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Fangda Partners has one of the largest dispute resolution practices in the market and is highly experienced in litigation in Chinese courts and arbitrations in the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and other tribunals. The team also has a contentious regulatory and corporate compliance group, which represents clients in internal and regulatory investigations in mainland China and Hong Kong. The team recently handled a dispute arising out of the control of a joint venture; assisted a medical devices company with an internal fraud investigation; and acted for a US technology company in a shareholder dispute brought by its joint venture partner before the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court. The highly regarded Benjamin Miao specialises in China-related commercial disputes, and assists multinational and domestic clients in corporate governance, asset recovery, regulatory investigations, employment matters and arbitrations. Nuo Ji excels in corporate governance and crisis management, and Helen Shi handles commercial and construction disputes. Anti-corruption specialist Melody Wang ‘gives practical and commercially minded advice’.

King & Wood Mallesons’ ‘well-resourced and commercial’ team has an impressive track record handling high-stakes multi-jurisdictional disputes. In illustration of this, it represented clients in United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration proceedings and Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHIAC) arbitration proceedings, acted for a Hong Kong subsidiary of a Chinese SOE in an arbitration in London concerning international sale of goods contract disputes, and assisted a Chinese SOE in ICC arbitrations pertaining to an overseas construction project. Other clients include Hyundai Insurance (China), China Calxon Group, CHTC Helon and Benxi Iron and Steel (Group) International Economic and Trading. The team is led by litigator Tao Huang; it also includes Feng Gao, who specialises in cross-border dispute resolution; Shouzhi Zhang, who handles disputes relating to cross-border trade and investment, product liability and intellectual property; Baosheng Zhang, who specialises in capital markets dispute resolution; and Lingyun Liu, who focuses on domestic civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as criminal and administrative proceedings. Shenzhen-based Ariel Ye is ‘one of the few go-to people to go to for bet-the-company cases in China’ and has experience in handling cases before CIETAC, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and ICC. Cross-border commercial dispute resolution specialist Shining Guo is ‘mature beyond her years’.

Zhong Lun Law Firm is, according to one client, ‘some distance ahead of the competition’. It has ‘an absolutely first-class dispute resolution and arbitration group’ and fields a team of ‘seriously thoughtful and intelligent practitioners’, who provide ‘an incredibly responsive service’. It is recommended for real estate, construction and a broad range of commercial disputes. Recent highlights include representing Shanghai Hu Xin Real Estate Development in litigation against Shanghai Zhao Feng Investment concerning a leasing contract dispute, and acting for Shanghai Heavy Machinery Plant in litigation against Germany Bright regarding a contractual dispute pertaining to the international sale of goods. The ‘highly experiencedDecai Zhangplaces business issues at the heart of his advice’; Lijun Cao is ‘one of the giants of international arbitration in China’ and is regarded as a ‘sophisticated operator’; Wei Bao is a key name to note for real estate and commercial disputes; and counsel Huawei Sun is ‘brilliantly intelligent’.

Commerce & Finance Law Office is singled out for its ‘quick responses’, ‘clear, practical and to-the-point advice’, and ‘great value for money’. The team has notable experience in litigation, with particular strength in equity transfer and contractual disputes, and IP infringement proceedings. Its client list includes domestic and foreign clients from a wide spectrum of industries. The 12-partner team is jointly led by Hongji Li and Jialu Wang, and also includes Qiang Cui, who excels in both litigation and arbitration, and stands out for his ‘clear thinking, excellent communication skills and energetic approach’. The team successfully defended CapitaLand in an alleged breach and subsequent termination of contract dispute, and handled a series of shareholder disputes.

Global Law Office’s ‘solid’ dispute resolution practice saw the arrival of hospitality expert Jason Wang and antitrust and compliance specialist Qing Ren in 2016; the duo joined from Zhong Lun Law Firm. The group has a well-established international arbitration practice, which is coupled with a strong commercial litigation offering. The team defended a US biotech company in CIETAC arbitration, filed by a large SOE, regarding the quality of an imported product; and acted for a real estate company in a series of SHIAC arbitration proceedings, against a Chinese subsidiary of a multinational company, pertaining to the design and construction of a manufacturing facility. Practice heads Yifeng Gao and Xiusong Xing focus on international arbitration, while Zhao Li specialises in both commercial litigation and arbitration. Xueyan Zhang is a key name to note for alternative dispute resolution, and particularly for commercial disputes relating to corporate investment, restructuring, liquidation and bankruptcy.

