Firms To Watch: Labour and employment: PRC firms

AllBright Law Offices has an employment practice led by Chundao Dong. They specialise in advising educational and pharmaceutical companies.
Haiwen & Partners acts for state-owned companies and prominent multinationals in employment matters, including disputes, employee transfers and compliance projects. Yuxiang Liu leads the team.
Hui Ye Law Firm handles contentious and non-contentious employment matters for both international and domestic companies. Guibin Hong and Kaichang Zhou lead the team.
Shihui Partners is a new firm that is gaining momentum in the market with a partner led approach and has attracted clients such as The team advises on complex employment law matters including non-compete clauses, restructuring and  high level terminations.
Through its joint operation with Linklaters, Zhao Sheng Law Firm advises multinational companies on labour law matters in the PRC, as well as supporting Chinese SOEs with their overseas work.

Labour and employment: PRC firms in China

AnJie Broad Law Firm

AnJie Broad Law Firm labour practice counts among the firms at the zenith of the PRC market. Many of its clients are long-standing, and the firm has built trusting and productive relationships with them over many years. Clients range across sectors from Standard Chartered to Universal Beijing Parks and Resorts. The firm provides a full employment law service covering disputes, HR matters and restructuring, wage negotiations, dismissals, union matters, compliance and trade secrets. Jun Shen, who oversees large scale restructuring projects and employee transfers, and Zhenghe Liu, who is highly experienced in labour dispute resolution, head the practice. They are supported by Lin Sun, Yana Cui and Samuel Yang. Associate Summer Cao represents clients in labour litigation and assists with a range of daily HR processes. She has advised some of the firm’s most high profile clients.

Practice head(s):

Jun Shen; Zhenge Liu

Other key lawyers:

Lin Sun; Yana Cui. Samuel Yang; Summer Cao; Xiaochen He

Key clients




Standard Chartered Bank



Universal Beijing Parks & Resorts

BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised on Philips’ personnel settlement project as part of its divestiture of its domestic appliances business.
  • Provided Citigroup and its affiliates with ongoing day-to-day legal services in labour law and employment management.
  • Represented DHL in labour arbitration and litigation proceedings and advised on its employment matters for the past 7 consecutive years.

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners supports its clients through HR management and policy implementation, arbitration, labour disputes, layoffs and immigration issues in China’s continually evolving employment market. Practice head Bo Zhou specialises in labour litigation and misconduct cases, as well as advising on employee transfer issues relating to mergers and other large transactions. Advising a large steel corporation on a significant factory relocation is an example of this work. Lisa Zhao is an experienced advisor on restructuring and policy implementation in the workplace. Ivan Su and James Hu practice in labour dispute resolution and arbitration. The firm’s list of large clients includes major hotel chain Hilton and business social media site LinkedIn.

Practice head(s):

Bo Zhou; Lisa Zhao

Other key lawyers:

James Hu; Ivan Su; Kate Yin

Key clients









NYU Shanghai


Lear Corporation

Coller Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised a global leading modernized integrated iron & steel enterprise on employment law related matters for factory relocation.


With offices across China’s major centres including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen and Guangzhou, JunHe LLP‘s employment law practice is a major presence in the market. Its lawyers advise some of the largest and well known multinational clients such as PepsiCo in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Hongjuan Bai advises on strategic workforce issues and the structure of employment relationships. Jianjun Ma is highly experienced in handling labour disputes, arbitration and litigation. Gordon (Minghao) Feng is well recommended by peers. His work includes regulatory compliance, contract formation, hiring, development of handbooks and policies, wage-and-hour compliance, employee transfers, mass layoffs, and terminations. Dongpeng Wang has a high degree of experience in trade union matters and collective bargaining.

Practice head(s):

Hongjuan Bai; Jianjun Ma

Other key lawyers:

Gordon (Minghao) Feng; Yimu Bu, Dongpeng Wang

Key clients

PepsiCo China

Advanced Instruments, LLC.

