Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms

Haiwen & Partners‘ commercial arbitration practice covers investment and finance disputes, service contract claims, construction projects, international trade and enforcement cases (among others).
Founded in 2016, Shihui Partners regularly appears in high-profile cases before major international and domestic arbitration institutions, particularly in relation to disputes over equity investments and commercial transactions.
Tahota Law Firm‘s practice is led by Chengdu-based Zhengping Xu, who has longstanding experience in handling arbitrations relating to corporate and commercial issues, corporate securities, financial trusts, and real estate and construction projects.

Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms in China

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners‘ arbitration practice delivers ‘comprehensive solutions quickly and when clients need them the most‘. The dispute resolution team, which comprises over 31 partners, handles a wide range of matters, including banking, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing-related arbitrations. The team also acts in media, pharmaceutical, real estate, retail, technology, mining and telecoms disputes. The practice is co-led by Nuo Ji, who acts as an arbitrator for CIETAC, SHIAC and SCIA, and Helen Shi, whose track record includes oil and gas, finance, aircraft, industrial leasing and construction disputes. The team also features international trade, IP and dispute resolution specialist Daniel Huang; international commercial arbitration expert Ming Kang; Yanhua Lin, who regularly handles emergency arbitration proceedings and applications for interim measures; and Yang Liu, whose experience includes energy, real estate, international trade, technology and joint venture-related conflicts. Sijia Li and Yongqi Tao are experienced counsels.

Practice head(s):

Nuo Ji; Helen Shi

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Huang; Ming Kang; Yanhua Lin; Yang Liu; Sijia Li; Yongqi Tao


‘The Fangda team has substantial experience in overseas disputes, and has ample resources of international lawyers and collaborating firms.’

‘Provides comprehensive solutions quickly and when clients need them the most.’

‘The team members have excellent abilities, are fluent in Chinese and English, and have excellent case management and teamwork skills.’

‘The instructions conveyed to Fangda will always be fully satisfied in the shortest amount of time.’

‘The fees are reasonable and fee plans can be designed according to the profiles of different cases.’

‘Yang Liu has solid professional knowledge and is very responsible.’

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons‘ sizeable team routinely acts in high-stakes international commercial arbitrations before arbitration institutions at global levels. Clients notably benefit from the group’s ability to work alongside the firm’s international arbitration lawyers in Hong Kong, Australia and Europe, as well as the US and Middle East. The dispute resolution practice is jointly led by Tao Huang, whose track record includes representing domestic and international companies in hundreds of commercial and maritime cases, and litigation and arbitration expert Yu Rihong. The next line of key practitioners showcases highly regarded cross-border arbitration and litigation practitioner Yuwu LiuAriel Ye, a renowned international arbitration specialist; and Beijing and Hong Kong-based Jessica Fei, who serves as global co-head of the firm’s  international arbitration team. Other well-regarded arbitration practitioners are Zhang Mei, Dai Yue and Yue Wang, along with Mengdan Lv and Xinyu Li, while Joanna Du is an experienced of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Huang Tao; Yu Rihong

Other key lawyers:

Yuwu Liu; Ariel Ye; Jessica Fei; Zhang Mei; Dai Yue; Yue Wang; Mengdan Lv; Xinyu Li; Joanna Du; Ricky Xu; Yang Liu


‘The team has solid legal foundations, service levels and team spirit, and a wealth of knowledge of the financial industry.’

‘Good at doing professional, comprehensive and profound research. The ability to interpret complicated laws and regulations for complex cases.’

‘Formulates dispute resolution strategies from the perspective of clients.’

