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Fangda Partners

24/F, HKRI CENTRE TWO, HKRI TAIKOO HUI, 288 SHI MEN YI ROAD, SHANGHAI 200041, CHINA
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Work +86 21 2208 1166
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www.fangdalaw.com
Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen

China: Antitrust and competition

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

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners is particularly noted for its experience of handling high-profile antitrust investigations, representing international clients at all Chinese antitrust agencies. Leveraging its strength in big-ticket M&A transactions, the team also handles a large number of merger control filings and works closely with its Hong Kong office. The highly regarded Michael Han advised DuPont on the PRC filing relating to its merger with The Dow Chemical Company, and assisted Becton, Dickinson and Company with the PRC merger filing aspects of its global acquisition of C.R. Bard. Other highlights saw the team representing a multinational client in an abuse of dominance investigation initiated by the NDRC and acting for a Fortune 500 company's Chinese subsidiaries in an investigation in relation to a price-fixing arrangement. Private antitrust litigation also features. Vivian Cao, Fang Qi, counsel Bryan Fu, and Hong Kong-based Andrew Skudder are further names to note.

Leading individuals

Michael Han - Fangda Partners

Next generation lawyers

Bryan Fu - Fangda Partners

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China: Banking and finance

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

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners is a well-known firm in the areas of syndicated acquisition finance and leveraged buy-out finance, non-recourse and limited recourse project finance, and structured finance. Stand-out highlights include Stanley Chen acting as PRC counsel to 14 international banks in relation to a $3.5bn acquisition finance facility, and Romy Zhuo advising an equity investment fund on the provision of a trust loan for a debt refinancing. Additionally, the team is especially active in China's real estate sector, where Xie Zheng assisted a lending syndicate led by China Merchants Bank with the provision of a RMB11.9bn onshore term loan to R&F Properties for the acquisition of 77 hotels from Dalian Wanda Group. Rock Wang, who has experience in debt financing and restructuring, was promoted to partner, and Laurence Yuan, who has expertise in a range of financing transactions including trade financing, joined the team from King & Wood Mallesons.

Leading individuals

Stanley Chen - Fangda Partners

Xie Zheng - Fangda Partners

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China: Capital markets

Capital markets: PRC firms
Capital markets: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners has solid experience in overseas equity and debt offerings, including IPOs and H-share and convertible issuances. It acts for major TMT-sector clients such as Alibaba and Focus Media, and financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs (Asia) and HSBC. Key individuals include Jeffrey Ding, who has experience with cross-border ECM transactions; Dong Wu, who heads the securitisation and derivatives practice, and Leo Lou, who handles capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions. Xueyan Jiang and Wu advised China International Capital Corporation as sponsor and lead underwriter in relation to Foxconn Industrial Internet's global reorganisation and RMB27.1bn A-share IPO. Other highlights include advising Shandong International Trust on its IPO and listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, and acting for Bank of Ningbo on its public issuance of RMB10bn convertible corporate bonds. Michael Qi regularly acts for technology-sector companies.

Leading individuals

Dong Wu - Fangda Partners

Jeffrey Ding - Fangda Partners

Michael Qi - Fangda Partners

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China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: PRC firms
Corporate and M&A: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners' client roster features Fortune 500 companies, SOEs and major domestic private companies as well as private equity firms; Alibaba, Hony Capital, Black Stone and China Life are among the list. The team continues to receive a steady stream of multibillion-dollar cross-border mandates. 2017 saw Yingying Wang and George Xu acting as PRC counsel for Starbucks in its $1.3bn acquisition of 50% share of East China joint venture from its partners President Chain Store and Uni-President Enterprises. Other highlights include assisting Goldman Sachs with its disposal of a stake in an educational services provider and its pre-IPO investment in an electric scooter manufacturer, and advising Nokia in its restructuring with Huaxin and establishment of Nokia Shanghai Bell. Michael Han, Jeffrey Ding, Jonathan Zhou, Chuanjie Zhou and Xie Zheng are highly regarded practitioners based in the Beijing and Shanghai offices, and work closely with the Hong Kong office.

