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Global Law Office

15F, TOWER 1, CHINA CENTRAL PLACE, NO 81 JIANGUO ROAD, CHAOYANG DISTRICT, BEIJING 100025, CHINA
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Work +86 10 6584 6688
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Beijing, Shanghai

China: Antitrust and competition

PRC firms
Antitrust and competition: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office’s competition practice was given a significant boost with the arrival of Qing Ren from Zhong Lun Law Firm. It is a popular choice for healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, though its client base extends beyond these to take in work from the technology, automobile and logistics sectors, among others. Frank Hang is well versed in merger filings.

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China: Banking and finance

PRC firms
Banking and finance: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office’s client list includes a range of Chinese banks, international commercial banks and investment banks. The group is jointly led by Lawrence Lin and Xin Zhang, who are highly recommended for project finance and asset finance. Zhang and Li Zhu acted for The Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank, Silk Road Fund and International Finance Corporation during the $1.69bn financing (on a limited-recourse basis) for the development of a hydro-power plant in Pakistan, and advised China CITIC Bank Corporation, China CITIC Bank International and The Export-Import Bank of China on a $3bn cross-border acquisition financing transaction following the acquisition of Lexmark International by a group of investors. Asset and trade finance specialist May Liu is ‘capable of bridging the gap between the creditors and the debtors, and can always identify the core legal and regulatory risks’. Minghao Xu is ‘professional and diligent’, and Miller Wang and Jeffrey Zhu are further names to note.

Leading individuals

Lawrence Lin - Global Law Office

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China: Capital markets

PRC firms
Capital markets: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office’s group is singled out for its ‘quick responses’ and ‘willingness to provide tailor-made solutions’. The team is experienced in handling complex, structured transactions, advising underwriters and issuers on debt and equity capital markets. In 2016, it assisted the underwriters with Meitu’s IPO and listing in Hong Kong, advised Shenzhen Mingde Holding Development on S.F. Express’ back-door listing on the A-share market and acted for Beijing Infrastructure Investment on the issuance of RMB2bn corporate bonds in the China Inter-bank Bond Market. ‘Highly experienced capital markets specialistJinrong Liu and Qiuning Kang advised the underwriters on the offering and listing of $500m guaranteed senior notes. Xin Zhang and Wen Li have particular expertise in securitisation and derivative products. Cheng Li, Miller Wang and Ruiqing Zhu are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Jinrong Liu - Global Law Office

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China: Corporate and M&A

PRC firms
Corporate and M&A: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office has an outstanding record in onshore and offshore M&A transactions, where it acts for a client base that includes a mix of domestic and overseas listed companies, SOEs and financial institutions. In 2016, Jinrong Liu and Alex Liu advised Hubei Sanonda on its RMB18.4bn-plus purchase of ADAMA Agricultural Solutions. Highlights for Huawei Lin included handling Cindat Capital and Union Life Insurance’s joint investment in a Welltower portfolio of real estate assets, assisting Primavera Capital with its acquisition of Kerr Investment Holding, and advising Blackstone on its $15bn acquisition of GLP. Miller Wang, Shanghai-based Yu Zhang and pharmaceuticals sector specialist Alan Zhou are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jinrong Liu - Global Law Office

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China: Dispute resolution

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

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office’s ‘solid’ dispute resolution practice saw the arrival of hospitality expert Jason Wang and antitrust and compliance specialist Qing Ren in 2016; the duo joined from Zhong Lun Law Firm. The group has a well-established international arbitration practice, which is coupled with a strong commercial litigation offering. The team defended a US biotech company in CIETAC arbitration, filed by a large SOE, regarding the quality of an imported product; and acted for a real estate company in a series of SHIAC arbitration proceedings, against a Chinese subsidiary of a multinational company, pertaining to the design and construction of a manufacturing facility. Practice heads Yifeng Gao and Xiusong Xing focus on international arbitration, while Zhao Li specialises in both commercial litigation and arbitration. Xueyan Zhang is a key name to note for alternative dispute resolution, and particularly for commercial disputes relating to corporate investment, restructuring, liquidation and bankruptcy.

Leading individuals

Xiusong Xing - Global Law Office

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

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

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

With a formidable presence in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, Global Law Office’s practice is particularly strong in M&A, financing and public hospital restructurings. It regularly acts as PRC counsel for multinational clients in big-ticket cross-border mandates. For example, in 2016, the team advised Panasonic Healthcare/KKR on its $2bn acquisition of the diabetes care business of Bayer, and handled BeiGene’s $2.5bn acquisition of Celgene China Entity and the China license rights of three onocology products of Celgene. The group also handles a number of domestic deals; among them, it advised Beijing HG Healthcare Investment Management on the series-B financing of Beijing Nuokangda Pharmaceutical Technology and assisted a venture capital firm with its series-B investment in a Chinese pharmaceutical company. Alan Zhou specialises in M&A and compliance issues; Michael Yu has notable experience in M&A, IPOs and restructurings, and acts for private equity funds, listed companies, industrial investors and SOEs; and Weiwei Gu handles anti-bribery investigations. Bojia Zhao is also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Alan Zhou - Global Law Office

