Firms To Watch: Regional coverage: Other notable firms in Shanghai

Shanghai United Law Firm, established in 1984, is a notable shanghai-based firm with solid expertise in commercial disputes, private wealth, capital markets and securitisation, and corporate matters. The team also has particular experience in the real estate, TMT, fintech and healthcare sectors.
Corporate law boutique firm Sunhold Law Firm  handles commercial disputes and a broad range of corporate and commercial matters.

Regional coverage: Other notable firms in Shanghai in China

Shanghai is one of the four municipalities directly controlled by the central government, though it is widely considered the commercial capital of the People’s Republic of China, serving as an economic centre and international hub for foreign companies and investors entering the Chinese market. The Shanghai market sees a lot of activity in the financial, trade, and shipping industries, with the Shanghai port accounting for a large proportion of Chinese domestic and international trade. The Shanghai Stock Exchange cements the city’s position as a financial hub, with the STAR board, a Chinese science and technology-focused equities market launched in 2019, further enriching the city’s economic activity. Additionally, 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. As a consequence, the Shanghai legal market is particularly busy in relation to financial mandates. Another key aspect to note of the legal market is Shanghai Free Trade Zone, which has seen the introduction of a number of leading international law firms establishing joint operations in the city, as well as international office branches. Market leaders in the Shanghai market include the Red Circle firms, with particular mention to the Shanghai-headquartered Fangda Partners, as well as other major national and global law firms such as AllBright Law Offices, Grandall Law Firm and Llinks Law Offices, all of which are headquartered in Shanghai.These rankings cover firms which are not heavily featured in our national rankings but are active across a wide range of practice areas and sectors at local or regional level.

HHP Attorneys-At-Law

HHP Attorneys-At-Law offers particular expertise in the areas of dispute resolution, cybersecurity and data compliance, and corporate and M&A mandates, acting for clients across a broad range of sectors. It has seen growth in the area of financial litigation, particularly in relation to asset management, and trust and loan agreement disputes. The firm also regularly handles cross-border matters as it is a member firm of Meritas, a global network of law firms. Managing partner Yao Rao has extensive experience in corporate, M&A and restructuring matters, and has strong expertise in the areas of labour and employment. Also notable is Jingdong Xu, who heads the firm's dispute resolution team.

Practice head(s):

Yao Rao

Other key lawyers:

Jingdong Xu

Key clients

Aiswei Group

Blum

Brenntag

China Pacific Insurance Company

China Everbright

Diageo

Maison Capital

Merck

Puma

RS Components

SCHOTT

SKF

SPB Bank

Spectris

Syntegon

Taiping Financial Holding Fund

Valeo

ZW Security

Work highlights

  • Represented a leading financial institution to solve a RMB1.1bn loan dispute in a real estate development project.

Joint-Win Partners

Based in Shanghai, Joint-Win Partners specialises in commercial matters, acting for clients ranging from major state-owned and private enterprises to government departments. The firm has 18 key practice areas, which covers a wide variety of matters, including banking and finance, IP, compliance, real estate, administrative, and other corporate and commercial mandates. It is also particularly well regarded for its dispute resolution practice. Although based in Shanghai, the firm has also been growing, with recently established branches in Jiangyin, Changzhou, Hangzhou, and Ningbo. Executive director and senior partner Hongyi Lu has a broad practice, with extensive experience acting for commercial entities on a broad range of litigious and non-litigious commercial matters; she also has particular expertise in asset management, corporate, and tax matters. Other key practitioners to note include Xin Qian, who specialises in banking, trust, private equity fund, asset management and non-performing asset disposal mandates, and Yichen Zhang, who focuses on commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Hongyi Lu

Other key lawyers:

Xin Qian; Yichen Zhang; Zhenming Guan

Key clients

Hong Kong Wanxin Investment Co., Limited

China Stem Cell Group Shanghai Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Foreign Service (Group) Co., Ltd.

Shimao Tiancheng Property Service Group Co., Ltd.