Key clients

Kailuan (Group) Limited Liability Corporation

Liuzhou Jiali Real Estate Development Co

Guangxi Guijian Real Estate Development Co

Bensteel Group Corporation

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm has ‘almost unrivalled experience in international arbitration‘ and is consistently instructed by major Chinese and international businesses to handle high-stakes proceedings. Among the team’s several experienced practitioners are Gary Gao; HKIAC arbitrator Wilson Wei Huo; Wei Sun, who is a construction, infrastructure, energy, finance and real estate disputes specialist; and ‘standout partnersLijun Cao and Huawei Sun. Other key names include corporate disputes expert Baosheng Zhang, and Dong Feng and Binbin Sun, who both maintain active arbitration practices. The next line of lawyers features Sylvia Jiang, a panelist arbitrator at the Dalian International Arbitration Court; Fan Wu, whose broad practice encompasses arbitration and enforcement work; Jie Ma, who ‘delivers practical solutions‘; Xingyu Huang, a partner in the team since early 2022; and Chenxi Xie, who acts in disputes over construction, finance and international sales of goods.

Practice head(s):

Lijun Cao; Baosheng Zhang; Dong Feng; Binbin Sun

Other key lawyers:

Gary Gao; Wei Sun; Wilson Wei Huo; Huawei Sun; Sylvia Jiang; Fan Wu; Xingyu Huang; Chenxi Xie; Guolin Li; Jie Ma


The Zhong Lun team demonstrates strong professional abilities and a dedicated attitude. Able to provide timely analyses and solutions to the problems encountered during the progression of cases.’

‘Actively cooperates with other teams of lawyers to advance the progress of a case in a favourable direction. A wealth of experience in handling key aspects of the arbitration procedure. Zhong Lun Law Firm is an impressive and excellent law firm.’

‘Outstanding legal expertise and great commitment to clients. They always put the interests of clients first, and treat every case with a high level of responsibility and professionalism.’

‘Regardless of the size of the case, they will go all out to accurately analyse the problem in a professional and responsible manner, and provide practical solutions.’

‘Zhong Lun has a really first-rate team, with excellent strength in depth. They have almost unrivalled experience in international arbitration and standout partners in Lijun Cao and Huawei Sun.’

‘Lijun Cao is an excellent lawyer and team leader, who can understand clients’ needs, has rich experience, and is good at making strategic decisions.’

‘Huawei Sun has excellent professional ability, can form a comprehensive and effective litigation strategy, and has excellent English drafting and English defence-side abilities.’

‘Jie Ma has the ability to grasp the big picture when dealing with complex issues, and is very knowledgeable about the legal process. Delivers practical solutions.’

Key clients

Aktiebolaget Sandvik Materials Technology

COFCO Trust Co., Ltd.

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Cargill Inc.

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

CW Baice Limited

China Oilfield Services Company Limited Tianjin Branches

Lualaba Copper Smelter S.A.S.

China Electronic Technology Group Corporation

BCEG International Co., Ltd

China Energy Engineering Group Hunan Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd

Beijing Guoxin Holiday Travel Service Co., Ltd.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation

Guangdong Owgels Science and Technology Co., Ltd.

China Oil & Gas Pipeline Network Corporation (PipeChina) Xinjiang Coal to Natural Gas Export Pipeline Co., Ltd.

CDH Investments

CNODC International Holding Limited

Qingdao Conson Financial Holdings Co., Ltd

Beijing Shougang International Engineering and Technology Co., Ltd.

China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd.

Tianhe Cheng (Tianjin) Real Estate Investment Co., Ltd.

Jinggong Steel International Co., Limited

Beijing EVERYWAY Traffic & Lighting Tech. Co., Ltd.

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

China Railways Shanhaiguan Bridge Company

China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation

China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited

Guangfa Securities Asset Management (Guangdong) Corporation Limited

Zhejiang Huizun Investment Management Co. Ltd.

Sha Jianyuan

Chengdu Boyuan Tianhong Investment Partnership (L.P.)

Chengdu Boyuan Tengyi Investment Partnership (L.P.)

Lhasa Jiayi Henghe Investment Center (L.P.)

Lhasa Yongze Jiaheng Investment Center (L.P.)

China Gezhouba Group Company Limited

Tibet Defenghao Venture Capital Partnership (L.P.)

Chengdu Defenghao Equity Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd.

CMEC Comtrans International Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Aktiebolaget Sandvik Materials Technology in an ICC arbitration against a major Chinese SOE.
  • Assisted Cargill Inc with the recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award in Mainland China.
  • Represented Qingdao Conson Financial Holdings Co in an arbitration regarding a financial dispute.

