Firms To Watch: Real estate and construction: PRC firms

Baker McKenzie FenXun draws on its international links to provide advice to foreign companies on real estate transactions in the Chinese market, including joint ventures and investments. Yong Hai in Beijing and Alexander Gong in Shanghai are the key names.
Beijing DHH Law Firm advises on agreements for the construction of large-scale projects as well as disputes related to these projects and other real estate transactions. Zexian Zhang is the key name to note.
Han Kun Law Offices is noted for its focus on advising investment funds on real estate transactions, and was substantially bolstered by the addition of Rong Fang in September 2020 from King & Wood Mallesons.
At Kangda Law Firm, the real estate and construction practice focuses on construction disputes, including litigation related to cost overruns and delays. Changying Song leads the practice.
The real estate team at V&T Law Firm handles the construction of projects across a range of asset classes, with a particular focus on infrastructure such as rail developments. The practice also advises on real estate transactions, and is led by Lei Gao, Yang Song and Xiaofeng Zhang.

Real estate and construction: PRC firms in China

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners stands out for the international nature of its client base, acting for prominent US and European clients investing in the Chinese real estate market. The team is especially active in real estate M&A, in which it advises private equity and real estate funds on the acquisition of Chinese property. It also handles property construction and development, particularly in the area of industrial and manufacturing projects. Stephen Lin leads the team and is noted for his experience acting for overseas investors in growing sectors such as logistics and data centres. Maria Wang also has extensive links to international investment funds and handles a variety of transactions in this space. Yingying Wang is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lin

Other key lawyers:

Maria Wang; Yingying Wang; Frank Fan

Testimonials

‘Their professional and meticulous thinking and grasp of details all went well beyond normal standards.’

‘The lawyers Yingying Wang and Frank Fan (Fan Jia) both have specialist knowledge of the international hotel brand sector and a very sound understanding of how the industry operates, enabling them to provide advice from a variety of perspectives and summarise the experience of different operators in the field, thereby providing more realistic services that were in tune with prevailing trends in the industry.’

Key clients

Bain Capital Credit (BCC)

Haitong Securities

Warburg Pincus

Phoenix Property

China Enterprise

Brookfield

Gopher Asset Management

City Developments Limited (CDL)

LanghamHospitalityGroup

Blackstone

Gaw Capital

CSI Group

Kerry Properties

AstraZeneca

Starbucks

Hong Kong Construction

Hilton

Marriott

Langham

Novartis

Nordson

Citibank

Prologis

GIC

Aedas

BM Holding

Shanghai Motor

Merlin Entertainments

E-Shang Redwood Group

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Sembcorp

SmithGroupJJR

Shanghai Land Group

EMAAR Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management on its acquisition of a set of five Mosaic-branded malls with a portfolio that measures 260,000 square meters of gross leasable area.
  • Advised Kerry Properties Limited on its incorporation of a consortium with GIC, for the participation of the public bidding procedures for a commercial and residential complex located in Pudong New Area, Shanghai, PRC, for land priced more than RMB6 billion.
  • Advised AEW on its co-investment with GIC and Sigma Delta Partners Investment (SDP) for the acquisition of a commercial complex in Beijing valued at RMB2.7 billion.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons offers a comprehensive service to clients, handling M&A transactions, joint ventures, and investments in the real estate space. The practice also acts on major projects such as railways, advising government entities on the tender process as well as representing construction companies. In addition to acting for international investors entering the Chinese market, the team advises Chinese real estate investors in their outbound investments around the world. Harry Du leads the team from Beijing, with William Jiang and Zhangqi Tao the key figures in Shanghai and Shenzhen respectively.

Practice head(s):

Harry Du

Other key lawyers:

William Jiang; Zhangqi Tao; Frank Xiong

Testimonials

‘William Jiang’s team has a wealth of experience in the real estate investment and financing field.’

‘William Jiang is very diligent, responsible and responsive in his work, and is able to coordinate with project teams at the most tense times for deals to achieve the relevant goals.’

‘The team is made up of highly experienced partners and lawyers. They have expert knowledge of the law and are able to provide expert legal interpretations of issues we encountered during the project, as well as providing effective solutions and precedents. The team made good use of its outstanding executive abilities during the project, enabling the project to progress smoothly to completion. The team has excellent communication skills and a great work attitude.’

‘Frank Xiong is a very hardworking and intelligent lawyer with a wealth of experience and expert knowledge of the law. He is always able to use his wealth of practical experience and keen understanding of real estate market development to assist us with overcoming complex and difficult legal problems with our projects, and provides effective and innovatively-structured solutions to enable deals to progress smoothly to completion.’

‘King & Wood Mallesons provides us with one-stop, comprehensive legal services. Based on their integrated management, the lawyers in their various service departments and offices are able to effectively organise and allocate resources so that different teams can work together and provide us with high-quality legal services for very time-sensitive projects that involve many intersecting business areas.’

Key clients

Macquarie

China Railway International Co., Ltd.

