The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Clifford Chance LLP

ROOM 3326 CHINA WORLD TOWER 1, NO 1 JIANGUOMENWAI DAJIE, BEIJING 100004, CHINA
Tel:
Work +86 10 6505 9018
Fax:
Fax +86 10 6505 9028
Email:
Web:
www.cliffordchance.com

China: Banking and finance

Foreign firms
Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP 高伟绅律师事务所

A go-to firm for complex cross-border financing transactions, Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘lawyers are knowledgeable and helpful, and respond to questions in a timely manner, even during public holidays’. It has highly rated expertise in complex syndicated financings, bilateral and corporate loans, leveraged and acquisition finance, and project and infrastructure finance. The team is also recommended for real estate and development financing, as well as structured finance transactions. It advised Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China, China Construction Bank Corporation and The Export-Import Bank of China on the $1.5bn-plus financing of an oil shale-fired mine mouth power station and open cast oil shale mine in Jordan, which was provided on the basis of an export credit insurance granted by China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure). Other work highlights saw the firm acting for a consortium of investors, led by CREAT Tiancheng Investment Holdings Company, in a €940m financing for the takeover offer by Tiancheng (Germany) Pharmaceutical Holdings to acquire Biotest, a blood products business. Jiahua Ni, who divides time between Shanghai and Beijing, focuses on significant outbound financings for major Chinese banks, including export credit finance, project finance, structured finance, and general corporate finance. In Beijing, recently promoted finance partner Timothy Democratis and financial services expert Tiecheng Yang are other key advisers. In Hong Kong, Maggie Lo has extensive experience advising Chinese and international financial institutions on cross-border financings, including project finance, acquisition finance, receivables finance, pre-IPO finance and corporate loan transactions. Anthony Wang (‘an extremely clever, experienced and careful lawyer, who provides perfectly watertight finance documents’) and Singapore’s Nicholas Wong, were recently appointed co-heads of the Asia Pacific finance practice.

[back to top]

China: Corporate and M&A

Foreign firms
Corporate and M&A: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP 高伟绅律师事务所

Regularly acting for high-profile international and Chinese clients, Clifford Chance LLP is highly rated for its expertise in private and public deals, China inbound and outbound M&A, including multi-jurisdictional matters, and domestic M&A, with the financial services, consumer, industrial and healthcare sectors being particular strengths. Among the firm’s high-profile outbound deals, Beijing-based Terence Foo led advice to Shenzhen Stock Exchange-listed Zhejiang Jinke Entertainment on its $1bn acquisition of Outfit 7, a creator and developer of mobile games. Inbound highlights for the practice included Hong Kong’s Amy Ho advising West Heaven, a joint venture, and Eagle Development Holding Corporation on the sale of Gain Success to Spring Wisdom, a special purpose vehicle. Tim Wang is another highly regarded Beijing-based practitioner, while in Shanghai, Glen Ma, Kelly Gregory and Jean Yu are key advisers. In Hong Kong, Andrew Whan heads the Asia Pacific corporate and M&A practice; and Emma Davies, who splits time between Hong Kong and Shanghai and leads the firm’s corporate practice in mainland China, are also recommended. Yan Yuan is a well-regarded Shanghai counsel.

Leading individuals

Glen Ma - Clifford Chance LLP

Kelly Gregory - Clifford Chance LLP

Terence Foo - Clifford Chance LLP

Next generation lawyers

Yan Yuan - Clifford Chance LLP

[back to top]

China: Dispute resolution

Foreign firms
Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance LLP 高伟绅律师事务所

The team at Clifford Chance LLP is ‘highly rated in terms of knowledge of the law and clients’ cases’. The practice is recommended for high-value cross-border disputes; and the firm has an international arbitration and investment treaty practice in Greater China. The firm’s IP arbitration practice is also a draw. Cameron Hassall in Hong Kong leads the Greater China international arbitration practice.

[back to top]

China: Intellectual property

Foreign firms
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP 高伟绅律师事务所

[back to top]

China: Labour and employment

Foreign firms
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP 高伟绅律师事务所

[back to top]

China: Private equity/venture capital

Foreign firms
Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP 高伟绅律师事务所

Clifford Chance LLP has a long-established practice in Asia in both upstream fund formation and downstream transactional work, and it has strong relationships with pan-Asian and China-based funds, as well as sovereign wealth funds. The private equity group is also complemented by the firm’s highly rated finance practice. Beijing-based Terence Foo heads the private equity practice in mainland China; he advises private equity clients and sovereign wealth funds on buyouts, public-to-privates, PIPEs, venture capital deals, and pre-IPO and cornerstone investments in China. Recent work saw Foo assist Standard Chartered Private Equity with its strategic investment in Chayora Holdings, a data centre project developer and operator in China. Hong Zhang is a key counsel.

