Firms To Watch: TMT: PRC firms

East & Concord Partners has a strong expertise in patent. trademark and copyright related TMT matters.
Hai Run Law Firm‘s expertise lies in acting for individuals and companies in the media and entertainment industry, advising in a range of matters, including defamation, privacy, reputation management, and dispute resolution issues.
Hiways Law Firm specialises in advising Chinese media enterprises, acting on matters ranging from joint venture and cooperation projects to intellectual property rights and reputation disputes.
Wang Jing & GH Law Firm specialises in the internet and digital economy sector, and handles compliance and data privacy matters.
Yuanda China Law Offices‘ offer a broad expertise, including in IP, license applications, compliance, and corporate matters. Life sciences and healthcare technology is a key area of strength.

TMT: PRC firms in China

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners is well regarded for its expertise across a broad range of the TMT sectors, acting on a number of high-profile transactions relating to equity and debt financing, restructuring, M&A, data protection and security compliance, and intellectual property protection. Its clients include an enviable list of major Chinese TMT companies, as well as unicorn companies and technology start-ups. The practice is co-led by Amanda Zhou and Doris Tang from Beijing and Shanghai, respectively. Zhou has extensive experience in advising on venture capital transactions and private equity funds, and is supported by Jeffery Ding who is active in the areas of M&A, capital markets and private equity. Also notable are Tianyi Chen and Patrick Li, both of whom specialise in corporate transactions and are experienced in cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Zhou; Doris Tang

Other key lawyers:

Jeffery Ding; Tianyi Chen; Patrick Li

Testimonials

‘Diligent, experienced, and cost-effective.’

‘Helan Fan, Chuck Sun, Eric Yan, Samuel Xie Leo Lou, Dalin Cong Candy Tang’

Key clients

IDG and Yunfeng

Alibaba Group

AB INITIO CAPITAL

Zynga Inc.

Alibaba

Nanjing Huadong Electronic Information & Technology Co., Ltd.

China Integrated Circuit Industry Fund II

APlus Partners

XPeng Inc.

MBK Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised X-Peng Inc. on its global offering of 85 million Class A ordinary shares.
  • Advised Alibaba Group in the Phase II of Jiangsu Xinxin Retail Innovation Fund.
  • Advised Nanjing Huadong Electronic Information & Technology Co., Ltd. in its issuance of shares to acquire 49% of the shares of TPV Technology Limited.

Global Law Office

The TMT practice at Global Law Office offers full-scope services covering both contentious and non-contentious matters, which includes public offering of shares, private equity investment, debt financing, IP licensing, and data protection. It is also experienced in acting on offshore and cross-border transactions across a wide spectrum of TMT subsectors. The team is co-led by Jinrong Liu and Meph Jia Gui from Beijing, and Steven Yu and Vincent Wang from Shanghai. Liu specialises in PE, M&A, capital markets, anti-trust and taxation matters for both Chinese and international companies, whilst Gui has significant experience advising on various IP matters. Yu provides additional expertise in advising multinational corporations on their China subsidiaries’ corporate and regulatory matters, whilst Wang’s practice covers new and emerging technologies. Maggie Meng is also notable for expertise in fintech and data privacy and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Jinrong Liu; Steven Yu; Vincent Wang; Meph Jia Gui

Other key lawyers:

Maggie Meng; Huawei Lin, Xueliang Mao, Shifang Guo

Testimonials

‘Vincent Wang

Key clients

Luxvisions Innovation Technology Limited

LuxShare Limited

Luxshare Precision

XIAOMI Corporation

Chipone Technology

China Resources Microelectronics Limited

China Merchants Capital Investment Co., Ltd.

Baidu Capital

Xiaomi Industry Fund

Qingci Games

MacMic Science & Technology Co., Ltd

ZTE Corporation

Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co.

Auto Home Inc.

HP Inc.

Samsung Group

LG Group

Microsoft Corporation

China Film Group Corporation

Perfect World Investment & Holding Group

Light Chaser Animation Design (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

MiHoYo

Hangzhou Wanxiang Culture Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing Momo Technology Co., Ltd.