Fujian Provinical Communication Transportation Group Co., Ltd

MTR Corporation Limited

Xinjin Investment Holding Limited

Yuexiu Property Company Limited

Longgang District Development and Reform Bureau

Shun Tak Group.

Marriott International, Inc.

FUNLIVE Holdings Limited Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Xinjin Investment Holding Limited on its investment in two Data Center projects based in Tongzhou District and Shunyi District in Beijing.
  • Advised MTR on Shenzhen Metro Line 13 Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) Project.
  • Advised CapitaLand Retail China Trust (CRCT) on the proposed acquisition of the respective interests in the companies which hold five business park properties located in the provincial cities of Suzhou, Xi’an and Hangzhou, China

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm is a leading firm in the Chinese real estate sector, with a practice experienced in handling all areas of real estate and construction across a range of sectors. The team acts for developers and construction companies on the development of complex projects such as theme parks, airports and skyscrapers; it also handles the acquisition of properties. The team has a particular specialism in advising on PPP projects. Maoyuan Zhu serves as chair of the real estate department, while Jihong Wang is noted for her work in energy and environmental law, advising on the development and financing of projects. Jiong Zhang is another name to note, with almost two decades’ experience in this area. Wenjing Zhang is a key associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Wenjun Qiao; Maoyuan Zhu; Furong Deng; Song Mu; Lanping Zhou; Yao Chen; Chao Ji; Xianshi Meng

Other key lawyers:

Jihong Wang; Jiong Zhang; Wenjing Zhang; Lina Zhang; Yongxin Zheng; Fangrong Wu; Han Hao; Yi Shi

Testimonials

‘True experts in the construction project field and masters of their craft. The team is also very forward looking and has excellent foresight in terms of legal and compliance trends and the likely direction of court and arbitration rulings, so they have helped our company deal better with a variety of issues, from risk control to dispute resolution.’

‘Jiong Zhang has a sound theoretical grounding and extensive practical experience. His unique business insights enable him to provide many forward-looking opinions and risk control and avoidance measures. Wenjing Zhang and Lina Zhang are both rising stars with excellent knowledge of the law.’

‘Jiong Zhang and  Yongxin Zheng: outstanding professionals, pleasant to work with, very responsive.’

‘The team have a wealth of experience in the real estate sector. They are able to understand the level of substantial risk and are not limited to just minor details of contractual negotiations.’

‘Han Hao and Yi Shi both have a great deal of experience in the real estate field. They are able to provide great legal advice and legal opinions for both parties to deals, especially for complex real estate and equity deals.Even the team’s junior lawyers impressed our company, as they had a very professional and proactive way of working.’

‘The structure of the team was very well thought out and the team included a diverse range of talents, enabling them to do a great job at many different types of task for even large, complex mergers and acquisitions.They are very tenacious and cope with pressure very well.’

‘High level of professional experience, outstanding industry reputation, diligent service, ample understanding of the business, established, friendly long-term partnerships.’

‘The Han Hao and Yi Shi teams at Zhong Lun Law Firm are very impressive in terms of their legal services capabilities for the real estate investment and financing, and urban renewal and rebuilding sectors. They have many years’ experience providing services to developers and Chinese and overseas investment and financing organisations, plus their team has an excellent system for developing and updating their talent, enabling them to bring in the new. For all these reasons, my experience of working with them, and the Han Hao and Yi Shi teams in particular, was that they are true experts and very much at the top rung of the ladder in the Beijing real estate and urban renewal sector – the best of the best.’

Key clients

China Merchants Industrial Park (Qingdao) venture Co., Ltd

Qingdao urban construction investment (Group) Co., Ltd

Qingdao Haier production and Urban Innovation Group Co., Ltd

Qingdao Special Steel Co.,Ltd

Zhejiang Blue City Zijin Construction Management Co., Ltd.

SDP Investment

Citic-prudential Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Gohigh Fund

Hudson Capital

Beijing Kefu Times Technology Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Canghai Weiye Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Prime Golden Capital

COFCO

Bytedance

Beijing Chang’an Mills Management Co., Ltd.( 北京首狮昌泰运营管理有限公司)

JD

Cinda

Longfor

IDG Capital

CITIC PE

Beijing Guohua Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Beijing Hua-re Real-estate Consultancy Co., Ltd. (China Central Place)

Metro Land Corporation Ltd.

Hyatt

Genting

Landgent

Beijing Life Century Real Estate Co., Ltd.

China International Travel Service Limited

CCCG Real Estate Group

Ping An Real Estate Co., Ltd.

China Resources Land Limited

China Vanke Co.,Ltd.

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd

Elite IndustriaL Holdings Ltd.

China Resources Snow Beer (China) Investment Co. Ltd

China Overseas Grand Oceans Group Limited

GCL (Group) Holdings Co., Ltd.

Huaren Construction Group Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Shuanglou Construction Group Co., Ltd.

China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd. Jiangsu Branch

Yufa Construction Group Co., Ltd.

Nanjing Qiqiao Construction and Installation Engineering Co., Ltd.

