Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Banking and finance: PRC firms

Beijing DHH Law Firm acts for banks and financial institutions with regard to a range of loan facilities and bond issuances as well as contentious matters.
When handling matters for domestic and international financial institutions, Haiwen & Partners covers a range of banking and finance work, including in relation to loans, financings, and compliance.
Jincheng Tongda & Neal provides a one-stop offering for banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions with regard to acquisition financing, leveraged and asset-based financing, and syndicated lending.
JunZeJun Law Offices‘s offering in the banking space extends to advising clients on asset management, the disposal of non-performing assets, and bond issuance.
Longan Law Firm often represents banks in litigation and arbitration, with further specialization in debt-to-equity swaps, an area of recent growth for the firm.
Following the establishment of the practice in September 2020 and Joy Gao‘s arrival, Shanghai Pacific Legal  has been active advising clients on a variety of transactions, with a key focus on loan facilities.
The banking and finance practice at Wintell & Co Law Firm places an emphasis on fund and asset management, with further expertise on the design, issue and operation of financial products.

Banking and finance: PRC firms in China

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners maintains a notable presence in the banking and finance area, standing as a leader when it comes to acquisition finance, non-recourse and limited recourse project financing, and structured finance, primarily handling transactions for clients on the borrower side. It also features a strong loan practice, advising banks on a range of loan facilities. Jointly led by Shanghai-based Xie Zheng and Stanley Chen, with a combined experience of almost 40 years handling high-value cross-border acquisition finance, project finance and syndicated lending mandates. Supporting these efforts is Maria Wang, with a practice characterized by both real estate and finance expertise, making the financing and acquisition of real estate assets one of her key areas of work. Joyce Zhou and counsel Harry Xu are also recommended under the full spectrum of financing matters, including in relation to debt and acquisitions, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Stanley Chen; Xie Zheng

Other key lawyers:

Maria Wang; Joyce Zhou; Harry Xu

Key clients

Bank of China

The Exim Bank of China

China Development Bank

China Construction Bank

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Ping An Bank

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

China Merchant Bank

JP Morgan

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

Standard Chartered Bank

DBS Bank Limited

OCBC Bank

SEB

DNB Bank ASA

Nordea Bank

Banco de Santander

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Wing Lung Bank

Shanghai Electrics

Boyu Capital

CVC Capital

TPG

GE Capital

Alibaba Group Holding Limited

Warburg Pincus

Morgan Stanley

CITIC Capital

Oaktree

China Minsheng Financial Holding

Chong Hing Bank

ICBC International Holdings

Charoen Pokphand Group

Maybank

Loyal Valley Capital

GLP Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Centurium Capital Management in $2bn acquisition loan from Ping An bank and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank to privatize China Biologic Products Holdings.
  • Advised Hillhouse in an acquisition loan from China Merchant Bank, Ping An, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and CMB Wing Lung to fund its acquisition of AI Dream.
  • Advised Shanghai Pudong Development Bank in an ¥2.6bn loan facility to MBK Partners.

Global Law Office

Global Law Office is distinguishable by its full service offering in relation to onshore, offshore and cross-border financing work, advising a roster of high-profile clients on acquisition financing and project financing, while also demonstrating expertise in the establishment of loan facilities. Beijing-based Lawrence Lin and Xin Zhang co-head the team; while Lin has particular expertise in aircraft and shipping finance, Zhang’s practice revolves around advising financing transactions in the energy, power, real estate and natural resources sectors. Also noted for aircraft and shipping finance is May Liu, while Minghao Xu is recommended for financing matters relating to trusts. As managing partner of the firm’s Chengdu office, Kunlin Wang handles a variety of work in the space. Lujun Hou who excels in export credit, project financing, syndicated loans, and trade financing, joined the firm’s Shenzhen team from Zhong Lun Law Firm in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Lin; Xin Zhang

Key clients

The Export-Import Bank of China

China Development Bank

China Construction Bank

Bank of China

China CITIC Bank International

Agricultural Bank of China

IFC

ADB

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

China Merchants Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Offshore Syndicates on a structure syndicated refinancing transaction, totalling HK$3,28bn.
  • Acted as lead counsel of Zhongrong International Trust on its pooled trust fund plan “Rongyu 101”, which aimed to fund around ¥9.5bn to invest in target company.
  • Advised the Hong Kong branch of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on a financing project.

