Firms To Watch: Regional coverage: Guangdong Province: Guangzhou and Shenzhen

Headquartered in Shenzhen, SD & Partners’ broad offering spans financing and investment, tax, international trade, IP, real estate and construction, insolvency and restructuring, litigation and arbitration.
Established in 2021, Shihui Partners‘ Shenzhen team, led by Rui Wang, handles a broad range of financing, M&A, private equity and venture capital investment transactions and commercial disputes.

Regional coverage: Guangdong Province: Guangzhou and Shenzhen in China

Guangzhou is the capital city of the Guangdong province and is the key economic hub in the South China region. The major industries that are driving the city’s economy include automobiles, electronics, petrochemicals, gaming, wholesale and retail trade, and real estate. Its location allows it to be a connecting hub for China, Hong Kong and Macau, and the government of China is further pushing for its economic importance with key initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area plan. The opening of the local legal market to Hong Kong and Macao is seen as key in promoting the construction of the Greater Bay Area, leveraging the professional advantages of lawyers in Hong Kong and Macao, and promoting the integrated development of legal services in these three places. The Greater Bay Area refers to the Chinese government’s scheme to link 11 cities including Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland Chinese cities around the Pearl River Delta into an integrated economic and business hub. With less than one percent of China’s land space, the Greater Bay Area contributes about 11% of China’s economy.Shenzhen, known as China’s Silicon Valley, is home to China’s second biggest tech companies Huawei Technologies and Tencent, Chinese holding conglomerate Ping An Insurance Company of China, delivery services and logistics company SF Express, residential real estate developer Vanke and other household names across a wide range of industries. As one of the first regions opened to foreign investment, Shenzhen has been at the forefront of the past 20 years of economic reforms and market innovation and is an economic, trade and technological centre for south China. The city also houses the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and a large number of red circle, Beijing- and Shanghai-headquartered PRC firms as well as local full-service firms. The period under review saw an increase in the number of disputes, particularly those in the lower value range. Affected by the pandemic in the first half of the year, a large number of cases were not heard as scheduled. Since June 2022, court hearings have largely resumed to pre-pandemic numbers. All red circle firms have a prominent presence in Shenzhen, as well as a large number of Beijing- and Shanghai- headquartered full service and boutique firms, such as AllBright Law Offices, Grandall Law Firm, Tian Yuan Law Firm, DeHeng Law Offices, Guantao Law Firm and TianTong Law Firm.The Guanzhou table features a mix of national firms with headquarters in Beijing and Shanghai and Guangzhou-based local firms with an impressive regional footprint. The Shenzhen table includes highly regarded local firms and other mid-market firms that are active in the Shenzhen legal market.

Dentons

Dentons has a solid full-service Greater Bay regional offering with offices in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and Hong Kong. The team ‘has been deeply involved in the real estate industry for many years, and has rich experience to help clients avoid risks‘. Within its sizeable team, Zuoke Chen and Jian Zhang  focus on real estate and construction, and corporate and commercial matters; Bin Jiang has extensive experience in dispute resolution, private equity funds and bankruptcy reorganisation and liquidation matters; Wangsheng Lu, Xiangfa Zhang and Jieyun Ni handle capital markets transactions while Baoting Yang is the key name to note for both contentious and non-contentious matters in the financial services and insurance sectors. Urban renewal projects, ESG bond issuance and IP disputes also feature in its recent caseload.

Practice head(s):

Yuefeng Lu

Other key lawyers:

Chenhui Li; Baoting Yang; Zuoke Chen; Bin Jiang; Jian Zhang; Xiangfa Zhang; Wangsheng Lu; Jieyun Ni

Testimonials

Team members have a clear division of labour without losing unity and cooperation.’

They are good at using modern IT technology and office software to handle relevant legal affairs and material collection, and the team works efficiently together.

The team has a high degree of cooperation and rapid response. The group is composed of lawyers who are good at different professional fields, which can meet various service needs and provide more comprehensive service solutions. There are offices at home and abroad, allowing for greater collaboration.

The team can accurately determine the focus of resolving legal disputes, and provides tailor-made advice that meets client’s business needs.

