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Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms in China

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners stands out for its domestic and international arbitration offerings. The group is often instructed to assist Chinese companies with parallel proceedings in various jurisdictions, working closely with the offices in Hong Kong. The group also acts for multinationals; for example, Beijing-based co-head  Helen Shi recently representing Apple at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) in a FRAND case against a Chinese licensor. Heading the team in Shanghai are Nuo JiBenjamin Miao and  Daniel Huang. In Beijing, Shi leads the team alongside Ming KangYanhua Lin has made a name for herself in relation to emergency reliefs and injunctions during arbitration proceedings, while Yang Liu is building a strong practice in international arbitrations, with experience before arbitration centres in Hong Kong and Singapore. Yang Weiguo has joined as a partner from Guantao Zhongmao.

Other key lawyers:

Yanhua Lin; Alvin Xiao; Yang Liu

Key clients

Apple

Guangdong Dongfang Precision Science & Technology

Jixiang Information Technology (Shanghai)

Work highlights

  • Representing Apple (licensee) in a dispute involving the determination of a Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (“FRAND”) rate for patents essential to a Chinese mandatory technological standard.
  • Acted for Shenzhen Fuyu Holdings as respondent in an arbitration at the Shanghai Arbitration Commission against a Shenzhen-listed company in relation to a financial dispute over asset restructuring transactions.
  • Representing Jixiang Information Technology (Shanghai in arbitration proceedings and assisting Jixiang and Hang Tai Yue in organizing a comprehensive defence both at the procedural and substantive levels.

Global Law Office

The team at Global Law Office consists of experienced arbitration counsel and arbitration panellists, who act for domestic and foreign entities in international arbitration forums including CIETAX HKIAC, BIAC and SIAC. The group is most noted for representing financial institutions, including commercial banks and asset management groups. Co-leading the group are international arbitration specialist Yifeng Gao and Xiusong Xing, who serves as vice chairman of the arbitration and alternative dispute resolution committee of the ICC in China. Jingye Jiang is the name to note for maritime and shipping arbitration. Based in Shenzhen, Jack Law is building a solid practice representing SOEs in arbitrations involving foreign-related contracts. Of counsel Heng Wang is increasingly strong for international arbitrations concerning equity financing and international sales of goods.

Practice head(s):

Yifeng Gao; Xiusong Xing

Key clients

Yoovidhya Family

Northcom Group

Zhongshan Securities

Work highlights

  • Represented the PRC subsidiary of a multinational company in an arbitration before CIETAC against a Chiense civil construction company for costs incurred for overseas logistics services.
  • Defended a PRC limited partnership in an arbitration before CIETAC regarding alleged breach of a shareholder agreement.
  • Represented a PRC luxury car dealer before the CIETAX against a wholly-owned foreign enterprise arising from dealer agreements.

King & Wood Mallesons

With a global office network, King & Wood Mallesons is well-placed to handle international arbitrations, in addition to PRC-based proceedings. The team has experience in arbitration forums in the PRC, Hong Kong, Australia, the US and UK, working closely with the firm's offices in those jurisdictions. The group was boosted in 2019 with the arrival of Jessica Fei to the Shandong office from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, adding significant international arbitration expertise. Leading the department is Tao Huang, who specialises in commercial and maritime cases. Ye Ariel is a highly experienced international arbitration lawyer, representing Chinese companies abroad. Mengdan Lv is an up and coming practitioner, and is instructed by domestic and foreign clients in PRC and international arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Tao Huang

Key clients

China General Nuclear Energy Development (CGN) and its subsidiaries

Chow Tai Fook Enterprise Limited (CTF) and its affiliates

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Guangzhou Liuhua branch

Guosen Securities

China Agri-Products Exchange, Wuhan Baisazhou Agricultural By-Product Grand Market Company

Hebei Jinxi Iron & Steel Group

Redsolar New Energy Technology (Redsolar) and Mingyang Smart Energy Group

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm's arbitration group has experience before a variety of domestic and international arbitration forums, such as CIETAC, HKIAC, SIAC and the Beijing and Shanghai arbitration commissions. The group predominantly represents major Chinese corporates, including SOEs. The main contact is experienced arbitration panellist Lijun Cao, whose clients are an impressive mix of multinationals, foreign-invested companies, funds and SOEs. Dual-PRC and -New York qualified Wei Sun is another panel arbitrator on the team, with extensive expertise in international arbitrations. At the more junior end, Zoe Zhang is increasingly known for international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Lijun Cao

