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Llinks Law Offices

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Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai

Nicholas Lou

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Llinks Law Offices

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Corporate and Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions, Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Private Equity / Venture Capital, Real Estate, Capital Markets / Corporate Finance, Customs


In the area of M&A, Mr. Lou has represented a number of foreign and domestic prestigious companies, with practices involving foreign investment, corporate restructuring, merger & acquisition, sell-off and etc.

In the area of private equity funds and venture capital, Mr. Lou has represented a number of foreign and domestic PE funds investing, acquiring and selling various portfolio companies in China. He has also assisted both the investors and the portfolio companies in dealing with IPO and corporate financing legal issues.  Meanwhile, he has also provided legal services for various foreign and domestic equity investment managers in establishing RMB PE funds in different cities of China.

In the area of construction and real estate, Mr. Lou has represented several foreign and national real estate funds and developers in dealing with real estate acquisitions and transfers, high-star hotel acquisition and management, and other matters.  He has also represented numbers of real estate development companies in dealing with legal issues in relation to real estate development, construction, sales, lease etc.

In the area of general corporate and customs, Mr. Lou has represented several prestigious multinational and domestic enterprises and listing companies in dealing with legal issues on a daily basis, and he has also represented a Fortune 500 company in dealing with customs compliance issues.

Mr. Nicholas Lou was awarded the titles of "Pudong New Area Top 10 Young Lawyers" in 2013 and “Shanghai Top Ten Young Lawyers Specializing in Real Estate” in 2011, he was also recommended in Corporate and M&A, Tax by Asialaw Leading Lawyers and The Legal 500.


Mandarin and English


Mr. Lou is currently a member of Real Estate Committee (Shanghai Bar Association).


Nicholas Lou graduated from the Law School at Fudan Universiy with a Bachelor's degree in law. Mr. Lou was employed by a prestigious law firm specializing in foreign related legal affairs for several years.

China: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition: PRC firms

Within: Antitrust and competition: PRC firms

Llinks Law Offices' client roster features a mix of multinational and domestic clients which it handles merger filings arising from large M&A and joint venture mandates. Recent highlights saw David Pan representing Donaldson (China) Trading in defending an unfair competition claim and Nicholas Lou acting for SAIC Motor Corporation on the antitrust aspects of its joint venture with Infineon Technologies. Counsel Kevin Huang is another name to note.

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China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: PRC firms

Within: Corporate and M&A: PRC firms

Regularly instructed by Fortune 500 companies, SOEs and private companies, Llinks Law Offices handled a number of high-value M&A, joint venture, restructuring and investment transactions. Among them, Nicholas Lou advised SAIC Motor Corporation on establishing a joint venture with other investors and, in a separate transaction, acted for Contemporary Amperex Technology on the establishment of two joint ventures with SAIC Motor; David Yu advised an e-commerce company on its sale of share to a Chinese conglomerate and a large SOE;  capital markets specialist Wayne Chen assisting Joyvio Group with its investment in Nine Masters (Shanghai) Catering Service; and James Weng handled Everjoy health Group's share issuance for the purpose of purchasing three private hospitals and raising funds by private placement of RMB383m for the relevant construction of the target hospitals.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms

Within: Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms

Llinks Law Offices is widely respected for its advice on private equity and venture capital deals in China. The team's client base includes domestic and international angel investors, and venture capital, private equity and industry funds as well as strategic investors. It acted for Sense Time, a Chinese technology company specialising in artificial intelligence and facial recognition, in its high-value C round of financing; the team also advised Summitview Capital on its investment in Fuzhou Rockchip, a Chinese semiconductor company that provides end-to-end, system-on-chip solutions for tablets, PCs and streaming media television boxes. David Yu is the highly rated corporate department head; and Selena She advises a wide variety of private equity funds on their investments in China. Other key practitioners are Nicholas Lou, who acts for foreign and domestic private equity funds investing, acquiring and selling portfolio companies in China; and counsel Colin Shi, whose practice includes advising investment funds on private equity investment and fund formation and establishment.

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China: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction: PRC firms

Within: Real estate and construction: PRC firms

Regularly advising on domestic and cross-border real estate transactions, Llinks Law Offices is well regarded for its advice on land development and commercial and residential real estate, as well as hotels, offices and logistics, and data centres. The practice is also noted for construction projects, including bidding procedures, land surveying, construction design, and contracting and engineering procurement issues. It acted for CITIC Capital in its acquisition of Hui Ying Tower. Bernie Liu and Nicholas Lou in Shanghai are the names to note.

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China: TMT

TMT: PRC firms

Within: TMT: PRC firms

Llinks Law Offices handles a mix of M&A and capital market transactions. Among its recent instructions, Nicholas Lou and Lawrence An advised SenseTime on its private financing; David Yu assisted Shanghai Yiguo E-commerce with the sale of its shares to Alibaba and Bailian Grou; and Xun Yang advises Elemental Concept 2016 on data protection and cybersecurity issues relating to the development, licensing and operation of medical record system for hospitals in China. FG Venture features in its new client list.

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