Moody’s Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted PepsiCo China with implementing an employee data compliance project.
  • Provided Moody’s with employment due diligence on an acquisition of the target’s Chinese affiliates.
  • Provided STG with employment due diligence on a merger of the target’s Chinese affiliates.

King & Wood Mallesons

Advising on compliance, labour arbitration, lay-offs and transfers, trade union negotiations and more, the King & Wood Mallesons employment team offers notable expertise to a number of multinationals and large Chinese companies. Linda Liang has over 20 years experience in the employment practice area and is well regarded in the market. Her specialisms include assisting clients in complex terminations involving large numbers of employees, the implementation of incentive plans and data transfers. Lucy Lu has expertise in implementing compliance and HR plans. Ting Liu represents the practice in Shenzen, working on layoffs, settlements and organisational restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Linda Liang

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Lu; Liu Ting; Luo Ai; Li Xin

Key clients

Cook (China) Medical Trading Co., Ltd. Beijing Branch

Beijing Daoxiangcun Food Co., Ltd.

A renowned multinational shipping company

A renowned multinational consulting company

A local medical device company

A renowned multinational medical device and pharmacy company

A global supplier of micro-electronic semiconductor

China Merchants Group


Qiyin Speech Therapy Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Designer Brands Inc.

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd


Work highlights

  • Represented Cook (China) Medical Trading in arbitration and litigation proceedings of a wrongful termination case brought by a former employee.
  • Assisted a leading multinational company in the sportswear industry in a compliance investigation of multiple employee disciplinary cases in stores.
  • Assisted Qiyin Speech Therapy Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. in establishing an overall human resource management system ranging from entry to departure, focusing on the protection of intellectual property and trade secrets.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Representing huge PRC clients such as China Chemical and Petroleum and multinationals including Volvo, Zhong Lun Law Firm is a go-to firm for employment law matters in the manufacturing and energy sectors in China. Carol Zhu is the leader of the labour practice, drawing on her previous experience working as a Head of HR for several large corporations advising on complex HR policy implementations. Her key areas of expertise also include employee transitions linked to mergers and acquisitions and mass redundancies. Haiyan Duan is another key name providing both advisory and dispute resolution services. Associate Jing Zeng has a notable specialism in employee disputes.

Practice head(s):

Xiangwen Liu; Gary Gao; Yeping (Carol) Zhu; Haiyan Duan

Other key lawyers:

April Yan; Jing Zeng

Key clients

The Jackson Laboratory

American Bureau Of Shipping

Anshan Iron And Steel Group Company Limited

Armstrong Flooring Inc. (Afi)

Blue Bottle Coffee

China Oil & Gas Pipeline Network Corp (Pipechina)

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Group)

China Unicom Group (Including China United Network Communications Limited And Its Prc Affiliates)

Crane Group

Cummins (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Daimler’s Prc Affliates (Including Daimler Greater China Ltd., Mercedes-benz Auto Finance Ltd., And Beijing Mercedes-benz Sales Service Co. Ltd, Daimler Trucks And Buses (China) Ltd.)

Danone (China) Food And Beverage Co., Ltd. (Danone)


Modes Moose Inc.


Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation

Total Petrochemicals (Shanghai) Ltd.

Volvo Automotive Finance China Ltd.

Vipshop Holdings Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Continuing to support China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Group) with its general labour and employment management needs.
  • Advising the China Headquarter of Volvo Automotive Finance China Ltd. in handling several potential employment disputes concerning the nature of employment relationships. Also providing daily compliance management.
  • Advising Vipshop Holdings Limited in its general compliance project, including the framing the compliance structure of the Company regarding employment and Human Resource management.