Leading individuals

Jeffrey Ding - Fangda Partners

Jonathan Zhou - Fangda Partners

Michael Han - Fangda Partners

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China: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: PRC firms
Dispute resolution: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners' sizable team has a tremendous record in litigation in Chinese courts and arbitrations in the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and other tribunals. Contentious regulatory and corporate compliance is another area of strength which it regularly advises on internal and regulatory investigations. The team draws upon its expertise in corporate and financial transactions to handle a broad range of complex commercial disputes. Demonstrating this, Nuo Ji represented Chinachem Financial Services Company in two cases pertaining to debt collection agreement disputes involving parallel proceedings in the Hong Kong High Court and is also acting for M+W Group in a series of arbitration cases and court enforcement proceedings against a Chinese party. Other recent highlights saw Ming Kang representing Sintotec in CIETAC proceedings against a state-owned water conservancy and hydro power construction company in relation to a $8.6m dispute arising from a subcontract for a hydro power project in Pakistan; Melody Wang handling a shareholder dispute at Shanghai No.1 Intermediate Court for a US company and acting for a real estate developer in a case relating to a $120m dispute over corporate control and liquidated damages for breach of contract; Helen Shi representing a listed company in an arbitration proceeding relating to a technology transfer and service agreement dispute; Benjamin Miao advising a multinational telecom company on an internal investigation into a joint venture following an acquisition; and Daniel Huang handling a structured loan dispute.

Leading individuals

Daniel Huang - Fangda Partners

Nuo Ji - Fangda Partners

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

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

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners' client roster is diversified, ranging from large and medium-sized pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, distribution groups, contract research organisations, to private equity funds and venture capitals. Among its recent mandates, Fang Qi represented Watson Pharmaceuticals in its infringement dispute with another international pharmaceutical company regarding patent for the treatment of Schizophrenia; Qi also advised APBI in a patent administrative case concerning the validity of its patent for Dapoxetine at the Beijing High Court and the Supreme Court. On the transactional side, Josh Shin and Yang Gao advised Astra Zeneca in its granting to China Medical System of exclusive commercialisation rights of Plendil in China. Shin and Diana Li also assisted Wuxi Biologics with its IPO at the HKEX and handled Everbright's share acquisition of Lifetech Scientific (Shenzhen) from Medtronics. Kate Yin is singled out for her expertise in handling compliance and regulatory matters as well as internal investigations.

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China: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: PRC firms
Intellectual property: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners¬†is noted for its¬†‚Äėfirst-class service quality‚Äô. The team regularly handles high-profile domestic and cross-border contentious matters and key names to note include¬†Gordon Gao, who focuses on patent litigation, large-scale technology trade secret, trade mark and copyright disputes, and Yang Hao,¬†who displays ‚Äėfirst-class professionalism‚Äô.¬†Alexandra Yang¬†acts for multinational technology companies in the telecoms, electronics and pharmaceutical industries. The client roster includes household names such as New Balance, Guess, Ralph Lauren and Carl Zeiss. In a notable highlight, the team represented¬†Watson Pharmaceuticals in¬†$20m patent infringement proceedings against Ely Lilly;¬†and NavInfo in a $25m action against Baidu relating to the misappropriation of digital navigation data.

Leading individuals

Gordon Gao - Fangda Partners

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China: Investment funds

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

Fangda Partners

Advising on some of the most innovative fund structures and some of the largest funds, Fangda Partners is a regular counsel of choice for global fund managers when setting up RMB funds. Representative work for the practice includes advising on the structuring, restructuring, formation and operation of alternative investment products, including private equity funds, co-investment funds, fund of funds, corporate venture funds, and separately managed accounts; the firm fields lawyers with sector expertise in infrastructure and real estate, film, hotels and finance. The client list includes The Blackstone Group, Boyu Capital and Warburg Pincus. Recent high-profile work includes acting for global private equity manager, The Carlyle Group (as sponsor and manager) in structuring and forming its second RMB-denominated private equity fund, which targets investment opportunities in the retail, financial services, telecoms, media, technology and healthcare sectors. Richard Guo leads the firm's asset and investment management and investment funds practice; Guo's experience includes acting for a wide range of sponsors in their fund formation and related activities and he advises on the creation of innovative RMB fund structures. Zhen Chen co-leads the RMB fund practice with Guo and Candy Tang and Lily Yin are also key members.

