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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.

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