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Firms To Watch: Fintech: PRC firms

Led by Yang Liu, DeHeng Law Offices is praised for its ‘sensitive and in-depth understanding of high-tech internet crimes’.
Shihui Partners leverages the expertise of practice heads George Niu  and Xiaoqing Yang  to advise on capital raisings, data compliance and other non-contentious fintech mandates.  

Firms in the Spotlight Fintech: PRC firms

Chang Tsi & Partners

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Since its establishment in 2002, Chang Tsi & Partners has become one of the leading law firms in China. The firm has constantly been referred to as a “National Outstanding Law Firm”, “The Best IP Law Firm in China”, “China IP Law Firm” and “Tier 1 IP Law Firm of the Year” by the Ministry …

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Kangxin Partners, p.c.

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Since its establishment in 1994, Kangxin has grown into a leader amongst IP law firms in China, with offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Xi’an, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Dongguan. Our client base includes domestic Chinese enterprises and international companies from around the world. We represent many different businesses, including start-ups, well-known domestic entities, and Fortune …

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Fintech: PRC firms in China

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices‘ far-reaching practice offers expertise in the establishment of fintech and blockchain products, in addition to coverage of data protection and compliance matters. The unit is also well-placed to advise on capital markets work such as initial public offerings and investment in quasi-financial institutions. Jun Zhu is a key contact at the firm, with a portfolio of work which includes advising on the design of third-party payments products. Wei Quan has a proven track record of advising on matters relating to consumer finance and supply chain finance, while Tiecheng Yang has a strong focus on financial regulations. Domestic and cross-border asset management transactional mandates are firmly in the wheelhouse of Kanxi Liao.

Other key lawyers:

Jun Zhu; Felix Miao; Tiecheng Yang; Wei Quan; Kanxi Liao


‘The team keeps up with hot spots in the legal market, and is familiar with the latest regulatory requirements and judicial trends.’ 

‘The lawyer team led by authoritative lawyers has a solid legal foundation, understands the business needs and pain points of customers, and can provide professional, timely and efficient legal services.’

Key clients

HSBC Fintech




Tencent Financial Technology


Infast Brokerage Limited



Bank of Communications

AI Bank



Xiaomi Consumer Finance

Industrial Consumer Finance

Sunshine Consumer Finance

CITIC Consumer Finance


Xiaomi Supply Chain Finance

Xiaomi Commercial Factoring


Duxiaoman Financials


Wejoy Future


SMY Financial

Juzi Financial



Meituan Finance




Micro Connect

Tianjin Leasing Assets Trading Center

Work highlights

  • Advised Micro Connect on its first cross-border asset-backed loan facility with HSBC.
  • Advised Micro Connect on the launch of Micro Connect Macao Financial Assets Exchange (“MCEX”).
  • Advised Marriott International, Inc. on its partnership with CITIC Bank to issue the Marriott Bonvoy® China CITIC Bank co-branded credit cards.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is trusted by a broad range of clients, such as multinational corporations, significant regulatory bodies, and leading companies from traditional sectors to handle issues in fintech, including digital transformation projects, regulatory development advice, and cross-border internet payments. Leadership duties fall jointly to Leimin Yu and Xin Zhong. Zhong, who is based in Shanghai, has longstanding experience in advising financial infrastructure institutions and both domestic and international banks on financial regulation and compliance. Fushen Chen frequently advises on private equity investments in fintechs, while Chunjia Shao is equipped to advise on SaaS system projects.

Practice head(s):

Leimin Yu; Xin Zhong

Other key lawyers:

Fushen Chen;  Chunjia Shao


‘Compared with other law firms, the team’s advantage lies in its professional depth and comprehensive problem solvinbg capabilities.’

‘Attorney Chunjia Shao has professional knowledge and rich experience in the field of financial technology and innovative finance. He has unique insights into related business models in the field of financial technology.’

Zhong Lun Law Firm

From transaction structuring, to compliance review, to business formation, Zhong Lun Law Firm is equipped to advise financial institutions, big data companies, and large internet players with a range of mandates related to fintech and financial innovations. The team's expertise encompasses data breaches, loan facilitation, cloud computing and data compliance investigations – with the team able to advise both on compliance with Chinese regulation and international policy such as GDPR. A trio of partners heads up the team: Scott Yu and Zhisong He jointly head the financial services practice, while Jeffrey Liu leads the financial innovation & fintech industry groups. Liu assists clients such as government departments and multinational corporations with issues such as cybersecurity and data protection. Jihong Chen is a key contact for data infrastructure matters, while Roy Zheng is well-placed to advise private equity and venture capital funds on investments in the fintech sector.

