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China: Banking and finance

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Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

Baker McKenzie is recommended for advising on complex commercial loans, including syndicated facilities, and project finance. Other areas of specialisation include structured finance, financial services regulation, acquisition and trade finance, and aircraft and asset finance. Shanghai-based Harvey Lau’s practice is focused on PRC lending and aviation and equipment financings; he advises on syndicated and bilateral loan transactions involving PRC borrowers and security providers, and regularly advises financial institutions and other corporate clients on financial regulatory issues in China. Other recommended practitioners include Beijing-based Simon Leung and department co-heads Andrew Lockhart and Barry Cheng, who are both based in Hong Kong.

Leading individuals

Harvey Lau - Baker McKenzie

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

Baker McKenzie has over 40 years’ corporate and M&A experience in China, handling transactions relating to private and public listed companies; the team is also experienced in assisting Chinese companies and state-owned enterprises with their overseas investments. Beijing-based advisers include Boo Bee Chun, Jackie Lo, Jon Eichelberger and Stanley Jia. Together with the Madrid office, Shanghai-based Danian Zhang advised Bright Food on the acquisition of Miquel Alimentacio Grup (the second largest food distributor in Spain). Shanghai-based Howard Wu, Cherrie Shi and Zhenyu Ruan are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Boo Bee Chun - Baker McKenzie

Howard Wu - Baker McKenzie

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China: Dispute resolution

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Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

At Baker McKenzie, Shanghai-based Simon Hui is recommended for commercial and insurance litigation while, in Beijing, recently promoted partner Vivian Wu focuses on anti-bribery and anti-competition matters and special counsel Shen Peng is experienced in FCPA investigations, commercial litigation and international arbitration. Michelle Gon joined MWE China Law Offices (Strategic Alliance with McDermott Will & Emery).

Leading individuals

Simon Hui - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Peng Shen - Baker McKenzie

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China: Employment

Foreign firms
Employment: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

Baker McKenzie has a longstanding reputation as an eminent labour and employment law practice in China and Hong Kong, as well as covering related areas such as immigration, pensions, tax, investigations, disputes and data privacy. It recently acted for a major sports goods manufacturer in a mass employee strike at a Shanghai factory. Shanghai-based Zheng Lu was promoted to partner. Bofu An is a key special counsel in Beijing and Jonathan Isaacs, Paul Tan and Rowan McKenzie are the main names in Hong Kong.

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China: Intellectual property

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Intellectual property: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

Baker McKenzie’s Greater China team ‘constantly delivers’ on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Clement Ngai has been representing HP in patent infringement lawsuits against two Chinese companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen regarding three patents. On the non-contentious side, Ngai advised Danone on the licensing and other IP aspects of the sale of Dumex, its infant formula milk business in China, to manufacturer Yashili. The team also includes Andrew Sim, who specialises in enforcement and investigation matters, and is led by Loke-Khoon Tan in Hong Kong.

Leading individuals

Joseph Simone - Simone IP Services

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

Baker McKenzie’s funds and private equity lawyers enjoy a joint operation with FenXun Partners in the China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone. The practice advised Yuexiu Real Estate Investment Trust on its acquisition of Hongjia Tower in Shanghai. Hong Kong-based Dorothea Koo leads the firm’s Asia Pacific private equity group.

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China: Projects and energy

Foreign firms
Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

Baker McKenzie has extensive experience of advising domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of projects work, particularly in the context of financing and M&A. Beijing partner Stanley Jia often assists major SOEs with outbound investments. Shanghai-based Danian Zhang primarily acts for clients in M&A, corporate and environmental compliance matters. The team also includes Bee Chun Boo and Simon Leung in Beijing, as well as of counsel Kai Chang Yong in Shanghai.

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China: Real estate and construction

Foreign firms
Real estate and construction: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

Baker McKenzie’s expertise covers a number of sectors, including hotels and tourism, industrial and residential real estate. The Shanghai team includes tax practice co-head Brendan Kelly and banking partner Harvey Lau, who often advises financial institutions and other corporate clients on financial regulatory issues. Michelle Gon joined MWE China Law Offices (Strategic alliance with McDermott Will & Emery).

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China: TMT

Foreign firms
TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

Baker McKenzie’s Greater China group advises on the full range of TMT matters, and has particular experience in M&A, regulatory matters and IT and outsourcing transactions. Shanghai-based Howard Wu advised Tencent on a joint venture with American Express to offer credit cards to Chinese consumers. The team also includes Zhenyu Ruan, who specialises in cross-border M&A and commercial transactions in the TMT sector, and Hong Kong-based group head Nancy Leigh. Other clients of the practice include Amazon, China Unicom and Expedia.