Anhui Zhongxia Construction and Installation Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Cangchen Pension Industry Co., Ltd

Gemdale Group Nanjing Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Luneng group

Quzhou Greentown Urban Investment Future Community Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Lishui Dajia Future Community Project Construction Co., Ltd. [Hangzhou Urban Construction Development Group Co., Ltd. ]

Hangzhou Shuya Technology Co., Ltd.

Sunon Group Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Jixiang Real Estate Leasing Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Jichu Real Estate Leasing Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Jixian Real Estate Leasing Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Cinda Real Estate Co., Ltd., China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd. Jiangxi Branch

Sichuan Languang Development Co., Ltd.

China Orient Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Kaize Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Tengyue Network Technology Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Tianzheng Design Engineering Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Minghui Real Estate Leasing Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Jintou Property Management Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Greentown Real Estate Investment Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Kesheng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Keyi Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Zhonghai Qihui Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Zhonghai Haichuang Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Baijing Investment Co., Ltd.

BBMG China Railway Noble (Hangzhou) Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd.

CITIC Industry Investment Co., Ltd.

China Investment Securities Co., Ltd. (CISC)

Tomorrow Advancing Life

Unisplendour Corporation Limited(UNIS)

Guangzhou Xiaomi Communication Technology Co., Ltd.

Northwest Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd. of China Power Engineering Consulting Group(删掉)

Huaneng Nuclear Power Development Co. Ltd. of the China Huaneng Group

Becton Dickinson Medical Devices (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.

Northwest Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd. of China Power Engineering Consulting Group

Cummins Inc.

Longjitaihe Group

Tishman Speyer & Lenovo Group

Hang Lung Properties Limited

Minmetals Land Limited

Schneider Electric

SKECHERS (TaiCang) Logistic Ltd.

Beijing Samsung Real Estate Co., Ltd

Red Kite ZF (Shanghai) Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. (Hines China)

China Southern Airlines Company Limited

New China Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis Co., Ltd.

ABB Sifang Power System Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice on construction for The Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort
  • Assisting Agile Group Holdings Limited in designing the transaction structure, legal analysis, transaction documents drafting and revising, negotiation.
  • Advised SDP Investment on the Acquisition of U-Show Project (Dakang Shoe Market) alongside a foreign investor.

City Development Law Firm

Shuying Zhu is one of the key names in City Development Law Firm's real estate team, which is highly active in contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction matters in the Shanghai market.

Key clients

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Global Law Office

Global Law Office handles a range of real estate matters, including the financing and construction of infrastructure projects such as railways and industrial developments. The practice is also active in the commercial property sector, with Jason Wang particularly noted for his experience advising on transactions involving hotels. Huawei Lin  stands out for his work acting for private equity funds such as Warburg Pincus and Blackstone on acquisitions of Chinese real estate assets. Zhongcheng Wang is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Huawei Lin; Zhongcheng Wang; Miller Wang; Yue Wang; Minghao Xu

Key clients

City Development & Investment Co., Ltd of China Xiong’an Group

The People’s Government of Beijing Municipality

Beijing BII Traffic Development Co., Ltd.

SK Hynix System Ic Inc.

FINELANDSERVICE (9978.HK)

Lvgem (China) Real Estate Investment Company Limited

Fujian Yango Group Co., Ltd.

China Merchants Expressway Network & Technology Holdings Co., Ltd.

ESR (易商红木, 1821.HK)

Blackstone

China Resources Land

RK Properties

Evergrande Group (03333.HK)

China Kweichow Moutai Group中国贵州茅台集团

BBMG Investing Property Group北京金隅投资物业集团

China Great Wall Motor Group中国长城汽车集团

Otis Elevator (China) Co., Ltd.

Siemens Ltd., China

Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters

White Peak Real Estate

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised Qingdao Central Plaza Project on the restructuring of the project, providing services relating  to litigation, consultation, negotiations with relevant parties and public utilities, media communication, etc.
  • Represented ESR (易商红木, 1821.HK) in its establishment of a joint venture platform with Government of Singapore Investment Corp, for the purposes of investing in logistics.

JunHe

JunHe LLP is highly experienced at handling corporate transactions in the real estate space, advising on M&A deals involving individual properties and portfolios. Capital markets transactions are a key area of focus for the team; which leverages its expertise in this area to advise REITs, property developers, and investment funds on fundraisings, as well as advising on  real estate sector IPOs. The team is jointly led by Xueping Yu, and Haifu Li, and the firm’s corporate partners across the Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen offices are also frequently instructed on real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Xueping Yu; Haifu Li

Other key lawyers:

Liping Zhang; Xiaoying Tian

Testimonials

‘Liping Zhang and Xiaoying Tian have an excellent understanding of the real estate profession and are very familiar with the needs of international investors.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

China Industrial Securities International Financial Group Limited

Aoyuan Group (Guangdong) Co., Ltd.

China Lodging Group, Limited

Shenzhen Yitian Real Estate Group Co.., Ltd.

Greenland Hong Kong Holdings Limited

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Shenzhen Yitian Holiday Plaza Co. Ltd.