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP has expertise in bilateral and syndicated loans as well as in acquisition and leveraged finance; the sizeable and experienced team regularly acts for Chinese and foreign-funded banks with a presence in the PRC market. It is also increasingly acting for sovereign wealth funds and private equity houses in their investments in internet finance companies and wealth management firms. Nelson Zhou and David Liu co-head the practice, with combined expertise in acquisition finance as well as the structuring and financing of projects in the petrochemical, semiconductor and automobile industries, respectively. Other stand-out team members include Jun Zhou, who has over 20 years of experience in infrastructure development and project finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Zhou; David Liu

Other key lawyers:

Jun Zhou

Key clients

Sina

Taibang Biologic Group

Blackstone Group

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Natexis, Hong Kong Branch Bank

Mianyang Rural Commercial

Kunshan Jin Gao International Trade

Kunshan Jin Long Textile

Bank SinoPac

Yuexiu Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Advised Hillhouse Capital on its acquisition of AI Dream.
  • Advised a syndicate comprising of BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Credit Agricole CIB and Natexis in a $80m cross-border project financing to Total Energies Envision Energy Services & Solutions.
  • Acted on a refinancing project of the Blackstone Group logistics assets platform.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons stands out for its solid track record of acting for borrowers in a variety of onshore, offshore and syndicated loan transactions. The team is jointly led by aircraft and project finance expert Feng Ma alongside Stanley Zhou who excels in acquisitions and privatisation financings; both have a wealth of experience dealing with these in a cross-border context. Yinghao Lv specialises in international project financing as well as leveraged acquisition, trade and asset finance, while Jie Chen focuses on aircraft, shipping and equipment leasing and finance. Stella Wang is another name to note, with a broad structured financing practice in the realm of acquisitions, projects, and IPOs. Managing partner in Beijing, Ling Wang, is vastly experienced in this practice area.

Practice head(s):

Feng Ma; Stanley Zhou

Other key lawyers:

Jie Chen; Ling Wang; Yinghao Li; Stella Wang

Testimonials

‘The firm has expertise in the aviation area, in particular in the PRC.’

‘Feng Ma is professional and provides prompt and useful advice to clients.’

Key clients

China Merchants Bank

Wise Road Capital

Lingyi Technology

China Merchants Bank

Jingdan New Energy Investment

CMB Wealth Management

Postal Savings Bank of China

Work highlights

  • Advised Wise Road Capital on its acquisition financing from DBS to acquire majority shares of ePAK.
  • Advised Jingdan New Energy Investment on a syndicated loan.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on the syndicated loan for refinancing Joyson KSS Auto Safety‘s acquisiton of Takata Corporation for $1.65bn.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

A long-standing player in the banking and finance space, Zhong Lun Law Firm's impressive client list features high-profile banks, private equity funds, borrowers, and asset management companies. Although the firm has a broad offering, it regularly handles the structuring of financial products, cross-border transactions, privatisation financing, and compliance matters. The sizeable team is jointly led by Shanghai-based Zhisong He, Beijing-based Ting Yuan, and Xinyu Liu who focuses on the fintech industry. Within the sizeable team which includes highly experienced practitioners across the firm's many offices in China, Borong Liu handles securitisation, structured finance and asset management matters. Min Min and Wilson Wei Heo are also names to note, with the latter noted as a key contact for arbitration and litigation relating to the field. Guangzhou-based Wayne Wang is also noted for a broad range of loan transactions.

Practice head(s):

Zhisong He; Ting Yuan; Xinyu Liu

Other key lawyers:

Wilson Wei Huo; Borong Liu; Min Min; Nina Liu; Dongyue Chen; Zhijie Zhang; Xiaoli Liu; Wayne Wang

Testimonials

‘The Zhong Lun team has excellent legal knowledge and s very efficient.’

‘Dongyue Chen is a true legal professional, working seamlessly with international law firms, with sound knowledge of law and practice.’

