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Zhong Lun Law Firm

31, 36, 37/F, SK TOWER, 6A JIANGOUMENWAI AVENUE, CHAOYANG DISTRICT, BEIJING 100022, CHINA
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Work +86 10 5957 2288
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Fax +86 10 6568 1022
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www.zhonglun.com
Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen

China: Antitrust and competition

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm's 'solid' antitrust practice includes several experienced practitioners recommended for their expertise in abuse of dominance, merger control, antitrust investigations, private litigation and compliance. Recent highlights include representing a multinational client in a high-profile NDRC investigation; acting as local counsel for China Renaissance Capital Investment and Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group in the merger review clearance relating to their joint acquisition of Robert Bosch’s starter motors and generators businesses; assisting China Merchants Expressway Network & Technology with the filing following its merger with Huabei Expressway; and defending Shell (China) against its distributors in an alleged breach of horizontal monopoly agreement and abuse of dominance dispute. Peng Wu and Scott Yu are the key names to note, as is Yi Xue who is singled out for his 'accurate grasp of the key points' and the ability to offer 'tailored advice'.

Leading individuals

Peng Wu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Yikai Yang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Banking and finance

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm is regularly involved in substantial domestic and cross-border acquisition and project finance matters and also has a specialised ABS practice, which focuses on shipping and aviation finance. Wayne Wang assisted a Chinese policy bank with the provision of an extremely high-value loan for the refinancing of a project in Australia, and Dongyue Chen advises investment funds on cross-border financing mandates and also has experience in trade finance. Though the department is most active for lenders, it also has an active borrower side practice, where recent work has included Shirley Lu advising the borrowers on the $1.4bn term loan in relation to Carlyle Group's acquisition of Atotech. A team including Yacheng Zhou and Borong Liu acts as permanent counsel to China Construction Bank and China Merchants Bank in relation to their private banking business, and Zhou also assists China CITIC Bank with its family trust business. Also recommended are Wantao Yang, Joy Gao, and senior associate Cheng Ni.

Leading individuals

Wantao Yang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Cheng Ni - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Joy Gao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Capital markets

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm handles large number of onshore and offshore listings for its substantial client roster; it also advises on pre-IPO restructuring, private placements, and large-scale M&A transactions for listed companies. Recent transactions include advice to Huawei Investment on the issuance of $5bn medium-term notes by Proven Glory Capital; Sinotrans received assistance with its merger with Sinotrans Air Transportation Development through share swap; and Bank of China (Hong Kong) instructed the team on a RMB10bn bond issuance. Key practitioners include Anthony Zhao, Limin Chen, Kejun Guo, Shirley Wang and Julia Zhu.

Leading individuals

Anthony Zhao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Limin Chen - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm's capability of handling large cross-border transaction was on display again when a team led by Shiwei Zhang assisted a consortium of investors as PRC counsel with their $2bn purchase of McDonald's business in China through an offshore SPV; when William Qiu advised a PRC state-controlled company Naura on its acquisition of Akrion Systems, a US-based supplier of wet-processing systems; and when outbound investment specialist Audry Li, capital markets specialist Kejun Guo and antitrust partner Scott Yu advised Barrick Gold on its cooperation with Shandong Gold Group relating to the Veladero mine in Argentina involving a mix of share purchase and joint venture. On the domestic transaction side, Anthony Zhao and William Jia acted for Ctrip's invested portfolio companies Tongcheng Network on its $1.8bn merger with E- Dragon, while Victor Yu advised Tencent on its investment in a unicorn company UBTECH, Chinese AI and humanoid robotic company. The team is also particularly active in the pharmaceutical sector, and recently advised Shanghai Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition of Cardinal Health's China drug distribution business. Scott Guan is recommended for advising foreign companies in inbound transactions. Senior associates Mei Han, Haoze Li, and Yang Zhong are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Anthony Zhao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Audry Li - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Scott Guan - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Haoze Li - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Mei Han - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Yang Zhong - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Dispute resolution

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm's 'very professional' team handles a mix of construction, real estate, investment, financing and corporate-related disputes. Among its recent caseload, it acted for a private equity company in a series of disputes relating to the establishment of a joint venture; represented Yong Xishun (Shanghai) Trading in an insurance contract dispute against AIG; and handled a defamation case for a well-known Chinese retailer. Within the team, Lijun Cao is singled out for his solid international arbitration capability and his track record in handling financial and construction disputes; Wei Bao is recommended for real estate and commercial disputes, Huawei Sun has expertise in investment treaty arbitration cases conducted under various arbitration rules and involving multiple jurisdictions; commercial disputes specialist Decai Zhang and securitisation and financial disputes expert Wilson Huo are also highly recommended, as is senior associate Zhen Zhao.

Leading individuals

Decai Zhang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Lijun Cao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Wei Bao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Zhen Zhao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Fintech

Fintech: PRC firms
Fintech: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm assists fintech sector clients with a broad range of corporate and financing transactions. Its client roster features financial institutions, financial technology companies, consumer finance companies and e-commerce companies such as LianJia Finance, Wheat Financial, Huaxia Credit Group and Zendai Finance. Xinyu Liu has notable experience in financial and foreign-related commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as advising on bitcoin and initial coin offering related regulatory matters.

