Hall Of Fame

Firms To Watch: Labour and employment: PRC firms

Beijing DHH Law Firm advises Chinese and multinational companies on mass layoffs and also represents them in arbitration with employees. Hua Liu is a key partner in the team alongside Jie Zhong, who joined from JunHe LLP.
Rui Bai Law Firm draws on its connection to PwC’s global network to advise multinational clients on compliance with Chinese labour law, as well as to provide assistance on matters such as mass layoffs.
Through its joint operation with Linklaters, Zhao Sheng Law Firm advises multinational companies on the labour aspects of M&A transactions, and also provides ongoing assistance with employment issues.

Labour and employment: PRC firms in China

Anjie Law Firm

AnJie Law Firm provides advice to clients on the full spectrum of labour and employment law matters. The team has longstanding relationships with many of its clients, providing them with ongoing advice on employment and HR issues as well as representing them in disputes; it also handles one-off disputes and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. The practice is jointly led by Zhenghe Liu  and Jun Shen; Liu is the go-to employment counsel for a range of multinationals and state-owned entities, while Shen is well-regarded in the market for his expertise in mass layoffs and employee transfers. Both Liu and Shen, along with other partners including Lin Sun and Yana Cui, handle complex disputes such as those involving disciplinary issues and non-compete clauses.

Practice head(s):

Zhenghe Liu; Jun Shen

Other key lawyers:

Lin Sun; Yana Cui

Testimonials

‘Zhenghe Liu provides service that meets the practical needs of clients and is very good at ground-level execution. He has a very deep research background in terms of legal practice for labour law, commercial secrets and other intersecting legal issues in different regions.’

‘Zhenghe Liu has a background in trade union work going back many years, as well as a wealth of experience in labour dispute resolution.’

‘I feel honoured and privileged to work with the labour and employment team of Anjie Law Firm. The key features of this team are customer-centred, result-oriented, solution-driven and cost-effective.’

‘Zhenghe Liu is the partner of Anjie Law Firm with whom I have had opportunities to work. Mr Liu is a senior lawyer who is reliable, responsive and practical with in-depth experience and expertise in many unique and challenging issues about labour and employment matters in China. I am very pleased about the delivery by Mr Liu and his team of their great services and support.’

‘AnJie Law Firm’s labour team provides outstanding service with top-notch advice and reasonable fees.’

‘Zhenghe Liu has a wealth of experience and is very good at understanding the details of cases and formulating strategy.’

‘The team has a great deal of experience in the labour law field, is well acquainted with judicial practice in many different locations, and is able to cooperate and work closely with a number of excellent lawyers of equal seniority in a range of locations, thereby resolving the issue of high business travel costs.’

‘Helen Cui (Yana Cui) has many years of experience in the labour law field. She has an extremely sharp understanding of cases and is able to rapidly provide practical, workable solutions to labour dispute issues.’

Key clients

Stanley Black & Decker Precision Manufacturing (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Shanghai YKK Zipper Co., Ltd.

Clarios (Changxing) Power Solutions Co., Ltd.

Siemens numerical control (Nanjing) Co., Ltd.

DHL

Universal Parks & Resorts

Alibaba Group

Daojia Group

FLSmidth

Work highlights

  • Advised Stanley Black & Decker Precision Manufacturing (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. on its layoff project in Shenzhen of over 1,000 employees due to the client’s dissolution.
  • Successfully represented Shanghai YKK Zipper Co., Ltd. on a labour dispute.
  • Represented Alibaba and its affiliates in labour arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners’ comprehensive labour and employment offering provides assistance to companies in sectors including manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, and financial services. On the contentious side, the practice handles a broad range of disputes involving non-compete clauses, wrongful termination claims, and disciplinary issues involving employees. The team is equally adept at advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, as well as on mass redundancies. Bo Zhou and Lisa Zhao jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Bo Zhou; Lisa Zhao

Testimonials

I have worked with the firm many times and they are a very trustworthy professional team.’

‘The team is the best law firm we have worked with in Asia in terms of professional capabilities, grasp of detail, and the ability to respond quickly.It is also worth mentioning that the lawyers at this firm were able to rapidly provide very professional advice that took into account the characteristics of our company’s industry and different regional requirements.’

