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King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Antitrust and competition

PRC firms
Antitrust and competition: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesons combines a ‘speedy response, deep understanding of competition law and the ability to provide appropriate commercial advice’. Leveraging its global network, the team assisted BG Group during its acquisition by Royal Dutch Shell to obtain unconditional clearance from both MOFCOM and the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). In another highlight, the highly regarded Susan Ning and Hazel Yin assisted Lockheed Martin with the merger control filing of its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The ‘commercially minded’ Kate Peng and Cheng Liu are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Susan Ning - King & Wood Mallesons

Next generation lawyers

Zhifeng Chai - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Banking and finance

PRC firms
Banking and finance: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesons continued to invest in its banking and finance practice with a partner-level hire – Laurence Yuan joined from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in November 2015 – and five internal partner promotions. Recent highlights include advising on a financing transaction in the newly established Tianjin Free Trade Zone and handling a number of cross-border project finance transactions. The group is also developing a significant reputation in the evolving area of fintech. Practice head Jack Wang is widely regarded as being ‘one of the best lawyers in the market for banking and finance’. Within the team, the ‘commercially minded’ Stanley Zhou has particular expertise in Shanghai Free Trade Zone matters; Ling Wang, Xin Zhong, Roy Zhang, Eddie Hu are also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Jack Wang - King & Wood Mallesons

Ling Wang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Capital markets

PRC firms
Capital markets: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesons has a top reputation in debt capital markets and securitisations, advising on high-profile onshore and offshore listings, refinancing, red chip stock offerings and panda bond transactions. Highlights included advising Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on its private offering of 450 million preference shares, raising RMB45bn, and successfully assisting Huatai Securities with issuing H-shares and a listing on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The practice acted for the five joint lead underwriters in the issuance of the first panda bond by the government of the Republic of Korea. The well-regarded Yongliang Zhang, Mulong Gong and Xiaohong Zhao head the sizeable team, which also includes the ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ Eddie Hu, Lizi Tang, Roy Zhang, and Xiaolei Yang.

Leading individuals

Lizi Tang - King & Wood Mallesons

Xiaohong Zhao - King & Wood Mallesons

Xiaolei Yang - King & Wood Mallesons

Yongliang Zhang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Corporate and M&A

PRC firms
Corporate and M&A: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

A clear leader in the market’, King & Wood Mallesons’ ‘well-organised’ corporate team has ‘deep knowledge coupled with excellent legal and technical skills’. Leveraging its comprehensive global network, the group assists a wide range of clients with cross-border commercial and corporate mandates. Ping Xu’s highly impressive year included advising Fonterra on purchasing a stake in Beingmate Baby & Child Food through a partial tender offer, and acting for Qingdao Haier on the successful $5.4bn acquisition of General Electric’s appliances business, which was one of the largest outbound transactions by a Chinese listed company outside the financial services sector. Clients also include State Power Investment Corporation, China Life Investment, Ant Financial Services and China General Nuclear Power. Harry Du is recommended for his expertise in high-end M&A in the infrastructure and real estate sectors; Xiaohong Zhao and Kaiding Wang are also well regarded.

Leading individuals

Harry Du - King & Wood Mallesons

Ping Xu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Dispute resolution

PRC firms
Dispute resolution: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesonsremains at the top of its game’, particularly in the area of contract disputes, securities misrepresentation and cross-border disputes. Tao Huang heads the practice, which assisted a number of SOEs in construction disputes and sales contract litigation, while Lingyun Liu and Yaozhi Qian assisted a client in an equity and ownership rights dispute arising from a land development project. Baosheng Zhang has substantial experience in capital markets dispute resolution; Feng Gao, Wenjing Tian and Linda Liang are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Feng Gao - King & Wood Mallesons

Tao Huang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Employment

PRC firms
Employment: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesons is ‘highly experienced in handling complex labour issues during mass layoffs’. In 2015, Linda Liang assisted a Fortune 500 company with adjusting its labour dispatch model, and acted for a Sino-foreign joint venture company regarding disputes over pay equality. Lucy Lu ‘knows how to handle difficult relationship and is able to figure out the dynamics on different projects quickly’, Junlu Jiang and Shenzhen-based Juquan Yin are also recommended, and Guangzhou-based Ai Luo was promoted to the partnership in July 2016.