Chenhui Li is able to consider issues from multiple dimensions, angles and breadths, and comprehensively prevents legal risks.

Dentons’ Guangzhou team has been deeply involved in the real estate industry for many years, and has rich experience to help clients avoid risks.

Dentons Guangzhou insurance team is one of the leading professional insurance dispute teams in China, specializing in the resolution of major and complex insurance disputes. The team has established a network of relationships that can collaborate with third parties in the insurance industry in a timely and efficient manner. It is a reliable team with both business thinking and specialized legal skills.

Key clients

Guangzhou Pearl River Industrial Park Investment and Development Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Industry Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd.

China Agricultural Production Materials Group Corporation

Henan Yuanfang Trade City Development Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Huizhou Pinghai Power Station Co., Ltd.

China Huadian Capital Holdings Co., Ltd., and Guangzhou Development District Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Liede Economic Development Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Xingye Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Billions Financial Leasing (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Branch of Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China, Ltd.

Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank Co., Ltd.

Zhuhai Great Hengqin Port Industrial Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Hengjian Investment Holding Co., Ltd.

China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Power Grid Co., Ltd.

China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd. Guangzhou Branch

Work highlights

  • Acted for Guangzhou Industrial Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd. as a guarantor in connection with a USD 300 million bond issued by its wholly-owned overseas subsidiary.
  • Advised Guangzhou Liede Economic Development Co., Ltd. to wholly participate in the Liede renovation project.
  • Acted for Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China in the case regarding the dispute over the liability for damage in which application for property preservation was made during the lawsuit, with a target amount of more than RMB180m.

ETR Law Firm

ETR Law Firm is a Guangzhou-headquartered firm with offices across China. It handles a broad range of work including financing, fund formation, investment, restructuring and dispute resolution. Xuefang Zhang specialises in securitisation and structured finance, Jie Xie handles commercial disputes, restructuring, listing and private client matters, Yuanle Chen focuses on M&A and IPOs, and Chaonan Yang has a particular expertise in corporate governance, commercial disputes and antitrust matters.

Practice head(s):

Xuefang Zhang; Jie Xie; Yuanle Chen; Qijun Shi; Chaonan Yang

Other key lawyers:

Xiuxian Jiang

Key clients

Guangzhou Haige Communications Group

Incorporated Company

BAOSTEEL GROUP GUANGDONG SHAOGUAN

IRON &STEEL CO.,LTD

Guangzhou Public Transport Group Co., Ltd.

Yunfu Yunxin Investment Holding Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Metro Group Co. Ltd.

Guangzhou Metro Investment Finance (BVI) Limited

Guangdong Energy Group Co.,Ltd

Guangdong Giant Leap Construction Co., Ltd.

Apex Ace Holding Limited

Lever Style Corporation

S.A.S. LIGHTING COMPANY LIMITED

Manfield Chemical Holdings Limited

Rosedale Hotel Holdings Limited

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal‘s Guangzhou and Shenzhen teams work closely with its Hong Kong and Sanya offices, handling commercial, financing, M&A, big-ticket IPOs and private equity and venture capital investments, restructurings and dispute resolution. Shenzhen-based Yinhong Liu who focuses on capital markets transactions and Guangzhou-based private equity specialist Meihua Liang are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Yinhong Liu

Other key lawyers:

Lei Jia; Meihua Liang; Lan Li

Key clients

First Capital Securities Co., Ltd.

Chinalin Securities

China Merchants Commerce Leasing Co., Ltd.

Liaoning Yuexiu Huishan Holding Co., Ltd.

CCCC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Taixing Zhiguang Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Zigong Conveying Machine Group Co., Ltd.

HYP-ARCH Consultants

Chengdu Yitong Seals Co., Ltd.

Vanov Holdings

Shenzhen Flowers Blooming Network Technology Corporation

Liuliu Orchard Group Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Huaqiang

Gettop Acoustic Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for First Capital Securities Co., Ltd. on acquiring subordinated bond issuance quota of RMB5bn, with RMB500m issued successfully at the first phase.
  • Acted for Chinalin Securities on acquiring corporate bond issuance quota of RMB4bn, with RMB1bn issued successfully at the first phase.
  • Advised China Merchants Commerce Leasing on its issuance of ABS under asset-backed special plan of RMB2bn.

