Real estate and construction: PRC firms in China

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners has a strong presence for on-and offshore real estate transactions. The team is regularly instructed on real estate investment, acquisitions and disposals, commercial leasing and build-to-suit projects. It also has significant experience in asset management, advising on major PRC and foreign hotel and office portfolios. The department is led by seasoned real estate and construction practitioner Yingying Wang, whose clients are an impressive mix of international funds and high-profile domestic corporates.  Stephen Lin is an expert in overseas real estate investments, as well as M&A in the domestic sector. Frank Fan is the name to note for hotel management and operation, as well as leasing and build-to-lease matters.

Practice head(s):

Yingying Wang

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Lin; Frank Fan; Tony Xiang


All lawyers in the team understand our industry very well, therefore their advice are normally more reality and workable for client to understand and adapt.’

Willing to pay attention to every single detail and dig out most reasonable suggestion to the client.’

Fangda is able to display both international and local knowledge and expertise in my observation from the HK-China cross border work they did for our company.’

What impressed me the most are the professional work discipline, quality controls and remarkable results they deliver mostly within expectation and across the teams that we had the chances to work together with.’

Fangda can always provide us with accurate, helpful and prompt legal advice while other law firms may not be able to do in such an efficient manner.’

Stephen Lin is the core partner that we are working with. He can always provide prompt and accurate legal advice which is key to a start-up like us. In addition, he is very considerate. When we provide him with a situation needing his advice, he can always think further rather than other lawyers which can only solve problems we are confronting.’

Key clients

Bain Capital Credit (BCC)

Li & Fung Group

Haitong Securities

Warburg Pincus

Phoenix Property

China Enterprise

GE Renewable


Gopher Asset Management

City Developments Limited (CDL)



Gaw Capital

CSI Group

Kerry Properties



Hong Kong Construction










GIC (Singapore)

MW Group



Mori Building

BM Holding


Shanghai Motor


Merlin Entertainments

E-Shang Redwood Group

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects





Shanghai Land Group

EMAAR Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Bain Capital Credit on its subscription of $300m convertible notes issued by real estate asset company D&J China.
  • Advised Haitong Securities on its acquisition of three office buildings and several hundred underground parking spaces from Greenland.
  • Advised Brookfield on its acquisition of three office buildings and a retail mall in a large mixed-use project under construction in Shanghai.

King & Wood Mallesons

The real estate team at King & Wood Mallesons works closely with the firm's banking team, to provide clients with real estate financing advice. The group's offering includes real estate M&A, asset acquisitions, tax issues, upstream fund establishment and dispute resolution. In addition to a strong PRC focus, the group is also instructed on outbound transactions, able to draw on an international network with offices in New York and London. Harry Du is the overall department head based in Beijing, while the Yangtze River Delta team is led by William Jiang and Zhangqi Tao leads the south China group.

Practice head(s):

Harry Du

Key clients

Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Fund II


Shun Tak Group

Henderson Land

MEGCIF Asset Holdings III

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Company

Yuexiu REIT Asset Management

Ningbo Zhoushan Port Company

Li & Fung Limited

Chow Tai Fook Enterprise Limited (CTF)

China General Nuclear Energy Development

Work highlights

  • Advised Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Fund II on its acquisition of Daesung Industrial Gases from MBK Partners, a matter involving projects in the PRC.
  • Advised EC World REIT on the acquisition of Fuzhou e-Commerce, which owns a warehouse and two 14-storey buildings.
  • Advised HSBC on the purchase of a building for its international training centre in Guangzhou.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm's real estate and construction team provides a full service to clients including government agencies, investors, developers, construction companies, financial institutions and funds. The group has transactional expertise, in terms of M&A and real estate sales, but it also handles issues such as corporate governance for companies operating in the sector. On the construction side, the group is well-versed in public-private partnership (PPP) projects, as well as the design and construction of a wide range of private sector projects. Jointly heading the group are infrastructure expert Jihong Wang, real estate all-rounder Fei Wang, disputes expert Chao Ji and real estate investment and financing specialist Furong Deng.

