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King & Wood Mallesons’ clients include leading developers such as Vanke and China Resources, as well as global investors such as Goodman Asia and Tishman Speyer. It also advises Chinese insurance companies, hotel chains and real estate developers on their acquisitions internationally. 2016 saw the team advising on a number of big-ticket real estate financings as well as assisting with REITs matters in domestic and offshore markets. The firm advised HSBC on the RMB6bn real estate refinancing of eight properties and acted for China Life Investment on its acquisition of a portfolio of select-service hotels owned by Starwood Capital Group. Harry Du specialises in M&A, project finance and foreign direct investment with a focus on commercial real estate and infrastructure; he leads the team from its Beijing office, and is supported by William Jiang, who splits his time between Shanghai and Hangzhou, and Shenzhen-based Zhangqi Tao, who focuses on infrastructure, real estate and international hospitality management. Other names to note include Rong Fang, who is experienced in real estate asset backed securitisation and real estate financing, and Shenzhen-based Xianlong Zhao, who specialises in real estate-related disputes.

Covering the full gamut of non-contentious and contentious real estate and construction issues, Zhong Lun Law Firm’s peerless client portfolio includes government agencies, developers, building contractors, financial institutions, real estate private equity funds and other investors. Among its recent workload, the team advised Beijing Samsung Real Estate on the construction of its headquarters in Beijing and represented a software company in a construction arbitration. Anthony Qiao is recommended for cross-border M&A and real estate financings; Jihong Wang is noted for large infrastructure and energy projects particularly involving railways, highways and bridges; Maoyuan Zhu focuses on large construction and infrastructure projects, advising SOEs and local developers; Song Mu is experienced in land use matters; and Jiong Zhang focuses on construction litigation and arbitration.

Real estate and construction boutique City Development Law Firm is particularly noted for construction and large infrastructure matters. Shuying Zhu is highly recommended and leads a team that includes PPP project specialist Shan Cao, real estate finance lawyer Zhongchun Song and real estate expert Wanquan Shao.

Fangda Partners’ wide-ranging competencies span real estate acquisitions, Sino-foreign joints venture, hotel management and leasing; it also handles arbitrations involving real estate and construction disputes. Recent highlights include advising CSI Properties on its $200m acquisition of the retail podium of the Shanghai Richgate Plaza project. The team is jointly led by Shanghai-based Yingying Wang and Hong Kong-based Michael Tam, and also includes Nuo Ji, who focuses on contentious real estate and construction matters, and Stephen Lin, who has notable experience in foreign real estate investment and commercial leasing.

JunHe LLP’s hire of Liping Zhang from Jincheng Tongda & Neal significantly strengthened its real estate practice in the financing space. The team recently advised CITIC’s onshore and offshore subsidiary on transferring equity interests to China Overseas Land & Development in exchange for stocks and a proportion of latter’s commercial property assets; it also advised Sino-Ocean on its acquisition of East Ocean Centre in Shanghai, and acted for Nova Property Investment on a series of real estate projects through asset acquisition and equity acquisition. It also handled a large number of domestic and multi-jurisdictional construction projects, and advised CITIC Guo Hua International Contracting (Overseas) on EPC contracts in Africa, South America and central Asia. The 11-partner team is headed by Xueping Yu, and includes Lishan Li, Haifu Li, Fei Zheng and recently promoted partner Ke Song.

Boss & Young, Attorneys At Law acted for China Financial Futures Exchange on its investment in commercial land at the Shanghai Disney Resort and assisted Shanghai Chengshi Dichan Investment Holding Company with its acquisition of Shanghai World Financial Centre. The team also handled a number of multimillion-RMB construction disputes. Xili Lu is recommended for real estate investment and financing as well as M&A transactions, while Guofei Lu specialises in acquisitions, real estate finance and contentious matters.

DeHeng Law Offices handles a steady stream of domestic and international construction work, and has a specialism in senior housing projects. Huaiyuan Jia, who splits his time between Beijing and Dubai, advises on a broad range of project finance and EPC project matters. Ganghong Sun is also recommended.

Dentons China advises on a range of domestic and cross-border real estate transactions, and has recently handled a significant amount of construction-related litigation and arbitration. For example, it represented defendant Tongliao West Urban and Rural Properties in a construction contract dispute. Other clients include Sino-Ocean Decor Engineering, Longjian Road & Bridge and Volkswagen Automatic Transmission (Dalian). Huazhi Yuan is highly recommended.

Global Law Office excels in advising institutional investors on big-ticket (and often cross-border) investments in the real estate space. Among the recent workload, Huawei Lin acted as The Blackstone Group’s PRC counsel during its sale of majority equity interest in SCPG to Vanke, and assisted Cindat Capital Management with its $600m acquisition of seven hotels from Hersha Hospitality Trust. The team expanded its practice when it hired hospitality specialist Jason Wang from Zhong Lun Law Firm, who has a solid a track record of representing clients in CIETAC arbitrations. Minghao Xu focuses on real estate acquisitions and construction projects, and counts CITIC, China Resources, GAW Capital Partners and BlueMount Capital among his clients. Litigator Kevin Wang is also a name to note.