CICC , CLSA

JU Holding Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised China Resources Microelectronics Limited to accomplish private placement on the Star Market.
  • Advised Hong Kong-listed company XIAOMI Corporation to acquire 50.09% shares of ZIMI for a consideration of around USD 200 million.
  • Advised Primavera Capital Group USD 600 million investment in Envision Group.

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun Law Offices has a strong presence in the TMT sector, acting for a number of top Chinese technology and telecoms companies, including large multinational IT companies. It offers a wide array of legal services, including in venture capital and private equity, M&A, and IPO transactions. Charles Li has significant experience advising both Chinese and international companies in cross-border transactions, whilst Yijun Chao has expertise representing high-tech start-ups in their private equity and venture financings, M&A deals, and onshore and offshore listings. David Li specialises in foreign and domestic private equity funds, and Kelvin Gao provides additional expertise in securities offerings and corporate restructuring related matters. Also notable is Dafei Chen for his international experience and Zaiguang Lu who has experience advising on foreign direct investment in high-tech fields.

Practice head(s):

Yijun Chao; Charles Li; David Li; Kelvin Gao

Other key lawyers:

Dafei Chen; Zaiguang Lu; Sheng Li

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge on the sector, flexible in billing arrangement, very attentive and responsive.’

‘Paula Liu is a go-to partner not just for investment, but also for other PRC law or investment-related questions.’

‘Zhong Hua is also very good.’

‘Han Kun is exceptional in having first-hand knowledge of the industry and providing solution-oriented advice.’

‘Vivian He has extensive experience in handling entertainment projects. She is honest, responsive, and always pays particular attention to business needs. Her team includes some young talented attorneys and all of them are very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Tencent

Baidu

JD.com

Meituan

China Renaissance

58.com Inc.

Ericsson

Naver

Lenovo

NIO

Li Auto Inc.

Vipshop

Tencent Music

Tencent Video

Tencent Games

INTO1

Audi

AsiaInfo

Cloud Kitchens

Garmin China

Sandvik

ATRenew

Verizon

21Vianet

Shanghai AI Fund

Waterdrop Inc.

Inceptio Group Limited

Sensors Data

Haomo

Keenon Co., Ltd.

Sky9 Capital

Cloudwise

Beijing QingCloud Technology Co., Ltd.

Genesis Capital

MissFresh

Sohu Inc.

Zhihu

iQiyi

iDreamSky

Blizzard

Shanghai Meisi Film Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing Television Art Center Co., Ltd.

Beijing Huaran Culture Media Co.,

Eternity Pictures

Netmarble Corporation

Riot Games

FunPlus

IM30

China Literature Limited

BitAuto

Beijing Hylink Advertising Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sohu Inc., as PRC counsel, in connection with its US$3.5 billion sale of the equity stake in Sogou resulting in Sogou’s privatization and delisting from NYSE. This is one of the most noted TMT transactions in 2021.
  • Represented the joint sponsors and the underwriters in JD Logistics, Inc.’s HK$21.713 billion Hong Kong IPO. It was reported to be Hong Kong’s second-largest listing in 2021.
  • Advised NIO Inc. on its at-the-market offering of US$2 billion ADSs and later listing by way of introduction in Hong Kong and Singapore. This listing makes NIO the first vehicle enterprise listing in three jurisdictions, and the first Chinese enterprise listing in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm holds a strong reputation in the telecommunications and internet sectors, acting for both domestic and foreign clients, ranging from telecommunications operators, value-added service providers, internet companies, as well as private equity funds and investment institutions. It offers a full range of legal services, including M&A, equity and debt financing, restructuring, network compliance, data protection and transfer, and intellectual property matters. Victor Yu heads the telecommunications and technology group, specialising in cross-border and domestic corporate mandates. Luke Zhang leads the telecommunications and internet industry group, whilst Qiming Yao leads the information and intelligence technology industry group. Ricky Luo and Wei Du co-lead the media, sports and entertainment industry group. Jihong Chen, who specialises in cybersecurity, intellectual property and telecommunication compliance matters, and Anthony Zhao continue to be key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Victor Yu; Luke Zhang; Qiming Yao; Ricky Luo; Wei Du

Other key lawyers:

Jihong Chen; Anthony Zhao; Peng Cai; Yang Zhou; Peng Zhang; Roy Zheng; Summer Huang

Testimonials

‘The Zhong Lun Firm, and in particular Jihong Chen, are fantastic. They understand the legal landscape for telecom and tech companies operating in China, and they provide expert guidance in a manner that distils complex and often changing requirements into actionable steps.’