Key clients

Absa Bank

Asia Debt Management Hong Kong

BYD Auto Finance Company

China Citic Bank

China Construction Bank

China Development Bank

China Export & Credit Insurance

China Great Wall Asset Management

China Guangfa Bank

China Merchants Bank

China United SME Guarantee Corporation

China Yto Group Finance

COFCO Trust

COÖPERATIEVE RABOBANK U.A., HONG KONG BRANCH

Ford Automotive Finance (China) Limited

Fortune Auto Finance

GAC-SOFINCO Auto Finance

Haitong International Securities Company Limited

Hannover Re-insurance

Hengfeng Bank

Huarong Securities

International Finance Corporation

Kookmin Bank(china) Limited

NATIXIS, Hong Kong Branch

PICC Pension Limited

Ping An Bank Co., Ltd

Shanxi Coal Industry Chemical Group Finance Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Z.S.Y. Capital Management Co., Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

Synertec Corporation Limited, a multi-disciplined engineering consulting firm in Australia, which is listed on ASX

The Export-Import Bank of China

Toyota Motor Finance (China) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank on a green loan to a Hong Kong borrower.
  • Advised Synertec Corporation Limited on its financing for the acquisition of Greentech.

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices features a capable team in relation to project and acquisition financing as well as in cross-border banking transactions. Apart from its financing expertise, the practice is also experienced in acting for lenders in loan restructurings. Zhang Xu and Ma Kai co-head the practice, with Xu specialising in cross-border acquisition finance, sovereign lending, and interbank credits, and advising banks on loan restructuring and credit enforcement strategies. Sisi Shen is noted for her experience in on-shore and offshore financing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Zhang Xu; Ma Kai

Other key lawyers:

Sisi Shen

Key clients

China Development Bank

The Export-Import Bank of China

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Nanyang Commercial Bank

Bank of China

Agricultural Bank of China

China Industrial Bank, Hong Kong Branch

China CITIC Bank International

The Bank of East Asia

ICBC Standard Bank

Bank of Communications

Bank of China

Shandong Gold Ming

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of financial institutions including international banks, PRC banks and ECAs on funding for facilities of $6,5bn and €2,2bn to Amur Gas Chemical Complex for financing towards the development of a gas chemical complex.
  • Advised Bank of China on funding of HK$3,4bn to China SUMEC Automotive Industry Consulting Development for its intragroup acquisition of China Machinery Engineering Corporation.
  • Advised syndicated banks composing international and domestic banks on funding for a $600m equivalent multiple tranche term loan facility to Joy City Property Limited.

Dentons China

Leveraging its impressive global footprint, Dentons China is regularly instructed on a range of cross-border matters, with notable experience handling loan and non-performing asset securitisation matters as well as aircraft financing. Jacky Wang and Wei Zhang co-head the practice, which includes Ying Jian and Yao Zhou  who stand out for their expertise in debt restructurings and venture capital financing transactions, respectively. Leasing specialist Lin Zhang and securities expert Lihong Wang are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jacky WangWei Zhang

Key clients

China Construction Bank

Fujian Haixia Bank

Zhejuang Zheyin Financial Leasing

PSBC Consumer Finance

Bank of China

FAW Auto Finance

Industrial Consumer Finance

Bank Of Guiyang

INTESA SANPAOLO

China Merchants Bank

Sinopac Bank

China Post Financial Management

China Zheshang Bank

Rural Commercial Bank of Zhangjiagang

Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank

Zhejiang Tailong Commercial Bank

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

AVIC International Leasing

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Minsheng Financial Leasing

JC International Finance & Leasing

Qingdao Airlines

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China

Agricultural Bank of China Financial Leasing

SPDB Financial Leasing

Haitong UT Leasing HK

Moutai (Shanghai) Financial Leasing

BOC Financial Leasing

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing

China Construction Bank

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Bank of China

Industrial Bank Hong Kong Branch

HSBC

Standard & Chartered Bank

BNP Paribas

JP Morgan Chase & Co

The Bank of East Asia

United Overseas Bank

Hang Seng Bank

Fusion Bank

Chong Hing Bank

ABN AMRO

Rabobank Nederlands

ING

Barclays Bank

Cathay United Bank

Societe Generale

Work highlights

  • Acted for ICBC in multiple cross-border financing projects.
  • Advised AVIC International Leasing in its implementation of a financial leasing project for 8 aircraft, including Airbus, Boeing and ARJ21 aircraft.
  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank on a guarantee relationship between it and Sinosure in relation to a hospital financing project.

