Tax: PRC firms in China

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons has ‘an outstanding tax team’ which is singled out for its ‘deep understanding of tax affairs and excellent grasp of negotiations with tax authorities‘. It acts for prominent Chinese companies and multinationals in tax matters, providing ongoing compliance advice as well as assistance on the tax aspects of acquisitions, investments and restructurings. The practice handles tax investigations involving authorities across China, and also advises Chinese clients on tax issues in foreign jurisdictions. The team is led by Tony Dong, who has a broad practice across contentious and non-contentious matters. Other key contacts in the team include Daisy Duan, Bill Ye, and Zhao Yan.

Practice head(s):

Tony Dong

Other key lawyers:

Daisy Duan; Bill Ye; Zhao Yan; Jessie Yu

Testimonials

This is an outstanding tax affairs team. Their strengths are principally reflected in their deep understanding of tax affairs and excellent grasp of negotiations with tax authorities. They strive to maximise the client’s interests and win successful solutions to complex cases.’

‘The whole team is of very high quality and they offer flexible billing methods. They are able to provide a variety of solutions for tax law issues and the team works together very efficiently.’

The team led by Tony Dong is very knowledgeable and responsive to your needs. They go to all extents to meet client’s needs and deadlines. Despite the depth of knowledge, the team remains humble and grounded. They accommodated us despite the differences in the working hours when clients are based in a different time zone.’

‘Bill Ye (Yongqing Ye) has outstanding abilities, as well as considerable influence and partnership resources in the tax law industry, enabling him to provide constructive opinions and solutions that effectively drive projects forward.’

‘The team is able to deal with complex deals in a comprehensive manner, as well as making arrangements that cover all types of tax and formulating well-thought-out solutions that help deals to be implemented.Their fees are reasonable and they have strong executive abilities.’

‘Jessie Yu (Yue Yu) has excellent all-round skills and strong executive abilities. She is very good at organising and working with other departments to assist the successful implementation of deals and execution of solutions. In addition to solving problems, she also helps clients optimise their solutions. The partners in the team work very well as a team and share the workload in a way that plays to each individual’s strengths. They communicate with clients in a substantial and unflashy way that focuses on being realistic. They are a truly excellent tax affairs team.’

‘Daisy Duan (Tao Duan) is an excellent tax lawyer who is very good at bringing together clients’ businesses and tax laws and regulations. In situations where there is a lack of specific taxes and regulations to clarify a position, she is also very good at using methods such as analysing the original intent, logic and inferences of statutes to provide clients with the most practical solutions, thereby helping clients to find grounds to defend themselves during investigations by tax bodies.’

‘Yan Zhao is able to grasp the key issues for every case and offer tax advice even when time is limited.’

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm‘s tax practice offers clients advice on the full-range of tax issues, including compliance and issues involving tax authorities. The team is adept at handling complex matters, particularly cross-border tax issues. In addition to acting for companies, It also counts private individuals and family offices as key clients which it provides advice on tax planning. Peter Ni and Mark Gao are the key contacts in the team, with deep experience in this area.

Practice head(s):

Scott Guan; Fei Wang; Mingjun Jia

Other key lawyers:

Peter Ni; Mark Gao

Key clients

HSBC

CMBI

BNP Paribas

Xpeng

Lilith Games

PAG

Goldman Sachs

FIFA

CLSA investment fund

CREDIT SUISSE

Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas on the PRC tax opinion relating to its public offering of a REIT.
  • Advising a prominent PRC textile company on a highly complex restructuring process involving the entirety of the group, including assisting with the application of the special tax treatment of intra-company restructuring, and the governance of the new holding structure.

AllBright Law Offices

In addition to providing ongoing tax advice to both domestic and foreign companies, AllBright Law Offices also represents individuals facing allegations of commiting tax-related crimes. The team additionally acts for tax authorities in lawsuits brought by citizens. Xiao Bo leads the team and handles most of the team’s advisory work, while Xiaohong Wu handles disputes and criminal defence.

