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Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office

China: Antitrust and competition

Foreign firms
Antitrust and competition: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun has a seamless domestic and international antitrust law practice. Bao Zhi heads the practice in Beijing, while the Hong Kong office acts as the base for Stephen Crosswell, who oversees antitrust matters in Greater China and across the Asia Pacific region. Clients include leading multinationals, such as L’Oréal, British American Tobacco and Nokia, and a range of Chinese clients. The team recently assisted Platinum Equity with the China merger control clearance of two separate acquisitions.

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China: Banking and finance

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Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅 ·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun’s advice spans the full range of banking and finance services in the Greater China region. The team’s areas of specialisation include syndicated loans, project finance, structured financing and financial services regulation. Additional areas of note include acquisition and trade finance, derivatives and restructuring, and it has particular aviation finance experience. Hong Kong-based Sally Hung advised Hang Seng Bank in a secured term loan facility for Fosun Property Holdings for the acquisition of shares in an overseas company. Simon Leung in Beijing is also recommended, as are Hong Kong-based department heads Andrew Lockhart and Barry Cheng.

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

Baker McKenzie FenXun JointOperation Office 奋迅 ·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun stands out for its ability to provide clients with an integrated international and PRC law platform in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. The practice has longstanding corporate and M&A experience in China, both on the inbound and outbound side. Sector expertise spans the energy and natural resources, TMT, real estate, and pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries, among others. The firm advised Yuexiu Property Company (YPC) on the proposed acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Zhoushan Xin De Business Development Co. by YPC’s wholly owned subsidiary. The recommended Beijing advisers are Boo Bee Chun, Jackie Lo, Jon Eichelberger and Stanley Jia. In Shanghai, Howard Wu heads the firm’s Asia Pacific IT and communications group, and Danian Zhang, Cherrie Shi and Zhenyu Ruan are also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Boo Bee Chun - Baker McKenzie FenXun

Howard Wu - Baker McKenzie FenXun

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China: Dispute resolution

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Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun recently hired Hogan Lovells International LLP’s former co-head of its Southeast Asia arbitration practice Paul Teo; he joins the Hong Kong office to lead the Greater China arbitration group. The team handles the entire spectrum of contentious work, such as compliance and regulatory investigations, commercial litigation, international arbitration and restructuring and insolvency disputes. Shanghai-based Simon Hui is a key practitioner; and in Beijing, Peng Shen is a recommended special counsel. Hong Kong’s Cynthia Tang is department head.

Leading individuals

Simon Hui - Baker McKenzie FenXun

Next generation lawyers

Peng Shen - Baker McKenzie FenXun

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

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

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun’s healthcare team in China and Hong Kong sits within the wider Asia Pacific group, which distinguishes itself through its inclusion of non-lawyer medical specialists and lawyers with PhDs in medical fields. M&A, IP, dispute resolution and regulatory/compliance work (including bribery and fraud investigations and compliance training) are among the standout areas for the firm. Beyond these core fields, instructions include advising on medical equipment registration, labelling and advertising regulations, drug pricing, and product liability and recall. Highlights included acting for key client GSK during the disposal of an equity interest in a manufacturing subsidiary in China; Jane Hobson in London and Zhenyu Ruan in Shanghai led the advice. Hong Kong partners Isabella Liu and Tracy Wut are also recommended, as is IP specialist Clement Ngai in Shanghai, who has extensive experience representing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in clinical trials, advertising campaigns, R&D, IP matters and outsourcing.

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China: Intellectual property

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Intellectual property: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun is noted for both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, where it provides ‘clear and to-the-point advice’. Many of the partners in the Greater China team are located in the Hong Kong office, which expanded through the hire of legal manager Clifford Borg-Marks in 2016. Andrew Sim is a key name in Beijing, who heads the regional enforcement team; he and Loke-Khoon Tan secured a major achievement for Starbucks before The Supreme People’s Court in obtaining three trade mark recognitions for “Starbucks” and “Starbucks in Chinese” marks in Classes 3 and 19. In Shanghai, Clement Ngai has a strong practice in the technology and pharmaceuticals sectors. In the Hong Kong office, Shih Yann Loo and Isabella Liu are also singled out for praise.