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China: Intellectual property

PRC firms
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Global Law Office 环球律师事务所

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China: Labour and employment

PRC firms
Labour and employment: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office assists clients with labour management issues in their daily operations, and is also equipped to handle complex transactions and disputes. The department is co-led by Zhao Li and Weiwei Gu in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, and was further strengthened by the arrival of Gaochong Hu from DaHui Lawyers. 2016 saw the team handling a range of contentious work, including successfully representing a technology sector client in a dispute with a former employee, securing wins in both arbitration and litigation proceedings.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office impresses in domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Among them, Huawei Lin acted for Blackstone during its RMB13bn sale of majority equity interest in SCPG to a joint venture led by Vanke, assisted Warburg Pincus on the formation of a RMB10bn fund with China Aviation Trust to invest in industrial parks, and advised Primavera Capital on its $800m acquisition of Kerr Investment, with Xiwang Foodstuffs. Steven Yu advised Loyal Valley Innovation Capital as the lead investor in its Series C-1 preferred share investment in Bilibili, a Cayman company operating via a variable interest entity (VIE) structure; and handled Tencent’s Series A financing in movie production company CKF Pictures. Managing partner Jinrong Liu is also recommended, as is Michael Yu, who focuses on M&A and private equity transactions, particularly in the healthcare space.

Leading individuals

Jinrong Liu - Global Law Office

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China: Projects and energy

PRC firms
Projects and energy: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office advises on the bidding, development and project financing aspects of large infrastructure projects, and the firm is also recommended for contentious matters. Miller Wang is advising Xinjiang Wujing Tiejian Rail Transportation on the issuance of RMB4bn green bonds in the interbank bond market and the subsequent construction of the Urumqi subway PPP project. Wang and Kevin Wang assisted Beijing Jingtou Transportation Development with the construction of the Beijing new airport highway project. On the contentious side, Wang represented CGGC-UN Power in an EPC contract case against Shanxi Energy Investment Agriculture Development regarding the delayed payment for the construction of a 20MW photovoltaic power station project, and acted for a state-owned high-tech green energy company in arbitration proceedings against its equipment supplier regarding poor-quality products and related damages.

Next generation lawyers

Chenglong Ma - Global Law Office

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China: Real estate and construction

PRC firms
Real estate and construction: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office excels in advising institutional investors on big-ticket (and often cross-border) investments in the real estate space. Among the recent workload, Huawei Lin acted as The Blackstone Group’s PRC counsel during its sale of majority equity interest in SCPG to Vanke, and assisted Cindat Capital Management with its $600m acquisition of seven hotels from Hersha Hospitality Trust. The team expanded its practice when it hired hospitality specialist Jason Wang from Zhong Lun Law Firm, who has a solid a track record of representing clients in CIETAC arbitrations. Minghao Xu focuses on real estate acquisitions and construction projects, and counts CITIC, China Resources, GAW Capital Partners and BlueMount Capital among his clients. Litigator Kevin Wang is also a name to note.

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China: Regulatory/compliance

PRC firms
Regulatory /compliance: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office is a popular choice for pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions, which the team advises on regulatory compliance issues, training and internal investigations. Clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Boehringer Ingelheim and Delphi Automotive. Alan Zhou, Weiwei Gu and Michael Weng are names to note

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China: Shipping

PRC firms
Shipping: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Drawing on its long history in the shipping and maritime sector, Global Law Office has a varied practice that takes in non-contentious and contentious work, including high-stakes litigation and arbitration. Among recent work highlights was the team’s representation of key client Tianjin Guodian Shipping as charterer in a dispute with a shipowner before the China Maritime Arbitration Commission; Yifeng Gao and Ting Lei took lead roles. Jingye Jiang is another key figure in the seven-partner team. Clients also include CCB Financial Leasing, Unibulk and Glencore Beijing.

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China: TMT

PRC firms
TMT: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

The sizeable team of M&A and private equity specialists at Global Law Office has the capacity and experience to handle a range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the TMT industry, including private equity and venture capital investments, IP licensing and infringement, and regulatory and compliance issues. Recent developments include the departure of David Li to Han Kun Law Offices and the promotion of Robert Sun to partner, who has a strong focus on cross-border technology transfers, e-commerce and mobile healthcare. In 2016, Steven Yu represented Tencent as the lead investor in the series A investment in CKF Pictures. Michael Yu is also recommended.

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China: WTO/international trade

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

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office is active in inbound and outbound trade remedy cases. 2016 was another busy year for the department, which handled 20 anti-dumping cases initiated by the EU, US, China and others. Highlights included its representation of 32 China porcelain and ceramic companies in the anti-dumping investigation brought by Turkey. The arrival of Qing Ren from Zhong Lun Law Firm in 2016 bolstered its capabilities in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. The ‘very professional’ Frank Hang, who impresses with his ‘connections and knowledge in this field’, heads the practice. At the junior level, Zoey Ge and Alison Yuan are highlighted as ‘diligent and bright young lawyers’.

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