Practice head(s):

Xiao Bo

Other key lawyers:

Xiaohong Wu

Key clients

Richemont Commercial Co., Ltd

Gongzheng Tianye Certified Public Accountants (Special General Partnership) Suzhou Branch

Eletile Technology Co., Ltd

LFH Engineering Ltd

Jiangang Chen Y McINF (Ningbo) Baby Products Co., Ltd.

Wang Jian

Wang Chengyu

State Administration of Taxation Anhui Provincial Taxation Bureau

Qingdao Shinan District Taxation Bureau, State Administration of Taxation

Work highlights

  • Advising Richemont Commercial Co., Ltd on both company and individual tax issues for Cartier and also the celebrities it hired to attend high profile fashion events in both China and other countries.
  • Advising Gongzheng Tianye Certified Public Accountants (Special General Partnership) Suzhou Branch on tax compliance and tax planning consulting services for its clients.
  • Providing ongoing tax compliance advice to Eletile Technology Co., Ltd.

Commerce & Finance Law Offices

Commerce & Finance Law Offices’s tax practice is now led by Robbie Chen, who joined the firm in May 2021 from Yuanda, and continues to advise on the tax aspects of real estate transactions, capital markets matters, and M&A deals. The team counts multinationals amongst its client base, assisting them with tax issues associated with entering and exiting the Chinese market. The practice also provides advice on customs matters, such as responding to audits by Chinese authorities. Kun Liu is another name to note and specialises in tax planning and family wealth management.

Practice head(s):

Robbie Chen

Other key lawyers:

Kun Liu

Testimonials

‘Robbie Chen has a wealth of experience in the tax field and a very diverse background that enables him to provide clients with one-stop tax services. He has also achieved impressive things in the wealth planning field and is very good at providing clients with services such as trust planning.’

Key clients

Genting Resorts Secret Garden

JUUL Labs, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Genting Group on tax structuring of the RMB 650 million sales of real estate project in Zhangjiakou, China.
  • Advised JUUL on designing and implementing the China organizational structure and business operation in Shanghai, Suzhou and Shenzhen.

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices is frequently instructed to act for individuals and companies in disputes with tax authorities. The practice also provides non-contentious tax advice, handling tax planning as well as tax aspects of corporate transactions. Wei Sun and Ming Yi are the key partners in the practice, and both have past experience working for Chinese tax authorities.

Practice head(s):

Ming Yi; Zhutie Pan; Xiaobo Li; Wei Sun

Key clients

Shunkang Logistics Branch of Chongqing Road Transport (Group) Co., Ltd.

Wuhan Hongchengling Investment Co., Ltd.

State Administration of Taxation Wuhan Dongxihu District Taxation Bureau

People’s Government of Xianfeng County

Wuyishan Meihua Industrial Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Wuyishan Meihua Industrial Co., Ltd. in a dispute with tax authorities related to input tax.
  • Acted for Xinjiang Great Wall Huaguan Zhongtou Equity Investment Partnership in a dispute with tax authorities related to individual income tax.
  • Represented Shunkang Logistics Branch of Chongqing Road Transport (Group) Co., Ltd. in a dispute with tax authorities related to value-added tax invoices.

Dentons China

Dentons stands out for the breadth of its tax practice, which includes acting for individuals, government entities, and companies in tax disputes as well as providing compliance advice. Vinson Xu is frequently instructed by tax authorities in Guangzhou, representing them in contentious tax matters. His work includes disputes focusing on VAT, tax exemptions, and social insurance premiums. Xuefeng Leng is based in Beijing and handles the team’s work for private clients, representing companies in issues with the tax authorities as well as handling the tax aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Guang Han; Zhangkai Ma; Ning Wang; Jining Wang; Lin Wang; Wensheng Lu; Junming Shi; Chenkui Lv; Difei Zhu; Feng Li; An Li; Liang Wu ; Rong He; Yunsong Leng; Xuefeng Leng; Changchun Zhang; Dong Zhang; Hong Zhang ; Jian Zhang ; Zhiyuan Zhang; Xinhui Jia; Xiao Ni; Fengjiang Gao; Meili Gao; Hongqing Guo; Jiamao Cheng; Shuhong You; Jianxin Xiong; Xuchu Dai

Other key lawyers:

Vinson Xu

Key clients

Guangzhou Tianhe District Tax Service, State Taxation Administration

Guangzhou Haizhu District Tax Service, State Taxation Administration

Guangzhou Yuexiu District Tax Service, State Taxation Administration

Guangzhou Zengcheng District Tax Service, State Taxation Administration

Global Law Office

Global Law Office is particularly focused on advising clients on customs-related matters. The team aids international and domestic companies, including SOEs, on complying with customs law and responding to investigations of alleged violations. The practice is jointly led by Jinrong Liu in Beijing, and Shanghai-based Deming Zhao and Jun Qian.