FenXun Partners

FenXun Partners showcases notable strength advising PRC lenders on the full gamut of financing transactions, leveraging its joint operation with Baker McKenzie to act on project and acquisition financings, and debt loans in a cross-border context. The Export-Import Bank of China is a key client of the firm which the team is acting on a number of project financings. Based in Beijing, Shirley Wang heads the practice with a broad practice encompassing a range of financing transactions, as well as debt capital markets and regulatory matters. Grace Chen is active in financing Belt and Road Initiative projects, and Kevin Yuan is noted for cross-border finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Shirley Wang

Other key lawyers:

Grace Chen; Kevin Yuan; Lucca Li

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices stands out for its wealth of experience in aircraft leasing and aircraft purchase financing matters and is regarded as ‘one of the best aviation financing teams in mainland China‘. Recent mandates also include assisting with the issuance of asset-backed securities and advising on regulatory issues for financial services sector clients. Beijing-based practice head Shu Wang acts for domestic and foreign banks on their access to new products as well as on regulatory matters, and has experience advising on issues arising from the bankruptcy and insolvency of airlines. TieCheng Yang has over 20 years of experience advising clients with regard to regulatory issues, and Rong Fang focuses on real estate and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Shu Wang

Other key lawyers:

Rong Fang; Tiecheng Yang; Zhu Jun; Yi Ding ; Yin Ge; Sherry Si

Testimonials

‘Han Kun has one of the best aviation financing teams in mainland China. They have extensive experience in aircraft leasing, sale and purchase of aircraft portfolio, refinancing and other transactions. They’ve made successful cooperation with various clients in the past years.’

‘Shu Wang has extensive experience in various aviation financing transactions. She’s very good at dealing with complex issues in the industry and she also makes good contributions with regard to solving cutting-edge issues.’

‘Zhu Jun is very hands-on. He has been involved in many aviation transactions in the PRC, so he is well aware of the challenges in each transaction and the potential solutions to these challenges.’

The Han Kun team has the depth of understanding of the asset management business, combined with their ability to provide commercial advice. They were also able to work between different specialties to make it easier to work seamlessly between the asset management/deal team and other teams (e.g. anti-trust, intellectual property, etc.)

Yin Ge (Partner) and Sherry Si (Associate) are the two standout individuals in Han Kun, who always provides timely and commercial advice, despite demanding timelines and for difficult legal issues. They also work seamlessly with other teams within Han Kun to provide a ‘full service’ offering, including to make sure that other teams have the necessary understanding of our business to provide commercial advice.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

AIBANK

United Overseas Bank

Webank

XWBank

Source Code Capital

Crédit Agricole CIB

Tradeweb Markets LLC

ALC

ACG

Aercap

BOC Aviation

ICBC Financial Leasing

CCB Financial Leasing

ABC Financial Leasing

China Eximbank

Kunlun Financial Leasing

Macquarie AirFinance

SF Airlines

China Southern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines

Air China

Shenzhen Airlines

Aircraft Recycle International

Standard Chartered Bank

SMBC

Carlyle Aviation Partners

CMB Financial Leasing

Pingan Trust

Taikang Life Insurance

Taiping Life Insurance

China Pacific Life Insurance

Huatai Securities (Shanghai) Asset Management

ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management

CITIC Securities

China Resources Land

CCCC Investment Company

Shenzhen Fengtai E-commerce Industrial Park Asset Management

BLOGIS Holdings Limited

China International Capital Corporation Limited

DNE Group and Shanghai Lingang Economic Development (Group)

Guangzhou Communications Investment Group

Everbright Securities

Pingan Securities

Zhongtai Securities

Huatai United Securities

China Metallurgical Group Corporation

New China Life Insurance

Everbright Xinglong Trust Investment

Shanghai Yixin Financing Lease

Shenzhen Jingzheng Commercial Factoring

Work highlights

  • Represented over 30 lessors of all 41 aircraft operating lessors that have aircraft on lease to HNA airlines in participating in the bankruptcy reorganisation of HNA Holding and its 10 subsidiaries and HNA Group and the other 320 HNA entities within the consolidated restructuring procedure.
  • Represented ICBC Leasing in its asset swap transactions with CSA InternationalFinance Leasing, which involved nine narrow body and wide body aircraft.
  • Acted as the PRC counsel to ABC Financial Leasing in its purchase of three aircraft from CALC.