AnJie Broad Law Firm

Insurance dispute resolution is a core practice area for AnJie Broad Law Firm‘s ‘patient and meticulous‘ arbitration team, which is ‘really very familiar with the laws and regulations of the insurance industry’. Other areas of strength for the firm include commercial disputes involving fund and equity transfers, trust products, and asset management issues. The practice also benefits from the expertise of several arbitrators, who regularly serve at CIETAC and other international and domestic arbitration institutions. The practice is co-led by Jia Wan, an expert in arbitration, insurance disputes, and complex commercial litigation; Xuelei Wang, who is an arbitrator at the Handan Arbitration Commission; and longstanding international commercial and maritime arbitration specialist Shouzhi An, a May 2022 partner recruit from Guantao Law Firm. The team further includes former Global Law Office partner Wei Cui, and senior associate Shanshan Wu, who handles property and life insurance claim disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jia Wan; Xuelei Wang; Shouzhi An

Other key lawyers:

Wei Cui; Shanshan Wu


‘The team is really very familiar with the laws and regulations of the insurance industry and has an advantage when providing legal services to the insurance industry.’

‘Patient and meticulous, and able to respond to companies’ requirements quickly, and provide the relevant legal services.’

Key clients

Ping An Property and Casualty Insurance Company Limited

China Export & Credit Insurance Company Limited

PICC Property and Casualty Co., Ltd.

Huatai Property and Casualty Insurance Company Limited

Swiss Reinsurance Co., Ltd. Beijing Branch

Taikang Online Property and Casualty Insurance Company Limited

China United Property and Casualty Insurance Company Limited

Hyundai Insurance (China) Company Limited

China Life Insurance Company Limited

PICC Life Insurance Company Limited

Ping An Life Insurance Company of China

China Ping An Insurance Overseas (Holdings) Limited

Everbright Asset Management Limited

PICC Capital Investment Management Limited

Yingda Insurance Asset Management Limited

Beijing DaHui Lawyers

The recent caseload of Beijing DaHui Lawyers‘ arbitration team includes CIETAC, HKIAC, BAC and SIAC arbitrations, as well as arbitration-related litigation. The practice is particularly active in overseas jurisdictions, such as Belgium, India and Pakistan, in addition to the US, Cayman Islands, and British Virgin Islands. Acting for both claimants and respondents, the group is predominantly engaged as lead or sole counsel, while the client base comprises large corporations, as well as start-ups and their founders. Leading the team, domestic and international litigation and arbitration specialist Arthur Ma has sector expertise in energy, manufacturing, international trade, and construction and engineering. Providing key support are Xing Wan, who acts in disputes involving IP, employment, competition, and real estate and construction, and Yi Dai, who is particularly experienced in cross-border disputes and the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Hui Wu is the counsel to note.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Ma

Other key lawyers:

Xing Wan; Yi Dai; Hui Wu

Key clients

Aether Plaza


Assa Abloy




China Credit Trust

China Huadian Group Cleaning Energy Co., Ltd.

China Security

CITIC Construction

Elsevier Limited

Fadima Medical Technology

Filmko Film

First Brands Group, LLC

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

Giuseppe Zanotti S.p.A.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

HT Cathy Investment Management Co. Ltd.

Huarong Overseas Chinese Asset Management Co., Ltd


John Deere

Lejiate Real Estate

Louis Dreyfus

Nuoshi (Roseonly)

Petro-Cyberworks Information Technology Co., Ltd. (PCITC)

Philips (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Reed Business Information Limited

Reed Exhibitions (China) Co., Ltd.

RELX Group

Rongjun (Zhuhai) Investment Management Partnership

SAIF Partners

Shengdian Real Estate

Suzhou Suwang


Tianming Real Estate

Trammo (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd.

Wanxiang Trust


Xinghao Film

Xinxing Pipes

Work highlights

  • Assisted Runfeng Caifu with a complex case involving an investment in a rural commercial bank.
  • Representing a real estate company in a high-value real estate and construction dispute.
  • Assisting an international hotel brand with its dispute resolution matters in China, including disputes over projects that were delayed because of Covid-19.

