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Fangda Partners is well versed in media and technology law and has an enviable client roster which includes some of the largest companies in the PRC as well as multinational clients. Jonathan Zhou and Leo Lou represented Focus Media in relation to its backdoor listing on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. In another highlight, the team acted for Alibaba in its investment in Suning Commerce as well as its acquisition of the remaining shares in Youku Tudou. Chen Bao represented Capital Today in its $65m investment in the series C financing of Hangzhou Huxiu E-Commerce. Doris Tang, who specialises in corporate finance and direct foreign investment, is another name to note.

Steven Yu and Michael Yu lead Global Law Office’s team, clients of which include Alibaba, Focus Media and Northern Light Venture Capital. The practice handles the full range of financing, private equity and venture capital transactions, as well as commercial and IP work for clients in the TMT sector. Recent highlights include acting for Tencent in its formation of a domestic joint venture with Alibaba and China media Capital and acting for Baixing.com on its RMB2.1bn financing and offshore and onshore de-VIE restructuring. The team also handles fintech work and, in 2015, David Lee acted for Blue Run Ventures in the restructuring of Qufengqi.com, a China-based company providing financial services via the internet.

Han Kun Law Offices has a strong reputation in the TMT sector, where it continues to advise domestic and multinational clients on IP protection, financing, M&A and foreign direct investments. The team acted for Meituan.com on its $20bn corporation with Dianping.com through the joint establishment of a new company; it also acted for Uber China in its merger with Didi Chuxing. Charles Li, Gloria Xu, Dafei Chen and Tracy Zhou are key names to note.

Zhong Lun Law Firm handles regulatory and transactional matters for a variety of clients, including China Mobile, Tencent and Lenovo. Anthony Zhao, Michael Gu and Luke Zhang were part of a team which assisted China Taiping Insurance in connection with the series A financing of JD Finance. Zhao also assisted Shanghai Qijia Network Information Science & Technology with its red-chip restructuring and series B financing from Orchid Asia Group Management, SIP Oriza and other co-investors. The team is led by IP and antitrust specialist Jihong Chen, who advised Booking.com on its entry into the Chinese market.

Guantao Law Firm advises TMT sector clients on M&A, outbound investment and IP transactions. Rong Liu and Wenliang Zhang assisted Hangzhou CNCR-IT with its share issuance and subsequent purchase of STARCOR. Elsewhere, Yang Wang acted for Beijing DingXing Venture Capital in its investment in Beijing Quantitative Health Science and Technology. The IP team has been assisting Beijing Closer Interactive Media Technology with its trade mark registration and international trade mark protection. Other notable practitioners include Shaosong Sun, Weimin Gan and Hong Kong-based Pengpeng Yan.

JunHe LLP’s recent instructions include acting on a number of private equity financings and a merger of two high-profile domestic e-commerce companies. Maochang Li has experience of assisting hi-tech and IT-focused private equity funds. Jun Gong and Zhenyu Niu are also key names.

King & Wood Mallesons has experience of advising clients on national broadband rollouts, regulatory reforms and compliance, and M&A. The team routinely assists domestic and international technology consulting and IT outsourcing providers, as well as international software developers. Recent highlights include assisting Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services with its RMB14.8bn series A and series A+ financing. Other clients include Leshi Internet Information & Technology, Orient Hongtai Zhihe (Beijing) Investment Management and NFME. Xiaohong Zhao heads the multidisciplinary team, in which Cecilia Lou and Ping Xu are also recommended.

TransAsia Lawyers’ clients include international telecoms companies and start-ups. The team advised Glu Mobile on its cooperation with a PRC-based mobile games company and acted for Qunar.com (the largest online travel search engine in China) on its seed financing and all of its subsequent venture capital financing. Philip Qu is recommended for advising on market entry, acquisition and compliance. Employment specialist Isabelle I H Wan is another key contact.