‘Jihong Chen has deep expertise, is very responsive, understands how to exercise business judgment, and is very pleasant to work with.’

‘Zhong Lun has a strong, highly effective team of talent that is able to effectively handle large, complex patent, IP and anti-trust legal matters in China. Their breadth of knowledge of the Chinese legal system and laws, judicial courts and practice, as well as the judiciary is incredibly strong.’

‘Zhong Lun’s abilities is highly satisfactory, in particular their grasp of commercial and IP issues, and the intersection with anti-trust law, their sophistication in developing legal strategies, and their ability to navigate the Chinese judicial system.’

‘Peng Zhang is very knowledgeable about Chinese IP litigation and patent matters, and very effective as a patent litigator.’

‘It is a great team equipped with experienced lawyers. They provide valuable insights and efficient advice.’

‘Yang Zhou is an excellent lawyer to work with. He is experienced in providing data related advice from an industrial and business perspective.’

Key clients

Amosense Co. Ltd.

Ascendent Capital Partners

Beijing General Research Institute of Mining & Metallurgy Technology Group

Beijing Poplar Culture Project Co., Ltd.

Blackstone Group

Bloomage Biotechnology Corporation Limited

C3Nano, Inc.

China General Technology (Group) Holding Ltd.

China Mobile

Cisco

Cloud Account Technology Co., Ltd.

Decheng Capital

Deepwise & League of PHD Technology Ltd.

ELAN Microelectronics Corp.

EMotor Advance Inc.

Everdisplay Optronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Galaxycore Inc.

Genesis Capital

Greentown Ideal Life Technology Co., Ltd

Groz-Beckert KG

Guangzhou Miaoke Technology Co., Ltd.

Honye Financial Services Limited

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Intel – Mobileye

Keppel Land China

Kingdee International Software Group Company Limited

L Catterton Asia

Lightspeed China

Microsoft

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

PAG

Shanghai Hysea Industrial Communications Ltd

Softbank Vision Fund

SUPERHEXA

Tencent

Tencent Music Entertainment Group

XRSPACE

Work highlights

  • Advised Galaxycore Inc. on its IPO on the STAR Market of Shanghai Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Sogou Inc. on its privatization from Nasdaq and merger into Tencent.
  • Advised Blackstone Group on its PIPE investment via convertible notes in 21Vianet Group, Inc.

DaHui Lawyers

DaHui Lawyers advises clients across the full span of the TMT regulatory environment in China. It has a strong practice in the technology and telecoms sectors, though it also has a preeminent media and entertainment offering, assisting domestic companies in onshore ventures and global companies in cross-border media projects. Richard Ma leads the practice, with extensive experience acting on a wide range of transactions for large MNCs and leading TMT companies. Cloud Li is experienced in M&A, corporate and employment related TMT projects, whilst Joanna Jiang focuses on the IT and telecoms, media, entertainment, and healthcare industries. Dimitri Phillips is experienced in advising foreign companies on their business in China, as well as Chinese companies seeking to go abroad.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ma

Other key lawyers:

Cloud Li; Joanna Jiang; Dimitri Phillips; Zheng Zha; Julia Dai

Dentons China

The TMT practice at Dentons China offers a wide array of services, advising on matters ranging from copyright, trademark and franchise issues, to business restructuring, M&A, investment, and financing, and data protection. It also advises on domestic and overseas regulatory matters in emerging industries, including blockchain, automatic driving and crypto products. Zhangwei Wang heads the team from Beijing. Kaiming Cai advises a number of leading Chinese TMT enterprises, and has particular experience in export control and economic sanctions, data protection, cross-border compliance. Jiamao Cheng provides additional expertise in corporate matters, focusing on foreign and cross-border M&A projects. Donghui Ruan is also noteworthy for his experience in advising major TMT clients.

