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Fangda Partners has extensive experience in M&A, private equity investment and corporate finance; in this context, it has developed a strong TMT practice, advising on major transactions in the industry. Outside of transactional work, the team also provides advice on a host of commercial and regulatory issues including e-commerce, licensing, outsourcing and IP. Work highlights in 2016 included acting for Didi Chuxing in its acquisition of Uber (China) and advising Alibaba Group on its acquisition of app store Wandoujia. Doris Tang and Jeffrey Ding jointly lead the team, which expanded in 2016 with the hire of counsel Cathryn Jin, who has in-house and private practice experience. Jonathan Zhou and Peng Tan are also key figures.

The sizeable team of M&A and private equity specialists at Global Law Office has the capacity and experience to handle a range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the TMT industry, including private equity and venture capital investments, IP licensing and infringement, and regulatory and compliance issues. Recent developments include the departure of David Li to Han Kun Law Offices and the promotion of Robert Sun to partner, who has a strong focus on cross-border technology transfers, e-commerce and mobile healthcare. In 2016, Steven Yu represented Tencent as the lead investor in the series A investment in CKF Pictures. Michael Yu is also recommended.

The large TMT team at Han Kun Law Offices was recently bolstered through a number of hires from PRC and international law firms, including Wei Li, who joined from Global Law Office. Clients include leading conglomerates, IT companies, and private equity houses and venture capital firms investing in TMT companies. Charles Li and Gloria Xu have been advising a multinational client in the technology sector on a host of corporate transactions, including group reorganisations and spinoffs of business divisions. Li was also part of a team that acted as sole PRC counsel to on its strategic partnership with Walmart for the provision of products and services to customers in China; Tracy Zhou was another lead member of the team. Dafei Chen splits his time between Beijing and Hong Kong and is also a key contact.

Xiaohong Zhao’s team at King & Wood Mallesons covers the full gamut of TMT work. The ‘particularly responsive’ group has recently seen an uptick in interest in TMT investments in China, and has received a range of instructions spanning both contentious and non-contentious work. The firm’s broad office network is a particular draw; in particular, Steven Toronto has notable experience in cross-border M&A. The group was further bolstered by the arrival of Rocky Lee from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; he is well versed in technology-related transactions and also has a strong practice in other key areas such as broadcasting, e-commerce and education. Liu Keer impresses with her ‘very good legal advice’.

Zhong Lun Law Firm has broad coverage across the TMT sector, including in a number of sub-specialisms such as e-commerce, new media, advertising and software. The multidisciplinary team comprises experts in corporate and M&A, private equity, antitrust and capital markets. In particular, the team handled a number of corporate and corporate finance transactions in 2016; in one highlight, Anthony Zhao, Michael Gu and William Jia advised Zhong Ji Electrical Equipment on its acquisition of InnoLight Technology. Jihong Chen has ‘comprehensive industry experience spanning intellectual property, technology, media and telecoms, which helps clients solve problems in a holistic manner’. Private equity, venture capital and TMT expert Luke Zhang is another key contact.

The ‘commercially driven’ team at AnJie Law Firm provides an ‘excellent service’. It recently expanded its TMT practice with several new hires, including that of ‘well-connected’ and ‘very practical’ partner Catherine Guo from Zhong Lun Law Firm and multiple new arrivals from international firms. Hans Cai regularly advises on private equity financing transactions, where he represents both private equity and venture capital firms and TMT-sector companies. Founding partner Jeremy Dai is another name to note.

High and new technology are focus areas at Guantao Law Firm, which is experienced in e-commerce, biotech, new materials and telecoms matters. Clients include TravelSky Technology, Xingyuan Environment Technology, Datang Telecom and China Unicom Network Communications. Weimin Gan heads the practice, which includes Yang Wang and IP expert Liang Chaoyu.

Telecoms and internet companies regularly turn to JunHe LLP, which has longstanding experience advising on regulatory issues, financings, investments and M&A in these fields. Among the key practitioners are antitrust and M&A partner Janet Hui, Maochang Li, who represents private equity funds with a focus on the hi-tech and IT industries, and Jun Gong, who has a broad contentious and non-contentious practice with particular experience in the media sector.

With a long history advising on TMT law, TransAsia Lawyers has a broad practice that is complemented by the firm’s ancillary expertise in sports, advertising and IP matters. The team has particular experience advising film and television companies on co-production projects and distribution. Clients range from major international companies to start-ups. Founding partner and TMT specialist Philip Qu is a key name; also in the team are Justina Zhang and a pool of associates with significant experience in TMT.

TMT is a core area at DaHui Lawyers, which has experience in inbound and outbound transactions. Richard Ma recently led a team in advising The BMJ (British Medical Journal) on its market entry into China; work included advising on matters concerning publishing and licensing deals with local partners. Elsewhere, Brendon Wu has been advising Light Chaser Animation Studios on film production and distribution.

Dentons China has carved out a space for itself in the burgeoning field of fintech in China. The team expanded its client base by picking up work from several new clients in the TMT sector, many of which have operations in crowd funding, internet loans, big data and e-commerce. Xinyu Liu and Qianwen Zhang have been advising a client active in the internet finance space on a range of IP and corporate issues.

Hylands Law Firm has a strong media practice, and is regularly instructed by international film and entertainment companies during M&A transactions, film co-productions and disputes. In one recent case, Zhengning Li and Yingshan Zhang defended a singer/actor in litigation concerning an exclusive brokerage agreement. The firm’s IP practice is another draw. Xiaogang Ma heads the TMT group, which also includes Zhitong Zhu.

Jingtian & Gongcheng is well known for its corporate and capital markets expertise in the TMT sector; the workload typically includes listings, de-listings, financings and M&A. The team recently expanded its client roster after establishing relationships with several new companies, including NIO Capital, Global Logistic Properties and Elite Capital. Guanchun Dai has developed an active practice in internet healthcare transactions and also handles media and entertainment-related matters. Managing partner Xiang Gao oversees the team, in which Jinjin Chen is a key figure.

Llinks Law Offices’ David Yu has significant experience in transactions involving technology companies. The practice expanded its sports law practice through the hire of David Wu, and also invested in the broader TMT team through several promotions, including that of Cathy Huang to counsel. In a recent highlight, Grant Chen advised a Chinese media group on its acquisition of a film and TV production and distribution company. Elsewhere, Nicholas Lou acted for a venture capital group in a joint investment in a cloud computing business.

The ‘outstanding’ media and entertainment group at Tiantai Law Firm regularly advises on TV and film productions in China, and is also well versed in private equity transactions in this field. Litigation and arbitration also feature among the team’s varied workload. Jizhi Zhang and Donghua Gao advised a client on its investment to build a film and TV industry base; the team’s advice included reviewing studio and location license agreements.

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