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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

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

A ‘leading law firm’ for antitrust and M&A, Zhong Lun Law Firm has a well-established practice that takes in merger control, antitrust investigations, private litigation and compliance. The team also advises clients on the negotiation and preparation of licensing, distribution and R&D agreements. 2016 saw the team assisting numerous clients with domestic transactions, as well as acting for multinationals in cartel investigations. In one highlight, it acted for Guirenniao Co in its acquisition of 36.17% of the shares of Hubei JZX Sports, which was approved by MOFCOM without any conditions. The trilingual Peng Wu has a varied practice and frequently acts for leading Japanese companies thanks to his Japanese language skills. Yi Xue and Yikai Yang are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Yikai Yang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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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’s ‘highly commercial’ practice covers all key product areas and has a broad roster of clients. Its experience spans term loan facilities, project finance, asset securitisation and banking compliance. Dongyue Chen assisted International Finance Corporation with its loan to Houze Small Loan and its equity investment in the latter’s Cayman shareholding; Shirley Lu advised borrower Biostime International Holdings on its syndicated loan arrangement for the acquisition of shares in Swisse Wellness Group. Group head Wantao Yang is highly recommended for his expertise in project finance, syndicated loans and securitisation. Other clients include Tsinghua Unigroup, China CITIC Bank, China Merchants Bank and Volkswagen Finance (China). Joy Gao and Cheng Ni are also recommended.

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

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 a solid reputation for advising Chinese companies on their onshore and offshore debt and equity offerings and listings on various stock exchanges. In 2016, Anthony Zhao and William Jia acted as the PRC counsel to JD.com during its $1bn public offering of notes registered in the US and listed in Singapore. Kejun Guo and Chen Jia assisted Datang Environment Industry with its successful IPO and listing in Hong Kong, and advised Nanjing Estun Automation on the issuance of A-shares and listing on the SME Board. Practice head Limin Chen and Xuebing Zhang focus on capital markets transactions, but also regularly assist listed companies with their corporate and M&A activities.

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm’s team stand out for its capacity to handle high-profile cross-border M&A transactions. As evidence of this, the group advised Khazanah Nasional Berhad (as one of the investors) on the restructuring and financing of Cainiao Logistics (an affiliate of Alibaba Group), handled I Squired Capital’s acquisition of four state-owned new energy companies, and assisted Komatsu with a $2.8bn-plus multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Joy Global, which included handling the merger filing before China’s Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM). The team is a popular choice for clients in the TMT space, which it regularly advises on transactions and regulatory issues; clients include Jiayuan.com International, Booking.com, Kingsoft Cloud and Tencent. Anthony Zhao is recommended for large private equity and venture capital investments, M&A transactions, corporate finance and restructurings, with particular expertise advising on cross-border transactions combining both offshore and onshore structures; Audry Li focuses on advising multinational companies on cross-border transactions as well as handling compliance issues; Scott Guan’s client base spans a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, chemical products, technology, retail and natural resources; and Yun Zhou is particularly active in the real estate sector and is recommended for M&A, private equity and investment funds transactions. Cindy Guo, Yinzi Hu - Haoze Li and Bijun Huang are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Anthony Zhao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Audry Li - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Scott Guan - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Cindy Guo - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Haoze Li - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Summer Xia - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Yinzi Hu - 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 is, according to one client, ‘some distance ahead of the competition’. It has ‘an absolutely first-class dispute resolution and arbitration group’ and fields a team of ‘seriously thoughtful and intelligent practitioners’, who provide ‘an incredibly responsive service’. It is recommended for real estate, construction and a broad range of commercial disputes. Recent highlights include representing Shanghai Hu Xin Real Estate Development in litigation against Shanghai Zhao Feng Investment concerning a leasing contract dispute, and acting for Shanghai Heavy Machinery Plant in litigation against Germany Bright regarding a contractual dispute pertaining to the international sale of goods. The ‘highly experiencedDecai Zhangplaces business issues at the heart of his advice’; Lijun Cao is ‘one of the giants of international arbitration in China’ and is regarded as a ‘sophisticated operator’; Wei Bao is a key name to note for real estate and commercial disputes; and counsel Huawei Sun is ‘brilliantly intelligent’.

