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Real estate and construction: PRC firms
Boss & Young, Attorneys At Law邦信阳律师事务所
- Dentons China 大成律师事务所
Jincheng Tongda & Neal金诚同达律师事务所
- Rong Fang - King & Wood Mallesons
- Nuo Ji - Fangda Partners
- William Jiang - King & Wood Mallesons
- Song Mu - Zhong Lun Law Firm
- Jihong Wang - Zhong Lun Law Firm
- Yingying Wang - Fangda Partners
Liting Zhu -
Boss & Young, Attorneys At Law
- Maoyuan Zhu - Zhong Lun Law Firm
Shuying Zhu -
City Development Law Firm
Fangda Partners ‘stands out for its quality of advice’. The team assisted Merlin Entertainments with opening its Legoland Park in Shanghai and has handled a number of PPP projects for Shanghai Electric. Stephen Lin advised Nan Fung Group on property management and the leasing of Nan Fung Tower to WPP; he and Yingying Wang also assisted Novartis with the $1bn-plus construction of its Shanghai campus. Dispute resolution specialist Ji Nuo was instructed on a number of complex real estate and construction disputes. Other clients include Kimberly-Clark, Daimler, AstraZeneca and Johnson Controls.
A prominent player in the real estate and construction arenas, Zhong Lun Law Firm’s ‘excellent’ team had another prolific year with a number of big-ticket deals featured in its highlights. Its clients include private equity funds, financial institutions, real estate developers and government agencies. Anthony Qiao assisted The Link Management with its indirect acquisition of the issued share capital of a project company, which holds two premium commercial towers in Shanghai, and Jihong Wang is acting for the investor in a $1.23bn transport reconstruction PPP project. Song Mu, Maoyuan Zhu and Jiong Zhang are other names to note.
City Development Law Firm has ‘one of the best construction practices in China’. The team, which is led by the well-known Shuying Zhu, handles a broad spectrum of mandates, including litigation, commercial and residential property development work as well as large infrastructure projects. A cross-office team recently represented a large SOE in a BOT highway project dispute with the project company. Shan Cao has ‘depth of industry knowledge in the Chinese construction market’.
DeHeng Law Offices is a popular choice for PPP project and mega overseas construction projects; it has particular expertise in senior housing projects. Huaiyuan Jia, who splits his time between Beijing and Dubai, regularly advises investors and developers with projects in a number of jurisdictions, particularly in the Middle East. Clients include Beijing Municipal Commission of Development & Reform, China Orient Asset Management, Beijing Real Estate Development and China Merchants Fund Management Company. Xiongwei Li and Ganghong Sun are recommended.
King & Wood Mallesons’ highly impressive year included advising clients on the establishment of REITs in domestic and offshore capital markets and advising on complex real estate financing transaction. The team acted as part of a multi-jurisdictional team advising China Life Investment Holding Company on its acquisition of 99 Bishopsgate in London from a Brookfield subsidiary. Rong Fang, who is praised as having ‘strong negotiation skill and broad sector knowledge’, assisted Hainan Airlines with listing quasi-REITs on the Shanghai Stock Exchange using its office building in Shanghai as an underlying asset. Beijing-based Harry Du heads the team and is supported by Hangzhou-based William Jiang and Shenzhen-based Zhangqi Tao.
Boss & Young, Attorneys At Law’s recent highlights include advising a European real estate fund on its acquisition of Chinese commercial real estate and acting for Shanghai Luwan district government on its handling of distressed assets, including resuming construction processes, project refinancing and sales pertaining to its property. Guofei Lu and Liting Zhu are the main contacts.
Dentons China’s team has solid experience acting for international real estate investment funds, financial institutions and multinational companies in a broad range of cross-border and domestic real estate transactions. Charles Wu, William Mok and Summit Chen are the names to note.
Jincheng Tongda & Neal handles big-ticket transactional matters as well as construction disputes. Nancy Zhang is assisting Macquarie Retail Management (Asia) with a review of leases at its nine malls across China and Jun Peng is acting for a real estate group in its publicly placed bond offering. Other clients include LimeTree Capital, the Export-Import Bank of China and Jones Lang LaSalle.
Hesen Law Firm in alliance with Pinsent Masons LLP is a popular choice for large PRC contractors seeking advice on domestic and international projects. Elvis Zhou is assisting China 22MCC Group in an indemnificatory and comfortable housing project in Russia.
