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China: Banking and finance

Banking and finance: foreign firms
Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons acts for domestic lenders and Chinese branches of foreign banks in a variety of finance transactions including cross-border commodity, trade and leveraged finance. The Beijing team is led by Yongmei Cai, whose practice encompasses acquisition finance, structured finance and regulatory compliance. Cai's work has included advising Chinese borrowers on acquisition finance matters, assisting domestic lenders with financing outbound investment matters, and advising international banks on commodities and trade finance and OTC derivatives transactions and compliance. Additional contacts include Jolyon Ellwood-Russell and Richard McKeown, who are based in the firm's Hong Kong office and have experience with China-facing finance matters.

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China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms
Corporate and M&A: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons focuses on asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, and TMT matters. The team advised PowerChina International Group, and its affiliate Northwest Engineering Corporation, on the acquisition of an 80% stake in Geodata, an Italian engineering company. Key names to note include Eric Lin who heads the Beijing office and Michael Chin, who joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP and divides his time between the Hong Kong and Shanghai offices.

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China: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: foreign firms
Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has a strong sector focus on asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, TMT and life sciences; it was recently also active in commodities disputes. Joseph Chu regularly acts for Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed PRC companies on the regulatory issues that arise from Securities and Futures Commission investigations.

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China: Fintech

Fintech: foreign firms
Fintech: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is noted for its experience acting for technology companies, financial institutions and investors such as KYC Chain, British Business Bank, Funding Circle and WorldPay. Recent highlights include advising OKLink Technology Company on the regulatory aspects of its cross-border money remittance network using blockchain technology, and assisting Neat, a Fintech mobile account provider, with its structuring and establishment including partnering with a provider of stored value facilities and Mastercard services. The practice is jointly led by Hong Kong-based Jolyon Ellwood-Russell and Ian Wood.

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China: Intellectual property

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

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' industry expertise spans financial services, retail, TMT and pharmaceutical sectors, and its client roster features high profile clients including Johnson & Jonhson. The team, led by George Chan, handled a series of oppositions against bad-faith trade mark application and domain name disputes. Sophie Zhao is another name to note.

Next Generation Partners

Sophie Zhao - Simmons & Simmons

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China: Investment funds

Investment funds: foreign firms
Investment funds: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons 'always provides instant response and support'. The practice is highly regarded for its advice to fund managers across Asia on hedge, private equity and exchange-traded funds, as well as other retail funds. The team assisted Man Group with the launch of its first onshore private securities investment fund in China. Beijing's Melody Yang focuses on fund formation; fund regulatory issues; fund investments by institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals and companies; managed account arrangements; and private equity investments. Yang is 'very responsive and detail minded and is able to coordinate different teams very well and stick to schedules'. In Hong Kong, Rolfe Hayden is Asia financial Markets head.

Leading individuals

Melody Yang - Simmons & Simmons

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China: Labour and employment

Labour and employment: foreign firms
Labour and employment: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons exhibits 'strong interplay between its Hong Kong and mainland China offices, enabling seamless service on cross-border mandates', where it is 'well-suited to advise global companies'. Acting for a number of household name tech companies and financial services groups, the Shanghai-based employment department, which includes Matthew Durham and May Lu, advises its clients on layoffs, organisational restructurings, immigration and employee data protection issues, but has been especially active in employee investigations. Indeed, the team has assisted multiple clients with investigations and subsequent terminations of employees accused of fraud and sexual misconduct. Also recommended is Hong Kong-based practice head Fiona Loughrey, who is known for 'going out of her way to ensure that her clients feel valued'. Legal executive Amelia Jin joined the team from Winston & Strawn LLP.

Leading individuals

Matthew Durham - Simmons & Simmons

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China: Projects and energy

Projects and energy: foreign firms
Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, partners in the Beijing and Hong Kong offices lead the firm's China-focused energy sector work. Beijing-based Eric Lin focuses on M&A, investment and financing mandates in the mining and energy sectors, while Vivien Yang, who is based in the Hong Kong office, has particular expertise in LNG projects, where she acts for SOEs and other project sponsors. In addition to having handled a number of significant M&A in the mining sector, Lin is acting for a Chinese power engineering company in relation to the development of certain renewable projects in Europe. The Beijing team also advised PowerChina International on its acquisition of an 80% stake in an Italian engineering company that specialises in underground works. China-Africa Fund for Industrial Cooperation features in its new client list.

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China: TMT

TMT: foreign firms
TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons gives 'commercial and practical advice in a timely fashion'. The 'vastly experienced' Jingyuan Shi assisted a Chinese smart phone producer with its global data privacy compliance matter and advised a fund manager on a series of TMT early stage investments. Its Greater China team was also part of a global team that acted for a Chinese manufacturing company on EU competition, global data compliance, IP and corporate and commercial matters. IP partner George Chan is also recommended.

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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of ÂŁ1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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