Regional coverage: Other notable firms in Shanghai in China

Shanghai is one of the four municipalities directly controlled by the central government. It is the most populous city in China and has the largest GDP of all Chinese cities. Located in Eastern China on the southern estuary at the mouth of the Yangtze River, it is surrounded by Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces to the north, west and south, and the East China Sea to the east. Shanghai’s two major banks—the China Construction Bank and the Bank of China— act as administrative organs of the central government’s Ministry of Finance. The introduction of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone has so far seen seven US and UK firms establishing their joint operations in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.  A large number of US, UK and European law firms have offices in Shanghai, the Big 4 have formed their associations with Chinese law firms in Beijing and/or Shanghai, and a number of major PRC firms such as Fangda Partners, AllBright Law Offices, Grandall Law Firm and Llinks Law Offices are headquartered in Shanghai and are in close competition with those that are headquartered in Beijing. This table includes firms that are currently not ranked in our national rankings or firms that are ranked in a couple of practice areas only but are active across a broad range of practice areas and sectors in the local and regional market.

HHP Attorneys-At-Law

HHP Attorneys-At-Law handles corporate and M&A, restructuring and data protection matters. Yao Rao‘s experience includes advising multinational companies on their activities in China, especially clients in the highly regulated industries such as the medical, food and drink, construction, and mining sectors. Jingdong Xu assists asset management companies with trust matters and advises domestic and foreign institutions on M&A and restructuring mandates. Xu’s recent highlights also include representing financial institutions in bank guarantee enforcement and loan disputes.

Practice head(s):

Yao Rao; Jingdong Xu

Testimonials

Excellent personal abilities and teamwork coordination capabilities enable the HHP team to tailor pragmatic, compliant, and efficient legal solutions for clients.

Rao Yao’s deep cross-industry legal knowledge, diversified legal service experience, and grasp of the client’s business and the country’s legal environment enable him to provide high-quality, efficient legal services that meet the client’s business needs.

The HHP team has very solid professional knowledge, provides quick responses, comprehensive consideration, and thorough analysis of legal issues from a commercial perspective. For different projects, HHP can flexibly form a suitable team, equipped with lawyers with corresponding expertise, and the billing model is transparent.

Rao Yao is very professional, diligent and conscientious, and at the same time good at communication. He can personally review all legal documents carefully. We are very satisfied with the quality of his services.

The biggest feature of the team is that it is very organized, and they can tailor the configuration of lawyers for our different cases according to different lawyers’ qualifications and professional fields. While the HHP team resolves the company’s legal affairs for us, it also has litigation lawyers who handle dispute resolution matters for us. The ability to connect litigation and non-litigation is a major strength of HHP. HHP lawyers always keep in close contact with us, respond quickly and proactively. They have strong business acumen, and have a deep understanding of business reality.’

Key clients

Asiwei Group

3M

Blum

Brenntag

Centrotec

Diageo

Linked-F

Puma

RS Components

SKF

Spectris

Valeo

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading beverage alcohol provider on its establishment of a new system to break through its own member platform and other e-shops.

Joint-Win Partners

Joint-Win Partners is a Shanghai-based firm with over 40 partners across 15 key practice areas that handle a broad mix of financing, IP, compliance, real estate,  administrative, and other corporate and commercial matters. Dispute resolution is a major area of the practice and the team handles litigation, arbitration and enforcement. Banks, insurance and securities companies feature among its client list and the team recently advised on a number of consumer finance-related transactions. Yueguang Zhu's practice includes administrative litigation, IP and financing, and Hongyi Lu is noted for tax planning, family trust and offshore financial-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Yueguang Zhu

Other key lawyers:

Hongyi Lu; Xin Qian

Testimonials

Good service attitude, willing to accept improvement suggestions and make rapid progress.

Hongyi Lu is committed to driving the law firm forward with the goal of offering first-class level services. She fully considers the requirement of the clients and the special circumstances of the case to provide humane and flexible services to ensure response speed, timely feedback and improvement of deficiencies according to the client’s requirements.

The team has been deeply involved in the compliance supervision research of commercial banks and non-bank financial institutions for many years. The team emphasises the compliance management risks of financial institutions and has a deep understanding of the industry and timely updates on regulatory compliance requirements to assist financial institutions.

Key clients

Bank of China Ltd.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd.

Coca-Cola Beverages Shanghai Co., Ltd.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation (China) Ltd.

Huarong Securities Co., Ltd.

Bank of Nanjing Co., Ltd. Shanghai Branch

Ningbo Yinzhou Rural Commercial Bank Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Foreign Service (Group) Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Liangyou Group Co., Ltd.

SSE Technology Co., Ltd.

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company Of China, Ltd.Shanghai Branch

Xinyi Cai XuKun Film and Culture Studio

Shanghai Law Society

Shanghai Jing’an District Committee and District Government

Hwabao Trust Co., Ltd.

Orient Securities Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Jiaoda Onlly Co., Ltd.

Easy Pay Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Haian Rural Commercial Bank Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Postal Savings Bank of China Shanghai Songjiang District Sub-branch with a series of disputes against the borrowers regarding the transfer of mortgaged properties without permission.
  • Represented Huarong Securities in a disposal of the stocks of the listed companies dispute against Jinlong Holdings Group.
  • Acting for CJ Group in a series of contractual disputes and cross-border M&A transactions.

