Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms

Despite its modest size, Beijing Grandway Law Offices is able to assist with arbitration proceedings relating to commercial contracts, securities compliance and product liability, under the leadership of Gang Xie.
Hui Zhong Law Firm has represented clients in disputes under BAC, SHIAC and SCIA rules in major cities across China.
One of Shanghai's busiest arbitration practices, Zheng Han Law Firm has extensive experience of representing clients from the real estate sector in disputes relating to bonds, purchase agreements and investments.

Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms in China

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners‘ dispute resolution team is first class and is as capable in arbitration as it is in court proceedings. The group has vast experience handling disputes on behalf of multinationals and large domestic companies before a number of arbitration centres; at a domestic level, this includes CIETAC and BAC, while internationally examples include the ICC, HKIAC, SIAC and LCI. Nuo Ji, Benjamin Miao and Daniel Huang lead the Shanghai department, with the Beijing office, which includes promising junior partner Yanhua Lin, being headed by Ming Kang and Helen Shi. At the associate level, Yang Liu has experience in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings in the energy, real estate, international trade and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nuo Ji; Benjamin Miao; Daniel Huang; Ming Kang; Helen Shi

Other key lawyers:

Yanhua Lin; Weiguo Yang

Testimonials

‘Fangda Law Firm provides high-level legal services in the field of arbitration. The lawyers have strong research and learning ability. They can deeply understand the professional issues related to the business in a short period of time, and provide professional and reliable legal services. During the epidemic, the firm has provided legal services in various ways, including online videos, to ensure that the handling of cases is not affected by non-face-to-face communication. Fangda’s lawyers have abundant social resources, which has provided positive support for case handling.’

‘The lawyer team of Helen Shi has a high professional level, strong research and learning ability, and is able to understand the insurance professional issues involved in the case in a short time. In the process of case handling, Peng Zhu thoroughly understood the background of insurance business, systematically sorted out the facts of the case, and was able to conduct background investigation independently to find favourable evidence not provided by clients. The documents provided by Peng are of high quality, and the statements made at the court session are clear, comprehensive and focused, able to grasp the focus of the dispute and persuade the judges accurately.’

‘Fangda’s team has a clear division of labour and high work efficiency. The work of each stage of the case is promoted quickly and efficiently. At the same time, on the basis of legal compliance, the communication with clients can be very diverse according to the needs, such as face-to-face, telephone, video and even cloud storage and transmission of materials, which is very well synchronized with modern technology.’

‘Attorney Weiguo Yang and his team have extensive experience in litigation cases, especially international commercial arbitration. The analysis and judgement of the case are very careful, sufficient, accurate, and forward-looking; In the process of handling cases, communication with all parties is very timely and efficient.’

Key clients

China Development Bank

Jixiang Information Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Hang Tai Yue Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented China Development Bank in a dispute before the CIETAC.
  • Represented Jixiang Information Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Hang Tai Yue Group Holdings Limited in an equity transfer dispute.

Global Law Office

Global Law Office is ‘a top-tier full-service Chinese law firm’, and its arbitration offering is among the strongest on the market. The group primarily works with financial institutions and multinational companies, and has experience in representing clients in a number of domestic and international arbitration centres. Yifeng Gao and Xiusong Xing are the key practitioners; the former specialises in international disputes, while the latter has experience acting as a CIETAC arbitrator. Xitai Liu is head of the Shenzhen practice and regularly works with investment institutions. The Shenzhen office is also home to promising junior partner Jack Law, who recently led a team in HKIAC proceedings. Jiuguang Zhao and Zhao Li lead the Beijing dispute resolution practice, while Heng Wang was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jiuguang Zhao; Zhao Li; Xitai Liu

Other key lawyers:

Jack Law; Yifeng Gao; Xiusong Xing; Heng Wang

Testimonials

‘Global Law Office is a top-tier full-service Chinese law firm. We tend to use them for energy, arbitration and shipping-related work.’

‘Yifeng Gao is a doyen of the energy and shipping arbitration scene in China. Low profile but very knowledgeable and solid in his command of the law and language.’