Key clients

Shenzhen Jiu Jiu Yi Tian Xing Investment Fund Enterprise

International Group Management (Shanghai) Limited

DEG – Deutsche Investitions–und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Archer Daniels Midland Singapore

Beijing Carrefour Commercial

Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt

Beijing Urban Construction Group

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure)

Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM)

China United Coalbed Methane Corporation (CUCBM), a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)

Beijing Lufthansa Center

China National Oil and Gas Pipeline Corporation

China Electronic Technology Group

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

China Clean Development Mechanism Fund Management Center (China Public Private Partnerships Center)

CITIC Securities

China Cinda Asset Management

Inner Mongolia Mengniu Dairy (Group)

Huagai Capital

China Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Electronic Power Design Institute

China Railway Sixth Group

China Railways Shanhaiguan Bridge Company

Beijing Shougang International Engineering and Technology Co. Ltd.

Xinyuan (China) Real Estate Hangzhou Huiyuan Investment Management Partnership

Zhejiang Haining Jiahui Investment Limited Partnership

Tibet Zhongsheng Xinrui Venture Capital Center (limited partnership)

Umbro (Beijing) Sports Goods

Tsinghua University

Jinggong Steel International, Jinggong Steel Trading & Contracting

BGP Congo SARLU (Filiale)

Büro 3 Marketing

North China Petroleum Administration

Xinxing Cathay International Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Deutsche Investitions–und Entwicklungsgesellschaft, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KfW Group as applicant in an action before to the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court of Guangzhou Province apply for recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award rendered by ICC in Hong Kong (on-going).
  • Representing a subsidiary of COFCO, a central SOE as claimant in an arbitration case before HKIAC against three affiliates of JDB group, and the tribunal granted almost all of the clients’ claims; meanwhile, representing the client as respondent in a second arbitration case initiated by an affiliate of JDB group, and the arbitration proceedings is now in suspension.
  • Represented ZT Company and FH Company in an arbitral case amounting to RMB1.6bn in China International Economic and Trade Arbitration.

Anjie & BB

AnJie Law Firm's team is led by Arthur Dong, who regularly acts as a commercial arbitrator, as well as representing clients before abitral tribunals in the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC and the Beijing and Shanghai arbitration commissions. In addition to representing domestic clients, the group also has experience acting for foreign clients before domestic tribunals. Vicky Zhao is another name to note for international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Dong

Other key lawyers:

Vicky Zhao; Chao Yang; Mingzhu Du; Kate Wang

Key clients

Beijing Zhongtian Hongye Real Estate Consulting

China Everbright Bank

SAIF Partners China

Everbright Assets Management

Dongfang Electric International Corporation

NetQin (Beijing) Technology

NORINCO International Cooperation

AVIC International

Meituan Dianping

East & Concord Partners

At East & Concord Partners, the group specialises in foreign-related arbitration, particularly arising from the energy, automotive and mechanical engineering sectors. Managing partner Qi Zhou plays a prominent role in the department and also act as a senior arbitrator at CIETAC. The team is jointly led by Chaoyi Ji and Huanran Qiao,

Practice head(s):

Chaoyi Ji; Huanran Qiao

Other key lawyers:

Qi Zhou

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

IBM

GE

Honeywell

DXC

Lenovo Group

Tishman Speyer

Garrett Motion

Carrefour

State Development and Investment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Coca-Cola Beverage (Shanghai) Company in an international arbitration in SHIAC against a world leading food equipment manufacturer. This arbitration case concerned hidden design defects of a production line provided by the manufacturer. This case caused widespread attention in food industry.
  • Represented dGav Capital in an arbitration before SHIAC against the controller of an animal vaccine company. This arbitration case concerned the applicability of value adjustment mechanism. The team broke through the general trial practice and achieved excellent results creatively.
  • Represented celebrity Zhang Lan, as well as Grand Lan Holdings Group (BVI), Qiao Jang Lan Development in a judicial review of an arbitration, the first of its kind in the supreme court’s international commercial division.

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm's team stands out for its domestic arbitration expertise, demonstrated by Shouzhi An recent advice to the General Administration of Sport on its judicial review mechanism for international sports arbitral awards. Lawyers are also regularly instructed by PRC companies on international arbitrations. Leiming Sheng and Shaosong Sun jointly lead the group.

