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King & Wood Mallesons

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Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms
Leading firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons handles a range of international arbitration work, with a particular strength in but not exclusively representing entities linked to the Chinese state. Paul Starr and Donovan Ferguson in Hong Kong (both of whom who handle matters with construction and engineering elements), plus Tao Huang in Beijing and Ye Ariel in Shenzen are key lawyers in the practice. Peter Pether is notable in Australia for construction disputes.

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China: Antitrust and competition

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' six-partner team counts multinational blue-chip companies, Fortune 500 companies, Chinese conglomerates and government authorities as its clients which it advises on a wide range of antitrust and competition matters. It has particular expertise in handling antitrust administrative investigations and civil antitrust litigation, and advises on a steady flow of high-profile merger control filings arising from multijurisdictional M&A transactions. In 2017, practice head Susan Ning and Kate Peng acted for a Fortune 500 company in an NDRC investigation, and Zhifeng Chai successfully represented an SOE in responding to an investigation initiated by NDRC. Han Wu who specialises in data compliance and cybersecurity was promoted to the partnership. The team saw the departure of Hazel Yin who joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2018.

Leading individuals

Susan Ning - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Banking and finance

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is active across the gamut of banking and finance mandates and has a particularly 'strong understanding of the new regulatory developments' in China. Molly Su has been involved in a number of high-value acquisition finance transactions, which included advising Bank of China Shanghai Branch on the loan refinancing of Ctrip's acquisition of Skyscanner. In the project finance space, Zhigang Liu has acted for lenders such as Export-Import Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in relation to financing mandates involving projects in African and Southeast Asian jurisdictions. Also of note, Stanley Zhou advised OAX Foundation on its initial crypto-token sale, and Feng Ma, who has expertise in aviation finance, assisted the Henan branch of China Development Bank on the financing provisions to a joint venture leasing company to facilitate a lease of several aircraft to a Russian airline. Moreover, the team has invested heavily in its ABS and fintech capabilities, and recently promoted Jieyu Gu, Linlin Liu, and Shulin Sun to partner. Cheng Xueli and Ning Zhang left the team in 2018. Also recommended are Jack Wang, Ling Wang, and Xiaoxue Wang.

Leading individuals

Jack Wang - King & Wood Mallesons

Ling Wang - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Xiaoxue Wang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Capital markets

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons handles debt capital markets work and securitisation, among others, and regularly acts for financial institutions, international corporations and Chinese insurers in multibillion-dollar bond issuance and IPO mandates. The sizeable team now counts 65 partners, having seen five further promotions to partner. Names to note include Yongliang Zhang, who has expertise in acting for medium and large-sized companies and start-ups on onshore and offshore listings, and Jingping Zhang, who joined from an in-house role at a TMT-sector company. Xiaohong Zhao and Xiaolei Yang are also singled out. Bank of Zhengzhou and Sangfor Technologies are new client wins.

Leading individuals

Xiaohong Zhao - King & Wood Mallesons

Xiaolei Yang - King & Wood Mallesons

Yongliang Zhang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons attracts praise for its 'very high level of service' as well as its ability to provide 'strong support across a broad spectrum of sectors' including TMT, automotive, energy an manufacturing. The 60-partner team handles domestic and cross-border M&A and joint venture mandates. Among the recent instructions, Mingyuan Zhang and Ruiqiu Song assisted a major Chinese company with the establishment of the onshore private equity funds in China and in a separate transaction, acquisition of an overseas infant product company. Kaiding Wang and Frankfurt-based Christian Cornett advised an operating automotive supplier in acquiring a German automotive company; Wang was part of a multi-jurisdictional team that handled a multimillion-dollar sale and purchase mandate in the technology space. The highly regarded Ping Xu heads the cross-border M&A practice which also includes FDI specialist Rongkang Wang and Harry Du; the latter has notable expertise in the real estate and infrastructure sectors.

