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Hogan Lovells International LLP


China: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition: foreign firms
Antitrust and competition: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's China practice is integrated with the firm’s strong US and EU competition teams and often works on a cross-office basis with colleagues overseas. It regularly assists TMT and life sciences sector clients with antitrust issues in China and Hong Kong. Adrian Emch, who is bilingual in English and Mandarin is recommended.

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China: Banking and finance

Banking and finance: foreign firms
Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

According to a client, Hogan Lovells International LLP maintains 'one of the most seamless Hong Kong and Greater China banking practices in the region'. Headed by Owen Chan, the team is particularly 'skilled at dealing with PRC clients in private equity and credit investment transactions'. In the Beijing office, Jun Wei specialises in assisting multinational companies and financial institutions with investment transactions, and also has experience with acquisition and project finance transactions. Acting alongside the Singapore team, Wei advised the Tianjin Branch of China Development Bank on the provision of a $275m loan to Comsys (Tianjin) Leasing to facilitate an aircraft lease transaction. Another contact in the Greater China team is senior associate Shantay Cong, who practices across the firm's Shanghai and Hong Kong offices and has been involved in significant acquisition and property finance matters.

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China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms
Corporate and M&A: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a special focus on sectors such as energy and infrastructure, financial services, life sciences, consumer, real estate and TMT. The practice also assists with antitrust and national security reviews, foreign investment regulation, employee benefit considerations, IP safeguards, tax-efficient structuring, and acquisition finance issues. A multi-jurisdictional and cross-practice team advised publicly-listed Xinjiang Urban Construction (Group) Company on its $1.5bn reverse takeover by Jiangsu Jinsheng Industrial, a diversified Chinese industrial group; it also assisted Navis achieve a highly successful exit from its investment in MFSS, which designs, manufactures and distributes flexible printed circuits and rigid printed circuit boards. Andrew McGinty heads the corporate practice in China and Asia Pacific; and Jun Wei assists multinational life sciences companies and financial institutions with structuring their proposed investments and operations in China. The other principal contacts are Philip Cheng, Roberta Chang Liang Xu, Roy Zou and Larry Sussman. Lu Zhou recently made partner.

Leading individuals

Andrew McGinty - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Lu Zhou - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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China: Dispute resolution

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's China dispute resolution team's recent work includes multi-jurisdictional engineering matters, regulatory investigations, white-collar crime, infrastructure disputes and cyber fraud. Alongside the Washngton DC office, the team assisted Dun & Bradstreet Corporation with major investigation and cross-border enforcement actions that related to the acquisition of data. Shanghai’s Eugene Chen is highly rated. Terence Wong joined Winston & Strawn LLP's Hong Kong and Shanghai offices.

Leading individuals

Eugene Chen - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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China: Fintech

Fintech: foreign firms
Fintech: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's exceptional fintech sector capabilities are very much in evidence in the regulatory, data protection and transactional space. Hong Kong-based Mark Parsons has advised Tencent on its international expansion over past years. In 2017, a multi-jurisdictional team advised on data protection, payments and intellectual property issues relating to its initiatives WeChat Out and Tencent Cloud and assisted the client with Wechat Wallet's global expansion. It continues to advise Citi Group on its Hong Kong digital banking matters in the area of technology agreements, data protection and cyber security. Andrew McGinty is a key name to note in its Shanghai office and he has experience advising financial institutions on facial recognition projects and cross-border online payment collaboration mandates.

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

Healthcare and life sciences: foreign firms
Healthcare and life sciences: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is a popular choice among the leading global pharmaceutical and life sciences sector clients. The team covers the full spectrum of life sciences matters, with particular strength in regulatory issues and big-ticket M&A transactions. LabCorp is a prominent client which the team represents in a range of matters; in 2017, Jun Wei was part of a global team that advised LabCorp on its $1.2bn acquisition of Chiltern. Roy Zou and senior associate Jessie Xie assisted Dr Pepper Snapple Group with regulatory issues relating to the labels and formulas of one of its beverage lines. Zou also assisted an international medical device company with responding to a China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) investigation relating to the failing of Chinese compliance requirement. Andrew McGinty is advising a US start-up company on its joint venture with a Chinese institutional investor for its clinical trials in China. Eugene Chen handled a significant anti-bribery investigation and is acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company in an anti-bribery compliance due diligence investigation pertaining a proposed establishment of a joint venture with a Chinese state-owned company.

