WTO/international trade: PRC firms in China

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal handles the full spectrum of international trade matters, acting for clients in sectors including agricultural products, chemicals, textiles, and industrial materials. The practice acts for companies and Chambers of Commerce in anti-dumping and countervailing investigations, and is distinguished in the market by its work for the Ministry of Commerce, acting for the ministry in trade disputes as well as in the negotiation of trade agreements. Chen Yang leads the practice, which also includes Zheng Xu and Lin Li, both of whom have considerable experience in this area. Stephen Peng is noted for his work for MOFCOM in WTO disputes.

Practice head(s):

Chen Yang

Other key lawyers:

Zheng Xu; Lin Li; Stephen Peng; Yazhou Wu

Testimonials

‘This team are extremely strong and expert in terms of alternative dispute resolution for international trade issues.’

‘Yazhou Wu is a very responsible and flexible lawyer with a wealth of experience.’

Key clients

Zhejiang Quzhou Juxin Fluorine Chemical Co., Ltd.

Hailiang (Vietnam) Copper Manufacturing Company Limited

China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters

Chint Solar (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd.; Chint Energy (Haining) Co., Ltd.; Chint Solar (Jiuquan) Co., Ltd.; and Chint Solar (Hong Kong) Company Limited

Zhengzhou Harmoni Spice Co., Ltd.; Jinxiang Honghua Foodstuff Co., Ltd.; Shandong Chengwu Longxing Agricultural Products Co., Ltd.; Jinxiang Dingyu Agricultural Products Co.,Ltd. ; Jinxiang County Changwei Agricultural Trade Co., Ltd.; Jinxiang Fitow Trading Co., Ltd.

Linyi Huasheng Yongbin Wood Co., Ltd.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Textile and Apparel

LLIT (THAILAND) CO., LTD.

Ministry of Commerce of The People’s Republic of China

Work highlights

  • Represented Zhejiang Quzhou Juxin Fluorine Chemical Co., Ltd. in the anti-circumvention investigation conducted by U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Represented Linyi Huasheng Yongbin Wood Co., Ltd. in participating in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations initiated by Canada regarding imports of certain decorative and other non-structural plywood originating or exported from China.
  • Assisted Sailun Vietnam with obtaining a zero AD margin in U.S. antidumping investigation against Vietnamese passenger and light truck tires.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons has a long history of advising on WTO and international trade matters. The practice has a specialism in handling inbound trade remedy investigations, acting for European, American and Australian companies in responding to anti-dumping investigations initiated by MOFCOM. The team also works for MOFCOM itself, representing the ministry in disputes with other countries and companies relating to WTO rules and bilateral investment treaties. Issues related to the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Entity List are also handled by the firm, with it advising both companies on the list as well as these companies’ suppliers and customers on the implications of their listing. Jin Xiao and Xinyu Liu lead the practice, with Xiao handling international trade while Liu focuses on customs issues.

Practice head(s):

Jin Xiao; Xinyu Liu

Other key lawyers:

Cheng Liu; Zhenghao Li

Testimonials

‘The team members work together very closely. They are spot on in terms of understanding the needs of corporate clients.’

‘Xinyu Liu is able to cater to the needs of foreign corporate clients by providing pertinent, effective, practical and feasible solutions for difficult issues in a limited time.’

‘Practical and understands the client’s business.’

Jin Xiao can thorough and quickly grasps the client’s business model. Cheng Liu is practical and to the point.’

‘They have excellent professional capabilities and a very rigorous attitude to service, as well as being very professional and trustworthy.’

‘Xinyu Liu has very strong professional capabilities and is efficient, professional and rigorous, as well as always considering the interests of the client.’

‘The team is very good at thinking about cases from the client’s perspective and responding in a timely manner.’

‘Xinyu Liu has an excellent grasp of customs and forex services, and served for many years as a legal consultant for China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) and as an arbitrator for China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). Liu is our company’s first choice lawyer for handling difficult cases in the customs, forex and business fields.’

Key clients

Voestalpine High Performance Metals Pacific Pte Ltd

BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd.

Siemens Ltd., China

Becton Dickinson Medical Devices (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Panasonic Corporation

Canon Inc.

AGC Inc.

Toyota Motor (China) Investment Co.,Ltd.

Sichuan Changhong Electric Co.,Ltd.

China General Nuclear Power Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted the China headquarter of a well-known US medical devices corporate group with conducting rounds of discussion with the in-charge Customs regarding the rationality of the imported price and the price adjustment range.
  • Assisted a subsidiary of a well-known German electric group to deal with a customs special audit regarding the client’s royalty payment.
  • Advised a well-known state-owned energy enterprise and a number of its subsidiaries in establishing the Export Compliance Program (ECP) for all of its affiliated subsidiaries and providing the relevant compliance training course.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

At Zhong Lun Law Firm, the international trade team acts for companies and industry groups in trade remedy investigations involving major Chinese trade partners, including the United States, the EU, the EEC, South Korea, and Vietnam. The practice also represents international clients in disputes with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce over alleged anti-dumping. The trade team sits within the firm’s regulatory compliance practice, which is led by Xiangwen Liu, Jun Gao and Jianwei Liu. Jianwei Liu is the key figure on trade matters alongside Zhe Jiang.