Jingtian & Gongcheng

The banking and finance department at Jingtian & Gongcheng handles a variety of financing transactions for active trust companies and asset managers in the region, advising clients from both borrower and lender perspectives. Beijing-based practice head Jiejiang Wu focuses on cross-border project finance and leasing transactions, whilst Shanghai-based Zhirong Zheng excels in onshore-offshore loans, and Guobing Ren is an asset securitisation specialist, particularly in relation to trusts.

Practice head(s):

Jiejiang Wu

Key clients

The People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited

PICC Property and Casualty Company Limited

Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China, Ltd.

CITIC Trust Co.,Ltd.

Generali China Asset Management Company Limited

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation

CITIC Trust Co.,Ltd.

Yingda International Trust Co.,Ltd.

Bank of China Limited.

Postal Savings Bank of China Co., Ltd.

Evergrowing Bank Co., Ltd.

Bank of China Wealth Management Co., Ltd.

Everbright Wealth Management Co., Ltd.

China Post Wealth Management Co., Ltd.

Evergrowing Wealth Management Co, Ltd.

CITIC Trust Co., Ltd.

Zhongrong International Trust Co., Ltd.

China Minsheng Trust Co., Ltd.

SDIC Taikang Trust Co., Ltd.

Everbright Xinglong Trust Co., Ltd.

China Foreign Economy and Trade Trust Co., Ltd.

Zhejin Trust Co., Ltd.

Yingda International Trust Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu International Trust Co., Ltd.

Beijing International Trust Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Industrial & Commercial Trust Co., Ltd.

Huachen Trust Co., Ltd.

Hwabao Trust Co., Ltd.

China Railway Trust Co., Ltd.

Ping An Trust Co., Ltd.

Bridge Trust Co., Ltd.

China Credit Trust Co., Ltd.

Zhongyuan Trust Co., Ltd.

Zhonghai Trust Co., Ltd.

Sunshine Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Ping An Annuity Insurance Co., Ltd.

China Life Investment Management Co., Ltd.

China International Capital Co., Ltd.

SHANGHAI XINGTU FINANCIAL SERVICES CO., LTD. (formerly known as “Shanghai Suning Financial Services Group Co., Ltd.”)

Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bridge Trust on its establishment of the Bridge Xuwei Series Collective Fund Trust Plan.

AllBright Law Offices

With a broad scope of practice, AllBright Law Offices provides a wide range of banking and finance advice, acting for SOEs and private companies in regulatory matters as well as in the establishment and restructuring of funds and trusts. Xianming Li, who divides his time between Beijing and Shanghai leads the team,which also includes Zhang Sheng, who acts for banks and funds in contentious matters. Also in Shanghai, Menghan Zou specialises in bank loans, trust management, and financial products, while Sheng Bin is noted for asset management and investments.

Practice head(s):

Xianming Li

Other key lawyers:

Zhang Sheng; Menghan Zou; Sheng Bin

Key clients

CITIC Bank

Hengqin Gold Infinance Rental

Jiangling Automobile

Zhongjin Finance Leasing

East Asia Bank (China)

East Asia Bank

China Merchants Bank

Hang Seng Bank

East Asia Bank

Pingdingshan City Suburban Rural Credit Cooperatives

Pingdingshan Xinhua Rural Credit Cooperatives

China Merchants Bank

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Dong Harantheng

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm is regularly instructed by PRC banks on cross-border project financing transactions; it also advises on the issuance of asset-backed securities. The team's client roster also features corporate companies and and financial institutions. Practice head Liqiu Lyu has notable experience advising on the disposal and securitisation of assets, financings, and investments. Shenzhen-based Ying Yin is recommended for cross-border financing transactions and asset securitisations.

