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  1. Tax: PRC firms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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    • Tony Dong - King & Wood Mallesons
    • David Liu - FuJae Partners
    • Peter Ni - Zhong Lun Law Firm
    • Bill Ye - King & Wood Mallesons

Next Generation Partners

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JunHe LLP's tax department assists domestic and international clients with investment and fund-related tax structuring, bilateral tax treaty advice, PRC tax aspects of inbound and outbound M&A and tax disputes. In the non-contentious space, Julie Cheng advised a European engineering company on the PRC tax issues associated with the client's disposal of two entities to a Chinese entity, while Tingting Zhao advised a Chinese investment fund with the VAT and tax structuring aspects of its establishment of a secondary debt fund. Contentious work has included the team acting for an industrial company in relation to a Chinese tax bureau's claim for back tax payment.

King & Wood Mallesons is well known for its tax disputes and regulatory compliance work, and is also instructed in tax mandates in conjunction with complex corporate finance, investment and M&A transactions. Negotiating with the country's tax authorities is a particular strength of the team's. Indeed, department head Tony Dong and Yan Zhao have represented clients including a European auto finance company, a Chinese pharmaceutical company, an American telecoms company and a Sino-American fast food group in tax and transfer pricing audits, tax deduction claims and even criminal proceedings. In the non-contentious space, Daisy Duan advised a financial services organisation on the tax implications of terminating an ABS arrangement. Other key figures include Alice Zhang, who specialises in tax disputes, and Bill Ye, who is instructed by some of China's foremost online businesses.

Having rebuilt its tax practice in 2016, Jingtian & Gongcheng is seeing the fruits of its labour, with high-profile instructions from multinational asset managers, Chinese SOEs and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The department is headed by Lawrence Hu, who has extensive experience in nearly every area of PRC taxation and cross-border structuring. Recent highlights have seen Hu representing an ultra-high-net-worth individual in a large back-filing challenge, and also assisting a major domestic company with the tax aspects of a restructuring exercise to prepare for an upcoming public listing. Working in conjunction with the corporate department, the team has also provided tax advice on numerous complex cross-border corporate transactions.

Zhong Lun Law Firm provides 'practical tax advice from initial transaction structuring to execution and assessment' and does it all at 'a competitive price'. The team including Yacheng Zhou has particular strength in personal tax and wealth planning, and provides ongoing advice to clients such as Bank of Communications Beijing Branch and China Construction Bank in relation to its private banking and family trust business. Department head Peter Ni and recently promoted partner Mark Gao (both of whom have 'invaluable market knowledge and relationships with the local tax bureaus') acted for CLSA Investment Consultancy Services in relation to a share transfer completed immediately following the implementation of a relevant new tax regulation. Also recommended is Mingjun Jia, who has expertise in tax and family and individual wealth planning.

The tax group at Dentons China is headed by Xuefeng Leng, who has a wealth of experience handling tax planning, audits and tax disputes. Leng maintains a multidisciplinary practice covering fields including M&A, FDI, trade and restructuring, in addition to taxation. Clients have included Tianhong Asset Management, China International Aviation Group and Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering, as well as international corporates such as AgFeed Industries.

FuJae Partners has a reputation for handling specifically international tax and customs mandates; a capability that is bolstered by the firm's international alliance with McGuireWoods LLP. David Liu heads the tax and customs department, and has a broad-based practice spanning cross-border structuring, M&A and international arbitration.

Hwuason Law Firm is a specialist tax firm that provides planning, consulting and advisory services to domestic and international clients, and also handles tax disputes. Headed by Tianyong Liu, the team works across a variety of industry sectors including TMT, energy, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and retail and consumer products.

The team at Jincheng Tongda & Neal handles transactional tax issues for its corporate client base, and is particularly skilled in tax evasion litigation. Indeed, department head Zhaohui Wang has recently represented a number of clients, including Beijing Guotu Weiye Technology, Beijing Oriental Yalian Investment and Wuhan Xinyang Electromechanical in tax evasion cases involving various local tax bureaus. Yuanyuan Xu is an active associate in the practice group.

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