Zhengzhou Airport Xinggang Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Dafa Properties Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Greenland Hong Kong Holdings Limited in its acquisition of a 100% equity interest in Guangzhou Greenland
  • Assisted Shenzhen Yitian Holiday Plaza in its Establishment and Issuance of REITs and Splicing with CMBS’ Project.
  • Assisted Aoyuan TechStars Investment Co., Ltd. to complete takeover of control over Kinghand, an A-share Listed Company

AllBright Law Offices

AllBright Law Offices advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters in the real estate sector. The team acts for government entities, corporations, and construction companies on property development matters, advising on land acquisitions and construction. The practice is also highly active in  real estate disputes, representing clients in litigation involving issues such as construction contracts and property damage compensation. Pengfei Li offers clients broad experience of corporate law, as well as in-depth expertise in the real estate sector. Elsewhere, Xiao Yang is active in M&A transactions and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Pengfei Li

Other key lawyers:

Xiao Yang

Testimonials

‘Alexander Li (Pengfei Li) is an elite lawyer focusing on the real estate and construction sectors. He has a wealth of practical experience and access to many industry resources. Mr Li not only has expert legal knowledge, but also demonstrates very good business thinking and logic. The team he leads has a very forward-looking eye for the industry and is moving with the times as the Chinese real estate market and industry progresses.’

‘The team is a step ahead of the competition in terms of predicting where the market is heading, helping their industry clients establish themselves in the real estate sector, and bringing together different resources from different sectors and industries. They are also very creative and have provided us with creative advice and comprehensive resource connections that have enabled our company and other partners to make smooth progress as we develop.’

Key clients

Sanpower Group Co., Ltd.

Longfor Group Co., Ltd.

WEGO Holding Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Lujiazui (Group) Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Gold Ceiba Co., Ltd.

Nanjing Dongsong Power Technology Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Construction Group Co., Ltd.

Road and Bridge International Co., Ltd

Guizhou CCCC Guiqian Expressway Development Co., Ltd.

Fujian Red Star Macalline Real Estate Co., Ltd., Fujian Wanjin Investment Co., Ltd.

Owners Committee of Cuihu Tiandi Garden, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanpower Group Co., Ltd. on the construction of the hangsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan Urban Agglomeration (Zhaoshan) Life Care City Community, providing advice on planning, design and consultation services, infrastructure construction, industrial development services, and operation of the high-end CCRC community for the aged.
  • Advised WEGO Holding Co., Ltd on the development, construction and operation of the WEGO (Shanghai) International Research Institute in Shanghai.
  • Represented Nanjing Dongsong Power Technology Co., Ltd. in a dispute with contractors related to the Tongliao Guodian ZTE 30MWP Photovoltaic Power Plant Project.

Dentons China

Dentons is particularly experienced at handling litigation between real estate developers and construction companies, acting for clients in disputes across China as well as overseas. The team also advises on the financing, development and construction of real estate projects, and has long-standing relationships with a number of developers. M&A transactions involving real estate are another area of expertise. Dentons is well-known in the market for the scale of its real estate team, as well as its geographical spread in offices across China. Key figures in Beijing include Huazhi Yuan , Liyuan Du, Guisheng Yang , and Yang Cao, while in Shanghai Qingnan Sun and Chenyao Wu are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Huazhi Yuan; Shidu Wang; Yongping Wang; Qingnan Sun; Liyuan Du; Guisheng Yang; Yang Hui; Chenyao Wu; Jian Zhang; Jian Zhang; Ke Zheng; Zongguo Yao; Xinhui Jia; Yang Cao

Other key lawyers:

Chaoying Li; Zhenyue Wang; Eric Chen

Testimonials

‘This is an outstanding team for the construction and real estate sectors. Their performance in construction litigation and arbitration really made me sit up and take notice.The team is made up of twenty or more lawyers, all of which have a very high quality of character and graduated from famous law schools.’

‘Huazhi Yuan, Chaoying Li, and Zhenyue Wang work very efficiently. Less than one week after taking on our case, they had finished reviewing all the case materials, drafted all the litigation response documentation, and finished the work for the arbitration hearing.Throughout the handling of my case, they consistently paid attention to communication with us, demonstrated a very sound understanding of the background of the project and technical issues involved in the case, and were very professional and knowledgeable.’

‘The team has been committed to affairs in the real estate industry for a long time, and has in-depth and extensive experience and a strong reputation in the industry.’

‘Eric Chen has been deeply involved in the industry for many years and has rich experience.’

‘A professional real estate and construction engineering practice. The team is familiar with various urban reform policies in Xi’an.’

‘Yang Hui is familiar with various policies and procedures related to urban reform in Xi’an, and has rich experience in land transactions and litigation.

‘Eric Chen’s team is responsive, and delivers quality work.’

Key clients

China Construction Second Engineering Bureau Ltd

Jimo Economic Development Zone Management Committee of Shandong Province

China Sixth Metallurgical Construction Co., Ltd.

Zhangpu Coastal Great Corridor Highway Co., Ltd. & Guizhou Highway Engineering Group Co., Ltd.,

Guangxi Water & Power Engineering Group

Langfang Jingyu Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Beijing Lianhe Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Datong First People’s Hospital

Beijing Western Mining Construction Co., Ltd

Global Logistic Properties Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

CITIC Pacific Properties

Shanghai CESC Dongfu Investment Development Company

Shaan xi Country Garden real estate co. Ltd.

