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Han Kun Law Offices

9/F, OFFICE TOWER C1, ORIENTAL PLAZA, NO. 1 EAST CHANG AN AVE., BEIJING 100738, CHINA
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Beijing, HONG KONG, SHANGHAI 200041,, Shenzhen

China: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition: PRC firms
Antitrust and competition: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices is a popular choice for merger filings and antitrust litigation, particularly for clients in the TMT sector. It also has notable experience of handling standard essential patent antitrust litigation. Representative clients include Baidu and Tencent. Among its recent highlights, it advised Louis Dreyfus on the merger notification with MOFCOM following its acquisition of a Chinese food company, and represented a large Chinese company in an abuse of market dominance case. Chen Ma heads the team which also includes associate Da Shi.

Leading individuals

Chen Ma - Han Kun Law Offices

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China: Banking and finance

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

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices acts for foreign and domestic lenders and borrowers in a variety of general banking matters. The team is particularly singled out for its aviation finance capabilities, and acts for all types of market participants in aviation finance mandates. Shu Wang assisted China Southern Airlines with its financial leasing of 15 aircraft from China Southern Leasing and Jun Zhu advised Kunlun Financial Leasing on its Irish tax structure leasing of seven aircraft to China Southern Airlines. The team also acted for Export-Import Bank of China on its provision of loan facilities to five Irish SPVs for the financing of aircraft leased to Aeroflot. Additional clients include ICBC Financial Leasing, CITIC Bank, and Bank of China (Hong Kong). Yin Ge and Tiecheng Yang joined from Clifford Chance LLP, and will strengthen the team's financial regulatory and compliance practice.

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China: Capital markets

Capital markets: PRC firms
Capital markets: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices regularly handles overseas capital markets transactions and has experience representing both Chinese insurers and international underwriters. Yijun Chao specialises in private equity and venture capital, securities and M&A; Zhe Wang deals with foreign direct investment and Ying Zhou has an expertise in public and private financing matters. JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, China Literature and Baidu count among the team's clients. In a notable cross-border highlight, Chaoying Li provided PRC law counsel to Tencent Holdings as the issuer on its $5bn global-term-note programme.

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China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: PRC firms
Corporate and M&A: PRC firms - ranked: tier 2

Han Kun Law Offices

Leveraging its focus in the TMT sector, Han Kun Law Offices regularly advises several industry players on high-value M&A, restructuring and joint venture mandates. For example, Charles Li and Loretta Li acted for Baidu on the $800m sale of Baidu Waimai to Alibaba-backed Chinese food delivery firm Ele.me, and in a separate matter, assisted Baidu with its acquisition of a US AI company; Huan Wang advised Tujia.com International in acquiring Ctrip and Qunar's homestay business and handled the formation of a partnership between Taikang Insurance Group and IHH Healthcare; David Tang acted for a US power company in its sale of 50% equity to a Chinese SOE. Tencent also features in its client list which Li and counsel Adrian Lv advised on its investment in the merger of Maoyan (a Tencent-backed mobile movie ticketing service) and Weiying. Other recommended practitioners includeDafei Chen and Aaron Zhou; the latter has notable experience in handling FCPA-related regulatory and compliance matters.

Leading individuals

David Tang - Han Kun Law Offices

Next Generation Partners

Adrian Lv - Han Kun Law Offices

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China: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: PRC firms
Dispute resolution: PRC firms - ranked: tier 5

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices focuses on commercial, financial, employment, IP and antitrust disputes. The seven-partner team includes Eric Liu who specialises in commercial contract-related disputes; the 'diligent' Andy Liao who is experienced in commercial litigation and arbitration; and the 'adaptable' Will Huang who handles commercial litigation and international arbitration. The team recently handled a CIETAC arbitration regarding a breach of contract dispute and is assisting a foreign-invested fast moving consumer goods company in a series of contentious matters arising from a Sino-foreign joint venture.

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China: Fintech

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

Han Kun Law Offices

To some, Han Kun Law Offices's knowledge of the fintech space is 'second to none'. It is singled out for its 'highly commercial and tailor-made advice' which is 'not only able to meet regulatory and compliance requirement, but is also close to and often beyond the expectations of the clients'. The team recently assisted a consortium of sponsors including J.P. Morgan Securities and Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) with the Hong Kong listing of ZhongAn Online Property and Casualty Insurance, China's first internet-only insurer. It also acted for China Structural Reform Fund in its $105m investment in JD Finance, and handled regulatory and compliance matters relating to its new fintech products for Wecash, a Chinese fintech credit assessment solutions provider. Equity financing, M&A transactions for e-payment companies and initial coin offerings also feature in its recent mandates. The 'outstanding' Jun Wan is praised for his 'very quick feedback'. Wei Li is another name to note, particularly for private equity and venture capital transactions, as is Jun Zhu who focuses on financial regulatory matters and establishment of foreign financial institutions in China.

Leading individuals

Jun Wan - Han Kun Law Offices

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

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

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices is regularly instructed by major funds in their significant healthcare sector investments in China. It also handles compliance and regulatory issues and has particular expertise in competition law, IP and litigation. Among its recent highlights, the team assisted a global pharmaceutical company with a compliance investigation, and advised a dental service chain in a financing mandate. IP specialist Yan Wang represented SMTP Technology in a series of patent infringement and invalidation disputes against Sonicmed Medical Technology. Charles Li is recommended for public and private financing, corporate restructuring and IP protection; Shanghai-based Min Zhu and Kelvin Gao focus on the formation and deployment of private equity funds, M&A and corporate matters.