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng works closely with the firm’s network of offices across China; it is a popular choice for handling big-ticket capital markets, international trade, dispute resolution, compliance and real estate matters. It continues to expand its Greater Bay region offering with a number of recruits. Among them, in Guangzhou, Linming Jin joined from Broad & Bright Law Firm and focuses on the real estate sector; Jianling Wang joined from Beijing DHH Law Firm and excels in international trade and shipping matters; and Tao Yu who joined from an in-house role focusing on private equity and real estate funds; in Shenzhen, Tian Jin, who handles capital markets, M&A, and restructuring mandates joined from Jia Yuan Law Offices and dispute resolution partner Long Zhang joined from King & Wood MallesonsPengfei Xu and Bangwei Xu jointly lead the regional practice from the firm’s Shenzhen and Guangzhou offices respectively.

Practice head(s):

Bangwei Xu(Guangzhou); Pengfei Xu (Shenzhen)

Other key lawyers:

Bo Yang; Xuan Zhou; Jian Hu; Shuzhou Zhao; Guanghui Zhu; Wei Quan; Kehua Zhang; Linming Jin; Jianling Wang; Tao Yu; Jin Tian; Long Zhang

Key clients

CCCC Group

Power China

ZPMC

Guangdong Province Navigation Group

CMA CGM S. A.

Guangdong Province Zhanjiang Shipping Group Co., Ltd.

Nanhai Salvage Bureau of the Ministry of Transport of the P.R.C.

China Merchants Port Group Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou South China Coal Trade Center Co. LTD

CICC HK Securities

Fujian Foxit Software Development Co., Ltd

Sigmastar Tech. Limited

China Resources Gas Investment (China) Co., Ltd

CLSA Limited

Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited

Guangdong Ellington Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.

Ming Yuan Cloud Group Holdings Limited

Joy Spreader Interactive Technology. Ltd

China International Capital Corporation Limited

Orient Minerva Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Ping An Securities Ltd.

CITIC Securities Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Qianhai Pingyu Commercial Factoring Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Qianhai Lianyirong Commercial Factoring Co.,Ltd.

Shenzhen Qianhai Yifang Hengrong Commercial Factoring Co., Ltd.

Zhong Qi Yun Lian (Shenzhen) Commercial Factoring Co.,Ltd.

Dompé farmaceutici S.p.A

Peugeot Group

Intel Corporation

China Construction Fourth Engineering Division Corp Ltd

Whitworths Limited

Heineken Brouwerijen B.V.

IVE Group (Australia)

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (China) Ltd.

Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd

CITIC Securities

BGI Group Ltd (深圳华大基因科技有限公司)

LONCIN MOTOR CO., LTD.

Chayora Limited (朝亚有限公司)

Work highlights

  • Acted as adviser to the joint sponsor for the Hong Kong listing of Jinmao Property Services.
  • Represented First High-School Education Group on its US IPO, making it the first IPO of an operator of private high schools.
  • Representing Hunan Shale Gas Development, an affiliate of a large state-owned sole proprietorship power generation corporation in contractual disputes regarding exploration rights.

JunHe

JunHe‘s south China regional coverage includes offices in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Haikou. The 24-partner team is jointly led by Guangzhou-based Ally Huang and Pete Zhang and Shenzhen-based Jianwei Zhang, all of whom have extensive experience in handling domestic and overseas IPOs representing Chinese companies as well as advising on the acquisition and restructuring of publicly listed companies. The team also includes Donnie Wang, who has notable expertise in IP litigation, commercial and criminal law matters; Joe Wan, who counts Guangzhou-based listed and state-owned companies as his main clients; and Catherine Miao, who specialises in real estate, distressed and special situation investments. Its recent caseload includes a broad range of capital markets, bankruptcy and insolvency mandates and a number of restructurings in the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Pete Zhang (Guangzhou); Jianwei Zhang  (Shenzhen); Ally Huang (Guangzhou)

Other key lawyers:

Joe Wan (Guangzhou); Catherine Miao; Donnie Wang (Guangzhou); Jiwei Yao (Guangzhou); Jun Fu (Guangzhou); Yijin Hu (Shenzhen); Wei Wei (Shenzhen); Ming An (Shenzhen)

Key clients

Guangzhou Onion Vogue Group

Yuexiu Group

Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd

Guangzhou Shiyuan Electronics Co. Ltd (CVTE)

Vanke

Pingan

China Resources (CRC)

China Merchants Group

Guangzhou Pearl River Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium led by Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Holdings Limited on participating in the restructuring of Kangmei Pharmaceutical as a restructuring investor.
  • Advised Yue Xiu Enterprises (Holdings) on Chong Hing Bank’s privatisation and delisting.
  • Advised Aoyuan Beauty Valley Technology Co., Ltd on its sale of a major asset.

JunZeJun Law Offices

JunZeJun Law Offices‘ growing practice advises on matters concerning finance, securities, investment banking, intellectual property and dispute resolution. Its Guangzhou office, led by Jian Ye, handles a steady flow of ABS and structured finance, restructuring, PPP and real estate projects as well as data protection and intellectual property matters. Shenzhen-based Yu Zhao is recommended for commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jian Ye (Guangzhou); Ge Tan (Guangzhou); DeYuan Jiang (Shenzhen)

Other key lawyers:

Xiaoqu Wu

Testimonials

Xiaoqu Wu has rich experience in intellectual property rights protection. He is professional and rigorous, and has strong communication skills. He can provide comprehensive services to clients and has a strong ability to handle complex cases. He has in-depth insight and creative dispute resolution capabilities. He is very proactive and timely in following up on cases and reporting and communicating. In terms of document preparation, he is thoughtful, rigorous and professional‘.

Key clients

Huawei

Honor

Duoyi

Dyson

Adobe Inc.

Adidas AG

Andritz

Aston Martin

Zhujiang Wire & Cable

37 Games

AVIC Lithium Battery

Alibaba

Ewan Games

Clifford Chance

9377 Games

Galanz

PUBG

Altium

Kotra (Korean trade-investment promotion agency)

KITA (Korean international trade association)

Cosmax (Korea)

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

COFCO Real Estate (Group) Co., Ltd.

China Construction Bank Corporation

China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd.

China Resources Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Sino-Life Insurance Asset Management Co., Ltd.

CoStone Capital Management Co., Ltd.

Bank of Shanghai Co., Ltd.

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Ping An Trust Co., Ltd.

CR Capital Management Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Dyson Technology in participating in a series of criminal law cases pertaining to counterfeit goods.
  • Acted for China Aviation Lithium Battery Co., Ltd in a case involving unfair competition, trade secret infringement and patent ownership disputes for rights protection.
  • Representing Shanghai Ewan Information Technology Group Co. LTD and Guangzhou Ewan Network Technology Co., LTD in a rights protection case related to its online game Master of Business.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons‘ Greater Bay regional offices has an impressive caseload that includes corporate reorganisation, insolvency restructuring, IPOs and M&A transactions as well as a broad range of contentious matters. The sizeable Guangzhou and Shenzhen teams are jointly led by Lixin Wang and Xianlong Zhao. Wang is the managing partner of both the firm’s International Centre in the Greater Bay Area and the Guangzhou Office, and focuses on overseas listings and bond issuance, and Zhao excels in real estate, infrastructure construction and securities mandates. In the Guangzhou team, Jianxue Wang and Le Zhang handle capital markets and M&A transactions; Xiaoquan Yang specialises in aircraft and project finance; and Mingfei Sun is a key name to note for intellectual property and commercial disputes. In Shenzhen, Siyu Song focuses on contentious matters and capital markets compliance issues while Zhangqi Tao is a key name for real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Lixin Wang (Guangzhou); Xianlong Zhao (Shenzhen)

Other key lawyers:

Jia Wu; Xiaopeng Feng (Guangzhou); Jianxue Wang (Guangzhou); Kuncheng Zhao (Shenzhen);  Xiaoquan Yang (Guangzhou); Liang Qiu (Guangzhou); Siyu Song (Shenzhen);  Xianlong Zhao (Shenzhen)

Testimonials

KWM is a law firm in mainland China that is familiar with international energy and power project financing and equity M&A, and a law firm that fully understands the legal compliance and control management system and needs of domestic commercial banks‘.

