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Jincheng Tongda & Neal is 'a reputable firm' in trade remedy and WTO litigation, and is one of only a few firms retained by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) to advise on bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. Chen Yang heads the department, which has been busy advising domestic manufacturers and exporters across a variety of sectors on trade remedy investigations initiated by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) and US Department of Commerce (USDOC). Of particular note, Yang and Zheng Xu represented the China Rubber Industry Association and MOFCOM (on behalf of the country's entire bus and truck tire industry) in a dispute initiated by USITC concerning over $1bn of truck and bus tire exports from China; USITC issued a determination of no injury. Further, the team has handled a number of major US-led anti-dumping investigations in the steel industry, and has also recently represented domestic clients in trade remedy cases initiated by Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Brazil.

'A first-class firm in WTO disputes', King & Wood Mallesons is regularly involved in China's most pressing WTO settlements and trade remedies, and has also played a role in international treaty negotiations. Headed by 'stand-out trade lawyer' Jin Xiao, the team has served as an international trade adviser to MOFCOM for years, and has acted for the ministry in nearly half of all WTO cases in which it has appeared as a complainant or respondent. Conversely, Cheng Liu has extensive experience representing multinational companies in, among others, anti-dumping investigations initiated by MOFCOM.

The trade lawyers at Zhong Lun Law Firm have 'an impressive network of contacts in the industry', which they leverage to provide WTO and trade remedy advice 'at an excellent international standard'. As one of only a handful of firms that regularly acts for MOFCOM, the team has been involved in anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations initiated by Canada, the US, the EU, South Africa and India. Lingchen Pu is acting for MOFCOM in relation to a $10bn investigation by the EU into photovoltaic imports from China, and is also representing the client in a US investigation concerning forged steel fittings. Additional highlights have included Pu advising a domestic chemical product company on a multibillion-dollar safeguard investigation, and Jiang Zhe representing clients such as OCI Company and Hanwha Total Petrochemical in multiple anti-dumping investigations initiated by MOFCOM. Also recommended is Jianwei Liu, who has expertise in WTO law and IP, and is experienced in litigation and arbitration.

East & Concord Partners' international trade department is fully dedicated to representing clients in trade remedy cases, where it is instructed primarily by domestic corporates, but also acts for international clients in investigations initiated by MOFCOM. The team is recently most active in investigations initiated by the EU, India, Turkey and Australia, and has extensive experience in anti-dumping, anti-circumvention and safeguard investigations. Department head Vivian Wang, who is widely regarded in the market as a stand-out practitioner, has been engaged by a Chinese government entity and a number of producers and exporters in relation to a multiple significant anti-dumping investigations being undertaken by the EU. Wang also represented a client on behalf of the entire Chinese electromechanical industry in a multibillion-dollar anti-dumping investigation initiated by India.

'An excellent firm that is a pleasure to work with', Global Law Office has a strong reputation for handling the full range of trade remedy and WTO investigations. The team has been particularly active in anti-dumping investigations initiated by India or Turkey, including one in which department head Frank Hang represented 32 Chinese porcelain and ceramics companies in a $200m Turkish anti-dumping investigation. Hang, who 'brings a real depth of industry knowledge to the team', has also been involved in anti-dumping investigations in Japan and the US. WTO work has included Qing Ren acting for China Chamber of International Commerce in relation to an investigation initiated by the US concerning China's policies and practices in matters of IP and technology transfers. Ren also advises corporates on export control issues.

Guangsheng & Partners PRC Lawyers has a long-standing practice in international trade where it handles trade remedy matters such as anti-dumping cases, anti-subsidy cases and countervailing measures. The team is regularly instructed by foreign and multinational corporates in relation to trade remedy cases in China and throughout the region, and it also advises domestic clients on investigations initiated abroad. Recent work has included Yan Hai, Likai Li and Selina Shan representing OFS Fitel in an anti-dumping interim review initiated by MOFCOM concerning optical fibres from the US. Conversely, Li and Hai have represented a host of Chinese manufacturers and exporters in trade remedy cases initiated by the US, Korea, Japan and India spanning a wide range of sectors including the steel and iron, food additives and chemical products. The firm is also investing in the trade department, having recently taken on five new associates.