Leading individuals

Harry Du - King & Wood Mallesons

Ping Xu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Dispute resolution

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is a genuine market leader in domestic and overseas litigation and arbitration. The firm has assembled a peerless client portfolio of blue-chip names which it has notable experience in representing before all levels of court. The 70-partner team is led by Beijing-based Tao Huang who is particularly experienced in international commercial and maritime litigation and arbitration. In its Shenzhen office, Ariel Ye has significant experience in representing domestic and foreign clients in CIETAC and ICC arbitrations; Ye was part of a team that acted for an electric company in its disputes with an engineering consultancy firm in relation to a $2.4bn clean energy plant in a SIAC-administered arbitration seated in Singapore. Feng Gao is recommended for financial and insurance cases including cross-border disputes relating to financial derivative transactions. Construction disputes also feature. Shouzhi Zhang, Lingyun Liu, and senior associates Mengdan Lv and Dongjun Li, are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Ariel Ye - King & Wood Mallesons

Feng Gao - King & Wood Mallesons

Tao Huang - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Dongjun Li - King & Wood Mallesons

Mengdan Lv - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Fintech

Fintech: PRC firms
Fintech: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' practice benefits from the firm's full-service offering, and accordingly advises regulatory bodies and commercial entities on a broad range of matters. On the regulatory side, the team advises a range of regulatory bodies on compliance issues, and on the commercial entities front, it counts Alibaba, CreditEast Group and China Rapid Finance as main clients. Recent highlights saw a multi-jurisdictional team advising on a series of initial crypto token sales, assisting with the listing of fintech group in Hong Kong, and handling a pre-IPO restructuring for a leading Chinese internet lending company. The 'impressive' fintech group, jointly led by banking and finance lawyers Allen Zhong, Xiaoquan Yang and Jie Zhou, regularly works with Urszula McCormack who is based at the firm's Hong Kong office. Of counsel Leimin Yu and senior associate Fushen Chen are also recommended.

Next Generation Partners

Fushen Chen - King & Wood Mallesons

Leimin Yu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

Healthcare and life sciences: PRC firms
Healthcare and life sciences: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is regularly instructed on the largest transactions in the China market; in 2017, the team advised LuyePharma Hong Kong on its purchase of Astra Zeneca's Seroquel and Seroquel XR in the UK, China and other 49 international markets and assisted a number of US and Chinese investors in the sales and purchases of pharmaceutical and medical devices companies. Other instructions include acting for an investment fund in financing for a medical device company and assisting a Chinese pharmaceutical company with compliance issues relating to the IPO approval by the Securities Regulatory Commission. The sizable group is led by transaction lawyers Jianping Wang and Jianwen Huang which also includes patent specialist Wenping Chen. Senior associate Yuanyuan Zhu is also a recommended practitioner with particular expertise in compliance and investigation.

Leading individuals

Jianwen Huang - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Yuanyuan Zhu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Intellectual property

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent service and value‚Äô, ‚Äėstays on top of a large volume of cases and succeeds even in challenging ones‚Äô. It fields 44 partners, who cover all technical fields including telecoms, computer sciences, electronics, pharmaceuticals and automotive; the team also handles trade mark, copyright and domain name matters. Xiaoli Yang¬†specialises in trade mark prosecution and enforcement; Nongfan Zhu¬†and Wang Maohua¬†are also singled out. Household names such as Johnson & Johnson, Alibaba, Fitbit, and GlaxoSmithKline count among the team's clients.

Leading individuals

Xiaoli Yang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Investment funds

Investment funds: PRC firms
Investment funds: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

With one of the largest professional funds teams in the Asia Pacific region, King & Wood Mallesons' clients include managers of private equity, venture capital, debt, infrastructure and real estate funds, as well as hedge funds, secondary funds, funds of funds, and emerging market funds. Typical work includes formation and structuring; negotiating business and legal terms with investors; drafting joint venture and partnership agreements; appointment documents for fund administration representatives; and fund custodian agreements. The team advised Gopher Asset Management Company on the establishment of an RMB equity investment fund, which focuses predominantly on equity investments in real estate development businesses. Gong Mulong is a fund formation expert, who advises on onshore structures as well as red-chip structure investments; China management committee chair Zhang Yi specialises in private equity fund formation; Lin Zhijun is a TMT sector expert.

Leading individuals

Gong Mulong - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Labour and employment

Labour and employment: PRC firms
Labour and employment: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons provides 'incomparable' service characterised by 'quick response times' and 'commercially friendly, tailor-made advice'. Jointly led by Linda Liang and Junlu Jiang, the team advises on the entire spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, and also played a role in shaping significant pieces of Chinese labour policy. Lucy Lu and Juquan Yin assisted a global US manufacturing company with the closure of 22 entities in China involving the layoff of around 400 employees. Similarly, the Shenzhen-based team advised a well-known technology company with the closure of two manufacturing sites and the layoff of several thousand employees. In the contentious space, the team defended an ex-employee against her former employer involving alleged violation of a non-compete agreement, and also represented a household name tech company in litigation against one of its employees for gross misconduct. Additional contacts include Xiaodan Xu and Ting Liu, who have experience in labour arbitration.

