Corporate and M&A: PRC firms in China

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners handles a large number of complex cross-border transactions, including advising Chinese companies' outbound investments and assisting multinationals and international financial institutions' inbound investment. Its sizable team further strengthened its cross-border M&A and PRC financial regulations offerings with the hire of five partners including Colette PanGrace Yu and Jian Fang who joined from Linklaters, and Yi Chen and Siyuan Pan, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP and White & Case LLP respectively. Among its recent highlights, Jonathan Zhou advised Alibaba Group on is $9.5bn buyout acquisition of all outstanding shares of Ele.me; and Norman Zhong and Helen Fan assisted long term client Swire with its RMB2bn sale of Swire Pacific Cold Storage in China to Vanke. The team also has expertise in assisting financial institutions with establishing platforms to provide online financial services to businesses.

Practice head(s):

Norman Zhong

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Zhou; Chuanjie Zhou; Yang Gao; George Xu; Josh Shin; Jeffrey Ding; Leo Lou

Testimonials

Whether it is a simple structuring of a company, or a complex transaction, the team can always provide legal opinion efficiently‘.

Norman Zhong’s wealth of experience and precise business understanding  makes him stand out above the crowd‘.

Key clients

Alibaba Group Holding

Swire Industrial

Anta Sports Products

Nomura Holdings

Macquarie Financial Holdings Pty

J.P. Morgan Broking (Hong Kong)

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised Alibaba Group Holding on its RMB4.35bn investment in Red Star Macalline.
  • Acted for a consortium of investors including Anta Sports Products, FountainVest among others in their proposed €4.6bn acquisition of Amer Sports Corporation.
  • Assisted Nomura Holdings with its establishment of a sino-foreign securities joint venture.
  • Acted for Warburg Pincus, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Discovery Capital Management LLC and Boyu Capital in its subscription of the shares issued by Ant International.
  • Advised J.P. Morgan Broking (Hong Kong) on establishing a sino-foreign securities joint venture.

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP is a powerhouse for multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, combing its solid strength in private equity, antitrust and compliance. Its recent highlights features a mix of big-ticket FDI, outbound investments and divestments for a range of well-known clients in the technology, real estate and pharmaceutical sectors. Within the 'responsive and pragmatic' team, Adam Li is recommended for advising US companies in cross-border investments, M&A, private placements, public offerings and privitisations, Binxue Sang regularly assists private equity funds with cross-border transactions, Hongli Ma is an experienced corporate practitioner who has previously practiced in the US. Chunyang ShaoDaniel HeWenjun Jiang are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Jiang Chen; Xinyue Shi

Other key lawyers:

Ning Liu; Tao Bai; Paul Lin; Yin Zhang; Haifu Li; Zhixiong Wang

Testimonials

‘The team has notable experience working with US clients‘.

Binxue Sang understands the goals and pressures of in-house counsel, and is very professional about pointing out risks in transactions, while fiercely negotiating to resolve them‘.

The team understands client’s needs and provides tailor-made advice‘.

Key clients

Brilliance China Automotive Holdings

Ping An Asset Management

Xinjiang Xintai Natural Gas

Harbin Pharmaceutical Group

Snowball Finance

InnoVision Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Brilliance China Automotive Holdings on the sale of 25% shares in BMW Brilliance Automotive Holdings to BMW Holding.
  • Assisted Xinjiang Xintai Natural Gas with the partial offer by its wholly-owned subsidiary to acquire the controlling stake in AAG Energy.
  • Advised Harbin Pharmaceutical Group on its acquisition of shares in GNC.
  • Advised Snowball Finance on its Series D fundraising.

King & Wood Mallesons

Leveraging its strong offering in the region and its broad footprint globally, King & Wood Mallesons is well positioned to assist Chinese clients with their high-value outbound investments through global and regional joint ventures, sales and acquisitions. The team is particular active in the energy, automotive, manufacturing and healthcare sectors. It advised its long term client Weichai Power on its investment in Ceres Power; acted for Daimler on its joint venture with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for the transformation of its small-car division Smart into an all-electric vehicle brand; and advised By-heath on its acquisition of Life-Space Group. In Beijing, Xu PingHarry DuKaiding Wang and Ling Huang are highly recommended for domestic and cross-border transactions; Richard Nie and Lixin Wang are names to note in its Shanghai office; Guangzhou-based Feng Li and Tiandi Zhang are also recommended for cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ping Xu; Kaiding Wang; Lixin Wang; Zhangqi Tao

