Firms To Watch: Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms

DeHeng Law Offices recently set up the regulatory and compliance commission in 2021. The team covers a full range of compliance related matters, including enterprise management, government administrative supervision, criminal, data, labour and financial compliance matters.

Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms in China

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners is well regarded for advising clients in high-profile compliance investigations and enforcement actions across China, often serving as lead counsel. It handles a full scope of contentious and non-contentious compliance and regulatory issues, including corporate investigations, administrative and criminal government enforcement, compliance advisory, and compliance program and policy issues. It also has strong expertise in cross-border matters, including acting for Chinese clients in government enforcement actions initiated by foreign governments. The team is co-led by Kate Yin, who splits her time between Beijing, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou, and Benjamin Miao who is based in Shanghai. Yin has significant experience advising across a wide array of matters, including anti-bribery, anti-competition, data protection and compliance, securities law, anti-money laundering, and export control matters, whilst Miao specialises in commercial disputes. Derrick Zhao is also notable for his expertise in general corporate compliance matters, internal investigations and government enforcement actions, whilst Yanjun Zhuang specialises in criminal defence, government enforcement and anti-fraud internal investigation.

Practice head(s):

Kate Yin; Benjamin Miao

Other key lawyers:

Yanjun Zhuang; Derrick Zhao


‘Yanjun Zhuang impresses with outstanding work. He works around the clock analysing clients’ urgent problems, interprets local laws and regulations in terms that the client can understand, and looks for legal solutions that no other experts have ever pointed out.’

‘Fangda is an international legal firm, where most staff are fluent in English. They are able to help us convert most local legal documents into English and terms that US clients can easily understand. They also take client’s businesses personally.’

‘Yanjun Zhuang never cuts corners when it comes to his profession. He provides all  the knowledge that he can, which is top notch in China.’

King & Wood Mallesons

With a dedicated compliance and corporate governance team, King & Wood Mallesons offers a strong practice advising clients across different industries in a variety of matters, including compliance system building, compliance investigations, and crisis response. It is also experienced in assisting on investigations by Chinese government authorities, industry regulators, and multilateral development banks. Wei Wu and Harry Liu jointly lead the team, with Wu specialising in anti-commercial bribery, corporate compliance risk assessment and prevention, compliance non-prosecution and program building, and corporate crisis management. Meanwhile, Liu has extensive experience in regulatory investigations, representing clients in dealing with Chinese and US government agency investigations. Junfeng Chang focuses on criminal litigation and compliance investigation, whilst Xiaodan Xu is experienced in assisting domestic and international clients in internal compliance investigations. Yang Han has expertise in the field of corporate compliance, whilst Yuanyuan Zhu’s practice focuses on anti-commercial bribery, investigation and sanctions of multilateral development banks, and construction of compliance system for state-owned companies. Yulai Gan is also notable for his experience in criminal defence, corporate risk management and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Wei Wu; Harry Liu

Other key lawyers:

Junfeng Chang; Xiaodan Xu; Yang Han; Yuanyuan Zhu; Yulai Gan

Key clients

Sichuan Golden-Elephant Sincerity Chemical Co., Ltd.

Guangxi Guihuacheng Co., Ltd

Global Law Office

Global Law Office advises across the full spectrum of regulatory needs for a range of clients, which includes businesses, financial institutions, professional bodies, and both governmental and non-governmental organisations. The team also has strong expertise in relation to the life science, healthcare and pharmacy sector. Alan Zhou and Weiwei Gu co-lead the team from Shanghai. Zhou has extensive experience in corporate investigations, anti-corruption, and regulatory compliance matters, whilst Gu focuses on regulatory compliance, risk control and dispute resolution matters, with a particular focus handling anti-bribery administrative investigation cases. Jacky Li is also noted for his expertise in advising on internal and government investigations, whilst Maggie Meng specialises in cybersecurity, data protection and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Alan Zhou; Weiwei Gu

Other key lawyers:

Jacky Li; Maggie Meng; Deming Zhao


‘The team is large but also experienced, with specialists in several critical areas of regulatory and compliance.’

‘Jacky Li’s excellent background from his time before becoming a lawyer allows him to have unique insights. He is a very responsive partner, available at all hours of the day, and is very proactive to help clients.’