Dacheng Law Offices

Dacheng Law Offices fields practitioners who routinely act as arbitrators for the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Beijing Arbitration Commission and other local arbitration commissions. ‘Highly recommended‘ practice head Tao Li has a strong track record in high-stakes arbitrations; Summit Chen is a commercial dispute resolution expert; and Daniel Wei is particularly experienced in corporate, commercial and real estate-related arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Tao Li

Other key lawyers:

Summit Chen; Daniel Wei; John Zou


Efficient management and good working environment.

Super-professional skills, meticulous service, reasonable fees, and they actively introduce legal measures such as professional evaluations and expert opinions.

Focus on maximising the interests of clients.

East & Concord Partners

East & Concord Partners‘ arbitration practice comprises sector experts in TMT, energy, finance, private equity investments, automotive and manufacturing. Recent highlights include representing General Electric and Harbin Electric in an international arbitration against four large Chinese insurance companies, concerning large gas turbine trains used in a power plant; the matter stands out because the arbitration is CIETAC-managed while applying the ICC Arbitration Rules. The group is co-led by CIETAC arbitrator and cross-border dispute resolution expert Chaoyi Ji, who ‘provides detailed and comprehensive analyses of cases‘, and Wen Ye, who, in addition to transactional matters, handles civil and commercial conflicts. Also integral to the practice is commercial arbitration specialist and chair of the firm’s management committee Qi Zhou, who focuses on a range of investment, corporate and finance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Chaoyi Ji; Wen Ye

Other key lawyers:

Qi Zhou


‘High levels of efficiency and meticulous research planning.’

‘Chaoyi Ji provides detailed and comprehensive analyses of cases and very efficient strategies.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

International Business Machines Corporation

Honeywell International Inc.

Honeywell UOP

Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies

GE Gas Power

Tishman Speyer

Garrett Motion Inc.

CJ Group

CCB international

China National Building Materials & Equipment Import & Export Corporation

CNBM International

China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology

China Traditional Chinese Medicine Holdings Co. Ltd.

Beijing Holding Group

Beijing Enterprises Holdings Limited

Beijing Enterprises Environment Group Limited

China CITIC Bank

New China Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

State Development & Investment Co., Ltd.

Postal Savings Bank of China

China Galaxy Securities Co., Ltd.

China National Investment and Guaranty Co., Ltd.

China Credit Trust Co., Ltd.

China Guoxin Information Corporation

Central Enterprises Poor Regions Industry Investment Fund Co., Ltd.

Guoxin Huaxia Information System Group Co. Ltd.

XJ Capital

dGav Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for General Electric Company and Harbin Electric Co in an international arbitration against four large Chinese insurance companies.
  • Acted for China National Building Materials & Equipment Import & Export Corporation in an international arbitration against Joint Stock Commercial Industrial & Investment Bank.
  • Acted for Shanghai Juqian Rongxin Enterprise Management Partnership (LP) in an international arbitration against Geo AI before the Beijing Arbitration Commission.

Global Law Office

Global Law Office‘s track record includes successfully acting in several arbitrations on behalf of domestic and foreign clients before the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, China Maritime Arbitration Commission and Beijing Arbitration Commission. The firm also houses several lawyers who are listed on a range of arbitrators’ panels. Dispute resolution experts Jiuguang Zhao leads the practice, which features Yifeng Gao, a ‘senior statesman in international arbitration work‘; Xiusong Xing, who currently serves as vice-chair of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of ICC China; and Jingye Jiang, who acts for shipping companies, P&I clubs, insurance companies, import and export companies, project contractors and manufacturers in disputes. Also maintaining active arbitration practice are Heng Wang and Carine Dong and at of counsel level, Kyle Xiao specialises in domestic and international arbitration, particularly corporate and financial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jiuguang Zhao

Other key lawyers:

Yifeng Gao; Xiusong Xing; Jingye Jiang; Heng Wang; Weiwei Gu; Kevin Wang; Carine Dong; Kyle Xiao


‘Excellent professionalism and trustworthiness.’