AllBright Law Offices has developed a strong reputation advising on trade remedy investigations, export control and customs issues, and WTO disputes, where is acts for corporate respondents. In one particularly stand-out matter, Ye Li represented China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Machinery & Electronic Products and the China solar panel industry in the first steel safeguard investigation initiated by the US since 2001. Li also acted as local counsel to Jiangsu Zhongji Composite Materials in relation to a US anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation aimed at the aluminium foil industry. Also recommended is department head Donghui Fu, who represented a domestic food stuffs manufacturer in a global safeguard investigation initiated by MOFCOM. Canadian Solar and China Chamber of International Commerce are also among the team's major clients.

Acting for domestic manufacturers, exporters and trade associations, DeHeng Law Offices has experience in a variety of trade remedy cases, with particular expertise in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations. Department head Yongzhong Ren is representing Xinyi PV Products Anhui Holding in an appeal by the EU to the CJEU concerning the General Court's decision that anti-dumping duties had been applied to the company based on an improper rejection of the company's application for Market Economy Treatment. Additional clients have included Guangdong Guanyu Metal Products and Tsaker Chemical (Dongguang).

Dentons China has over a decade of experience assisting domestic exporters and mid-size SOEs with trade remedy cases involving steel, solar panel, rubber and ceramic products, among others. The team has been actively involved in anti-dumping investigations initiated by India, Australia and particularly the US, where department head Jason Sun is advising a host of Chinese companies on a trade remedy case brought by the US Department of Commerce regarding aluminium sheet products from China. Additionally, Sun is acting for Zhejiang ERA Solar Technology in relation to an anti-dumping investigation brought by the Ministry of Commerce of India regarding Chinese solar panel products; this investigation is particularly important, as India is the last and largest export market for Chinese solar panels following trade remedy cases in the US and the EU. The team has also handled significant trade remedy cases for clients such as Hunan Valin Xiangtan Iron and Steel and Southwest Aluminium.

Grandall Law Firm fields a sizeable international trade department, which specialises in anti-dumping and anti-circumvention investigations emanating from jurisdictions including Pakistan, India, Turkey and the EU. A key figure in the team is Dora Hu, who has represented Chinese exporters in anti-dumping investigations in the ink, solar panel and tableware industries. Acting for Nanshan Aluminum, Hu helped secure certain trade exemptions in relation to an EU investigation into China's aluminum foil exports.

Hiways Law Firm has a sizeable international trade practice, which represents Chinese companies in a range of trade remedy cases throughout Asia, Europe, the US and Latin America. Moreover, the team has experience assisting foreign companies with cases before the Chinese investigating authorities, and also advises clients on customs issues. Among the department's major instructions in 2017-2018, Steven Yu defended Baosteel Group Corporation in an International Trade Centre case brought by US Steel Corporation alleging pricing conspiracy, illegally controlled production and export, theft of trade secrets and false designation of origin. Further, Yu and Bixuan Wu assisted Taian Havay Chemicals with a petition to MOFCOM against the import of hydriodic acid from the US and Japan. Other key figures in the department include Min Lin and Lisa Ling, and senior partner Shanshan Xu, who has expertise in trade and customs.

JunHe LLP has particular expertise in handling US Section 337 investigations, and has recently advised on numerous trade investigations involving the solar panel industry. Department head David Tang represented Canadian Solar, with respect to its operation in China, in the third review of a major trade investigation initiated by the US. Similarly, Tang has acted for JinkoSolar in relation to trade investigations in Turkey and the EU. The team is also representing a US chemicals company in an investigations initiated by MOFCOM. Jin Wang and Zhiqin Zhou are also recommended.

Beijing B&H Associates (P.R.C. Lawyers) has extensive experience in anti-dumping claims and many of its trade lawyers hold prominent positions in various WTO associations. The key contacts at the firm are Lan Xiong, Jinghua He and Dongping Guo, all of whom have experience in anti-dumping investigations across a huge variety of industry sectors including petrochemicals, steel and rolled coil, and food additives.

Beijing Huanzhong & Partners has been handled WTO disputes since China joined the organisation in 2001, and the firm continues to be active in trade arbitration and litigation. Department head Xuehua Wang is well recognised in the field for his expertise in trade remedy cases and international arbitration. The team, which includes Jing Liu , also has experience with international technology transfers and IP.

RayYin & Partners' international trade practice is headed by Lin Yang, a vastly experienced practitioner with a long reputation for advising domestic and international corporates on anti-dumping and Chinese safeguard investigations. Of counsel Michelle Zang is another key figure in the team.

Headed by Zheng Jia, the team at Zhong Yin Law Firm has handled global anti-dumping investigations in various sectors including the steel industry. Jia in particular is 'not only very knowledgeable of the sector, but is also able to leverage his invaluable market connections' to provide 'clear legal and commercial advice'.

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