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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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Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen

China: Antitrust and competition

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm stands out for its extensive experience in merger control fillings and investigations initiated by the antitrust authorities. The team is led by four well-regarded practitioners, one of whom – Peng Wu – acted for Wallenius Wilhelmsen logistics in responding to an NDRC investigation. Tongwei, China Advanced Gas Resources and Wuxi Taiji Industrial Company are also clients. Scott Yu and Yi Xue are ‘highly committed and knowledgeable’.

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China: Banking and finance

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm advises domestic and multinational financial institutions, as well as large corporates; clients include the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Everbright Financial Leasing and Export-Import Bank of China. Dongyue Chen advised Punch Powertrain and its Chinese subsidiary, Punch Powertrain Nanjing, on obtaining syndicated loans from BNP Paribas Fortis and the European Investment Bank. Wantao Yang specialises in project finance, syndicated loans and securitisation; Shirley Lu, Borong Liu, Dageng Han, and Rong Fan are other key figures.

Leading individuals

Wantao Yang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Capital markets

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm has experience of assisting large Chinese companies with their onshore and offshore debt and equity offerings and listings on a wide range of stock exchanges. In 2015, Anthony Zhao acted for Deutsche Bank on the issuance of guaranteed bonds by Vital Star, a subsidiary of Hubei Fuxing Science and Technology, and Bin Fan advised Sichuan Dehui Commercial on its National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ) listing. The ‘highly responsive’ Limin Chen, Kejun Guo and real estate expert Xuebing Zhang are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Anthony Zhao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Lefan Gong - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Limin Chen - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Second to none’, Zhong Lun Law Firm excels in its ‘commercial awareness and the collective strength of the team’. The firm’s high-end client base includes Alibaba, China Cinda Asset Management and ZTE. Anthony Zhao and Luke Zhang led work for National Council for Social Security Fund to assist with its RMB10bn investment in the Ant Financial Services. It also acted for China Taiping on its series A financing of JD Finance and assisted Shanghai Qijia Network Information Science & Technology with its red-chip restructuring and series B financing from Orchid Asia Group Management, SIP Oriza and other co-investors. Scott Guan is ‘a true dealmaker for cross-border and cross-cultural transactions who is able to ensure that any challenges are eliminated’. Additionally, Evan Sun is ‘an outstanding negotiator’ and Wantao Yang, Audry Li, Lefan Gong and Yun Zhou are also key figures.

Leading individuals

Anthony Zhao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Audry Li - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Scott Guan - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Wantao Yang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Summer Xia - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Dispute resolution

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm regularly handles domestic and international arbitration and litigation. Restructuring and insolvency expert Decai Zhang variously handled a shareholder dispute, contract litigation, a disputed insurance claim, and a cross-border construction case during 2015. Wei Bao is a key name to note for real estate, equity and restructuring disputes; Lijun Cao is recommended for international arbitration; and Wilson Huo represented a bank against an insurance company in a disputed insurance claim arising from an international sales of goods transaction and export financing.

Leading individuals

Lijun Cao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Employment

PRC firms
Employment: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm is particularly experienced in all aspects of HR management. The firm’s broad client roster includes international companies, SOEs and financial institutions. Carol Zhu, who ‘can foresee potential risks and give appropriate advice’, recently assisted Shanghai Sulzer Engineering & Machinery Works with its redundancy strategy involving 390 employees across different locations. Haiyan Duan specialises in labour arbitration and litigation.

Leading individuals

Carol Zhu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Wenyan Xu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Intellectual property

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Very prompt and extremely pleasant’, Zhong Lun Law Firm’s ‘effective’ and ‘commercially astute’ team handles IP matters across a wide range of sectors, with a strong focus on the IT and TMT sectors. ‘Knowledgeable’ practice co-head Jihong Chen led in representing BlueStar, a Chinese chemicals company, in a trade secret infringement case brought against Nantong East Industrial before the Supreme People’s Court. Chen also successfully represented Roxtec in a dispute with the TRAB before the Beijing IP Court concerning the client’s rejected trade mark application, which resulted in a re-examination of the application. Clients include Blue Bottle Coffee, Knowles and Qihoo 360. Xuebing Zhang and Ping Gu are the other co-heads of the team.

Next generation lawyers

Grace Wong - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Projects and energy

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm’s Jihong Wang and Jinlin Nan assisted China Nuclear Industry 22nd Construction on its investment in the Baganuur power plant BOT project in Mongolia. The highly regarded Lanping Zhou assisted with a number of high-profile PPP projects, advising a number of local governments, and the team also has particular expertise in the financing of urban infrastructure projects. Dongyue Chen and Gavin Zhang ‘stand out’.

Next generation lawyers

Xiaoyu Xie - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Ying Liu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Real estate and construction

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

A prominent player in the real estate and construction arenas, Zhong Lun Law Firm’s ‘excellent’ team had another prolific year with a number of big-ticket deals featured in its highlights. Its clients include private equity funds, financial institutions, real estate developers and government agencies. Anthony Qiao assisted The Link Management with its indirect acquisition of the issued share capital of a project company, which holds two premium commercial towers in Shanghai, and Jihong Wang is acting for the investor in a $1.23bn transport reconstruction PPP project. Song Mu, Maoyuan Zhu and Jiong Zhang are other names to note.

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: Shipping

PRC firms
Shipping: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm advises on the full spectrum of maritime transactions, as well as litigation and arbitration. Representative clients include The Swedish Club, PICC Property and Casualty Insurance, and TT Club. Chenbiao Li is the main contact.