Leading individuals

Terence Foo - Clifford Chance LLP

Next generation lawyers

Hong Zhang - Clifford Chance LLP

[back to top]

China: Projects and energy

Foreign firms
Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP 高伟绅律师事务所

Clifford Chance LLP stands out for complex cross-border financings; for example, the practice was lead counsel and English counsel to China Development Bank, as lender, during its high-value oil-backed term facility to Petróleo Brasileiro-Petrobras. It also acted for Chinese mandated lead arrangers, Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, in the $1.6bn limited recourse project financing of an oil shale-fired mine mouth power plant in Jordan. Other work of note included assisting China Export-Import Bank with the high-value financing for the development of coal-fired power plant projects in Indonesia. Jiahua Ni, who divides time between Shanghai and Beijing, focuses on significant outbound financings for major Chinese banks, including export credit finance, project finance, structured finance and general corporate finance. In Beijing, recently promoted finance partner Timothy Democratis is also highly rated, as are Hong Kong lawyers Maggie Lo, banking and finance partner Dauwood Malik and consultant Vicky Ma; the latter relocated from London to Hong Kong in 2016.

[back to top]

China: Real estate and construction

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

Clifford Chance LLP 高伟绅律师事务所

Clifford Chance LLP’s breadth of practice includes office, residential and industrial real estate, as well as specialised assets such as networks, hub sites, data centres, LPG sites, hospitals, exhibition venues and logistic centres. The client base includes vendors, purchasers, bidders, lenders, developers, and warranty and indemnity insurance brokers. Recent matters saw the team advise Grosvenor on its disposal of properties in Beijing’s CMT building to Honray Capital. Terence Foo, Matthias Feldmann and Dauwood Malik are key practitioners, as are corporate partner Kelly Gregory, Tim Wang and Ying White. Yi Yang is a key counsel.

Next generation lawyers

Yi Yang - Clifford Chance LLP

[back to top]

China: Regulatory/compliance

Foreign firms
Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP 高伟绅律师事务所

Clifford Chance LLP is ‘an excellent regulatory and compliance resource, and the firm has a terrific anti-corruption practice well equipped to handle sophisticated global matters’. The firm has a regulatory practice across Greater China and the Asia Pacific region, which covers the regulatory aspects of corporate matters, litigation, capital markets and finance businesses. It also has a large portfolio of regulatory investigations. Foreign legal consultant Tiecheng Yang in Beijing leads the firm’s financial regulatory group in China, and has made significant contributions to the development of China's financial regulatory reforms; he recently advised numerous fund management clients on the QFII regime. Shanghai-based counsel Yin Ge heads the financial services practice; she has extensive experience in asset management matters and regularly provides regulatory advice to international financial institutions.

Leading individuals

Tiecheng Yang - Clifford Chance LLP

Next generation lawyers

Yin Ge - Clifford Chance LLP

[back to top]


Further information on Clifford Chance LLP

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Clifford Chance LLP in other jurisdictions.

United Arab Emirates

Offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Afghanistan

Angola

Australia

Offices in Sydney and Perth

Belgium

Offices in Brussels

China

Offices in Shanghai and Beijing

Czech Republic

Offices in Prague

Germany

Offices in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich

Algeria

Spain

Offices in Madrid and Barcelona

France

Offices in Paris

Ghana

Hong Kong

Offices in Hong Kong

Iran

Indonesia

Offices in Jakarta

Latin America: International firms

India

Iraq

Italy

Offices in Rome and Milan

Japan

Offices in Tokyo

London

Offices in London E14 and London EC2R

Luxembourg

Offices in Luxembourg

Morocco

Offices in Casablanca

Malaysia

Netherlands

Offices in Amsterdam

Philippines

Poland

Offices in Warsaw

Qatar

Offices in Doha

Asia Pacific: Regional international arbitration

Romania

Offices in Bucharest

Russia

Offices in Moscow

Singapore

Offices in Singapore

South Korea

Offices in Seoul

Saudi Arabia

Offices in Riyadh

Tunisia

Turkey

Offices in Istanbul

United States

Offices in Washington DC and New York

Legal Developments by:
Clifford Chance LLP

Legal Developments in China

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to