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Shanghai-based employment law boutique Baohua Law Firm continues to be instructed on some of the largest legal issues concerning labour dispatch (a contract model utilising agency workers) and human resources. It has an impressive list of multinational clients in the fashion, healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries, among others. Baohua Dong is ‘commercial, practical and a pleasure to deal with’, John Dong is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious matters, and Jay Chen, Anson Gu and Jie Yang are other names to note.

JunHe LLP’s seven-partner team regularly advises foreign-invested enterprises on employment aspects of M&A, restructuring and liquidation transactions. A team, led by group head Dongpeng Wang and Hongjuan Bai – both in Beijing – and Shanghai-based Jianjun Ma, handled two collective disputes in labour arbitration tribunals and courts arising from terminations over non-compliance issues. The team also acted on a number of mass layoffs. Shanghai-based Gordon Feng has particular expertise in termination, mass layoff and compliance issues.

King & Wood Mallesons is ‘highly experienced in handling complex labour issues during mass layoffs’. In 2015, Linda Liang assisted a Fortune 500 company with adjusting its labour dispatch model, and acted for a Sino-foreign joint venture company regarding disputes over pay equality. Lucy Lu ‘knows how to handle difficult relationship and is able to figure out the dynamics on different projects quickly’, Junlu Jiang and Shenzhen-based Juquan Yin are also recommended, and Guangzhou-based Ai Luo was promoted to the partnership in July 2016.

River Delta Law Firm’s ‘attention to detail is second to none’, and the team is particularly recommended for its employment law training expertise. Jason Lu’s team has an impressive client roster which features The Royal Bank of Scotland, Philips and Deloitte. Lu is supported by the well-regarded Cathy Qu, Lin Sun and Jeff Peng. Recent matters include handling a fatal injury claim and disputes arising from the termination of labour dispatch agreements.

Zhong Lun Law Firm is particularly experienced in all aspects of HR management. The firm’s broad client roster includes international companies, SOEs and financial institutions. Carol Zhu, who ‘can foresee potential risks and give appropriate advice’, recently assisted Shanghai Sulzer Engineering & Machinery Works with its redundancy strategy involving 390 employees across different locations. Haiyan Duan specialises in labour arbitration and litigation.

DeHeng Law Offices assists a large number of SOEs with a broad range of contentious and non-contentious labour matters; representative clients include China National Tobacco Corporation, CCTV, Ipsen and China National Offshore Oil Corporation. Wenwei Su is also recommended for HR management and other commercial arbitration, and serves as an arbitrator in the Beijing municipal labour dispute arbitration committee. Jianping Wang has a strong track record of handling high-profile labour disputes.

James Hu’s team at Fangda Partners handles a wide spectrum of employment matters. The team assisted Four Seasons in conducting compliance audits in a number of its hotels in the PRC and represented a pharmaceuticals company during an investigation into misconduct by employees and subsequent disciplinary action. Corporate partners Andrew Zhang and Xie Zheng are recommended for employment matters concerning M&A and foreign direct investment transactions.

Lanbai Law Firm’s highly regarded seven-partner group is led by George Lu, who has particular expertise in labour-related arbitration, mass layoffs and employee resettlement litigation. The team regularly handles employment aspects of corporate transactions and its client roster features a number of Fortune 500 companies. Linda Lou, Ben Zhang and Aaron Qian are key names to note for labour arbitration.

TransAsia Lawyers has a strong reputation in representing multinational clients concerning contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Isabelle I H Wan advises clients such as Pret A Manger, Airbus, Google and CNN on a broad range of matters.

AnJie Law Firm bolstered its employment practice in October 2015 by hiring the well-regarded Zhenghe Liu, who has particular expertise in employment disputes proceedings. Some of the key clients include DHL Express, Aruba Networks and Taikang Life Insurance Company.

Beijing Easyhal Law Firm has solid experience handling employment law matters for corporate clients, including Fortune 500 companies and SOEs. Yingping Wu has ‘in-depth knowledge across the board’ and ‘understands client needs’.

Global Law Office’s team is jointly led by Shanghai-based Weiwei Gu and Beijing-based Zhao Li. Li handles labour and human resource management for multinational clients and their Chinese subsidiaries and Gu focuses on non-contentious labour matters. Recent work for the team includes acting on a dispute over termination of employment, a mass layoff and an employment matter arising from M&A and restructuring.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal acts for a wide range of domestic companies and has experience of advising employers in collective bargaining and labour union matters, while the ‘pragmatic and commercial’ Feng Liang is particularly recommended for his experience in litigation and arbitration cases. The Orient Hotel Management Company, China Minmetals and TCL Healthcare are clients.

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