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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: Banking and finance

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

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

In keeping with its capability to handle large domestic and cross-border instructions, Global Law Office’s ‘excellent’ ten-partner team acts for clients such as Export-Import Bank of China, Bank of China, HSBC and BNP Paribas. Lawrence Lin and Xin Zhang are the practice co-heads; Lin recently advised The Bank of East Asia on providing a $120m offshore facility to a Cayman Islands company and Zhang acted on a $2bn financing of the construction of an infrastructure project and a cross-border PPP project financing. Ben Zhong, who ‘understands the need of his clients’ worked alongside Tracy Wang to assist a banking consortium with providing a term loan facility of up to $1.24bn to a large Chinese SOE. Xuemei Liu specialises in asset and trade finance.

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 has a healthy practice advising underwriters and issuers on debt and equity transactions. Jinrong Liu, who is ‘excellent in every sense’, assisted Jiayuan International Group with its IPO and listing of shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The team also regularly advises listed companies on capital markets aspects of restructurings and M&A, as well as compliance and corporate governance issues. Cheng Li, Alex Liu and Yu Zhang are other key 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

Beijing-based Jinrong Liu and Hai Huang head the substantial team at Global Law Office, which includes Alan Zhou, Michael Yu and Yu Zhang. The team acts for multinational and domestic clients in matters such as large cross-border M&A, the establishment of joint ventures and private equity investments. Liu was part of the team that assisted ChemChina with using its subsidiary, Sanonda, to acquire ADAMA Agricultural Solutions. Another highlight included advising Guangdong Electronics Information Industrial on its RMB2.6bn acquisition of Foshan Electrical and Lighting. Other clients include Novartis, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Samsung and CARsgen Therapeutics.

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 has an impressive track record representing clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including shipping, e-commerce and finance. The firm fields a number of highly regarded arbitrators, including Yifeng Gao, Xiusong Xing, Jingye Jiang and Liyun Kou; Jianwei Fang, who joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in July 2015, represented a subsidiary of a large SOE in a LNG project contractual dispute. Clients include Tianjin Guodian Shipping, Qunar.com, Standard Chartered and China Resources Power. Zhao Li and Meph Gui specialise in IP litigation.

Leading individuals

Xiusong Xing - Global Law Office

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China: Employment

PRC firms
Employment: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Global Law Office’s team is jointly led by Shanghai-based Weiwei Gu and Beijing-based Zhao Li. Li handles labour and human resource management for multinational clients and their Chinese subsidiaries and Gu focuses on non-contentious labour matters. Recent work for the team includes acting on a dispute over termination of employment, a mass layoff and an employment matter arising from M&A and restructuring.

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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: 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 full range of project matters, including financing, bidding processes, procurement, contract negotiation and compliance issues. Its impressive client roster features China Resources Land, China State Construction Engineering, Capital Airports Holding Company and White Peak Real Estate Investment. Miller Wang, Weiwei Gu and Zhongcheng Wang are key figures in the team.

Next generation lawyers

Chenglong Ma - Global Law Office

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China: Shipping

PRC firms
Shipping: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

With a strong record in big-ticket mandates, Global Law Office acts for a broad range of shipping companies and banks on contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Yifeng Gao is representing Tianjin Guodian Shipping in a number of disputes with the shipowners before the China Maritime Arbitration Commission. Another highlight saw the team represent the respondent to a CIETAC arbitration claim arising from a series of ship equipment import contracts. Jingye Jiang is another key figure, who has experience in arbitration and litigation.

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China: TMT

PRC firms
TMT: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Global Law Office 环球律师事物所

Steven Yu and Michael Yu lead Global Law Office’s team, clients of which include Alibaba, Focus Media and Northern Light Venture Capital. The practice handles the full range of financing, private equity and venture capital transactions, as well as commercial and IP work for clients in the TMT sector. Recent highlights include acting for Tencent in its formation of a domestic joint venture with Alibaba and China media Capital and acting for Baixing.com on its RMB2.1bn financing and offshore and onshore de-VIE restructuring. The team also handles fintech work and, in 2015, David Lee acted for Blue Run Ventures in the restructuring of Qufengqi.com, a China-based company providing financial services via the internet.

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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 regularly works with international law firms to represent Chinese companies in antidumping and anti-subsidy investigations. Frank Hang acted for four Chinese companies in a US antidumping and countervailing investigation of the PET Resin Association. Qing Ren, who joined from Zhong Lun Law Firm in 2016, has acted for MOFCOM in a number of WTO disputes. Other clients of the practice include Jiangsu Shagang, China Rubber Industry Association, Promelight Technology and ET Solar Industry.

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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.