Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

China > Employment > Foreign firms > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings


Index of tables

  1. Employment: foreign firms
  2. Other recommended firms
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Foreign firms clients in China using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact


Baker McKenzie has a longstanding reputation as an eminent labour and employment law practice in China and Hong Kong, as well as covering related areas such as immigration, pensions, tax, investigations, disputes and data privacy. It recently acted for a major sports goods manufacturer in a mass employee strike at a Shanghai factory. Shanghai-based Zheng Lu was promoted to partner. Bofu An is a key special counsel in Beijing and Jonathan Isaacs, Paul Tan and Rowan McKenzie are the main names in Hong Kong.

Simmons & Simmons is highly recommended for its experience in complex, strategic employment matters and its client base includes international financial institutions, government agencies and multinational corporations. Hong Kong-based Fiona Loughrey heads the group, which also includes Sarah Berkeley, who is ‘highly efficient, provides outstanding levels of service and takes the time to know clients’, and who advises on structuring and operating incentive schemes, negotiated terminations, the employment aspects of investigations, and employment disputes. Shanghai-based Lesli Ligorner is also recommended.

DLA Piper acts on complex, cross-border employment matters for well-known multinationals, including handling high-profile employment disputes and investigations. Beijing-based Johnny Choi has covered matters involving the financial services, aviation, life sciences, technology and retail sectors. Shanghai-based associate Alan Wang is another experienced figure and Julia Gorham in Hong Kong is also highly rated.

Hogan Lovells International LLP recently acted for Citco Fund Services (USA) on the dissolution of its Shanghai subsidiary and the employment arrangements with its Shanghai employees. The team heads are Philip Cheng and Roy Zou in Shanghai and Beijing, respectively.

Pinsent Masons’ team ‘provides an excellent level of service that includes good response times and a solid knowledge of international companies in China’. The practice advises on employment contracts and compliance, social security, and layoffs or workforce restructuring, including negotiations with unions. The team also acts on the employment law aspects of M&A and disputes. Department head Helen Chang ‘identifies the right business and legal solutions, and gives excellent guidance on risks and appropriate mitigation methods’. Wei Liu is another key contact; other experienced practitioners include counsel William Qie, legal director Ginger Zhou and senior associate Gillian Miao. All named lawyers are based in Shanghai.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s team ‘gives solid, pragmatic advice at a reasonable rate’. Shanghai and Beijing-based Matthew Durham leads the firm’s China employment practice and is ‘an excellent lawyer who knows the Chinese corporate and employment environment well and provides a level of service that an international company expects’. His experience includes advising a Fortune 500 retailer on the closure and restructuring of its store operations in mainland China, a matter which involved layoffs of more than 1,000 employees.

At Clyde & Co LLP, Shanghai-based Carrie Yang represents clients such as financial services groups, global insurance and reinsurance companies, petrochemicals companies, medical groups and offshore airlines in employment-related work. Iris Duchetsmann left the firm.

Shanghai-based Kevin Jones heads Faegre Baker Daniels’ labour and employment practice in China; he has a particular focus on acquisition and reorganisation-related staffing issues, strategic advice and employee hiring or termination. He is also experienced in advising on company and compliance policies (including anti-corruption mandates), trade union issues and collective contracts and labour disputes. Associate Claire Zhao (also in Shanghai) is recommended for complex labour disputes, workforce reductions and employee transfers.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a solid reputation for employment disputes, but the team is also recommended for advisory and transactional employment work. Beijing-based Karen Ip recently advised on a number of employee transfer and termination matters. In Hong Kong, Gareth Thomas heads the Greater China employment practice; he has a particular focus on employment litigation. The key associates are Jasmine Chen and Doreen Yan in Shanghai and Beijing, respectively.

GC Powerlist -
China and Hong Kong

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in China

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • What is the relationship between PPP and concessions?