‘Takes into account and understands clients’ needs accurately.’

‘Ability to provide high-quality services for securities arbitrations.’

‘Excellent legal analysis abilities.’

‘The team is very well organised and maintains smooth communication with client companies.’

‘The billing is reasonable and represents value for money.’

Yifeng Gao is a senior statesman in international arbitration work, and clients respect him and his team’s work.’

Key clients

The PRC Luxury Auto Dealers

Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd.

Yoovidhya Family

China Asset Management Co., Ltd

Aptiv Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.

Unicorn Metal Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting as PRC law expert in relation to an investment dispute at SIAC against an Indian company.
  • Representing Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co in two arbitrations administrated by CIETAC.
  • Representing a mining investment company in a court proceeding to set aside an arbitration award issued by the Shenzhen Commission of International Arbitration.

Jingtian & Gongcheng

With ‘outstanding expertise in dispute resolution‘, Jingtian & Gongcheng’s multidisciplinary team acts for public and private companies, family offices, financial institutions and private clients in complex commercial arbitrations before major domestic and international arbitration bodies. The practice is particularly active in commercial disputes concerning trade, investments, private equity, real estate, construction, and banking and finance. Other areas of strength range from securities, insurance and energy to IP and product liability. The practice is co-led by litigation and arbitration expert Lei WuChungang Dong, whose career includes working for three years at CIETAC; and domestic and commercial arbitration specialist Bangwei Xu. Among the firm’s other active practitioners, Xinqian Li specialises in finance and corporate law-related arbitration; Shiqi Sun has longstanding arbitration experience; Bo Yang is ‘very skilled at handling clients‘; and Ruoting Xie is an expert in company, contract and insurance law-related commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lei Wu; Bangwei Xu; Chungang Dong

Other key lawyers:

Xinqian Li; Shiqi Sun; Bo Yang; Ruoting Xie; Ye Fang; Shuzhou Zhao; Jian Hu


Huge experience in managing difficult cases deftly and to clients’ very best advantage.’

‘Their experience in handling cases outside of China puts them streets ahead of many rivals in the market.’

‘Shuzhou Zhao is super-calm under pressure.’

‘Jian Hu works hard whilst appearing calm and serene.’

‘Bo Yang is very skilled at handling clients.’

‘Provides comprehensive legal services, with outstanding expertise in dispute resolution.’

‘Can meet the needs of clients in all fields – a group of practising lawyers with superb professional skills, good levels of professionalism, and moral character.’

‘The firm not only has a long history, it also has an innovative spirit. It bravely develops new fields and provides clients with even more comprehensive and detailed legal services.’

Key clients

Luckin Coffee Group Co., Ltd.

Intel Corporation

MGI Group

Guangdong Province Navigation Group Co., Ltd.


Leader Mutual Freight System (H.K.) Limited

SinCo Technologies Pte Ltd

Critical Care Diagnostics, Inc.

CITIC Securities Co., Ltd

Zhong De Securities Co., Ltd.

Aerospace Communications Holdings Co.,Ltd

Kangde Xin Composite Material Group Co., Ltd.

Peking University Founder Group Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Guangzhou Daily Media Co., Ltd.

Shanghai DZH Limited’s Directors, Supervisors and Executives

CLC Aircraft Leasing

Work highlights

  • Assisted China High-Speed Railway Technology Co with filing an arbitration against Henan Province Luozhou Border Highway Co at the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.
  • Acted for CRC Medical in the first case concerning the validity of the IOT mode in Mainland China.
  • Successfully represented CLC Aircraft Leasing (Tianjin) Co in an arbitration-related judicial review in China concerning third-party funding in arbitration.