‘Bo Zhou provides outstandingly efficient and accurate advice at all times when helping us deal with a particularly tricky consulting case. The fees they charged also offered very good value for money.’

Bo Zhou is very dedicated, knowledgeable, and has rich practical experience. He is always able to respond to clients’ problems and give practical solutions. He is a very trustworthy lawyer.’

Key clients

Aulton New Energy

TetraPak

Almatis

Avenues

Marriott

Microsoft

Hilton

ABB

AB InBev

LinkedIn

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Microsoft to initiate a breach of a non-competition case against one of its former senior technical employees.
  • Advising LinkedIn on all of its HR related issues in China.
  • Advise Avenues on all of its HR related matters in China.

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP acts for prominent clients in a range of labour and employment matters, from employee transfer and resettlement through to disputes between companies and senior employees. The practice’s broad geographic coverage enables it to act for clients across major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Practice head Dongpeng Wang has broad experience in Chinese employment law, and counts both Chinese and multinational companies amongst his clients. Hongjuan Bai provides advice on advisory matters, such as drafting employment contracts, as well as representing employers in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dongpeng Wang

Other key lawyers:

Hongjuan Bai

Testimonials

‘The staff have a very high level of professionalism and professional knowledge, and cases involving very specialised issues were handled by specialists with a very high level of specialist expertise.’

‘They practice to a very professional standard, respond quickly to client needs, and are able to rapidly provide expert legal opinions and advice.’

‘They have the ability to keep and follow the client’s needs requested from time to time, stability in service quality and efficiency, and create mutual trust and understanding based on long term cooperation.’

‘We valued their fast response, reliable judgment, and trust and understanding of the client’s business. My daily contact was Dongpeng Wang.’

The team has a very professional practice quality, responds very quickly to customer demands, and can quickly give professional legal opinions and suggestions.’

Key clients

US Embassy, Beijing

Walmart Stores, Inc.

PepsiCo

Volkswagen

BMW

Apple

Pfizer

Marvell Technology

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Honeywell

Shell

Koch Industries

Keysight Technologies

Mondelez

Nestle

Otis

HSBC

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons offers clients broad expertise in employment law, including experience in handling complex contentious and non-contentious issues. In 2020, the practice was particularly active in assisting clients with restructurings and layoffs caused by the impact of COVID-19, and on the contentious side it handled disputes involving non-compete clauses and unfair dismissal claims. Linda Liang provides advice to clients on compliance with employment regulations, and also represents them in arbitration; Lucy Lu is another key contact in the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Lu; Li Xin; Yang Yang; Chang Liu

Testimonials

‘Professionalism, responsiveness, precision. This is the best labour law team that we have worked with.’

‘Li Xin, Yang Yang and Chang Liu: Their excellent leadership, insight and professionalism throughout the course of our project left us filled with admiration and appreciation. Throughout the course of the arbitration and litigation processes that occurred during our case, Xin Li and her team worked tirelessly day and night to formulate formidable and workable strategies for the arbitration and litigation hearings, as well as resolving long-standing legacy issues that had affected the client’s ability to operate normally.’

Key clients

Amazon (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Accenture (China) Co., Ltd.

Beijing Bitmain Technologies Inc.

International Air Transport Association

Airbnb Information Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

A renowned multinational brewer.

Work highlights

  • Advised Anbang Insurance Group on a restructuring involving the redundancy of approximately 2000 employees.
  • Advised Beijing Bitmain Technologies Inc. on an arbitration involving an alleged violation of a non-compete agreement by three employees, who departed the company and established a competing business.
  • Advised International Air Transport Association on a restructuring involving the termination of 20 employees.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm has a highly active labour and employment practice, advising prominent companies across a range of sectors on labour-related matters. In addition to acting for clients in disputes such as unfair dismissal claims, the practice is frequently instructed to advice on the transfer of employees. The team has long-term relationships with a number of multinational companies operating in China, providing them with ongoing advice related to risk management and compliance with Chinese labour regulations. Carol Zhu and Haiyan Duan are the key contacts in the team; both count international and Chinese companies as well as state-owned entities amongst their clients.

Other key lawyers:

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Testimonials

‘The attorneys from Zhong Lun are very professional, team work spirit and can provide best practice, can provide proactive suggestion.’

