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Chang Tsi & Partners

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Since its establishment in 2002, Chang Tsi & Partners has become one of the leading law firms in China. The firm has constantly been referred to as a “National Outstanding Law Firm”, “The Best IP Law Firm in China”, “China IP Law Firm” and “Tier 1 IP Law Firm of the Year” by the Ministry …

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Kangxin Partners, p.c.

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Since its establishment in 1994, Kangxin has grown into a leader amongst IP law firms in China, with offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Xi’an, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Dongguan. Our client base includes domestic Chinese enterprises and international companies from around the world. We represent many different businesses, including start-ups, well-known domestic entities, and Fortune …

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Tax: PRC firms in China

King & Wood Mallesons

Delivering ‘advice in a way that is simple and easy to understand‘, King & Wood Mallesons‘ tax practice consistently acts in complex tax disputes, defence-side tax audits, and tax planning projects. Other areas range from transfer pricing issues, tax compliance and M&A taxation, to inbound and outbound investments, international taxation issues, and stock incentives. The team also covers personal tax planning, and wealth management and inheritance tax planning. Heading the tax offering in China, Tony Dong maintains an active practice in PRC tax and business advisory work, as well as tax dispute resolution; Bill Ye‘s workload covers tax compliance, consulting, disputes, transfer pricing, and private wealth management; and Daisy Duan has longstanding experience in providing tax advice for individuals, multinational corporations, and local and foreign enterprises. Other names to note are Zhang Ci, Liu Bo and Jessie Yu, along with associates Liu Xiang, Mona Lan and Xiaoyu Ma.

Practice head(s):

Tony Dong


Other key lawyers:

Bill Ye; Daisy Duan; Zhang Ci, Liu Bo; Jessie Yu; Liu Xiang; Mona Lan; Xiaoyu Ma


Testimonials

‘A well-known law firm and very professional team.’

‘Willing to give advice whenever clients need it.’

‘The tax team has various talents, with clear and reasonable division of labour, and meticulous and serious work.’

Key clients

Pfizer


Goldman Sachs


AWS


YumChina


Paramount


MGM


AGC


Pavilion


Servier


CCB Trust Co


Jiangsu Shagang Group Co


Shanghai Linmon Picture Media Co


ASE Technology Holding, Co


AIA Life Insurance Co


Work highlights


  • Advising Pfizer on the tax side to its business in China.
  • Advising Goldman Sachs on the tax issues surrounding business restructuring projects in China.
  • Assisted Jiangsu Shagang Group Co with tax aspects of the establishment of a compliance system.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Acting for multinationals, domestic businesses and prominent funds, Zhong Lun Law Firm has an enviable market reputation for tax law advice, and individual and family wealth planning. The firm’s tax lawyers are highly experienced in cross-border taxation, its representative expertise including tax advice and tax planning services for cross-border investments and transactions. The group also comprises experts in tax-related dispute resolution. Scott Guan, Fei Wang and Mingjun Jia co-lead the practice, which showcases: Peter Ni, the firm’s former tax and wealth planning practice head; and Mark Gao, who acts for both companies and individuals on an array of tax work. The second line of active advisers includes Hengka Ji, whose wide-ranging practice encompasses international taxation and transactional tax issues; and Ashley Hu, who is experienced in the tax issues surrounding cross-border M&A transactions, along with companies’ day-to-day tax matters and ultra-high-net-worth individuals’ wealth planning.

Practice head(s):

Scott Guan; Fei Wang; Mingjun Jia


Other key lawyers:

Peter Ni; Mark Gao; Hengka Ji; Ashley Hu; Sakura Ji


Key clients

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China


China Development Bank Corporation


DBS Bank


Work highlights


  • Assisted DBS Bank with tax issues.
  • Assisting Industrial and Commercial Bank of China with the personal legal and tax affairs of various private clients.
  • Advised China Development Bank Corporation on cross-border tax issues.

Dacheng Law Offices

Armed with a wealth of experience‘, Dacheng Law Offices‘ tax law practice covers administrative disputes, tax criminal defence matters and tax civil disputes. The team also advises on domestic and cross-border tax compliance and planning, and is involved in international taxation work at international levels. In Beijing, current China tax business group head Xuefeng Leng is ‘a discerning strategist and seasoned negotiator‘, while Guangzhou-based Yongsheng Xu leads the global tax group in China. The practice of Jinji Wei in Shenzhen covers domestic and cross-border taxation, investments, foreign exchange issues, and international trade; and Lishan Fang heads the Nanjing office’s tax professional group.

Practice head(s):

Xuefeng Leng


Other key lawyers:

Yongsheng Xu; Jinji Wei; Lishan Fang; Wei Xu


Testimonials

High professional levels in the field of taxation and social insurance premiums.’