JunHe LLP‘s ‘knowledge and experience in international arbitration stand out‘. The firm’s practitioners consistently appear before well-known arbitration tribunals, while some regularly serve as arbitrators for global arbitration bodies. The group’s wide-ranging scope of expertise covers domestic and international arbitrations (including serving as expert witnesses on Chinese law), and the enforcement of overseas arbitral awards in China. ‘Absolutely among the finest arbitration lawyers in China‘, international commercial arbitration specialist Arthur Dong handles international trade, M&A and shareholder disputes, as well as IP-related conflicts, and litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings expert George Zhao is also an arbitrator at the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre. Other key figures are international disputes practitioner Luming Chen, a former Jones Day partner; David Gu, who focuses on commercial arbitration; and Vicky Zhao, who acts in international arbitrations under various arbitration rules.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Dong

Other key lawyers:

George Zhao; Luming Chen; David Gu; Vicky Zhao; Leanne Zheng


‘Their knowledge and experience in international arbitration stand out, as well as their skills in client management, fact investigation, case management and advocacy.’

‘The JunHe international arbitration team, led by Arthur Dong, is truly outstanding.’

‘Arthur Dong is absolutely among the finest arbitration lawyers in China – razor-sharp, a first-rate communicator, conscientious and diligent.’

Key clients

Golden Arche (McDonald’s China Co., Ltd)

Gree Electric Appliances Inc.


Costa Crociere S.P.A.





AllBright Law Offices

Arbitration is a core area of strength for AllBright Law Offices‘ Shanghai-based dispute resolution practice, which routinely acts for SOEs, and large private and foreign companies in high-end cases. Clients involved in arbitrations spanning multiple regions particularly benefit from the firm’s 20-plus PRC offices. The department is also notably active in commercial disputes involving the real estate, financial services, and mining and metals sectors. Jianfeng Wang‘s broad disputes practice encompasses major arbitration cases; Rui Guo acts in commercial, financial and real estate-related arbitrations; and Jingming Liu regularly appears before arbitration tribunals.

Other key lawyers:

Jianfeng Wang; Rui Guo; Jingming Liu

Key clients

Shenzhen Fenda Technology Co., Ltd

HAIER Group (Qingdao) Financial Holding Co., Ltd

China Resources Pharmaceutical Group Limited

China Dongfang Electric Group Co., Ltd.

Dongfang Electric Co., Ltd

Sichuan Alcohol Group Co., Ltd

Sichuan Guojiang Enterprise Management Consulting Co., Ltd

Global Young Elite Corporate Management and Consulting Company Limited

Beijing Cyan Law Firm

Delivering ‘excellent response times and advice‘, boutique legal practice Beijing Cyan Law Firm has handled over 100 arbitration cases to date. The group is particularly experienced in construction project-related disputes, while five of the firm’s team members serve as arbitrators at institutions including CIETAC, BAC, Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, as well as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. The team is co-led by Yinli Gao, who routinely handles construction project disputes, and senior CIETAC and BAC arbitrator Jun Wang. Another key figure is ‘exceptionally dedicated lawyerArthur Chiu.

Practice head(s):

Yinli Gao; Jun Wang

Other key lawyers:

Arthur Chiu; Wei Shi; Piwei Sun


Excellent response times and advice.’

‘Compared with other law firms, the firm’s teams cooperate well, and it offers lawyers with advantages in different fields to provide clients with a package of solutions.’

‘Able to go deep into the technical details of construction engineering cases and determine legal points based on a deep understanding of technical facts, which is beyond the reach of most firms.’

Key clients

China Eastern Airlines

Dagang Oil Company of PetroChina

China National Chemical Engineering Group Corporation Ltd.

S. B. Submarine Systems Co., Ltd.

International Business Department of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co., Ltd. (CPP)

SINOHYDRO Corporation Limited

China Ocean Aviation Group Limited (“COAG”)

Sinopec Ningbo Engineering Co., Ltd. (SNEC)

Beikong Water (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

CNOOC (China) Co., LTD. Beijing New Energy Branch

Commerce & Finance Law Offices

Completing ‘its assignments excellently‘, Commerce & Finance Law Offices‘ dispute resolution department routinely represents Chinese central and state-owned enterprises, listed companies and multinationals in major arbitrations, and the team’s extensive expertise includes emerging areas of law, such as e-commerce disputes. The principal practitioners are senior arbitrator Hongji Li, who hears approximately 100 commercial arbitration cases each year; commercial litigation and arbitration specialist Jialu Wang; and Qiang Cui, who ‘delivers action plans that have commercial value‘, and whose track record includes acting for financial institutions, multinational corporations and Chinese SOEs in over 400 proceedings before arbitral tribunals. The team expanded with the hire of Zhao Li and Jian Dong, both are recommended for commercial litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Hongji Li; Jialu Wang; Qiang Cui

Other key lawyers:

Zhao Li; Jian Dong


‘The team works in a timely manner, can match the most appropriate responsible lawyer for different tasks, and completes its assignments excellently.’