‘Carol Zhu (Zhu, Yeping) is very experienced and professional, not only just giving suggestions, as well as the professional documentation, guiding our management and the key points to deliver the proper communication. With her knowledge and long term experience, our company closed the project with a smooth process and overall positive feedback from Associates impacted.’

‘Responsive, quality advice.’

‘I work with Carol Zhu and she is very knowledgable in Chinese law and explaining it to UK and US multinationals’

‘The labour law services team led by Carol Zhu responds very quickly to client needs and is able to meet deadlines even at very short notice. They also have a very good understanding of client needs and provide effective, workable legal advice.’

‘Carol Zhu is very experienced and has dealt with a large number of highly complex and difficult situations, so she is always able to offer practical, workable advice that abides by the letter of the law while retaining a good degree of flexibility. Her legal services are extremely valuable to us.’

‘The biggest feature of Carol Zhu’s team is professional advice and rapid responses. The team members are young, but have a very strong background in the profession, as well as an excellent attitude to service. They provide expert advice and are able to help companies identify risks and suggest ways to avoid or reduce risks.’

‘Carol Zhu is an expert in the field of labour law and has a very up-to-date knowledge of precedents. She provided our company with advice that was very appropriate and useful, without increasing our risk.’

Key clients

Cummins (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

China Oil & Gas Pipeline Network Corp (PipeChina)

China Unicom Group (including China United Network Communications Limited and its PRC affiliates)

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Group)

Ansteel Group Corporation Limited (Ansteel Group)

China Asset Management Co., Ltd (China AMC)

Huarong Securities Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the China Headquarter of a leading Fortune-500 foreign-owned company in the technology industry in the employment replacement arrangement related to a business spin-off project.
  • Advising the China Headquarter of a Fortune-500 foreign-owned automobile company in the employment replacement project related to the business transfer of its parent company.
  • Advising the China Headquarter of a renowned foreign-owned technology conglomerate in the employment transfer project within PRC jurisdiction involved in the global M&A with another Fortune 500 company.
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Baohua Law Firm

Baohua Law Firm, a boutique labour and employment practice, handles complex issues including large-scale employee terminations and relocations. The practice also represents employers in disputes over issues such as unfair dismissal and has a client base that includes both multinational and Chinese companies. The team is led by Baohua Dong, John Dong, and Jie Yang, and has offices in Shanghai and Suzhou.

Practice head(s):

Baohua Dong; John Dong; Jie Yang

Key clients

BASF (Group)

Inter Ikea

GE (Group)

GM (Group)

Infosys

China Telecom (Group)

TE

Autodesk

CMB (Credit Card Center)

Nexperia

BP (Group)

LVMH (Group)

Richemont (Group)

Arkema (Group)

WeWork

Johnson & Johnson

Novartis

Fresenius Kabi

HLMC

DaHui Lawyers

DaHui Lawyers advises Chinese and multinational companies on complying with Chinese labour regulations, providing assistance on complex issues such as mass lay-offs. The practice aids overseas companies in entering the Chinese market, providing advice on HR issues. Litigation specialist Xing Wan leads the team and focuses on contentious employment matters such as unfair dismissal disputes. The team was bolstered in November 2020, as counsel Maggie Zou joined from an in-house role at Samsung. Zou has broad expertise in employment law. Cloud Li is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Xing Wan

Other key lawyers:

Maggie Zou; Cloud Li

Key clients

Ansell

China National Seeds (Joint Venture between Monsanto and SINOCHEM)

Elsevier Limited

Haufe Group

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

JZ Music

Lindsay Manufacturing Co.

OUE Limited

Outotec

Princeton University Press

RELX Group

Yellow River Asset Management LLC

World Gold Council

WorldQuant, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Comcast on revamping its employment policies and template documents for its various subsidiaries in China, including for IP-related components from offshore.
  • Advised Haufe on shutting down its China subsidiaries, particularly the termination of all employees (and limited, temporary re-hiring of some for dissolution work).
  • Advising a PRC subsidiary of Princeton University Press on the strategy and documents for renewing certain employment contracts under sensitive circumstances.

River Delta Law Firm

River Delta Law Firm has a well-established labour practice, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team has a notable geographic reach, with offices across China, including in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Shenzhen. The practice also advises Chinese companies entering international markets on employment issues in other jurisdictions, collaborating with overseas law firms to do so. Key partners in the sizeable team include Jason Lu, Cathy Qu, and Robin Wang.

