Projects and energy: PRC firms in China

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP is a standout firm for projects in the PRC and outbound work. Domestically, the group advises local governments, project companies and their sponsors and investors, at all stages of energy and infrastructure project; outbound work includes assisting PRC contractors and financial institutions with investments globally. It is also able to leverage outstanding firm-wide capabilities in corporate transactions, banking and financing, real estate, environmental protection, labour and litigation. The department, which is led by Jianan Yuan, includes trained engineer Elvis Zhou, who specialises in the contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction projects. PPP expert Yuan Cheng is another name to note with broad sectoral expertise. Yu Qin specialises in energy, infrastructure and industrial projects in- and outside China.

Practice head(s):

Jianan Yuan

Other key lawyers:

Yu Qin; Fang Yi; Elvis Zhou; Yuan Cheng

Key clients

Shanghai Lingang  Wind Farm Co

Shanghai Shenneng Fengxian Thermal Power Co

Hangzhou Metro Group Co

Chengdu Metro Co

Shaoxing Communications Investment Group Co

China CITIC Bank

CNCEC and China Tianchen Engineering Corporation

Dalian Metro Co

CITIC Construction Co/CITIC Construction Investment Development Co

Work highlights

  • Advised China CITIC Bank on M&A financing loans directed at Tianqi Lithium”s overseas acquisition entity.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is noted for handling energy, resource and infrastructure projects across the globe, for SOEs and private Chinese companies, at every stage of the life-cycle. The group is particularly active in One Belt One Road projects; and in 2018-2019, advised a variety of SOEs and financial institutions on matters including major power transmission projects in Pakistan and Ethiopia, as well as a China-Thailand railway project. Wenjing Tian, who has experience across contentious and non-contentious aspects of cross-border energy and infrastructure projects, leads the team from the Beijing office and has significant experience in construction and engineering-related arbitrations. Yinghao Lv is a key name for acquisition and project finance, while Xiong Jin is noted for cross-boder M&A and project investment, with a particular focus on outbound investment in the energy industry.

Practice head(s):

Wenjing Tian

Other key lawyers:

Yinghao Lv; Xiong Jin; Xiaolian Zhang; George Zhao

Testimonials

It has a strong experience, a global platform and work processing capabilities

The team has excellent professional skills and a wide range of government and industry resources, and team members work together to provide timely legal services

It can provide professional advice and clear professional judgments, as well as a deep understanding of corporate intentions and business interests, both for project development and the implementation

Key clients

China Railway Corporation

China National Nuclear Corporation

State Grid Corporation of China

China Railway Construction Corporation

China Energy Engineering Corporation

China Gezhouba Group Overseas Investment Company

Tebian Electric Apparatus Co

China National Machinery Industry Corporation

Sinosteel Group Co

Shandong Hi-Speed Group Co

Work highlights

  • Instructed by China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co as lead counsel on the the Matiari-Lahore HVDC Transmission BOOT project between China and Pakistan.
  • Advised Sinosteel Group on its EPC contract with Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works
  • Advised Hengtong Optic-electric as global counsel in relation to an EPC&M contract for the construction and maintenance of the high-voltage transmission line connecting the WindFloat Atlantic offshore wind farm and the Portuguese onshore public service power grid.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm has an impressive client roster, comprising governmental authorities, NGOs, SOEs and social investors, which the team advises on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of the spectrum of energy, infrastructure and natural resource projects, as well as issues pertaining to environmental law. Jihong Wang is a key member of the team, with experience in projects in China and abroad, particularly involving PPP structures, including concessions, and greenfield investment and financing. Jiong Zhang is also recommended for knowledge of project tendering, engineering management, reject settlement risk control and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Fei Wang; Jihong Wang; Gavin Zhang; Yueping Zhou; Jiong Zhang

Other key lawyers:

Maoyuan Zhu; Jun Cheng; Li Hao; Lanping Zhou; Ping Gu

Testimonials

The team’s legal services are professional and efficient

Strong professional competence in areas such as PPP and infrastructure financing

Key clients

Sino Great Wall International Engineering

China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering

China Three Gorges Corporation

Southeast Asia Pipeline

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

CCCC Industrial Investment Holding Co

PTIAL International Petroleum

China Overseas Infrastructure Development and Investment Corporation

China-LAC Cooperation Fund

Hongkong Excellen Mining Investment Co

Shandong Gold Group Co

China Government and Enterprise Cooperation Investment Fund Co

Shanxi Jinmei Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Xin Hua Hydropower on its large-scale PV M&A Project.
  • Advised China-LAC Cooperation Fund on an investment in Peruvian-based Empresa de Generación Huallaga.
  • Advised China Construction No.2 Engineering Bureau Co on the construction of an automotive industrial PPP project in Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone.

