Firms To Watch: Tax: PRC firms

DaHui Lawyers is building a tax practice around former Ernst & Young Law lawyer Mei Zhang. Zhang draws on her knowledge and experience of both US and PRC tax law to assist the firm’s clients.
Fangda Partners is building a tax team around Zhao Yan, who arrived at the firm from King & Wood Mallesons. The practice covers the broad spectrum of tax matters, including cross-border transactions.

Tax: PRC firms in China

King & Wood Mallesons

Acknowledged by clients and peers alike as one of the top PRC tax practices, King & Wood Mallesons offer services in tax dispute resolution, audit defence, compliance and M&A tax planning. Paramount and Goldman Sachs form just a small part of the firm’s illustrious client list. Tony Dong is highly experienced and has assisted on a number of high-value and high-profile matters. Bill Ye has a specialises in representing energy and electronics companies. Daisy Duan‘s services include tax consultation and planning for non-resident enterprises, tax planning for cross-border investments, M&A, and restructuring projects. Zhao Yan has moved to Fangda Partners.

Practice head(s):

Tony Dong

Other key lawyers:

Daisy Duan; Bill Ye; Jessie Yu

Key clients

Pfizer Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Paramount

Zhong Lun Law Firm

The ‘highly professional’ Zhong Lun Law Firm tax team provides comprehensive tax and wealth planning services. The key name in the practice is Peter Ni, who has more than 25 years of experience in providing international tax and legal services to companies and individuals that have cross-border needs. Hengka Ji focusses on international tax services, including compliance and structuring, while Mark Gao specialises in tax work for high-net-worth individuals. Scott Guan, Fei Wang and Mingjun Jia are the heads of the practice. Jia provides services in taxation advice, wealth planning, litigation and arbitration, while Guan and Wang have corporate-related practices.

Practice head(s):

Scott Guan; Fei Wang; Mingjun Jia

Other key lawyers:

Peter Ni; Mark Gao; Hengka Ji

Testimonials

‘Highly professional and experienced team providing all required guidance.’

Key clients

Purolite Corporation

General Electric

Henley & Partners Hong Kong Ltd

DBS BANK LTD

WorldStrides Travel Information Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Provided tax advice to Purolite Corporation on its acquisition by Ecolab Inc..
  • Provided tax advice to General Electric on its sale of shares in Wuhan Boiler Company Ltd. to Daoben Auto Parts Co., Ltd..
  • Advised DBS BANK LTD on (i) delivering a series of technical training for Relationship Managers of north Asia and executive members of DBS headquarters, illustrating the key China private client service development trend and the frequent legal and income tax issues faced by Chinese HNWIs, (ii) providing legal and tax consulting services to ad-hoc queries.

AllBright Law Offices

AllBright Law Offices‘ key services include include tax compliance, tax planning and tax disputes during major enterprise transactions. The latter includes domestic and overseas investment and financing, M&A, bankruptcy and restructuring. The team also provides international legal risk assessment and advice on the application of tax treaties. The practice is led by Xiao Bo, supported by Liu Yungang and others.

Practice head(s):

Xiao Bo

Other key lawyers:

Yungang Liu; Zhe Yu

Key clients

A state-controlled financial enterprise in Shanghai

Jiangsu Medeno Medical Group Co., Ltd

An equity investment fund in Shanghai

Lifeng Commercial Co., Ltd

Avon Group Company

A private design company in Shanghai

Changde Tianli Real Estate Co., Ltd

Hangmu Products Group Co., Ltd

Qingdao Furunhua Trading Co., Ltd

Commerce & Finance Law Offices

Haoran Chen leads the tax practice at Commerce & Finance Law Offices. His team provides tax planning, restructuring and audit defence work for commercial clients in various sectors as well as individuals. Chen has wide-ranging experience, having advised Chinese, American and Australian clients working in multiple industries, including automobile, oil and gas, and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Haoran Chen

Work highlights

  • Advised on a tax planning and private client case for WeRide Inc.
  • Advised on a tax audit case for Hainan Shenzheng Industrial Group Co., conducted by the Hainan tax authority.
  • Advised on tax restructuring cases initiated by Agilent, including a US shareholder merger, a China IP sale and a business integration.