AnJie Law Firm stands out for the breadth of its venture capital and private equity investment funds expertise. Representative clients include Yuantai Investment Partners, Legend Capital, YY.com and Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China. Hang Cai assisted with a number of unlisted companies with their series B and series C financings. The team also assisted China Unicom with its RMB54.7bn sale of certain telecoms towers and related assets to China Tower Corporation. Founding partner Jeremy Dai and arbitrator Yu He are also recommended.

DaHui Lawyers attracts exceptional praise from clients for its ‘solid sector expertise’; the team regularly handles regulatory, IP, structuring and transactional work. Managing partner Richard Ma is assisting Netflix with the regulatory and IP aspects of its co-production of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Brendon Wu’s clients include Light Chaser Animation Studios, which he assisted with its first released film, Little Door Gods.

IP specialist firm Hylands Law Firm handles contentious and non-contentious matters in the entertainment and media industries. Clients include Alibaba, CCTV, China Film Copyright Association and Emperor Entertainment. Xiaogang Ma, Qun Xiao and Zhengning Li are the main contacts.

In 2015, Jingtian & Gongcheng’s TMT team expanded its sector offering with the hire of capital markets specialist Jinjin Chen, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons. The team assisted Focus Media Information Technology with its RMB45.7bn backdoor listing and practice head Xiang Gao assisted JD Finance with its series A financing, and acted as the underwriter for Baidu on its note issuance.

Llinks Law Offices is well versed in capital markets and M&A transactions, with recent work including advising BesTV New Media on its RMB41.8bn merger with Shanghai Oriental Pearl. David Yu heads the team with the support of Wayne Chen and Leo Wang.

Tiantai Law Firm’s team regularly advises on project financing, distribution, exhibition and spin-off exploitations of large film and television projects. Jizhi Zhang has broad experience in film and television tax planning, M&A and IP-related transactions.


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    • Benjamin Crawford - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Falk Lichtenstein - CMS
    • Jingyuan Shi - Simmons & Simmons

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Baker McKenzie’s Greater China group advises on the full range of TMT matters, and has particular experience in M&A, regulatory matters and IT and outsourcing transactions. Shanghai-based Howard Wu advised Tencent on a joint venture with American Express to offer credit cards to Chinese consumers. The team also includes Zhenyu Ruan, who specialises in cross-border M&A and commercial transactions in the TMT sector, and Hong Kong-based group head Nancy Leigh. Other clients of the practice include Amazon, China Unicom and Expedia.

Having ‘a good understanding of local markets’, Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘prompt, practical and business-oriented advice’. The group’s expertise covers commercial IT transactions, data privacy and e-commerce matters. Shanghai-based corporate partner Andrew McGinty, who has ‘great experience and in-depth knowledge’, advised Wincor Nixdorf on the Chinese aspects of its joint venture with Aisino, a Chinese IT company. China Telecom Global, eBay and Tencent are also clients of the practice. Mark Parsons in Hong Kong is also recommended.

Morrison & Foerster LLP has experienced a significant increase in outbound investment work, particularly in telecoms. Hong Kong-based practice head Gordon Milner and Beijing-based Paul McKenzie advised VMware on its first joint venture in China with Shanghai-listed technology company Sugon to develop localised cloud computing solutions. Hong Kong-based IP specialist Chuan Sun is also recommended. The team’s client base also includes AccuWeather, Tencent and Walmart eCommerce.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP often advises investors on strategic M&A and innovative joint ventures in the TMT sectors. Beijing-based Greg Liu advised Chinese search engine Baidu on a $3.4bn share exchange of its stake in Qunar, a Chinese online travel company for a 25% stake in Ctrip, another Chinese travel company. Well-regarded practice head Jeanette Chan, who is based in Hong Kong, advised Microsoft on its joint venture with China Electronic Technology Group Corporation (CETC) to licence, deploy and manage Windows 10 for Chinese government agencies and a number of SOEs in the infrastructure sector. Other clients include Tencent, Universal Parks & Resorts and Sony.