Leading individuals

Junlu Jiang - King & Wood Mallesons

Lucy Lu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms
Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons

Advising both global buyout funds and smaller new funds, King & Wood Mallesons is highly regarded for its experience in the establishment, investment and exit of domestic and overseas funds; its advice includes regulatory advice, drafting investment plans and designing investment structures. The firm also fields lawyers who assist with related tax, IP, labour, real estate and insurance matters. Mulong Gong is an expert in private equity fund formation, downstream investments, onshore and offshore IPOs, and M&A deals, and he has advised clients in sectors such as technology and internet, finance, retail, healthcare and manufacturing. Yi Zhang is an expert in private equity fund formation and investments, who also acts in M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and domestic and offshore IPOs. Other key advisors include Zhijun Lin, who represents TMT clients in private equity investments and financings for listings.

Leading individuals

Mulong Gong - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Projects and energy

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

King & Wood Mallesons

With strengths in mining, infrastructure, and oil and gas projects at every stage, King & Wood Mallesons is regularly instructed by domestic SOEs and private companies, and major international energy groups. Jointly led by Wenjing Tian and Handel Lee, the team has been involved in a number of One Belt One Road initiatives in recent years, which have included several significant rail projects. Tian and Zhizhi Liu are advising China Railway International on the development of a 414 km rail link between Boten (a norther Lao city adjacent to China's Yunnan Province) and Vientiane. Similarly, the team acted for China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation in relation to the construction of an electrified rail project between Ethiopia and Djibouti, and is advising the client on the possibility of a subsequent equity investment and O&M contract; this project is the first project of its kind in Africa. Additional highlights have seen the team acting for China Electric Power Equipment and Technology in relation to the EPC and O&M contracts for a 900 km high-voltage direct current transmission line in Pakistan.

Leading individuals

Wenjing Tian - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Zhizhi Liu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction: PRC firms
Real estate and construction: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' practice comprises 15 partners who regularly advise on real estate transactions across China, including M&A deals, asset acquisitions, taxation and land issues, as well as upstream fund establishment, fund structuring and real estate-focused outbound transactions. It also stands out for the calibre of its real estate financing experience and assists clients with issuing REITs in domestic and offshore capital markets. Recent highlights include advising Poly Real Estate Group Company on an asset-backed specific plan, which marked the first rental housing quasi-REIT by a real estate developer in China. Harry Du heads up the team in Beijing; William Jiang is Yangtze River Delta head; and Zhangqi Tao is head of South China. Also recommended are real estate and infrastructure specialist Fang Rong and recently promoted Xing Meidong.

Leading individuals

Fang Rong - King & Wood Mallesons

William Jiang - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Xing Meidong - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Regulatory/compliance

Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms
Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons has shown enormous commitment to this field, building a sizable team in China. It represents numerous multinational and PRC clients. The team is especially active in the pharmaceutical, automotive and technology space, most notably advising a global pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) investigations into alleged violations of anti-bribery laws and handling an internal investigation for a leading global telecommunications equipment company for FCPA violations. Harry Liu and Wei Wu jointly lead the corporate investigation and anti-corruption practice which also include Junfeng Chang and senior associate Yuanyuan Zhu.

Leading individuals

Harry Liu - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Yuanyuan Zhu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Shipping

Shipping: PRC firms
Shipping: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons handles complex and large-scale disputes and big-ticket transactions in the shipping sector. The team focuses on shipping and trading disputes, liquidation of shipping companies, ship financing mandates, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration award. Key contacts include Edward Ma, who has experience in all areas of shipping law including admiralty, wet and dry maritime, and Liu Xiaowen, who has particular expertise in representing domestic and foreign clients in contractual and maritime disputes including ship collisions and environmental pollution claims. Recent instructions saw the team defend a Chinese company in a high-value damages claim associated with an oil spill.