Work highlights

  • Represented MMD Group in a dispute regarding the control right with its Chinese partner.
  • Represented an international transport client in a dispute at CIETAC.
  • Represented the PRC subsidiary of an international company in a dispute at CIETAC.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons‘ arbitration practice is second-to-none and represents State-owned enterprises, financial institutions, infrastructure and energy companies as well as leading multinational companies in major disputes. Given the firm’s international office network, it is particularly capable in international arbitration proceedings, often collaborating with offices in other jurisdictions. In addition to practice head Tao Huang, who specialises in arbitrations involving commodities, the firm can call on the expertise of ‘first-rate practitioners’ Jessica Fei and Joanna Du, both of whom have experience in international disputes. Other key names include Ariel Ye, a member of the panel of arbitrators of AAA, CIETAC, HKIAC, SIAC and Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, and Junior partner Mengdan LV.

Practice head(s):

Tao Huang

Other key lawyers:

Mengdan Lv; Ariel Ye; Jessica Fei; Joanna Du; Ariel Ye; Yuwu Liu; Shouzhi Zhang

Testimonials

‘Jessica Fei and Joanna Du are first-rate practitioners. They lead a strong team with an excellent team working ethic. They work well with other outside lawyers (external counsel) as well as their clients. They are ultra-efficient and a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Jessica Fei – her technical knowledge and clients skills and connections are second to none.’

Key clients

A supervisor of Kangdexin Composite Material Group (Kangdexin)

Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited

Shenzhen Jiashengde Investment Co., Ltd

Zhongtong Bus Holding Co., Ltd.

SDOE Development I Company Limited

Shandong Marine Group Ltd.

A supervisor of Kangdexin Composite Material Group (Kangdexin)

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm‘s arbitration team, which sits within its dispute resolution department led by arbitration specialist Lijun Cao, is a destination practice for domestic and multinational companies from a variety of sectors. Though active in all major areas, the group is particularly strong in representing state-owned enterprises, most notably with regards to the construction industry. Many team members act as arbitrators in addition to representing parties; among them, Wilson Huo is an arbitrator of the HKIAC. Wei Sun is also noted for his notable experience in litigation, arbitration and civil enforcement relating to construction, energy, finance, corporate equity and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Lijun Cao

Other key lawyers:

Wei Sun; Decai Zhang; Huawei Sun; Guanghui Jin; Huang Xingyu; Wilson Huo

Testimonials

‘Strong expertise in PRC law. Clear and concise expert report (in English).’

‘It was extremely good working with Wilson Huo. He has a strong command of PRC law and was able to articulate his advice and views simply and clearly. Wilson and his team turned around the expert reports very quickly.’

‘Lijun Cao and Zoe Zhang are the best arbitration lawyers I have met in China. Their attention to details and hard-working attitudes really makes them one of the most reliable legal representatives in China. ’

Key clients

Shenzhen Jiu Jiu Yi Tian Xing Investment Fund Enterprise

Aegon-Industrial Fund Management Co., Ltd.

DEG – Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

CNOOC China Limited and its Shenzhen Branch

COFCO Trust Co., Ltd.

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Davinder Singh Chambers LLC

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited

China National Oil and Gas Pipeline Corporation

China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation

China Communications Construction Company Limited

Xinxing Cathay International Group Co., Ltd.

BBMG Corporation

Inner Mongolia Mengniu Dairy (Group) Co., Ltd.

China Electronic Technology Group Co., Ltd

China Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Electronic Power Design Institute Co., Ltd.

Jinggong Steel International Co., Limited, Jinggong Steel Trading & Contracting L.L.C.

China 19th Metallurgical Group Corporation

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

China Clean Development Mechanism Fund Management Center

China Railway Sixth Group Co., Ltd.

China Railways Shanhaiguan Bridge Company

Beijing Shougang International Engineering and Technology Co. Ltd.

North China Petroleum Administration Co., Ltd.

Xinyuan (China) Real Estate Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Huiyuan

Investment Management Partnership Ltd.