    From fledgling concessions to PPP that is sweeping the country today, there are two major sets of regulations to be followed: one being regulations for concessions led by the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the other the series of regulations for PPP led by the Ministry of Finance (“MoF”).  However, to date, there is still not one law that expressly defines the relationship between the two, resulting in much confusion and many impediments in practice.  The relationship between concessions and PPP is an issue currently desperately needing clarification.
  • Thought on Developing Convention on Enforceability of Settlement Agreements Reached Through Concilia

    The UN Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”) held its 47th session in New York on 7-18 July 2014 and the Author had the privilege of attending the conference at invitation of Mr. Yu Jianlong, President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (“APRAG”). During the conference, the U.S. Government submitted a proposal suggesting Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation) of UNCITRAL (“Working Group II”) to develop a multilateral convention with respect of the enforceability of international commercial settlement agreements reached through conciliation (“Enforceability Convention”) for the purpose of encouraging the use of conciliation in resolving international commercial disputes.  Read more
  • Impact of Article 43 of the Commercial Bank Law on PPP Projects

    With the widespread use of the PPP model in China, financing channels for PPP projects have also increasingly diversified.  Bank, trust, fund and insurance channels of capital have all rushed onto the stage of project financing. Subject to Article 43 of the Commercial Bank Law, banks, as the traditional big brother of financing, have always played the role of lender.  In practice, the opinions as to whether they can participate in the bidding on, and contributing capital to, PPP projects as private investors have been mixed.

    The current PPP tide in China driven by the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission witnesses the transformation and upgrading of large state-owned enterprises.  These enterprises that have traditionally only been familiar with bid invitation, bid submission, and construction, have started to have an impact on numerous new areas such as project proposal and planning, company establishment and acquisition, fund establishment and operation, etc.  Certain state-owned enterprises that got their starts fairly early have cultivated teams with extensive experience in investing, and certain enterprises that are just starting up are selecting young talent from various entities in all out effort to catch up.  Private enterprises also participate enthusiastically.
  • Transfer Pricing – New Risks in Declaring Price Impact of Special Relationship to China Customs

    China Customs recently requires that the importer or exporter of record declare the impact on the import or export price of its special relationship with the counterpart (“Price Impact”). Specifically the declaring party must state whether its special relationship, if any, would affect the transaction value or price as declared to the China Customs. Previously the special relationship was an item of declaration subsequent to a specific request from the Customs. However, the impact of the special relationship was not an item of declaration, and the declaration party even had a general defense right to disprove such Price Impact. The Price Impact, if any, has been a pre-condition for  the Customs not to accept the declared transfer price for the purpose of ascertaining dutiable price of a given import or export shipment, in which case, China Customs shall re-value the given shipment according to China customs valuation rules.
  • New China Customs Taxation Policy on Cross-Border B2C E-Commerce Imports

    The Ministry of Finance, General Administration of Customs and State Administration of Taxation of China jointly issued a circular (“Joint Circular ”) relating to the taxation policy on the cross-border e-commerce retailing imports, with effect as from April 8, 2016.
  • ICC and CIETAC Arbitration Practice Comparison - Case Study Note 1

    One of the most important negotiated points by parties in contract negotiations is the dispute resolution clause. If parties agree on arbitration, they often negotiate which arbitration institution or arbitration rules will apply in resolving potential disputes.
  • Interpretation of New Anti-monopoly Provisions in the Field of Intellectual Property Rights:

    Ren Qing and Wu Peng, Partners in Zhong Lun Law Firm

    By Steve Zhao
  • Zhong Lun Advises Chinese Consortium on $1.9 Billion Acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

    On April 30, 2015, OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (OVTI, a Delaware company listed on NASDAQ) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium composed of Hua Capital Management Co. Ltd. (“Hua Capital Management”), CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (“CITIC Capital”) and GoldStone Investment Co. Ltd. (“GoldStone Investment”) (collectively, the “Consortium”). Under the terms of the agreement, OmniVision stockholders will receive $29.75 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $1.9 billion. The agreement was unanimously approved by OmniVision’s Board of Directors.

Press Releases worldwide

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to