Yonghong Zhan at Guantao Law Firm recently advised Beijing Huayuan Property on its RMB1.3bn purchase of Guangzhou Gaoya Real Estate Development from Guangdong Zhongli Group. Beijing-based Lei Meng leads the team, which also includes Shanghai-based Leiming Sheng, who is experienced in large construction projects and counts Shanghai World Expo Development among his clients.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal acts for developers, funds, real estate investment trusts and financial institutions in a range of commercial real estate transactions, with particular expertise in the acquisition and the disposal of office, retail and multi-family properties, commercial mortgage, mezzanine and construction financings, preferred equity investments and debt restructurings. Jianjin Yang advised Jiangsu Sinopower Semiconductor on the development and construction of a semiconductor high-tech industrial zone. Beijing Public Housing Centre is also a key client, which the team regularly advises on financing, acquisition and construction issues.

Jointly led by Yanling Ren and Ying Liu, Tian Yuan Law Firm’s six-partner team advises a range of clients including leading commercial property investors and operators, SOEs and construction companies. Ren is acting for Shenzhen Municipal People’s government on financing a RMB31bn PPP project for the construction and development of Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre, and is advising China Resources Land (Shanghai) on its RMB1.7bn purchase of stock equity of Hangzhou Metro Wulin Real Estate from Hangzhou Metro Real Estate. Associate Danbo Shi is also recommended.

At Llinks Law Offices, Bernie Liu excels in cross-border and domestic real estate acquisitions, IPOs, equity and debt financings and construction matters. Liu’s recent highlights include acting for Alpha Investment in its RMB5bn sale of Life Hub @ Jinqiao in Shanghai.

Yingke Law Firm’s strength is advising on Chinese PPP projects; however, it also handles real estate finance and contentious matters. In the context of the latter, it represented China First Metallurgical Group in a loan dispute relating to a real estate development. Longxing Wang and Yongjun Yan are key names to note.

Zhonglun W&D Law Firm’s team is headed by the highly regarded Wen Chen. 2016 saw the team handling a number of multibillion-RMB PPP projects and successfully representing Shangyi Group in its RMB530m share transfer dispute. Yuzhou Properties, Shui On Group, and Capitamalls Asia are also clients.


Foreign firms

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The ‘commercial and dedicated’ practice at DLA Piper covers due diligence, acquisitions and divestments, financings, and taxation; it is also highly rated for leasing and facilities management, project and commercial developments, REITs, hotel management and agreements, trusts and syndicates, fund formation and restructuring. Lillian Duan, who splits time between Shanghai and Beijing, advises major investment institutions and property funds on their real estate investments and business operations in China, in addition to acting for Chinese clients in their outbound property investments globally. Together with colleagues in the US, Duan acted for Sino-Ocean Group during its acquisition of an office building in San Francisco and its related REIT formation. Wayne Ma divides his time between Shanghai and Hong Kong, and focuses on cross-border real estate transactions, and includes acquisitions and disposals of various types of real property, joint ventures, limited recourse and secured financings, private equity and institutional investments and fund formation. Ma led the advice to the Carlyle Asia Real Estate team on the sale of Central Plaza office tower in Shanghai to V Capital, the private equity arm of Chinese real estate developer Vanke. Hong Kong-based Asia Pacific real estate head Susheela Rivers also heads up the firm’s Asia Pacific hospitality and leisure practice; she is ‘a good relationship partner with in-depth knowledge’, has extensive experience handling landmark developments throughout the region including in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Korea, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. Shanghai senior associate Julian Zhu and Hong Kong senior associate Janice Yau Garton are other names to note.

Mayer Brown JSM has one of the largest real estate and construction teams in China and Hong Kong, and is highly rated for its expertise in real estate finance and corporate real estate matters. The team has longstanding experience in outbound investment from China and Asia to the US and Europe, and fields lawyers with expertise in hospitality and leisure, construction and engineering, major construction litigation and arbitration, large-scale infrastructure work and environmental law issues. Recent highlights include advising CSI Properties on the high-value acquisition of several floors of retail premises in Shanghai from Carlyle. Andy Yeo advises developers, funds and other investors on investment structures, land and building acquisitions, establishment of project companies, obtaining required permits and licences, and construction. Construction arbitration expert Tom Fu is also recommended for environmental issues in China. Additional names to note include real estate department head Keith Cheung, Ricky Yiu and Alan Yip, and senior associates Rosalyn Han and Ellen Zhang.

