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China: Banking and finance

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Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright 诺顿罗氏富布莱特

Norton Rose Fulbright hired project and export credit finance lawyer Paul Wee Ei Don from Clifford Chance LLP to become a partner in Beijing; the addition enhanced the practice’s outbound project finance capability and strengthened its offering to Chinese banks, particularly for cross-border lending and outbound investment. Outbound highlights for the practice included advising Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on the financing of solar projects in India. Head of China banking Fei Kwok divides her time between Shanghai and Beijing; she advises on financings of oil and gas, petrochemicals and LNG projects, as well as renewable energy and independent power projects, and the asset financing of ships, aircraft, rail and heavy industrial equipment. Beijing-based Tom Luckock specialises in projects in the power, infrastructure and water sectors, while Shanghai-based senior associate Simon Barrell is noted for asset, structured, trade and project finance. Jinnan Li left the firm.

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

Norton Rose Fulbright 诺顿罗氏富布莱特

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly acts for prominent clients on substantial energy and technology deals, as well as healthcare M&A such as Shanghai partner Justin Wilson’s work alongside the Singapore office to advise new client Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care on its proposed acquisition of a 50% interest in five hospitals in China. Shanghai team head Sun Hong and Lynn Yang are highly rated, as are Beijing team head Wang Yi and Barbara Li. Jie Zhang joined Reed Smith Richards Butler.

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Justin Wilson - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Tony Zhong - Norton Rose Fulbright

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China: Dispute resolution

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Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright 诺顿罗氏富布莱特

In addition to Norton Rose Fulbright’s China-related arbitration work, construction cases, shipping claims and energy disputes, the practice also has strong insurance and IP case credentials. Recent highlights include representing Right Margin, a Chinachem Group company, in a contractual dispute. Camille Jojo is ‘an excellent adviser to have on your side of your table’ and heads the team, which includes Wynne Mok, Alfred Wu and Jim James, all based in Hong Kong. International arbitration expert James Rogers relocated to the London office.

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China: Intellectual property

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Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

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China: Projects and energy

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Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright 诺顿罗氏富布莱特

Norton Rose Fulbright often handles M&A and financing matters, with an increasing focus on outbound work. Beijing-based practice head Tom Luckock advised a consortium of Huaneng Shandong and Shandong Ruyi as the sponsor of the bidding, financing, development and construction of the $1.8bn coal-fired project in Pakistan. On the lender side, Fei Kwok has been advising ICBC on the financing of three solar projects in India. Paul Wee joined from Clifford Chance LLP, whereas Jie Zhang moved to Reed Smith Richards Butler.

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China: Shipping

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Shipping: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright 诺顿罗氏富布莱特

The ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright noted a significant increase in lease financings and other transactions involving alternative finance structures, as well as restructuring and insolvency work. ‘Very personable’ group head Jonathan Silver ‘provides timely advice’ on contentious and non-contentious shipping matters. Banking head Fei Kwok advised ICBC Financial Leasing on its $960m acquisition of four LNG vessels from Golar LNG, as well as the subsequent financing, refinancing and chartering to Golar LNG. Other clients include CDB, Export-Import Bank of China and Standard Chartered.

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China: TMT

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TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright 诺顿罗氏富布莱特

Norton Rose Fulbright expertly advises clients on commercial transactions and M&A, regulatory matters and high-profile arbitration and litigation; clients include Accenture, HSBC and HP. Beijing-based practice head Barbara Li has extensive experience of handling inbound and outbound investments, as well as technology licensing work. The team also includes Shanghai-based Lynn Yang.

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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.