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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.
FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The firm is a dynamic boutique law firm, and basically works for foreign interests in China. Established in 2007, the firm currently has 20 professionals, who are able to work on the most comprehensive commercial disputes and IP related matters. The firm provides a full range of legal services for large multinational companies, as well as individuals. The firm endeavors to provide high quality services and practical solutions to its clients through the close cooperation among its lawyers and professionals with diversity expertise.
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’.