China Railway First Bureau Group Co., Ltd. Shanghai Branch

Shanghai University of Engineering and Technology

Shanghai Bahe Advertising Co., Ltd.

Orient Securities Co., Ltd.

Shimao Tiancheng Property Service Group Co., Ltd.

China Railway First Bureau Group Co., Ltd. Shanghai Branch

Shanghai University of Engineering and Technology

Shanghai Kaishijia Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Bank of Nanjing Co., Ltd. Shanghai Branch

Shanghai MoBa Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Ningbo Yinzhou Rural Commercial Bank Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Haian Rural Commercial Bank Co., Ltd.

Operation Management Co., Ltd., Shanghai Xingwang International Clothing City Yard

Work highlights

  • Acted for BOC Consumer Finance in a series of loan disputes with a total value of CNY23.6 million.
  • Represented Jiaxing Yixian Electromechanical Technology Co., Ltd and Duan Yuehao in a contract dispute.
  • Advised Client Jiuya Company entrusted the counterpart Zhihua Company to reconstruct its hospital engineering.

Joius Law Firm

Joius Law Firm is headquartered in Shanghai, though has branch offices located in Warsaw and Taipei. The five practice areas it covers includes finance and securities, foreign Investment, dispute resolution, intellectual property, and government and administrative affairs. Its client list primarily consists of banks and other financial institutions, Fortune 500 enterprises, multinational enterprises, and foreign-invested companies. The practice is co-lead by founding partners Daniel Ding and Anita Chen. Ding’s practice focuses on cross-border recovery, recognition and enforcement matters, as well as wider contentious matters, whilst Chen specialises in investment structure planning, M&A, and restructuring matters. Also notable is Rachel Peng, who heads the government affairs department at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Ding; Anita Chen

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Peng

Key clients

On-Bright Electronics Co., Ltd.

LongjiangWellbright Wagyu Industry Incorporated Company

Taiwan Cooperative Bank

Chang Hua Commercial Bank,Ltd

KGI Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisted Longjiang Wellbright Wagyu Industry Incorporated Company with listing on the main board on the Chinese mainland.
  • Assisted an investment company established in China by a Fortune 500 company, and led the series-D investment in target semiconductor company in association with over ten local and foreign celebrated enterprises in various industry.
  • Acted for Taishin Bank and obtained a successful decision on their petition to the Supreme Court for a retrial.

Tahota Law Firm

Established in 2015, Tahota Law Firm has been steadily growing in size with now over 10 partners in its Shanghai office. It focuses primarily on commercial matters, with its core practice areas covering finance and securities, investment, M&A, IP, real estate and construction, bankruptcy and restructuring, and government legal affairs, as well as dispute resolution and criminal litigation. Dong Liang heads the Shanghai office, with strong expertise in real estate and construction matters, as well as in corporate, M&A and bankruptcy liquidation mandates and criminal defence and compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Dong Liang

Other key lawyers:

Wang Yun

Key clients

Shanghai Minhang Asset Investment Management (Group) Co., Ltd.

Lihang Technology Co., Ltd

SAN LTD. (a BVI company)

Shanghai Lazars Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Lazars Network Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Akas Microelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Huaming Power Equipment Group Corporation

Shanghai Orange Sense Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Sunjoint Industries Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Minhang Asset Group on the issuance of non-public corporate bonds.
  • Advised Chengdu Lihang Technology Co., Ltd. On its initial public offering and listing on the main board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
  • Represented respondent SAN LTD. (a BVI company) in arbitration proceedings initiated by S LLC at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

W&H Law Firm

W&H Law Firm’s Shanghai office was established in 2003, though the firm has offices across mainland China and abroad. It advises a range of clients across various industries, including multinational companies, state-owned enterprises, and private enterprises. Its primary areas of expertise include company investment, M&A, restructuring, labour, and litigation and arbitration. Shidao Kuang leads the corporate team from Shanghai. Other key practitioners include Xiaoke Zhang, who focuses on matters relating to investment, construction, and operation of domestic and international enterprises, and Wen Jiang, who has significant expertise in foreign and offshore investment, and foreign-related commercial and corporate M&A matters. Yongjian Ma provides expertise in real estate, construction and engineering matters, whilst Jun Gu specialises in labour and dispute resolution matters.