Other key lawyers:

Feng Li; Harry Du; Richard Nie; Ling Huang; Xinyu Liu

Key clients

Weichai Power

BAIC Group

Daimler

CITIC Group

Baidu

China General Nuclear Power Corporation

Haier

State Grid

SPIC

China Life

Work highlights

  • Advised Bucher Industries on its joint venture with three individuals by acquiring majority stake in Wuxi Deli Fluid Technology.
  • Acted for Weichai Power on its acquisition of Ballard Power Systems and the subsequent establishment of a joint venture.
  • Assisted China Resources Beer (Holdings) Company with its  closed its acquisition of Heineken’ s business in China through its subsidiary China Resources Snow Breweries.
  • Advised Ningbo Jifeng Auto Parts and its majority shareholders on te asset restructuring by its acquisition of Grammer through a public takeover.
  • Advised Hna-Caissa Travel Group on its $1.67bn sale of Gategroup to RRJ Capital.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm has a solid track record in advising multinational clients as well as listed domestic and international companies in complex transactions, including reorganisation, M&A, cross-border transaction, and outbound investment. Anthony Zhao is particularly active in the TMT, healthcare and life sciences sectors; Audry Li and Yan Zhou are key names to note for FDI, cross-border M&A transactions; and Jun Cheng specialises in outbound investments, particularly on One Belt One Road projects. The team assisted the air-bag maker Takata Corporation with its $1.58bn acquisition by Key Safety Systems and advised Sinotrans on its RMB7.3bn merger with Sinotrans Air Transportation Development Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Yun Zhou; Scott Yu; Scott Guan; Audry Li; Richard Zeng

Other key lawyers:

Hairong Li; Yan Zhou; Jun Cheng; Julia Zhu

Testimonials

‘Exceptional lawyers who are always available and who are able to meet our ongoing demands on a timely basis.’

‘Audry Li is an exceptional lawyer who is very smart, diligent and reliable. She is very client-focused and often makes herself available at very late/early hours in order to accommodate the time difference. She understands the needs of the clients and is able to provide a practical approach that work for everyone’.

Key clients

China Three Gorges Corporation

Powerchina Resources

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

China National Chemical Engineering Group Corporation

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica

DHL Logistics (China)

Pfizer Investment

Takata Corporation

Goldman Sachs

Sinopharm Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised Booking.com. B.V on setting up its direct online booking business in China through obtaining the On-line Data Processing and Transaction Processing (ODPTP) license.
  • Assisted Sinopharm Group with the RMB5.1bn acquisition of China  National Scientific Instruments and Materials from China National Pharmaceutical Group.
  • Advised Barrick Gold on its $600m mutual strategy investment with Shandong Gold Group.
  • Acted for International Palladium Trading on establishing a joint venture with China National Arts & Craft Group.
  • Advised Kathrein SE on the sale of its mobile networks antenna business in China to Ericsson.

Global Law Office

Global Law Office advises on all aspects of private acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers and mergers, with particular strength and expertise in cross-border M&A deals and transactions involving SOEs, PRC-listed companies and public companies in capital markets of other jurisdictions. Managing partner Jinrong Liu and Shifang Guo advised Xiamen Tungsten on its $1bn acquisition of Kazakhstan tungsten mines and acted for CICC Capital Management and ARA Asset Management on establishing a joint venture and the subsequent acquisition of a commercial real estate from Tishman; Steven Yu acted for Puhua Capital on its participation in the VIE structure and series E financing of Ximalaya.com and advised Tencent, the controlling shareholder of Tencent Doctorwork, in the merger transaction of the Tencent Doctorwwork and Trusted Doctors. Huawei Lin counts Blackstone, Warburg Pincus and KKR as his major clients. Yu ZhangAlex Liu and Cheng Li are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Jinrong Liu; Alex Liu; Shifang Guo; Yu Zhang; Cheng Li

Other key lawyers:

Miller Wang; Huawei Lin; Steven Yu; Qiuning Kang; Amy Dai

Key clients

Xiamen Tungsten and consortium

China National Agrochemical Corporation

CICC Capital Management

ARA Asset Management

Jiangxi Copper

HeTian Group

Universal Medical

Houpu Capital

China Resources (Holdings) Co

CAFIC

Tongding Interconnection

Minsheng Education Group Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Xiamen Tungsten on its acqquisition of Kazakhstan tungsten mines.
  • Assisted HeTian Group with the RMB1.2bn sale of its subsidiary hospital to KKR.
  • Acted for Universal Medical on the establishment of a joint venture with China XiDian Group.
  • Advising Houpu Capital on its proposed acquisition of HWCL’s equity interest in Great  Wall Hotel.
  • Acted for Puhua Capital on its participation in the VIE structure and series E financing of Ximalaya.com

Haiwen & Partners

Haiwen & Partners is singled out for its 'high degree of professional skills, commercial awareness and responsiveness'. The team further boosted its cross-border M&A capability when it hired the 'diligent and enthusiasticJieni Gu from Ropes & Gray LLP, and six other practitioners from PRC and international firms. The team is regularly involved in big-ticket domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, including asset acquisitions, stock purchases, restructurings and joint ventures. Recent highlights include advising Beijing Easyhome Investment Holdings Group on a RMB13bn strategic investment made by a consortium, in which Alibaba Group Holding was the leading investor, and in a separate matter, assisted Alibaba with its RMB4.5bn investment in Huitongda Network, a subsidiary of Jiangsu Five Star Appliances that provides online merchandising and marketing services to retail outlets across rural China. Practice head Jiping Zhang is a prominent figure in private equity investments, and counts Alibaba, Baidu, Goldman Sachs and Hillhouse as his key clients. Wenzhen Dai is experienced in the energy and medical sector; Hao BingYu Cao and Wei Gao are also names to note. The team operates from Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Jiping Zhang

Other key lawyers:

Jieni Gu; Xiajun Fang; Juan Zhang;

Testimonials

The team provides strong legal support in the negotiation of M&A projects‘.

Jieni Gu has excellent communication skills and gives strategic advice‘.

Key clients

China International Capital Corporation

Alibaba

Wangfujing Group

LionBridge capital

BBMG Group

Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing

Zhejiang Hailiang

China International Capital Corporation

Diageo

CITIC Capital Holdings

Beijing Easyhome Investment Holdings Group

Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group

TsingTao Brewery Group and TsingTao Brewery

China Orient Asset Management Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised China International Capital Corporation on its RMB11.5bn acquisition of five new media companies from Mango Media.
  • Advised Alibaba in its RMB2bn strategic investment in 1919, an on-line liquor retailor.
  • Acted for BBMG Group on acquiring 32% of Jidong Cement.
  • Advised Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing on acquiring PCB manufacturing business from Flex.
  • Assisted Zhejiang Hailiang on acquiring assets from KME Germany.

Han Kun Law Offices

Leveraging its deep TMT sector focus, Han Kun Law Offices is in a unique position of advising industry leading players on big-ticket cross-border M&A, joint venture and restructuring transactions. The Shanghai team further expanded its corporate offering with the hire of Paula Liu who joined from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Recent highlights include advising Rajax Holding on its $9.5bn acquisition by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba; acting for Heineken in forming a strategic partnership between Heineken and China Resources, resulting in China Resources taking over Heineken's seven subsidiaries; and assisted China Literature with its RMB15bn acquisition of New Classics Media Corporation. Chaoying Li , Kelvin GaoDavid Tang, Dafei Chen, Aaron Zhou and Yijun Chao are highly recommended.

Other key lawyers:

David Tang; Yijun Chao; Yinshi Cao; Chaoying Li

Key clients

Baidu

Tencent

JD.com

Meituan-Dianping

Heineken

Marriott

Air Products

China Literature Limited

Uber (China) Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Heineken in forming a strategic partnership between Heineken and China Resources, resulting in China Resources taking over Heineken’s seven subsidiaries;  
  • Advised Baidu on its strategic investment in Hudie Hudong (Beijing) Information Technology.
  • Acted for JD.com on its cooperation with Farfetch.
  • Advising Tencent on its establishment of a ride-hailing mobility joint venture Ontime with Guangzhou Automotive Group.
  • Advised Tencent in its investment in T3 Mobility through the T3 Fund.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal excels in handling inbound and outbound M&A transactions in the energy, new material, insurance, TMT and real estate sectors. It also has a Japanese desk which it advises well-known technology companies on M&A, compliance and international trade matters. Annie Wu is particularly experienced in cross-border M&A, corporate finance, joint ventures and private equity transactions, and her recent experience includes representing Chinese private companies, SOEs, sovereign funds, and multi-national companies in their investments in countries and regions along The Belt and Road Initiative regions. A recent highlight saw Wu assisting China Energy Investment Corporation with its proposed shale gas investment in the US. Xiaodong Zheng, Ketong Shi and Mingkai Wang focus on M&A and capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ketong Shi; Xiaodong Zheng; Annie Wu