Baohua Law Firm

The team at Baohua Law Firm is an employment and labour specialist. Advising large clients – including JP Morgan, BP and China Telecom Group – on issues from employment disputes to the labour implications of major transactions, the firm is well respected in the PRC market. Baohua Dong is a veteran of the labour law field, while John Dong is experienced in HR policy issues and both commercial and labour arbitration. Of late, he has focussed significantly on advising clients on legislative changes including the new Personal Information Protection Law. Jie Yang provides ongoing employment advice, assisting clients with HR policy implementations and representation for clients involved in labour arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Baohua Dong; John Dong; Jie Yang

Key clients

De Beers

Pinduoduo Inc.

JP Morgan

BASF (Group)

Inter Ikea

GE (Group)


China Telecom (Group)




BP (Group)

LVMH (Group)

Richemont (Group)

Arkema (Group)

Johnson & Johnson


Fresenius Kabi


Global Law Office

Led in Beijing by former judge Zhao Li, who specialises in terminations and labour dispute resolution, and in Shanghai by labour negotiation and dispute prevention specialist Weiwei Gu, Global Law Office‘s employment team offers a full range of labour law services to its corporate client base. The team advises on non-contentious matters including mass lay-offs as well as employment disputes; the latter including terminations which involve infringements of copyright and the right to reputation. Shujun Liu specifically represents Japanese companies operating in China and Chinese enterprises who operate in Japan; a uniquely tailored feature of the practice. Dingding Li is a dispute resolution specialist, working on terminations, incentive plans, training periods and non-compete clauses.

Practice head(s):

Weiwei Gu; Zhao Li

Other key lawyers:

Shujun Liu; Dingding Li

Key clients


Shanghai Yiqizuoye Information Technology Co., Ltd.





EWI SUSANTI (Indonesian)





Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Johnson & Johnson



ICBC Leasing

Easy-Logic Technology Limited

Cook Medical

Work highlights

  • Represented a leading O2O company in China in a labour dispute case.
  • Represented a multinational automobile company on employment termination cases, civil judgement enforcement, return of property, infringement on right to reputation and infringement on copyright.
  • Advised an investment group company on class labour disputes over overseas labour dispatching due to COVID-19 epidemic.

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices have a growing practice with branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen and Hong Kong. The ‘versatile‘ and ‘user-friendly‘ team, led by Will Huang, who specialises in employment contractual disputes and who is also supported by experienced labour arbitrator Xiu Pei, focusses chiefly on employer-side work and often advises on high-profile management level matters. The practice works closely with the firm’s Intellectual Property team on such cases, which often involve non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants. Lifeng Lu provides advice on employee compliance and lay-offs alongside his corporate and commercial practice.

Practice head(s):

Wei (Will) Huang

Other key lawyers:

Xiu Pei; Lifeng Lu


‘The team and practice is very user-friendly especially for large foreign multinational corporations operating in China with labour and employment needs. The lead partner is responsive and dedicated around the clock for time differences, and it’s strength lies in its ability to be practical and commercial in the advice they offer to clients.’

‘Provided helpful guidance on corporate governance matters under PRC law.’

‘Will Huang’s team is very professional and responsive. They understand the client’s commercial needs and are able to propose feasible and realistic legal solutions to address the client’s concerns. They are also very versatile.’

‘Han Kun is also able to work diligently and efficiently, and is fully capable to deliver to budget.’

Key clients

Tiger Global Management, LLC

Blizzard Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Kweichow Moutai Company

Reignwood Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Tiger Global on the employment related matters including secondments, employee transitions and non-competition.
  • Advised US gaming company Blizzard Entertainment on employment matters including including relocation, labour dispatch, termination and covid working policies.
  • Represented alcohol producer Kweichow Moutai in labour disputes against its employees.

PW & Partners

Guangzhou based PW & Partners is a leading firm on the Pearl River and represents major clients across the Greater Bay Area. The firm regularly assists foreign companies to comply with PRC regulations and, as more multinationals looked for advice closer to their operations in the wake of the pandemic, it was in a position to support them. Non-compete cases, mass lay-offs and equity incentives are major areas of expertise for the firm. Practice head James Peng is an employment specialist with more than 20 years of experience who provides advice on mass lay-off risk control, employee relocations and top-level management turnover negotiations. He is supported by Ozzie Ou, who specialises in terminations involving foreign employees. Associates Vivi Chen and Sam Chen assist on many key matters.

