for its cross-border and multi-jurisdictional expertise, with particular expertise in Asia/US and Asia/EU contentious issues. William Robinson heads the practice, in which other notable advisers include John Choong, Georgia Dawson and Tim Mak; all partners mentioned are based in Hong Kong.
In Sidley Austin LLP’s Beijing office, Henry Ding is recommended for US-related litigation. The Hong Kong team has been representing the PRC subsidiary of a NYSE-listed photovoltaic module manufacturer in a breach of contract case. Yuet Ming Tham is noted for cross-border compliance and investigations and dispute resolution; Alan Linning focuses on financial services regulatory matters, investigations and proceedings, as well as complex commercial litigation; and Alex Rovira is head of corporate reorganisation and bankruptcy. Former Hong Kong commercial litigation leader Charles Allen joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
At CMS, Nick Beckett in Beijing and Ulrike Glueck in Shanghai are key names; the former is noted for expertise in life sciences and IP litigation, while the latter is recommended for commercial disputes, particularly for clients from the automotive, chemicals, machinery and equipment sectors, as well as the manufacturing, public transport and utilities industries. Falk Lichtenstein in Beijing is a highly rated senior counsel. The firm relocated energy disputes expert Andrzej Blach from Warsaw to Beijing.
Dechert LLP’s Beijing managing partner Jingzhou Tao assists clients involved in PRC-related disputes and is well known for his extensive experience in international commercial arbitration; he has served as counsel and been appointed arbitrator in over 100 international arbitration cases. Associate Mariana Zhong has particular experience of enforcing foreign arbitral awards and judgments in the PRC, as well as recovery of foreign sovereign assets.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s Shanghai office has been busy representing Syngenta in multiple lawsuits which alleged that the client’s commercialisation of Viptera and its introduction into the corn supply caused China to reject all American corn shipments, thus depressing the price of corn in the US. Tiana Zhang advises clients during government investigations and in disputes, and has extensive experience in complex civil and commercial US litigation and cross-border cases. Jodi Wu concentrates her practice on white-collar criminal defence, government enforcement matters, and internal investigations; and Agnes Li is also recommended. All partners named are based in Shanghai.
Linklaters specialises in complex litigation cases and contentious regulatory investigations, frequently of a cross-border nature; the team’s client base includes global and regional financial institutions, investment banks, private banks, hedge funds and asset managers. In Hong Kong, Asia-wide head of dispute resolution Melvin Sng regularly advises global financial institutions and corporations on their most sensitive and complex disputes and regulatory investigations. Other key advisers include Gavin Lewis, Marc Harvey and recently promoted partner Justin Tang, all of whom practise from Hong Kong.
In Ropes & Gray LLP’s Shanghai office, Mimi Yang’s contentious work revolves around life sciences, technology and retail clients; Yang has substantial experience in anti-corruption and securities litigation, and regularly acts for Asia-based entities and Fortune 500 multinationals with Asian subsidiaries. Andrew Dale in Hong Kong is also highly rated.
Simmons & Simmons recently acted in several high-value outbound disputes for PRC energy and infrastructure corporations that led to international arbitrations, including investment treaty claims. Joseph Chu in Beijing acts in high-value, cross-border disputes and international arbitrations, and represents several PRC-based corporations in outbound disputes.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP recently hired Hong Kong-based Steve Kwok, a former resident legal adviser for the US Department of Justice at the US Embassy. The team is particularly well known for assisting Chinese clients with US securities cases. Hong Kong-based department head Rory McAlpine has been representing BYD Company (a Chinese manufacturer of automobiles and rechargeable batteries) and several of its subsidiaries in a long-running $700m dispute with Taiwan-based Foxconn in a case involving claims of breach of confidence, induced breaches of contractual and fiduciary duties, conspiracy, and breach of trust.