Other key lawyers:

Yan Fang; Jun Peng; Mingkai Wang

Testimonials

Partners can actively participate which is helpful in improving work efficiency and quality‘.

It can provide creative solutions based on its rich industry experience in order to best protect client’s interests‘.

In different international merger and acquisition cases, when dealing with various difficult issues, Xiaodong Zheng’s thinking is clear and the interests of clients are well protected‘.

Key clients

China Energy Investment Corporation

Shagang Group, Jiangsu Shagang

Shagang Group

Zijin Mining Group

Shanghai Shyndec Pharmaceutical

CITIC Agricultural Industry Fund Management

Tonghua Golden-Horse Group

China SDIC Gaoxin Industrial Investment Corp

CIEC Union International Exhibition

Work highlights

  • Assisted Shagang Group, the controlling shareholder of Jiangsu Shagang, with its formation of a Chinese-funded consortium to acquire the shares of Global Switch, One of the largest third-party data center group globally.
  • Acted for Zijin Mining Group on its $1.26bn acquisition of 63% shareholding of Serbia’s sole copper complex RTB Bor.
  • Advised CITIC Agricultural Industry Fund Management as one of the investors on the $787m acquisition of the seed business of Dow Chemical in Brazil.
  • Advised Poly International Holdings and Poly Southern Group on their joint acquisition of majority stake in Guangdong Changda Highway Engineering.
  • Acted for Tonghua Golden-Horse Group on its acquisition of 5 hospitals controlled by Longmay Mining Group.

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng significantly strengthened its M&A and private equity offering when it hired seven partners from AllBright Law Offices and added five partners in its Hong Kong office as a result of a merger with L&C Legal LLP. Among them, Victor Wang is particularly noted for his experience of assisting Fortune 500 companies with their direct investments in China. The team continues to advise a large number of listed companies and private equity firms on corporate and M&A transactions. Xiaofeng Cheng advised HBIS Group on its RMB2bn acquisition of Tata Steel's listed companies in Thailand and acted for Beijing Yinxiang Biji Technology on its spin-off from Evernote into an independent entity. Wei BaiGuanchun DaiXiang Gao and Chenghai Zheng are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Yongqing Huang

Other key lawyers:

Xiaofeng Cheng;

Testimonials

The team is praised for its ‘understanding of client’s needs‘.

Key clients

Volkswagen Group (China)

Beijing Yinxiang Biji Technology

Ivy Education Group

Zhuhai Huafa Group

HBIS Group

Beijing Enterprises Group Company

Hongkong Excellen Mining Investment

Union of Mining Companies with Chinese Capital (USMCC) in DRC;

Nanjing Hanrui Cobalt Ltd

Chambishi Copper Smelter

Lualaba Cooper Smelter

Jingjucheng Mining

Joyson Safety Systems

Sethness Products Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Volkswagen Group on its joint venture with China FAW Corporation, Anhui Jianghuai Automotive Group and Jiangsu Wanbang Dehe New Energy Technology Corporation.
  • Advised Chengtun Mining Group on its multimillion-dollar investment in Consolidated Nickel Mines.

Llinks Law Offices

Llinks Law Offices continues to impress in big-ticket domestic and cross-border M&A mandates, and has seen an increased instructions  in outbound investments. The 'highly efficient' team counts Sinochem International Corporation as a major clients which it handled a series of transactions including advising on the sale of shares of Jiangshan Agrochemical. Other highlights include advising Contemporary Amperex Technology on its strategic partnership with BMW Brilliance Automotive, and in a separate matter, handled its establishment of a joint venture with Helloike and Ant Financial. David YuSelena SheCalista HuangJie ZhangJames Weng and Nicholas Lou are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Yu; Nicolas Lou

Other key lawyers:

Selena Shi; James Weng; April Zhang; Kenneth Kong

Key clients

Sinochem International Corporation;

Gaw Capital

Sinochem International Corporation

Xiamen ITG Group Corp.,Ltd.