Key clients

China Resources Land

China Oversea Land & Investment

Longfor Group Holdings

China Jinmao Holdings Group

Shenzhen Cimc Industry & City Development Group


Mapletree Investments


China Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing (China)

POLY Property Development

Guangdong Provincial Railway Construction Investment Group

Jiayu Group

Huasen Architectural & Engineering Designing Consultants

Guangdong Holdings

Beijing Capital Land


Longfor Group

Beijing Guohua Property


Gohigh Capital


SDP Investment

China Resources Land

Macquarie Corporate Holdings

Shanghai Construction Engineering First Construction Group


Phoenix Publishing & Media Group

Nanjing Tang Quan Construction Group

Jiangsu SOHO Holdings Group

Nanjing Jinling holdings

Jiangsu Zhonglu Transportation Development

Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group


Work highlights

  • Advised the Shenzhen offices of China Resources on a city reovation unit programme in Luohu District
  • Advised Beijing Capital Land on setting up a real estate fund with IDG Capital, for investment in Beijing and Shanghai
  • Advised CITICPE on the acquisition of ZTE Building, which focuses on elderly care facilities in major cities.

City Development Law Firm

City Development Law Firm plays an important role in Shanghai's real estate and construction sector, with vast experience in construction and real estate development, including in relation to major infrastructure and engineering projects. The team is led by veteran construction lawyer Shuying Zhu, whose experience includes contentious and non-contentious issues. Wanquan Shao is another name to note, with particular expertise in urban renewal and infrastructure projects. Shan Cao is recommended for construction and real estate disputes, with experience as a sitting arbitrator in Nanjing and Wuhan. Zhongchun Song is a specialist in asset-backed securities.

Practice head(s):

Shuying Zhu

Key clients

Shanghai Stock Exchange、China Financial Futures Exchange Stock Company Limited、China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation Limited (CSDC)

Shanghai Tunnel Engineering

The Shanghai Social Insurance Business Management Center

Huaxia Cultural Tourism Group

China Shipbuilding Real Estate

Shanghai Stock Exchange Data Service

The 14th Metallurgical Construction of China Nonferrous Metal Industry

Shanghai Construction No.4 (Group)

SCEGC Installation Group Company

Gansu Construction Investment (Holdings) Group Corporation

China Vanke

Gartner curtain wall (Shanghai)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Shanghai Storck Exchange on the construction of the Shanghai Financial Exchange Square project.
  • Advised Shanghai Tunnel Engineering on the construction of the Taizhou section of the Hangzhou-Shaoxing-Taizhou PPP project.
  • Advised the Shanghai Social Insurance Business Management Center on real asset management issues in relation to the operation and monetisation of 107 properties in Shanghai.

Global Law Office

The real estate and construction team at Global Law Office provides a full service to domestic and international clients. The group is instructed on the design, financing, bidding and tendering of construction projects, as well as real estate M&A, estate management and dispute resolution. Minghao Xu  is noted for real estate acquisitions and developments. Other key figures on the team are transactional lawyers Huawei Lin and Jason Wang, investment and financing expert Kevin Wang, infrastructure specialist Miller Wang.

Key clients

China Resource Land

SK Hynix System



Zhongrong International Trust

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

Sammaebong Development

Yango Group

China Merchants Expressway Network & Technology Holdings


Xinjiang Wujing Tiejian Rail Transportation

Beijing Maglev Transportation Development

Beijing BII Traffic Development

Beijing BII City Utility Tube Investment

Beijing Infrastructure Investment

Qingdao West Coast Development (Group)

China Properties Group

Huayuan Property

Fujian Yango Group

Beijing Jiangong Guotong Construction Engineering

Work highlights

  • Advised logistics warehousing real estate operator ESR on its Hong Kong IPO.
  • Advised Blackstone on its investment in two commercial properties in Zhngzhou and Xi’an, both of which are the largest shopping malls in their respective cities.
  • Advised Sammaebong on project fundraising from CITIC Construction for JW Marriott’s hotel development project in Korea.