Other key lawyers:

Sue Yang

Testimonials

‘Their legal opinions were very targeted and practical, as well as very appropriate to the situation on the ground in China and corporate management practices.’

‘Sue Yang has consistently provided us with professional and thoughtful service.’

‘Sue Yang’s service is very dependable.’

‘Sue Yang is very professional and efficient, responds very quickly to questions, and was able to help us effectively resolve a number of HR and recruitment issues.’

‘We work regularly with the labour and employment law team at River Delta Law and have tremendous regard for them. They are one of the leading employment law teams across China. We find them to be incredibly knowledgeable responsive and very commercial. Our particular contacts there are Cathy Qu in Shanghai and Jason Liu the managing partner.’

‘They have a very immersive approach to labour and employment law with deep bench strength, excellent English language skills, Commercial pragmatism, and an international approach to client service. As mentioned above Cathy Qu and Jason Liu are our key contacts and standout partners.’

Key clients

Ericsson (China) Communications Co., Ltd.

Schneider Electric

BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited

IKEA (China) Investment Limited

Shanghai Roche Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Danaher Group

Microsoft China Co. Ltd.

Hormel (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Dräger Medical Equipment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Fortune 500 electronic company on terminating a sales director who made false reimbursement, which the client won the case regarding termination on the ground of severe violation of discipline without paying huge amount of severance.
  • Acted for Nokia-Sbell Co., Ltd in terminating an employee, who joined the company in 1998, on the grounds of serious violations of the company’s rules and regulations after a month of continuous absenteeism.
  • Successfully represented Columbia Sportswear Company in its first labour arbitration case involving illegal termination.

FenXun Partners

FenXun Partners specialises in advising multinationals in China on employment law matters, including providing assistance with restructurings, layoffs and compliance. The practice also represents employers in disputes related to alleged misconduct, unfair dismissal, and workplace conflicts. Bofu An leads the team and has broad experience in labour law, particularly in arbitration. Jane Peng is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Bofu An

Other key lawyers:

Jane Peng

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices acts as labour and employment counsel to a range of companies in the industrial, pharmaceutical, energy, and financial services sectors, many of whom have long-standing relationships with the practice. The team provides comprehensive advice relating to issues faced by clients, including complex disputes and relocations. The practice also assists with the drafting of employee contracts, such as providing input on non-compete clauses. Jianping Wang and Wenwei Su jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Wang Jianping; Wenwei Su

Testimonials

‘The team focuses on labour relationship-related legal services and provides very professional and responsive services from experienced personnel with a good service attitude. The team members are reliable and not subject to frequent change, and their fees are reasonable.’

Key clients

Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

Rockwell Automation (China) Co., Ltd.

PWC

CCTV

Bank of China

China Mobile

Munich Re Group

China Tobacco Hongta Group

CNOOC

Work highlights

  • Representing Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited Qianhai Mercantile Exchange to deal with five labor disputes of an employee.
  • Providing employment-related legal services for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Representing Inner Mongolia Datang International Xilinhot Mining Co., Ltd. in implementing the personnel placement project and a collective dispute case with 43 employees.

Dentons

Dentons draws on its network of offices to advise clients across China on labour and employment issues. The firm’s presence in cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Zhuhai gives it expertise in provincial-level employment regulations. Jicheng Liu has a broad practice encompassing contentious and non-contentious labour matters. Joanie Zhang has a background in criminal law and frequently aides clients in investigations into issues such as alleged employee misconduct. Shane Luo is another key contact in the team and is highly praised by clients.

Other key lawyers:

Shane Luo; Joanie Zhang

Testimonials

‘We valued the prompt and professional response to urgent questions and demand.’

‘The team is small but very reliable and not subject to frequent change, as well as exhibiting a very high level of professionalism.Their fees are reasonable, they are well acquainted with labour law practices and precedents, and they are very responsive. The most exceptional thing is the amount of experience on offer. They are not only familiar with the laws and regulations in the labour law field, but are also very well acquainted with local labour regulations and practices in many regions.’

‘Shane Luo (Xin Luo), the lawyer who worked with us, has a very solid grasp of the legal fundamentals and a very strong understanding of the needs of clients. His service abilities were truly outstanding and he is a very good communicator. The opinions he offered were not confined to legal issues, as he provides excellent practical and targeted advice based on the client’s specific circumstances.’