Key clients

China Pharmaceutical Industry Association, China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China Association for Vaccines, China Biochemical Pharmaceutical Industry Association, China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment R&D based Pharmaceutical Association Committee, and China Association for Medical Devices Industry

Boehringer Ingelheim

Hengrui Pharmaceuticals

CanSino Bio

Aspen Pharma

Luxshare Precision Industry

Beijing Highso Education Technology

Shenzhen Feiyang protect

Samsung Group

Work highlights

  • Advised over seven leading associations (including RDPAC) to play a leading role in drafting the first industrial compliance standard in China.
  • Advised West Union on full-spectrum compliance matters in China.
  • Assisted a client with several internal investigation cases.

Haiwen & Partners

Haiwen & Partners offers comprehensive compliance services, advising on a broad range of matters, including anti-corruption, anti-fraud, conflict of interest, data compliance, internal investigation, and dispute resolution. Its clients consist of state-owned, foreign, and private enterprises across a wide range of industries. The team is led by Jianyuan Yang, who is well regarded for her expertise in both domestic and cross-jurisdictional compliance matters. Tina Wu specialises in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, whilst Qiong Wu provides additional expertise in employment law compliance issues as well as contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Jianyuan Yang

Other key lawyers:

Tina Wu; Qiong Wu; Heling Wei

Yuanda China Law Offices

Yuanda China Law Offices represents a number of major Chinese and Fortune 500 companies on a range of domestic compliance matters, including employment actions and white-collar crime related issues. Leveraging its alliance with Winston & Strawn LLP, the practice is also adept at advising on cross-border government investigations and FCPA matters, as well as wider regulatory issues impacting Chinese companies engaged with business overseas. The team is co-led by John Huang, James Jiang, and Andy Pan. Jiang’s practice focuses on corporate matters, government affairs and compliance, and litigation. Meanwhile, Pan excels in advising TMT companies.

Practice head(s):

John Huang; James Jiang; Andy Pan

Key clients

Beijing FORYOR Health Medical Technology

Yinchuan FORYOR Internet Hospital Co., Ltd.

Papa Education

Work highlights

  • Represented Beijing FORYOR Health Medical Technology to obtain internet hospital license.
  • Represented Papa Education to establish compliance system.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

The compliance and anti-corruption group at Zhong Lun Law Firm acts for a range of clients, including regulatory bodies, central enterprises, multinationals, and large private companies across a variety of industries. It advises across a wide scope of compliance mandates, ranging from establishment of compliance systems, to investigations and sanctions by multilateral financial institutions, to management of major compliance crises. The regulatory compliance department is co-led by Xiangwen Liu and Gary Gao, both of whom have extensive experience in the area acting for a number of high-profile clients, meanwhile Jianwei Liu leads the trade compliance practice. Baosheng Zhang is also recommended for his expertise in securities compliance matters, whilst Jim Qiu has significant experience in cross-border transactional and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Xiangwen Liu; Gary Gao; Jianwei Liu

Other key lawyers:

Baosheng Zhang; Jim Qiu


‘The team is stable and growing steadily and fast. The partners and mid-level lawyers have shown their capability of learning and adapting.’

‘Jim Qiu has an outstanding understanding of business models. He is able to provide creative solutions to the complicated legal issues. Not only is a legal solution provided, but he can also provide commercially viable options.’

Key clients

A director of Leshi Internet Information and Technology Corp., Beijing

AB-InBev/Budweiser APAC

Airbus S.A.S

Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Ltd.

Beijing Kingsoft Office Software, Inc.

Carrier Commercial HVAC Asia

Chengdu Gongxian Education Technology Co., Ltd.

Chengdu Lixin Ruisi Enterprise Management Consulting Co., Ltd.

Chengdu Yongan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

China Baowu Steel Group Corporation Limited

China Certification and Inspection (Group)Co., Ltd.

China Huadian Engineering Co.,ltd

China Minmetals Corporation

China National Machinery Import & Export Co.

China Petrochemical International (Beijing) Co.,ltd.

China Power International Holding Limited

CITIC Wealth Management Co., Ltd.

Danone Asia-Pacific Management Co., Ltd.

eBay Inc.

Gopher Asset Management

GE China Co., Ltd.

GL Event

Harman International (China) Holdings Co., Ltd.

Henniges Automotive Sealing Systems North America, Inc.

Inner Mongolia Mengniu Dairy Group Co., Ltd.

Lamb Weston (Shanghai) Commercial Company Limited

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Hong Kong

NIPPON STEEL Chemical & Material Co., Ltd.

