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China: Antitrust and competition

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Antitrust and competition: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright 诺顿罗氏富布莱特

The ‘excellent’ and ‘client-centric’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright comprises five dedicated antitrust specialists based in the Hong Kong office, who work alongside colleagues in Beijing and Shanghai with regulatory and competition expertise. Under the leadership of ‘top-class professionalMarc Waha, the team shows a ‘willingness to adapt to clients’ needs’ and ‘build long-term relationships’. It handles antitrust cases in China, the Asia Pacific region and globally, with team members frequently flying to Brussels to represent clients in hearings and meetings with the European Commission. Waha and associate Sophie Chen are currently advising a Chinese client on global antitrust issues connected with its acquisition of an asset in South America. Maxime Vanhollebeke was promoted to of counsel in June 2017. Associate Pearl Yeung also receives praise.

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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 is strong in asset finance (particularly shipping), acquisition finance, project finance, export credit finance, structured trade and commodity finance, and general bilateral and syndicated lending; and the practice has sector strengths in energy and resources, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, and financial institutions. It acted for China Development Bank in its largest US-dollar loan in recent years, which was granted to a US subsidiary of Qingdao Haier (QH) to support QH’s acquisition of General Electric’s appliance business. China banking and finance head Fei Kwok, who divides time between Shanghai and Beijing, advises on inbound and outbound project financings, regarding oil and gas, renewable energy and petrochemicals, as well as the asset financing of ships, aircraft, rail and large equipment. Beijing-based Paul Wee Ei Don is a project finance lawyer, who works predominantly on outbound project and export credit financings, with a particular focus on the mining and metals, oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors; and Tom Luckock advises Chinese sponsors on international energy and infrastructure projects, and has particular knowledge of power projects in Pakistan. Shanghai-based Simon Barrell is a key senior associate and Peter Haslam is head of the Hong Kong banking and finance team.

Leading individuals

Fei Kwok - Norton Rose Fulbright

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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’s corporate and M&A team advises clients from the financial institutions and insurance sectors, as well as handling matters spanning industries such as real estate, technology, and energy and natural resources. It advised Shandong Gold Mining Co on the $960m acquisition of 50% of the shares in a gold mine in Argentina. In Shanghai, Lynn Yang, office head Sun Hong and of counsel Tony Zhong are highly regarded, as is Beijing office head Wang Yi, corporate and projects lawyer Barbara Li (also in Beijing) and Hong Kong office head Psyche Tai. Shanghai consultant Justin Wilson retired from the partnership.

Next generation lawyers

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

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly works on high-value, high-profile commercial litigation with significant cross-border PRC elements. The firm also has a large international arbitration practice, which handles infrastructure, energy and commercial disputes, and it regularly assists with internal and external investigations. Team head Camille Jojo, Alfred Wu and consultant Jim James are the names to note; all are based in Hong Kong. Wynne Mok joined The Securities and Futures Commission.

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China: Intellectual property

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Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright 诺顿罗氏富布莱特

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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 acts for sponsors and lenders in project finance matters; highlights included acting for the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Angola in several Chinese bank financings, including a high-value Sinosure-backed financing for the construction of the largest power project in Angolan history; it also advised a consortium on the bid, development, construction and financing of a coal-fired project in Pakistan. Tom Luckock specialises in both inbound and outbound projects in the power, infrastructure and water sectors; Barbara Li acts for Chinese and international sponsors in the corporate and construction aspects of power and oil and gas matters; Beijing office head Wang Yi advises Chinese sponsors on natural resources project acquisitions; and project finance specialist Paul Wee Ei Don has a particular focus on the mining and metals, oil and gas, power, and infrastructure sectors. Other recommended advisers include Fei Kwok, and Peter Haslam, who heads the Hong Kong banking and finance team.

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China: Regulatory/compliance

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Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright 诺顿罗氏富布莱特

Norton Rose Fulbright’s China regulatory and compliance team conducts internal investigations and provides compliance advice and anti-corruption due diligence and audits across the region, often in cooperation with colleagues from the firm’s other offices worldwide. Shanghai office head Sun Hong is recommended for her advice on compliance risks and complex regulatory issues to international clients doing business in China across a wide range of industries, including financial services, engineering, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and aviation, and Lynn Yang is noted for the regulatory aspects of PRC-related financial services matters, including insurance, and fund and asset management. Yang’s areas of practice also include capital inflow and outflow under the QFII, RQFII and QDII regimes. Barbara Li has extensive experience in complex TMT regulatory issues.

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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

With a broad office network, Norton Rose Fulbright’s geographic coverage extends beyond China, allowing it to handle regional and global shipping matters in conjunction with colleagues in Asia and elsewhere. Recently, it has been particularly active in sale and leaseback transactions, where it has an impressive market share. Its client base includes leading international banks, and the firm also acts for major Chinese financial lessors. Jonathan Silver leads the shipping practice from Hong Kong, where dispute resolution expert Jim James is also based. They were joined by master mariner Peter Glover, who transferred from the London office in 2017, further expanding the firm’s casualty response capabilities in the region. In Shanghai, banking and finance specialist Fei Kwok is a key name.

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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 excels in technology, outsourcing, data protection, privacy and cybersecurity. The team is particularly involved in advising foreign companies on regulatory compliance in Greater China, including in the context of cross-border projects concerning e-commerce and data transfer. It saw an uptick in queries concerning cybersecurity following the enactment of China’s first cybersecurity law; Beijing-based Barbara Li is the key contact in this area. Anna Gamvros is a leading figure for technology and data privacy and is based in Hong Kong.

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