Practice head(s):

Leiming Sheng; Shaosong Sun

Other key lawyers:

Wuping Tao; Yi Lyu; Shouzhi An; Wang Qiao

Key clients

China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group

LG Electronics (China)

China Pacific Insurance (Group)

HengTai Securities

Ping An Trust

Xinhua Winshare Publishing and Media

Shanghai Chengtou Group Cooperation

Shanghai Guosheng Group

Shanghai Environment Group

Shanghai Shangshi Venture Investment

Work highlights

  • Advised the General Administration of Sport of China on the Research on the judicial review mechanism for international sports arbitration awards
  • Represented a Hebei-based construction company before the Beijing Arbitration Commission in a dispute against a railway construction company concerning an equipment leasing contract.

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng's team handles domestic and international arbitrations, predominantly concerning trade investment, private equity transactions, real estate, banking and intellectual property. The department is jointly led by Lei Wu and CIETAC and Beijing arbitration commission arbitrator Chungang DongSanqiao Xu is another arbitration panellist with a substantial practice representing Chinese companies.

Practice head(s):

Lei Wu; Chungang Dong

Other key lawyers:

Sanqiao Xu; Ke Hu; Xuejun Peng

Key clients

United Nations Global Compact

Standard & Poor’s

Air Liquide

Earnest & Young

Dun & Bradstreet

Zhongzhi Enterprise Group

Beijing Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives

Top Engineering

3M China

Molex

NXP China

Wacker Neuson

JBT

APTIV

Fuji Xerox

Zhejiang Tak Television

Guangdong Puxiang Automotive Board

Beijing Phoenix United Hospital Management Consulting

Nan Jiang

Guangxi Golden Throat Food Limited

a state-owned trust company

Yicheng New Material Technology (Shanghai)

Mercuria Energy Trading

Junefield (Building Material)

CR Medical

China Resources (Holdings) and its subsidiaries.

China P&T Appliances and its subsidiaries.

China CITIC Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented the subsidiary of a French Fortune 500 company at a CIETAC arbitration and a parallel arbitration filed by the respondent regarding the performance of a contract.
  • Represented the Guangdong Puxiang Automotive Board in an investment agreement arbitration in the Shenzhen Court of Arbitration.
  • Represented a Chinese company in an arbitration initiated by an Australian company in HKIAC.

Beijing Cyan Law Firm

The arbitration group at Beijing Cyan Law Firm has experience in domestic proceedings before the Beijing arbitration commission, as well as internationally before CIETAC and in Singapore. The group is led by Wang Jun, who often acts as an international arbitrator. Senior associate Ziwei Zhang has knowledge in civil and common law, which he puts to good use in international arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Wang Jun

Other key lawyers:

Ziwei Zhang

DaHui Lawyers

DaHui Lawyers have experience before PRC and international arbitration forums, predominantly focusing on foreign-related cross-border disputes. The team is jointly led by Arthur Ma, who represents SOEs and domestic corporates, Xing Wan, experienced in intellectual property and real estate and construction cases, and financial disputes expert Owen YangLin Bai is another name to note for international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Ma; Xing Wan; Owen Yang

Other key lawyers:

Lin Bai; Joy Wang; Mark Young

Key clients

Air Products and Chemicals (China) Investment

Arcadia

Aruba Networks

Branson Ultrasonics (Shanghai)

CBS Studio International

China Construction International

China Credit Trust

China Film Media Asia Audio Video Distribution

China Huadian Group Cleaning Energy

China Private Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Association

Cybereits Technology

Elsevier Limited

Filmko Film

GE (China)

HT Cathy Investment Management

MIS Quality Management

Petro-Cyberworks Information Technology

Philips (China) Investment

Qi An Xin Group

Reed Business Information

Reed Exhibitions (China)

RELX Group

Rongjun (Zhuhai) Investment Management Partnership

SAIF Partners

SinoSteel Trading

The Boeing Company

Trammo (Shanghai) Trading

Wanxiang Trust

WorldQuant

Xinxing Pipes

Work highlights

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in six arbitration proceedings to recover over RMB2bn in misappropriated funds.
  • Represented Xinxing Pipes in a CIETAC arbitration over cross-border convertible bonds in an amount exceeding RMB400m

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices has a distinct arbitration and mediation department focusing on disputes arising from the Belt and Road Initiative. The team has experience before CIETAC, the China Maritime Arbitration Commission and domestic arbitration forums. Lijin Xie draws on vast experience in commercial arbitration to lead the team, which includes maritime and international trade expert Philip Peng.

