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JunHe LLP

20/F, CHINA RESOURCES BUILDING, 8 JIANGUOMENBEI AVENUE, BEIJING 100005, CHINA
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China: Antitrust and competition

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

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

The ‘first-class antitrust practice’ at JunHe LLP is noted for its ‘deep insights into China’s regulatory landscape and enforcement practices’. The department’s multinational and Chinese clients operate in numerous sectors, though it is particularly active in the pharmaceutical and medical devices fields, where it has ‘strong industry knowledge’. Mandates in 2016 and 2017 included high-profile merger filings, NDRC investigations, compliance reviews and antitrust litigation. The already sizeable team was boosted with the hire of Ziqing Zheng from King & Wood Mallesons and the promotion of Mingfang Gong to partner. Yingling Wei heads the practice, which includes the ‘highly professional’ Janet Hui. Senior associate Xuefei Bai stands out for her ‘solid legal expertise and diligent work’.

Leading individuals

Janet Hui - JunHe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Xuefei Bai - JunHe LLP

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China: Banking and finance

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

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP has sustained its prominent position in acquisition finance, real estate finance, structured lending and syndicated transactions. Recent highlights include advising Ping An Bank on its extension of a loan to CDH China HF Holdings Company (a member of the consortium) relating to its acquisition of Playtika, advising a consortium of lenders on the RMB2.8bn refinancing of a project development loan, and assisting a syndicate comprising China Development Bank, Bank of China, China Minsheng Bank and China CITIC Bank with financing the acquisition of a copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The ten-partner practice is jointly led by Shanghai-based Hui Zhou, and Beijing-based Shijian Liu, Jian Wang and Jun Zhou. Also recommended are David Liu, who is an ‘expert in financing and refinancing transactions’, and Gang Wang, who is particularly experienced in asset finance and aircraft finance.

Next generation lawyers

Jianwei Yang - JunHe LLP

Yifeng Yuan - JunHe LLP

Zhengshuang Xia - JunHe LLP

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China: Capital markets

PRC firms
Capital markets: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP’s sizeable team handles a range of debt and equity capital markets mandates, with notable strength in overseas and Hong Kong listings and a growing domestic listing practice. In 2016, the team assisted China Petrochemical with the successful offering of four tranches of bonds with a total value of $3bn and advised the underwriter Bank of China on Veolia Environment’s issuance of RMB bonds on China’s interbank bond market. Other notable highlights include acting as the underwriter’s PRC counsel on JD.com’s $1bn public notes offering and assisting New Development Bank with its offering of RMB3bn green financial bonds on the interbank bond market. Tiejun Shi is highly regarded for H-share and A-share issuances, and Chunyang Shao regularly acts as PRC counsel for issuers and underwriters on IPOs and onshore and offshore listings. Yongqiang Yu, Chenliang Li and Yi Wang are also key names.

Leading individuals

Yongqiang Yu - JunHe

Next generation lawyers

Man Wu - JunHe LLP

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP fields a number of highly regarded practitioners who regularly handle big-ticket cross-border M&A transactions, particularly joint ventures, foreign direct investments and divestments. Highlights included assisting CITIC and its subsidiaries with the transfer of RMB31bn equity interests to China Overseas Land & Development, assisting Dynamic Ever Investment and Fujian Petrochemical Company with their RMB34.5bn joint venture of Fujian Gulei Petrochemical, and acting for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation on an asset and business restructuring relating to the Sichuan-East China natural gas transmission pipeline project. The 59-partner team is jointly headed by Shanghai-based Joe Chen and Beijing-based Henry Shi. Other key names include M&A expert Wei Xiao, who is recommended for share acquisitions and compliance matters; the well-regarded Adam Li, who focuses on M&A, joint ventures and IPO transactions; private equity specialist Binxue Sang, who advises multinational on cross-border transactions; and Kirk Tong, who has particular experience in foreign direct investment, capital markets and antitrust matters. Hongli Ma ‘stands out’ and Ran Ju is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Adam Li - JunHe

Hongli Ma - JunHe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ran Ju - JunHe LLP

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China: Dispute resolution

PRC firms
Dispute resolution: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

The dispute resolution group at JunHe LLP handles commercial litigation, arbitration, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and bribery investigations, internal investigations and bankruptcy matters. It represented Shenzhen Zhenai Network Information Technology in a retrial of a trade mark infringement case between the client and Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation and the respondent Jin A’Huan. It also defended a Chinese petroleum company in high-stakes arbitration brought by a UK company regarding two oil fields, and represented a number of domestic clients in construction, breach of purchase contract and joint venture contract disputes. Shanghai-based Zhenyong Ye is recommended for overseas-related dispute resolution, cross-border enforcement and crisis management issues; Beijing-based Weining Zou has experience in compliance investigations, white-collar crime and FCPA issues as well as international trade disputes; and Honghuan Liu is highly recommended for intellectual property and product liability litigation. Qing Di and Weiwei Yao are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Qing Di - JunHe LLP

Weiwei Yao - JunHe LLP

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

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

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP is well versed in healthcare transactional, regulatory, IP and contentious matters. Rui Feng, for example, advises multinational companies, Chinese SOEs and private equity funds on their cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, private placements, divestments and restructuring matters. In 2017, Feng and Yisong Yi advised BeiGene and Guangzhu GET Technology Development on establishing a Sino-foreign joint venture. Fan Yang acts for life sciences and healthcare companies as well as a number of private equity/venture investment institutions.

