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Fangda Partnersstands 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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