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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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Beijing, Shanghai

China: Antitrust and competition

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office's competition practice continues to grow with the arrival of Jiang Wan who joined from NDRC in 2017. The team has particular expertise in assisting healthcare and pharmaceutical sector clients with their merger filings; it also handles investigations including price-fixing arrangement initiated by NDRC, as well as antitrust-related compliance issues. Representative clients include Schneider Electric, Warburg Pincus and Meinian Onehealth Healthcare. Practice head Qing Ren focuses on merger filings and obtaining approvals from MOFCOM.

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China: Banking and finance

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office is rated for its 'ability to bridge the gap between the bank and the customer' and 'can identify and resolve the core operational and legal issues that are required to get a deal done smoothly'. Jointly headed by Lawrence Lin and Xin Zhang, the team acts for domestic financial institutions and major US and European banks on a variety of financing transactions including ABS, acquisition finance, projects finance, FDI, and structured finance. Recent highlights have included Lin advising HSBC Bank and HSBC Bank Middle East on syndicated loans to various quality management system companies for the acquisition of barges, and Zhang acting as PRC counsel to Bangkok Bank Public Company and the Export-Import Bank of China in relation to the provision of dual USD and THB-denominated facilities to an offshore subsidiary of a Chinese company. The team welcomed a number of new promotions and lateral hires recently, including Jin Liu and Isabella Liu who joined from JunHe LLP and RBS (China), respectively. Li Zhu is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Lawrence Lin - Global Law Office

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China: Capital markets

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office¬†is ‚Äėknowledgeable in the capital markets space‚Äô and is singled out for its ‚Äėshort response times‚Äô. It acts for¬†underwriters and issuers in both debt and equity capital markets transactions and the client portfolio spans a wide range of industries¬†including manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, real estate and financial services.¬†Wen Li¬†and the 'highly experienced'¬†Jinrong Liu¬†are noted for their 'smooth communication with clients‚Äô. Recent highlights saw Lei Zhou¬†advise Siemens Healthineers on the restructuring of its China operations prior to its¬† ‚ā¨4.2bn IPO on the Frankfurt stock exchange; Liu acted for¬†Hubei Sanonda on its issuance of A-shares on the Shenzhen stock exchange; and¬†Haishan Sun¬†assisted Trio Industrial Electronics Group with its listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Following five internal promotions, the team now counts 28 partners.

Leading individuals

Jinrong Liu - Global Law Office

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office regularly leads on high-profile cross-border transactions and has particular strength and expertise in cross-border M&As and transactions involving SOEs, PRC-listed companies and public companies in capital markets of other jurisdictions such as Canada, HK, US and UK. The team operates from its Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen offices, and continues to expand with the hire of over ten partners in 2017. A team, led by Jinrong Liu, Guangying Dai and Shifang Guo advised Ctrip in the restructuring and merger of E-dragon and Toncheng Network. Alan Zhou acted for BeiGene on it £1.4bn acquisition of Celgene obtaining global licensing rights of three oncology products. Other highlights include assisting Tianjing Port with a series of sale and purchase mandates, handing Minsheng Education Group Company's acquisition of Anhui Wenda University of Information Engineering, and advised an investment bank on its purchase of a shopping mall and the following issuance of securities by REITs. Alex Liu and Yu Zhang, based in Beijing and Shanghai respectively, are also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Jinrong Liu - Global Law Office

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China: Dispute resolution

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office's client roster features SOEs and foreign companies including China Resources Power, Alibaba, T.C. Pharmaceutical Industries and HSBC Bank (China). Its recent caseload includes a mix of commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. Among them, it represented a security company in a dispute relating to securities misrepresentation against a large number of investors and successfully represented another Chinese security company in two arbitration cases against a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company regarding the issuance of non-public directional debt financing instruments. Other highlights include breach of contract, equity transfer and dispute arising from the purchase of non-performing loans. Arbitrator Jingye Jiang is well versed in handling arbitration in the shipping and insurance sectors; Zhao Li is a key name to note for commercial litigation and arbitration; Jiuguang Zhao is highly experienced in handling litigation relating to corporate control, M&A and restructuring, finance and Sino-foreign joint venture; Weiwei Gu is experienced in employment disputes and government investigations, particularly regarding anti-corruption and antitrust matters; Xiusong Xing and Yifeng Gao are recommended for arbitration.

