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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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Fax +86 21 5298 5599
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www.fangdalaw.com
Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen

China: Antitrust and competition

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners’ antitrust practice strikes a balance between contentious and non-contentious work. Its reputation for M&A combined with its strength in competition law ensures a steady flow of merger control instructions; in one high-profile deal, the team advised AB InBev on the Chinese merger filing of its acquisition of SABMiller. Practice head Michael Han and counsel Caroline Huang took leading roles on the transaction. Antitrust investigations also account for a high proportion of the team’s workload; Han led a team representing Medtronic in an antitrust investigation by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the first such investigation in the medical device industry. Private antitrust litigation also features. Vivian Cao joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Fang Qi and Hong Kong-based Andrew Skudder are also key figures in the team.

Leading individuals

Michael Han - Fangda Partners

Next generation lawyers

Vivian Cao - Fangda Partners

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China: Banking and finance

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners is particularly noted for domestic and international acquisition finance matters, and project finance. Zheng Xie acted as local counsel for the sponsor in a syndicated loan provided by China Merchants Bank for the privatisation of Qihoo 360 Technology, and advised China Merchants Bank on its syndicated loan facilities for the privatisation of Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties. Stanley Chen advised the management of Mindray Medical International on a $2.05bn loan facility to perform a single-step merger, and advised Ping An Bank on its bridge loan to finance the take-private of China Nepstar Chain Drugstore.

Leading individuals

Stanley Chen - Fangda Partners

Xie Zheng - Fangda Partners

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China: Capital markets

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners excels in overseas equity and debt capital markets transitions. The group is also increasingly active in domestic issuances, where it advises issuers and underwriters, especially in matters relating to companies returning to the domestic market after delisting overseas. The firm acts for a number of leading TMT sector clients as well as multinational financial institutions. Among its impressive workload, Michael Qi and Josh Shin advised the underwriters on Rici Healthcare Holdings’ IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; Dong Wu assisted China International Capital Corporation with Jiangxi Copper’s issuance of RMB10bn of corporate bonds; and Xueyan Jiang advised Goldman Sachs (Asia) on its purchase of bonds as part of a $3bn issuance by China Petrochemical Corporation. Jeffrey Ding is ‘an expert in cross-border equity capital markets transactions’, as is Doris Tang, who advised e-commerce solution provider Baozun on its $110m IPO in the US.

Leading individuals

Dong Wu - Fangda Partners

Jeffrey Ding - Fangda Partners

Michael Qi - Fangda Partners

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners’ ‘outstanding’ practice handles the full range of corporate and commercial transactions for a diverse array of clients. It has notable strength in M&A and its work in this space saw Jonathan Zhou and Leo Lou advising Baoshan Iron and Steel Company on the merger with Wuhan Iron and Steel Company, creating China’s biggest steelmaker; Michael Han and Peng Tan advising Xiaoju Kuaizhi on its $7bn acquisition of Uber (China); and Jeffrey Ding and Diana Xue handling China National Chemical Corporation’s $43bn purchase of Syngenta. The team has been particularly active in the TMT sector; recent highlights include its advice to Alibaba Group on its complete takeover of Youku Tudou, and acting for China Music Corporation on its merger with Tencent’s QQ music business. Chuanjie Zhou, Norman Zhong and Michael Qi are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Zhou - Fangda Partners

Michael Han - Fangda Partners

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China: Dispute resolution

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners has one of the largest dispute resolution practices in the market and is highly experienced in litigation in Chinese courts and arbitrations in the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and other tribunals. The team also has a contentious regulatory and corporate compliance group, which represents clients in internal and regulatory investigations in mainland China and Hong Kong. The team recently handled a dispute arising out of the control of a joint venture; assisted a medical devices company with an internal fraud investigation; and acted for a US technology company in a shareholder dispute brought by its joint venture partner before the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court. The highly regarded Benjamin Miao specialises in China-related commercial disputes, and assists multinational and domestic clients in corporate governance, asset recovery, regulatory investigations, employment matters and arbitrations. Nuo Ji excels in corporate governance and crisis management, and Helen Shi handles commercial and construction disputes. Anti-corruption specialist Melody Wang ‘gives practical and commercially minded advice’.