Practice head(s):

James (Bo) Peng

Other key lawyers:

Ozzie Ou; Sam Chen; Vivi Chen

Key clients

CEEC Guangdong Electric Power Equipments Factory

IKA Works Guangzhou

Guangdong Xianqiang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

AIG Insurance Company China Limited

TWS Group

Mars Wrigley Confectionery (China) Limited

Renolit Guangzhou Ltd.

Clariant Chemicals (China) Ltd. Guangzhou Branch


Carlisle (Meizhou) Rubber Products Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Goertek on a non-compete case with the value of over CNY 3,600,000 yuan.
  • Acted for Mars Wrigley Confectionery (China) Limited on a case about employees’ equity incentives with the value over CNY 3,000,000 yuan.
  • Advised Mead Johnson (U.S.) on a lay off project.

River Delta Law Firm

A large employment team with operations across China, including branches in Suzhou and Chengdu, River Delta Law Firm of Shanghai provide arbitration and litigation services to varied clients. It has particular experience in the technology sector, representing major multinational clients including Ericsson. Cathy Qu leads on many of the firm’s key cases including complex terminations and breach of non-competition clause disputes. She has a further specialism in matters involving class actions. Jason Lu has 20 years of labour law experience and chiefly advises on HR policy implementation, restructuring and compliance issues. Wang Qi is another key name, assisting clients developing settlement plans and overseas working arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Jingbo (Jason) Lu; Cathy Qu; Guoli Wang; Xiaoyan Liu; Wang Tianyi; Jing Lu; Lu Liu; Lijuan Bai; Zhe Yang; Xinli Ma; Lili Wang; Xinxia Zhong; Yan Fuke; Youshan Li; Wang Qi; Yi Zhang; Gao Feng; Hao Xu

Other key lawyers:

Cai Ying


‘Fantastic team with employment law expertise across China’

Key clients

Danaher Group

Raintree Scientific Instruments (Shanghai) Corporation

Pernod Ricard (China) Co. Ltd.

Triumph Group China

Decathlon Sports Goods (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Ricoh (China) Investment Co. Ltd.

Omron Automation (China) Co. Ltd.

Eaton (China) Investment Co. Ltd.

Ericsson (China) Communications Co. Ltd.

H3C Technologies Co. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented MFS Instance Brokers (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. in an arbitration and litigation case against a former employee who disputed the non-compete clause contained in his contract.
  • Represented Trane Air Conditioning System (China) Co. Ltd. (Shanghai) in a class action suit by a large number of former employees who claimed illegal dissolution of their employment contracts.
  • Advised Pall (China) Co. Ltd. in an arbitration and litigation case against a former employee who committed severe breaches of the client company’s rules and regulations.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal advises both employers and employees in a wide range of sectors and has a strong China regional coverage. It advises Chinese companies, including USA and European subsidiaries on all areas of labour and employment including all aspects of labour management and benefits and reaorganisations of work forces including ex-pat employees. Team head Feng Liang specialises in assisting clients with both national and global employment matters while Chunyun Pang's focus in on employment disputes including arbitration cases. 

Practice head(s):

Feng Liang

Other key lawyers:

Chunyun Pang


A leading firm in Jiangsu Province and Nanjing City, specializing in but not limited to labor, can provide comprehensive services for large-scale transactions; Good teamwork and collaboration; Reasonable billing.’

Key clients

Tianjin Hongda Textile Technology Co Ltd

RRS Supply Chain Technology Co Ltd

China Nonferrous Metal Mining Group Co Ltd

Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions

Shanghai BONO Clothing Co Ltd

Shanghai Putuo District Federation of Trade Unions

Sichuan Development (Holdings) Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tianjin Hongda Textile Technology Co., Ltd. complete labour downsizing and optimization project.
  • Representing RRS Supply Chain Technology Co., a subsidiary of Qingdao Haier Group, Ltd. in the resignation negotiation with the former Deputy General Manager Hao Moumou.
  • Represented Grassland Finance Limited in resolving the dispute with its former CEO in respect of labour dispute, contract dispute, and confirmation of the validity of company resolution.