Leading individuals

Xiusong Xing - Global Law Office

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China: Fintech

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office's expertise ranges from onshore, offshore and cross-border-structured transactions, to regulatory and compliance matters. The team recently assisted Shanghai Sina Financial Investment Management with its acquisition of a P2P company Beijing Jiubangwo Investment Consulting, and advised Shenzhen Qianhai Lianyirong Financial Services on a series of financing mandates. Recommended practitioners include Xin Zhang, Steven Yu and Amy Dai.

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office's 'go-to' department excels in handling financing, M&A, reform and restructuring of public hospitals and regulatory mandates. The team, led by Alan Zhou, is a 'clear market leader in the healthcare and life sciences sphere' and is singled out for its 'fast response and commercially-minded advice'. Zhou 'fully understands the industry', and gives 'timely and operative response'. Coco Fan has notable knowledge in the medical, biopharmaceutical and animal health industries. Robert Sun, Michael Yu and David Fu are key names to note, as is anti-corruption specialist Jacky Li. The team acted as PRC counsel for BeiGene in its $1.4bn acquisition of Celgene China Entity, handled Siemens Healthineers' restructuring of China healthcare business and advised GP Health Service Capital on its RMB200m investment in Beaucare's series B financing. GlaxoSmithKline, ChunYu Doctor, Zeiss and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals also feature in its impressive client list.

Leading individuals

Alan Zhou - Global Law Office

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China: Intellectual property

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office¬†provides a ‚Äėhigh-quality service and effective advice‚Äô and clients express ‚Äėa high level of trust in the team‚Äô.¬†It acted for Sept Wolves in the $50m acquisition of Karl Lagerfeld‚Äôs operating entities in Greater China, including the associated trade marks, and defended Taiping Life in an unfair competition law suit brought by Dongyang Midday Sunshine related to the use of TV series characters. Sony Music is another client.¬†Gui Jia¬†possesses ‚Äėextensive experience and understands the differences in IP protection between Chinese and foreign law‚Äô; Jack Li, who specialises in patent, copyright and trade mark matters, and Ping Qiao,¬†who focuses on infringement and unfair competition litigation, are also singled out.¬†Degang Ma joined from Jingtian & Gongcheng.

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China: Investment funds

Investment funds: PRC firms
Investment funds: PRC firms - ranked: tier 4

Global Law Office

Global Law Office has funds experience in a range of sectors, including pharmaceutical and healthcare, life sciences, healthcare, telecoms, energy and semiconductors. It assisted Beijing Culture Centre Construction and Development Fund Management Company with obtaining a Shenzhen foreign limited partner fund management company qualification. Managing partner Jinrong Liu is the key contact.

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China: Labour and employment

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

Global Law Office

'Highly efficient, highly professional and highly communicative', Global Law Office is rated for its 'familiarity with China's regulatory practices and deep-seated knowledge of the country's judicial process'. From early stage compliance, to layoffs and transfers, to eventual litigation, the team handles the full range of labour and employment matters for its corporate client base, which comprises major domestic and international clients. Department co-head Zhao Li is representing a well-known TMT company in four related disputes with a former high officer, having already settled two additional claims arising from the same incident. Weiwei Gu, who co-heads the team from the Shanghai office, successfully represented a winner of the Chinese National Talent Award in a dispute with his former employer concerning a non-compete agreement. The team also handled mass terminations and employee transfers, which saw the recently promoted parter Gaochong Hu advising a domestic online music provider on the termination of dozens of employees.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office 'offers quality work with a competitive budget and quick responses'. The firm acts for foreign and domestic venture capital and private equity funds in their portfolio investments in China; the practice also assists with the formation of venture capital and private equity funds, and assists onshore and offshore companies with their private equity financings. Typical work includes the design of investment structures; conducting legal due diligence; drafting, reviewing and negotiating transaction documents; and obtaining government approvals, permits and registrations. The team acted as PRC counsel for Kunlun Trust Company, CNPC Assets Management and Ningbo Rongyuan Guangrui Investment Management Partnership on their investment in Tianjin TEDA Science and Technology Corporation, a private equity and venture capital firm in China, which invests in education, TMT, healthcare and environmental protection. It also advised Shenzhen Hive Box Technology on its series A-plus financing round. Huawei Lin is particularly experienced in real estate-related deals. Other recommended individuals are Michael Yu and Jinrong Liu.