Yonghui Superstores

EBA (Beijng) Investment and Management

Contemporary Amperex Technology

Fulida Group Holding

China Corporate United Investment Holdings

Zhejiang Zhengding Auto Parts

Work highlights

  • Advised Sinochem International and Sinchem Zhejiang Chemical on their RMB6.1bn acquisition of Jiangsu Yangnong.
  • Assisted GAW with the acquisition of four premium Grade A office buildings at Shanghai MixC from China Resources Capital Management.
  • Advised Xiamen ITG Group on its acquisition of 44.65% equity of Century Securities.
  • Acted for EBA (Beijng) Investment and Management in its investment in Shanghai Yang Shu Pu Power Plant Urban Renewal Project.
  • Acted for Yonghui Superstores in forming a joint venture with ParknShop China and Tencent.

Tian Yuan Law Firm

Tian Yuan Law Firm remains at the forefront of education, healthcare, real estate, energy and TMT deals. It has extensive record in equity purchases, investments, mergers and restructurings, and it continues to impress in big-ticket cross-border M&A transactions. The team assisted Will Semiconductor with its $2bn purchase of OmniVision Technologies, the world's third-largest image sensor provider, and handled Wanda Film Holdings' RMB10.5bn acquisition of Wanda Media. Capital markets specialist Xiaohui Zhu and Juanjuan Song are names to note in the healthcare sector; Yanling Ren is recommended for assisting SOEs with corporate system reform; Aihua Xiao and Lihua Wang are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Xiaohui Zhu; Yanling Ren; Chenggang Cao

Other key lawyers:

Lihua Wang

Key clients

Wanda Cinema Line Corp

Sinomach Automobile Company

Shenzhen Qianhai Financial Holdings

China Resources Land

Hisense

China Jinmao

Far Eastern Horizon

Work highlights

  • Assisted Will Semiconductor with its $2bn purchase of OmniVision Technologies.
  • Handled Wanda Film Holdings’ RMB10.5bn acquisition of Wanda Media.

AllBright Law Offices

AllBright Law Offices' client roster features a mix of SOEs, private companies from a broad range of industry sectors including healthcare, automotive, telecoms, energy and financial institutions. Last year saw a steady stream of cross-border M&A transactions. Among them, the team assisted Qingdao Doublestar with the purchase of 42.01% stake in Kumho Tire; advised Zhejiang Tieliu Cluth on acquiring Geiger Fertigungstechnologie; and acted for Baosteel Metal on the RMB4.2bn acquisition of 51% stake in Baosteel Gases by Pacific Alliance Group. Xiaohong Zhang and Fangzhou Bao jointly lead the team from its Shanghai office, which also includes the well-regarded Hai HuangXiong Li and Linhai Zhu.

Practice head(s):

Xiaohong Zhang; Fangzhou Bao

Other key lawyers:

Hai Huang; Xionh Li; Xiaojie Fang

Testimonials

It can provide operational solutions based on the individual customer’s business circumstance‘.

Key clients

Zhejiang Tieliu Clutch

Shanghai Electric Group

Shenzhen Eastern Development Group

Penyao Environmental Protection

Qingdao Doublestar

Wuxi Public Utilities Industrial Group

DGene Digital Technology (Shanghai)

China Resources Capital Management

Greenland Holdings

Yango Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Shanghai Chengdi Construction on its purchase of Xiangjiang Technology from 15 shareholders through issuing shares and cash payment.
  • Acted for Agricultural Bank of China Financial Asset Investment on its debt-for-equity swap fund for the investment in six new energy enterprises through cooperation with State Power Investment Group Industry Fund Management.
  • Advised Fosun International, through its subsidiaries, on the RMB4.19bn acquisition of Baihe Jiayuan Network Group, a leading Chinese online dating service.

Commerce & Finance Law Office

Commerce & Finance Law Office is praised for its 'profound legal knowledge and extensive practical experience'. Leveraging its strong capital markets practice, the team is regularly instructed by listed companies on a range of high value transactions. Recent highlights include advising Tangshan Delong Steel on its RMB20bn acquisition of Bohai Steel Group and acting for Tsinghua Holdings on a series of reforms of its business ventures under the State capital management reform. Managing partner Xiaoman Zhang has experience in the areas of IPO, outbound investment and corporate financing. Gang Wu and Xinyang Zhang are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gang Wu; Xinyang Zhang; Xiaoman Zhang

Testimonials

The team has outstanding professional advantages in corporate mergers and acquisitions‘.