Dispute resolution boutique Huizhong Law Firm is a popular choice for high-profile domestic and international cases, and handles an impressive flow of litigation, international arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and enforcement matters. The team saw the arrival of Hong Jiang, who has notable experience in CIETAC arbitration, and former Supreme People’s Court judge Qiu Ming in 2016. Shortly after, senior counsels Jing Liu and Yvonne Percival joined the firm in 2017. Managing partner Ning Fei is ‘practically unrivalled in terms of his international arbitration experience’, and is ‘incredibly resilient and hardworking’. Chao Yang is ‘sharp and creative’, the ‘responsive’ Jingjing Chen excels in contentious labour matters, as well as disputes arising from international sales of goods and product liability, and Xueyu Yang focuses on commercial international arbitration and litigation. Work highlights for the firm included successfully handling an IP case on behalf of a global biotech company concerning the validity of a patent, handling a $1.2bn real estate dispute involving multiple parties, various jurisdictions and over 50 parallel proceedings, and acting for a US private equity firm in a $300m CIETAC dispute relating to the acquisition of shares in a restaurant chain.

Jingtian & Gongcheng is a popular choice for multinational companies and private funds, which the 20-partner team represents in high-value cases. It is handling an increasing number of intellectual property and unfair competition disputes, international arbitrations, and insolvency and liquidation proceedings. With regards to the former, the highly regarded Xuejun Peng and the ‘tenacious’ Ke Hu handled Hang Seng Bank’s trade mark infringement and unfair competition case against Hengsheng Fortune Bank, obtaining an injunctive order. Chungang Dong is highly recommended for commercial litigation and arbitration, and recently represented an SOE in a €20m ICC arbitration regarding contractual disputes, acted for a French company in a CIETAC arbitration concerning the validity of a long-term supply contract, and successfully represented a Hong Kong company in administrative litigation against a Chinese local government. Litigator Bangwei Xu, Shenzhen-based arbitrator Sanqiao Xu, bankruptcy and liquidation specialist Ming Yang, Bangwei Xu, who specialises in intellectual property disputes and the disposal of non-performing assets, and the ‘detail-oriented’ Xiaolu Lin are the main contacts.

The dispute resolution group at JunHe LLP handles commercial litigation, arbitration, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and bribery investigations, internal investigations and bankruptcy matters. It represented Shenzhen Zhenai Network Information Technology in a retrial of a trade mark infringement case between the client and Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation and the respondent Jin A’Huan. It also defended a Chinese petroleum company in high-stakes arbitration brought by a UK company regarding two oil fields, and represented a number of domestic clients in construction, breach of purchase contract and joint venture contract disputes. Shanghai-based Zhenyong Ye is recommended for overseas-related dispute resolution, cross-border enforcement and crisis management issues; Beijing-based Weining Zou has experience in compliance investigations, white-collar crime and FCPA issues as well as international trade disputes; and Honghuan Liu is highly recommended for intellectual property and product liability litigation. Qing Di and Weiwei Yao are also recommended.

Beijing-based commercial dispute resolution boutique Tiantong & Partners Law Firm receives instructions from a broad international and domestic client base in complex and often cross-border cases. Its client list features Fortune 500 financial institutions, state-owned commercial banks and well-known corporates. The team has notable experience and an impressive track record handling appeal and retrial cases before the Supreme People’s Court and regularly acts as either PRC counsel or co-counsel in foreign or multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Managing partner Yong Jiang, Yaoquan Chen, Qing Peng and Feng Wang are names to note.

AllBright Law Offices handles complex litigation and arbitration for a range of SOEs as well as large domestic securities companies. Jiong Liu represented Abbott Laboratories Trading (Shanghai) in an antitrust follow-on claim brought by a private Chinese individual over alleged resale price maintenance, represented a French pharmaceutical company in a joint venture dispute against a Chinese company, and acted for a German manufacturer of exhibition equipment in an international trade dispute against a Shanghai-based company. Rui Guo’s recent work includes advising Beijing New Century Mingdu Hotel Management on the enforcement of arbitration award arising from a dispute with Beijing Tianfeng Real Estate Development.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal regularly represents domestic and foreign clients in proceedings before CIETAC and other major international arbitration institutions. Its workload includes a mix of intellectual property, real estate and construction, international trade and commercial disputes. In 2016, Shanghai-based Ping Zhao represented Ningbo Huaxiang Electronic in an arbitration before the SHIAC against Grupo Antolin regarding the latter’s breach of a joint venture contract. Wei Yuan specialises in civil litigation and arbitration as well as crime-related matters, while IP litigator Yong Wang and international trade specialist Jinquan Zhou are also names to note.