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

Healthcare and life sciences: PRC firms
Healthcare and life sciences: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm advises pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers on corporate, securities and regulatory matters. The team also has experience handling IP disputes and licensing transactions, Shanghai-based Helen Cheng is a key name to note. Cheng recently represented a Chinese biotech company in defending two patent infringement cases filed by a foreign company at the Beijing Intellectual Property Court and assisted Chiral Quest (Suzhou) with a series of technology license agreements and a patent ownership dispute against Zhejiang Changming Pharmaceutical. Its recent transactional mandates including advising C-Bridge Capital on its financing for CMAB Biopharma and advised Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Group on its share purchase of Shenzhen Topknow Industry and Development.

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China: Intellectual property

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm¬†is 'willing to go the extra mile', is noted for its ‚Äėstrong knowledge and great client service‚Äô and represents ‚Äėexcellent value for money‚Äô. The team of lawyers, patent and trade mark attorneys covers a wide range of industries, with particular expertise in the TMT sector.¬†Highlights included representing¬†Hengbao in a $7.8m patent infringement case against¬†Watchdata System, a matter led by¬†Dongxiao Ma, and¬†Ping Gu¬†represented Netmarble, a South Korean gaming company, in a copyright infringement and unfair competition case against Shanghai Kehuanand.¬†Gu has ‚Äėexpertise in both US and PRC patent litigation' and¬†Bisheng Shi¬†possesses ‚Äėin-depth knowledge‚Äô; also singled out are¬†Jimmy Huang,¬†Yuanyauan Jia,¬†who impresses with ‚Äėexcellent work ethics and a solid technical background‚Äô, and associate¬†Zhen Qian, who specialises in copyright infringement, trade mark and unfair competition disputes.

Leading individuals

Jimmy Huang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Zhen Qian - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Investment funds

Investment funds: PRC firms
Investment funds: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm fields lawyers who are experienced in fund formation, fundraising, investments, project management and fund exits. The practice advised a France-based private equity and venture capital firm on establishing and registering its RMB fund management company. Jason Liu has particular expertise in TMT, insurance and healthcare as well as structured financing; Catherine Chen's practice is focused on private equity fund raising, establishment and investment, along with M&A deals and capital markets; Lefan Gong advises clients on fund formation, establishing red-chip structures, and wealth management related matters. Other notable practitioners are Kejun Guo and senior associate Lulu Jiang.

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China: Labour and employment

Labour and employment: PRC firms
Labour and employment: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm is instructed by multinationals and state-owned enterprises in complex employment matters, and is particularly active in employment litigation. The department handles the full life-cycle of employment matters for clients such as Microsoft (China), which Haiyan Duan advises on day-to-day employment matters and also represented in two labour disputes concerning employee terminations for misconduct. Duan also provides ongoing contentious and non-contentious employment advice to Anshan Iron and Steel Group Corporation, and assisted AVIC Real Estate with an employee integration project following a significant merger. In the Shanghai office, Carol Zhu assisted a telecoms company with a mass redundancy exercise involving over 400 employees, and also represented a subsidiary of a world-renowned pharmaceutical company in labour disputes with multiple employees.

Leading individuals

Carol Zhu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm's private equity and investment funds practice group covers fund formation, fundraising, investments, project management and fund exits; and its deal experience includes both the establishment of domestic RMB and offshore USD funds. It acted for GLP, a warehouse operator, in its fund investments; advised Tencent on its series B investment in YonghuiYunchuang, an incubator of new retail projects; and assisted Kingsoft Cloud, a cloud service provider and unicorn start-up in the PRC, with its series D financing. Anthony Zhao has particular expertise in advising on cross-border transactions that combine both offshore and onshore structures. Other recommended advisers are Victor Yu, Jason Liu, Lefan Gong, Kejun Guo, Bill Shang and Julia Zhu. Key non-equity partners are Bijun Huang  and Ted Hu.

Leading individuals

Anthony Zhao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Lefan Gong - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Bijun Huang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Ted Hu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Projects and energy

Projects and energy: PRC firms
Projects and energy: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm is instructed by social investors and SOE project sponsors in contentious and non-contentious matters involving power generation, transportation, mining, and natural gas projects. Headed by Jihong Wang, who has deep experience in PPP projects, the department has been among the most active firms in China's major urbanisation projects. In one example, Lanping Zhou and Yueping Zhou are advising the Suxi government on all aspects of the Suxi Town Urbanisation PPP Project in Yiwu, which is among the first projects of its kind in China and carries a total investment of RMB18bn. Wayne Wang is acting for a subsidiary of a major SOE in relation to the proposed high-value purchase of natural gas, and Jun Cheng is assisting a Chinese corporate with its multibillion-dollar investment in a multi-phase mining and infrastructure project in Africa. Yacheng Zhou is representing Xinjiang Longmei Energy in a significant appeal concerning mining rights, and Li Hao is advising a power and engineering group on a host of legal issues following the collapse of a construction platform at Fengcheng Power Plant.