Next generation lawyers

Jessie Xie - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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China: Intellectual property

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is well positioned for cross-border IP transactions and litigation matters. Its recent highlights include Zhen (Katie) Feng successfully assisting Blizzard Entertainment with obtaining an interim injunction relating to copyrights in video games and representing The Lego Group in a series of copyright, trade mark infringement and unfair competition cases against a Chinese counterfeiter Lepin. Other highlights include advising H&M on its trade mark portfolio in China as well as on opposition and cancellation proceedings; handling patent infringement and patent invalidation case for a multinational gaming company; and acting for a multinational conglomerate in a number of cross-border technology licensing mandates. Feng and the recently promoted counsel Helen Xia jointly lead the team, which includes Hong Kong-based IP litigator Eugene Low who also advises on data privacy and advertising matters.

Next generation lawyers

Helen Xia - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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China: Labour and employment

Labour and employment: foreign firms
Labour and employment: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides its international client base with comprehensive day-to-day employment advice, and is also called upon to assist with corporate transactional matters, employee investigations and disputes. Philip Cheng leads the Shanghai-based group, which assisted a client in the shipping sector with the termination of several employees following an investigation. The team also advised a European corporate on its arbitration strategy in a case involving a member of its senior management. In the non-contentious space, Cheng and Beijing-based Roy Zou are acting for a laboratory research company in relation to an employee rationalisation project following a significant global acquisition. The firm has also launched an association firm, Hogan Lovells Fidelity, in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, which it expects will greatly enhance its ability to provide the full-range of support in labour and employment disputes in the PRC.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms
Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's private equity deal experience includes sectors such as life sciences and healthcare, education, insurance and energy, along with real estate, and TMT. The team regularly handles investments, exits and the ongoing operations of portfolio companies in China. It advised a company that provides healthcare services for seniors in China on a financing deal. Andrew McGinty, Steven Robinson, Larry Sussman and recently promoted Lu Zhou are the key advisers.

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China: Projects and energy

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is highly sought after for Chinese outbound investment transactions in emerging markets such as Africa, Latin America and Central and Southeast Asia. Jointly led by Jun Wei and counsel Michael Zou, the mainland team is primarily focused on M&A, investment and EPC agreements in the energy and infrastructure sector, where it is instructed by investors and domestic lenders, SOEs and other Chinese companies. The team is also active in project finance mandates, where Wei advised China Development Bank on a number of matters including the financing for the Dhaka Elevated Express Way in Bangladesh, and the $1.6bn financing for the Astana Light Rail project in Kazakhstan. The team also assisted inbound investors from jurisdictions such as Latin America with the development of energy projects in China.

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China: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction: foreign firms
Real estate and construction: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's real estate practice in China advises on a wide range of real estate development projects, real estate acquisitions and financing transactions. Typical work for the team includes land purchases, sales, leasing, financing and construction projects. Andrew McGinty in Shanghai heads the team.

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China: Regulatory/compliance

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms
Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has expertise in handling cross-border investigations and enforcement actions, particularly where US authorities are involved. The team regularly advises multinational corporates on multijurisdictional internal compliance and employee misconduct investigations. The China practice is headed by Eugene Chen, who has extensive experience handling enforcement actions by the US DOJ and US SEC. Acting alongside his US colleagues, Chen represented Dun & Bradstreet in a US DOJ-led investigation concerning the acquisition of data, and also helped the client resolve certain Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations with the US SEC. The team has also appeared before Chinese regulators, and has handled a variety of internal investigations initiated by whistle-blower claims.

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China: TMT

TMT: foreign firms
TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is singled out for its 'excellent knowledge of the Chinese market'. Coupled with its global network of offices, it is a poplar choice among multinational and major Chinese TMT sector companies which regularly instructs the team on big-ticket cross-border M&A, antitrust, and data privacy regulation mandates. Practice head Andrew McGinty 'understands client's needs' and recently assisted a US technology company with China cybersecurity and compliance issues relating to data localisation and export; he also acted for a financial institution on facial recognition project for credit card applications. Antitrust specialist Adrian Emch and transactional lawyer Roy Zou advised a social media company on antitrust matters in China and Hong Kong as well as export control matters. Associate Wensheng Ren is 'a bright, young lawyer who has a sophistication beyond his experience'.

Next generation lawyers

Wensheng Ren - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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China: Tax

Tax: foreign firms
Tax: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The tax team at Hogan Lovells International LLP has developed into 'one of the preeminent practices in the region'. The team is singled out for its 'technical capability and commercially-minded approach'. In the Shanghai office, Roberta Chang has advised clients in the aviation, retail, real estate, manufacturing and education sectors on tax and transfer pricing issues concerning global M&A and multinational joint venture agreements. Larry Sussman practices in the firm's Beijing office and has particular experience in fund and investment taxation. Sussman advised Bain Capital on the tax issues associated with the establishment of a NPL investment platform in China, and also advised Deutsche Bank on the tax structuring of a China-focused clean energy fund. Other key clients include Juilliard School, Goldman Sachs and Warner Brothers.

Leading individuals

Larry Sussman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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