Noah Holdings Limited

Nuclear Power Institute of China

PepsiCo Foods (China) Co., Ltd.

Sdic Chuangyi Industry Fund Managemant Co., Ltd.

Shandong Lin Gong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd

Shanghai Lujie Kunchi Group Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Jietong Transportation Technology Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Jiutong Zhilu Technology Co., Ltd.

Sinochem Group

State Development and Investment Corporation

State Power Investment Corporation Limited

Stryker (Beijing) Healthcare Products Co., Ltd.

The Chairman of Dynavolt Renewable Energy Technology (Henan) Co., Ltd. and Dynavolt’s partners

Wynn Resorts (Macau) S.A.

Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Provided comprehensive compliance legal services for Gopher Asset Management, the top private equity funds management, under Noah Holdings Limited which is listed in the US to deal with the regulatory supervision by the China Securities Regulatory Commission after the promulgation and implementation of the Regulations on Strengthening the Supervision of Private Investment Funds.
  • Advised Inner Mongolia Mengniu Dairy Group Co. on developing the compliance management structure, policies and guidelines, and operation mechanism that satisfy both laws and regulations of China and the compliance requirements of other major jurisdictions where Mengniu Group operates.
  • Advised Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co. on establishing a comprehensive compliance system and setting a compliance benchmark in the lithium new energy industry.

DaHui Lawyers

DaHui Lawyers advises on a variety of cross-border and domestic regulatory matters, with particular strength acting for clients in the TMT and fintech sectors. Additionally, the practice is also experienced in a wide range of operational matters, including structuring and licensing, as well as the construction of compliance frameworks. Richard Ma is the key name to note, advising leading domestic and multinational companies. The team is supported by Cloud Li, who is experienced in advising European and North American MNCs on employment and compliance matters, and Joanna Jiang, who has significant experience in data compliance cases.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ma

Other key lawyers:

Cloud Li; Joanna Jiang


The compliance practice at Dentons offers a range of services acting for Fortune 500 firms, domestic state-owned enterprises, and domestic private enterprises. It is experienced in anti-monopoly notifications, anti-monopoly administrative investigations, and anti-monopoly lawsuit matters, as well as in developing compliance programs. The team is led by Liping Yan, and supported by Kaiming Cai who has extensive experience in export control and economic sanctions, data protection, and cross-border compliance matters. Donghui Ruan is also notable and is particularly experienced in acting for TMT clients in regulatory and data compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Liping Yan

Other key lawyers:

Kaiming Cai; Donghui Ruan

Key clients

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

ZTE Corporation

Sinotrans Limited

BGI Genomics Co., Ltd

Lenovo Beijing Ltd

Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Ltd

Alibaba Cloud

PetroChina International Co., Ltd

Huatai Securities Co., Ltd

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

ZTE Corporation

Lenovo Group Ltd.

Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Ltd

PetroChina Co., Ltd

China Three Gorges International Corporation

China Merchants Holdings (HK) Co., Ltd

The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

China Construction Bank Corporation

Fujian Haixia Bank

Work highlights

  • Provided SMIC, a leading company in China’s chip manufacturing industry, with full compliance response services including compliance system optimization, crisis response, government public relations, and removal plan formulation after the company was listed in a foreign blacklist.
  • Provided Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. with legal services in the area of export control and economic sanctions in the context of increased competition between the US and China.
  • Providing export control compliance services for the international business activities of CNPC and its subsidiaries in the current volatile international environment.

FenXun Partners

FenXun Partners’ compliance and investigations team has considerable expertise in internal and external investigations across China, including in anti-bribery, fraud, conflict of interest, advertising compliance, work safety and environmental protection-related compliance matters. Leveraging its joint operation with Baker McKenzie FenXun, the practice is well positioned to handle cross-border investigations for Chinese clients. The practice is led by Beijing-based Vivian Wu, who has significant experience advising multinational companies on compliance investigations launched by Chinese government agencies. Recently promoted partner Henry Chen bolsters the team’s strength in multi-jurisdictional investigation projects.