Xiaopeng Feng and his team have rich practical experience in customs affairs. The firm also has better communication advantages with relevant customs departments and provides targeted professional advice’.

Xiaopeng Feng quickly understands the client’s needs and existing problems, and provides practical solutions after summarizing them’.

Xiaoquan Yang and Liang Qiu can smoothly communicate between banks, investors, and lawyers, and are able to achieve the satisfaction goals of multiple parties’.

King & Wood Mallesons’ Shenzhen and Guangzhou offices have maintained a strong position in the capital market, dispute resolution, bankruptcy and restructuring, corporate M&A and other fields, and have continuously expanded their partner teams through internal promotion and external introduction‘.

Siyu Song provides clients with creative professional opinions, and uses profound experience to guide client’s business practices‘.

PW & Partners

PW & Partners‘ client roster features foreign and listed companies as well as SOEs, and the team excels in assisting foreign companies and foreign-funded companies with their operations in China. It is expanding its competition and data compliance practice, advising a number of SOEs on a broad range of compliance matters. The team’s expertise also spans labour and employment, bankruptcy and liquidation, intellectual property, competition, data compliance and dispute resolution. Founding partner James Peng‘s recent caseload saw him handling anti-corruption investigations and related employment matters,  and complex labour dispatch matters. Ada Wang focuses on international trade, IP and data compliance matters, and Ozzie Ou advises on corporate and employment matters.

Practice head(s):

James Peng

Other key lawyers:

Ada Wang; Ozzie Ou; Wei Wang

Testimonials

PW & Partners provide us with efficient and professional legal services related to labour law, and the charging model can be flexibly adjusted for different service contents‘.

Ozzie Ou has a wealth of labour law expertise and practical experience‘.

Ada Wang has been engaged in the legal affairs of foreign-funded enterprises for a long time. She has an excellent track record in the overall control of non-litigation and litigation matters‘.

Key clients

Mars Wrigley Confectionery (China) Limited

Savills (Guangzhou)

Tupperware (China) Limited

AIG Insurance Company China Limited

Jatco (Guangzhou) Automatic Transmission Co.,Ltd.

Jabil Electronics (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd.

By-health Co.,Ltd

Guangdong Trading Holdings Group Co.

Health and Happiness(H&H)China Co., Ltd (Swiss China)

China Southern Power Grid

TWS Group

CEEC Guangdong Electric Power Equipments Factory

IKA Works Guangzhou

Clariant Chemicals (China) Ltd. Guangzhou Branch

Goertek Company

Renolit Guangzhou Ltd.

Mead Johnson

Work highlights

  • Acted for Goertek in a RMB3.6m non-compete case.
  • Assisted Dongguan Water Group with a range of IP rights, compliance and contentious matters.
  • Advised Daido Steel (Japan) on a ¥5m anti-dumping tax administrative case.

Shu Jin Law Firm

Shu Jin Law Firm is a Shenzhen-headquartered full-service firm with particular strength in securities and investments, and corporate and M&A mandates.  It advises issuers and underwriters on IPOs in the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Singapore Stock Exchange, Korea Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ, handling security and equity-linked capital markets transactions from asset restructuring and mergers and acquisitions to follow-on equity offerings, and overseas securities issuance. The team also handles insolvency and restructuring, IP, dispute resolution, and compliance matters. Xiaochun Lin and Tianhui Wei and Yunyun Hu are recommended for capital markets transactions, and Chenting Wu and Rongsheng Chen focus on corporate and M&A and private equity matters.

Practice head(s):

Yunyan Ma; Chenting Wu; Junkan Shi

Other key lawyers:

Yunyun Hu; Rongsheng Chen; Tianhui Wei; Yuan Luo; Jinping Chen

Key clients

Shenzhen Longsailing Semiconductor Co., LTD

Xinyue Microelectronic Materials (Jiaxing) Co., Ltd.