‘The main features of Shane Luo’s team are that they respond very quickly, provide a diverse and flexible range of service formats, and a fairly flexible range of quotes.’

‘Shane Luo (Xin Luo) has a wealth of practical experience and often gets in touch with people at HR, so he is able to give us advice from an HR perspective during our day-to-day work, which is very helpful.’

‘The team operates in a well-regimented fashion and is able to cover a range of corporate legal needs. They are also one of the few firms in the Zhuhai area that offers hourly billing.’

‘Jie Zhang has a very good attitude to service. He is able to provide appropriate solutions that take the client’s perspective into account. The team spanning the Beijing and Shanghai regions is assisting us and is able to flexibly allocate personnel based on the needs of the client and the project.’

‘Shane Luo (Xin Luo) is very responsive and efficient, as well as have a very high level of professional knowledge and a wealth of practical experience, enabling him to provide practice and effective solutions. He is able to answer questions about case progress and communicate across different national and cultural backgrounds, ensuring that information is communicated smoothly across national and regional boundaries.’

Key clients

Adidas

Champion Petfood

DBS

HPI

IFF

Kantar

ON

PWC

SE

Syngenta

Multek China Limited

COOEC-Fluor Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

VF China Limited

Uniflair (Zhuhai) Electrical Appliance Manufacturing Co., Ltd

Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College

Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in Shanghai

American International School of Guangzhou

Hettich Furniture Hardware Components (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd

Dr. Martens AirWair Hong Kong Limited

Rayben Technologies (Zhuhai) Limited

Multek Industries Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Multek China Limited on a dispute with an employee over occupational disease.

Global Law Office

Global Law Office acts for both domestic Chinese companies and multinationals on contentious and non-contentious labour matters. The team’s advisory work includes assisting clients with the development of employee guidelines and benefit schemes. On the contentious side, the team handles mass redundancies, unfair termination, and non-compete disputes, including matters involving high-ranking employees. In addition to acting for employers, it also represents employees. The team is led by Zhao Li in Beijing and Weiwei Gu in Shanghai, who both offer expertise across the spectrum of labour law.

Practice head(s):

Zhao Li; Weiwei Gu

Other key lawyers:

Dingding Li

Testimonials

‘The team has a huge amount of experience and has represented companies in all kinds of labour disputes in many cities throughout the country. They, therefore, have a very clear understanding of laws, regulations and judicial practice in many different locations. The team is very carefully structured so that it is able to respond rapidly to client enquiries and meet a variety of client needs in a timely manner, as well as charging very reasonable fees.’

‘Zhao Li is the kind of highly experienced lawyer that is all too rare in the market. He has a very high level of professionalism and truly puts the client first in his work as a labour law specialist.’

‘They have the ability to provide the client with flexible service choice to support the client’s changing needs, flexible and reasonable charges, and efficient work delivery and quick response.’

Dingding Li is responsible, approachable, and personable.’

Key clients

HP

Shanghai Yiqizuoye Information Technology Co., Ltd.

BNPP

Volkswagen

ASSA ABLOY

TCP

EWI SUSANTI (Indonesian)

Glencore

Meituan Dianping

Moutai

Hua Xia Bank

Work highlights

  • Created overseas employment law guidelines for a state-owned manufacturing group company, covering more than 12 different countries.
  • Acted for a mining machine manufacturer in a dispute over the dismissal of a former GM.
  • Advised a leading Macau real estate company on a dispute with an employee following the employee’s termination regarding alleged fraud.

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices provides employment law advice to both Chinese and multinational companies, with a focus on the internet, pharmaceuticals, and financial services sectors. The team provides these clients with ongoing assistance with drafting contracts and employee handbooks, and also handles investigations, relocations, and arbitration. Wei Huang leads the practice and focuses on contentious matters; Xiu Pei is also a key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Wei (Will) HUANG

Other key lawyers:

Xiu Pei

Testimonials

‘The team is experienced, knowledgeable and responsive to the client’s requests. The turnaround time is quick. They have the relevant domain knowledge and the advice they give is very practical and solution-oriented. They have lawyers based in Beijing and Shanghai handling employment litigation cases.’