Practice head(s):

Jinrong Liu; Deming Zhao; Jun Qian

Other key lawyers:

Yun Shen; Parry Zhou

Key clients

Abbott

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co. Ltd

Johnson & Johnson

Chanel

Olympus

Bosch

Roche

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading EU medical device manufacturing company on retrospective transfer pricing adjustment.
  • Advising Olympus China on customs issues.
  • Assisting an SOE on compliance with tax and customs regulations.

Haiwen & Partners

Haiwen & Partners is active across contentious and non-contentious tax matters, handling dispute resolution, compliance, and the tax aspects of investments and restructurings. Yongmao Guo serves as practice head.

Practice head(s):

Yongmao Guo

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Under the leadership of Zhaohui Wang, Jincheng Tongda & Neal is active across the full range of tax-related issues. Wang is noted for his work on matters relating to local and national tax authorities; he previously worked as a tax officer in the Beijing Taxation Bureau. Yingchuan Chen is another key contact in the team and focuses on tax planning and cost control.

Practice head(s):

Zhaohui Wang

Other key lawyers:

Yingchuan Chen

Testimonials

‘Yingchuan Chen has a very deep understanding of every step of deals that involves taxes, as well as a wealth of experience. The team includes former senior tax officials that have worked in tax authorities, as well as researchers who have been researching Chinese tax law for many years. For this reason, the team is not only able to provide comprehensive tax solutions, but also implement these solutions very successfully.’

‘Yingchuan Chen is able to provide comprehensive tax solutions that integrate clients’ business goals to the greatest extent possible, and successfully implement such solutions. He responds promptly and accurately. He is not only able to quickly identify the key issues in legal disputes for our company, but also provide all-round solutions and thinking based on the company’s current situation.’

‘Yingchuan Chen always starts out by considering what is in our company’s best interest while never compromising his professional independence as a lawyer, enabling him to be clear and specific in identifying legal red lines and the spirit of the law.’

‘Yingchuan Chen has obtained a doctorate degree in tax law, and has a deep understanding of tax-related legal services. He is able to provide a full range of tax-related solutions in combination with the client’s business purpose to the greatest extent, and implement the plan smoothly.’

‘Yingchuan Chen has provided us with very valuable and workable advice in areas including commercial relationships, contract terms and tax affairs, helping us to successfully complete deals and deliveries.

Key clients

Xinxing Development Co. LTD

China New United Imp. & Exp. Corporation

Shanghai Lianjia Real Estate Brokerage Co., Ltd & Beike House Search (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd

Beijing Grand Stone Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd

Alpine Lakes Capital

Cheng Mei Material Technology Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Provides tax-related legal services to Xinxing Development Co. LTD.
  • Provides tax-related legal services to China New United Imp. & Exp. Corporation.
  • Advised on tax compliance and cost control for the business innovation of Shanghai Lianjia Real Estate Brokerage Co., Ltd and Beike Platform New Economy brand.

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP‘s tax practice has a particular focus on advising clients on the tax aspects of equity transfers, and also acts for foreign companies in joint ventures. Practice head Tina Zhao previously worked for the State Administration of Taxation; elsewhere, Julie Cheng specialises in tax matters related to corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tina Zhao

Other key lawyers:

Julie Cheng

Key clients

HitGen Inc.

Samsung Display Co., Ltd. – Korea (South)

AIA Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted AIA Group Limited with becoming the first wholly foreign-owned enterprise approved to engage in the personal insurance business in Mainland China.
  • Advised Samsung on the tax aspects of a series of corporate transactions.