Joius Law Firm

Established in 2013, Joius Law Firm's team regularly advises on foreign investment, financing, securities, IP, and contentious matters. Founding partner Daniel Ding specialises in finance and securities, foreign investment, M&A, restructuring and commercial disputes, and is noted alongside joint founding partner Anita Chen and senior partner Rachel Peng.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Ding

Other key lawyers:

Anita Chen; Rachel Peng

Key clients

Far Eastern International Bank

CTBC Bank noThe Shanghai Commercial & Saving Bank, Ltd.

Cathay United Bank

Yuanta Commercial Bank Co., Ltd.

Taishin International Bank

East West Bank Hong Kong Branch

Mega International Commercial Bank Co., Ltd.

Bank SinoPac Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Far Eastern International Bank on a RMB600m syndicated loan project.
  • Acted for Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank on the establishment of its Wuxi branch.
  • Represented Cathay United Bank in a financial loan contractual dispute between its Shanghai branch and Shanghai Simeng International Freight Forwarding.

Zhao Sheng Law Firm

Zhao Sheng Law Firm works closely with its joint operation firm Linklaters on a broad range of transactional, data protection and compliance matters for clients in the TMT, fintech, healthcare and life sciences, and insurance sectors. Managing partner Eric Liu focuses on the TMT and insurance sectors, and counts SOEs, foreign investors and major insurance companies as his main clients; Colette Pan advises international corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms on their investments and activities in China, including the regulation of mainland China’s financial markets and financial services; and Richard Gu has notable experience advising on China-related cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions. The team welcomed managing associate Martin Zhou, who joined from TransAsia Lawyers in June 2020; Zhou focuses on employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Eric Liu

Testimonials

The team is unique and is our go-to for any mainland PRC issues, whether it be M&A transactions, derivatives and structured products trade deals, regulatory queries or potentially contentious matters.

The team led by Eric has an excellent industry background and professional skills, and has provided us with very high-quality services throughout the project. Benran Huang and Hansen Ji are also very good, showing strong professionalism, and able to deliver services in a timely and high-quality manner.

The team members are very efficient, with solid legal knowledge and good business sense.

The team is well versed in TMT investment transactions, especially from the perspective of foreign institutional investors. They are knowledgeable about complex regulatory changes and are able to provide pragmatic advice.

Good understanding of regulations in relation to the financial industry in China. Strong network with relevant regulators.

Eric Liu is exceptional, reliable and second-to-none in terms of his legal expertise, commitment and quality of service. I have him on speed-dial for any mainland legal issues.

Eric Liu can design a legal service plan that meets actual needs at the initial stage, and give full play to his own experience and advantages to guide the project at key points to ensure the smooth progress of the project.

Key clients

IDG Capital

Sofina Asia Private Ltd

Dalian Financial Industry Investment Group Co. Ltd

Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC

Qatar Investment Authority

Blackhawk

Ascend Group Company Limited

True Corporation Public Company Limited

Suning.com

CITIC Securities

Schroders Investment Management Ltd

True Corporation Public Company Limited

Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association

Dymon

Ascend Group Company Limited

BP plc

Covestro AG

AlixPartners

Blackhawk

Egon Zehnder

Eli Lilly

FMR LLC Fidelity Investments

Qatar Investment Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised one of the world’s largest quantitative hedge funds, managing in excess of $50bn of its data acquisition structures and collaboration agreement with a Chinese digital bank.
  • Acted for QIA on its investment in Transcenta Holding as a Series C-1 preferred investor.
  • Advised Ascend Group Company Limited, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Golden Commerce Capital Ltd., on a convertible loan and the subsequent 100% acquisition of Chilindo Company Limited (Hong Kong), which holds operating subsidiaries in China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Zheng Han Law Firm

Zheng Han Law Firm has a solid real estate and commercial disputes practice. Its client roster features Shanghai-based banks and financial institutions. Managing partner Zheng Wang is well versed in cross-border disputes and has handled a number of cases where he was acting as PRC law expert in HKIAC.  Huiyun Yao and Xuechao Wang are key names for contentious matters, and David Ye specialises in real estate, construction engineering, investment and financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Huiyun Yao; Xuechao Wang; David Ye

Other key lawyers:

Zheng Wang; Wei Ni

Key clients

China Resources (Holdings) Co., Ltd.

China Baowu Steel Group

China Poly Group

Xiamen ITG Group

Xiamen C&D Co., Ltd.

Jiangxi Copper Company Limited

Bright Food (Group) Co., Ltd.

China National Nuclear Corporation

Decathlon (shanghai) Sports co., ltd.

Pingan Group

Sun Hung Kai Properties Co.,Ltd.

Shui On Group Co.,Ltd.

Chueng Kong Asset Holdings Co.,Ltd.

Hutchison Whampoe Co.,Ltd

Yanlord Land Group Co.,Ltd.

Chia Tai Group

Ting Hsin International Group

CITIC Group

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

China national cereal, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation

Poly Property Group Co.,Ltd.

China National Nuclear Corporation

China Resources Holdings Co.,Ltd

China Shipping Group Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Jiushi Group Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Lujiazui Group Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Jinqiao Group Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Bailian Group Co.,Ltd.

Lingang Group

China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holding Co.,Ltd.

Xiamen C&D, Ltd.

Shanghai Industrial Investment Holdings, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing a domestic investment management company and an overseas real estate capital company, both subsidiaries of a well-known Fortune Global 500 corporation, in a bond dispute and relative cooperation contract dispute involving several arbitrations and assets preservation across the country.
  • Representing a leading real estate development company in a share transfer dispute against an individual and his affiliates with a matter value of RMB3.2Bbn.
  • Advised Bank of Shanghai on the RMB5bn purchase of its headquarter building.