‘Compared with other law firms, the team has a well-organised personnel structure, with a reasonable ratio of personnel at all levels, in relation to partners, senior lawyers, and junior lawyers.’

‘The comprehensive fees are reasonable and they are willing to accept hourly billing, which provides clients with a variety of flexible options.’

‘Qiang Cui is very good at analysing legal situations and delivers action plans that have commercial value in a short period of time.’

Key clients

China National Offshore Oil Corporation

CNOOC Investment Holdings

CNOOC Finance Co

Work highlights

  • Representing China National Offshore Oil Corporation in multiple proceedings arising from a Sino-foreign joint venture dispute with an Australian energy company.

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices’ arbitration practice is particularly active in Belt and Road Initiative-related disputes. The practice comprises experts in arbitrations concerning cross-border M&A, equity transfers, investments and finance. The team also fields large numbers of arbitrators, who serve at CIETAC, as well as at the China Maritime Arbitration Commission and Beijing Arbitration Commission (among others). Group head Lijin Xie is an international and national commercial arbitration specialist; Junqi Wang is an active commercial dispute resolution practitioner; and Xianwei Peng‘s experience includes shipbuilding disputes. Christina Peng‘s cross-border commercial dispute resolution practice also covers arbitration work.

Practice head(s):

Lijin Xie

Other key lawyers:

Junqi Wang; Xianwei Peng; Christina Peng

Work highlights

  • Represented a Chinese contractor in an ICC London arbitration against a Spanish company.
  • Successfully acted for a Chinese EPC general contractor in an arbitration against a Spanish subcontractor.
  • Successfully acted for a Chinese contractor in an international arbitration over a coal-fired power plant project in Indonesia.

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm‘s dispute resolution department is regularly sought out by major corporations and government departments to act in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings. The track record of litigation, arbitration and antitrust head Shaosong Sun includes investment arbitrations concerning large projects; and Frank Huang, who specialises in commercial dispute resolution, is notably focused on corporate law, private equity funds, insurance, shipping, and international trade. Yi Lyu’s recent workload includes company, profit distribution and equity transfer disputes, along with contractual claims and liquidations.

Practice head(s):

Shaosong Sun

Other key lawyers:

Frank Huang; Yi Lyu; Dequan LI; Zhiquan Sun; Qiao Wang

Key clients


Ma’anshan Huaxin Reliance Equity Investment Fund (Limited Partnership)


Ningbo Joyson Safety Systems Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Energy Huiming Film and Television Media Co., LTD

GAC Fiat Chrysler Automobile sales Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Yiyi Yiyi Culture Media Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Lin Xiaoxi, Lin Ruijing, Lin Li and China Merchants Bank Equity Investment Fund in an arbitration dispute involving a capital increase agreement.
  • Acted in a HKIAC arbitration regarding three agency agreements for EPC projects in Ethiopia.
  • Acting in an arbitration dispute over a share buyback.

Han Kun Law Offices

Fielding a team that ‘really digs into the facts of cases‘, Han Kun Law Offices has longstanding experience in arbitration in significant cross-border and domestic disputes. The firm also houses several arbitrators, who handle CIETAC cases, as well as matters before the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Commercial arbitration specialists Denning Jin, Vincent Sun and Xianglin Chen co-lead the practice, which further showcases Yaxing Zhang, an expert in disputes over domestic and international trade, investments and financing, and Chunyao Lin and associate Bing San, who focus on commercial dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Denning Jin; Xianglin Chen; Vincent Sun

Other key lawyers:

Yaxing Zhang; Chunyao Lin; Eric Liu; Bing San


Denning Jin’s team has leading business capabilities, solid legal knowledge, and excellent language skills.’

