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JunHe LLP’s team of ‘genuine specialists’ has been particularly active in the transportation space and in advising on big-ticket project financings. Clients include local governments, project companies and their sponsors, investors, domestic and overseas financial institutions, and project contractors. Among its impressive workload, the firm advised on a number of multibillion-RMB subway line and rail PPP projects, and acted for an SOE during its participation in a PPP rail corridor project in Australia. The construction and engineering team advised Kimberly-Clark on the investment, development and construction of its baby care product plant facility in Tianjin, and advised Shanghai Electric Group Company on the construction of a power plant in Guangdong. On the project finance front, it assisted Beijing Drainage Group with its financing for a series of projects to facilitate the collection and treatment of sewage and reclamation of treated wastewater. Group head Jianan Yuan is recommended for high-value cross-border finance matters in the energy and natural resources sector. Jiangang Wang, Yu Qin, George Zhu, Fang Yi and Shijian Liu are also key names.

Jointly led by Wenjing Tian and Handel Lee, King & Wood Mallesons’ team is adapt at advising on the full cycle of infrastructure and energy projects; its client roster features Chinese SOEs and private companies as well as international energy companies. Tian and project finance specialist Zhigang Liu advised Zonergy on a number of high-profile investments in solar power projects in Pakistan, and a team including Lee and cross-border M&A expert Ping Xu continues to advise China General Nuclear Power Group on its landmark £6bn investment in the Hinkley Point C plant in the UK. Other highlights include advising a consortium of investors, led by Beijing Infrastructure Investment, on the Urumqi Line 2 phase 1 concession project, assisting a well-known multinational company with its investment in wind and solar power projects in various provinces in China, and acting for a syndicate of banks on the $700m financing of a hydro-electric power plant. Also recommended are Xiaolian Zhang, Rong Fang, Jin Xiong and Shenzhen-based Xueli Cheng.

Zhong Lun Law Firm excels in advising on complex bidding processes, large public building projects and disputes involving the construction of large infrastructure projects. Beijing-based Jihong Wang advised key client Powerchina Road Bridge Group on a number of big-ticket transactions such as its RMB42.8bn investment in the construction and operation of Taihang Mountain highway. Wang also assisted Sinohydro Foundation Engineering with its investment in the Yunjin Food and Medicine Industry Garden PPP project in Guizhou. In its Shanghai office, Jinlin Nan advised a SOE contractor SUMEC Hardware & Tools on an EPC power station project in Pakistan; Gavin Zhang counts Riverside Investment Group, Shanghai Lake Dianshan Newtown Development and Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment as his key clients; and Lanping Zhou is particularly experienced in infrastructure investment and financing of BOT and PPP projects in the fields of transportation, regional development and public facilities.

Global Law Office advises on the bidding, development and project financing aspects of large infrastructure projects, and the firm is also recommended for contentious matters. Miller Wang is advising Xinjiang Wujing Tiejian Rail Transportation on the issuance of RMB4bn green bonds in the interbank bond market and the subsequent construction of the Urumqi subway PPP project. Wang and Kevin Wang assisted Beijing Jingtou Transportation Development with the construction of the Beijing new airport highway project. On the contentious side, Wang represented CGGC-UN Power in an EPC contract case against Shanxi Energy Investment Agriculture Development regarding the delayed payment for the construction of a 20MW photovoltaic power station project, and acted for a state-owned high-tech green energy company in arbitration proceedings against its equipment supplier regarding poor-quality products and related damages.

Guantao Law Firm’s team, jointly led by Hong Kong-based Pengpeng Yan and Beijing-based Ling Xu, is particularly experienced in advising energy and resources clients on development, operation and financing matters. Wei Jiang is acting for China Power Engineering Consulting Group on the construction of a BOT thermal power plant in Hai Duong. Hongli Zou is advising Shanghai World Expo Construction & Development on the dismantling and reconstruction of the World Expo 2010 stadium, and assisting Shanghai Rainbow Investment with the construction of the Hongqiao integrated transport hub. Other clients include Central Asia Energy, Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum (Group), Hao Tian Development Group and Shanghai Shendi Group.

Sunshine Law Firm specialises in energy and infrastructure projects, both domestic and international. It acts for a large number of energy and natural resources clients including National Energy Administration, State Nuclear Power Technology, China Three Gorges International Corporation and Shenhua Ningxia Coal Group. In 2016, a team, led by Jane Chen, advised Sanmen Nuclear Power Company on a range of issues regarding the construction of two 1250MW nuclear power generating units; Hongwen Zhu and Yuxiang Song acted for TBEA SunOasis in a series of overseas solar power projects including a 120MW plant in Egypt, a 350MW plant in Abu Dhabi, an 800MW plant in Dubai, a 135MW plant in Morocco and a power substation and transmission project in Thailand; Song Shen and Zhu advised a consortium (including Avic International and Shanghai Electrical Power) on bidding for two solar photovoltaic IPP projects in Zambia. Lizhong Lu has notable expertise in PPP projects, and M&A transactions in renewable energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

Broad & Bright has particular expertise in cross-border M&A and financing transactions in the oil and gas sector, and contentious matters including the resolution of environmental pollution disputes. Recent highlights include representing a Chinese oil company in a multi-jurisdictional arbitration regarding a product-sharing contract. The ‘experienced and diligent’ Libin Zhang and Yuping He head the team, which hired Ren Jiang from Shell (China).

Leveraging its global network of offices, Dentons China’s 15-partner team regularly handles large cross-border infrastructure and energy projects. Yunfeng Song and Wen He are advising a client on investing in photovoltaic projects in a number of provinces in China, and acted for a Chinese investment company on the purchase of equity interest in a number of energy companies from a state-owned investment company. Nancy Sun heads the energy, mining and natural resources group, and focuses on project finance and cross-border M&A transactions.

Grandall Law Firm’s recent highlights include acting for Chengdu Metro on the procurement of a railway line PPP project, and advising Fuyuan Municipal Government of Heilongjiang Province on investment in the Eastern town project at Heixiazi Island. Key names to note include Bo Shi, who focuses on project finance and development, Junsheng Zhou, who advises on PPP projects, and Weidong Wang, who advises power sector clients on IPO and the reorganisation of material assets.

The team at Jincheng Tongda & Neal is singled out for its ‘responsiveness’ and ‘professionalism’. It recently advised MTR on its RMB3bn investment in Shenyang metro lines and is assisting China Nonferrous Metal Industry's Foreign Engineering and Construction with the construction of a copper smelting plant in Vietnam. Mingkai Wang, corporate partners Annie Wu and Jun Peng, and international trade specialist Chen Yang are the main contacts.

At Tian Yuan Law Firm, practice heads Yanling Ren and Zaizai Huang are advising Shenzhen Municipal People’s government on the RMB31m financing of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre. Other highlights include advising Beijing State-owned Capital Operation and Management Centre on PPP projects, and advising CECEP Wind-power on its joint investment with Goldwind for the development of White Rock wind farm in Australia. Jie Chai is also recommended.

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