The lawyers within the team have solid legal knowledge and practical experience, and can provide solutions and suggestions that are beyond client’s expectation‘.

The team persistently tracks the progress of the project and gives follow-up recommendations in a timely manner‘.

Key clients

China COSCO Shipping

Zhongshan Shunfeng Express

Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development

Guangdong Jianlibao Group

Luohe Pingping Foodstuff

China International Capital Corporation

Tangshan Delong Steel

Tsinghua Holdings

Mobvista

Tianjing Maobo Network

Beijing Jiushizhulu Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Tianjing Maobo Network on its acquisition of Hangzhou Soushi Network.
  • Acted for Beijing Jinshizhulu Technology on its RMB480m acquisition of ITjuzi, a structured Chinese TMT startups database and business information service provider.
  • Assisting Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development with its RMB39bn acquisition of Shuanghui Group.
  • Handled COSCO Shipping Holdings’ HK$49.2bn acquisition of Orient Overseas (International).
  • Advising Century 21 Real Estate on its corporation with Tianjin Cabin Information Technology.

DaHui Lawyers

DaHui Lawyers has 'extensive experience' in M&A transactions and has led on 'a number of influential and representative cross-border matters in the past few years in the TMT sector'. Managing partner Richard  Ma assisted Springer Nature with its restructuring, regulatory matters, tax planning and licensing deals with local partners and distributors, and advised Reed Exhibitions in a series of M&As, corporate matters and strategic cooperation transactions. Other highlights include advising Siam Cement Group on the establishment of a joint venture with Jusda, and acting for Signify on its recent China business restructuring. Zheng Zha and Brendon Wu has particular expertise in TMT and energy industries; Julia Dai advises clients on complex cross-border M&As, along with private equity and venture capital investments both in China and overseas; Cloud Li is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ma

Other key lawyers:

Zheng Zha; Chris Chen; Julia Dai;Xikang Wang

Testimonials

The quality of the work is outstanding‘.

The team regularly acts beyond just serving its clients, in fact, it provides tailor-made advice based on its deep understanding of the entire project‘.

It is a first-class commercial law firm that provides innovative, effective and practical legal solutions to clients‘.

Richard  Ma has excellent business understanding and communication skills and is able to meet the diverse needs of clients’.

As the managing partner of the firm, Richard  Ma is good at the constructing and managing the team working on the project’.

Key clients

Airbnb

Alibaba Group

Aruba Networks

British Medical Journal

BuzzFeed

Comcast Communications

Eton College

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

NBCUniversal

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised Evernote on designing and implementing a China joint venture strategic deal structure to spin-off Evernote’s China business.
  • Served as PRC counsel to Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Aruba, providing PRC compliance and corporate advice on the restructuring of existing Aruba China entities and their consolidation within Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s  China structure to streamline their global business.
  • Advised Comcast on the corporate restructuring and regulatory matters for its China subsidiaries, and assisted the subsidiaries in their various telecoms and data compliance activities, including compliance with the most recent developments under the PRC Cyber Security Law.
  • Acted for CBS Corporation in its recent business restructuring in China.
  • Advised Alibaba Group and its media and entertainment sub-group Alibaba Pictures on a number of investments and acquisitions in the TMT sector.

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices's client roster features a large number of SOEs which it advises on outbound investment and restructuring matters. The team is particularly active in the energy, mining and TMT sectors. David Chen is experienced in outbound M&A and inbound FDI mandates. Shiyao Wan and Wei She are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Chen

Other key lawyers:

Jianming Wang; Shiyao Wan; Wei She

Testimonials

‘Highly efficient and quick to respond‘.

Key clients

CRRC Qingdao Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute

Wuxi Transport Construction Group

Shenzhen Metro Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Wuxi Transport Construction Group on its acquisition of majority equity in Huaren Construction.
  • Acted for CRRC Qingdao Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute on its acquisition of Beneq.