Shanghai Xiangfu Real Estate Development Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented China Construction Second Engineering Bureau Ltd. in a dispute with Qingdao Aokesi Real Estate Co., Ltd. related to payment for a project.
  • Represented Jimo Economic Development Zone Management Committee of Shandong Province in a land compensation dispute.
  • Acted for China Sixth Metallurgical Construction Co., Ltd. in a construction project dispute.

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm acts for developers, construction companies, and investors across the full range of real estate matters. The team provides advice to clients on the acquisition of land and real estate and the construction of projects. It is also active in capital markets work, such as the financing of projects and the issuing of mortgage-backed securities.  The Beijing and Shenzhen teams frequently act alongside the firm’s Hong Kong office to advise on cross-border transactions and listings on the HK Stock Exchange. Yonghong Zhan  leads the practice and handles both corporate transactions and litigation in the real estate space.

Practice head(s):

Yonghong Zhan

Key clients

Financial Street Property Co., Limited

Data Zone Company Limited

Yango Group Co., Ltd.

China Railway Construction Investment Group Co.Ltd. (subsidiary of listed company China Railway Construction Corporation Limited 601186)

GREATWALL LIFE INSURANCE CO.,LTD.

Jinke Smart Services Group Co., Ltd

Shenzhen Special Zone Construction Development Group Co., Ltd.

China State Construction International Investments (China) Ltd.

CCCC Second Highway Engineering Bureau Co.

Hunan Road & Bridge Construction Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised CK Asset Holdings Limited on HK$19.38 bn acquisition from LKSF of the shares of (a) Eagle Frame Limited;(b) Mondrem Corporation;(c) Moonstone Global Investment Limited; and (d) Gerbera Investments Limited in consideration for the issue of consideration shares under a specific mandate
  • Advised Financial Street Property Co., Limited on its Initial Public Offering and Listing in Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited.
  • Advised DATA ZONE COMPANY LIMITED (“Data Zone”), a subsidiary company of CMCC Infrastructure 2 Limited (a “China Mobile International”, or “CMI” group company) in completing the tender in a bid for an industrial land in Hong Kong at a record price.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal has a full-service real estate practice, providing comprehensive advice to clients on acquisitions, investments and project developments. The practice is engaged on large-scale residential, industrial and commercial projects across China, and is also highly active in counseling clients on the financing of projects. Zhicheng Ma leads the team, with Mingkai Wang and Guoliang He also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Zhicheng Ma

Other key lawyers:

Mingkai Wang; Guoliang He; Shuyi Sun

Key clients

China Cinda Asset Management Corporation

Sino-Ocean Group Holding Limited

SUNAC CHINA HOLDINGS LIMITED

Poly Developments and Holdings Group Co., Ltd.

Bank of Communications Limited

CHINA Jinmao

Seazen Holdings Group Co., Ltd

Sichuan Languang Development Co., Ltd.

Parkson Retail Group Ltd.

HANGHAI CHENGTOU HOLDING CO.,LTD.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sino-Ocean Group and Swire Properties with their joint bidding for 99.79% equity of Beijing Xingtai Tonggang Real Estate Co., Ltd. which was publicly listed on the Beijing Rural Area Equity Exchange.
  • Assisted Sunac China with the successful issuing of four series of USD bonds on the HKEX in 2020, with a total amount of $2.36billion.
  • Acted for China Jinmao on its RMB 7.3 billion equity cooperation project with Haier Industry-Urban-Innovation Group.

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng is active across the full range of real estate matters, including advising on construction matters and M&A transactions involving real estate assets and companies. The practice is also experienced at advising on the issuing of asset-backed securities and IPOs of property developers. Fusheng Fu  leads the Beijing-based team.

Practice head(s):

Fusheng Fu

Other key lawyers:

Mingxiu Wu; Tao Yang; Lingqin Wang

Testimonials

‘The team lawyers have rich resources and experience.’

‘Mingxiu Wu, Tao Yang, Lingqin Wang have profound professional knowledge, the case handling has reached expectations or even exceeded expectations, and they can resolve disputes well.’

Key clients

China Resources Mixc Lifestyle Services Limited

Sino-Ocean Service Holding Limited

Country Garden Services Holdings Company Limited

China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd.

Shirble Department Store Holdings (China) Limited

China State Construction International Holdings Limited

Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, UBS AG, Standard Chartered Bank and CLSA

Agile group

The Second Engineering Company of CCCC Fourth Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd.

FINANCIAL STREET HOLDINGS

BAOFENG PENSION

HONY CAPITAL

GUANGZHOU PANYU HAIYI REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD

ZHUHAI LONGFOR DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD

GUANGZHOU JINMAO REAL ESTATE CO., LTD

GUANGZHOU GUANYU COMMERCIAL OPERATION MANAGEMENT CO., LTD

CrLand Group

BRC Group

Shimao Group

Huafa Group

K.Wah Group

CFLD Group

KKR

Shui On Property & Grosvenor

ESR

Angelo Gordon

Hilltop

Black Kite Property

Storhub

Beijing First One Capital Management Ltd.