Shen International Holdings Limited

GOLDEN VISION CAPITAL

Guangdong Yunsong Equity Investment Partnership

Boya Bio-pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd

Shenzhen GTJA Investment Group Co., Ltd.

CIMC Vehicle (Group) Co., LTD

Huaxin Cement Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen KTC Technology Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Breo Technology Co., Ltd.

Vanchip (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd.

Tahota Law Firm

Tahota Law Firm‘s Guangzhou and Shenzhen team is regularly instructed on PPP and urban renewal projects. The team also handle a broad spectrum of IP matters, including domain name and copyright infringement disputes, as well as M&A and restructuring mandates. It counts government agencies, SOEs, educational establishments and financial institutions as its main clients. Shenzhen-based Yuanbing Huang and Lv Zhang are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Yuanbin Huang (Shenzhen); Lv Zhang (Guangzhou); Yihua Wang (Shenzhen); Jia Liu (Shenzhen);  Weicheng Liao(Guangzhou); Jin Jiang (Shenzhen)

Key clients

Poly Development Holding Group Co., Ltd. 保利发展控股集团股份有限公司

China Orient Asset Management Co., Ltd. Shenzhen Branch 中国东方资产管理股份有限公司深圳市分公司

Guangdong Energy Group Natural Gas Co., Ltd. 广东能源集团天然气有限公司

Guangdong Power Industry Fuel Co., Ltd. 广东省电力工业燃料有限公司

Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Limited, Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 深圳市腾讯计算机系统有限公司、腾讯科技(深圳)有限公司

Foshan Electric Lighting Co., Ltd. 佛山电器照明股份有限公司

Shenzhen Smoore Technology Co., LTD.

Sichuan Daily Press Group 四川日报报业集团

Chengdu Huarida Investment Development Co., Ltd. 成都华瑞达投资发展有限公司

Guangdong Yuehai Water Investment Company Limited 广东粤海水务投资有限公司

Work highlights

  • Advised Poly Development Holding Group Co., Ltd. On the largest urban renewal project in Foshan area-Julong South Village and on the Julong North Village urban renewal projects.
  • Advised China Orient Asset Management Co., Ltd. Shenzhen Branch on the acquisition of non-performing debt asset package projects including Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Xinhuacheng Co., Ltd. which is held by Essence Trust.
  • Advised Guangdong Energy Group Natural Gas Co., on a proposed investment in Guangdong Guanghai Bay Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. through a capital increase.

Wang Jing & Co

Wang Jing & Co has a long-established reputation in the shipping and insurance sectors, counting a mix of foreign and domestic vessel owners and operators, charterers, P&I clubs, hull and machinery underwriters, marine engineering companies, traders and banks as key clients. According to one client, it is ‘the number one choice for maritime disputes in China‘. John Wang  is highly recommended for shipping, admiralty, banking, insurance and international trade disputes. Xiangyong Chen, who splits his time between the firm’s Shanghai and Guangzhou offices, and Yong Zhao are other names to note. It has regional offices in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen in the region, with a further presence in other major ports.

Practice head(s):

Xiangyong Chen; John Wang; Yongdong Han

Other key lawyers:

Yong Zhao

Testimonials

‘The firm has real knowledge of international disputes and is an excellent choice for Chinese clients facing cross-border disputes. The team has experience of working with cross-border teams and of tapping legal expertise in multiple jurisdictions on complicated matters.’

‘John Wang is excellent at linking up with international expertise.

‘Wang Jing & Co was the first Mainland law firm specializing in Shipping and Marine Insurance to develop a network of offices in five port cities throughout the country. Their fee earners collaborate well as a team and they use communications technology effectively’.

‘The firm is very knowledgeable in shipping matters and can communicate with foreign clients perfectly well’.

‘Xiangyong Chen is extremely efficient and, despite his seniority, he is very hands-on and gives you comfort that he has your matters under total control.’

‘The firm and the team is very well known in the shipping market.’

‘We have worked with Mr Chen Xiangyong on a number of cases. He is very experienced and reliable.’

‘Wang Jing & Co is the preeminent maritime law firm in China, and for good reason. Their team is made up of first-class practitioners with market leading knowhow and experience. They are my number one choice for maritime disputes in China.’