Grandall Law Firm

Grandall Law Firm is highly rated for its advice to technology, energy and financial services sector clients. It enjoyed the broad list of the firm's capital markets clients which it advises on a broad range of corporate, joint venture, and M&A transactions. The team advised Shenzhen Stock Exchange and Shanghai Stock Exchange on their purchase of 25% shares of Dhaka Stock Exchange and assisted Sanpower Group with its $819m acquisition of Dendreon. Chengzhi Yu is particular active in handling cross-border M&A transactions; Weidong Wang has notable expertise in handling Belt and Road-related project with a focus in the energy sector and recently assisted a Chinese multinational power company with its $1bn cross-border purchase. Shanghai managing partner Charles Guan and Beijing-based Xiaoyi Feng are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Jianjun Guan; Weidong Wang; Chengzhi Yu; Xiaoyi Feng

Other key lawyers:

Qing Lin

Key clients

Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Shanghai Stock Exchange

Sanpower Group

State Power Investment Corporation

China Minmetals Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Wangsu Sciences & Technology on its RMB2.29bn purchase of Xiamen Qinhuai Technology.
  • Acted for Pengxin International Mining on its $290m acquisition of Ningbo Tianhong.
  • Advised Xiamen Intretech on acquiring 70% of the shares of  SDH Holding SA and SDATAWAY.

Dentons China

Dentons China stands out for its impressive global and domestic footprint, with 45 office across China. Its Shanghai-based team had a particularly strong year which it assisted a large number of Chinese companies with their big-ticket domestic and outbound investments, and advised global clients on their business activities in China. Among them, Nancy Sun advised FMC Corporation on separating its lithium segment from its core agricultural chemicals segment, involving a wholly foreign-owned enterprise and a representative office in China, and acted for CK Holdings, a holding company of Calsonic Kansie Corporation on its acquisition of Magneti Marelli from Fiat Chrysler Automobile; Summit Chen acted for Pacific Insurance Senior Living Investment Management on its establishment of a joint venture with Orpea China; and Jinjuan Shi Bin Zhao and Chen handled Allianz China Life Insurance's establishment of a wholly foreign-owned insurance holding company in China.

Other key lawyers:

Summit Chen; Nancy Sun; Jinjuan Shi; Bin Zhao; Daniel Wei

Testimonials

Provides practical solutions according to the needs of the clients’.

Key clients

KKR-backed Calsonic Kansei

Coach

HNA Group

FMC Corporation

DTEK Renewables B.V.

Total Trading Asia PTE LTD

China Venture Capital Fund Corporation

SF Express Co

Wolong Electric Group Co

CITIC Urban Development & Operation

Work highlights

  • Assist Tapestry with acquiring Stuart Weitzman brand business and stores from Pedder Group.
  • Advised CK Holdings, a holding company of Calsonic Kansie Corporation on its acquisition of Magneti Marelli from Fiat Chrysler Automobile.
  • Advised CITIC Urban Development & Operation on its subsidiary’s share acquisition of a hospital which is currently under construction.

FenXun Partners

FenXun Partners enjoys its joint operation with Baker McKenzie FenXun to advise on the China-aspect of high-value global transactions, particularly on advising large Chinese companies and SOEs on their outbound investments. Recent highlights include handling GlaxoSmithKline's acquisition of global consumer healthcare business from Pfizer and proposed joint venture, and acting for China Reform Puissance Overseas and China's State Owned Capital Venture Investment Fund on their RMB5bn investments in Farasis Energy (Ganzhou) Limited Liability Company. Zhenyu Ruan and Yingzhe Wang are key names to note, as is Zhi Bao who recently assisted JD Group with the establishment of a joint venture with New Face, an entertainment group.

Practice head(s):

Yingze Wang

Other key lawyers:

Zhenyu Ruan; Maggie Chen; Frank Zhuang; Yingfei Yang

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Whirlpool Corporation

GCP Applied Technologies

Beiqi Foton Motor

Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group Company

Beijing Thunisoft Kechuang Industry Investment Center

China Reform Puissance Overseas GP L.P.

China’s State Owned Capital Venture Investment Fund

Shenzhen S.F. Investment

JD Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Whirlpool in the disposal of its Embraco business, including two China subsidiaries, in an auction sale.
  • Advised GCP Applied Materials in the disposal of Darex business and assets of GCP Shanghai to Henkel China.
  • Advised Cathay Financial Holding on its subscription of capital increase of Cathay Property Insurance with Ant Financial.
  • Advised on the proposed restructuring of Beijing Borgward and proposed sale of controlling rights of Borgward to Chang Sheng Xing Ye (Xiamen) Management and Consultation.
  • Advised Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group Company on its acquisition of a PRC manufacturing enterprise.