AnJie Law Firm’s department is singled out for its ‘prompt responses’, ‘strong business knowledge’, and ‘excellent advice’. The team has ‘strength in IP litigation’ and represented a well-known fashion brand in a trade mark infringement and unfair competition case against a Chinese company. Other highlights include assisting a Sino-foreign joint venture with a series of criminal, administrative and civil proceedings relating to trade secret infringement by a Chinese company, and representing a Hong Kong-based private company in ICC arbitration proceedings regarding a dispute arising from a joint venture agreement. Arthur Dong has ‘accurate business sense and provides penetrating legal analyses’ in a ‘firm and pragmatic fashion’.

DaHui Lawyers’ five-partner team handles complex commercial litigation and arbitration cases in courts at various levels and in multiple jurisdictions; particular expertise includes employment disputes, commercial matters and intellectual property cases. Xing Wan successfully represented a subsidiary of WorldQuant in a labour dispute against an employee regarding a breach of contract, and defended Wuhan Kangheng Real Estate Development in a construction contract dispute brought by a contractor. Another highlight saw Owen Yang representing a Hong Kong-listed company in a series of disputes concerning creditor’s rights; the claim amount exceeded RMB300m. The ‘responsive’ Arthur Ma is ‘commercially savvy’ and ‘definitely going places’.

DeHeng Law Offices has particular expertise in civil and commercial litigation, and handles a steady stream of construction, intellectual property and employment disputes. Guifang Li and Zhaofeng Wang are names to note.

Dentons China handles a range of commercial disputes, including contractual, shareholder and share transfer matters, intellectual property infringement, and matrimonial finance and probate issues. Recent highlights include acting for a foreign-invested company in a joint venture dispute and representing a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company in arbitration proceedings regarding an end-user license agreement. Jiangtao Ma is the key contact.

Guantao Law Firm is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, and has a solid track record representing corporations and government departments in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings. In 2016, Weiguo Yang represented an investment company in a multi-jurisdictional contractual dispute against a biopharmaceutical company and handled a cross-border unfair competition dispute; and Wuping Tao handled a RMB300m power plant construction contract dispute. Practice head Shaosong Sun and Shanghai office managing partner Leiming Sheng are also recommended.

Llinks Law Offices acts for Chinese and foreign companies in civil and commercial disputes. Litigator Peiming Yang recently defended Shuangliang Eco-energy Systems in an international trade contract dispute brought by Calorifer regarding alleged delayed delivery and defective and damaged goods, and acted for Shanghai Jia Hong Real Estate in a construction dispute against Hua Zhong Real Estate. Jiangsu Youli Investment, Television Broadcasts China (TVBC) and Shen Zhen Rongtong Capital Management are also clients.

The lawyers at Tian Yuan Law Firm are able to provide ‘the best solution in a timely fashion’, and are recommended for their ‘rigorous legal thinking’ and ‘commercially minded and tailored advice’. The team has notable expertise in real estate, finance and IP litigation. The ‘highly experienced’ Zhuo Chen recently represented Zunhua Hengwei Mining in a RMB860m private lending dispute against a real estate development company, and handled a series of stock equity and equity repurchase arbitrations. Wei Li is ‘responsive and hardworking’, and Mingxu Yu and Wenjie Gao are also recommended.

Duan & Duan Law Firm handles a steady flow of arbitration and litigation. Recent instructions include handling an ICC arbitration relating to an international sale contract dispute and an equity ownership dispute at Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court. Oscar Chen is recommended for international arbitration and acts for SOEs and private companies in commercial disputes. Lei Xiang is also a name to note.

At East & Concord Partners, Jiangning Zhao defended Alstom Hydro China against a high-profile product liability claim brought by Qinghai Sanjiang Hydropower Development, while Qi Zhou handled a dispute between joint venture parties. Clients include China Galaxy Securities, General Electric, Toshiba and Tibet Electric Power (a subsidiary of State Grid).

Grandall Law Firm’s client roster features a number of listed companies, which the team represents in intellectual property litigation, commercial disputes and securities misrepresentation cases. Jingze Sun specialises in civil and commercial litigation and the disposal of non-performing assets, and successfully acted for a steel trading company in a contractual dispute against three companies before Shanghai Higher People’s Court. Clients of the firm include Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, East Money Information, Skin Food, China Great Wall Asset Management and Shanghai Electric.

Hylands Law Firm specialises in civil and commercial cases in the real estate, construction and financial services sectors, where it acts for a range of financial institutions and household-name domestic and foreign clients. Among its recent caseload, the firm handled a sale contract dispute and represented a well-known individual in a high-profile defamation case. Practice head Hong Liu, Wenting Li and Yu Xu are the main contacts.

Sichuan-based Tahota Law Firm has a strong practice representing major Chinese and multinational companies in financial litigation. Recent work saw Bin Cai representing Silver River Company in a high-profile equity dispute against Shenzhen Great Wall Investment; Zhengping Xu acting for a state-owned company in an asset management dispute; and Yingmei Han handling a loan dispute for a financial institution.

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