Leading individuals

Lijun Cao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Wei Bao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Huawei Sun - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm advises a range of healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies on corporate and securities transactions, and is also recommended for patent mandates, litigation and enforcement matters. The firm assisted key client Abbott Laboratories with a range of patent issues, advised Shenzhen Gosun Pharmaceutical on its licensing agreement and drug registration relating to fifth generation cephalosporin antibiotics, and defended a domestic pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement claim filed by a foreign company. IP specialist Helen Cheng handles litigation, licensing and technology transfers, and IP enforcement strategies, and Will Wang is a key name for contentious IP matters.

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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

Zhong Lun Law Firm’s ‘excellent and responsive’ IP team is singled out for its ‘well-tailored and commercially astute advice’. It comprises lawyers and patent and trade mark attorneys, and handles matters across a range of industries, with a strong focus on the TMT sector. In 2016, Jihong Chen represented Bluestar Group in a trade secret infringement case against Nantong Wangmao before the Supreme People’s Court; acted for Ty in a multi-jurisdictional copyright infringement case; and assisted Yulong Computer Communication Technology (Shenzhen) with patent infringement litigation and invalidation proceedings filed by TD-SCDMA. Ping Gu defended Ninebot in an investigation filed by Segway claiming the infringements of patent, design patent and copyright, and is acting for Beijing Sogou Technology Development in a series of patent invalidation and administrative disputes with Baidu. Dongxiao Ma, Helen Cheng and Zhen Qian are also recommended, as is Jimmy Huang, who provides ‘excellent legal advice and business-savvy IP strategy’.

Leading individuals

Jimmy Huang - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Zhen Qian - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Labour and employment

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

The ‘very dedicated and professional’ team at Zhong Lun Law Firm provides a ‘first-class service’; it is strong in cross-border employment work and also advises clients on the gamut of HR management issues. The team’s ability to handle criminal liability, anti-corruption and compliance-related issues is another draw. Work highlights included advising a company in the food and beverage sector on a redundancy project involving over 100 employees, and assisting a foreign client with a HR management system for a newly established wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WOFE) in China. The ‘agile and clear-thinking’ Haiyan Duan handles employment and compliance matters, and Carol Zhu is noted for her ‘very accurate, timely and reliable advice’. At the associate level, Alice Xu has broad experience in redundancies, collective transfers, immigration, employment contracts and terminations. Ma Xiaoyu is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Carol Zhu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Alice Xu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Zhong Lun Law Firm has a solid track record advising equity investors on their start-up, expansion and acquisition activities. In 2016, Shanghai-based Anthony Zhao acted as PRC counsel to Khazanah Nasional Berhad on the RMB11bn restructuring and financing of Cainiao Logistics, an affiliate of Alibaba Group, and advised China Taiping Group on its Series A financing of JD Finance Group, a subsidiary of JD.com. Zhao and Luke Zhang also acted for Goldman Sachs and Muhe Capital Partners on the Series C+ financing of Shanghai Yiguo E-Commerce and assisted H&Q Asia Pacific with the Series B financing of Huizuche, a car rental search and booking service platform. Other highlights saw Lefan Gong advising Goldman Sachs International on the investment with EBRD and Credit Suisse in TFI – TAB Gıda Yatirimlari and acting for Guangdong New Value Investment during its acquisition of Education International Corporation. Ray Wang, Daniel Shen and Jinhua Song are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Anthony Zhao - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Lefan Gong - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