Leading individuals

Edward Ma - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: TMT

TMT: PRC firms
TMT: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons excels in telecoms and technology, particularly in the digital technology sphere, and has experience of advising on national broadband roll-outs, regulatory reform and IT system procurement. The firm engages in M&A, IPO and corporate transactions as well as IP and compliance matters. Recent instructions in the IP field include representing a Chinese company against its major competitor in a number of patent infringement disputes and acting for a multinational company in defending patent infringement litigation cases before four local courts. Rocky Lee is recommended for cross-border transactions and is particularly experienced in working with TMT start-up companies on a complex structure establishment. Yue Wang specialises in foreign-related litigation and arbitration and advises clients in the sports, culture and entertainment industries. IP specialists Rui Wang and Richard Zheng, corporate practitioners Tianning Ma and Peng Mu and Shenzhen-based capital market specialists Rui Zhou are also recommended. All individuals mentioned above are based in Beijing and Shanghai unless it was stated otherwise.

Next Generation Partners

Hanyu Zhang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Tax

Tax: PRC firms
Tax: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is well known for its tax disputes and regulatory compliance work, and is also instructed in tax mandates in conjunction with complex corporate finance, investment and M&A transactions. Negotiating with the country's tax authorities is a particular strength of the team's. Indeed, department head Tony Dong and Yan Zhao have represented clients including a European auto finance company, a Chinese pharmaceutical company, an American telecoms company and a Sino-American fast food group in tax and transfer pricing audits, tax deduction claims and even criminal proceedings. In the non-contentious space, Daisy Duan advised a financial services organisation on the tax implications of terminating an ABS arrangement. Other key figures include Alice Zhang, who specialises in tax disputes, and Bill Ye, who is instructed by some of China's foremost online businesses.

Leading individuals

Bill Ye - King & Wood Mallesons

Tony Dong - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: WTO/international trade

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

King & Wood Mallesons

'A first-class firm in WTO disputes', King & Wood Mallesons is regularly involved in China's most pressing WTO settlements and trade remedies, and has also played a role in international treaty negotiations. Headed by 'stand-out trade lawyer' Jin Xiao, the team has served as an international trade adviser to MOFCOM for years, and has acted for the ministry in nearly half of all WTO cases in which it has appeared as a complainant or respondent. Conversely, Cheng Liu has extensive experience representing multinational companies in, among others, anti-dumping investigations initiated by MOFCOM.

Leading individuals

Jin Xiao - King & Wood Mallesons

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Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms
Leading firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons handles a range of international arbitration work, with a particular strength in but not exclusively representing entities linked to the Chinese state. Paul Starr and Donovan Ferguson in Hong Kong (both of whom who handle matters with construction and engineering elements), plus Tao Huang in Beijing and Ye Ariel in Shenzen are key lawyers in the practice. Peter Pether is notable in Australia for construction disputes.

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China: Antitrust and competition

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' six-partner team counts multinational blue-chip companies, Fortune 500 companies, Chinese conglomerates and government authorities as its clients which it advises on a wide range of antitrust and competition matters. It has particular expertise in handling antitrust administrative investigations and civil antitrust litigation, and advises on a steady flow of high-profile merger control filings arising from multijurisdictional M&A transactions. In 2017, practice head Susan Ning and Kate Peng acted for a Fortune 500 company in an NDRC investigation, and Zhifeng Chai successfully represented an SOE in responding to an investigation initiated by NDRC. Han Wu who specialises in data compliance and cybersecurity was promoted to the partnership. The team saw the departure of Hazel Yin who joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2018.

Leading individuals

Susan Ning - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Banking and finance

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is active across the gamut of banking and finance mandates and has a particularly 'strong understanding of the new regulatory developments' in China. Molly Su has been involved in a number of high-value acquisition finance transactions, which included advising Bank of China Shanghai Branch on the loan refinancing of Ctrip's acquisition of Skyscanner. In the project finance space, Zhigang Liu has acted for lenders such as Export-Import Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in relation to financing mandates involving projects in African and Southeast Asian jurisdictions. Also of note, Stanley Zhou advised OAX Foundation on its initial crypto-token sale, and Feng Ma, who has expertise in aviation finance, assisted the Henan branch of China Development Bank on the financing provisions to a joint venture leasing company to facilitate a lease of several aircraft to a Russian airline. Moreover, the team has invested heavily in its ABS and fintech capabilities, and recently promoted Jieyu Gu, Linlin Liu, and Shulin Sun to partner. Cheng Xueli and Ning Zhang left the team in 2018. Also recommended are Jack Wang, Ling Wang, and Xiaoxue Wang.