‘Xiangyong Chen is a truly first-class legal professional. A supremely strong intellect, Xiangyong is surely the number one top choice in China for the most serious maritime disputes. Xiangyong combines legal acumen and deep experience with pragmatic commercial nous – a real superstar.’

Key clients

Skuld (Far East) Ltd

GARD (HK) Ltd

Steamship Mutual Management (Hong Kong) Limited

UK P&I Club

The North of England P&I Association Limited

The Swedish Club Hong Kong Ltd.

Wang Jing & GH Law Firm

Headquartered in Guangzhou, Wang Jing & GH Law Firm continues to expand its team and offering in the areas of employment, private clients, capital markets, litigation and intellectual property. The team excels in foreign-related commercial matters and has extensive expertise in the shipping, real estate and gaming sectors. Sam Huang, Jianhui Li and Yingzi Cai focus on real estate transactions, and Jing Wang and Wilson Wang are highly experienced shipping practitioners. Jeff Yang specialises in data compliance and counts CGB Bank, Guangzhou Shiyuan Electronic Technology Company and Mentholatum as his key clients.

Practice head(s):

Jing Wang; Sam Huang; Jeff Yang

Key clients

Gard AS

The Standard Club

Lotus Ocean Transportation Pte Ltd

Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd

Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd.

UK P&I Hong Kong Office

The Swedish Club Hong Kong Ltd.

China Taiping Insurance (HK) Company Limited

Noble Group Holdings Limited

Shell (China) Limited

Guangdong Ruihua Group Co.

Guangzhou Zhuguang Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Fangyuan Urban Renewal Investment Co., Ltd.

Poly Development & Holdings Corp.

Guangzhou City Construction Investment Urban Renewal Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Merchants Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Country Garden Group Co.

Guangzhou Jingxin Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Haibi Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Junfa Investment Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Hejingjuesheng Real Estate Co., ltd.

Guangzhou Mingyuecheng Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou City Construction Investment for Rental and Development Investment Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Jinghengyue Investment Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Branch of China Harbour & Channel Engeering Bureau Group Co.

Guangzhou Linfeng Urban Renewal Co., Ltd.

Guangdong Market Branch of China National Petroleum Corp.

Guangdong Branch of China Huarong Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Parkland Urban Renewal Investment Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Haizhu Assets Management Co., Ltd.

Tencent Compan

Alibaba Group

China Southern Power Grid Guangdong Company

CGB Bank

Mentholatum

GAC AION

Guangzhou Shiyuan Electronic Technology Company Limited

VIPThink

Blue Moon

Global Sources

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lotus Ocean Transportation Pte Ltd., in charter party and bills of lading disputes with the head owner, charterers, and local cargo receivers, regarding demurrage, prolonged stay of the vessel at port and alleged cargo damage concerning the carriage of a consignment of coal in bulk for discharge in Guangzhou, China.
  • Assisted CGB Bank with its personal financial information protection inspection plans.
  • Advised VIPThink on its employment data management and compliance matters.

Wei Tu Law Firm

Wei Tu Law Firm‘s association with Stephenson Harwood places the team in a strong position to advise on Hong Kong, English and PRC law. It advises on cross-border M&A, ship financing, employment, compliance, and IP matters as well as commercial disputes. Zou Zhou and Henry Zhu are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Zhou

Other key lawyers:

Henry Zhu 

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Jointly led by Guangzhou-based antitrust and competition specialist Baisha Zhang and Shenzhen-based Boming Qian, Zhong Lun Law Firm had another stellar year handling a broad mix of antitrust, data compliance, M&A transactions in the new energy sector, IPOs, IP disputes, and major infrastructure projects. Qixiang Zhang, Tao Jin and Shenzhen-based Bijun Huang have notable experience in listings, M&A and private equity investments, and Wayne Wang and Yonghong Wang focus on the TMT sector, and contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters respectively. In its Shenzhen office, Yonghong Wang and  Feng Dong have a solid track record in commercial disputes, while Shengfeng XuHaijun Wang and Sheng Zhang excel in restructuring and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Baisha Zhang (Guangzhou); Boming Qian (Shenzhen)

Other key lawyers:

Wayne Wang (Guangzhou); Yonghong Wang (Guangzhou); Haishan Lv (Guangzhou); Qixiang Zhang (Guangzhou); Tao Jin (Guangzhou); Nina Liu (Guangzhou); Bijun Huang (Shenzhen); Mingcheng Yan (Shenzhen); Shengfeng Xu (Shenzhen); Haijun Wang (Shenzhen); Sheng Zhang (Shenzhen)

Testimonials

Highly flexible team‘.

