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Hogan Lovells International LLP

China: Banking and finance

Foreign firms
Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘lawyers are always professional, accurate and prompt’. The China finance team handles a mix of bank and sponsor-side work, as well as acquisition financing, sovereign lending, export financing, corporate financing and project financing. Beijing managing partner Jun Wei’s practice focuses on project finance, while counsel Michael Zou advises major state-owned oil companies. Zou has acted on some of the earliest and most politically sensitive China-Latin America transactions.

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China: Corporate and M&A

Foreign firms
Corporate and M&A: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s corporate team is able to draw on the support of other practice areas, including antitrust, banking, real estate and intellectual property. The practice advised IBM on the China issues surrounding the disposal of its x86 server business to Lenovo, and acted for home improvement retailer Kingfisher during the £140m sale of a controlling 70% stake in its B&Q China business to Wumei Holdings. In Shanghai Asia corporate head Andrew McGinty is ‘a brilliant and highly reliable adviser’, and Philip Cheng and Michael Chin are also recommended. In Beijing, Steven Robinson, Jun Wei, Liang Xu and Roy Zou are highly rated.

Leading individuals

Andrew McGinty - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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China: Dispute resolution

Foreign firms
Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s mainland China team has expertise in construction, product liability, labour and employment, and commercial disputes, as well as investigations. Terence Wong acted for Shandong Hongri Acron Chemical Joint Stock Company in the Hong Kong enforcement proceedings of an arbitration award made by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) in Beijing. Eugene Chen is also recommended. All partners mentioned are based in Shanghai.

Leading individuals

Eugene Chen - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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China: Employment

Foreign firms
Employment: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s cross-disciplinary practice is headed by corporate partners Philip Cheng and Roy Zou in Shanghai and Beijing respectively. The group primarily advises clients on non-contentious matters, particularly in establishing HR management systems, compliance investigations and restructurings.

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China: Intellectual property

Foreign firms
Intellectual property: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The group at Hogan Lovells International LLP is highly experienced in contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with particular expertise in enforcement and litigation. Shanghai-based William Fisher successfully defended Mercedes-Benz China against two patent infringement lawsuits. Deanna Wong led the team that advised Guess on the Chinese aspects of a trade mark infringement and unfair competition dispute brought against the client by Gucci. Katie Feng and Rae Yan are also recommended. The Hong Kong team expanded with the arrival of Alan Chiu from Mayer Brown JSM.

Leading individuals

Deanna Wong - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Foreign firms
Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has extensive experience advising asset management companies, banks, investors and investment fund houses on private equity investment and fund transactions in China and regionally. In Shanghai, Asia corporate head Andrew McGinty and Michael Chin are recommended. Chin was part of a team that represented ICBCI and ABCI (as existing note holders) on a top-up issuance of new senior secured guaranteed notes by Zhuguang Holdings Group. In Beijing, Steven Robinson is highly rated.

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China: Projects and energy

Foreign firms
Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Beijing managing partner Jun Wei’s practice focuses on project financing and infrastructure development Counsel Michael Zou (also in Beijing) is a trusted adviser to several major state-owned oil companies. In Shanghai, Terence Wong is an arbitration specialist. The practice enjoys strong relationships with major Chinese financiers and borrowers in Latin America, and is highly regarded for China-Latin America related financings.

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China: Real estate and construction

Foreign firms
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Leading individuals

Andrew McGinty - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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China: TMT

Foreign firms
TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Andrew McGinty and Mark Parsons lead the cross-disciplinary practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP from Shanghai and Hong Kong respectively. The group advises on IT transactions, e-commerce and data privacy issues, among other matters. Parsons assisted Tencent with the international expansion of the client’s WeChat social communications business. The team also provided regulatory advice to Tencent relating to the launch of the JOOX music streaming app. Other clients include IBM and China Telecom Global.

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  • Hong Kong Enacts Competition Law

    After years of debate, on 14 June 2012 and in its last days of office, the Legislative Council finally enacted Hong Kong’s first cross- sector competition law.
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Legal Developments in China

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  • What is the relationship between PPP and concessions?