Leading individuals

Daniel Huang - Fangda Partners

Helen Shi - Fangda Partners

Nuo Ji - Fangda Partners

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China: Intellectual property

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners is best known for handling high-profile IP litigation in multiple jurisdictions. Among its recent caseload, Gordon Gao and Fang Qi represented basketball player Michael Jordan in a series of cases against Qiaodan Sports Company for the latter’s use of Jordan’s name. Gao and Alexandra Yang acted for New Balance in trade mark retrial proceedings before the Supreme People’s Court and other trade mark infringement and unfair competition actions before Jiangsu High People’s Court. Other highlights include acting for Watson Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement case brought by Eli Lilly and Company before the Jiangsu High People’s Court and Supreme People’s Court, defending Meizu Technology in the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND) license and patent infringement case filed by Qualcomm, and handling a number of trade secret and copyright disputes. Dixon Zhang focuses on IP advisory work and litigation, as well as anti-monopoly disputes involving IP and technology licensing issues. Richard Lin and James Hu are also recommended.

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China: Labour and employment

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners handles advisory work (on matters such as HR management, policies and operational procedures) as well as employment disputes and internal investigations into employee misconduct. Employment-related large-scale corporate deals with cross-border elements also fall within the group’s areas of expertise. Xie Zheng acted for a European company during the layoff of employees due to its planned closure of multiple sites in China. In other work, George Xu and Shanjian Zheng have been advising a US company on an investigation into its China-based management team. James Hu is the practice head.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Highly regarded for mid-cap transactions, Fangda Partners regularly advises private equity funds on their investments and assists start-up companies with their financings. Among the recent workload, Peng Tan acted for Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing (formal trading name as Xiaoju Kuaizhi) on its Series B-2 financing of $5.5bn; Leo Lou advised PAG, one of Asia’s largest alternative investment management firms, on its HK$11bn acquisition of Yingde Gases Group Company; and Norman Zhong assisted a consortium of investors led by Standard Chartered Private Equity with acquiring a majority stake in Chinese beauty care service provider Shanghai Siyanli Industrial in a leveraged buy-out transaction. In other work, group head Jonathan Zhou is advising CVC Capital Partners on the $600m sale of Chinese overseas educational counselling service provider Education International Corporation to a consortium led by NLD Investment, a Chinese private equity fund; and Jeffrey Ding advised Primavera Capital and Ant Financial Services Group on their $460m purchase of Yum China, a new spin-out from Yum Brands.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Zhou - Fangda Partners

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China: Real estate and construction

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners’ wide-ranging competencies span real estate acquisitions, Sino-foreign joints venture, hotel management and leasing; it also handles arbitrations involving real estate and construction disputes. Recent highlights include advising CSI Properties on its $200m acquisition of the retail podium of the Shanghai Richgate Plaza project. The team is jointly led by Shanghai-based Yingying Wang and Hong Kong-based Michael Tam, and also includes Nuo Ji, who focuses on contentious real estate and construction matters, and Stephen Lin, who has notable experience in foreign real estate investment and commercial leasing.

Leading individuals

Nuo Ji - Fangda Partners

Yingying Wang - Fangda Partners

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China: Regulatory/compliance

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

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners is one of the few PRC firms with a dedicated corporate investigation team, which handles the full range of anti-corruption matters, government enforcements (administrative and criminal), compliance advice, structuring compliance programmes and policies, and related contentious matters. The highly recommended Kate Yin stands out and has represented leading multinationals as well as large Chinese companies; in 2016, she assisted a Chinese public company with internal investigations and on establishing a compliance system. Yin is also advising a client on investigation conducted by Bureau of State Security of China, which involves potential violation of national security law.

Leading individuals

Kate Yin - Fangda Partners

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China: TMT

PRC firms
TMT: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Fangda Partners 方达律师事务所

Fangda Partners has extensive experience in M&A, private equity investment and corporate finance; in this context, it has developed a strong TMT practice, advising on major transactions in the industry. Outside of transactional work, the team also provides advice on a host of commercial and regulatory issues including e-commerce, licensing, outsourcing and IP. Work highlights in 2016 included acting for Didi Chuxing in its acquisition of Uber (China) and advising Alibaba Group on its acquisition of app store Wandoujia. Doris Tang and Jeffrey Ding jointly lead the team, which expanded in 2016 with the hire of counsel Cathryn Jin, who has in-house and private practice experience. Jonathan Zhou and Peng Tan are also key figures.

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