Broad & Bright

Broad & Bright has real expertise in infrastructure and real estate, giving it an edge in PPP projects. The group predominantly acts for government authorities, with extensive recent experience in mass transit and urban infrastructure projects across China, including a number of smart city schemes. In addition to more traditional advisory work, the group is also well-versed in conducting feasibility studies in relation to city-wide infrastructure schemes, particularly under the leadership of Linming Jin, who is a notable expert in infrastructure investment. Jing Chen is an infrastructure specialist, with strong experience in the corporate and commercial aspects of projects. The group benefited from a recent expansion in 2019, with the arrival of lawyers including Sunny Shen from an in-house position at Electronic Arts and Liang Peng from CMS.

Practice head(s):

Linming Jin

Other key lawyers:

Jing Chen; Sunny Shen; Fang Liu; Liang Peng; Yali Lu; Feng Zhao

Key clients

Dongguan Development Holdings Co

China Virtue (Beijing) International Engineering Technology Co

Foshan Legislation Bureau

Beijing Fortune Consulting Co

Brick Conseling Co

China International Engineering Consulting Corporation

Leaders Office for Guangzhou Central City Transportation Project

Work highlights

  • Advised Dongguan Development Holdings on the Line 1 of Dongguan Rail Transit PPP Project
  • Advising China Virtue (Beijing) International Engineering Technology Co on Wuhan Area development PPP Project

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners, which enters the rankings for the first time, advises global and domestic clients in a variety projects in China and abroad. The group, which often plays a lead role in on- and offshore transactions, has particular expertise in build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects, the establishment, acquisition and construction of energy projects and the constructing of manufacturing plants. In addition, the group benefits from the firm's wider expertise in dispute resolution, regularly handling project-related litigation and arbitration. Yingying Wang, who leads the team, and Nuo Ji are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Yingying Wang

Other key lawyers:

Nuo Ji; Maria Wang; Stephen Lin

Key clients

Zoomlion

Huada Semiconductor

Shanghai Electric

General Electric Renewable

Veolia

Covanta Energy

Royal Vopak

Work highlights

  • Advising Veolia,  on various investments in water supply, water treatment and waste treatment projects across China, including in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Jiangxi and Inner Mongolia, and related construction and environmental protection matters
  • Advised Shanghai Electric on its investment, engineering, procurement and construction project for power plants in various cities around the world
  • Advised Zoomlion on its investment and construction of a $30m-plus manufacturing plant in Minsk, Belarus

Global Law Office

Global Law Office provides a full-service to domestic and foreign project owners, developers, investors, lessors, lessees, lenders and borrowers. The group is particularly focused on the resource extraction industry, but it has experience in a variety of domestic infrastructure projects, including urban transport and development, the construction of aviation facilities. Department head Kevin Wang specialises in project construction and energy, and is ably supported by corporate lawyer Miller Wang.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Wang

Other key lawyers:

Miller Wang; Yongqi Li; Chuan Wang

Key clients

City Development &Investment Co of China Xiongan Group

New Beijing Airport Construction Command

Xiamen Tungsten Corporation

Jiangxi Copper Corporation

Beijing Capital Heat Co

Asian Development Bank

Work highlights

  • The Construction Project of Xiongan New Area for City Development & Investment Co of China Xiongan Group
  • Advised New Beijing Airport Construction Command on the construction project for New Beijing Capital International Airport
  • Advised Beijing BII Traffic Development on matters relating to the Beijing Daxing International Airport Expressway

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm has a strong SOE client-base, which it advises on a broad range of projects, most notably in the energy sector, but also including natural resource extraction and transport. The group handles projects across China, and is also active in One Belt One Road initiative projects in a number of jurisdictions globally. Wei Jiang leads the project group; Ling Xu leads the energy group; while Guoqiang Chen is the head of the environmental law department, which is often called upon by the wider projects team.

Practice head(s):

Wei Jiang; Ling Xu

Other key lawyers:

Guoqiang Chen; Guangli Qiu; Lei Meng; Yewen Qian; Yonghong Zhan

Key clients

China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company

China Energy Engineering Group

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

State Grid Corporation of China

China Power Engineering Consulting Group

SDIC Power Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented China Energy Engineering Group in its acquisition of Lianjiaba 300MW photovoltaic grid-connected power generation project in Liaoning Province, 50MW wind power generation project in Qinshui of Shanxi Province and 50MW wind power generation project in Binxian of Heilongjiang Province
  • Acted as the legal counsel for Beijing Yanqing District People’s Government in relation to the the Government and Social Capital Cooperation PPP Project for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and Winter Paralympics Games in Yanqing District
  • Advised China Construction Water Resources (Jiangyin) Co on the PPP Project of Village Domestic Sewage Treatment and Urban Muddy and Odorous Water Treatment in Jiangyin City

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal has developed a solid project and energy practice, which encompasses matters in China and abroad. The group is supported by the firm's M&A, capital markets, finance and dispute resolution departments, enabling it to offer clients, often SOEs, a full-service. Of particular note, Annie Wu advised China Energy Investment Corporation on its proposed shale gas investment in the US; a highly unusual transaction in the context of the trade war. The department is led by Xiaodong Zheng, who brings substantial experience in energy and natural resource-related capital market and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Xiaodong Zheng

Other key lawyers:

Annie Wu; Jun Peng

Key clients

China Energy Investment Corporation

China Shenhua Overseas Development & Investment Co (an affiliate of China Energy)

National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy (an affiliate of China Energy)

China National Offshore Oil Corporation

Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China

China Iron and Steel Industry Association

Shagang Group

Panjin Xincheng Development Construction Group

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel to China Energy and Investment Corporation in connection with its proposed shale gas investment in the United States
  • Advising Panjin Xincheng Development Construction Group on the Huajin Ami Petrochemical project, a China-Saudi Arabia joint venture.
  • Advising Shagang Group on the reorgansiation of Dongbei Special Steel Group.