Beijing Capital Land Ltd.

Capital Jingzhong (Tianjin) Investment Co., Ltd. (Capital Urbanization)

Shinsun Holdings (Group) Co., Ltd

Radiance Holdings (Group) Company Limited

Datang Group Holdings Limited

Sunkwan Properties Group Limited

Leading Holdings Group Limited

Jiayuan Services Holdings Limited

Redsun Services Group Limited

Jiayuan International Group Limited

DaFa Properties Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Capital Jingzhong (Tianjin) Investment Co., Ltd. (Capital Urbanization) on the Demonstration Area of Beijing-Tianjin Cooperation—Future Science City Project.
  • Advised Agile Group Holdings Limited on the issuance of senior notes.
  • Advised Capital Jingzhong (Tianjin) Investment Co., Ltd. (Capital Urbanization) on the Capital·Meilinwan housing projects in Beijing.

Jundu Law Firm

Jundu Law Firm advises developers and contractors on complex real estate projects across the commercial, residential, and industrial sectors. The practice also acts for construction companies working on major projects such as transportation infrastructure. Construction disputes are another area of focus for the team, which is led by Jinghui Tan.

Practice head(s):

Jinghui Tan

Key clients

CITIC Group Investment Company

China Communications Construction Company

China Railway Seventh Group

China Railway Construction Group

China Nonferrous Metal Mining Group Company

Power China Group Company XXX Sino Hydro Bureau XXX

China Railway Construction Group

China International Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Jinke Property Group

Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development

Work highlights

  • Advised CITIC Group Investment Company on the China Zun project.
  • Advised China Communications Construction Company on  the whole life cycle of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge project.
  • Advised China Railway Seventh Group on construction projects on local high court.

Llinks Law Offices

Llinks Law Offices acts for leading Chinese real estate developers and investors in a range of transactions. The Shanghai-based practice advises on acquisitions of commercial, residential, and industrial real estate. Practice head Nicholas Lou  has experience handling corporate and capital market transactions in this sector; Teddy Li  and Bernie Liu  are also key partners in the team and act for both foreign and domestic clients.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Lou

Other key lawyers:

Teddy Li; Bernie Liu

Key clients

Beijing Meige Hotel Management Co. Ltd.

Shou Feng (Tianjin) Investment Management Co. Ltd.

Hengqin Ping An Real Estate Equity Investment Management Co. Ltd.

China Pacific Insurance (group) Co. LTD

North Bund Keppel Pte. Ltd.

Beijing Yuanxu Equity Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd.

Pingan Real Estate

Shanghai Zhangjiang Vanke Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. Shanghai Dijie Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Invesco Rui De Asia Pacific Private Equity Fund Management (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sino-Capital on REITS of Shenzhen Yitian Group.
  • Advised Gaw Capital in its acquisition of EFC Tower 6.

Tian Yuan Law Firm

Tian Yuan Law Firm is deeply involved in all aspects of the Chinese real estate market, counseling clients on acquisitions and investments, joint ventures, developments, and capital market matters such as IPOs. The team is also known for its broad experience in contentious matters; Peng Xie is regularly instructed on disputes between real estate developers and contractors, and also acts in litigation involving local governments. Yanling Ren  leads the team and focuses on corporate transactions in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Yanling Ren

Other key lawyers:

Peng Xie; Dongying Hong

Testimonials

‘Peng Xie and Dongying Hong have a great level of professionalism, good sense of service, respond quickly, and are able to put themselves in the client’s position when considering issues, as well as providing workable and effective legal advice. They patiently provide rigorous answers to questions before, during and after a case/project, so that even  those unfamiliar with the law are able to get simple, clear answers without any compromise in terms of specifics.’

‘Good level of experience and service attitude.’

‘Peng Xie: professional and experienced. Dongying Hong: efficient service.’

Key clients

China Resources Land

China Jinmao

Beijing CITIC Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

Yida Express Elevator Co.Ltd.

Beijing Shen’an Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Zhongtian Construction Group Co., Ltd.

Guazi Automobile Service (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Nantong No. 4 Construction Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd.

SinoClean Construction Engineering (Xi ‘an) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Beijing CITIC Real Estate on settlement of a dispute over Land Parcel B transaction with Financial Street (Beijing) Lands.
  • Advised China Resources Land on acquisition of Inner Mongolia Hongyi Hengli Trading and its Erdos Plaza project in Hohhot.
  • Advised China Resources Land on acquisition and investment in Shenhai Thermal Power Plant.

Beijing Cyan Law Firm

Under the leadership of Wanhe Ye, Beijing Cyan Law Firm provides advice on both contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The team frequently acts for SOEs, and Ye has also been invited by government bodies to comment on reforms to Chinese construction and procurement law. The practice focuses on advising on projects in the transportation, energy, and industrial sectors, and has a specialism in public-private partnerships. On the contentious side, the team handles disputes in Chinese courts as well as  arbitration matters.