Allen & Overy LLP recently hired Chinese M&A and private equity specialist Wayne Lee in Hong Kong from Shearman & Sterling LLP; Lee typically advises private equity houses, investment funds and other corporate investors on real estate acquisitions. The wider team works across the firm’s Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong offices on corporate real estate, real estate finance and capital fundings, and the practice is experienced across all real estate asset classes, including residential, commercial, retail, hotels and logistics. On the corporate side, the team’s focus is on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and real estate investment trusts. Reflecting the firm’s finance credentials, the practice is strong in real estate finance transactions, particularly on the lender side. Recent work highlights saw the group advise V Capital on its acquisition of Shanghai Central Plaza, which also included handling the finance aspects. It also assisted Wing Lung Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, as mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners, with the $250m refinancing for New Century REIT. On the residential side, the team advised CBRE Global Investors and one of its clients (a sovereign wealth fund), on a cross-border equity acquisition and the formation of an onshore residential joint venture with a major Chinese developer and another co-investor. Shanghai-based Matthew Bisley is a highly rated real estate finance partner.

Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office’s team specialises in acquisitions and disposals, real estate financing, major developments and real estate investment trusts. Other areas of strength include mortgage-backed securities, asset management, public and private funds, commercial leasing, and dispute resolution. The practice acted for Yuexiu Property Company (YPC), an investment and holding company, in the disposal of a 49% equity interest in Guangzhou Hong Sheng Property Development Co. and assignment of a loan by YPC. Edmond Chan, Rico Chan, May Lau, and Shiu-man Wan are highly regarded advisers and all based in Hong Kong.

Clifford Chance LLP’s breadth of practice includes office, residential and industrial real estate, as well as specialised assets such as networks, hub sites, data centres, LPG sites, hospitals, exhibition venues and logistic centres. The client base includes vendors, purchasers, bidders, lenders, developers, and warranty and indemnity insurance brokers. Recent matters saw the team advise Grosvenor on its disposal of properties in Beijing’s CMT building to Honray Capital. Terence Foo, Matthias Feldmann and Dauwood Malik are key practitioners, as are corporate partner Kelly Gregory, Tim Wang and Ying White. Yi Yang is a key counsel.

In addition to Morrison & Foerster LLP’s reputed work in the logistics sector, the practice is also recommended for high-profile residential and commercial real estate matters. In one of the largest logistics transactions in China in recent times, the team acted for Global Logistic Properties, a provider of modern logistics facilities in China, Japan, and Brazil, in its landmark agreement with a group of Chinese strategic partners. Shanghai’s Maria Wang is a corporate lawyer with a focus on real estate transactions, including complex M&A, joint ventures, financings, disposals, and project developments and management. Hong Kong-based Marcia Ellis co-heads the firm’s Asia private equity practice and is also recommended.

Paul Hastings LLP’ ‘consistently delivers high levels of service at reasonable market rates’. The team is highly regarded for real estate deals in China, primarily involving the buying and selling of companies that own real estate assets. It also regularly receives mandates from real estate funds, with the team advising on the structuring and establishment of private equity, venture capital and other types of investment funds in Asia. Practice head David Blumenfeld splits time between Hong Kong and Shanghai, and Paul Guan, whose ‘strengths are his local knowledge, real estate investment experience in China and high-level international standards’, recently played a key role in several of the firm’s most significant deals. Representing a significant milestone in the Chinese hospitality sector, Blumenfeld and Guan advised Starwood Capital on the establishment of a new China-based hotel joint venture with Shimao Property Holdings, a Chinese property developer and operator.

Pinsent Masons’ team is well known for its construction law services, including transactional work, contract management services and dispute resolution, particularly arbitration. Shanghai-based China head Hew Kian Heong specialises in construction and engineering law; he has advised owners, contractors and consultants on a range of major infrastructure and commercial construction projects in China and elsewhere. Also in Shanghai, Helen Chang specialises in PRC construction law and related regulatory issues, as well as foreign investment, and Helena Chen has vast experience in arbitration, infrastructure projects and cross-Taiwan-Strait investments. Other notable contacts include Sam Boyling, who advises on large-scale infrastructure developments in the UK and abroad and has road and rail sector expertise, and Ellen Zhang, who is noted for the development and financing of international energy and infrastructure projects.

White & Case LLP’s recent work saw the team advise developers, owners, private and institutional investors, investment funds, lenders and underwriters on a range of real estate transactions in Asia, including real estate finance, real estate capital markets and investment funds. The firm is experienced in all types of assets, such as office and apartment buildings, multi-family developments, mixed-use properties, shopping centres, hotels and resorts, industrial developments and warehouses, and the team provides Hong Kong, English and US law advice. Highlights included acting for Ping An Bank in a HK$3.8bn facility to PA Investment Funds SPC IV for its participation in the buyout of Dalian Wanda Commercial Property Co’s Hong Kong-listed shares. Beijing-based David Li’s recent real estate deals included bond offerings and bank financings, while in Hong Kong, Baldwin Cheng co-leads the real estate industry group in Asia; and Eugene Man has extensive experience advising banks and real estate investment funds on highly structured, cross-border China real estate-related financings.


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