Allen & Overy LLP acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients across the TMT spectrum, including a number of major SOEs. Ling Li advised Chinese start-up Godin Cybersecurity Technologies on its acquisition of luxury phone manufacturer Vertu. Beijing-based co-head Victor Ho was instructed by HP on the $4.5bn sale of 51% of its data-networking operation to Tsinghua University to establish a new business comprising H3C Technologies and HP’s China-based server, storage and technology services businesses. Co-head Will McAuliffe also leads the team from Hong Kong.

Clients rate Bird & Bird for its ‘good response time and industry knowledge’. The team specialises in telecoms regulatory advice, data protection and commercial transactions, most notably in the sports and media sectors. Clients include Warner Bros., Huawei and Kaspersky. In Hong Kong, ‘very experienced’ co-head Michelle Chan often advises domestic and international telecoms operators, media companies and institutional investors on data protection issues. Justin Walkey is the other practice co-head.

Covington & Burling LLP primarily handles media and entertainment transactions for domestic and international clients, among them Fox, Talpa Media and STX Entertainment. Practice head Jason Goldberg continued to advise Dasym Investment Strategies on financing and regulatory aspects of a number of projects in China. He has also been assisting the National Football League (NFL) with the licensing and distribution of NFL games and other content in China.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hong Kong partner Grace Huang led advice to China Unicom and China Telecom on the $33.7bn disposal of telecoms towers and related assets to China Tower Corporation, a joint venture established by China Unicom, China Telecom and China Mobile. Alan Wang, who splits his time between Beijing and Shanghai, specialises in cross-border corporate transactions in the telecoms and IT sectors. Hong Kong-based Richard Bird heads the practice.

Simmons & Simmons covers the full range of TMT work, including data protection, market entry and regulatory advice, as well as cross-border investment work. Group head Davis Wang often advises Chinese clients on outbound TMT investments in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. IP specialist George Chan is also recommended. Clients of the practice include Huawei, China Telecom and China Mobile.

Headed by Ulrike Glueck, CMS’ multidisciplinary practice handles the full spectrum of TMT work, including licensing, outsourcing and compliance. Life sciences expert Nick Beckett has been advising long-term client BT on all commercial and regulatory matters, including its strategic cooperation with Chinese telecoms companies such as China Telecom and China Unicom. The team includes of counsel Falk Lichtenstein, who often handles commercial transactions and disputes for foreign clients in the automotive and IT sectors, among others.

Very responsive and thorough’, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s ‘excellent’ team mainly handles TMT matters involving private equity. Practice head Rocky Lee advised online Chinese education platform TutorGroup on its $155m equity financing, including compliance issues. Clients also recommend associate Alex Wang.

MMLC Group is often instructed by foreign and domestic clients on the IP and TMT aspects of major M&A. Headed by Matthew Murphy, the team has been advising a number of multinational technology clients regarding online and offline IT and telecoms agreements, including implementation. It also assisted a number of Chinese entities with disputes concerning security and outsourcing arrangements, among other issues.

Norton Rose Fulbright expertly advises clients on commercial transactions and M&A, regulatory matters and high-profile arbitration and litigation; clients include Accenture, HSBC and HP. Beijing-based practice head Barbara Li has extensive experience of handling inbound and outbound investments, as well as technology licensing work. The team also includes Shanghai-based Lynn Yang.

O’Melveny primarily handles the TMT aspects of commercial transactions for foreign clients. Shanghai-based co-head Walker Wallace led the team advising Warner Bros. on its joint venture with private equity firm China Media Capital (CMC) to launch a film studio division that will develop Chinese-language films for domestic and global distribution. Beijing-based practice co-head Larry Sussman is experienced in handling inbound and outbound investments for technology and media companies. Ke Geng in Beijing and Nima Amini in Hong Kong also co-head the team.

Paul Hastings LLP specialises in acting for media clients in commercial transactions. Practice head David Wang, who splits his time between Shanghai and Beijing, acted for SoftBank Group as the lead investor in the $600m financing of Kuaidi Dache, a Chinese mobile app for taxis. The team also includes Jia Yan.


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