JunHe's real estate and construction team has extensive experience in M&A and real estate investment, including in relation to development, financing and leasing projects, as well as the sale of real properties. The department is led by real estate specialist Xueping Yu, who regularly handles development and construction projects, as well as the related project equity transactions. Nancy Zhang is a core member of the team specialising in advising offshore clients on M&A and PRC real estate investment. Qualified to practice in Hong Kong and the PRC, Catherine Miao has developed a solid practice involving in- and outbound real estate investment.

Practice head(s):

Xueping Yu

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Zhang; Catherine Miao

Work highlights

  • Advised China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings on the implementation of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone.
  • Advised Guangzhou Yuexiu Enterprise Group on its RMB10bn debt-to-preferred-share swap.
  • Advised Aoyuan Group (Guangdong on its involvement in the Jiangmen Gudou Hot Spring Resort project.

AllBright Law Offices

At AllBright Law Offices, the team has a wide focus, that spans equity and asset acquisitions, project financing, real estate-related M&A and corporate reform, asset restructuring, urban renewal projects, property management and public-private-partnerships. The department is led by Pengfei Li, who has experience in theme park construction projects, alongside more traditional construction matters. Zhibin Huang specialises in engineering projects, real estate development and contentious issues. Roy Luo is registered as an overseas lawyer in Hong Kong, often handling foreign investment and financing issues involving the PRC.

Practice head(s):

Pengfei Li

Key clients

Shanghai Vanke

Hangzhou Fuyang Yefeng Leduo Real Estate Development

Suzhou Institute of Building Science Group

Shanghai Land

The subsidiary of Shanghai Vanke

China Southern Airlines

Global International Freight Forwarders (China)

China Construction Eighth Engineering Bureau

Shanghai Baoye Group

Shanghai Zhongliang Real Estate Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Shanghai Vanke on litigation and non-litigation services relating to real estate financing and construction contracts.
  • Advised Suzhou Institute of Building Science Group on its acquisition of Zhnaghai Zhongcehang Engineering and Consulting through a share deal.
  • Advised Shanghai Land on operational reforms.

Dentons China

Dentons China is noted for its presence in small and large cities across China, allowing lawyers to provide a hyper-local service to clients in the real estate and construction space. The group handles contentious and non-contentious construction matters, as well as real estate transactions and estate management issues. In Beijing, the key practitioners are Huazhi YuanLiyuan DuGuisheng YangJingpu ZhaoHongji QianRongqing JiangZhisong Deng and Qin Zhao; in Shanghai, the figures of note are Qingnan SunChenyao WuWei Chen (whose team is 'very responsive and efficient') and Ye Wei.


The team lead by Wei Chen is very responsive and efficient‘.

Key clients

Tongliao West Urban and Rural Real Estate

Dong-e e-jiao

China Railway First Bureau Group Municipal Environmental Protection Engineering

Sino-Ocean Decor Engineering

Beijing WanXing Building Group Co.Ltd.

Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China

National Association of lawyers

Suzhou Kelida Decoration

China Construction First Building Group

China Xinxing Construction and Development

Tianjin Mingyu Real Estate Investment

Shanghai Lefu Real Estate

Mori Building (Shanghai)

Taikang Community (Beijing) Investment

Shanghai Vanke

Longfor Group Holdings

COFCO Property (Group)


Nantong Electromechanical Equipment

Shanghai Industrial Zone Development

Changzhou Ruiwei Real Estate

Shanghai Magnesium Enterprise Development

Huijing Group

Huijing Holdings

Shenzhen Airport Aerotropolis Operation Management

Zhuhai Gree Island Investment

Guangzhou Broadcasting Network

Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

Wenzhou Airport Group

CITIC Urban Development & Operation

Shanghai Eagletop Electronic Technology

Actis GP LLP

Apollo Capital

China Kweichow Moutai Distillery (Group)

CLSA Capital Partners (HK) Limited

Gaw Capital Partners

Global Logistic Properties Investment (Shanghai)

Greenland Group

Hitone Capital

Work highlights

  • Defended Tongliao West Urban and Rural Real Estate against a suit brought by Long Yuan Construction Group at the High People’s Court of Innter Mondolia, in a construction dispute over delays in the project.
  • Advised Nanning China Life Shenrun Investment Development Fund Partnership on its agreement with China Resources and Shanghai Land Group to establish the China Life Shenrun Urban Development Fund.
  • Advised Shenzhen Airport Aerotropolis Operation Maagement on the estate management of commercial hotel projects.