Zhejiang Haining Jiahui Investment Limited Partnership

Büro 3 Marketing GMBH & Co. KG

Hillhouse Capital Group

CDH Investments

CITIC Securities

Qingdao Conson Financial Holdings Co., Ltd

China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented a subsidiary of COFCO as claimant in an arbitration case before HKIAC.
  • Represented a wholly-owned subsidiary of KfW Group as applicant in an action to apply for recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award rendered by ICC in Hong Kong.
  • Advised a leading state-owned enterprise in metallurgical industry on a SIAC arbitration case that covers the international sale of goods under the influence of COVID-19.

DaHui Lawyers

DaHui Lawyers‘ arbitration practice is impressively international and often acts as PRC counsel alongside global law firms in disputes involving highly-recognisable clients. At a domestic level, the firm works with a variety of private and state-owned companies in CIETAC disputes, as well as assisting with the recognition of internal awards in the PRC. Practice head Arthur Ma, one of several dual-qualified team members, has prior experience practising in the U.S., England, and Hong Kong in addition to mainland China. Senior counsel Edward Lu arrived from Fangda Partners in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Ma

Other key lawyers:

Owen Wang; Mark Young; Xing Wan; Jo Wang

Key clients

Arcadia

Boeing

Burton

CHENCO

China Huadian Group Cleaning Energy Co., Ltd.

GE (China) Co. Ltd. (General Electric)

Rongjun (Zhuhai) Investment Management Partnership

SAIF Partners

SinoSteel Trading Co., Ltd.

Trammo (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd.

WorldQuant

Xinxing Pipes

Work highlights

  • Represented Xinxing Pipes in CIETAC proceedings.
  • Assisting Chenco with enforcing an international arbitration award in China.

Dentons China

Dispute resolution is one of Dentons China‘s core areas, and the firm is one of the most active in the arbitration space, advising on proceedings relating to construction, banking and contractual issues. As part of a multinational office network, the department regularly advises on disputes with an international element, both with regards to representing multinational clients in Chinese disputes and acting in proceedings conducted overseas. Summit Chen is one of the key names in the Shanghai office, and has experience acting as an arbitrator in CIETAC and SAC proceedings. In Beijing, Yongrui Zhu represents both private companies and sovereign states in a variety of disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Summit Chen; Yongrui Zhu; Yan Zhu

Testimonials

‘It is an international arbitration team with cross-continental cooperation.’

‘Dominant position at the top end of the PRC market. Very effective on complex, cross-border matters’.

‘Yongrui Zhu- excellent, very sharp and commercial.’

‘I know that Dentons pride themselves on providing a full range of legal services for their clients and that they are careful to keep client costs to a minimum. They provide the court and arbitral services, and I know from personal experience how carefully they look after their clients’ interests.’

‘I have had the privilege of knowing Summit Chen for more than 10 years. He has a very high reputation in the Dispute Resolution field. I regard him as highly competent and careful and have no hesitation in recommending him to any clients. I have found his associates to be conscientious and hardworking.’

Key clients

Octaform Systems Inc.

China Energy Engineering Group Tianjin Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd.

Shandong Taikai Electromechanical Equipment

Import&Export Co., Ltd.

Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co., Ltd

PT Priamanaya Engergi

Work highlights

  • Represented an automotive industry company in a dispute heard by Xiamen Arbitration Committee.
  • Represented PT Priamanaya Energi in CIETAC proceedings.
  • Represented Shandong Taikai Electromechanical Equipment Import&Export Co., Ltd. in CIETAC proceedings.

East & Concord Partners

East & Concord Partners, which has developed in 2020 with the establishment of Chengdu and Nanjing offices, is best known for advising on disputes with an international aspect and counts globally recognisable companies from various industries in its client portfolio. The firm’s department is split into four groups, and has particular expertise in the finance, private equity investment, TMT, automobile and manufacturing sectors. Chaoyi Ji leads the dispute resolution department and acts as an arbitrator in CIETAC proceedings, as does managing partner Qi Zhou.

Practice head(s):

Chaoyi Ji

Other key lawyers:

Qi Zhou; Philip Qiao

Testimonials

‘The team is flexible and provides a full range of legal services for our company in many fields with high service efficiency.’

‘Philip Qiao has professional legal literacy and extensive experience in litigation and arbitration.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

IBM

Honeywell

GE

DXC

Lenovo Group

Tishman Speyer

Garrett Motion Inc.