Practice head(s):

Xiangwen Liu; Jun Gao; Jianwei Liu

Other key lawyers:

Zhe Jiang; Wang Mingwei

Testimonials

‘Zhong Lun law firm has a unique trade team, led by Mr. Jianwei Liu. They provide high-quality legal services to clients.’

‘Jianwei Liu is an outstanding trade lawyer in China. Highly recommended!’

‘The team is excellent, technically sound and a delight to work with.’

‘Wang Mingwei is very good at what she does and a joy to work with. Jianwei Liu is a great strategist and instils confidence.’

‘The team has long-standing experience in China and are very well-connected.’

Key clients

China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group)

Shougang Holding Trade (Hong Kong) Limited

Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China

Zhejiang Taizhou Yiguan Food Co., Ltd.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products

China Iron and Steel Association

Arconic (Kunshan) Aluminum Products Co., Ltd.

FiberHome Telecommunication Technologies Co., Ltd.

Cargill Food Technologies (Pinghu) Co., Ltd.

China Chamber of Commerce of Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products(CFNA)

Tianjin Pipe Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Fujian Litchi New Material Co., Ltd.

Shanxi Taigang Stainless Steel Co.,Ltd

NINGXIA SHUN TAI SMELTING CO., LTD.

COFCO BIOCHEMICAL (THAILAND) CO., LTD.

Corporation POSCO (Korea)

CJ BIO MALAYSIA SDN. BHD.(Malaysia)

KUMHO POLYCHEM CO. LTD(Korea)

SK Chemicals Co.,Ltd.(Korea)

Jiangsu Hengli Chemical Fibre Co., Ltd.(China)

Zhejiang Hengyi Petrochemicals Co., Ltd.(China)

Angang Lianzhong Stainless Steel Corporation(China)

Guangxi Forestry Industry Association(China)

Guangxi Meihai International Trade Co., Ltd(China)

Nanning Jinlun Woods Co., Ltd. (China)

China Chamber of Commerce of Metals Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMC)

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Mechanical and Electrical Products (CCCME)

China Non-Ferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA)

Suzhou Titan New Energy Technology Co., Ltd.

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Fangda Carbon New Materials Co., Ltd.

Chongqing Zongshen Power Machinery Co., Ltd.

Lingong Group Jinan Heavy Equipment Co., Ltd.

CIMC Vehicles (Group) Co., Ltd.

Chongqing Dajiang Power Equipment Co., Ltd

Sinochem Lantian Co., Ltd.

Sinochem Environmental Protection Chemicals (Taicang) Co., Ltd.

Sinochem Lantian Fluoro Materials Co., Ltd

Taizhou Qingsong Refrigerant New Material Co., Ltd.

Jilin Carbon Co., Ltd.

T.T International Co., Ltd.

Taishan Fiberglass Inc.

CHALCO RUIMIN CO., LTD.

Zhengzhou Guandong Aluminum Industry Co., Ltd.

Shandong Lede Machinery Co., Ltd.

Ningbo Nanjubaoge Fastener Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Bsc Corporation Limited

Datong Yu Lin De Graphite New Material Co., Ltd.

Suzhou Torres Optic-Electic Technology Co., Ltd,

Hengtong Optic-Electric Co., Ltd

Hangzhou Tuolima Network Technologies Co.,Ltd

Jinko Solar Co., Ltd.

Loctek, Inc.

Loctek Ergonomic Technology Corporation

Zhejiang Loctek Smart Drive Technology Co., Ltd.

Ningbo Mizhihe I&E Co., Ltd.

Ameziel, Inc.

Shuangma Plastic Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group) in an anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of certain polyvinyl alcohols opened by the European Commission.
  • Represented the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC and Nanjing Develop Advanced Manufacturing Co in the US Ministry of Commerce’s countervailing duty investigation into Forged Steel Fluid End Blocks from China.
  • Represent Kumho Polychem Co. in EthylenePropylene Diene Monomer anti-dumping investigation case initiated by MOFCOM.

Dentons China

Dentons China’s trade practice is highly active in advising on matters involving trade with the US. In addition to acting for Chinese companies facing anti-dumping and countervailing investigations brought by American regulators, the practice is increasingly active in national security-related trade matters, such as advising companies that have been placed on the Entity List or the List of Communist Chinese Military Companies. Kaiming Cai, Jianlin Ni and Lei Sun are key figures in the team, handling trade issues such as investigations across a range of jurisdictions, while Guohong Zhang focuses on customs matters.