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm has a well-established real estate and construction department that is known for handling a variety of transactions across China. The group is led by Lei Meng, who as well as handling project development, asset transfers and financing, has experience in disputes. Yonghong Zhan is an expert in construction projects and real estate M&A. Head of the Chengdu office Qiu Guangli is another name to note, with expertise in environmental regulation, which she applies to real estate and construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Lei Meng

Key clients

Beijing Financial Street Holding

Beijing Huarong Infrastructure Investment


Expo Shanghai Group

Zhejiang Future Science & Technology

Shandong Fantasia Investment Group

Million Hope Industries

Shanghai Eastern Airlines Investment

Hands Form Holdings

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised China Railway Construction Investment Group on its work with Evergrande Group on an urban redevelopment project in Shenzhen.
  • Advised GDS (Shanghai) Investment on the acquisition of land and property from Inventec (Pudong) Corporation
  • Advised Hands Form Holdings listing on the main board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal's real estate, infrastructure and construction department assists developers, funds, investment trusts and financial institutions with an impressive range of transactions across China. The team has particular experience in real estate sector M&A projects, as well as project financing and securities offerings. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are another component of the practice. The team is led by Zhicheng Ma, who acts as permanent legal counsel to the real estate registration centre of the ministry of land and resources. In 2020, the group was joined by transactional real estate heavyweight David Chen from Zhong Lun Law Firm.

Practice head(s):

Zhicheng Ma

Key clients

Shui On Land

Guotai Yuanxin Asset Management

Yaxin Electronic Technology (Shanghai)

Jinhua Jindian Real Estate Investment

Poly Huaihai Real Estate Development

Sunac Real Estate Group

Shenzhen Huaqiang Holdings

Zhenjiang Huajian Property

Shanghai Haochuan Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Shui On Land on its acquisition and redevelopment of land in Qingpu District, Shanghai.
  • Represented Guotai Yuanxin Asset Management in a dispute over a loan contract with China Merchants Bank and Bright Oceans Corporation.
  • Advised Jinhua Jindian Real Estate Investment on the all aspects of its construction and development project in Shanghai

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng has a strong transactional real estate practice, advising on asset-backed securities, real estate M&A, as well as capital markets deals involving real estate companies. The group handles all aspects of transactions, including finance and development issues. Fusheng Fu heads the team, which includes cross-border and domestic real estate transactional expert Tony Shu.

Practice head(s):

Fusheng Fu

Other key lawyers:

Tony Shu; Zejia Chen; Shuqin Xiang

Key clients

The First One Capital

Beijing Capital Land Ltd.

Capital Urbanization



Value Partners

BEI Capital

CapitaLand Investment Management

China Pacific Insurance Corporation



CBRE Global Investors

Poly Property Development

Country Garden Services Holdings Company

China Overseas Property Holdings

China Overseas Land & Investment

China Overseas Grand Oceans Group

China State Construction International

Shirble Department Store Holdings (China)

KWG group

Agile group

Sinoocean group

Datang Group Holdings

Jiayuan International Group

DaFa Properties Group

Shinsun Holdings (Group)

Watts International Maritime Engineering

Shinsun Holdings (Group)



Asia Pulp & Paper (China) Investment Group

Shanghai Haitong Securities Asset Management

China Railway Construction Corporation Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Zhuhai Hengqin Chuangyuan Dadu Asset Management on an urban renewal project in Beijing.
  • Advised Asia Pulp & Paper (China) Investment onthe issuance of commercial mortgage backed securities in relation to its properties in Shanghai.
  • Acted as PRC counsel to CapitaLand Investment Management on its equity investment into Innov Centre in Shanghai.