Leading individuals

Jack Wang - King & Wood Mallesons

Ling Wang - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Xiaoxue Wang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Capital markets

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons handles debt capital markets work and securitisation, among others, and regularly acts for financial institutions, international corporations and Chinese insurers in multibillion-dollar bond issuance and IPO mandates. The sizeable team now counts 65 partners, having seen five further promotions to partner. Names to note include Yongliang Zhang, who has expertise in acting for medium and large-sized companies and start-ups on onshore and offshore listings, and Jingping Zhang, who joined from an in-house role at a TMT-sector company. Xiaohong Zhao and Xiaolei Yang are also singled out. Bank of Zhengzhou and Sangfor Technologies are new client wins.

Leading individuals

Xiaohong Zhao - King & Wood Mallesons

Xiaolei Yang - King & Wood Mallesons

Yongliang Zhang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons attracts praise for its 'very high level of service' as well as its ability to provide 'strong support across a broad spectrum of sectors' including TMT, automotive, energy an manufacturing. The 60-partner team handles domestic and cross-border M&A and joint venture mandates. Among the recent instructions, Mingyuan Zhang and Ruiqiu Song assisted a major Chinese company with the establishment of the onshore private equity funds in China and in a separate transaction, acquisition of an overseas infant product company. Kaiding Wang and Frankfurt-based Christian Cornett advised an operating automotive supplier in acquiring a German automotive company; Wang was part of a multi-jurisdictional team that handled a multimillion-dollar sale and purchase mandate in the technology space. The highly regarded Ping Xu heads the cross-border M&A practice which also includes FDI specialist Rongkang Wang and Harry Du; the latter has notable expertise in the real estate and infrastructure sectors.

Leading individuals

Harry Du - King & Wood Mallesons

Ping Xu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Dispute resolution

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is a genuine market leader in domestic and overseas litigation and arbitration. The firm has assembled a peerless client portfolio of blue-chip names which it has notable experience in representing before all levels of court. The 70-partner team is led by Beijing-based Tao Huang who is particularly experienced in international commercial and maritime litigation and arbitration. In its Shenzhen office, Ariel Ye has significant experience in representing domestic and foreign clients in CIETAC and ICC arbitrations; Ye was part of a team that acted for an electric company in its disputes with an engineering consultancy firm in relation to a $2.4bn clean energy plant in a SIAC-administered arbitration seated in Singapore. Feng Gao is recommended for financial and insurance cases including cross-border disputes relating to financial derivative transactions. Construction disputes also feature. Shouzhi Zhang, Lingyun Liu, and senior associates Mengdan Lv and Dongjun Li, are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Ariel Ye - King & Wood Mallesons

Feng Gao - King & Wood Mallesons

Tao Huang - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Dongjun Li - King & Wood Mallesons

Mengdan Lv - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Fintech

Fintech: PRC firms
Fintech: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' practice benefits from the firm's full-service offering, and accordingly advises regulatory bodies and commercial entities on a broad range of matters. On the regulatory side, the team advises a range of regulatory bodies on compliance issues, and on the commercial entities front, it counts Alibaba, CreditEast Group and China Rapid Finance as main clients. Recent highlights saw a multi-jurisdictional team advising on a series of initial crypto token sales, assisting with the listing of fintech group in Hong Kong, and handling a pre-IPO restructuring for a leading Chinese internet lending company. The 'impressive' fintech group, jointly led by banking and finance lawyers Allen Zhong, Xiaoquan Yang and Jie Zhou, regularly works with Urszula McCormack who is based at the firm's Hong Kong office. Of counsel Leimin Yu and senior associate Fushen Chen are also recommended.

Next Generation Partners

Fushen Chen - King & Wood Mallesons

Leimin Yu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

Healthcare and life sciences: PRC firms
Healthcare and life sciences: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is regularly instructed on the largest transactions in the China market; in 2017, the team advised LuyePharma Hong Kong on its purchase of Astra Zeneca's Seroquel and Seroquel XR in the UK, China and other 49 international markets and assisted a number of US and Chinese investors in the sales and purchases of pharmaceutical and medical devices companies. Other instructions include acting for an investment fund in financing for a medical device company and assisting a Chinese pharmaceutical company with compliance issues relating to the IPO approval by the Securities Regulatory Commission. The sizable group is led by transaction lawyers Jianping Wang and Jianwen Huang which also includes patent specialist Wenping Chen. Senior associate Yuanyuan Zhu is also a recommended practitioner with particular expertise in compliance and investigation.