Leading individuals

Richard Guo - Fangda Partners

Next generation lawyers

Candy Tang - Fangda Partners

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China: Labour and employment

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

Fangda Partners

The labour and employment department at Fangda Partners comprises specialists in compliance, corporate transactions and litigation, and has been particularly active in mass layoff and employee transfer mandates. In one matter, Bo Zhou advised a multinational retailer on the termination of several hundred employees in relation to the client's plan to close its retail sites in China. The team, which has expertise in employee share option schemes, also acted for a US medical appliance company in relation to the implementation of an employee share option scheme for its Chinese subsidiary. On the contentious side, Zhou represented an international corporate in litigation against a former employee accused of bribery. Moreover, the team handled a number of internal employment investigations and counselled a manufacturing company on its human rights compliance in relation to its Chinese operations. Other key figures in the department include Xie Zheng and George Xu. Anheuser-Busch InBev and Pierre Fabre are among the team's new clients.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms
Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners' clients include private equity funds, venture capitalists and strategic corporate investors as well as unlisted private business entities and start-up teams. The practice's experience covers exiting investments together with financings at different stages, including seed, start-up and subsequent equity financing and bridge loan arrangements. Highlights included acting for a global healthcare-focused investment group committed to venture and growth capital, buyout and hedge fund investing, in its privatisation offer for a Hong Kong-listed pharmaceutical group. Peng Tan acts for several private equity and venture capital funds in their investments; Leo Lou's experience includes advising on an investment in a Chinese logistics company; and Jonathan Zhou's representative experience includes assisting an American private equity, alternative asset management and financial services firm with high-value investments.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Zhou - Fangda Partners

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China: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction: PRC firms
Real estate and construction: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners fields lawyers with particular strength in real estate investment, acquisitions and sales, commercial leases, construction and real estate development, and zoning issues. The team is also focused on the hospitality sector, including hotel management projects in China and PPP projects in the energy and public utility infrastructure sectors. Recent work saw the team advise Prologis on the acquisition, development, construction and leasing of warehousing and logistics facilities throughout China; it also acts for Marriott International on a daily basis, in relation to land law issues, zoning, hotel project matters and various operational issues. The names to note are Shanghai's real estate, hospitality, construction and PPP expert Yingying Wang, along with Nuo Ji and Stephen Lin. Michael Tam is a key Hong Kong adviser.

Leading individuals

Nuo Ji - Fangda Partners

Yingying Wang - Fangda Partners

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China: Regulatory/compliance

Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms
Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners has a dedicated corporate investigation team which handles the full gamut of anti-corruption matters, government enforcements (administrative and criminal), compliance advice, structuring compliance programmes, as well as policies and related contentious matters. Among its recent highlights, Kate Yin represented a US MNC in an internal investigations relating to corruption and accounting fraud involving multi-layer third parties; handled an internal investigation into a embezzlement case for a real estate developer; and acted for a major Chinese company in conducting anti-corruption due diligence for their multibillion-dollar investments in a wide range of industries. Nuo Ji is representing a client in an investigation conducted by Bureau of State Security of China involving potential violation of national security law. Benjamin Miao is assisting a multinational company with a US investigation on potential export control breach and Melody Wang is acting for a chemical company in a multi-jurisdictional investigation involving potential violations of FCPA and Chinese anti-bribery regulations.

Leading individuals

Benjamin Miao - Fangda Partners

Kate Yin - Fangda Partners

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China: TMT

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

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners is particularly active representing TMT sector clients and internet companies in overseas equity and debt offerings. Key areas of expertise include financing, acquisitions and divestments. Its impressive client list features Alibaba, Didi Chuxing, Yunfeng Capital and Focus Media and a number of financial institutions. It also has experience in cross-border M&A, private equity investment and corporate finance, as well as licensing, outsourcing and IP.  Jeffrey Ding and Richard Guo are names to note from its Beijing office, while William Huang,  Michael Qi and corporate finance lawyer Doris Tang are the main contacts in Shanghai.

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