China CITIC Bank

State Development and Investment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Speyer China Fund (Barbados) SRL in an international arbitration concerning equity transfer agreement dispute in CIETAC.
  • Advised a group on clients on an international arbitration concerning equity transfer agreement dispute in CIETAC.
  • Advised Huayi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd on an international arbitration concerning a sales contracts dispute.

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Dispute resolution is one of Jingtian & Gongcheng‘s core areas, and the firm has an extensive roster of partners that advise on disputes relating to the real estate, banking, international trade, construction and securities sectors. The group is particularly strong with regard to international arbitrations, regularly working alongside large international law firms as PRC counsel. The dispute resolution department is led by Wei Bai, though deputy head Chungang Dong is the most active partner in arbitration proceedings; qualified to practice in New York as well as China, Dong also acts as an arbitrator for HKIAC, CCA International Arbitration Centre, CIETAC and Beijing Arbitration Commission.

Practice head(s):

Wu Lei

Other key lawyers:

Sanqiao Xu ; Chungang Dong; Ke Hu; Xuejun Peng; Yue Liu; Ruoting Xie; Jianbo Pan; Mingxiu Wu; Bo Yang; Guanglei Zhang

Testimonials

‘In recent years, the law firm has continued to introduce new talents. It has continued to make breakthroughs and innovations in arbitration and will provide professional assistance to our company as soon as possible with professional replies.’

‘Yue Liu and Ruoting Xie are very reliable, and they can give a more detailed answer within a short time of understanding the case.’

‘Chungang Dong and his team provide effective services.’

‘The lawyers in the team have rich resources and experience.’

‘Mingxiu Wu, Bo Yang and Lingqin Wang have profound professional knowledge. The case handling reaches and exceeds expectations, and they can solve the disputes very well.’

Key clients

GNG Ocean Shipping Co. Ltd.

Subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 French company

A national oil company

A Chinese high-tech manufacture company

Harvest Capital

Beijing Medicare Technology Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Goldstate Brilliance Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Two U.S. citizen and one of them is a scientist

Work highlights

  • Advising the subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 French company on CIETAC proceedings.
  • Represented GNG Ocean Shipping Co. Ltd. in disputes arising from cargo release during carriage.
  • Representing a national oil company on an arbitration arising out of Sino-foreign offshore gas exploration.

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP has a number of lawyers qualified to practice in various overseas jurisdictions as well as China, and therefore are well-placed to advise on both domestic and international arbitrations. In addition to representing clients in proceedings, the group is also capable of acting at the enforcement stage and have handled cases in courts of various levels. Weining Zou and Yang Liu lead the Beijing practice, which hired Arthur DongVicky Zhao and five other lawyers from Anjie & BB Law Firm in January 2022. Zhao wang heads up the Shanghai department.

Practice head(s):

Weining Zou; Qing Li; Zhao Wang

Other key lawyers:

Christine Kang; Leanne Zheng; James Chen; Arthur Dong; Vicky Zhao

Testimonials

Junhe has a very good team under good leadership, showing professionalism, consistency and trustworthiness‘.

Strong team with good international capability.’

Leanne Zheng is an excellent lawyer and very good to deal with.’

Key clients

Amazon

Sogou

Estee Lauder

GM

Starbucks

SAIC-GM

Aston Martin

GSE

China UnionPay

Work highlights

  • Advised Costa Cruises Shipping Service (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. on initiating an arbitration of claiming for the charter fee against Wenzhou Overseas Tours Co.,
  • Represented Inner Mongolia Erdos in an equity transfer dispute.

Anjie Law Firm

AnJie Law Firm‘s arbitration practice is extremely capable and has experience in a broad range of domestic and international arbitration centres including ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, BAC and SHIAC. The group has grown in market share in recent years, and has been particularly active in disputes involving shareholders, joint ventures, private equity, venture capital, asset management and securities. Hao Zhan, Chao Yang and Wan Jia now jointly lead the team following the departure of Arthur Dong in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Hao Zhan; Jia Wan; Chao Yang

Other key lawyers:

Mingzhu Du; Sam Yang

Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team at AnJie Law Firm is one of the best with a leading arbitration division, particularly in Beijing. They have a solid understanding of the legal issues impacting clients, particularly international clients doing business in China.’