‘Yongsheng Xu has a high level of professionalism and rich practical experience in taxation.’

‘Xuefeng Leng is a discerning strategist and seasoned negotiator. Clients benefit immensely from his solid legal and tax knowledge, as well as his sound commercial judgements.’

Key clients

Sundiro Holding Co


AgFeed Industries


Korea Hyo Sung Co


Okay Airways Co


China National Aviation Holding Company


Tian Hong Asset Management Co


China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group


New World Development Co


Hebei Jusheng Commercial Management Co


Shanghai Shengqi Investment Management Co


DeHeng Law Offices

Leaving ‘a deep and good impression on clients‘, DeHeng Law Offices advises on the tax issues surrounding domestic and overseas investments, M&A transactions, restructurings, and finance deals. The team is also active in relation to the tax aspects of real estate, engineering, film and television, trade, securities, and IP. The firm additionally advises on wealth planning. Ming Yi‘s track record encompasses an approximately 20-year stint at China’s tax authorities; and Wei Sun predominantly focuses on tax inspections and responses, tax-related dispute resolution, tax risk management, and corporate tax planning. Also highly regarded, Peihua Linhas a deep understanding of clients’ legal needs‘.

Practice head(s):

Ming Yi; Wei Sun


Other key lawyers:

Peihua Lin; Tiantian Qian


Testimonials

‘Peihua Lin’s team has rich experience in taxation, with high professional levels and dedicated service.’

‘Peihua Lin’s team of lawyers demonstrates a high level of professionalism and a conscientious and meticulous work attitude.’

Peihua Lin has a deep understanding of clients’ legal needs.’

‘The whole team leaves a deep and good impression on clients.’

‘Great for tax administrative litigation.’

Work highlights


  • Represented Founder Securities Co (and a third party) in a lawsuit against the ¥590m implementation of a distribution plan.
  • Assisted an accounting firm with tailoring a set of tax compliance solutions.
  • Assisted Chongqing Gusi Trading Co with overturning opinions of the tax inspectorate twice.

Haiwen & Partners

Fielding several members with experience of working at international accounting firms, Haiwen & Partners‘ tax practice covers general tax advisory matters, due diligence, audit support, and tax dispute resolution. The team is also active in tax structuring, and the tax aspects of major transactions. Yongmao Guo‘s experience includes assisting several Chinese businesses with their outbound investments; and his sector expertise covers several industries, including finance, real estate, energy, and investment funds. M&A specialist Wenzhen Dai provides additional partner-level support; and the tax consulting practice of counsel Li Yang covers general corporate matters, M&A, restructuring, asset and equity-related transactions, and tax dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Yongmao Guo


Other key lawyers:

Wenzhen Dai; Li Yang


Key clients

Demant A/S


Beijing Huashui Education Technology Co


Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal’s tax law and tax planning practice acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients, including several from the aviation, energy, transportation, and technology sectors. The Beijing-based group is particularly well known for its assistance with responding to tax authority investigations, as well as corporate and individual tax planning, and the tax side to transactions. A senior partner at the firm, team head Zhaohui Wang, a former Beijing Taxation Bureau officer, specialises in strategic tax advisory work, tax planning, tax disputes, and tax-related benefits distribution. Flanking Wang, Yingchuan Chen‘s wide-ranging expertise includes tax compliance, corporate and individual taxation, VAT, and customs duties; and associate Yuanyuan Xu regularly acts in tax-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Zhaohui Wang


Other key lawyers:

Yingchuan Chen; Yuanyuan Xu


Key clients

Beijing Shougang Huaxia International Trade Company


Beijing Joy Leader Culture Communication Co


Shenzhenkuaimeizhuang Technology Co


Work highlights


  • Assisted an energy company with responding to allegations of issuing false VAT invoices.
  • Assisted Beijing Shougang Huaxia International Trade Company with administrative tax litigation.
  • Advised Beijing Joy Leader Culture Communication Co. on tax issues.

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP‘s key areas include tax law advisory work, encompassing the application of tax laws and tax treaties to domestic and overseas mergers, reorganisations of domestic enterprises, and cross-border transactions. The group is also highly active in tax-related dispute resolution, its assistance including liaising with taxation officials, responding to tax audits, and pursuing taxpayers’ rights. The team additionally provides advice on customs laws. The practice is co-led by Hong Cheng, whose recent experience includes advising on tax efficient structures for new investments in China; and Tingting Zhao, who is ‘very experienced in handling tax disputes‘. The next line of key advisers includes Qing Zhang, whose industry expertise covers finance, real estate, e-commerce, media, energy, and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Hong Cheng; Tingting Zhao


Other key lawyers:

Qing Zhang


Testimonials

‘The team is very professional, especially in tax law, and it provides very helpful advice.’