Leading individuals

Junlu Jiang - King & Wood Mallesons

Lucy Lu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Intellectual property

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

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

IP litigation is a key element of practice at King & Wood Mallesons, which has noted an increase in mandates from Chinese clients regarding outbound matters and the progress of the practice has been reflected in the promotion to partner of Yongmei Yi, Jonathan Yuan and Bisheng Shi. Mingfei Sun and Yusheng Shi have been representing Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals in a number of disputes brought against Jia Duo Bao Drink & Food before the Supreme People’s Court regarding the trade mark, advertising and packaging of the client’s herbal tea product. The team includes the well-regarded Xiaoli Yang.

Leading individuals

Xiaoli Yang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Projects and energy

PRC firms
Projects and energy: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesons is adept at handling a broad range of mandates for a mix of SOEs, private companies and multinational energy companies. The China team worked with colleagues in other offices to advise China General Nuclear Power on its £6bn investment in Hinkley Point C plant in the UK. In another highlight, the PPP team assisted Beijing MTR with finalising its RMB47.4bn franchising contract of Beijing Metro Line 16. Practice head Handel Lee focuses on advising Chinese clients in offshore acquisitions in the energy industry. Corporate partners Jin Xiong, Xiaolian Zhang and Ping Xu are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Jin Xiong - King & Wood Mallesons

Xiaolian Zhang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Real estate and construction

PRC firms
Real estate and construction: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesons’ highly impressive year included advising clients on the establishment of REITs in domestic and offshore capital markets and advising on complex real estate financing transaction. The team acted as part of a multi-jurisdictional team advising China Life Investment Holding Company on its acquisition of 99 Bishopsgate in London from a Brookfield subsidiary. Rong Fang, who is praised as having ‘strong negotiation skill and broad sector knowledge’, assisted Hainan Airlines with listing quasi-REITs on the Shanghai Stock Exchange using its office building in Shanghai as an underlying asset. Beijing-based Harry Du heads the team and is supported by Hangzhou-based William Jiang and Shenzhen-based Zhangqi Tao.

Leading individuals

Rong Fang - King & Wood Mallesons

William Jiang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: TMT

PRC firms
TMT: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesons has experience of advising clients on national broadband rollouts, regulatory reforms and compliance, and M&A. The team routinely assists domestic and international technology consulting and IT outsourcing providers, as well as international software developers. Recent highlights include assisting Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services with its RMB14.8bn series A and series A+ financing. Other clients include Leshi Internet Information & Technology, Orient Hongtai Zhihe (Beijing) Investment Management and NFME. Xiaohong Zhao heads the multidisciplinary team, in which Cecilia Lou and Ping Xu are also recommended.

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China: Tax

PRC firms
Tax: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesons is praised for its ‘depth of team and responsiveness’. The four-partner team is led by Tony Dong, who has particular expertise in transfer pricing investigations, tax avoidance proceedings, tax appeals and related litigation in China. Yan Zhao acted as the PRC tax counsel for the provincial government of British Columbia (in Canada) regarding a panda bonds issuance and Daisy Duan has been advising China Ming Yang Wind Power on its privatisation, including analysing tax implications, tax optimisation and estimation of potential PRC tax liability. Bill Ye successfully represented China Calxon Group in a tax dispute arising from a share transfer.

Leading individuals

Bill Ye - King & Wood Mallesons

Tony Dong - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: WTO/international trade

PRC firms
WTO/international trade: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons 金杜律师事务所

King & Wood Mallesons has a robust track record in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, acting for petitioners and respondents; it also acts for a number of agencies of the Chinese government in international treaty negotiations. Recent highlights include representing KapStone Paper and Packaging in an antidumping investigation initiated by MOFCOM regarding imports of unbleached sack paper originating from the EU, the US and Japan, as well as acting for MOFCOM in its challenge to a number of antidumping measures taken by the US involving China. Jin Xiao and Ke Jiang are highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Jin Xiao - King & Wood Mallesons

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