Beijing Cyan Law Firm

Beijing Cyan Law Firm has a solid arbitration practice that has experience in representing clients under a variety of arbitration procedures. Construction is one of the firm’s key industries; Yinli Gao has a strong relationship with The Permanent Forum of China Construction Law. Associate Ziwei Zhang is also a construction specialist and has experience advising on disputes relating to projects across Africa and Asia. Jun Wang, who co-leads the department alongside Gao, acted as an arbitrator for a number of domestic and international forums, including CIETAC, SIAC and BAC.

Practice head(s):

Yinli Gao; Jun Wang

Other key lawyers:

Ziwei Zhang; Wanhe Ye

Testimonials

‘A strong disputes firm, in litigation and arbitration, in particular in the area of construction disputes. A firm that focuses on delivering solutions.’

Wanhe Ye is a very experienced construction disputes practitioner. What makes him different is that he delivers solutions to problems and sound legal and commercial advice.’

Yinli Gao is an expert in the field of construction engineering and arbitration. He is modest, serious and responsible. He deals with problems carefully and is able to accurately grasp the strategic direction and provide high-quality expert opinions.’

Key clients

Beijing Arbitration Commission/Beijing International Arbitration Center

The Permanent Forum of China Construction Law

Tianjin University

China Academy of Arbitration Law

Commerce & Finance Law Offices

One of China’s most established full-service firms, Commerce & Finance Law Offices has a solid arbitration practice that is active in many industry sectors, though it is particularly strong in construction, equity transfer and securities disputes. A number of team members, including Qiang Cui, are frequently appointed arbitrators of main domestic and foreign arbitration institutions including CIETAC, BAC, SHIAC, SIAC, HKIAC, and the team works with both private companies and state-owned enterprises. Hongji Li and Jialu Wang lead the Beijing team; the Shenzhen department is managed by Xiaoming Guo.

Practice head(s):

Hongji Li; Jialu Wang; Xiaoming Guo

Other key lawyers:

Qiang Cui

Testimonials

‘The team members are a combination of old and young. Case charges are appropriate, which will be based on the complexity and workload-specific judgement, and will never ask for exorbitant prices. In recent years, more attention has been paid to the combination of litigation cases and business logic, and legal solutions based on commercial rationality and the best business arrangements have been designed.’

‘Hongji Li and Qiang Cui are very good partners because they are able to develop personalized designs for case plans based on commercial purposes and consider more on client demands rather than lawyer income.’

‘The team has strong cooperation ability, clear division of labour, and can quickly complete a job through mutual knowledge. In addition, the team is very professional with rich practical experience and great capability in analysing and solving legal problems, and is able to simplify complex problems. Both legal clients and non-legal clients can quickly get the idea of solving problems through communication with the team.’

DeHeng Law Offices

The dedicated arbitration and mediation centre at DeHeng Law Offices focuses on assisting with disputes arising from the Belt and Road Initiative, and has represented clients in arbitration proceedings in numerous Asian jurisdictions as well as the U.S. Lijin Xie, who established the centre in 2018, leads the practice and also acts as a senior CIETAC arbitrator. Xianwei Peng is another key name and specialises in disputes relating to international trade and shipping.

Practice head(s):

Lijin Xie

Other key lawyers:

Qiyun Su; Xianwei Peng

Key clients

Yinhe Biomedical Investment Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Zhongsheng Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.

Fujian SBS Zipper Sci & Tech Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented a private equity fund on an VAM agreement arbitration case
  • Represented a large state-owned enterprise listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong for a Software copyright infringements arbitration.

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm is very active in the arbitration space and assists clients from numerous sectors on investment, equity transfer, trade and real estate disputes. Working with administrative bodies is one of the firm’s niches, most notably in the sports sector; the group is retained by General Administration of Sport of China and the Chinese Olympic Committee Olympic Games Preparation Office on a number of issues including employment disputes. Shaosong Sun and Leiming Sheng lead the practice, while shipping practice head Shouzhi An is also an active team member.