Practice head(s):

Lijin Xie

Other key lawyers:

Philip Peng; Junqi Wang; Zhang Zhenli

Key clients

China Communications Import & Export Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented China Communications Import & Export Corporation in an AIAC arbitration against a ship builder in parallel proceedings in China and Malaysia.
  • Representing a Chinese agricultural product company in an ICC arbitration against a US buyer in a sale of goods and farming contractual dispute.
  • Represented a investment company in a CIETAC arbitration in a valuation adjustment mechanism dispute.

Huamao & Guigu Law Firm

The group at Huamao & Guigu Law Firm has particular experience in commercial arbitration relating to the banking and insurance industries, although lawyers are also instructed on cases relating to real estate and construction. The team is well-versed in international arbitrations and often represents foreign clients in China. The department is led by co-founding partner Lixia Zhang, who is a veteran of domestic and international commercial arbitration. Head of the corporate department Ling Li also brings her expertise to bear in arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Lixia Zhang

Other key lawyers:

Ling Li

JunHe LLP

At JunHe LLP, lawyers are well-versed in domestic and foreign-related arbitration proceedings before PRC arbitration commissions, as well as international arbitrations held in China and overseas. The group also has experience in enforcing overseas arbitral awards in China. Co-heading the practice are Beijing's Weining ZouQing Li and George Wang in Shanghai.

Practice head(s):

Weining Zou; Qing Li; George Wang

Other key lawyers:

Christine Kang; Leanne Zheng; James Chen

Work highlights

  • Represented Jin Hua Sub-branch of China Pacific Insurance (Group)  as the respondent in a CIETAC arbitration concerning credit insurance contracts, against Chejiang Hansheng Xiechuang.

Llinks Law Offices

The group at Llinks Law Offices has extensive experience in domestic arbitration proceedings, before commissions in Shanghai and Shenzhen; and is often instructed on international arbitrations at CIETAC and in Hong Kong and Singapore. The overall dispute resolution department is led by Charles Qin, who is a seasoned arbitration counsel. David Wu is another veteran of arbitration, and recently advised the China Basketball Association on the establishment of its disciplinary and dispute resolution mechanism.

Practice head(s):

Charles Qin

Other key lawyers:

Peiming Yang; David Wu

Key clients

Shen Zhen Rongtong Capital Management

Shanghai Egoo Networks

DSM Food Specialties China Enterprise

China Pacific Insurance (Group)

BOC International (China)

Metrasens

Work highlights

  • Represented Jianye Football Club before the FIFA Dispute Resolution Comittee concerning a buy-out clause in an employment contract.
  • AdvisedCBA League Sports on the establishment of its disciplinary and dispute resolution committee.

Tian Yuan Law Firm

Tian Yuan Law Firm's broader specialisms include equity investment, non-performing asserts, capital management, intellectual property and real estate; and the firm's disputes lawyers regularly draw on this expertise in domestic and international commercial arbitrations. The group is led by managing and co-founding partner Lihua WangXiaodong Zhu, focusing on international commercial affairs, is the name for international arbitration, while Yan Zhou has deep experience in domestic arbitration, particularly in relation to the Beijing arbitration commission.

Practice head(s):

Lihua Wang

Other key lawyers:

Xiaodong Zhu; Yan Sun; Qi Li; Yan Zhou

Key clients

CGN Juner New Materials

CNBM General Technology

Hong Kong CDIB Fund

Hong Kong Development Tutu Fund

An investment fund

An energy manufacturing enterprise

A subsidiary of a central enterprise

A sewage treatment enterprise in Singapore

A US company

One of China’s largest supply chain companies

Work highlights

  • Represented Hong Kong CDIB Fund in a case on the valuation adjustment mechanism (VAM), brought against the founding shareholders of Xiamen Tutwo.
  • Represented CNBM General Technology in the arbitration concerning equity debt disputes with Tianlong Materials
  • Represented one of China’s largest supply chain companies in the handling of international energy futures trading contract disputes arbitrated in Singapore under the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration Rule

TianTong Law Firm

Lawyers at TianTong Law Firm have bast experience in domestic and international arbitration, and many on the team have acted as panellists for arbitration forums internationally and in China. Heading the arbitration and foreign-related disputes department, Mary Zhu acts for a range of SOEs and financial institutions. David Gu specialises in international commercial arbitration has is qualified to practice law in China and New York.

Practice head(s):

Mary Zhu

Other key lawyers:

David Gu; Ying Wu