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices' experienced team of lawyers have a background working for tax authorities, making them perfectly placed to advise on compliance issues. Ming Yi in particular has two decades of experience in tax administration. The firm serves clients from numerous sectors including tech, education and construction.

Practice head(s):

Ming YI; Zhutie Pan; Xiaobo LI; Wei Sun

Work highlights

  • Assisted a sports culture enterprise with an audit.  
  • Advised an investment company hit with a sudden tax rise.
  • Provided tax related services to Tsinghua University.

Dentons China

Dentons‘ tax practice is led by Xuefeng Leng, who is a trained accountant as well as an experienced tax lawyer, and Guang Han. The team provides advice on tax consultation, management, planning and disputes. The firm notably advises state tax administrations as well as domestic Chinese companies and MNCs. Vinson Xu is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Guang Han; Xuefeng Leng

Other key lawyers:

Vinson Xu

Work highlights

  • Acted as defence counsel in a suspected crime of smuggling. The case was investigated by Guangzhou Customs and there was a suspected of tax evasion of about 150 million yuan.
  • Entrusted by former Local Tax Service of Guangzhou Nansha Development Zone to represent it in the tax administrative collection case with a company. The tax amount involved in the case was 350 million yuan, and the land value-added tax amount was nearly 30 million yuan.
  • Entrusted by Guangzhou Yuexiu District Tax Service, State Taxation Administration to act as the agent in the administrative proceedings in relation to administrative litigation of first instance between its subordinate and a company.

Haiwen & Partners

At Haiwen & Partners, Yongmao Guo provides tax consulting services spanning several industries including real estate, construction, financial, mining, energy, manufacturing, tech, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Wenzhen Dai, a prominent figure in the firm’s capital markets practice, also assists with tax work.

Practice head(s):

Yongmao Guo

Other key lawyers:

Wenzhen Dai; Li Yang

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal provides ‘reliable’ advice and assistance on tax planning, compliance, the tax implications of M&A, and more. They have a particular experience of the tech, finance and media industries. Zhaohui Wang leads the practice and Yingchuan Chen is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Zhaohui Wang

Other key lawyers:

Yingchuan Chen; Yuanyuan Xu

Testimonials

‘With good service attitude and high work efficiency, the law firm team has effectively helped our company solve problems in tax compliance and tax cost control.’

‘Zhaohui Wang and Yingchuan Chen. These two lawyers are very reliable and we are happy to cooperate with each other.’

Key clients

Alpine Lakes Capital SPC

Chi Mei Materials Technology Investment Co., Ltd.

Chunfan Art Film (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Tieling Xinxing Village Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisted Alpine Lakes Capital SPC in minimizing tax costs, a multi-jurisdictional matter.
  • Aided Chi Mei Materials Technology Investment Co. in minimizing tax costs.
  • Assisting Chunfan Art Film (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. in completing tax compliance self-examination.

JunHe LLP

The ‘distinguished’ Julie Cheng leads the tax practice at JunHe LLP, which provides tax dispute resolution and consultancy services to clients in a range of sectors, including education, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services. Tingting Zhao and Qing Zhang are other key names to note. The latter stands out particularly for his work on tax controversy coordination and for his M&A experience.

Practice head(s):

Julie Cheng

Other key lawyers:

Tingting Zhao; Qing Zhang

Testimonials

‘JunHe LLP’s Tax practice team distinguishes itself by their proficiency in PRC’s taxation regulatory scheme and capability of tailoring their legal service to meet the client’s expectation.’

‘Julie Cheng is a distinguished tax and corporate partner based on her solid PRC practice experiences and creative legal solutions for the clients.’

‘Great firm and team.’

Key clients

Xige Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted as the legal adviser of Xige Estate and provided tax planning services on its financing project.