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Guantao Law Firm

Work +86 10 6657 8066
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Beijing, Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong and 6 more

Hongli Zou

Work +8621 31359919
Guantao Law Firm

Work Department

Finance & Administrative Law Department


Real estate and construction, litigation and arbitration, banking and finance


Qualified in 2004
Partner and deputy director, Zhongmao Law Firm (2003 - 2015)
Partner, Guantao Law Firm (2016 - present)


Mandarin, native
English, fluent


East China University of Political Science and Law, LL.B. (1993)

China: Banking and finance

Banking and finance: PRC firms

Within: Banking and finance: PRC firms

The banking team at Guantao Law Firm specialises in advising Chinese policy banks and large commercial banks on syndicated loan transactions and project finance mandates. Of particular note, the firm has developed close ties with Ashurst, and furthered that integration in 2018 with the establishment of a joint operation office in the Shanghai free trade zone. In one long-running mandate, which reached financial close in 2017, Weihong Tan led a team that acted alongside Ashurst to advise China Development Bank on the financing of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project in Indonesia.   Hongli Zou has been involved in syndicated loan transactions for Bank of China Shanghai Yangpu Sub-branch and multiple branches of Bank of Communications. Yewen Qian and Yandi Liu are additional contacts in the department, which counts China Renaissance and Bank of Dalian among its key clients.

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China: Projects and energy

Projects and energy: PRC firms

Within: Projects and energy: PRC firms

Guantao Law Firm advises its clients on the full range of corporate, finance, property, and construction aspects in relation to infrastructure and real estate development projects. The team is often involved in transport, environmental and significant commercial property projects in Shanghai. Indeed, Hongli Zou is acting for an investment and construction company in relation to the development of a key transport project in Shanghai. In the Beijing office, Wei Jiang, who heads the projects department, has experience with domestic and cross-border solar, hydroelectric and wind projects. Additional contacts include Ling Xu, who heads the energy group, and Pengpeng Yan, who specialises in trade and international investment.

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China: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction: PRC firms

Within: Real estate and construction: PRC firms

Guantao Law Firm's client base includes government agencies, development enterprises, construction groups, financial institutions and REITs; the firm fields experts in development projects, real estate M&A, real estate project restructuring, and construction project management, along with the sale and leasing of commercial properties, infrastructure PPP projects, real estate-related tourism and property financing. Lei Meng heads the department; other key advisors include co-managing partner Leiming Sheng, Yonghong Zhan and Hongli Zou.

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