Leading individuals

Jihong Wang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Xiaoyu Xie - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Ying Liu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction: PRC firms
Real estate and construction: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm provides a full range of real estate-related legal services, including developments, project financing, M&A transactions, public offerings of real estate companies and securitisation of real property. Other areas of strength are infrastructure and PPP matters, environmental law issues, and energy and real estate-related disputes. The team acted for Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Company in the Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort project in the Tongzhou district, which involved land development, construction, IP licensing and business operation issues; the group also advised the Civil Aviation Administration Of China on Beijing’s new airport project. Xuebing Zhang, Anthony Qiao, Maoyuan Zhu, Yueping Zhou and Jihong Wang are highly rated advisers. Other key names are Gavin Zhang, Song Mu, Lanping Zhou, David Chen and Jiong Zhang.

Leading individuals

Jihong Wang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Maoyuan Zhu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Song Mu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Regulatory/compliance

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm advises multinational and domestic clients in compliance programmes, anti-corruption and bribery cases. Its clients span a broad range of industries including chemical, manufacturing, real estate and energy. Xiangwen Liu and Jun Gao jointly lead the practice.

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China: Shipping

Shipping: PRC firms
Shipping: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm's expertise lies in maritime disputes, including collisions, damage, pollution and personal injury, as well as commercial mandates such as the sale and purchase of ships, shipping finance and insurance. The team recently defended Cosco Shipping Container Lines in an insurance indemnity claim and acted for shipowners in several personal injury cases. Other clients include Hansa Meyer Global, Hapag-Lloyd AG and Sinotrans (HK) Logistics. Key names to note include Chenbiao Li, who is experienced in maritime disputes and shipping finance transactions, and senior associate Jun Fei, who focuses on P&I matters and maritime litigation.

Next generation lawyers

Jun Fei - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: TMT

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm has a broad TMT practice which regularly advises clients in the telecoms, e-commerce, cloud computing, technology and fintech sectors; it also counts investment funds and venture capital firms as its core clients. The team includes experts in corporate and M&A, private equity, antitrust, IP and capital markets. Recent instructions saw it handling a large number of high value corporate and corporate financing transactions. Among them, Victor Yu and Bijun Huang advised Tencent on its investment in UBTECH Robotics, its series B investment in Yonghui Yunchuang Technology and its series D $1bn investment in NIO. William Qiu and Johnson Zhu acted for Tsinghua Unigroup on its acquisition of SiliconwareTechnology (Suzhou). Anthony Zhao has particular expertise in cross-border transactions, often combining both offshore and onshore structures. IP and antitrust specialist Jihong Chen advised Samsung SDS on the compliance aspect of its cloud service in China. Senior associate Mei Han is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Anthony Zhao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Victor Yu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Mei Han - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Tax

Tax: PRC firms
Tax: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm provides 'practical tax advice from initial transaction structuring to execution and assessment' and does it all at 'a competitive price'. The team including Yacheng Zhou has particular strength in personal tax and wealth planning, and provides ongoing advice to clients such as Bank of Communications Beijing Branch and China Construction Bank in relation to its private banking and family trust business. Department head Peter Ni and recently promoted partner Mark Gao (both of whom have 'invaluable market knowledge and relationships with the local tax bureaus') acted for CLSA Investment Consultancy Services in relation to a share transfer completed immediately following the implementation of a relevant new tax regulation. Also recommended is Mingjun Jia, who has expertise in tax and family and individual wealth planning.

Leading individuals

Peter Ni - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Mark Gao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: WTO/international trade

WTO/international trade: PRC firms
WTO/international trade: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Zhong Lun Law Firm

The trade lawyers at Zhong Lun Law Firm have 'an impressive network of contacts in the industry', which they leverage to provide WTO and trade remedy advice 'at an excellent international standard'. As one of only a handful of firms that regularly acts for MOFCOM, the team has been involved in anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations initiated by Canada, the US, the EU, South Africa and India. Lingchen Pu is acting for MOFCOM in relation to a $10bn investigation by the EU into photovoltaic imports from China, and is also representing the client in a US investigation concerning forged steel fittings. Additional highlights have included Pu advising a domestic chemical product company on a multibillion-dollar safeguard investigation, and Jiang Zhe representing clients such as OCI Company and Hanwha Total Petrochemical in multiple anti-dumping investigations initiated by MOFCOM. Also recommended is Jianwei Liu, who has expertise in WTO law and IP, and is experienced in litigation and arbitration.

Leading individuals

Lingchen Pu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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Legal Developments by:
Zhong Lun Law Firm

  • 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 (‚ÄúNDRC‚ÄĚ) and the other the series of regulations for PPP led by the Ministry of Finance (‚ÄúMoF‚ÄĚ).¬† 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.
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