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China: Tax

Foreign firms
Tax: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie 贝克·麦坚时国际律师事务所

Baker McKenzie is well regarded for its strong tax structuring and planning expertise, covering M&A, compliance and transfer pricing. Practice co-head Jon Eichelberger specialises in advising on supply chain structuring and indirect tax matters for TMT companies. He led the team assisting a multinational with indirect share transfer tax issues concerning an exit by a majority shareholder. Brendan Kelly also heads the practice, while Jinghua Liu leads in tax disputes.

Leading individuals

Brendan Kelly - Baker McKenzie

Jon Eichelberger - Baker McKenzie

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Legal Developments by:
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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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Legal Developments in China

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  • What is the relationship between PPP and concessions?

    From fledgling concessions to PPP that is sweeping the country today, there are two major sets of regulations to be followed: one being regulations for concessions led by the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the other the series of regulations for PPP led by the Ministry of Finance (“MoF”).  However, to date, there is still not one law that expressly defines the relationship between the two, resulting in much confusion and many impediments in practice.  The relationship between concessions and PPP is an issue currently desperately needing clarification.
  • Thought on Developing Convention on Enforceability of Settlement Agreements Reached Through Concilia

    The UN Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”) held its 47th session in New York on 7-18 July 2014 and the Author had the privilege of attending the conference at invitation of Mr. Yu Jianlong, President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (“APRAG”). During the conference, the U.S. Government submitted a proposal suggesting Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation) of UNCITRAL (“Working Group II”) to develop a multilateral convention with respect of the enforceability of international commercial settlement agreements reached through conciliation (“Enforceability Convention”) for the purpose of encouraging the use of conciliation in resolving international commercial disputes.  Read more
  • Impact of Article 43 of the Commercial Bank Law on PPP Projects

    With the widespread use of the PPP model in China, financing channels for PPP projects have also increasingly diversified.  Bank, trust, fund and insurance channels of capital have all rushed onto the stage of project financing. Subject to Article 43 of the Commercial Bank Law, banks, as the traditional big brother of financing, have always played the role of lender.  In practice, the opinions as to whether they can participate in the bidding on, and contributing capital to, PPP projects as private investors have been mixed.

    The current PPP tide in China driven by the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission witnesses the transformation and upgrading of large state-owned enterprises.  These enterprises that have traditionally only been familiar with bid invitation, bid submission, and construction, have started to have an impact on numerous new areas such as project proposal and planning, company establishment and acquisition, fund establishment and operation, etc.  Certain state-owned enterprises that got their starts fairly early have cultivated teams with extensive experience in investing, and certain enterprises that are just starting up are selecting young talent from various entities in all out effort to catch up.  Private enterprises also participate enthusiastically.
  • Transfer Pricing – New Risks in Declaring Price Impact of Special Relationship to China Customs

    China Customs recently requires that the importer or exporter of record declare the impact on the import or export price of its special relationship with the counterpart (“Price Impact”). Specifically the declaring party must state whether its special relationship, if any, would affect the transaction value or price as declared to the China Customs. Previously the special relationship was an item of declaration subsequent to a specific request from the Customs. However, the impact of the special relationship was not an item of declaration, and the declaration party even had a general defense right to disprove such Price Impact. The Price Impact, if any, has been a pre-condition for  the Customs not to accept the declared transfer price for the purpose of ascertaining dutiable price of a given import or export shipment, in which case, China Customs shall re-value the given shipment according to China customs valuation rules.
  • New China Customs Taxation Policy on Cross-Border B2C E-Commerce Imports

    The Ministry of Finance, General Administration of Customs and State Administration of Taxation of China jointly issued a circular (“Joint Circular ”) relating to the taxation policy on the cross-border e-commerce retailing imports, with effect as from April 8, 2016.
  • ICC and CIETAC Arbitration Practice Comparison - Case Study Note 1

    One of the most important negotiated points by parties in contract negotiations is the dispute resolution clause. If parties agree on arbitration, they often negotiate which arbitration institution or arbitration rules will apply in resolving potential disputes.
  • Interpretation of New Anti-monopoly Provisions in the Field of Intellectual Property Rights:

    Ren Qing and Wu Peng, Partners in Zhong Lun Law Firm

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  • Zhong Lun Advises Chinese Consortium on $1.9 Billion Acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

    On April 30, 2015, OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (OVTI, a Delaware company listed on NASDAQ) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium composed of Hua Capital Management Co. Ltd. (“Hua Capital Management”), CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (“CITIC Capital”) and GoldStone Investment Co. Ltd. (“GoldStone Investment”) (collectively, the “Consortium”). Under the terms of the agreement, OmniVision stockholders will receive $29.75 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $1.9 billion. The agreement was unanimously approved by OmniVision’s Board of Directors.