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China: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: PRC firms
Intellectual property: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices¬†is noted for its ‚Äėvery good service, timely answers and good judgement‚Äô. The¬†'energetic' team has a focus on contentious patent, trade mark and copyright matters and includes the recommended¬†Yan Wang, Rui Luo¬†and Rong Chen,¬†who focuses on the internet, high-tech and media sectors. Kraft Heinz, Acer and Baidu count among the team's clients, alongside corporations from the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and financial industries.¬†It represented SMTP Medical Technology in $15.7m patent infringement and invalidation disputes against its main competitor, Sonicmed Medical Technology, and UBOX in a $25m patent infringement dispute with Aimyunion.

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China: Investment funds

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

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices regularly assists a large number of venture capital and private equity funds with fund formation matters. The team advised Everbright Holdings on forming blind-pool and special purpose vehicle RMB funds; it also assisted securities firm CITIC GoldStone with forming ten industry-focused funds, including the TMT, healthcare and finance sectors. Other highlights include advising Baidu Capital as fund counsel, which teamed up with China Life Insurance to launch a RMB14bn investment fund to back companies in the mobile internet, artificial intelligence and FinTech sectors. James Wang is highly rated for the design and implementation of fund and asset management products; Evan Zhang advises on the formation, operation, project investment and management of domestic and offshore private investment funds. Other key advisers include Kelvin Gao, Lin Zhou, who joined from Haiwen & Partners, Yin Ge, formerly of Clifford Chance LLP, and Huaying Qi, who was hired from Cooley LLP. The associates to note are Wensi Dai and Lu Ran.

Leading individuals

James Wang - Han Kun Law Offices

Next Generation Partners

Lu Ran - Han Kun Law Offices

Wensi Dai - Han Kun Law Offices

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China: Labour and employment

Labour and employment: PRC firms
Labour and employment: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices 'provides stellar employment and general business advice' to a variety of large domestic corporates and international companies with operations in China. Led by Will Huang, the team is 'communicative, pragmatic and responsive - even on very short notice'. An 'outstanding litigator and counsellor', Huang specialises in employment disputes where he advised clients including AbbVie Pharmaceutical Trading (Shanghai), Levi Strauss Asia Pacific Division and Takeda (China) Holdings on matters such as infringement of trade secrets, breach of non-compete agreements and employee fraud. Huang assisted Cardinal Health with the employment aspects of its 2017 acquisition of certain Medtronic businesses, which involved the transfer of around 10,000 employees from one company to the other. Sunny Gao is a recommended associate in the team, which also provides ongoing HR management and compliance advice to a mix of domestic and international companies.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices is 'a great firm that is well balanced as a mainland China-based practice; it not only identifies issues, it also provides solutions to those issues'. The team is highly rated for its advice to venture capital and private equity firms on their investments and fundraising in China. Recent work includes advising China's Meituan-Dianping, an online platform for movie ticketing, food delivery, restaurant bookings, beauty services, travel and luxury goods, on its $4bn series C round of equity financing; the assistance included legal opinions, deal negotiations and various financing documents. The practice also acted for China Structural Reform Fund Corporation in its investment in JD Finance, which involved designing the structure of a fund and negotiating a limited partners agreement. The names to note are Yijun Chao, Dafei Chen, Chaoying Li, Ying Yang and Loretta Li, along with Yixin Lin and Min Duan. Counsels Sheng Li and Zaiguang Lu are also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Chaoying Li - Han Kun Law Offices

Yijun Chao - Han Kun Law Offices

Next Generation Partners

Sheng Li - Han Kun Law Offices

Zaiguang Lu - Han Kun Law Offices

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China: Regulatory/compliance

Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms
Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms - ranked: tier 3

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices'¬†'ability to propose practical solutions for complex regulation is amazing' ‚Äď it is¬†‚Äėable to advise multinationals' China subsidiaries on avoiding highly sensitive issues while finding ways to legally achieve their business goals‚Äô.¬†David Tang¬†has 'thorough understanding of the expectations of MNC headquarters outside China'. In 2017, Tang and¬†Min Zhu¬†handled a number of China cybersecurity law related compliance matters and the 'knowledgeable and flexible'Will Huang¬†represented a pharmaceutical company in a defamation and trade secrets infringement claim against a former employee.

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China: TMT

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

Han Kun Law Offices

With a strong focus in the TMT sector and a wealth of experience acting for private equity and venture capital funds, Han Kun Law Offices has a market leading practice which make it a popular choice among clients such as Chinese TMT giants Baidu, Tencent, JD.com, Warburg Pincus, Legend Capital and Fidelity Asia Venture. 2017 has been another prolific year for the team; highlights included advising China Structural Reform Fund as one of the investors in China Unicom's mix ownership reform, handling iQiyi's US IPO and listing on the Nasdaq global market, and assisting Tencent and JD.com on their joint investment in Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties. Chaoying Li acted for Tencent in its $5bn global medium term note programme, Dafei Chen assisted Meituan-Dianping with its $4bn series C round of equity financing. Yijun Chao counts Mtime and NIO as his clients, and advised the latter in its series C and series D funding rounds, raising capital from Tencent, Baidu and a number of co-investors. Tracy Zhou and Gloria Xu are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Chaoying Li - Han Kun Law Offices

Yijun Chao - Han Kun Law Offices

Next Generation Partners

Adrian Lv - Han Kun Law Offices

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