Practice head(s):

Zhisong He; Scott Yu; Jeffrey Liu

Other key lawyers:

Jihong Chen; Roy Zheng

Key clients

Baring Private Equity Asia



Royal Caribbean International


Baihang Credit

China Construction Bank Fintech

Ant Group


Du Xiaoman Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.


the Credit Card Centre of China CITIC Bank

China Merchant Bank (CMB)

IM Motors

Noah Holdings Private Wealth and Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Baihang on conducting compliance work, focusing on balancing the financial risk control objectives with the protection of personal rights and interests in relevant personal information processing activities.
  • Advised China Construction Bank Fintech on the compliance rectification for the launch of fintech products, as well as the establishment of a comprehensive data compliance system.
  • Advised Ant Group on conducting systematic data source review work by formulating data procurement compliance review tools, summarizing the review experience and key points of data procurement.

Beijing DaHui Lawyers

Beijing DaHui Lawyers assists multinational and domestic clients with fintech matters such as payment processing, operating, data protection and dispute resolution. The team is also well-placed to conduct investigations aimed at helping clients prevent or respond to objections from PRC regulatory authorities. Practice head Richard Ma frequently assists fintech clients with market entry and restructuring matters. Cloud Li is instructed by both Western multinationals and large state-owned and private Chinese companies on matters such as M&A and regulatory compliance. Joanna Jiang‘s varied practice extends to complex data compliance work, while Chris Beall counts China-foreign joint venture formation among his areas of competency.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ma

Other key lawyers:

Cloud Li; Joanna Jiang; Chris Breall


‘DaHui Lawyers has provided professional advice to enterprises in the field of financial technology for a long time and has a wealth of experience.’

‘Attorney Joanna Jiang is highly professional in the field of financial technology, and can provide efficient legal advice support for partners.’

Key clients


Alibaba Group and its subsidiaries

Ant Group

ByBit (Yijin Network)

China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC)


ClearVue Partners

Credit Suisse

Donghan Paifu Investment Management

Genesis Capital

Goldman Sachs

GSR Ventures Capital

GSR United Capital

Hidden Hill Capital

Hillhouse Capital



J&T Global Express

JHD/Yellow River


J&T Express

Kinzon Capital

Matrix Partners China


Oriza Holdings

Prospect Avenue Capital

Qudian Inc.

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Sequoia Capital China

Sequoia CBC Cross-Border Digital Industry Fund

Skyview Capital

Source Code Capital


THG Ventures

UP FinTech Holding Limited



Work highlights

  • Provided our long-term client Airbnb with comprehensive advice to ensure the smooth sunsetting of its China business.
  • Assisted Ant Group – also known as Ant Financial – with a variety of aspects in its fintech operations.
  • Provided full legal services for logistics company, J&T Express, on its acquisition of Shenzhen Fengwang Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Fangda Partners

Led by Amanda Zhou, Chen Bao, Jian Fang, Zhiyi Ren and Kate Yin, Fangda Partners is notably strong in financings and cross-border work involving digital platforms. The team is equally adept at handling M&A work and compliance in the fintech space. Fang has a proven track record of advising on cross-border investments. Lawrence Yuan specialises in acquisition finance, while establishing data compliance programmes is an area of expertise for Gil Zhang. Lily Yan is a popular contact for Chinese enterprises seeking assistance with outbound investments.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Zhou; Chen Bao; Jian Fang; Zhiyi Ren; Kate Yin

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Yuan; Gil Zhang; Lily Yan

Key clients



Ant group

Taikang Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Global Law Office

The practice at Global Law Office, which covers both contentious and non-contentious matters, is active across regulatory investigations, strategic investments, licensing and mobile payments.  Maggie Meng, Vincent Wang, Steven Yu and Meph Jia Gui share leadership duties. Meng has in-depth knowledge of data compliance systems; Yu assists major tech clients and VC funds with their investment in China-based fintechs; and Wang enhances the contentious experience at the firm. Capital markets specialist Jinrong Liu is an additional name to note.