Practice head(s):

Vivian Wu

Other key lawyers:

Henry Chen

Han Kun Law Offices

The corporate compliance group at Han Kun Law Offices is primarily known for its expertise in advising multinational and foreign-invested enterprises on regulatory compliance issues, as well as conducting internal investigations and developing internal control policies. It is also experienced in advising Chinese companies on export control and sanction compliance matters and offshore litigation matters. Chen Ma and David Tang co-lead the group from Beijing and Shanghai, respectively. Tang specialises in corporate compliance and regulatory matters, whilst Ma has extensive experience acting in commercial antitrust investigations and litigation cases, as well as on cross-border matters. Michelle Gong is also recommended for expertise across a broad range of compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Chen Ma; David Tang

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Gong; Jolie Yan


‘The team is responsive, professional, and insightful. They always provide the right answers and clear guidance.’

‘Michelle Gon understands the business needs of the client and provides important insight into how they operate in the China market. She has a pro-active approach and is highly recommended.’

Key clients

KE Holdings

NIO, Inc.

Cheetah Mobile

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng handles a range of regulatory and compliance matters for domestic financial institutions and listed companies, including securities compliance and litigation, as well as fraud and anti-corruption investigations. It also acts for intermediaries, including securities companies, accounting firms, and asset management companies. Shiqi Sun, Siyuan Liu, and Xiang Gao are all reputable for their expertise in security compliance matters.

Other key lawyers:

Shiqi Sun; Siyuan Liu; Xiang Gao

Key clients

Aerospace Communications Holdings Co., Ltd.

Tebon Securities Co., Ltd.

State Grid Yingda Group Co., Ltd.

Zhong De Securities Co., Ltd.

Kangdexin Composite Material Group Inc.

Aerospace Communications Holdings Co., Ltd.

Founder Securities Co., Ltd.

Shanghai DZH Ltd.

Guangdong Guangzhou Daily Media Co., Ltd.

China Hi-Tech Group Co., Ltd.

Nanjing Kangni Mechanical & Electrical Co., Ltd.

Beijing Huaye Capital Holdings CO., Ltd.

MeiHua Holdings Group Co., Ltd


JunHe LLP’s regulatory and compliance practice forms part of the firm’s wider dispute resolution team. It is particularly experienced in acting on compliance and investigations for multilateral development banks, FCPA and bribery investigations, and internal investigations. The team is headed by David Tang, who has extensive experience in export controls, sanctions and customs compliance matters. George Zhu’s practice focuses on environmental, health and safety regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

David Tang

Other key lawyers:

George Zhu; Elvis Zhou

Work highlights

  • Appointed as monitor by the AfDB and guided a listed high-tech company to be successfully released from debarment.
  • Assists a large Chinese company in completing its integrity compliance program for the World Bank Group.
  • Assisted a large SOE in lifting of World Bank’s Sanction on schedule.

Llinks Law Offices

Llinks Law Offices’ broad compliance practice handles matters in relation to anti-corruption, cybersecurity and data protection, anti-trust and competition, trade control and investment regulation, and labour and employment. Its clients include multinational corporations, listed companies, and both state-owned and private enterprises. David Pan heads the team from Shanghai and has significant experience across a wide array of compliance matters, including anti-corruption cases. Patrick Gu is also notable for his expertise in labour and employment law-related compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

David Pan

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Gu

Key clients

IDEXX Laboratories

SKF Bearings Shanghai Ltd.

Essilor (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Red Star Macalline Group Corporation Ltd.

Venator Materials PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Idexx on investigating the commercial bribery conduct of its competing products and reporting to competent authorities.
  • Advised SKF Bearings Shanghai Ltd. on a compliance investigation.
  • Advised Essilor (China) Investment Co., Ltd. on compliance analysis of a sales incentive program.

Zhao Sheng Law Firm

With the firm’s wider financial institution expertise, Zhao Sheng Law Firm has a particular specialism in advising on financial regulatory matters. This experience covers a wide array of subsectors in the financial services sector, including banking, asset management, securities, and insurance. Additionally, it is well placed to advise on cross-jurisdictional matters thanks to its joint operation with Linklaters. Collette Pan heads the team, with significant experience advising China-facing financial institutions and international private equity firms, as well as PRC state-owned and private enterprises. managing partner Eric Liu’s practice focuses on advising state-owned enterprises and foreign investors on China-related regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Colette Pan

Other key lawyers:

Eric Liu; Ying Zhou

Key clients

Schroders Investment Management Ltd

The Futures Industry Association

Work highlights

  • Advised the Futures Industry Association and its members, comprising international banks, international exchanges, Chinese banks and futures exchanges on their submission to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on the newly released draft futures law consultation.