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm 's recent caseload spans a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals, real estate, TMT, manufacturing and energy. The team is well equipped in handling equity interest transfer, FDI, restructuring and listing mandates. Demonstrating this, Wei Jiang advised China Energy Engineering Group Investment in a series of power generation project acquisitions; Shenzhen-based Yaping HuangYing Yin and Zengjin Luo handled Tempus Global Business Service Group's RMB330m acquisition of Shenzhen Xiyou International Travel. Bo Su and Dongying Sun heads the team from its Beijing office, which also includes Shanghai-based Hongli Zou who handled an SOE mixed ownership reform transaction, and a number of practitioners from its Shenzhen and Hangzhou offices.

Practice head(s):

Bo Su; Dongying Sun

Other key lawyers:

Weijiang; Yaping Huang; Ying Yin; Zengjin Luo

Key clients

China Life Investment Holding Company Limited

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Beijing Building Material Group

China Energy Engineering Group

China TravelSky Holding Company

China Communications Construction

Huayi Tencent

Beijing Finance Street Investment Group

Shanghai Information Pipeline

Work highlights

  • Advised Tempus Global Business Service Group Holdings on its RMB330M acquisition of Shenzhen Xiyou International Travel.
  • Assisted Beijing HuayiHaoge Media Culture with transferring 100% of its holdings of Beijing Poly Huayi Media and Cultural to Hainan Broadcasting Group.
  • Acted for Long Bon International on its asset acquisition of Taiwan Long Bon International by Xiamen ITG.
  • Assisted Ever Unicorn Estate with acquiring Elite Group.
  • Advised China Biotech Services on its acquisition of Shenzhen Sinotech Genomics.

AnJie Law Firm

AnJie Law Firm advises listed companies, SOEs as well as private entities and investors from diverse industries spanning mining, transportation, real estate, mining and retails. Yu Wang has a strong track record in cross-border transactions including joint ventures between major SOEs and leading global industrial foreign investors, as well as acquisitions of overseas assets by Chinese enterprises. Simon Li is also recommended for transactions relating to private equity and venture capital, foreign direct investments and general corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dai; Yu Wang; Simon Li

Key clients

Caixin Media Group

China Energy Investment Corporation

Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd.

China National Nuclear Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Caixin Media Group in its acquisition of minority shares in Global Market Intelligence Division.
  • Assisted a Chinese Fortune Global 500 company with its purchase of a real estate project.
  • Acted for SnowVally Agricultural Development Joint Stock Company in its acquisition of majority equity interest in Aviko SnowValley Food (Hebei) Co., Ltd.

East & Concord Partners

East & Concord Partners is experienced in domestic and cross-border mergers and restructuring. 2018 saw the team handling a number of multibillion-RMB transactions for clients in the real estate sector. Cindy HuXiaoyu Shen and Xiaodong Hu are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bin Xu; Meiying Zhang

Other key lawyers:

Cindy Hu; Xiaoyu Shen; Xiaoyan Liu

Key clients

Pacific Century Place

Prestolite Electric Beijing

Jia Yuan Law Offices

Jia Yuan Law Offices' client roster features a balance mix of public and private companies which it advises on M&A, restructuring and joint venture matters. Guozhe Yan, Yuan Wang and Ying Xu excels in asset restructuring and M&A projects. The team recently advised China National Building Materials Group Corporation on its merger with China National Materials Group Corporation, and acted for Addsino on its asset acquisition of Run Technologies Beijing.

Practice head(s):

Zhenjian Shi; Sijun Tan

Other key lawyers:

Yu Yan

Key clients

China International Capital Corporation

Guangdong HEC Technology Holding

China National Building Material Group

China Minsheng Investment

Sinoma Resource Exploration

China Railway Group

CITIC Group

Sinosteel Engineering & Technology

Aluminum Corporation of China

Midea Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Guangdong HEC Technology on its RMB3.22bn acquisition of HEC Pharm.
  • Acted for China Glass Holdings on its acquisition of Olivotto Glass Technologies.
  • Assisted Hunan Valin Steel debt-to-equity swap with three of its wholly-owned subsidiaries.
  • Successfully advised PowerChina Real Estate Group on issuing $300m corporate bonds.