Practice head(s):

Zhangwei Wang

Other key lawyers:

Kaiming Cai; Jiamao Cheng; Donghui Ruan; Shengdi Mao

Testimonials

‘Kaiming Cai  is highly professional. The team can solve problems and give clients a high quality service.’

‘Kaiming Cai  is knowledgeable and responsible. He is always concerned with new laws and regulations.’

‘Donghui Ruan is highly responsible and always gives a quick response.’

Key clients

Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited

Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Anker Innovations Limited

Qualcomm Wireless Communication Technologies (China) Co., Ltd.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited

ZTE Corporation

Shenzhen Transsion Holdings Co., Ltd.

Alibaba Cloud

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

TCL New Technology Co., Ltd.

Alibaba Cloud Computing Co. Ltd.

Zhejiang Cainiao Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Tanwan Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Dinghui Investment Management (Tianjin) Company Limited

Shanghai Huzan Information Technology Co., Ltd

Huifu Payment Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided compliance services for ZTE to continuously respond to foreign government regulatory data requirements on the premise of complying with Chinese data regulations.
  • Continue to provide a series of professional legal services for Tencent in export control, supply chain security, data protection and other fields.
  • Conducted data compliance review for all cloud service businesses of Alibaba Cloud and provided compliance adjustment advice.

Haiwen & Partners

Haiwen & Partners offers advise to a range of clients, including IT and media companies, multinational corporations, and private equity clients in their investments in the TMT sector. The team is co-led by Yu Cao and Peng Fu. Cao specialises in M&A transactions in the media and entertainment sectors, with experience advising a variety of clients, including domestic and international film studios. Meanwhile, Peng has expertise in intellectual property related TMT matters. Also notable are Hao Bian, Wenzhen Dai, and Ning Du, all of whom have significant experience in capital markets and M&A work.

Practice head(s):

Yu Cao; Peng Fu

Other key lawyers:

Hao Bian; Wenzhen Dai; Ning Du

Key clients

Keyestone Group

CMC Pictures and Gravity Pictures

PURE International

Netflix

Tencent

China Life Tech Innovation Fund

Pony.ai

Xiang He Capital

China Mobile Capital Holding Co., Ltd.

Cornerstone Robotics

Work highlights

  • Acted as PRC legal counsel to China Mobile Limited in connection with its initial public offering of its RMB ordinary shares and the listing of its RMB ordinary shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
  • Acted as the issuer’s legal advisor in China Telecom’s initial public offering of A shares, which was listed on the main board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Tencent on PRC legal issues in relation to the going-private transaction of Sogou, including but not limited to conducting PRC legal due diligence investigation on Sogou and its onshore affiliates, reviewing and revising the merger transaction documents from a PRC legal perspective, leading the onshore restructure of Sogou, and assisting Tencent in the closing of the merger transaction.

Hylands Law Firm

With the firm’s expertise in traditional IP legal services, Hylands Law Firm offers a strong TMT practice focusing on IP matters. It is also well regarded for its expertise in the media, culture and entertainment sectors, acting on numerous projects relating to film and television. The practice is adept in a range of matters, including compliance, investment, financing, M&A and restructuring, as well as dispute resolution. The practice is led by Rong Yu, who specialises in IP protection and litigations, acting for both domestic and foreign clients. The team is supported by Shan Tao, who provides advice across the whole industry chain in the entertainment and culture fields, and Yingzi Liu, who has experience advising celebrity and artist clients.

Practice head(s):

Rong Yu

Other key lawyers:

Shan Tao; Yingzi Liu; Wei He

Key clients

Dong Shen (Shanghai) Pictures Co., Ltd

Beijing Lekaihua Film Co., Ltd

Huayi Brothers Media Corporation

Alibaba Pictures Group

Youku Information Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Beijing Cultural and Creative Industries Development Service Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Aimmedia Pictures Co., Ltd.

Ms. Gao Yuanyuan

Mr. Huang Xiaoming

Ms. Ning Jing

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Jingtian & Gongcheng offers a dedicated TMT team, advising clients across the sector, including a number of leading TMT companies. It advises on a broad array of matters, including capital markets, private equity financing, and data and internet security. The team also includes specialists in trademark, antitrust, compliance, industry fund setup, and cross-border dispute resolution matters. Zhenhua Xiang and Yongqing Huang co-lead the team. Jinjin Chen is notable for his expertise in representing venture capital firms for their investments in TMT enterprises.