Jinhua Song - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Ray Wang - 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 excels in advising on complex bidding processes, large public building projects and disputes involving the construction of large infrastructure projects. Beijing-based Jihong Wang advised key client Powerchina Road Bridge Group on a number of big-ticket transactions such as its RMB42.8bn investment in the construction and operation of Taihang Mountain highway. Wang also assisted Sinohydro Foundation Engineering with its investment in the Yunjin Food and Medicine Industry Garden PPP project in Guizhou. In its Shanghai office, Jinlin Nan advised a SOE contractor SUMEC Hardware & Tools on an EPC power station project in Pakistan; Gavin Zhang counts Riverside Investment Group, Shanghai Lake Dianshan Newtown Development and Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment as his key clients; and Lanping Zhou is particularly experienced in infrastructure investment and financing of BOT and PPP projects in the fields of transportation, regional development and public facilities.

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

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

Covering the full gamut of non-contentious and contentious real estate and construction issues, Zhong Lun Law Firm’s peerless client portfolio includes government agencies, developers, building contractors, financial institutions, real estate private equity funds and other investors. Among its recent workload, the team advised Beijing Samsung Real Estate on the construction of its headquarters in Beijing and represented a software company in a construction arbitration. Anthony Qiao is recommended for cross-border M&A and real estate financings; Jihong Wang is noted for large infrastructure and energy projects particularly involving railways, highways and bridges; Maoyuan Zhu focuses on large construction and infrastructure projects, advising SOEs and local developers; Song Mu is experienced in land use matters; and Jiong Zhang focuses on construction litigation and arbitration.

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

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

Zhong Lun Law Firm 中伦律师事务所

. The ‘extremely responsive’ team at Zhong Lun Law Firm provides ‘practical advice’ on compliance programmes, anti-corruption and bribery cases for both multinational and domestic clients. Jerry Fang ‘excels in international criminal and regulatory investigations involving the full spectrum of topics, including anti-corruption, money laundering and sanctions’. Gary Gao and Xiangwen Liu are further names to note.

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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

The shipping group at Zhong Lun Law Firm acts for P&I clubs, logistics companies, underwriters and shipowners based in China, Hong Kong and elsewhere in the region. 2016 and 2017 saw the team handling a host of maritime disputes. In a recent highlight, Chenbiao Li successfully represented TAL International Container Corporation as claimant in litigation at the Shanghai Maritime Court concerning a default on a contract for container leasing.

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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 has broad coverage across the TMT sector, including in a number of sub-specialisms such as e-commerce, new media, advertising and software. The multidisciplinary team comprises experts in corporate and M&A, private equity, antitrust and capital markets. In particular, the team handled a number of corporate and corporate finance transactions in 2016; in one highlight, Anthony Zhao, Michael Gu and William Jia advised Zhong Ji Electrical Equipment on its acquisition of InnoLight Technology. Jihong Chen has ‘comprehensive industry experience spanning intellectual property, technology, media and telecoms, which helps clients solve problems in a holistic manner’. Private equity, venture capital and TMT expert Luke Zhang is another key contact.

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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

The team at Zhong Lun Law Firm is particularly strong in international tax issues, and has ancillary knowledge of private client and wealth planning matters, where it represents high-net-worth individuals. In one recent highlight, it advised Linglong Group on outbound investments in several Asian and European countries. Peter Ni heads the practice, which includes qualified accountant and attorney Peter Chen and senior associate Mark Gao, whose practice spans VAT, business tax, customs duties and other matters.

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

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’s international trade practice is led by Lingchen Pu. Its reputation in this field has been solidified by the successful representation of MOFCOM in several high-profile WTO disputes initiated by the EU, US, Russia and others. It also has a good track record in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, representing leading Chinese traders as well as government bodies. Jiang Zhe is another key contact who has been acting for numerous domestic companies in investigations initiated by Korea; in one recent case, he acted for Nanning Jinlun Wood Co in a coniferous plywood anti-dumping investigation. Jianwei Liu handles international trade, WTO, IP and dispute resolution.

Leading individuals

Lingchen Pu - Zhong Lun Law Firm

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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.
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