    From fledgling concessions to PPP that is sweeping the country today, there are two major sets of regulations to be followed: one being regulations for concessions led by the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the other the series of regulations for PPP led by the Ministry of Finance (“MoF”).  However, to date, there is still not one law that expressly defines the relationship between the two, resulting in much confusion and many impediments in practice.  The relationship between concessions and PPP is an issue currently desperately needing clarification.
  • Thought on Developing Convention on Enforceability of Settlement Agreements Reached Through Concilia

    The UN Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”) held its 47th session in New York on 7-18 July 2014 and the Author had the privilege of attending the conference at invitation of Mr. Yu Jianlong, President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (“APRAG”). During the conference, the U.S. Government submitted a proposal suggesting Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation) of UNCITRAL (“Working Group II”) to develop a multilateral convention with respect of the enforceability of international commercial settlement agreements reached through conciliation (“Enforceability Convention”) for the purpose of encouraging the use of conciliation in resolving international commercial disputes.  Read more
  • Impact of Article 43 of the Commercial Bank Law on PPP Projects

    With the widespread use of the PPP model in China, financing channels for PPP projects have also increasingly diversified.  Bank, trust, fund and insurance channels of capital have all rushed onto the stage of project financing. Subject to Article 43 of the Commercial Bank Law, banks, as the traditional big brother of financing, have always played the role of lender.  In practice, the opinions as to whether they can participate in the bidding on, and contributing capital to, PPP projects as private investors have been mixed.

    The current PPP tide in China driven by the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission witnesses the transformation and upgrading of large state-owned enterprises.  These enterprises that have traditionally only been familiar with bid invitation, bid submission, and construction, have started to have an impact on numerous new areas such as project proposal and planning, company establishment and acquisition, fund establishment and operation, etc.  Certain state-owned enterprises that got their starts fairly early have cultivated teams with extensive experience in investing, and certain enterprises that are just starting up are selecting young talent from various entities in all out effort to catch up.  Private enterprises also participate enthusiastically.
  • Transfer Pricing – New Risks in Declaring Price Impact of Special Relationship to China Customs

    China Customs recently requires that the importer or exporter of record declare the impact on the import or export price of its special relationship with the counterpart (“Price Impact”). Specifically the declaring party must state whether its special relationship, if any, would affect the transaction value or price as declared to the China Customs. Previously the special relationship was an item of declaration subsequent to a specific request from the Customs. However, the impact of the special relationship was not an item of declaration, and the declaration party even had a general defense right to disprove such Price Impact. The Price Impact, if any, has been a pre-condition for  the Customs not to accept the declared transfer price for the purpose of ascertaining dutiable price of a given import or export shipment, in which case, China Customs shall re-value the given shipment according to China customs valuation rules.
  • New China Customs Taxation Policy on Cross-Border B2C E-Commerce Imports

    The Ministry of Finance, General Administration of Customs and State Administration of Taxation of China jointly issued a circular (“Joint Circular ”) relating to the taxation policy on the cross-border e-commerce retailing imports, with effect as from April 8, 2016.
  • ICC and CIETAC Arbitration Practice Comparison - Case Study Note 1

    One of the most important negotiated points by parties in contract negotiations is the dispute resolution clause. If parties agree on arbitration, they often negotiate which arbitration institution or arbitration rules will apply in resolving potential disputes.
  • Interpretation of New Anti-monopoly Provisions in the Field of Intellectual Property Rights:

    Ren Qing and Wu Peng, Partners in Zhong Lun Law Firm

    By Steve Zhao
  • Zhong Lun Advises Chinese Consortium on $1.9 Billion Acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

    On April 30, 2015, OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (OVTI, a Delaware company listed on NASDAQ) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium composed of Hua Capital Management Co. Ltd. (“Hua Capital Management”), CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (“CITIC Capital”) and GoldStone Investment Co. Ltd. (“GoldStone Investment”) (collectively, the “Consortium”). Under the terms of the agreement, OmniVision stockholders will receive $29.75 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $1.9 billion. The agreement was unanimously approved by OmniVision’s Board of Directors.