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Fangda Partners is particularly active representing TMT sector clients and internet companies in overseas equity and debt offerings. Key areas of expertise include financing, acquisitions and divestments. Its impressive client list features Alibaba, Didi Chuxing, Yunfeng Capital and Focus Media and a number of financial institutions. It also has experience in cross-border M&A, private equity investment and corporate finance, as well as licensing, outsourcing and IP.  Jeffrey Ding and Richard Guo are names to note from its Beijing office, while William Huang,  Michael Qi and corporate finance lawyer Doris Tang are the main contacts in Shanghai.

According to one client, Global Law Office is 'the complete package'. It advises on the full remit of transactions with an emphasis on private equity and venture capital investments, IP, and contentious matters for high-profile clients such as Tencent and Sequoia Capital. Shanghai-based Steven Yu advised SIG China, Shunwei Capital and Westsummit Capital in their respective series C preferred share investment, series C-1 and C-2 preferred share investment in BingEx, a Cayman company operating an online-to-offline (O2O) platform for express delivery services; Yu also assisted Shanghai-based Mogoroom, an apartment rental O2O platform with its series C financing from a consortium of institutional investors. Shenzhen-based Cheng Li and Jihong He advised Hive Box in its $725m series-A financing. IP specialists Meph Gui and Jack Li are also key names to note and have notable experience in contentious and non-contentious patent and trademark matters.

With a strong focus in the TMT sector and a wealth of experience acting for private equity and venture capital funds, Han Kun Law Offices has a market leading practice which make it a popular choice among clients such as Chinese TMT giants Baidu, Tencent, JD.com, Warburg Pincus, Legend Capital and Fidelity Asia Venture. 2017 has been another prolific year for the team; highlights included advising China Structural Reform Fund as one of the investors in China Unicom's mix ownership reform, handling iQiyi's US IPO and listing on the Nasdaq global market, and assisting Tencent and JD.com on their joint investment in Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties. Chaoying Li acted for Tencent in its $5bn global medium term note programme, Dafei Chen assisted Meituan-Dianping with its $4bn series C round of equity financing. Yijun Chao counts Mtime and NIO as his clients, and advised the latter in its series C and series D funding rounds, raising capital from Tencent, Baidu and a number of co-investors. Tracy Zhou and Gloria Xu are also names to note.

King & Wood Mallesons excels in telecoms and technology, particularly in the digital technology sphere, and has experience of advising on national broadband roll-outs, regulatory reform and IT system procurement. The firm engages in M&A, IPO and corporate transactions as well as IP and compliance matters. Recent instructions in the IP field include representing a Chinese company against its major competitor in a number of patent infringement disputes and acting for a multinational company in defending patent infringement litigation cases before four local courts. Rocky Lee is recommended for cross-border transactions and is particularly experienced in working with TMT start-up companies on a complex structure establishment. Yue Wang specialises in foreign-related litigation and arbitration and advises clients in the sports, culture and entertainment industries. IP specialists Rui Wang and Richard Zheng, corporate practitioners Tianning Ma and Peng Mu and Shenzhen-based capital market specialists Rui Zhou are also recommended. All individuals mentioned above are based in Beijing and Shanghai unless it was stated otherwise.

TransAsia Lawyers' impressive client list features many multinational and Chinese e-commerce companies such as Amazon, Google, Qunar, Ali Pictures and Akamai Technologies. Managing partner Philip Qu and recently promoted partner Eric Johnson acted as PRC counsel for WeWork on its acquisition of NakedHub; Qu also assisted Airbnb with the launch of its trips and experiences offering in China and acted for T. Rowe Price Group as one of the investors in the investment participation in Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group's share sale. Other highlights include acting for Ainemo on its financing of $170m from Baidu and advising Comcast on its PRC media ownership and compliance matters relating to global regulatory clearance for its proposed $65bn bid for Fox. Kevin Guo and Justina Zhang are also highly recommended.

