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China: Corporate and M&A

Foreign firms
Corporate and M&A: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird 鸿鹄律师事务所

Bird & Bird has particular strength in deals involving technology and communications, life sciences and healthcare, retail, entertainment, media and sports, and aviation. The practice also has notable private equity and venture capital expertise. John Shi, Shan Lai and Sven-Michael Werner are highly rated.

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China: Dispute resolution

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Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 5

Bird & Bird 鸿鹄律师事务所

Bird & Bird’s regional dispute resolution team specialises in acting for clients operating in highly regulated environments, including the financial services, telecoms, energy and life sciences sectors. The firm represented a Singapore-based private equity firm, as claimant, in arbitration proceedings with its co-investor and majority shareholder. Richard Keady leads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Asia Pacific, and Robert Rhoda is also highly rated; both are based in Hong Kong.

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

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Healthcare and life sciences: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird 鸿鹄律师事务所

Bird & Bird stands out for its ability to handle complex IP mandates for leading players in the healthcare and life sciences field, and its international reputation in technology-driven sectors distinguishes it from many of its peers. In the life sciences space, it has experience in the full business cycle of products and services, from R&D collaborations and clinical trials to IP licensing and transactions. Alison Wong heads the Asia Pacific life sciences and healthcare group from Hong Kong and has notable expertise in data protection, research, collaboration and procurement. She and Sven-Michael Werner have been assisting a client on potential collaboration with Chinese partners for the development of certain drugs in China. Corporate and M&A partner Pádraig Walsh recently advised the buyer on acquiring an international healthcare company with subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Vietnam. Patent litigation expert Christine Yiu is regularly instructed by technology, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in complex disputes.

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China: Intellectual property

Foreign firms
Intellectual property: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird 鸿鹄律师事务所

The ‘highly reliable and very professional’ IP team at Bird & Bird has been operating in Greater China for over 20 years and currently comprises over 40 professionals, including five partners, spread across the Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices. In the life sciences and healthcare sectors, where it has a strong international reputation, the team has experience across the full business cycle, including portfolio management, IP licensing and transactions and privacy issues. Other clients turning to the team in 2016 and 2017 included companies operating in the transport, TMT and food and beverage markets, several of which were recent client wins. Recommended partners include ‘great litigator’ Ted Chwu, ‘great strategist’ Matthew Laight and ‘excellent lawyer’ Christine Yiu, who is noted for her ‘strong knowledge of the Chinese legal system’.

Leading individuals

Matthew Laight - Bird & Bird

Next generation lawyers

Dorie Wong - Bird & Bird

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China: Labour and employment

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Labour and employment: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird 鸿鹄律师事务所

Bird & Bird’s Greater China practice was given a significant boost with the relocation of Pattie Walsh to Hong Kong, where she has been a qualified attorney since 2005; she is also qualified to practice in England and Wales and New South Wales. In addition to the team’s China-focused work, it also has a broad regional and international practice. Its knowhow in data protection and cybersecurity is an important selling point, particularly within technology-rich sectors, in which the firm has a strong reputation. The Shanghai team is led by Ying Wang, who has been a part-time arbitrator of the Shanghai Labour Dispute Arbitration Committee for over ten years. The group also fields several experienced associates, including Lorraine Sun in Shanghai and Jeannette Tam and Stephanie Wong in Hong Kong.

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China: TMT

Foreign firms
TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird 鸿鹄律师事务所

With a strong focus on – and organisation around – key industries, Bird & Bird has an international reputation in the TMT sector. Most of its key lawyers in Greater China operate out of the Hong Kong office, including highly experienced practice heads Michelle Chan and Justin Walkey. Developments included the promotion of data protection expert Clarice Yue to of counsel in 2017. Richard Keady is representing a leading technology company in litigation against an outsourcing agent, and Pádraig Walsh is another key contact.

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