DaHui Lawyers

Providing advice to a varied pool of clients ranging from Huawei to Princeton University Press, DaHui Lawyers has an accomplished labour and employment practice. Experienced litigator Xing Wan heads the team, frequently representing international clients in their disputes with high-level employees and advising on terminations, non-competition clauses and trade secrets issues. Joon Ho Tan is a crisis management specialist advising on strikes and work stoppages, whistleblowing and instances of serious non-compliance with company protocols.

Practice head(s):

Xing Wan

Other key lawyers:

Maggie Zou; Cloud Li; Joon Ho Tan

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices‘ employment law team has long-standing relationships with a number of state-run enterprises in the financial and energy sectors, but is increasingly advising private multinationals as well. Partners Su Wenwei and Jianping Wang have backgrounds in human resources as well as law and have utilised this experience in their practice to assist with HR policy implementation and restructuring. The firm provides both labour disputes representation services and employment contractual advice.

Practice head(s):

Wang Jianping; Wenwei Su

Other key lawyers:

Shen Wei; Cui Mingming

Key clients

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

All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese

Bank of China Beijing Branch

China National Offshore Oil Corporation



Yunnan Hongta Tobacco Company

AVIC Import & Export Co., Ltd

China Telecom International Limited

Binhai New Area Public Security Bureau

Work highlights

  • Representing CNOOC Energy Development Co., Ltd in dealing wwith collective dispute cases with 11 employees.
  • Acts as the permanent legal counsel of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Representing Xinhua Asset Management Co., Ltd in six different labor arbitration cases filed by an employee.


Dentons China is a market mainstay; its offices across the country providing PRC employment advice. With branches from Kunming to Changchun, as well as in China’s major cities, it is well placed to keep apace with provincial differences in employment and employment-related regulations. Dianxu Jiang – who has a high degree of experience in collective disputes and the repositioning and relocation of employees – leads the practice. Joanie Zhang has a strong track record in labour disputes across multiple sectors including education, finance and heavy industry. Grace Young, who has a background in labour arbitrator, is an upcoming partner in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dianxu Jiang

Other key lawyers:

Shane Luo; Joanie Zhang; Grace Young

Key clients

Flextronics Manufacturing(Zhuhai)Co.,Ltd

VF China Limited

Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in Shanghai


Uniflair (Zhuhai) Electrical Appliance Manufacturing Co., Ltd

COOEC-Fluor Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College

Multek Industries Limited

Dr. Martens AirWair Hong Kong Limited

American International School of Guangzhou

Rayben Technologies (Zhuhai) Limited

Hettich Furniture Hardware Components (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd

Hunter Boot Business Consultancy (Shenzhen) Company Limited

Harting (Zhuhai) Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented a Fortune 500 Enterprise handling multiple labour dispute cases arising from fraudulent employee behaviour.

FenXun Partners

FenXun Partners has an employment practice which works on large scale matters, including restructuring and mass lay-offs, for multinational clients as part of its joint partnership with international law firm Baker McKenzie FenXun. Zheng Lu and Bofu An lead the practice. Both are experienced in employment issues involving thousands of employees, such as strikes, collective agreements and large scale redundancies. Associate Ting Zhang is involved in many key cases in which the firm appeared before China’s higher courts.