Practice head(s):

Zhenhua Xiang; Yongqing Huang

Other key lawyers:

Jinjin Chen; Zhengzheng Hu; Xiang Gao; Yuanpeng Lang; Jane Zhang

Key clients

Medbanks Health Technology Co., Ltd.

Logory Logistics Technology Co., Ltd.

KK Technology Company Holdings Limited

Linmon Media Limited

Missfresh Ltd

Lightspeed China Partners

Capital Today

Laiye Corporation

Babel Financce

First High-School Education Group Co., Ltd.

Guotai Junan Securities

CID Consulting Company Limited

Guangxi University of Foreign Languages

China Kepei Education Group Limited

China InternationalCapital Corporation Limited

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs

SFC Holdings Co., Ltd.

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

XD Inc.

MicroPort CardioFlow Medtech Corporation

EDDA Healthcare and Technology Holding Limited

Scivita Medical Technology Co., Ltd.

Xiamen Yaki Software Co.

Huatai Insurance Group Co.

Guangdong Rural Credit Union Association

Digital Trade Technology (Beijing) Co.

Beijing Nefly Technology Co.

ZTE Corporation

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Shenzhen TCL New Technology Co.

Loongson Technology Corporation Limited

Zhihu Inc.

RLX Technology Inc.

Helens International Holdings Company Limited

Cloud Village Inc.

BetterLife Holding Limited

Sirnaomics Ltd.

Genki Forest Technology Group Holdings Limited

KE Holdings Inc.

Xiaomi Corporation

Alibaba Group

IDG Capital

Kefa Fund

Dayone Capital

Source Code Capital

Susquehanna International Group, LLP

BA Capital

Shenzhen Shenxin Biotechnology Co., Ltd

Loyal Valley Capital

Qiming Venture Partners

Deepwise Limited

Alibaba Group

360 Capital

Delian Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Zhihu’s successful US IPO.
  • Advised Cloud Village on their successful Hong Kong IPO.
  • Assisted BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd. in successfully completing a private issuing of A shares, raising total funds of approximately 20.333 billion RMB.

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP has a solid TMT offering, advising various Chinese telecommunications and internet clients, as well as private equity funds and investment institutions. The practice has strong expertise in M&A, private investments, and IPO projects, though it also advises on regulatory compliance, restructuring, IP protection, and disputes. Yi Wang and Rongnan Huang co-lead the practice. Yi has extensive expertise in capital market work, including advising on overseas listings, whilst Huang specialises in cultural media law and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Yi Wang; Rongnan Huang

Key clients

Dingdong (Cayman) Limited

XPeng Inc.

Cloud Village Inc.

Shanghai PartnerX Robotics Co., Ltd

Amazon.con Inc.

AiHuiShou International Co. Ltd.

Ecovacs Robotics Co., Ltd.

SmartGiant Technology Co., Ltd.

DeepMotion Tech

CICC Genesis

Tinno Mobile Technology Corp

Qingci Games Inc.

PICC Capital Equity Investment

Han’s CNC Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing Source Code Capital Co., Ltd.

Primarius Technologies Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cloud Village in its listing on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Assisted XPeng Inc. in its main board listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Assisted Dingdong (Cayman) Limited with its listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons represents a number of household clients on a full range of legal services across the telecommunications, media, entertainment and technology sectors. Within the telecommunications sector, it is also experienced in advising governments and supranational bodies on the development of telecommunications regimes. It is also active across subsectors in the media and entertainment industry, including broadcasting, print, social media, gaming, and internet. Miao Qu specialises in IP related matters, including IP litigation, whilst Hanyu Zhang focuses on private equity and corporate M&A. Han Wu provides additional expertise in cybersecurity and data compliance matters for multinational companies.

Other key lawyers:

Miao Qu; Hanyu Zhang; Han Wu; Ningyuan Wang

Key clients

ACM Research (Shanghai), Inc.

