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China: Banking and finance

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Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

DLA Piper’s practice includes acquisition finance, asset finance and leasing, and project finance. Other notable strengths are real estate finance, restructuring, structured trade and commodity finance. Recent work included advising Haitong International Securities Company on the financing aspects of the mandatory unconditional cash offer by Gorgeous Investment Group Holding Co. to acquire all the issued shares and outstanding convertible bonds of China Smarter Energy Group Holdings. Hong Kong-based Paul Lee is Asia finance and projects head; and Carolyn Dong, who divides time between Hong Kong and Beijing, leads the China energy practice. Matthias Schemuth joined the Hong Kong office from Ashurst.

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

DLA Piper regularly acts in complex cross-border deals and the practice has significant insurance industry expertise. It has also developed a reputation among transportation, freight and logistics sector clients. In other areas, Shanghai-based Roy Chan advised Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels on its circa-$1.3bn acquisition of Plateno Group from a number of private equity funds. Qiang Li and Stewart Wang are also key names in Shanghai. Hong Kong-based Paul Chen is Asia corporate head, and Sheng Wu, who divides time between Hong Kong and Beijing, recently made partner. Former Shanghai corporate head, Kit Kwok departed for China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings), while James Chang joined in Beijing from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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China: Dispute resolution

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Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

DLA Piper acts in contentious matters involving global corporations, insurance companies, financial institutions, private equity funds, real estate developers, energy and construction companies, liquidators, and high-net-worth individuals. Hong Kong-based Asia dispute resolution head Satpal Gobindpuri acted for Ubiquiti Networks International in the recovery of a large sum of money transferred out of the company account as a result of cybercrime. Kevin Chan and Harris Chan are other key contacts in Hong Kong.

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China: Intellectual property

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Intellectual property: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

The ‘wonderful’ IP practice at DLA Piper is ‘very cost effective among international firms’. It has a broad office network as well as relationships with leading law firms in emerging markets, and the workload includes actions against infringers, transactional IP matters, anti-counterfeiting programmes, and IP licensing and franchising issues. The group made a significant hire in April 2017, bringing in William Fisher, who was previously at Hogan Lovells International LLP. Strong praise is also levelled at Horace Lam, who is ‘client-focused, thorough and strategic’, and ‘strong communicatorYan Zhao, who is dual-qualified in New York and China. Edward Chatterton is a key contact in Hong Kong.

Leading individuals

Horace Lam - DLA Piper

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China: Labour and employment

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Labour and employment: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

The ‘very responsive’ employment team at DLA Piper acts for leading multinational companies across the financial services, technology, retail and life sciences industries in complex and sensitive labour matters in China. It also advises Chinese companies on their international operations. Led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Johnny Choi, the team’s expertise includes high-stakes employment litigation, investigations and mass lay-offs. The practice expanded at the associate level with the arrival of Dylan Wu from TransAsia Lawyers. Wu joined the Shanghai office, where senior associate Alan Wang is also noted for his experience in recruitment, redundancy, immigration and employee transfer issues. Former Hong Kong-based partner Julia Gorham left to join Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Alan Wang - DLA Piper

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

DLA Piper’s Greater China team regularly advises on private equity deals, growth equity and venture capital transactions, and strategic investments, and the team frequently works alongside the firm’s fund formation practice. Qiang Li and Stewart Wang are recommended names in the Shanghai office, and Gloria Liu and Paul Chen are key contacts in Hong Kong.

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China: Projects and energy

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Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

The ‘very professional’ team at DLA Piper’s ‘provides both legal advice and commercial solutions’. The firm recently hired former Ashurst partner Matthias Schemuth, who is experienced in project finance, particularly in the oil and gas, LNG, petrochemical, metal and mining sectors. The group regularly advises on high-profile, cross-border M&A and project financing transactions; for example, it advised China Shenhua Energy Company, a Chinese coal mining state-owned enterprise, on the tendering, development, financing, construction, management and operation of a power plant in Indonesia. China energy head Carolyn Dong is ‘easy to communicate with and has outstanding professional skills’, Paul Lee is Asia finance and projects head, of counsel Lijie Han is experienced in advising Chinese state-owned companies, and Simin Yu assists international and Chinese energy companies with M&A deals and project development matters.

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China: Real estate and construction

Foreign firms
Real estate and construction: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

The ‘commercial and dedicated’ practice at DLA Piper covers due diligence, acquisitions and divestments, financings, and taxation; it is also highly rated for leasing and facilities management, project and commercial developments, REITs, hotel management and agreements, trusts and syndicates, fund formation and restructuring. Lillian Duan, who splits time between Shanghai and Beijing, advises major investment institutions and property funds on their real estate investments and business operations in China, in addition to acting for Chinese clients in their outbound property investments globally. Together with colleagues in the US, Duan acted for Sino-Ocean Group during its acquisition of an office building in San Francisco and its related REIT formation. Wayne Ma divides his time between Shanghai and Hong Kong, and focuses on cross-border real estate transactions, and includes acquisitions and disposals of various types of real property, joint ventures, limited recourse and secured financings, private equity and institutional investments and fund formation. Ma led the advice to the Carlyle Asia Real Estate team on the sale of Central Plaza office tower in Shanghai to V Capital, the private equity arm of Chinese real estate developer Vanke. Hong Kong-based Asia Pacific real estate head Susheela Rivers also heads up the firm’s Asia Pacific hospitality and leisure practice; she is ‘a good relationship partner with in-depth knowledge’, has extensive experience handling landmark developments throughout the region including in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Korea, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. Shanghai senior associate Julian Zhu and Hong Kong senior associate Janice Yau Garton are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Lillian Duan - DLA Piper

Next generation lawyers

Julian Zhu - DLA Piper

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China: Shipping

Foreign firms
Shipping: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

DLA Piper expanded at associate level, with the hires of Zhao Rong Ooi from an in-house position at Skuld P&I and Desmond Cheung from Fangda Partners. The shipping practice operates from the Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong offices, the latter of which houses a large proportion of the team. On the contentious side, the group has extensive experience in cross-border shipping-related litigation and arbitration. Ernest Yang recently represented Better Marine in a claim against the seller of 17 vessels before the Hong Kong High Court. Roy Chan and Kevin Chan are the managing partners of the Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, respectively.

Leading individuals

Roy Chan - DLA Piper

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China: Tax

Foreign firms
Tax: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper 欧华律师事务所

The majority of DLA Piper’s tax experts are based in Hong Kong, though the firm operates an integrated China and Hong Kong practice that sees the five partners cooperating closely on complex tax matters in Greater China and beyond. From Hong Kong, Daniel Chan heads the Asia-wide tax practice; recently, he has been particularly active in the supply chain management, distribution and retail sectors in China. Technology and telecoms are other industry focuses for the practice. The group’s transfer pricing services are highly sought after, where the workload includes compliance, implementation of new policies and litigation. Windson Li is a key contact in in Beijing, while Anderson Lam is another name to note in Hong Kong.

Leading individuals

Daniel Chan - DLA Piper

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Legal Developments by:
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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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