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China: TMT

PRC firms
TMT: PRC firms - ranked: tier 1

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm handles regulatory and transactional matters for a variety of clients, including China Mobile, Tencent and Lenovo. Anthony Zhao, Michael Gu and Luke Zhang were part of a team which assisted China Taiping Insurance in connection with the series A financing of JD Finance. Zhao also assisted Shanghai Qijia Network Information Science & Technology with its red-chip restructuring and series B financing from Orchid Asia Group Management, SIP Oriza and other co-investors. The team is led by IP and antitrust specialist Jihong Chen, who advised Booking.com on its entry into the Chinese market.

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China: Tax

PRC firms
Tax: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm’s ‘commercial and responsive’ team is recommended for assisting a broad range of clients on transfer pricing audit, tax planning and restructuring. Peter Ni is regarded by some as being ‘the best tax lawyer in China who understands Western and Chinese business practices’, and Peter Chen has experience of handling tax disputes with tax authorities in the PRC and the US. In 2015, Ni assisted SPX Corporation with the PRC tax aspects of its global spin-off transaction. The team also has expertise in private wealth planning for high-net-worth individuals.

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Peter Ni - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: WTO/international trade

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm has experience acting for MOFCOM in WTO disputes, it also advises Chinese traders and government bodies on antidumping, anti-subsidy and other international trade issues. Zhe Jiang assisted Guigang Jinhe Wood and its related companies in an antidumping investigation initiated by South Korea regarding plywood. Lingchen Pu is acting for MOFCOM in the EC investigation into Chinese photovoltaics products. Peter Ni and Jianwei Liu are also highly regarded practitioners.

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 (“NDRC”) and the other the series of regulations for PPP led by the Ministry of Finance (“MoF”).  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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  • 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 (“NDRC”) and the other the series of regulations for PPP led by the Ministry of Finance (“MoF”).  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.
  • Thought on Developing Convention on Enforceability of Settlement Agreements Reached Through Concilia

    The UN Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”) held its 47th session in New York on 7-18 July 2014 and the Author had the privilege of attending the conference at invitation of Mr. Yu Jianlong, President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (“APRAG”). During the conference, the U.S. Government submitted a proposal suggesting Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation) of UNCITRAL (“Working Group II”) to develop a multilateral convention with respect of the enforceability of international commercial settlement agreements reached through conciliation (“Enforceability Convention”) for the purpose of encouraging the use of conciliation in resolving international commercial disputes.  Read more
  • Impact of Article 43 of the Commercial Bank Law on PPP Projects

    With the widespread use of the PPP model in China, financing channels for PPP projects have also increasingly diversified.  Bank, trust, fund and insurance channels of capital have all rushed onto the stage of project financing. Subject to Article 43 of the Commercial Bank Law, banks, as the traditional big brother of financing, have always played the role of lender.  In practice, the opinions as to whether they can participate in the bidding on, and contributing capital to, PPP projects as private investors have been mixed.
  • A LOOK BACK AND THOUGHTS ON PPP LEGAL PRACTICE IN CHINA IN 2015

    The current PPP tide in China driven by the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission witnesses the transformation and upgrading of large state-owned enterprises.  These enterprises that have traditionally only been familiar with bid invitation, bid submission, and construction, have started to have an impact on numerous new areas such as project proposal and planning, company establishment and acquisition, fund establishment and operation, etc.  Certain state-owned enterprises that got their starts fairly early have cultivated teams with extensive experience in investing, and certain enterprises that are just starting up are selecting young talent from various entities in all out effort to catch up.  Private enterprises also participate enthusiastically.
  • Transfer Pricing – New Risks in Declaring Price Impact of Special Relationship to China Customs

    China Customs recently requires that the importer or exporter of record declare the impact on the import or export price of its special relationship with the counterpart (“Price Impact”). Specifically the declaring party must state whether its special relationship, if any, would affect the transaction value or price as declared to the China Customs. Previously the special relationship was an item of declaration subsequent to a specific request from the Customs. However, the impact of the special relationship was not an item of declaration, and the declaration party even had a general defense right to disprove such Price Impact. The Price Impact, if any, has been a pre-condition for  the Customs not to accept the declared transfer price for the purpose of ascertaining dutiable price of a given import or export shipment, in which case, China Customs shall re-value the given shipment according to China customs valuation rules.
  • New China Customs Taxation Policy on Cross-Border B2C E-Commerce Imports

    The Ministry of Finance, General Administration of Customs and State Administration of Taxation of China jointly issued a circular (“Joint Circular ”) relating to the taxation policy on the cross-border e-commerce retailing imports, with effect as from April 8, 2016.
  • ICC and CIETAC Arbitration Practice Comparison - Case Study Note 1

    One of the most important negotiated points by parties in contract negotiations is the dispute resolution clause. If parties agree on arbitration, they often negotiate which arbitration institution or arbitration rules will apply in resolving potential disputes.
  • Interpretation of New Anti-monopoly Provisions in the Field of Intellectual Property Rights:

    Ren Qing and Wu Peng, Partners in Zhong Lun Law Firm
  • POTENTIAL CHANGE OF CHINA’S FOREIGN INVESTMENT LAWS AND ITS EFFECT ON VIE STRUCTURES

    By Steve Zhao
  • Zhong Lun Advises Chinese Consortium on $1.9 Billion Acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

    On April 30, 2015, OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (OVTI, a Delaware company listed on NASDAQ) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium composed of Hua Capital Management Co. Ltd. (“Hua Capital Management”), CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (“CITIC Capital”) and GoldStone Investment Co. Ltd. (“GoldStone Investment”) (collectively, the “Consortium”). Under the terms of the agreement, OmniVision stockholders will receive $29.75 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $1.9 billion. The agreement was unanimously approved by OmniVision’s Board of Directors.