‘Will Huang and Xiu Pei are very responsive. They have good knowledge of the employment law landscape in China and can highlight the important issues very quickly. They are also solid and experienced litigation lawyers who have a great deal of experience with employment disputes.’

‘The team members are all outstanding top talents in the market and have brilliant backgrounds and a wealth of experience. They provide the most up-to-date, accurate and complete responses very quickly during their work, and they are able to consistently to provide very up-to-date feedback. Their fees are quite flexible and are fairly reasonable compared to market levels. The team’s key strength is its wealth of experience of practical operations, which means that they are able to provide not only legal advice, but also very workable advice that takes into account the company’s actual circumstances.’

‘Will Huang has a wealth of experience and is an excellent communicator. Mr Huang was heavily involved in the management and execution of our project and was able to provide very accurate and workable legal advice that was targeted to the circumstances of the case and the company, and he was also very personable to work it.’

‘Among all the PRC law firms, the team is really great for foreign companies especially.’

‘Will Huang in Shanghai is very commercial, experienced and easy to work with. He is well regarded by multinational companies seeking PRC employment law advice.’

‘The team is young, dynamic, and operates in a way that is responsive, efficient, expert and professional.’

‘Xiu Pei is very professional and responsible, communicates very rapidly and efficiently at all times, demonstrates a very high level of expertise in terms of feedback and advice regarding issues, as well providing companies with very valuable references for decision making.’

Key clients

Wallaby Medical, Inc.

Shenzhen Fussen Technology Co., Ltd.

CCT Fund

TPG Global LLC

Tiger Fund

Reignwood Group

Information Resources, Inc.

Kweichow Moutai Company

Blizzard Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Wallaby Medical, Inc. on the labor disputes against a former employee.
  • Advised Shenzhen Fussen Technology Co., Ltd. on a series of labour dispute cases against its former employees.
  • Advised on CCT Fund on various employment-related matters.

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng provides advice to Chinese and international clients on a range of labour and employment issues. In 2020, the team’s work included advising companies on responding to the COVID-19 epidemic, assisting with reorganisation projects, and representing employers in disputes with their employees. The practice is spread across a number of major Chinese cities. Youping Deng leads the practice from Beijing, and frequently acts in labour-related litigation. Xin Yu works across the Beijing and Shanghai offices and focuses on the TMT and financial services sectors; Minquan Shen is also based in Shanghai and handles both contentious and advisory employment matters. Xian Wujie joined the team in 2020, further adding to its strength in depth.

Practice head(s):

Youping Deng

Other key lawyers:

Xin Yu; Minquan Shen; Wujie Xian

Testimonials

‘The team can base on the company’s actual situation in terms of business sector and management style to provide not only the specific legal advice but also an effective risk evaluation and management system. They help clients with complicated problems and are very cooperative and sufficient.’

‘We worked with the team of Wujie Xian. Xian has practiced in labor and employment field for 20 years with experience both as arbitrator and lawyer. He is very good at both dispute resolution and labour compliance and can provide practically operational solutions with strong business sense.’

‘The team has a very good understanding of local labour law practices and has a very experienced team.’

‘Wujie Xian’s professional expertise in the labour law field. Their fees are also very reasonable.’

Key clients

Denso

Alibaba

Nokia

CITICPE

ZTO Express

Digital Domain

Chinese Rowing Association

China Water Environment

Joyowo

Chopard

Hexun Information Technology Co., Ltd.

SPAX

Dajia Baoxian

Nobo Auto

Advance Intelligence Pte Ltd.

CEC Capital

Sequoia Capital

Legrand

Ernst & Young

Changan

Technicolor

CITIC Group

Ant Financial

iQiyi

Cheetah Mobile

Haidilao

Roshi

Shanghai Create Blue Print Co., Ltd.

Tiger Brokers

China Volant Industry Co., Ltd.

China Merchants Securities International Co., Ltd

Rinsing

Panasonic Energy

AsiaInfo

Rokid

Cloud Financial

iDailybread

OrionSrtar

Live Me

Sensoro

CIC

Goldstone

Acewill

Beijing Chuangxin Lezhi Information Technology Co, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Denso on disputes between the company and its workers related to policies during the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Merck on compliance with Chinese labour law.
  • Providing advice to China Water Environmental Group on compliance with labour and employment law.