Practice head(s):

Wanhe Ye; Yinli Gao

Other key lawyers:

Wei Shi; Arthur Chiu; Ziwei Zhang; Lu Wang; Jiangnan Chen;

Testimonials

‘The lawyers in Beijing Cyan Law Firm’s construction project team all have backgrounds in multiple fields and are very impressive in terms of teamwork and communication. They are very rigorous and conscientious in their attitude to work, and the legal advice they give is all carefully reviewed by partners and senior lawyers at every level.’

‘Wanhe Ye has a wealth of experience in international and domestic Chinese PPP projects and infrastructure projects. Wei Shi has theoretical and practical experience in the PPP field. Thanks to his impressive level of legal expertise, Wei Shi was able to accurately grasp the key issues for PPP projects and provide us with detailed, feasible legal solutions and advice.’

‘Wanhe Ye, Arthur Chiu and Ziwei Zhang are very professional in terms of both expertise and attitude, and are able to efficiently provide clients with legal advice that takes into account overall results and fees. They stay in close contact with clients and share information in a timely manner. They are very respectful of the clients’ wishes, detail-oriented, and well prepared.’

‘One of the leading demostic construction law firms in China. Experienced in both disputes and transactional work. Excellent at delivering commercially sound solutions to difficult and complex legal issues.’

‘Wei Shi  always responded very quickly and provided expert opinions, enabling us to receive very reliable legal support.’

‘As well as providing us with detailed, accurate solutions in a timely manner. Cyan’s lawyers are able to consider issues from the client’s perspective and solve practical problems for businesses. They are a legal team that is very trustworthy.’

‘Wanhe Ye has considerable experience in areas including litigation, arbitration and negotiations, and is particularly adept at dealing with disputes involving complex, large-scale international construction projects. Yinli Gao uses rigorous logical analysis and sensitive judgement to lead his team in rapidly suggesting the best strategies. Lu Wang and Jiangnan Chen both have a wealth of practical experience in the construction project field. Both of these lawyers demonstrated an attitude of great professionalism, efficiency, meticulousness and responsibility’

Key clients

China Eastern Airlines

Samsung Engineering Construction (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

China National Cable Engineering Corporation

China National Chemical Engineering Group Corporation Ltd.

Beijing VSTAM Consulting Co., Limited

Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China

China Cost Engineering Association

Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China

National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China

Tianjin Binhai Water Industry Group Co., Ltd.

S. B. Submarine Systems Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Providing various legal services to Samsung Engineering Construction (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., including whole construction process legal services, contract review, court litigation, daily legal consultation, etc., to assist the client in comprehensive prevention of potential legal risks.
  • Providing comprehensive legal services for the Construction of the Project of the Base of China Eastern Airlines in Beijing Daxing Airport since 2017.
  • Participated in the whole process of the drafting of Public and Private Partnership Regulation on Infrastructure and Public Service and put forward comprehensive expert opinions.

Boss & Young, Attorneys At Law

Boss & Young, Attorneys At Law advises on the development and construction of industrial and commercial properties, and also handles M&A transactions in the industrial space. Other areas of focus include advising on the establishment of real estate investment funds and disputes between developers and contractors. The team is led by Guofei Lu and Yongjian Sun.

Practice head(s):

Guofei Lu; Yongjian Sun

Other key lawyers:

Rui Qin

Testimonials

‘Guofei Lu is professional, serious and pursuing excellence. He is outstanding in thinking about and analyzing legal issues. Complex issues are simplified and summarized, so that non-legal professionals can listen and understand. This is very different from the lawyers we sometimes come into contact with. We feel that his greatness is not only reflected in his leadership within the industry, but also his own professional level and professional influence. In addition to Mr. Lu, Rui Qin also has a high level of professionalism and performed very well.’

Key clients

China Construction Eighth Engineering Division.Corp.Ltd.

China Anneng Group Second Engineering Bureau Co., Ltd.

China Railway Shanghai Design Institute Group Co., Ltd.

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited

China National Aviation Fuel Group Logistics Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Lingang Group

Shanghai Construction Group Co.,Ltd.

ARCPLUS/Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group Co., Ltd

Shanghai Electric Group Company Limited

Subsidiary company of China Vanke Co., Ltd

Greenland City Investment Group, a subsidiary company of Greenland Holdings Corporation Limited

Subsidiary company of China Jinmao

Subsidiary company of Zhongnan Land

Seazen Holdings

CIFI Group

Subsidiary company of Yango Group

Subsidiary company of Powerlong Real Estate Holdings Limited

Shanghai Aijia Group

Subsidiary company of China Gezhouba Group Real Estate Co., Ltd

Chiway Holding Group

Subsidiary company of Financial Street Holdings

Subsidiary company of Guangdong Pearl River Investment Co., Ltd

Subsidiary company of Ck Asset Holdings Limited

Subsidiary company of Hang Lung Properties Ltd.

