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Guantao Law Firm

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Beijing, Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong and 6 more

Ling Xu

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Guantao Law Firm

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International Investment and Trade Department


Xu Ling is a corporate partner in Guantao's international practice group. She specializes in cross-border M&A, capital markets, private equity (PE), and foreign direct investment (FDI), with a particular focus on the energy & natural resources sectors. In recent years, she has become involved in international commercial arbitration and other dispute resolution.

Ms. Xu provides very professional and high-calibre PRC legal services to international and domestic clients on both inbound and outbound investment. After 15 years of practice, she has earned a good reputation from clients and peers for her responsiveness, dedication, high efficiency and professionalism. Xu Ling has led a number of large-scale, complicated and significant deals on cross-border M&A and overseas listing, with an outstanding capability of serving as a legal project manager. For instance, in Asia’s richest man Lee Ka-shing’s restructuring of his business empire – Cheung Kong and Hutchison Whampoa reorganization, spin-off and listing, Ms. Xu successfully led the team consisting of more than 30 lawyers from Guantao six offices to act as PRC counsel to the flagship empire.

Ms. Xu advised on the IPO and listing of China Boqi Environmental Solutions Technology (Holding) Co., Ltd. at Tokyo Stock Exchange’s 1st Section (being the first non-Japanese company in the PRC as well as in the world listing at TSE’s 1st Section). Ms. Xu has gained wide experience in energy and mining sectors through representing HK-listed companies and other international & domestic clients in their M&A and finance transactions involving coal, copper, gold, iron ore, rutile (titanium), celestite (strontium), tantalum niobium concentrate, platinum, palladium, aluminum, quartzite and other mineral resources. Her other major multinational clients include IKEA, Gavilon,Cheung Kong Industry, South China Holdings, Babycare, BEAUFOUR-IPSEN, Carrefour and OTIS-LG, which she has advised on the FDI and other investment-related matters in China. She has also had recent successful experience in commercial arbitration and other dispute resolution on FDI-related matters, including share transfer, winding up & liquidation, as well as on international trade, defamation and international aviation accident.

Ms. Xu is selected as a member in the “Leading Talents” panel of the PRC lawyers practicing foreign-related business law by the All China Lawyers Association. Since 2011, she has been ranked or recommended consecutively each year by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia, The Legal 500: Asia Pacific, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, and IFLR 1000 as a “Leader in their Fields” or preeminent lawyer in the practices areas of “Energy & Natural Resources” and “Corporate / M&A”.


• Guantao Law Firm, Partner (since 2007)
• Guantao Law Firm, Associate and Senior Associate (2003 - 2006)
• Zhong Lun Law Firm, Trainee (2002)
• Seconded with Veale Wasbrough Lawyers, XXIV Old Buildings, and DLA Piper (HK Office) (2004 - 2005)


• English, excellent
• Chinese Mandarin, native
• German, average


• Member of the 10th International Investment and Trade Law Committee, Beijing Lawyers Association
• Member of the 9th and 8th Natural Resources Law Committee, Beijing Lawyers Association
• Member of the legal advisers group for Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Beijing Xicheng District Committee


• Temple University Beasley School of Law, US (professional training program for ACLA "Leading Talents" panel of the PRC lawyers practicing foreign-related business law, from 30 October to 2 December 2016)
• Law School of SOAS, University of London (Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers 2004 - 2005)
• MA, Renmin University of China (1997 - 2000)
• BA, Beijing International Studies University (1993 - 1997)


• Chief member of the Beijing Lawyers Group representing next-of-kins of PRC passengers on board MH370 for settlement of claims against Malaysia Airlines arising from the international aviation accident

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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