Practice head(s):

Liqiu Lyu

Other key lawyers:

Ying Yin; Carl Liu; Wei Jiang

Key clients

China Development Bank

China Securities Co., Ltd

CHINA CITIC BANK

China Merchants Bank

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation(Sinosure)

Xinhua Winshare Publishing and Media Co., Ltd.

China Jingu International Trust Co., Ltd.

Bank of Dalian Co., Ltd

China Fortune International Trust Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Jinfa Jiahe investment partnership (limited partnership)

Everbright Prestige Capital Asset Management Co., Limited

Chuancai Securities Co., Ltd

Bank of China Ltd. Shanghai Baoshan Branch

China Insurance Investment (Beijing) Co., Ltd

Shaanxi HuaMing PuTai Medical Equipment Co., Ltd.

Nanjing Jinlv Commercial Factoring Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Special Zone Construction Development Group Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised China Insurance Investment (Beijing) Co., Ltd., on raising RMB 14.8 billion from 18 insurance institutions as one of the strategic investors to subscribe to the newly issued shares of China Huarong Asset Management Co., LTD. (China Huarong).
  • Advised Bank of China Ltd. Shanghai Baoshan Branch, the initiating bank, lender, and funds supervisor on facilitating a working capital loan of RMB 3200 million to International Far Eastern Leasing Co., Ltd.
  • Advised Bank of Dalian on issuing 750 million ordinary shares to some existing corporate shareholders and external investors, raising 2.835 billion yuan to supplement core Tier 1 capital.

Hai Run Law Firm

Led by Jinlong Zhou, the banking and finance department at Hai Run Law Firm acts for clients in loans, financing, and debt restructuring matters. Zhou is particularly active in syndicated loan-related work, having recently advised the China Development bank on a loan agreement for a major water infrastructure project in China. In 2021, the team saw a number of arrivals from Anli Partners, including Huanwei Zhang and Mei Fang, bolstering the firm's asset management offering.

Practice head(s):

Jinlong Zhou

Other key lawyers:

Huanwei Zhang; Mei Fang

Key clients

Beijing Branch of Industrial Bank

Agricultural Bank of China

China Development Bank

Export-Import Bank of China

Postal Savings Bank of China

Bank of China

Bank of Communications

Hua Xia Bank

Beijing Rural Commercial Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised China Development Bank on a ¥33.5 billion Amended and Restated Syndicated Loan Agreement for the Phase I Project of Central Route of South-North Water Transfer Project.
  • Advised Zhongguancun Sub-branch of Agricultural Bank of China on a $290 thousand international remittance case against Beijing Bailey Farm Forage.
  • Advised Export-Import Bank of China on a ¥848m financial leasing case against Zhongwang Group, Liaoning Hongcheng Su Liao Xing Cai, and Zhongwang Group Finance.

Llinks Law Offices

The Shanghai-based banking and finance department at Llinks Law Offices regularly acts for PRC and foreign banks as well as borrowers, sponsors and export credit agencies in a multitude of financing and transactional matters. Charles Qin leads the practice with experience handling disputes in the space, while Michael Mei is recognised for his transactional expertise, which includes bilateral and syndicated lending. Also noted are Elva Yu and Raymond Cai, with combined experience advising a range of domestic and international financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Charles Qin

Other key lawyers:

Raymond Cai; Elva Yu; Michael Mei

Key clients

Shanghai Bonghui Commercial Factoring

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Beijing Jingdong Century Trading

Shanghai Electric

Xiamen International Trade Group

ICBC Financial Assets Investment

Xiamen ITG Group

Tengan Fund Distribution

Xiamen International Trade Group

ICBC Financial Assets Investment

Work highlights

  • Advised a number of domestic banks led by Bank of China Shanghai Luwan Sub-branch as mandated lead arranger on a syndicated financing to Shanghai Fuji Real Estate.
  • Advised Shanghai SenseTime Science and Technology Development on a syndicated fixed assets financing from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Shanghai Caohejing Development Zone Sub-branch, China Construction Bank Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone New Area Sub-branch, Merchant Bank Shanghai Branch.