Practice head(s):

Shaosong Sun; Leiming Sheng

Other key lawyers:

Wuping Tao; Yi Lyu; Shouzhi An; Wang Qiao

Key clients

General Administration of Sport of China

Chinese Olympic Committee Olympic Games Preparation Office

Sinar Mas Paper (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen City New Century Basketball Club

Decent Shipping

Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee

Shanghai Foreign Service (Group) Co., Ltd.

China National Complete Plant Import & Export Corp., Ltd.

Tianjin Jingjin Expressway Co., Ltd.

Hengtai Securities Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Decent Shipping on the enforcement of an arbitration award.
  • Represented Shenzhen City New Century Basketball Club in an employment contract dispute.
  • Represented Sinar Mas Paper (China) Investment Co., Ltd. in arbitration proceedings.

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices has a solid arbitration practice, which focuses to a large extent on disputes involving international companies. The group has experience of a number of arbitration centres; domestically this has included the CIETAC and BCC, while at a global level the team has advised on SIAC, ICC and AAA proceedings. Liyu Jin leads the PRC offering from Shanghai and assists with a range of arbitration proceedings as part of a varied contentious practice that spans financial, criminal, antitrust and patent disputes.

Practice head(s):

Liyu Jin

Other key lawyers:

Xianglin Chen; Yaxing Zhang; Yang Liu; Yuxian Zhao

Testimonials

‘The team led by Attorney Jin assisted our company in handling several complicated commercial disputes and achieved satisfactory results. Jin and his effective assistants can thoroughly clarify the facts, refine the controversial points and carefully prepare the trial process.’

‘Liyu Jin has extensive experience in arbitration and commercial dispute resolution. He is familiar with the relevant arbitration institutions and arbitrators, and able to provide targeted advice. With quick thinking and excellent performance in court, he is able to resume the arbitration for clients in a timely manner after the court hearing, and actively tracked arbitration results for clients. Overall, we are very satisfied with the service of Jin’s team. Jin’s two Associates, namely Liu Yang and Zhao Yuxian, are young and promising and work very hard.’

‘Mr Yaxing Zhang has a good command of English which is very useful. He also has a sound knowledge of PRC laws and court procedures. Attentive to client’s requests.’

‘The team has a good arbitration practice and is very skilled and efficient. Compared to other PRC law firms, Han Kun gives a high level of attention to important matters.’

Key clients

Tianfeng Securities Co., Ltd.

Marco Systemanalyse und Entwicklung GmbH

Takeda

Emerson

Steamboat Ventures Asia, L.P.

Shanghai Heyi Kewen Investment Partnership (Limited Partnership)

Ningbo Taiji Environmental Protection Equipment Co., Ltd.

YingLi Energy (China) Company Limited

GuoXin Shenghua Information Technology Co., LTD.

China Equity Group

Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. Ltd.

Berjaya (China) Great Mall Recreation Centre Co., Ltd.

Huamao & Guigu Law Firm

Huamao & Guigu Law Firm's dispute resolution practice focuses on the banking, insurance, real estate and construction sectors, representing a number of Chinese companies in CIETAC, BAC and Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration proceedings. Lixia Zhang, one of the firm’s founding partners, is the most active practitioner and has acted as an arbitrator in a variety of forums. Ling Li is another name to note; she combines her arbitration practice with leading the corporate department.

Practice head(s):

Lixia Zhang

Other key lawyers:

Ling Li

Key clients

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

Grandjoy Holdings Group Co., Ltd.

Bank of China Beijing Branch

Aeolus Tyre Co.,Ltd.

China Potevio Co.,LTD.

Work highlights

  • Represented a manufacturing company in arbitration proceedings.
  • Represented a trust company before an arbitration tribunal.

Llinks Law Offices

Llinks Law Offices has a solid dispute resolution practice that includes a significant arbitration component. The firm, which also has a presence in London and Hong Kong, is particularly strong in international disputes, having worked with companies from the healthcare and manufacturing sectors as well as heavy industry. Charles Qin leads the dispute resolution practice; in addition to representing clients in disputes, Qin is a panel arbitrator for SHIAC, SCIA and the Shanghai Arbitration Commission.