Practice head(s):

Maggie Meng; Vincent Wang; Steven Yu; Meph Jia Gui

Other key lawyers:

Jinrong Liu

Key clients

CMB International

CCB International

YONXI Securities


LianLian Pay

ZTE Corporation

Xiaomi Industry Fund

Shunwei Capital

Star&Cloud Technology

YF Capital

New Economic and Financial Bureau of Jinjiang District, Chengdu City

Western Union


Work highlights

  • Worked closely with ZTE to provide timely compliance advice on the regulation of fast evolving new technologies, including AI, IoT, blockchain, big data, cloud computing etc.
  • Representing the New Economic and Financial Bureau of Jinjiang District, Chengdu City (the “NEFB”) as the supervisory agency in a financial case.
  • Advised CITIC Trust and Dajia Health Pension Industry Investment Management Co., Ltd. on landing the first community direct payment service pension trust.

V&T Law Firm

V&T Law Firm stands out for its ability to handle NFT projects and data compliance matters. The team is also equipped to advise on tax matters relating to digital assets. Practice chair Feng Zhang has a strong track record in matters with a blockchain dimension, and is the permanent legal advisor for a number of prominent clients in this space.

Practice head(s):

Feng Zhang

Key clients

Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited

Vision (China) Cultural Development Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Wanxiang Blockchain Inc.

China Bond Rating Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Yijiu Culture Communication Co., Ltd.

Beijing CryptoC Technology Co., Ltd.

Zhongshuwen Technology Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Qingbi Bangshi Culture Media Co.

Lianren Digital Health Technology Co.

Shanghai Data Exchange Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Tencent on blockchain legal compliance project.
  • Advised Vision (China) Cultural Development Co., Ltd. on its NFT Project.
  • Advised Shanghai Data Exchange Co. on its data trading project.

Yingke Law Firm

Yingke Law Firm wins plaudits for being ‘sensitive to the latest domestic and foreign trends.’ The team is particularly strong in matters involving AI technology, intelligent risk control and data compliance. The ‘excellent coordinator’ Hua Li drives the firm’s offering and is well versed in corporate governance and dispute resolution. Both Caiqin Wang and Liang Zhang are noted by peers in the market for their data protection expertise.

Practice head(s):

Hua Li

Other key lawyers:

Caiqin Wang; Liang Zhang


‘It has the most advanced digital intelligent management system in China, a reasonable industry layout, and smooth communication channels at home and abroad.’ 

‘The firm has a full grasp of the overall development trends and are sensitive to the latest domestic and foreign trends. Lawyer Hua Li is an excellent coordinator.’ 

Key clients

Beijing CTTIC Gold Card Technology Co., Ltd.

CCB Fintech Co., Ltd.

CCTV (Beijing) Media Co., Ltd.

Beijing CTTIC Xinlian Certification Co., Ltd.

CTTIC Co., Ltd.

CTTIC Network Technology Co., Ltd.

CTTIC Xinjie Technology Co., Ltd.

Sinosoft Co., Ltd.

China Transport Infocom Technologies Co., Ltd.

Beijing Ship Communication and Navigation Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Kangerke Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Beijing International System Control Co., Ltd.

Beijing Chunwei Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing Zhongnongruijing Ecological Technology Co., Ltd.

China Mobile Digital Intelligence Technology Co., Ltd.

China Unicom (Guangdong) Industrial Internet Co., Ltd.

China Unicom Digital Technology Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Feiqu Network Technology Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Hongtu Technology Co., Ltd.

Feifan Technology Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Provided permanent legal counsel services and special legal services such as compliance system construction for CCB Fintech Co., Ltd.
  • Assisted Beijing CTTIC Gold Card Technology Co., Ltd., the only national transportation card interconnection support unit in China, to establish a comprehensive compliance system.
  • Assisted Beijing CTTIC Xinlian Certification Co., Ltd. in processing the vast amount of information and data of the Chinese transportation industry and helped it to establish a comprehensive compliance system.

Zhao Sheng Law Firm

Financial institutions, industrial associations and technology platform clients trust Zhao Sheng Law Firm to handle the regulation of their data-related activities in China. The team’s reach is expanded by its joint operation with Linklaters. Colette Pan leads the team, and is well versed in matters relating to China’s increasingly complex data law regime. Cross-border investment expert Eric Liu assists major corporates and funds with inbound and outbound transactions. Ningying Bao advises on the establishment of joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Colette Pan

Other key lawyers:

Eric Liu; Ningying Bao

Key clients

UBS Fund Distribution (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.

Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association

Citibank (Hong Kong) Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted a well-known investment manager, with broad expertise across public and private markets, in its China data compliance project.
  • Coordinated with other professional firms in the market to create a 178-page comprehensive jurisdictional comparison report of data protection rules for ASIFMA.