Practice head(s):

Shidao Kuang

Other key lawyers:

Xiaoke Zhang; Wen Jiang; Yongjian Ma; Jun Gu

Key clients

ACON Biotech (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Grain & Oil Storage Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Jingwen Investment Co., Ltd.

Nouryon Chemicals (Ningbo) Co., Ltd.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Shanghai Ltd.

Shanghai Hai Kang Bei Foundation

Work highlights

  • Provided ACON Biotech (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. with foreign-related permanent legal counsel services throughout 2022, including assisting in participating in the legal compliance activities with offshore regulatory authorities (e.g. US FDA), and protecting the rights of the clients against counterfeit products through legal actions on a global scale.
  • Provided legal services to Shanghai Grain & Oil Storage Co., Ltd. to handle the withdrawal of commercial rental tenants.
  • Advised on the share transfer project of Shanghai Jingwen Investment Co., Ltd.

Yuanda China Law Offices

Yuanda China Law Offices offers a broad scope of legal services, covering corporate and transactional matters, IP, private client, tax, government affairs, regulatory and compliance, and dispute resolution mandates. Its strategic alliance with Winston & Strawn LLP, a leading US law firm, strengthens its capabilities in advising international clients with interests in China, and on matters pertaining to Chinese companies operating and investing overseas, particularly in the US, Europe, South America, and Africa. It also has particular expertise acting on establishment and restructuring matters for joint ventures and wholly foreign-owned enterprises across China. The firm is headquartered in Shanghai, and co-led by John Huang, James Jiang, and Andy Pan.

Practice head(s):

John Huang; James Jiang; Andy Pan

Key clients

OASE Group

Shanghai Shyndec Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Montana Technologies

Guangzhou OncoImmune Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Qinhao Pharmaceutical (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.

Beijing FORYOR Health Medical Technology

Yinchuan FORYOR Internet Hospital Co., Ltd.

Papa Education

Bridgestone (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

S&C Electric (China) Co., Ltd.

BCD Travel (China) Limited

GN Store Nord A/S

Work highlights

  • Represented Shyndec on its proposed acquisition of a majority stake in a company registered in Beijing.
  • Represented Montana Technologies in its acceptance of Series A investment from one of the world’s largest vehicle battery manufacturers and the protection of its IP rights during its financing.
  • Advised Bridgestone (China) Investment Co., Ltd. on cross-border data compliance matters.

Zhihe Partners

Zhihe Partners' core practice areas include capital markets and commercial law, with partners at the firm having strong industry expertise due to backgrounds in state-owned enterprises, big private companies and financial institutions. The firm has seen continued growth in recent years, and is expanding in new sectors, including carbon market financial products and derivatives, and infrastructure REITs. Senior partner Liang Hong is a key figure to note, with extensive experience in the areas of capital markets, enterprise compliance and risk control, bankruptcy liquidation, and real estate and infrastructure construction. Yinghui Li is also noted for her expertise in corporate, equity financing, securitisation, and government legal affairs.

Practice head(s):

Liang Hong

Other key lawyers:

Yinghui Li

Key clients

Baojun Li

China Railway Trust Co., Ltd.

Eisai China Holdings Ltd.

Hainan Xinming Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Haitong Unitrust International Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Kaisa Group (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Mengniu Dairy Group Co., Ltd.

Ocean Insight Optics, Inc.

Shanghai Hongfang Property Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Jingan Urban Renewal Construction Development Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Hainan Xinming Real Estate Co., Ltd on its case against Hainan Huaqi Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.
  • Advised Shanghai Hongfang Property Co., Ltd on its case of court enforcement.
  • Advised Shanghai Jingan Urban Renewal Construction Development Co., Ltd. on Zhangyuan Garden Refurbishment project, which is the largest urban renewal project in downtown area with total investment of RMB25 billion and a development period of over 30 years.