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China: Intellectual property

PRC firms
Intellectual property: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

The team at JunHe LLP is adept in prosecution, enforcement and anti-unfair competition matters, among others. It recently defended Sogou in a patent case filed by Baidu and assisted Phillips 66 with an appeal before Beijing IP Court concerning a TRAB decision. The patent team is jointly led by James Zhu, who splits his time between San Francisco and Shanghai, and Zoe Wang. Qiang Ma and Jessica Xu head up the trade mark group.

Next generation lawyers

Huafeng Zhao - JunHe LLP

Yu Wu - JunHe LLP

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China: Labour and employment

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

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

A ‘go-to firm’, JunHe LLP’s lawyers are ‘outstanding and reliable’, and highlighted for their ‘experience in labour dispute resolution in China’. The team comprises over 20 lawyers across multiple offices, and it recently grew its capacity to serve clients on the ground in Shenzhen with the hire of experienced counsel Shanqiong Sun in May 2017. In other developments, the ‘experienced and pragmatic’ Bu Yimu made partner in April 2016; he was part of a team that acted for Mondelēz Shanghai in a high-profile dispute arising out of collective agreement, which involved novel legal issues without judicial precedents. Jianjun Ma also played a key role on the aforementioned case; he is ‘one of the most renowned Chinese labour lawyers, yet he is still reachable, easy to talk to and very practical’. Other leading practitioners include Dongpeng Wang, Hongjuan Bai and Gordon Feng.

Leading individuals

Jianjun Ma - JunHe LLP

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP is well known for advising private equity funds on bridge loans and other financing transactions; its practice also spans private equity fund formation, acquisitions and exits. The firm recently acted for a consortium, led by Blackstone, in the acquisition of Pactera Technology, and advised Hofu Fund on financing for its investment in Xiaomi. The team is led by Beijing-based Vivian Xie, and also includes Shanghai-based Binxue Sang, Nelson Zhou and Chunyang Shao. Lan Lou in Beijing is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Lan Lou - JunHe LLP

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China: Projects and energy

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

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP’s team of ‘genuine specialists’ has been particularly active in the transportation space and in advising on big-ticket project financings. Clients include local governments, project companies and their sponsors, investors, domestic and overseas financial institutions, and project contractors. Among its impressive workload, the firm advised on a number of multibillion-RMB subway line and rail PPP projects, and acted for an SOE during its participation in a PPP rail corridor project in Australia. The construction and engineering team advised Kimberly-Clark on the investment, development and construction of its baby care product plant facility in Tianjin, and advised Shanghai Electric Group Company on the construction of a power plant in Guangdong. On the project finance front, it assisted Beijing Drainage Group with its financing for a series of projects to facilitate the collection and treatment of sewage and reclamation of treated wastewater. Group head Jianan Yuan is recommended for high-value cross-border finance matters in the energy and natural resources sector. Jiangang Wang, Yu Qin, George Zhu, Fang Yi and Shijian Liu are also key names.

Leading individuals

George Zhu - JunHe LLP

Jianan Yuan - JunHe LLP

Yu Qin - JunHe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Piwei Sun - JunHe LLP

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China: Real estate and construction

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

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP’s hire of Liping Zhang from Jincheng Tongda & Neal significantly strengthened its real estate practice in the financing space. The team recently advised CITIC’s onshore and offshore subsidiary on transferring equity interests to China Overseas Land & Development in exchange for stocks and a proportion of latter’s commercial property assets; it also advised Sino-Ocean on its acquisition of East Ocean Centre in Shanghai, and acted for Nova Property Investment on a series of real estate projects through asset acquisition and equity acquisition. It also handled a large number of domestic and multi-jurisdictional construction projects, and advised CITIC Guo Hua International Contracting (Overseas) on EPC contracts in Africa, South America and central Asia. The 11-partner team is headed by Xueping Yu, and includes Lishan Li, Haifu Li, Fei Zheng and recently promoted partner Ke Song.

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China: TMT

PRC firms
TMT: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

Telecoms and internet companies regularly turn to JunHe LLP, which has longstanding experience advising on regulatory issues, financings, investments and M&A in these fields. Among the key practitioners are antitrust and M&A partner Janet Hui, Maochang Li, who represents private equity funds with a focus on the hi-tech and IT industries, and Jun Gong, who has a broad contentious and non-contentious practice with particular experience in the media sector.

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China: Tax

PRC firms
Tax: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

The ‘first-class’ tax practice at JunHe LLP has a varied workload, which includes advising on the tax aspects of cross-border corporate transactions and group restructurings, assisting with PRC customs duties, and representing clients in tax disputes. 2016 and 2017 saw the team acting for a range of new and longstanding clients, including several household-name multinationals. Practice head Julie Cheng ‘distinguishes herself from peers with her professionalism, quick responses, diligent work and rich experience’.

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China: WTO/international trade

PRC firms
WTO/international trade: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

‘Very skilled in the international trade area’, JunHe LLP impresses with ‘the speed and quality of its work’. It has established relationships with leading international law firms and companies, the latter of which it represents in complex outbound trade remedies cases. 2016 and 2017 saw the group advising longstanding clients as well as receiving instructions from new clients in customs and international trade matters. The ‘very dedicated’ David Tang jointly leads the practice alongside the highly experienced Yong Zhou. Zhiqin Zhou is contributing towards the ‘future potential of the team’, senior associates Jin Wang and Ashley Niu are also key contacts, and Lihua Wang made partner in 2017.

Leading individuals

David Tang - JunHe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jin Wang - JunHe LLP

Zhiqin Zhou - JunHe LLP

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