‘Especially good at foreign/cross-border dispute resolution.’

‘Responds in a timely manner and understands clients’ actual needs.’

‘One of the characteristics of the dispute resolution team is its deep understanding of company structures, domestic and overseas investments and financings, M&A, bond issuances, listings, exit mechanisms and liquidations.’

‘Yaxing Zhang is deeply involved in the case-handling process, strictly controls the delivery of results, and synchronises progress in a timely manner.’

‘Makes clients feel at ease.’

‘Conducts in-depth legal analysis and really digs into the facts of cases during the case preparation process.’

‘Very convincing in front of arbitrators.’

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal‘s dispute resolution practice frequently represents international and domestic clients in business disputes before arbitration tribunals. The firm’s lawyers also act as arbitrators for CIETAC, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, and other regional and local Chinese arbitral bodies. Ping Zhao‘s broad practice covers both litigation and arbitration, and Zhen Zhao, who focuses on arbitration, cross-border dispute resolution, compliance and government regulations, serves as an arbitrator in several arbitration institutions. Other key team members include managing partner Chen Yang, who specialises in major commercial disputes; senior arbitrator Xiaoqing Chu; and litigation and arbitration specialist Lili Meng.

Other key lawyers:

Ping Zhao; Zhen Zhao; Chen Yang; Xiaoqing Chu; Lili Meng

Llinks Law Offices

Llinks Law Offices‘ disputes practice is experienced in appearing in finance, investment and business-related disputes before both domestic and international arbitration tribunals, and the team’s expertise extends to assistance with the enforcement of judgments. Practice head Peiming Yang‘s experience includes representing multinational corporations, private companies, and foreign-invested and state-owned enterprises in hundreds of arbitration proceedings; and David Wu is an international sports arbitration specialist. Commercial arbitration expert Vincent Mu is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Peiming Yang

Other key lawyers:

David Wu; Vincent Mu; Alex Huang

Work highlights

  • Represented a prominent entrepreneur in an arbitration with a Hong Kong-listed company.
  • Assisted a joint venture medical company in a dispute with a leading Chinese hospital.

Tian Yuan Law Firm

Focused on dispute resolution for approximately 30 years, Tian Yuan Law Firm predominantly acts in high-stakes domestic and international arbitrations. The practice’s representative caseload covers disputes over equity investments, securities trading, non-performing asset claims and IP rights. It also acts in arbitrations concerning real estate, bankruptcy-related reorganisations, and labour law conflicts. The team is jointly headed by litigation and arbitration specialist Yan Zhou, who acts in disputes involving shareholders, financial securities and derivatives, and Wang Ze, an expert in construction-related arbitrations (among others). Another key practitioner is Gao Wenjie, who is experienced in international commercial and maritime arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Yan Zhou; Wang Ze

Other key lawyers:

Gao Wenjie; Li Ran

Key clients

China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd.

CITIC Industrial Fund

CDB Capital Co., Ltd.

everyone insurance co., ltd.

Kunlun Trust Co., Ltd.

Hong Kong CDIB Fund

CITIC Guoan Group Co., Ltd.

American Tarzan Fund

China Construction Bank Head Office

Chen Zhengwei (陈正威)

Hua Chuang Securities Co., Ltd. (Hua Chuang Securities Co., Ltd.)

BVI Changan Shipping Holdings Corporation

Bohai Ferry Co., Ltd.

COSCO Shipping Container Lines Co., Ltd.

Hong Kong Standard Incorporation Limited

BVI FSN Enterprise Limited

China Shipping Shandong Logistics Co., Ltd.

China Shipping Group Logistics Co., Ltd.

Fuxin Del Auto Parts Co., Ltd.

Yihai Kerry Investment Co., Ltd. (Yihai Kerry Investment Co., Ltd.)

EL International Ltd

Wanxinda (Guangzhou) Technology Product Co., Ltd