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JunHe LLP

20/F, CHINA RESOURCES BUILDING, 8 JIANGUOMENBEI AVENUE, BEIJING 100005, CHINA
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Beijing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Haikou, New York, Shanghai and 1 more

China: Antitrust and competition

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

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP impresses its clients with its ‘comprehensive industry knowledge, accuracy in its professional advice, and the excellent care for its clients’ business values’. Yingling Wei heads the team, which also includes Janet Hui, who is regarded by some as being ‘one of the best competition lawyers in China’. In 2015, Hui assisted Royal Dutch Shell with the merger control aspects of its acquisition of the share capital of BG. The group also handles governmental investigations as well as litigation, such as representing Johnson & Johnson in the vertical monopoly case and assisting Glodon Software Company during the administrative monopoly case. Other clients include Peugeot Citroën Automobiles SA, Samsung SDI and Exor.

Leading individuals

Janet Hui - JunHe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Xiaoshu Guan - 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’s full-service practice stands out for its particular expertise in acquisition finance; the team has been particularly active in take-private transactions, advising clients including assisting Qihoo 360, Wuxi PharmaTech, China Cord Blood and iDreamSky Technology. In another illustration of its ability to handle significant mandates, it advised a number of financial institutions on structured finance made available to real estate funds and REITs. Nelson Zhou heads the team, in which Gavin Wang and Jun Zhou are the main contacts.

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 is one of the market leaders for issuances in Hong Kong and overseas. In 2015, Xiaocheng Li assisted Chia Tai Enterprises International with its listing on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In the corporate bonds space, Yongqiang Yu acted as the joint lead underwriter of the RMB45bn onshore non-public offering of preference shares by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China; Yu also assisted Goldman Sachs Gao Hua Securities Company in the non-public offering of corporate bonds by China Gas. The ‘highly experienced’ Chunyang Shao has ‘great commercial sense’ and Tiejun Shi has the ‘ability to deal with complex transactions’.

Leading individuals

Yongqiang Yu - 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’s ‘excellent team’ impresses clients with its ‘responsiveness, comprehensive industry knowledge and accuracy in its professional advices’. It is regularly instructed by multinational companies on inbound investments and cross-border private equity transactions. The team advised China National Tire & Rubber on its highly complex acquisition of Pirelli, including assisting with antitrust reviews in the PRC and a number of other jurisdictions. Yongqiang Yu and Xiaocheng Li assisted PICC P&C on its over RMB23bn purchase of 19.99% of the shares of Huaxia Bank, which is majority-owned by Deutsche Bank. Antitrust specialists Janet Hui and Yingling Wei are recommended along with FDI experts Kirk Tong, Linfei Liu and Hongli Ma, regulatory and compliance expert Wei Xiao and private equity investments practitioners Adam Li and Binxue Sang.

Leading individuals

Adam Li - JunHe LLP

Hongli Ma - JunHe LLP

Linfei Liu - 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

JunHe LLP handled a number of defamation cases in 2015, including one in which Honghuan Liu represented Shell (China) in a complex case brought by its distributors. IP litigation is another particularly strong area for the practice, which represented Sogou Technology Development in a patent infringement dispute with Baidu.com.

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China: Employment

PRC firms
Employment: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP’s seven-partner team regularly advises foreign-invested enterprises on employment aspects of M&A, restructuring and liquidation transactions. A team, led by group head Dongpeng Wang and Hongjuan Bai – both in Beijing – and Shanghai-based Jianjun Ma, handled two collective disputes in labour arbitration tribunals and courts arising from terminations over non-compliance issues. The team also acted on a number of mass layoffs. Shanghai-based Gordon Feng has particular expertise in termination, mass layoff and compliance issues.

Leading individuals

Jianjun Ma - JunHe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Zhen Lu - JunHe LLP

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China: Intellectual property

PRC firms
Intellectual property: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP’s department is divided into two teams, with James Zhu and Zoe Wang leading on patent matters and Qiang Ma leading on trade mark issues. Johnson Wang, Jiangang Wang, Xiaodu Zhang and Haining Song led in representing Sogou in a number of patent infringement cases brought against Baidu before the Shanghai High Court, Shanghai IP Court and Beijing IP Court. Tao Sun and Jianping Dong represented China Securities Index in a Beijing IP Court case against the TRAB concerning its rejection of the client’s trade mark. The team also includes trade mark expert Jessica Xu.

Next generation lawyers

Yu Wu - 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 handles investment and financing of infrastructure projects by advising local governments, project companies, domestic and overseas financial institutions and project contractors. Recent highlights saw the team assisting on subway line and rail PPP projects. Jiangang Wang heads the Beijing team, which also includes Yu Qin and Jianan Yuan; in Shanghai, practice head Fang Yi, Deting Li and George Zhu are recommended.

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 4

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP is recommended for its expertise in acting on large investment and acquisition deals. Recent highlights include acting for CapitaLand on its sale of a shopping mall in Kunshan to a Hangzhou-based company, and assisting Baiyi Investment, a subsidiary of China Merchants Holdings (International) Company in its RMB2bn buyout of Shenzhen Jinyurongtai Investment Development Company. Xueping Yu heads the team, in which counsel Lishan Li and Yue Tang are also main contacts.

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China: TMT

PRC firms
TMT: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP’s recent instructions include acting on a number of private equity financings and a merger of two high-profile domestic e-commerce companies. Maochang Li has experience of assisting hi-tech and IT-focused private equity funds. Jun Gong and Zhenyu Niu are also key names.

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China: Tax

PRC firms
Tax: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所

JunHe LLP’s team is now led by Julie Cheng, following David Liu’s move to FuJae Partners in December 2015. The team’s recent work includes advice on VAT pilot reforms, Circular 698 filings and tax audits. Cheng advised on PRC tax aspects of an offshore M&A transaction involving indirect transfer of PRC subsidiaries and a VIE structure.

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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

JunHe LLP’s ‘excellent team’ includes Yong Zhou, who provides ‘a high level of service’; areas of expertise include handling inbound and outbound trade investigations, and advising MOFCOM on WTO dispute resolution. The team also includes highly regarded international trade dispute specialist David Tang, who represented Jinko Solar in the antidumping proceeding into certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China.

Leading individuals

David Tang - JunHe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ashley Niu - JunHe LLP

Dongmei Zhang - JunHe LLP

Jin Wang - JunHe LLP

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Legal Developments in China

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • 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.
  • A LOOK BACK AND THOUGHTS ON PPP LEGAL PRACTICE IN CHINA IN 2015

    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
  • POTENTIAL CHANGE OF CHINA’S FOREIGN INVESTMENT LAWS AND ITS EFFECT ON VIE STRUCTURES

    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.