‘Tingting Zhao is very professional – excellent for tax law advice, and can provide clients with very professional services and very practical advice.’

‘Tingting Zhao has strong professional abilities and is very experienced in handling tax disputes. Strong client service awareness, fast response speeds, and the quality of the delivered results is high.’

Work highlights


  • Provided a tax structuring service to a PRC private company.
  • Assisted a private company with a tax dispute.
  • Assisted North Huajin with its joint Venture with SAAC and Panjin Xincheng.

AllBright Law Offices

AllBright Law Offices‘ tax team predominantly focuses on tax compliance, tax planning and tax disputes, particularly in relation to domestic and foreign investments, financings, M&A deals, bankruptcies, and restructurings. The team also assists with tax resident status issues, the application of tax treaties, international tax legal risk assessments, and cross-border income credit rules. A senior partner of the firm and expert in domestic and cross-border taxation, Bo Xiao, is the tax practice’s principal figure.

Practice head(s):

Bo Xiao


Key clients

Richemont Commercial Company


Medeno Medical Technology Group Co


CRRC Xi’an Yongdian Jieli Wind Energy Co


Air Liquide advanced Technologies


Jiangsu Weichuan Liquor Industry Co


Concordia University Wisconsin


Jiangxi Firstar Panel Technology Co


Jiangsu Purecell Biomedical Technology Co


Commerce & Finance Law Offices

Routinely acting for high-net-worth families and their businesses, Commerce & Finance Law Offices‘ tax practice covers the full lifecycle of wealth management, growth and inheritance work. The group is particularly active in relation to tax planning and compliance matters. It is also highly experienced in the taxation side to complex M&A transactions. Heading up the team, Haoran Chen specialises in tax planning, private wealth, and tax and customs audit defence matters, while his sector expertise includes medical devices, education, real estate, finance, and retail. Providing partner-level support, Xiaoman Zhang‘s broad practice also comprises taxation and wealth planning.

Practice head(s):

Haoran Chen


Other key lawyers:

Xiaoman Zhang


Work highlights


  • Acted for the founder of a regional FMCG retail industry enterprise on tax matters.
  • Assisted the controller of an international PR company with the tax side to obtaining a visa from Japan.

DaHui Lawyers

DaHui Lawyers‘ tax group fields lawyers and accountants from both Beijing and Shanghai. The team focuses on the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations, M&A, and private equity and venture capital fund formations and investments. The group is also sought out to advise on individual and family wealth planning, along with the tax side to outbound investments. With ‘strong problem-solving abilities‘, former Ernst & Young Law lawyer Mei Zhang leads the practice. Zhang is an expert in providing PRC and US tax advice, as well as tax compliance assistance, to clients from the finance, TMT, healthcare, and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mei Zhang


Other key lawyers:

Lei Yu


Testimonials

Dahui’s tax team has extensive practical experience in the field of trust taxation. They are familiar with the US tax system and understand the requirements and challenges of trust arrangements in US taxation.’

‘DaHui’s tax team’s strengths lie in its comprehensive understanding of the tax and legal aspects of trust arrangements, as well as the ability to solve problems creatively.’

‘Strives to create the greatest tax benefits for clients while complying with US tax laws.’

Key clients

Greenspring Associates


Work highlights


  • Providing ongoing tax advice to a major international sports organisation in China.
  • Assisted a global company with the China-related tax aspects of a large-scale, cross-border restructuring.
  • Advised a technology company on the tax implications of its employee equity incentive plan, especially in terms of personal income and corporate income tax.

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners established its tax practice in August 2021, when it hired PRC tax law specialist Yan Zhao for its Beijing office (as partner and practice head) from King & Wood Mallesons. The tax practice covers a range of areas, including general tax advisory work, and the tax side to M&A deals, restructurings, IPOs, and project financings. It also assists with investment fund-related tax planning, transfer pricing, tax dispute resolution, and tax compliance. Another area of strength is tax advisory and planning services for high-net-worth individuals. Supporting Zhao at senior associate level, Linlin Cao has over a decade of tax law experience.

Practice head(s):

Yan Zhao


Other key lawyers:

Linlin Cao


Key clients

SK hynix


Edison Software


Tishman Investment Consulting (Shanghai) Co


Solidigm China


New Development Bank


Work highlights


  • Advised an international bank on the disposal of its consumer business in the PRC.
  • Advised SK hynix on various acquisition-related tax issues.
  • Advised an international luxury goods company on the proposed restructuring of its China business.