Subsidiary company of CHYAU FWU Properties Limited

Subsidiary company of Hong Kong Land Company

Subsidiary company of Chongbang Group

Subsidiary company of New World Development Company Limited

Subsidiary company of Hopson Development Limited

China Enterprise Company Limited

Shanghai World Expo Land Holding Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Middle Star Group Co., Ltd

Shanghai Gubei (Group) Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Zendai Property Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Zhongfang Real Estate Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Construction No.2 (Group) Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (Group) Co.,Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Shanghai Bund Old Building Investment Development Co., Ltd. on the renovation of the Shanghai Municipal Council Building.
  • Assisted Shanghai Lingang Industrial Zone Economic Development Co., Ltd. on the construction of a semiconductor factory.
  • Acting for Shanghai Baoshan Industrial Park Investment Management Co.,Ltd.and Shanghai Zhongweida Industry Co., Ltd. on a dispute over land transfer in the park, the Appeal and Protest Retrial Case before Shanghai High People’s Court and the Retrial Case before Shanghai Baoshan District People’s Court.

JianLingChengDa Law Firm

JianLingChengDa Law FirmComparative Guides promotional icon focuses on acting for contruction companies, including SOEs. The team advises on both domestic and overseas matters, providing a comprehensive service including advice on bidding and contract drafting as well as representation in disputes with developers. Jigao Zhou leads the practice and has experience handling construction litigation in the Supreme People’s Court.

Practice head(s):

Jigao Zhou

Testimonials

‘The lawyers I have worked with have all been very conscientious, responsible, professional, knowledgeable and responsive. Of all of them, Jigao Zhou has very impressive knowledge of the law and offers unique advice on legal issues. He also has a wealth of practical experience and is able to provide advice on dealing with issues that takes into account our business needs. Liling Jin goes through the facts of a case in a conscientious and meticulous manner, accurately analyses the legal issues, and is always able to respond to our needs in a timely manner.  We were very impressed with her.’

‘They have a fighting spirit and are very dedicated and responsible. The lawyers have a very high level of professional expertise, respond quickly, and deliver an outstanding performance  dealing with litigation cases, as well as in their day-to-day legal services. Their billing methods are also  reasonable and they offer very good value for money.’

‘Jigao Zhou is a truly outstanding talent in the construction project field in China. Min Wang is an outstanding female lawyer in the construction project sector and has delivered outstanding performance for us in a number of litigation and arbitration cases.’

‘The team responds very quickly and delivers outstanding performance in dealing with litigation and arbitration cases, as well as in their day-to-day legal services.’

‘JianLingChengDa Law Firm was able to take rapid action to proactively uphold our rights when we encountered an emergency. Jigao Zhou is an authoritative specialist lawyer working in the construction project law sector. He has a wealth of practical experience and is adept at handling difficult and complex issues. He is always able to quickly grasp the key points of legal questions that we have and offer workable, rational advice that takes into account our actual operational situation. Liling Jin is always able to provide us with more accurate judgement regarding issues we encounter.’

Key clients

China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC)

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. (CSCEC)

Shanghai Construction Group (SCG)

China National Chemical Engineering Group Corporation Ltd. (CNCEC)

China Nuclear Industry Twenty-four Construction Co., Ltd.

Jiangxi Construction Engineering Group Corporation Ltd.

China MCC20 Group Corp. Ltd

China MCC17 Group Corp. Ltd

Shanghai Bright Urban Construction Development (Group) Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Yuanda Medical Valley International Investment Management Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Shanghai Yuanda Medical Valley International Investment Management Co., Ltd. on the whole process of the construction of Shanghai Yuanda Health City 远大健康城 with an area of about 480,000 square meters and an estimated total investment of CNY5 billion.
  • Represented a Subsidiary of MCC in a work price dispute case with matter value of over CNY545 million
  • Represented Jiashu Construction Company in an insolvency case to recover the payment from the employer’s liquidated assets.

Wintell & Co Law Firm

Wintell & Co Law Firm has a broad practice in the real estate and construction space, with experience handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is active in breach of contract claims, acting in disputes related to leases and construction contracts. It is also frequently instructed on transactions involving properties and project companies. Tony Wang leads the Shanghai-based team.

Practice head(s):

Tony Wang

Other key lawyers:

Susan Tang

Key clients

Evergrande Group

KaisaGroup Holdings Ltd

Shanghai Wanda Plaza Real Estate Co.

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

China MCC5 Group Corp. Ltd

Shanghai Construction Group

Shanghai Construction Engineering Second Construction Group Co.

China Construction First Group Corporation Limited

China Construction Second Bureau Third Construction Engineering Corporation Limited

Arup Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Shanghai Tongjiang-Sanya Highway Co., Ltd. in a leasing dispute with the Villagers’ Committee of Gangfeng Village, Xiaokunshan Town, Songjiang District.
  • Representing Evergrande Group Ningbo Company in litigation related to subcontract construction project arrears.
  • Advised Shenzhen Fangchebao Sales Co., Ltd., a real estate transaction platform developed by Evergrande Real Estate Group, on due diligence for the acquisition of a number of real estate brokerage enterprises in Jiangsu and Zhejiang.