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

China Renaissance Securities (Hong Kong) Limited

CICC

Silver Lake Partners, L.P.

eSign

TransAsia Lawyers

As a boutique firm, TransAsia Lawyers is well-regarded for its TMT practice. It offers a full-service practice, advising on matters across the technology, telecoms, internet, media and entertainment sectors. It handles a wide range of matters, including data and privacy, cybersecurity, IP and copyright, market entry modelling, financing, and compliance management. It also has expertise advising companies on both domestic and cross-border investments. Founding partner Philip Qu leads the team, with extensive experience advising on investments, regulatory matters and transactions for both domestic and international companies. Kevin Guo is also noted for his expertise in commercial IP exploitation and enforcement actions for  MNCs.

Practice head(s):

Philip Qu

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Guo;  Justina Zhang; Eric Johnson; Karen Hu

Testimonials

‘The team has deep local insights to help guide global MNCs to navigate their positioning and remain compliant with regulations.’

‘Philip Qu is a go-to contact. He is friendly, easy to get along with and always able to provide practical solutions to the challenges clients’ face.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Weibo on its successful secondary listing in Hong Kong, continuing our long relationship since advising on their 2014 US IPO.
  • Advised US-listed Luckin Coffee on post-restructuring corporate compliance, platform compliance, and privacy and data, including cybersecurity review risk assessment and advice on data practices, including platform privacy policies, account registration, and data collection and retention.
  • Advised the International Olympic Committee as its PRC counsel on a wide variety of Beijing 2022 Games-related regulatory, compliance, IT, data,  and commercial and partnership issues.

AllBright Law Offices

The internet and information technology department at AllBright Law Offices offers expertise across a broad range of sectors, including big data, blockchain, and financial technology communication technology. It also provides cross-border services for data transmission and e-commerce matters, namely in the US and EU. Weiming Wu, who is experienced in M&A, investment, and financing matters, leads the team. Chao Zhang’s practice focuses on advising central and state-owned enterprises, whilst Henry Li specialises in private equity and venture capital in TMT fields.

Practice head(s):

Weiming Wu

Other key lawyers:

Chao Zhang; Henry Li

Key clients

Shanghai Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Puhui Digital Technology Service Co., Ltd.

China Radio and Television Network Co., Ltd

Wuhan City Style Asset Management (Group) Co., Ltd

Shenzhen Tencent Computer System Co., Ltd

CITIC Mobile Communication Technology Co., Ltd

Guofang Capital

Trustbridge Partners

Caixin Media Co., Ltd

Kuaishou Technology Co., Ltd.

Wenlan (Shanghai) Culture Media Co., Ltd

Bole Film and Television Marketing Group

AnJie Broad Law Firm

Anjie Broad Law Firm has a solid TMT practice that covers a wide range of sectors, advising on regulatory, corporate, private equity, M&A, IPOs, and intellectual property matters. Samuel Yang leads the regulatory and general commercial side of the practice, and has extensive experience advising international telecom carriers and Chinese internet companies on a wide range of regulatory matters, as well as expertise in data protection and cybersecurity issues. Meanwhile, Hans Cai leads the private equity and venture capital side of the practice, with experience acting for emerging venture capital funds, state-owned capital, listed companies, strategic investors, and investment institutions.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Yang; Hans Cai

Other key lawyers:

Long Gu

Testimonials

‘A strong local TMT team in Beijing.’

‘Samuel Yang is an exceptional lawyer with a deep understanding of the TMT sector, which is tailored to each and every client.’

Key clients

Microsoft

BT

AT&T

Agilent

Swiss Re

FedEx

Universal Parks and Resorts

SAIC Volkswagen

ByteDance

Universal Music Group

5Y Capital

ShuKun Technology

Concord Assets

Long Hill Capital

Enlight Growth Partners

Panda Capital

AiHuiShou

Silicon Intelligence

Robot++

Datafues Inc.

Plum Ventures

Legend Star Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading international telecom carrier concerning its arrangements for international circuits with Chinese carriers, including China Telecom and China Unicom.
  • Advised 5Y Capital in its series A round of investment in HT Aero.
  • Advised Shukun Technology in its RMB 686 million series D (pre-IPO) round of financing.