Llinks Law Offices

Llinks Law Offices has experience in high-profile domestic and cross-border real estate transactions, often in conjunction with the firm's Hong Kong offices. The group advises financial institutions, funds and investors, as well as real estate and construction companies on the spectrum of real estate and construction issues. Real estate funds expert Nicholas Lou heads the team. Other recommended transactional lawyers include David Yu and Bernie Liu.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Lou

Other key lawyers:

David Yu; Bernie Liu; Teddy Li

Key clients

Beijing Meige Hotel Management

Shou Feng (Tianjin) Investment Management

Hengqin Ping An Real Estate Equity Investment Management

China Pacific Insurance (Group)

North Bund Keppel

Beijing Yuanxu Equity Investment Fund Management

Pingan Real Estate

Shanghai Zhangjiang Vanke Real Estate Development and

Shanghai Dijie Real Estate

Invesco Rui De Asia Pacific Private Equity Fund Management (Shenzhen)

Work highlights

  • Advised Ping An Real Estate on its establishment in the JinYu No. 7 real estate investment fund, which plans to invest several real estate projects in the greater bay area and is expected to raise RMB2bn
  • Advised Shou Feng Investment Management, a subsidiary of Keppel Captial, on its registration as a private equity fund manager.
  • Advised Beijing Meige Hotel Management on the transfer of its equity in Shouzhou Hotels and Management to Hanting.

Tian Yuan Law Firm

At Tian Yuan Law Firm, lawyers are known for real estate acquisitions, asset restructuring, real estate listed company M&A, as well as private equity investments, land development and cross-border investment. The group is led by Yanling Ren, who also heads the corporate and M&A department, and has vast experience in real estate transactions. For construction projects and related dispute resolution, Peng Xie is the name to note. Managing partner Xiaohui Zhu also has an impressive transactional real estate track-record.

Practice head(s):

Yanling Ren

Key clients

China Resources Land

China Fortune

China Jinmao

JY Grandmark Holdings

Binjiang Services Group

Wenye Group Holdings

Phoenix Tree Holdings

Otis Electric (China)

Beijing Shen’an Investment Group and Guizhou Shen’an Pannan Investment

Zhongtian Construction Group

China Jiangsu International Economic and Technical Cooperation Group

Longyuan Construction Group

Sinoclean Construction Engineering (Xi’an)

Work highlights

  • Advised on China Resources Land’s investment in Dong’an Lake Sports Centre and acquisition of the approximately 300 mu commodity residence land around the centre
  • Advised China Fortune on selling Beijing Lize Financial Business District to Ping An Life for 5.8 bn. (The first attempt of China Fortune to open up a new field of commercial office real estate by adopting the light asset model for asset management output on the basis of the traditional heavy asset model.)
  • Advised on China Resources Land’s development and operation of Beijing Guanghua New Town Commercial Project

JianLingChengDa Law Firm

At Shanghai JianLingChengDa, lawyers have developed a strong overseas construction practice, alongside their stable of construction, real estate and PPP work. The group provides a full suite of services spanning advisory, litigation and arbitration. Regional state-owned enterprises make up a significant part of the client base, which also includes listed construction and real estate companies. The department is led by Jigao Zhou, who handles advisory and contentious matters in the sector. Min Wang  is another key individual who also serves as an arbitrator in SIETAC.

Practice head(s):

Jigao Zhou

Other key lawyers:

Min Wang; Lingjun Wang

Key clients

China MCC5 Group

Shanghai Baoye Group

China MCC20 Group

China Nuclear Industry Fifth Construction

Red Star Macalline Group

Longyuan Construction

China First Metallurgical Group

Shanghai Greenland Construction Group

Shanghai Jinhui Construction Group

Lixil Building Materials Manufacturing (Suzhou) Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted Zhejiang Construction Investment Group with its construction projects in Rwanda.
  • Acted for a state-owned construction company on a national highway PPP project.
  • Represented a private construction company in a contractual dispute.