JunHe LLP is recommended for its expertise in acting on large investment and acquisition deals. Recent highlights include acting for CapitaLand on its sale of a shopping mall in Kunshan to a Hangzhou-based company, and assisting Baiyi Investment, a subsidiary of China Merchants Holdings (International) Company in its RMB2bn buyout of Shenzhen Jinyurongtai Investment Development Company. Xueping Yu heads the team, in which counsel Lishan Li and Yue Tang are also main contacts.
At Llinks Law Offices, David Yu handles real estate fund formation, acquisition and financing transactions. Bernie Liu recently assisted Straits Real Estate with setting up a wholly foreign-owned enterprise to acquire a shopping mall from Beijing Dacheng Property Development.
Yingke Law Firm’s real estate and construction team advises clients on PPP projects in various provinces throughout China. Longxing Wang assisted Yida Science and Technology City with the development and operation of several industrial parks.
Real estate and construction is the core practice area at Zhonglun Wen De Law Firm, which handles a broad range of development work, transactions and disputes. Recent instructions include advising on large EPC projects, construction disputes and real estate finance. Haijun Zhang and Yuqin Xia are the main contacts.
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Richard Kim -
Allen & Overy LLP
- Andrew McGinty - Hogan Lovells International LLP
- Richard Kim -
Next generation lawyers
Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘technically strong and solution-oriented’ team primarily acts for sponsor clients, including private equity, pension and sovereign funds. Practice head Richard Kim advised Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners on a number of matters concerning its investment in China Xintiandi, including the latter’s disposal of a high-value office complex in Shanghai. Other clients include Standard Chartered, Vanke and CBRE Global Investors. The Shanghai-based team includes Matthew Bisley, a ‘very sharp blade’, whose expertise covers transactions concerning commercial, hotel, retail and residential properties.
The ‘responsive, effective and efficient’ department at DLA Piper is experienced in handling a wide range of work – including retail, commercial, hospitality and development – with a growing focus on core asset management. Lillian Duan, who splits her time between Shanghai and Beijing, advised CBRE Global Investors on the disposal of a major shopping centre in Shanghai. Hong Kong-based Susheela Rivers leads the practice, which recruited Beijing-based Wayne Ma from Paul Hastings LLP.
Mayer Brown JSM specialises in major outbound investment work, often advising developers and financial institutions. Hong Kong partner Alan Yip advised the joint venture company established between LKK Health Products and Vanke on its RMB5.7bn acquisition of the holding company that owned 99% of a property in a major shopping and entertainment district from Shui On Land. The team includes construction arbitration specialist Tom Fu in Beijing and Andy Yeo in Shanghai. Keith Cheung heads the group in Hong Kong.
Baker McKenzie’s expertise covers a number of sectors, including hotels and tourism, industrial and residential real estate. The Shanghai team includes tax practice co-head Brendan Kelly and banking partner Harvey Lau, who often advises financial institutions and other corporate clients on financial regulatory issues. Michelle Gon joined MWE China Law Offices (Strategic alliance with McDermott Will & Emery).
Clifford Chance excels in real estate-related M&A, joint ventures and IPO work, regularly advising Chinese clients on investing in European assets. On the inbound side, the group specialises in handling logistics and TMT-related development matters. Beijing partner Terence Foo advised Standard Chartered Bank Principal Finance Real Estate (SCB PFRE) on its $73m investment in Chayora Holdings, a Chinese data centre project developer and operator. Hong Kong-based Matthias Feldmann and Dauwood Malik head the practice, which also includes corporate partner Kelly Gregory in Shanghai and funds and investment expert Ying White in Beijing.
Morrison & Foerster LLP’s team mainly handles inbound investments, with a particular expertise in advising on inbound matters in the residential and retail space. In Hong Kong, Marcia Ellis advised Global Logistic Properties (GLP) on the establishment of a $7bn infrastructure fund focused on China. Shanghai-based Maria Wang, who often handles equity and debt-related transactions, is a key partner. Gregory Tan left the firm for an in-house role.
Paul Hastings LLP has experienced a significant increase in outbound investment work, counting Ping An Insurance, Yuzhou Properties and Mapletree Investments among its domestic clients. Practice head David Blumenfeld, Paul Guan and Palo Alto-based Rob Carlson advised insurer China Life on the formation of its partnership with GLP. Wayne Ma is now at DLA Piper.
White & Case’s team is experienced in handling real estate finance, capital market and investment fund matters and is headed by Hong Kong-based Baldwin Cheng. Beijing-based David Li led advice to a syndicate of Chinese and international lenders on a €1.3bn structured acquisition financing to transfer Louvre Hotel Group from Starwood Capital Group to Chinese tourism SOE Jin Jiang. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, Gaw Capital Partners and Greentown China.