Anli Partners

The TMT team at Anli Partners provides a full range of advice across these industries, ranging from transactional and compliance matters to contentious issues. Core practices offered by the firm include financing, restructuring and M&A transactions, as well as IP protection and disputes, data protection, blockchain compliance and assisting on domestic start-ups. The team is led by Yongqi Li, who has experience representing both multinational and state-owned enterprises.

Practice head(s):

Yongqi Li

Other key lawyers:

Ying Li

Testimonials

‘Impressive team knowledge, experience and expertise in technology. This is not only helpful for them to advise on drafting and review of various industrial contracts and standard terms and conditions, but also on potential disputes, risk control and legal compliance.’

‘Ying Li is a knowledgeable, diligent, responsive and international lawyer. He understands clients’ businesses and the industry very well, and communicates with both Chinese and global teams smoothly without any problem.’

FenXun Partners

FenXun Partners offers a full range of transactional and advisory services to TMT clients, including in M&A, IT and outsourcing transactions, and regulatory and compliance advice. It is particularly strong in the IT, e-commerce, fintech and data privacy sectors. Additionally, it is well adept at handling cross-border projects due to its joint operation with Baker McKenzie. The team is led by Zhenyu Ruan, who has advised on significant join venture deals, licensing transactions, data privacy, and regulatory and cybersecurity matters.

Practice head(s):

Zhenyu Ruan

Key clients

TietoEVRY

Porsche

Subway

Jones Lang LaSalle

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm is known for their expertise in high and new technology areas, which includes electronic technology and commerce, biotechnology, and new materials. The practice is led by Weimin Gan from Hangzhou. Hongjiang Li provides support from Beijing, specialising in private equity matters, whilst Yuwei Wang in Shanghai focuses on cyber security, data compliance and data competition law.

Practice head(s):

Weimin Gan

Other key lawyers:

Hongjiang Li; Yuwei Wang

Key clients

Pico Technology Co., Ltd.

Hengyu Datacom Aviation Equipment (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Datang Telecom Technology Co., Ltd.

Taoping Inc. and Information Security Technology (China) Co., Ltd.

Beijing Jingwei Hirain Technologies Co., Inc.

AIWEN Medical Union Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Dreamsmith Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.

Spreadtrum Communication Co., Ltd.

IFLYTEK Co., Ltd.

Bitmain Technology Holding C

Shandong Haowo Electric Co., Ltd.

Union Voole Technology Co., Ltd.

China Special Equipment Inspection & Research Institute

Beijing BaishanCloud Technology Co., Ltd.

Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Science

Zhejiang Qiangnao Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing Aishang Media Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised on the equity acquisition of Pico by ByteDance.
  • Advised the major asset reorganization of Datang Telecom Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Advised Taoping Inc. on the rescinded VIE agreement and acquired domestic equity.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

The TMT group at Jincheng Tongda & Neal primarily advises communications media institutions and enterprises on a variety of matters, covering issues from information security and data protection to investment and financing. The practice is led by Junwu Zhou from Beijing, who specialises in advising clients in the entertainment, film and television, and communication industries in a range of areas, including IP, M&A and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Junwu Zhou

Other key lawyers:

Xiaodong Zheng; Xi Chen

Key clients

Jiangsu Shagang Group Co., Ltd.

Zhangjiagang KDX Photoelectric Materials Co., Ltd.

Kangde Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Kangde Composite Materials Co., Ltd.

Zhonganxin Technology Co., Ltd.

An Industry Fund of Xi’an SASAC

Beijing Jingdong Century Trading Co., Ltd.

Llinks Law Offices

Llinks Law Offices is particularly active in advising on corporate matters in the TMT sector, primarily in relation to investment and financing transactions. The team is experienced across a range of areas in the sector, including e-commerce, media and entertainment, and software distribution. It also advises in relation to M&As, restructuring, data protection, regulatory requirements, and dispute resolution. Nicholas Lou acts as practice head, with experience representing domestic and foreign telecommunication companies. Selena She and Colin Shi are notable partners in the team, both of whom focus on private equity and M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Lou

Other key lawyers:

Selena She; Colin Shi

Key clients

Muxi IC (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Suzhou Boli New Material Technology Co., Ltd.