Sunshine Law Firm

Projects and energy are at the core of Sunshine Law Firm's practice, which benefits from expertise in traditional and new energy, as well as matters relating to climate change, the environment and carbon trading. The group's typical mandates include in- and outbound investment; development and construction; operation and maintenance of energy facilities, supply and purchase agreements for power, oil, gas and coal; M&A and project financing; and dispute resolution. Names to note include managing partner Jane Chen, who focuses on landmark energy projects, finance and investment expert Lizhong Lu, outbound PPP specialist Hongwen Zhu and Song Shen, who takes the lead on offshore oil and gas investments.

Practice head(s):

Lizhong Lu; Hongwen Zhu; Song Shen; Xinhe Xu; Jane Chen

Other key lawyers:

Weidong Yang; Anwei Dai; Yuxiang Song

Key clients

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

China Power International Holding Co

Shanghai Electric Power Co

China Power Investment Power Engineering Co

AVIC-INTL Project Engineering Co

China Development Energy Technology Co

Work highlights

  • As the leading legal counsellor of Sinosure, Sunshine provides comprehensive legal services for Bangladesh Salam 2X660MW Coal-Fired Power Station project
  • Advised Shanghai Electrical Power (Malta) Holding Ltd and other international companies on  the investment, construction and operation of Mozura Wind project.
  • Acting for National Nuclear Longyuan Technology Corporation on a range of investment, development and construction matters.
  • Assisted with Malaysia Energy PV power station project’s investment and development

Tian Yuan Law Firm

Tian Yuan Law Firm stands out for cross-border PPP projects, with a particular focus on infrastructure. The group also handles a wide variety of work in the energy sphere, mostly advising foreign corporations on inbound investments and Chinese entities on outbound work, especially in relation to One Belt One Road projects. The department is jointly led by cross-border M&A expert Jie Chai, Xiaodong Zhu  (whose focuses include investment, financing international engineering contracts and arbitration) and corporate generalist Xiong Yin.

Practice head(s):

Xiaodong Zhu; Xiong Yin; Jie Chai

Other key lawyers:

Xiulan Hua; Guiying Guo

Grandall Law Firm

Grandall Law Firm is noted for handling a wide variety of domestic and outbound PPP projects for Chinese SOEs, across sectors including energy, manufacturing, petrochemicals and water treatment. The group is co-led by Weidong Wang and Binghong Lv, both of whom have expertise that includes M&A, restructuring and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Weidong Wang; Binghong Lv

Other key lawyers:

Tingjuan Sun;

Key clients

SPICOI

CGL new energy Holdings

GCL Holding Groups

State Power Investment Corporation

China Huadian Corporation

Beijing Enterprises Water Group

Work highlights

  • Represented SPICOI in its bidding of 30-year concession right of Sao Simao HPP in Brazil
  • Represented CGL new energy Holdings in its transaction deal with Yunnan Provincial Energy Investment Group Co
  • Advised GCL Holding Groups on investing the construction of Sichuan LeShan Polysilicon Industrial Base

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng is heavily involved in the energy and natural resources sector, advising on projects in China, but with a strength in projects abroad, with experience in central and south Asia, North America and Africa. The group handles the spectrum of corporate, securities and M&A matters as well as services for clients involved in government concessions. Corporate generalist Xiang Gao leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Xiang Gao

Other key lawyers:

Guanchun Dai; Chunwei Liang; Yanmei Long; Jian Yao; Xiaofeng Cheng

Testimonials

The team has a strong comprehensive advantage in overseas M&A, especially in the field of investment M&A in Africa‘.

It can provide “customer-centric” services‘.

Yanmei Long has extensive practical experience in investing in energy and resources overseas and is able to provide tailor-made legal services to clients‘.

Key clients

Hongkong Excellen Mining Investment Co

Union of Mining Companies with Chinese Capital

Nanjing Hanrui Cobalt

Chambishi Copper Smelter

Lualaba Cooper Smelter

Jinjucheng Mining

Jinjucheng Mining

China 15th Metallurgical Construction Group Co

HBIS Group Co

Chengtun Mining Group Co

Work highlights

  • Advised HBIS Group in financing for its acquisition of Tata Steels listed companies in Thailand.
  • Advised Hong Kong Excellen Mining Investment Co and Democratic Republic of Congo-based Gécamines on a production-sharing deal for a copper and cobalt deposit in areas covered by two sets of mining rights.