PW & Partners

Guangzhou-based PW & Partners acts for clients across the Greater Bay Area on contentious and non-contentious labour law matters. In addition to acting for domestic companies, the practice has a notable focus on advising multinational companies and their Chinese subsidiaries. James Peng leads the practice, and alongside Ozzie Ou guides companies through responding to complex issues such as workplace injuries and employee resettlement. Associates Sam Chen and Vivi Chen are also noted for their work in arbitration.

Practice head(s):

James (Bo) Peng

Other key lawyers:

Ozzie Ou; Sam Chen; Vivi Chen

Testimonials

‘Their strengths are that the team of lawyers is highly international and very familiar with the legal systems in China and other countries.’

Key clients

Mars Wrigley Confectionery (China) Co., Ltd

KWG Group Holdings

Jabil Circuit China

Suning.com

ZHONGSHENG PHARMA

Savills China

AIG China

Daido Die & Mold Steel Solutions (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd

Earth Products China Limited Co., Ltd

Guangzhou Renolite Plastic Co., Ltd

IKA Works Guangzhou

Guangdong Centaline Real Estate Agency Co., Ltd

RKW Guangzhou Company Ltd.

CEEC Guangdong Electric Power Equipments Factory

Guangdong Xianqiang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

TWS Group

SHV (China) Investment Company Limited

Clariant Chemicals (China) Ltd. Guangzhou Branch

Work highlights

  • Advised CEEC Guangdong Electric Power Equipment Factory on a relocation involving 164 employees.
  • Advised IKA to handle legal matters that occurred from the death of an employee including investigation of Guangzhou Labour Bureau and negotiation with the employee’s family.
  • Advised Xianqiang Pharmacy to design a comprehensive settlement plan to resettle the employees.

R&P China Lawyers

R&P China Lawyers’s labour and employment practices primarily advises multinational companies on Chinese labour law issues. The practice represents these clients in disputes related to terminations and employee wrongdoing, and also provides general advice on employment arrangements. In 2020, the team was instructed by a number of clients to assist in layoffs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail is a particular area of focus for the team, and it also advises clients from the manufacturing, financial services and logistics sector. The team is led by Robin Tabbers  and Maarten Roos .

Practice head(s):

Robin Tabbers; Maarten Roos

Other key lawyers:

Rogier van Bijnen

Testimonials

‘The team we work with, since the engagement this year in April, are quite professional and have rich experiences in employment, and always very quick for feedback and provide a recommendation from a legal perspective for our enquiries and questions. And the practice of billing for proceeding payment from our side on a regular basis is recognized from our side for better budget management.’

‘We regularly work with Rogier van Bijnen and his team on PRC employment law matters. We find them to be responsive, commercial and fairly-priced.’

‘Rogier van Bijnen stands out from other PRC lawyers for his practical approach. He has a healthy appetite for risk, which makes him appealing to many in-house counsel. He tells you what the law is and then how to actually deal with the matter, noting that the law is only one of the factors to bear in mind in China.’

‘Rogier van Bijnen is an excellent lawyer, very service-oriented, pragmatic and client-centric.’

‘In the first meeting with R&P directly felt ‘at home’ with people who clearly know their business. Asking the right questions to cover my potential concerns, having the right templates and outlining process steps & duration for specific cases. Billing is very transparent and might the need arise to ask further details R&P can provide this almost instantly.’

‘It is great working with Maarten Roos, he is a good listener, ask the right question to tailor the team towards the case at hand. Besides, he outlined clearly what to expect during specific cases and expected outcomes based on the evidence provided. The final turned out to be fully in line with his expectation.

Key clients

Maersk

IDEXX Laboratories

Made.com

Giuseppe Zanotti

D-Box Technologies Inc

Motul Groupe

Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG

Columbia Sportswear

Brunel

Soprema Group

Colliers International

Paula’s Choice LLC

Cole Haan Inc.

Mediamonks B.B.

Schouten

Nutreco N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised a North American on all employment, regulatory and tax aspects of many of their foreign employees working in Hong Kong returning to their home country and now carrying out their work  from home for a prolonged period of time.
  • Assisted a large online UK-based travel publisher with the restructuring of its China business, first resulting in the lay-off of 80% of the workforce in China, and later also the lay-off the remaining 20%.
  • Advised a US-listed multinational in the animal veterinary business on the termination of three senior employees.