Ant Group

CDH Investment

Shanghai Summit View Phase II Integrated Circuit Equity Investment Partnership

Autohome

Alibaba Health (Hong Kong) Technology Company Limited

Alibaba (China) Technology Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Hannto Technology Co., Ltd.

Singapore Fortune Communication Pte., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised China-Africa Development Fund on its strategic participation of A-share placement of China Mobile Limited.
  • Advised SenseTime on its Series D and Series D+ rounds of financing.
  • Advised Shanghai Qiugu Investment Partnership (Limited Partnership) on the sale of the 99.9999% equity interests in the holding company of Smaato Group to Media and Games Invest Group.

Shihui Partners

Shihui Partners advises clients across the TMT industry on a wide array of matters, specialising in M&As, private equity, foreign and overseas investment, asset securitisation, and financing. It also has a growing practice in relation to data protection, corporate compliance, dispute resolution and employment matters. George Niu and George Wang co-lead the practice. Niu specialises in private equity transactions, securities offerings, and cross-border M&A, whilst Wang advises a range of multinational corporations and public and private Chinese companies, with experience in foreign direct investment and corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

George Niu; George Wang

Other key lawyers:

Miranda Jiang; Bolin Feng

Key clients

JD

Tencent

Huaxing Growth Capital

K2 VC

Matrix Partners

IDG capital

Softbank Ventures Asia Corp.

CICC Capital

Eight Roads Capital

Zhen Fund

Qiming Venture

BAI Capital

Source Code Capital

Lightspeed

Vertex Capital

Orchid Asia

INCE Capital

Bluerun Ventures

Banyan Capital

China Growth Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised JD Property Group Corporation on its US$800 million of Series B preferred stock financing project.
  • Advised Dreame Technology on its Series C financing with a total financing amount of RMB 3.6 billion.
  • Advised JD on its investments in KKV’s US$300 Million Series F and F+ financings.

Tahota Law Firm

With a dedicated culture, sports and TMT group, Tahota Law Firm offers a wide range of advisory services for clients within these sectors. It also has sector specific expertise in the gaming industry, as well as in the field of entertainment and media. The team advises on variety of matters, including copyright infringement, disputes, data compliance, as well as investment and financing projects. Shuhuan Wang leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Shuhuan Wang

Other key lawyers:

Qilin Chen; Zhiyuan Xu

Key clients

Tencent Computer Systems Limited, Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Smoore Technology Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Daily Press Group

Chengdu Delegation

Mr. Zhang

China Advertising Association

Shanghai Akas

Microelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Mcwell Technology Co., Ltd.

Chengdu Zifei Shadowman Technology Co., Ltd.

MEMS Advanced Electronics Co., Ltd.

Zhao Sheng Law Firm

The TMT team at Zhao Sheng Law Firm advises both on domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters due to its joint operation with Linklaters. It handles a wide range of matters, including cybersecurity and data protection, FDI analysis, M&A, antitrust, and IP transactions. Richard Gu leads the team, with extensive experience in cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions. Eric Liu has expertise advising SOEs and foreign investors in data and cybersecurity compliance, whilst Colette Pan specialises in technology related sectors. Benran Huang is also noted for his experience advising on private equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gu

Other key lawyers:

Eric Liu; Colette Pan; Benran Huang; Arthur Peng

Testimonials

‘Good dynamics and teamwork, and reasonable billing for very commercial and practical advice.’

‘The team is prompt and gives commercial advice, they are always down for a quick call, and have clear expertise in their field.’

Key clients

CITIC Securities Investment Co. Ltd.

Xiaomi

Didi Chuxing

GLP

Intel

Dialog Semiconductor

Work highlights

  • Provided strategic advice to a leading international food conglomerate on implementation of mainland China’s new Personal Information Protection Law, while ensuring that the relevant documentation continued to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.
  • Advised a growth-stage digital services provider on strategic structuring arrangements with several customers and potential customers which have sought to enter the Chinese market by leverage the mainland Chinese licenses and operational capability of our client.
  • Advised CITIC Securities Investment Co. Ltd. on its minority investment in Aihuishou (a leading Chinese company that runs the platform for trade of second-handed goods) as the lead Series F investor.