Leading individuals

Jinrong Liu - Global Law Office

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China: Projects and energy

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office has particular focus on large domestic transport infrastructure projects, but also acts for investors in relation to renewable energy and power generation projects. The department is led by Kevin Wang, and is involved in a number of projects relating to the development of Beijing's new Daxing International Airport. Indeed, Wang has assisted Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters with the full scope of legal services relating to the construction of the new airport, while Miller Wang acted for Beijing Jingcheng Subway in relation to the operation agreements for the Beijing Airport Express Subway, and is also advising Beijing Investment and Transportation Development on the planning, design, and construction of the Beijing New Airport Highway project. The team has also advised Huaxia Financial Leasing on financial leasing agreements with various project companies for the operation of wind and photovoltaic power generation sites.

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China: Real estate and construction

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office's real estate and construction department advises on the designing, financing and bidding of construction projects; it also assists with real estate-related M&A deals and disputes. The team acted for Banyan Tree Holdings (Banyan Tree) in its definitive agreement with China Vanke to create a Singapore-incorporated joint venture to consolidate the ownership of Banyan Tree-branded hotels and assets in China as well as Banyan Tree's hotel management business. Huawei Lin, Minghao Xu and Jason Wang are the names to note.

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China: Regulatory/compliance

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office advises a number of major pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions on regulatory compliance issues, training and internal investigations. The team recently handled an internal fraud and trade secret violation investigation for a Chinese subsidiary of a major US company. Weiwei Gu specialises in anti-bribery administrative investigation cases; Alan Zhou has notable expertise in the life sciences and pharmaceutical space; and Michael Weng is recommended for white collar crimes and fraud investigation and enforcement. Of counsel Jacky Li is another name to note, with experience in evidence collection and analysis, having previously worked at the legal affairs department of a Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau.

Next generation lawyers

Jacky Li - Global Law Office

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China: Shipping

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

Global Law Office

Global Law Office handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious shipping matters. The practice advises Chinese, international commercial and investment banks as well as shipowners, including Tianjin Guodian Shipping, Jiangyin China Investment and Fujian Guohang Ocean Shipping. Within the four-partner team, Yifeng Gao and Jingye Jiang handle high profile shipping litigation and arbitration, and both sit as arbitrators in various courts. 2017 saw the team handle a contract dispute between a forwarding company and an energy firm, and represent a Chinese shipping company in an arbitration at the China Maritime Arbitration Commission pertaining to a termination of a contract and the subsequent claim for damages.

Leading individuals

Yifeng Gao - Global Law Office

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China: TMT

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

Global Law Office

According to one client, Global Law Office is 'the complete package'. It advises on the full remit of transactions with an emphasis on private equity and venture capital investments, IP, and contentious matters for high-profile clients such as Tencent and Sequoia Capital. Shanghai-based Steven Yu advised SIG China, Shunwei Capital and Westsummit Capital in their respective series C preferred share investment, series C-1 and C-2 preferred share investment in BingEx, a Cayman company operating an online-to-offline (O2O) platform for express delivery services; Yu also assisted Shanghai-based Mogoroom, an apartment rental O2O platform with its series C financing from a consortium of institutional investors. Shenzhen-based Cheng Li and Jihong He advised Hive Box in its $725m series-A financing. IP specialists Meph Gui and Jack Li are also key names to note and have notable experience in contentious and non-contentious patent and trademark matters.

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China: WTO/international trade

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

Global Law Office

'An excellent firm that is a pleasure to work with', Global Law Office has a strong reputation for handling the full range of trade remedy and WTO investigations. The team has been particularly active in anti-dumping investigations initiated by India or Turkey, including one in which department head Frank Hang represented 32 Chinese porcelain and ceramics companies in a $200m Turkish anti-dumping investigation. Hang, who 'brings a real depth of industry knowledge to the team', has also been involved in anti-dumping investigations in Japan and the US. WTO work has included Qing Ren acting for China Chamber of International Commerce in relation to an investigation initiated by the US concerning China's policies and practices in matters of IP and technology transfers. Ren also advises corporates on export control issues.

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