Leading individuals

Jianwen Huang - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Yuanyuan Zhu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Intellectual property

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

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent service and value‚Äô, ‚Äėstays on top of a large volume of cases and succeeds even in challenging ones‚Äô. It fields 44 partners, who cover all technical fields including telecoms, computer sciences, electronics, pharmaceuticals and automotive; the team also handles trade mark, copyright and domain name matters. Xiaoli Yang¬†specialises in trade mark prosecution and enforcement; Nongfan Zhu¬†and Wang Maohua¬†are also singled out. Household names such as Johnson & Johnson, Alibaba, Fitbit, and GlaxoSmithKline count among the team's clients.

Leading individuals

Xiaoli Yang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Investment funds

Investment funds: PRC firms
Investment funds: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

With one of the largest professional funds teams in the Asia Pacific region, King & Wood Mallesons' clients include managers of private equity, venture capital, debt, infrastructure and real estate funds, as well as hedge funds, secondary funds, funds of funds, and emerging market funds. Typical work includes formation and structuring; negotiating business and legal terms with investors; drafting joint venture and partnership agreements; appointment documents for fund administration representatives; and fund custodian agreements. The team advised Gopher Asset Management Company on the establishment of an RMB equity investment fund, which focuses predominantly on equity investments in real estate development businesses. Gong Mulong is a fund formation expert, who advises on onshore structures as well as red-chip structure investments; China management committee chair Zhang Yi specialises in private equity fund formation; Lin Zhijun is a TMT sector expert.

Leading individuals

Gong Mulong - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Labour and employment

Labour and employment: PRC firms
Labour and employment: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons provides 'incomparable' service characterised by 'quick response times' and 'commercially friendly, tailor-made advice'. Jointly led by Linda Liang and Junlu Jiang, the team advises on the entire spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, and also played a role in shaping significant pieces of Chinese labour policy. Lucy Lu and Juquan Yin assisted a global US manufacturing company with the closure of 22 entities in China involving the layoff of around 400 employees. Similarly, the Shenzhen-based team advised a well-known technology company with the closure of two manufacturing sites and the layoff of several thousand employees. In the contentious space, the team defended an ex-employee against her former employer involving alleged violation of a non-compete agreement, and also represented a household name tech company in litigation against one of its employees for gross misconduct. Additional contacts include Xiaodan Xu and Ting Liu, who have experience in labour arbitration.

Leading individuals

Junlu Jiang - King & Wood Mallesons

Lucy Lu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms
Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons

Advising both global buyout funds and smaller new funds, King & Wood Mallesons is highly regarded for its experience in the establishment, investment and exit of domestic and overseas funds; its advice includes regulatory advice, drafting investment plans and designing investment structures. The firm also fields lawyers who assist with related tax, IP, labour, real estate and insurance matters. Mulong Gong is an expert in private equity fund formation, downstream investments, onshore and offshore IPOs, and M&A deals, and he has advised clients in sectors such as technology and internet, finance, retail, healthcare and manufacturing. Yi Zhang is an expert in private equity fund formation and investments, who also acts in M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and domestic and offshore IPOs. Other key advisors include Zhijun Lin, who represents TMT clients in private equity investments and financings for listings.

Leading individuals

Mulong Gong - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Projects and energy

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

King & Wood Mallesons

With strengths in mining, infrastructure, and oil and gas projects at every stage, King & Wood Mallesons is regularly instructed by domestic SOEs and private companies, and major international energy groups. Jointly led by Wenjing Tian and Handel Lee, the team has been involved in a number of One Belt One Road initiatives in recent years, which have included several significant rail projects. Tian and Zhizhi Liu are advising China Railway International on the development of a 414 km rail link between Boten (a norther Lao city adjacent to China's Yunnan Province) and Vientiane. Similarly, the team acted for China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation in relation to the construction of an electrified rail project between Ethiopia and Djibouti, and is advising the client on the possibility of a subsequent equity investment and O&M contract; this project is the first project of its kind in Africa. Additional highlights have seen the team acting for China Electric Power Equipment and Technology in relation to the EPC and O&M contracts for a 900 km high-voltage direct current transmission line in Pakistan.