Zhonglun is very familiar with the equity investment business and can provide effective guidance from all aspects of raising, investment, management and exit‘.

Yonghong Wang and Haishan Lv respond to client’s needs and provide commercially-minded advice in a timely manner‘.

Yonghong Wang is an expert in the fields of patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition, and has extensive litigation experience. Wang is able to have a deep insight into the legal demands of clients, have a business mindset, and respond quickly, so as to provide clients with legal solutions that are in line with their business interests‘.

Key clients

Guangdong Yangming Yude Education Investment Co., Ltd.

NICE YOUNG LITE CO.,LTD.

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Bananain(Sanli People (Shenzhen) Technology Co., Ltd.)

Beijing Konruns pharmaceutical Co., Ltd (603590.SH)

China Citic Bank Corporation Limited

China Minsheng Banking Corporation Limited

China Shandong Hi-Speed Capital (HK) Limited

China Southern Power Grid Digital Power Grid Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Dongguan Feima Logistics Co., Ltd.

Ecolite Wellbeing (Gd) Co., Ltd.

ELAN Microelectronics Corp (Taiwan).

Endeavour Consumer Health Limited

Feima Investment Holdings Co.,Ltd.

Fosun Hani Securities Limited

Glory View Technology Co., Ltd.

Gree Electric Appliances,Inc.of Zhuhai

Guangdong Administration for Market Regulation

Guangdong Shunkong Development Co.,Ltd.

Guangfa Securities Asset Management (Guangdong) Corporation Limited

Guangzhou Development Zone Zhizao Industry Investment Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Guanggang Gas Energy Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Huaxin Electronics Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Industrial Investment Holding Group Co. Ltd.

Guangzhou Ipin Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Lonkey Industrial Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Miaoke Technology Co., Ltd.

Hainan Development Holdings Co., Ltd.

Hang Tung Resources Limited

Hannover Re-insurance

Henniges Automotive

Honye Financial Services Limited

IDG Capital

Northern Light Venture Capital

PatPat (InterFocus Cayman Ltd.)

Runben Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Samsung C&T Hongkong Limited

Shanghai Character License Administrative Co., Ltd.

Shanghai ISO Medical Products Co. Ltd

Shenzhen China Merchants Ping An Asset Management Corporation Limited

Shenzhen Feima International Supply Chain Co.,Ltd.

Shenzhen Fuyin Food Group Co., LTD.

Shenzhen Huaxunfangzhou Investment Co. LTD .

Shenzhen Junma environmental protection Co., Ltd

Shenzhen Protruly Electronics Co., Ltd

Smarter Microelectronics(Guangzhou)Co.,Ltd.

SouthGobi Resources, a company listed on HK and Toronto stock exchanges

State Grid Overseas Investment Co. Ltd.

Synertec Corporation Limited, a multi-disciplined engineering consulting firm in Australia, which is listed on ASX

Taishin International Bank Corporation Limited

Wal-Mart (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Wuzhou Dongtai State Owned Assets Management Co., Ltd.

Xinyijia supermarket Co., Ltd.

XRSPACE

Zhejiang Huizun Investment Management Corporation Limited

ZONGTENG GROUP

Work highlights

  • Represented Guangdong Administration for Market Regulation in the administrative litigation in relation to the trade association organising a horizontal monopolistic agreement.
  • Advised Guangzhou Guanggang Gas Energy Co., Ltd., a member of Guangzhou Industrial Investment Holding Group Co. Ltd., on its bid for and acquisition of the divested assets in the merger between Linde and Praxair.
  • Advising XRSPACE on its VIE agreements, software licensing agreements, joint venture contracts, and issues related to proposed PE investment.