Practice head(s):

Bofu An; Zheng Lu

Other key lawyers:

Jane Peng; Ting Zhang

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng provides ongoing employment relationship advice to a range of clients. Trade secrets matters and restructuring are key areas of expertise. Youping Deng leads the practice, advising on labour regulatory compliance as well as providing representation for clients in disputes. He is supported by Xin Yu, who specialises in human resources matters. Wujie Xian, who has served as an arbitrator for the Shenzen Labor Arbitration Commission, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Youping Deng

Other key lawyers:

Xin Yu; Wujie Xian; Xiao Zhao

Key clients






ZTO Express

Shouqi Limousine chauffeur

Dajia Baoxian

Sequoia Capital



Ant Financial



Tiger Brokers

China Merchants Securities International Co., Ltd



Orchid Asia

FX Hotel Group

Bussan Beijing Logistics Enterprise Ltd.


Stream Computing Inc.

EISWAY Education

China National Investment and Guaranty Corporation

BOC International (China) Co. Ltd.

Huaxia Bank

Visual China Group

Warburg Pincus



Zhongshanghuimin Co., Ltd.

Zhong De Securities

China Post Securities


Llinks Law Offices

Llinks Law Offices offers an employment practice led by Patrick Gu. He has particular expertise in anti-corruption and trade secrets matters. Handling both employment disputes and restructuring, Gu’s team has a notable specialism in advising fund management companies, assisting with employee terminations, employee transfers, employee handbook revisions and bonus plan formulations, among other services.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Gu

Other key lawyers:

Alicia Wang; Vernon Shen

Key clients

Kwantas Corporation Berhad

Emerson Electric (Beijing) Instrument Co. Ltd.

T. Rowe Price Hong Kong Limited

Oshkosh Commercial (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Hwabao WP fund management co., Ltd.

JDPA Commercial Consulting Co., Ltd.

Chanel (China) Trading Co., Ltd.

AEGON-industrial fund management co., Ltd.

Beijing Gengmei Interactive Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Prelude Capital Management, LLC

R&P China Lawyers

R&P China Lawyers serves multinational companies, offering representation within the PRC to well known names including Maersk and New Balance. The firm provides expertise in advising on mass lay-offs and is notable for its specialism in the retail sector. Dutch employment lawyers Robin Tabbers and Maarten Roos head the practice. Former prosecutor Alice (Qiao) Peng is another key name at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Robin Tabbers; Maarten Roos

Other key lawyers:

Rogier van Bijnen; Alice (Qiao) Peng; Chen Yun


‘The R&P team is very knowledgeable and offers a practical approach to any legal advice.’

‘R&P responds quickly to any questions and takes the company specific situation into account. Their advice is practical and to the point. They have a wide range of team members who are specialists in their field.’

‘Solid legal support with regard to PR China’

‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic, solutions-oriented and responsive.’

‘This is a highly professional and very responsive team. R&P China have supported us on sensitive and urgent topics over the past years and we have been very satisfied with their support. R&P have been acting as part of the internal team, quickly understanding our business, what we are looking for and provided valuable advise.’

‘They stand out on responsiveness, speed, engagement with the client (ownership) professionalism and quality.’

Key clients


IDEXX Laboratories (NASDAQ: IDXX)

Designer Brands (NYSE: DBI)

ASM International (AMS: ASM)

Giuseppe Zanotti

D-Box Technologies Inc (TSX:DBO)

Motul Groupe (France, privately owned)

Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG (XETRA:PWO)

Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ: COLM)

Brunel (AMS: BRNL)

Paula’s Choice LLC

Cole Haan Inc.

Mediamonks B.B.


Nutreco N.V.

Rituals N.V.

Acclime Group


New Balance

Aalberts N.V. (AMS: AAL)

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted a global shipping company in negotiating and documenting a mass settlement with 2,000 employees, who had stopped work and demanded compensation, to resume their work.
  • Assisted a US shoe retailer with multiple investigations into allegations of misconduct by several employees (mainly commercial bribery and embezzlement), subsequent disciplinary actions, implementing all employee/compliance policies and delivering compliance trainings to employees.
  • Organized termination of more than 100 employees for Dutch-listed industrial company within one day despite lack of local visibility i.e., local HR could not be involved in advance and many employees’ absence due to the Chinese New Year holiday.