Leading individuals

Wenjing Tian - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Zhizhi Liu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction: PRC firms
Real estate and construction: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' practice comprises 15 partners who regularly advise on real estate transactions across China, including M&A deals, asset acquisitions, taxation and land issues, as well as upstream fund establishment, fund structuring and real estate-focused outbound transactions. It also stands out for the calibre of its real estate financing experience and assists clients with issuing REITs in domestic and offshore capital markets. Recent highlights include advising Poly Real Estate Group Company on an asset-backed specific plan, which marked the first rental housing quasi-REIT by a real estate developer in China. Harry Du heads up the team in Beijing; William Jiang is Yangtze River Delta head; and Zhangqi Tao is head of South China. Also recommended are real estate and infrastructure specialist Fang Rong and recently promoted Xing Meidong.

Leading individuals

Fang Rong - King & Wood Mallesons

William Jiang - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Xing Meidong - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Regulatory/compliance

Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms
Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons has shown enormous commitment to this field, building a sizable team in China. It represents numerous multinational and PRC clients. The team is especially active in the pharmaceutical, automotive and technology space, most notably advising a global pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) investigations into alleged violations of anti-bribery laws and handling an internal investigation for a leading global telecommunications equipment company for FCPA violations. Harry Liu and Wei Wu jointly lead the corporate investigation and anti-corruption practice which also include Junfeng Chang and senior associate Yuanyuan Zhu.

Leading individuals

Harry Liu - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

Yuanyuan Zhu - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Shipping

Shipping: PRC firms
Shipping: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons handles complex and large-scale disputes and big-ticket transactions in the shipping sector. The team focuses on shipping and trading disputes, liquidation of shipping companies, ship financing mandates, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration award. Key contacts include Edward Ma, who has experience in all areas of shipping law including admiralty, wet and dry maritime, and Liu Xiaowen, who has particular expertise in representing domestic and foreign clients in contractual and maritime disputes including ship collisions and environmental pollution claims. Recent instructions saw the team defend a Chinese company in a high-value damages claim associated with an oil spill.

Leading individuals

Edward Ma - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: TMT

TMT: PRC firms
TMT: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons excels in telecoms and technology, particularly in the digital technology sphere, and has experience of advising on national broadband roll-outs, regulatory reform and IT system procurement. The firm engages in M&A, IPO and corporate transactions as well as IP and compliance matters. Recent instructions in the IP field include representing a Chinese company against its major competitor in a number of patent infringement disputes and acting for a multinational company in defending patent infringement litigation cases before four local courts. Rocky Lee is recommended for cross-border transactions and is particularly experienced in working with TMT start-up companies on a complex structure establishment. Yue Wang specialises in foreign-related litigation and arbitration and advises clients in the sports, culture and entertainment industries. IP specialists Rui Wang and Richard Zheng, corporate practitioners Tianning Ma and Peng Mu and Shenzhen-based capital market specialists Rui Zhou are also recommended. All individuals mentioned above are based in Beijing and Shanghai unless it was stated otherwise.

Next Generation Partners

Hanyu Zhang - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: Tax

Tax: PRC firms
Tax: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is well known for its tax disputes and regulatory compliance work, and is also instructed in tax mandates in conjunction with complex corporate finance, investment and M&A transactions. Negotiating with the country's tax authorities is a particular strength of the team's. Indeed, department head Tony Dong and Yan Zhao have represented clients including a European auto finance company, a Chinese pharmaceutical company, an American telecoms company and a Sino-American fast food group in tax and transfer pricing audits, tax deduction claims and even criminal proceedings. In the non-contentious space, Daisy Duan advised a financial services organisation on the tax implications of terminating an ABS arrangement. Other key figures include Alice Zhang, who specialises in tax disputes, and Bill Ye, who is instructed by some of China's foremost online businesses.

Leading individuals

Bill Ye - King & Wood Mallesons

Tony Dong - King & Wood Mallesons

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China: WTO/international trade

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

King & Wood Mallesons

'A first-class firm in WTO disputes', King & Wood Mallesons is regularly involved in China's most pressing WTO settlements and trade remedies, and has also played a role in international treaty negotiations. Headed by 'stand-out trade lawyer' Jin Xiao, the team has served as an international trade adviser to MOFCOM for years, and has acted for the ministry in nearly half of all WTO cases in which it has appeared as a complainant or respondent. Conversely, Cheng Liu has extensive experience representing multinational companies in, among others, anti-dumping investigations initiated by MOFCOM.

Leading individuals

Jin Xiao - King & Wood Mallesons

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