Leading individuals

Joseph Simone - SIPS – Simone Intellectual Property Services

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China: Labour and employment

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Labour and employment: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun is routinely sought after for the most complex, cross-border labour matters, where the regional and global office network is a particular draw. In litigation, the PRC law capability of FenXun Partners allows it to provide a seamless service; special counsel Bofu An in Beijing is a name to note for contentious employment matters. The department has also been increasingly busy with employee and compliance investigations. Employee transfers, mass layoffs and strikes are other areas of expertise. Hong Kong-based Jonathan Isaacs recently advised Stanley Black & Decker on employee transfer requirements in 37 countries following its purchase of the tools business from Newell Brands. Also in Hong Kong are Paul Tan, Rowan McKenzie and litigator Susan Kendall, who has ancillary expertise in fraud and data privacy. Zheng Lu is a key contact in Shanghai.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Expertise at Baker McKenzie FenXun spans fund formation, pre-IPO investments, PIPEs, buyouts, strategic investments, follow-on acquisitions, and exits, whether by way of IPO, trade sale or secondary buyouts. Bee Chun Boo in Beijing is regularly involved in private equity and venture capital transactions, and has substantial experience in fund-of-funds investments, direct investments and fund establishment. In Hong Kong, Dorothea Koo and Jason Ng are highly regarded.

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China: Projects and energy

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Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun fields lawyers with expertise in cross-border transactions involving roads, ports, airports, rail, water and wastewater facilities, and telecoms infrastructure. Other areas of strength include power, oil and gas, petrochemicals, mining and metals, and renewable energy, and the team recently acted for IDG Energy Investment Group in its $278m acquisition of oil and gas assets. Stanley Jia is the chief representative of the Beijing office, and has extensive experience in foreign indirect investment projects in China, particularly those involving the energy and oil and gas sectors. Bee Chun Boo and Simon Leung are other key Beijing names. Chief representative of the Shanghai office Danian Zhang is also recommended, as is Barry Cheng, who co-heads the firm’s banking and finance practice in China and Hong Kong.

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China: Real estate and construction

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

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun’s team specialises in acquisitions and disposals, real estate financing, major developments and real estate investment trusts. Other areas of strength include mortgage-backed securities, asset management, public and private funds, commercial leasing, and dispute resolution. The practice acted for Yuexiu Property Company (YPC), an investment and holding company, in the disposal of a 49% equity interest in Guangzhou Hong Sheng Property Development Co. and assignment of a loan by YPC. Edmond Chan, Rico Chan, May Lau, and Shiu-man Wan are highly regarded advisers and all based in Hong Kong.

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China: Regulatory/compliance

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Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Baker McKenzie FenXun’s lawyers have particular sector strengths in financial services, insurance, healthcare, IT, and consumer goods. Zhenyu Ruan is experienced in advising insurance companies on regulatory matters; and Simon Hui leads the firm’s dispute resolution team in Shanghai. Hui is experienced in handling compliance and regulatory matters, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption issues, and has conducted complex internal investigations for multinational companies. In Beijing, Vivian Wu advises US and European corporations on regulatory issues, compliance, and matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and is particularly focused on the healthcare industry. Hong Kong-based Mini vandePol chairs the firm’s global compliance and investigations group and Karen Man is a specialist in non-contentious matters.

Leading individuals

Vivian Wu - Baker McKenzie FenXun

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China: TMT

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TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

Forming part of the firm’s global IT and communications practice, the Greater China TMT team at Baker McKenzie FenXun covers M&A, IT and outsourcing transactions and regulatory and compliance advice. It regularly has a hand in large, high-profile deals in the market, where it is instructed by its longstanding clients across the technology, financial services, telecoms and transportation sectors. In one recent transaction, Howard Hao Wu and the ‘pragmatic and balanced’ Zhenyu Ruan acted as sole deal counsel to SAP in its alliance deal with Lenovo for the provision of enterprise cloud solutions in China. Nancy Leigh jointly leads the practice alongside Wu and is based in Hong Kong, where e-commerce and data privacy expert Paolo Sbuttoni is also situated.

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China: Tax

Foreign firms
Tax: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun 奋迅·贝克麦坚时(自贸区)联营办公室

The ‘very knowledgeable’ tax department at Baker McKenzie FenXun is ‘highly recommended to multinational corporations operating in China’; clients appreciate the team’s ‘availability, anytime of the day or night’, and ‘broad and technical skills’. Transfer pricing is a particular strength; 2016 and 2017 saw the group advising numerous companies on transfer pricing audits in China. Other mandates included assisting with the tax aspects of cross-border corporate transactions. Practice co-head Jon Eichelberger draws on over 25 years of experience working in China, and is particularly active in tax planning, advisory work and audit defence for multinationals’ inbound business into China. ‘Trusted adviser’ Jason Wen and Shanwu Yuan are international tax directors, and senior counsel Jinghua Liu heads the tax controversy team. ‘Solid tax lawyer’ Brendan Thomas Kelly, who jointly leads the China tax practice alongside Eichelberger, is also recommended, as is Hong Kong-based Amy Ling.

Leading individuals

Brendan Kelly - Baker McKenzie FenXun

Jon Eichelberger - Baker McKenzie FenXun

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