Beijing Cyan Law Firm

The team at Beijing Cyan Law Firm assists domestic and internationally-owned clients on their construction projects in China. The group is led by Wanhe Ye, who has vast experience in construction, particularly in relation to public-private partnership projects, tendering and bidding, litigation and arbitration. Associate Wei Shi fort contentious construction issues.

Practice head(s):

Wanhe Ye

Other key lawyers:

Wei Shi

Key clients

China Eastern Airlines

Samsung Engineering Construction (Shanghai)

Work highlights

  • Advising China Eastern Airlines on its base at Beijing Daxing International Airport.
  • Advising Samsung Engineering Construction on its transactions in China.

Boss & Young, Attorneys At Law

Real estate is a core area for Boss & Young, Attorneys At Law, which is regularly called upon for the sale and acquisition of property. Commercial property is a notable area of expertise, including in relation to leasing disputes. The group also specialises in advising industrial sector clients on construction projects. The department is jointly led by Guofei Lu, who has experience in real estate development and operation and Yongjian Sun, who has knowledge in foreign direct investment and commercial leasing.

Practice head(s):

Guofei Lu; Yongjian Sun

Other key lawyers:

Wenjun Yang

Key clients

China Construction Eighth Engineering Division

China Aneng Construction Group Second Engineering Bureau

China Railway Shanghai Design Institute Group

China Eastern Airlines

China Aviation Oil Group Logistics

Lingang Group

Shanghai Construction Group

Arcplus Group PLC

Shanghai Electric Group Company

A subsidiary of Evergrande

A subsidiary of China Jinmao

A subsidiary of Yango Group

Shanghai Construction Engineering Group

Shanghai Realway Asset Management

A subsidiary of Vanke Group

A subsidiary of Country Garden Group

A subsidiary of CR Land

A subsidiary of China Jinmao

A subsidiary of Zoina Land

Seazen Holdings

CIFI Holdings (Group)

A subsidiary of Powerlong Real Estate Holdings

Shanghai Aijia Group

A subsidiary of China Gezhouba Group

Chiway Group

A subsidiary of Finance Street Holdings

A subsidiary of Guangdong Pearl River Investment

A subsidiary of CK Asset Holdings Limited

A subsidiary of Hang Lung Properties

A subsidiary of Hong Kong Parkview Construction Group

A subsidiary of Hong Kong Land

A subsidiary of Chong Bang Group

A subsidiary of New World China

China Enterprise

Shanghai World Expo Land Holding

Shanghai Zhongxing Group

Shanghai Gubei Group

Shanghai Zendai Real Estate

Shanghai Cred Real Estate Stock

Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute

Peddle Architectural Design Consulting (Shanghai)

Work highlights

  • Advised china Resources Land on its involvement in the government’s rural revitalisation strategy in relation to a project in Shanghai.
  • Advised Shanghai Lingang Economic Development Asset Management on its acquisition of a commercial, office and rental housing project.
  • Represented Hopson Development Holdings in a dispute with an engineering contractor, arising from the defendent’s failure to meet contractual obligations.

Wintell & Co Law Firm

The Shanghai-based team at Wintell & Co Law Firm is deeply involved in the local real estate sector. The group, led by Tony Wang, has expertise in development, project financing, real estate sales and acquisitions, and estate management, which it handles for a number of Shanghai shopping centres and office buildings.

Practice head(s):

Tony Wang

Other key lawyers:

Ming Qing Liu; Susan Tang; Jun Ma

Key clients

Shanghai Wanda Plaza Commercial Management

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Shanghai Construction Engineering Equity Investment Fund Management

Bank of Communications International Trust

Shanghai Weilaidao Investment Real Estate

Shanghai Construction Group

China Construction Second Engineering Bureau

China Construction Eighth Engineering Division

Evergrande Group East China Branch

Shanghai Futurity High Technology Industrial Park

Work highlights

  • Advised Shanghai Wanda Plaza Commercial Management on day-to-day legal issues relating to its commercial real estate.
  • Advises Shanghai Science and Technology Museum on its daily legal affairs and the construction of its new subsidiary (Shanghai Planetarium)
  • Advised Shanghai Weilaidao Investment Real Estate on its RMB11m acquisition of an industrial park company