Practice head(s):

Charles Qin

Other key lawyers:

Peiming Yang; David Wu; Vincent Mu

Work highlights

  • Representing Meridan Canada as co-counsel in a Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration concerning complex disputes over Sino-foreign Equity Joint Venture Agreement.

Tian Yuan Law Firm

Tian Yuan Law Firm is well-versed in corporate, financial, IP and employment disputes, and many of the firm’s partner are experienced in both litigation and arbitration. In addition to its work in arbitration proceedings, the team also works with companies to ensure overseas arbitration awards are enforced in China. Xiaodong Zhu and Yan Zhou lead the team; the former focuses on banking, investment and international trade disputes while the latter previously served as a director and the Beijing Arbitration Commission.

Practice head(s):

Xiaodong Zhu; Yan Zhou

Other key lawyers:

Lihua Wang; Wenjie Gao

Key clients

CDB Siyuan (Beijing) Investment Fund Co., Ltd.

CDB (Beijing) New Urbanization Development Fund III (L.P.)

Hong Kong CDIB Fund

CNBM General Technology Co., Ltd.

CGN Juner New Materials Co., Ltd.

Hong Kong Development Tutu Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised the subsidiary of a real estate developer on an international arbitration case a concerning hotel management dispute.
  • Assisted a Hong Kong enterprise with the enforcement of US arbitration award.
  • Advised a HK fund on arbitration over breaches of transaction agreements against other shareholders.

TianTong Law Firm

According to a client, TianTong Law Firm is 'dedicated to resolving complex commercial disputes and providing its clients with 4-in-1 full-spectrum legal services encompassing litigation, arbitration, enforcement and bankruptcy'. It has extensive arbitration experience, having represented clients from a broad spectrum of sectors before the ICC, CIETAC, BAC, SHIAC and SCIA. Senior partner Mary Zhu leads the team; her client portfolio includes Chinese banks, state-owned enterprises and private companies. Beyond Zhu, David Gu, qualified to practice in New York state in addition to China, is a registered arbitrator at Langfang Arbitration Commission. At the junior level, there are 'many smart young people in the team who contribute sufficient working time and wisdom'.

Practice head(s):

Mary Zhu

Other key lawyers:

David Gu; Ying Wu

Testimonials

‘Tiantong Law Firm provides a high level of legal services in the field of arbitration. Its lawyers generally have a high professional level, profound legal foundation and extensive practical experience. During the epidemic, Tiantong Law Firm has provided legal services in various ways, including online videos, to ensure the handling of cases is not affected by none face-to-face communication. Tiantong lawyers have abundant social resources, this provides positive support for case handling.’

‘Mary Zhu has rich practical experience. She is able to provide professional and reliable legal service. Zhu is hands-on in case handling and deeply engaged in case handling regardless of the size of the case  or the subject matter. For major cases, Zhu allocates several senior lawyers in the team to be involved in order to ensure sufficient personnel.’

‘Tiantong is dedicated to resolving complex commercial disputes and providing its clients with 4-in-1 full spectrum legal services encompassing litigation, arbitration, enforcement and bankruptcy. It houses a dispute resolution team with many outstanding specialists who have previous experience working as judges or arbitrators, providing unique perspectives upon cases. With its expertise in financing, insurance, securities, corporate, energy, real estate, construction and trade disputes, the team is regularly instructed by financial institutions and SOEs, and has a strong winning track record before the Supreme People’s Court with more than 30 cases being selected by core publications as guidelines for civil and commercial trials.’

‘Ms. Mary Zhu had served as the deputy general manager of the legal department of Sinochem Group where she gained extensive knowledge about both business and legal works in various sectors including energy, chemical industry, real estate, finance and agriculture. This experience enables Ms. Zhu to understand and respond to the needs of her clients quickly and accurately and to design the most suitable dispute resolution plan for her client from the perspectives of both an outside lawyer and an in-house counsel, which has ensured the trust of her clients.’

‘There are many smart young people in the team who contribute sufficient working time and wisdom. The team has a good teamwork culture. It has the expertise in mock trial and professional legal retrieval, leading legal high-tech, and flexible billing method.’

‘Mary Zhu’s team uses the standard of “stop at perfection” to study case problems and provide clients with highly effective dispute resolution legal services.’