Tian Yuan Law Firm

Tian Yuan Law Firm stands out for its focus on cross-border investments. The team has notable experience handling projects related to the Belt and Road Initiative and foreign territories which it advises clients on both the lender and sponsor side of financings. In Beijing, Xiaodong Zhu and Wei Xu co-lead the team, with Zhu noted for cross-border investment and financing matters. Song Shuang is recommended for handling the financing aspects of PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Xiaodong Zhu; Wei Xu

Other key lawyers:

Song Shuang; Zaizai Huang

Key clients

China Construction Bank

China Yangtze Power

China Railway Construction Finance

Shengjing Bank

China Development Bank Capital

Export-Import Bank of China

Pacific Asset Management

CCB Life Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Acted in an International Bank Guarantee Review for China Construction Bank.
  • Acted on a “Preferential Loan” to the Philippine government’s for the Phase 1 wireless Communications infrastructure construction project of “Safe Philippines” Projects.
  • Advised on the establishment of the Hong Kong Treasury Centre of China Railway Construction Corporation Limited.

East & Concord Partners

With the recent opening of a new branch in Guangzhou, East & Concord Partners continues to expand its geographic reach when it comes to banking and finance work, acting for a variety of clients in regulatory matters as well as equity investments. The team is jointly led by Dorothy Xing, Xuan Zhang, and Jian Kang; Xing excels in capital market transactions and regulatory issues; Zhang focuses on advising equity fund managers on equity investments; and Kang counts banks, insurers and financial firms as his key clients.

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Xing; Xuan Zhang; Jian Kang

Other key lawyers:

Lu Yang

Key clients

CITIC Group

National Endowment Insurance

The People’s Bank of China

China Life Insurance

CITIC International Assets Management

Postal Savings Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

China Huarong Asset Management

China Cinda Asset Management

China Orient Asset Management

China Galaxy Investment Management

China CITIC Bank

China Pacific Insurance

New China Life Insurance

Tian An Life Insurance

Beijing Capital Eco-Environment Protection Group

SDIC Capital

Huaxia Bank

CITIC Trust

China Merchants Pingan Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal consultant for the establishment of National Endowment Insurance.
  • Acted for Beijing Capital Eco-Environment Protection Group in the issuance of an infrastructure REIT in the water industry.
  • Acted as counsel for CITIC Group in a capital increase and the introduction of the China Huarong Asset Management project.

Joius Law Firm

Established in 2013, Joius Law Firm is a popular choice for handling leasing, syndicated loans, and bond issuance matters, with Taiwanese banks as its key clients. The team is led by founding partner Anita Chen who has notable experience in investment structures and cross-border financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Anita Chen

Lantai Partners

Lantai Partners‘ client roster features banks, venture capital funds and a mix of domestic and foreign companies. The team is jointly led by Gunag Yang, Qiang Yang, Xiaomin Yao, Qing Wang. Trust projects in the real estate, energy and infrastructure pharmaceutical sectors are other key areas of work.

Key clients

The People’s Bank of China

China CITIC Bank

China Development Bank

Agricultural Bank of China

China Construction Bank

CITIC Aibank Corporation

Bank of LangFang

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Evergrowing Bank

China Bohai Bank

Bank of Beijing

CITIC Trust

Yingda International Trust

Minmetals International Trust

China Jingu International Trust

China Credit Trust

Great Wall Xinsheng Trust

Shenzhen Qianhai Yuanming Asset Management

SDIC Unity Capital

Bohai Life Insurance

Postal Savings Bank of China

ABC Wealth Management

Huida Asset Management

China United Insurance Group

Union Life Insurance

The People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China

CCTEG Financial Leasing

Beijing Fangshan Xincheng Investment

New China Fund Management

China SDIC Gaoxin Industrial Investment

Guoxin Group Financa

China Aviation Oil Group Finance

Union Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Represented China CITIC Bank in litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning the disposal of Evergrande risk projects.
  • Advised China CITIC Bank Beijing Branch’s in relation to the issuance of a fix asset loan used for Beijing Kaide Anzhen Commercial Real Estate’s reconstruction of properties.
  • Advised China Construction Bank Beijing Branch, the creditor, on its ¥38.6 billion syndicated M&A loan project.