Zhong Lun Law Firm has a broad TMT practice which regularly advises clients in the telecoms, e-commerce, cloud computing, technology and fintech sectors; it also counts investment funds and venture capital firms as its core clients. The team includes experts in corporate and M&A, private equity, antitrust, IP and capital markets. Recent instructions saw it handling a large number of high value corporate and corporate financing transactions. Among them, Victor Yu and Bijun Huang advised Tencent on its investment in UBTECH Robotics, its series B investment in Yonghui Yunchuang Technology and its series D $1bn investment in NIO. William Qiu and Johnson Zhu acted for Tsinghua Unigroup on its acquisition of SiliconwareTechnology (Suzhou). Anthony Zhao has particular expertise in cross-border transactions, often combining both offshore and onshore structures. IP and antitrust specialist Jihong Chen advised Samsung SDS on the compliance aspect of its cloud service in China. Senior associate Mei Han is also recommended.

DaHui Lawyers' team expanded with the arrival of Julia Dai from Latham & Watkins LLP and Xikang Wang from Goldman Sachs. The practice advises clients across a range of TMT sectors, including internet, mobile, publishing, new media, sports and events. Managing partner Richard Ma is advising British Medical Journal on its China market entry strategy including licensing and regulatory matters, and assisted Newegg with its $250m equity sale to Hangzhou Liaison Interactive Information Technology. Other highlights include advising a Chinese investment bank on its multibillion-RMB financing for a fintech company via a private equity fund structure and handled a licensing mandate with a multinational e-commerce company for a publishing company. Brendon Wu and counsel Cloud Li are other names to note.

JunHe LLP's multidisciplinary team handles a broad range of mandates for TMT sector clients. Among its recent highlights, the IP team successfully assisted a Chinese e-commerce company with a patent infringement litigation, invalidating two key patents of its major competitor, and represented a Chinese multinational conglomerate company in filling trade mark opposition before the China Trademark Office (CTMO)¬†; the capital markets team including Yi Wang¬†and Wenjin Jiang¬†advised Uxin Group on its $500m financing; the corporate transactional team advised¬†Youzu Interactive on its ‚ā¨80m acquisition of¬†Bigpoint HoldCo, a German online gaming company and handled Jiafu's acquisition of¬†ETL Public Company. The team also counts BMW as a major client which it advises on various telecoms-related regulatory matters including automobile telematics services, internet mapping and positioning service.¬†Maochang Li¬†advises private equity funds with a focus on the hi-tech and IT industries, and¬†Jun Gong¬†has notable experience handling corporate transactions for media sector clients.

AnJie Law Firm advises on a mix of corporate, financing, M&A, IPO and IP matters. Recent instructions include acting for a number of private equity funds in their investment in e-commerce and technology companies and assisting Ali Entertainment Group with copyright and regulatory issues. Dan Zhang, Jing He and Michael Gu are the names to note.

Guantao Law Firm has expertise in e-commerce, biotech, new materials and telecoms matters. Yang Wang focuses on private equity financing and investment, advising on corporate finance matters and cross-border transactions. Other recommended practitioners include Leiming Sheng and Weimin Gan.

Hylands Law Firm is singled out for its IP capability in the media, culture and entertainment space; it also advises international film and entertainment companies on M&A transactions, film co-productions and disputes. In 2017, Rong Yu and Shan Tao advised a Chinese e-commerce company on compliance, consumer protection and copyright collective management issues and acted for a video sharing company on an anti-piracy monitoring matter. Zhengning Li advised Shine Asia Film& Media on the investment and the production of film Detective Chinatown 2 and represented 180 Digital in an advertising contract dispute.

Jingtian & Gongcheng is regularly instructed by e-commerce companies, technology firms and media groups on investments and financing, securities issues and listings, and M&A transactions. The team advised Xiaomi on its $4.7bn listing at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; acted for Baidu on its $1.5bn debt issuance; and advised JD Finance's restructuring terminating its VIE arrangement with JD Group. Managing partner Xiang Gao is the key contact within the team which also includes Jinjin Chen who is particularly experienced in advising emerging companies on their IPOs.

Llinks Law Offices handles a mix of M&A and capital market transactions. Among its recent instructions, Nicholas Lou and Lawrence An advised SenseTime on its private financing; David Yu assisted Shanghai Yiguo E-commerce with the sale of its shares to Alibaba and Bailian Grou; and Xun Yang advises Elemental Concept 2016 on data protection and cybersecurity issues relating to the development, licensing and operation of medical record system for hospitals in China. FG Venture features in its new client list.

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