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The ‘outstanding’ team of ‘keen strategic thinkers’ at King & Wood Mallesons excels in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, where it has an excellent track record representing the Chinese government. Practice head Jin Xiao, is, according to one source, ‘hands-down the strongest WTO lawyer among the Chinese law firms’; in one major case, he represented MOFCOM in its dispute with the EU regarding special calculation methodologies used by the EU in anti-dumping proceedings. Trade remedy investigations are another key feature of the practice, where the team represents international companies as respondents. Liu Cheng, whose broad practice takes in international trade, antitrust and cross-border M&A, is also recommended. Jiang Ke left for an in-house position in April 2017.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal’s international trade practice enjoys strong renown in the market; it has represented the Chinese government in numerous WTO cases, and has also been retained by MOFCOM for representation in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. In international trade remedy investigations, it is a popular choice for foreign and domestic manufacturers, exporters, importers and trade associations. Recent work includes Xin Fu’s representation of China Ceramics Industrial Association in an anti-dumping investigation into imports of porcelain and ceramic tableware/kitchenware from China, and Stephen Peng’s representation of MOFCOM before the WTO in a dispute brought by the US concerning certain measures on support for agricultural producers under the Agreement on Agriculture. Chen Yang and Zheng Xu are other key figures.

Zhong Lun Law Firm’s international trade practice is led by Lingchen Pu. Its reputation in this field has been solidified by the successful representation of MOFCOM in several high-profile WTO disputes initiated by the EU, US, Russia and others. It also has a good track record in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, representing leading Chinese traders as well as government bodies. Jiang Zhe is another key contact who has been acting for numerous domestic companies in investigations initiated by Korea; in one recent case, he acted for Nanning Jinlun Wood Co in a coniferous plywood anti-dumping investigation. Jianwei Liu handles international trade, WTO, IP and dispute resolution.

International trade is a core focus of Beijing B&H Associates (P.R.C. Lawyers); it is frequently instructed by Chinese companies for representation in trade remedies investigations initiated in China and overseas. It also provides advisory services on international trade policy, imports and exports, and anti-dumping issues. Senior partner Jinghua He has ancillary expertise in criminal law, and Dongping Guo is also noted for his competition-related international trade work.

Global Law Office is active in inbound and outbound trade remedy cases. 2016 was another busy year for the department, which handled 20 anti-dumping cases initiated by the EU, US, China and others. Highlights included its representation of 32 China porcelain and ceramic companies in the anti-dumping investigation brought by Turkey. The arrival of Qing Ren from Zhong Lun Law Firm in 2016 bolstered its capabilities in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. The ‘very professional’ Frank Hang, who impresses with his ‘connections and knowledge in this field’, heads the practice. At the junior level, Zoey Ge and Alison Yuan are highlighted as ‘diligent and bright young lawyers’.

Very skilled in the international trade area’, JunHe LLP impresses with ‘the speed and quality of its work’. It has established relationships with leading international law firms and companies, the latter of which it represents in complex outbound trade remedies cases. 2016 and 2017 saw the group advising longstanding clients as well as receiving instructions from new clients in customs and international trade matters. The ‘very dedicated’ David Tang jointly leads the practice alongside the highly experienced Yong Zhou. Zhiqin Zhou is contributing towards the ‘future potential of the team’, senior associates Jin Wang and Ashley Niu are also key contacts, and Lihua Wang made partner in 2017.

The ‘knowledgeable, effective and business-oriented’ team at AllBright Law Offices is notable for both its WTO dispute settlement and international trade remedy capabilities. In the latter field, it has achieved numerous successes for its international clients in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations in recent years. Donghui Fu has ‘market-leading’ expertise, and the ‘excellent’ Ye Li has ‘deep knowledge of the law and business environment’.

Beijing Huanzhong & Partners is active in international investment and trade-related disputes as well as anti-dumping and safeguard investigations. Founding partner Xuehua Wang has broad experience in the international trade field, and supplementary expertise in antitrust and unfair competition. Liu Jing is another contact.

DeHeng Law Offices’ international trade practice is well versed in anti-dumping investigations initiated overseas, where it represents Chinese companies in multiple sectors. Recent cases have spanned the automobile, steel, chemicals and photovoltaic industries. Yongzhong Ren draws on over 12 years’ experience; with him in the team are Ding Liang and Jia Hui.

East & Concord Partners received instructions from new and longstanding clients as respondents in anti-dumping and anti-circumvention investigations. For a Taiwanese client in an anti-dumping case initiated by the EU, the team secured a final determination of a zero duty rate. The highly experienced Vivian Wang leads the team.

GuangSheng & Partners’ practice spans international trade and customs matters; inbound and outbound trade remedy cases continue to constitute a large component of the department’s workload. Names to note in the sizeable team include Yan Hai, Likai Li and Selina Shan.

RayYin & Partners has strong experience acting for foreign manufacturers, exporters and importers in anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguard investigations. Lin Yang is a leading figure in the department; other notable practitioners include Ming Liao and of counsel Michelle Zang.

International trade is among the areas of practice at Zhong Yin Law Firm, which has a solid track record in anti-dumping investigations. In one recent highlight, the team represented steel producer HBIS Group in an anti-dumping case brought by the EU. Zheng Jia is the name to note.

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