Practice head(s):

Wanlin Shi; Kaiming Cai; Lei Sun; Jianlin Ni; Guohong Zhan

Key clients

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC)

Shenzhen BGI Health Technology Co., Ltd. (BGI)

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Silvery Dragon Prestressed Materials Co., LTD Tianjin

Zhejiang Best Nail Industrial Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Xinyi Metal Products Co., Ltd.

Ningbo Daye Garden Machinery Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Happy Smart Furnishings Co., Ltd.

Haining Fanmei Furniture Co., Ltd.

Kingtom Aluminio SRL

Ministry of Commerce of The People’s Public of China

East Asia Aluminum Co., Ltd.

Marken Limited

Shanghai Jiyou International Trading Co., Ltd.

Changshu NSK Needle Bearing Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Hua Song Logistics Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Akracing Seat Co., Ltd.

Guangxi Tengfei Zinc Industry Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) to comprehensively deal with its inclusion in the List of Communist Chinese Military Companies produced by the U.S. Department of Defense, and from the Entity List produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Advised BGI Genomics Co., Ltd in handling compliance affairs following the listing of one of its subsidiaries on the Entity List.
  • Acting as the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)’s perennial adviser for handling affairs related to the U.S.

East & Concord Partners

Under the leadership of Vivian Wang, East & Concord Partners is highly active in responding to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations by foreign regulators, representing Chinese companies as well as industry representative groups. Wang is also experienced in safeguard and anti-circumvention investigations.

Practice head(s):

Vivian Wang

Global Law Office

Global Law Office's practice is led by Frank Hang, who focuses on anti-dumping and countervailing disputes, export control specialist Qing Ren, and Deming Zhao, who handles both compliance and customs investigations. The team acts for clients from the industrial and services sectors in responding to investigations from the EU, United States, and EEC.

Practice head(s):

Frank (Guoliang) Hang; Qing Ren; Deming Zhao

Testimonials

‘The Global Law Office team has a wealth of in-depth research and practical experience in the WTO/international trade field. They are always able to provide clients with excellent solutions, as well as a pleasingly high level of service that results in high levels of client satisfaction.’

‘Qing Ren is the most outstanding lawyer that we have come across in the WTO/international trade sector. Mr Ren provides clients with comprehensive legal analysis and takes into account the client’s specific circumstances and capabilities to provide solutions that are acceptable to the client in a timely manner.’

‘Qing Ren’s team is hardworking and professional, as well as having an expert level of knowledge and superb service. They are world leaders in areas such as international trade dispute resolution, WTO reform, and compliance management for international corporate operations, and already have a significant level of international influence.’

‘Qing Ren has a very sense of responsibility and works very efficiently. He is very sensitive to changes in the international trade situation, and is always one step ahead with regard to new trends in global trade frictions, and head and shoulders above the competition in terms of quickly providing expert judgement and feedback.’

‘Global Law Office’s trade team not only has a strong legal team, but also a very knowledgeable economist and accounting team.’

Key clients

China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC)

Hengyang Valin Steel Tube Co., Ltd., Hengyang Valin MPM Co., Ltd. and Hengyang Steel Tube Group Int’l Trading Inc.

Xiamen Xiashun Aluminum Foil Co., Ltd

Guangdong Huaxing Glass Co., Ltd.

Bel Trade Wood Industrial Co., Ltd. Youxi Fujian

Ningbo Eagle Machinery & Technology Co., Ltd.

Nantong Botao Chemical Co., Ltd

China Meheco Group Co., Ltd. (中国医药健康产品股份有限公司(上市公司 “中国医药” )

Thermo Fisher Scientific China

Chanel

Work highlights

  • Represented the Guangdong Huaxing Glass Co., Ltd. to respond to the US antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD) investigations against Certain Glass Containers originating in China.
  • Acting as the leading outside counsel for China Meheco Group Co. Ltd regarding its PPE export transaction and international aid projects with international organization and foreign government agencies.

Guangsheng & Partners PRC Lawyers

Guangsheng & Partners PRC Lawyers has a long history of acting for companies facing anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigations. The team is frequently instructed to advise on issues involving US, Australian, and South American regulators, and also acts for international companies in investigations brought by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. In addition to investigations, the team proactively advises clients on compliance with Chinese trade regulations. Practice head Hai Yan has been involved in this area since China joined the WTO in 2001 and has considerable experience in trade remedies. Likai Li, Bin Liang, and Yao Aifeng are also key partners in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Hai Yan

Other key lawyers:

Lifai Li; Yao Aifeng; Bin Liang; Shuguang Tian

Testimonials

‘They did very well in representing foreign exporters and Chinese exporters to respond AD cases in China and other countries from a strategic perspective, especially in the area of arguing dumping margin, public interest issues such as downstream industries interests, foreign investment enterprises interests etc.’

‘The team has former MOFCOM officers and lawyers from international firms, and had sufficient knowledge about international law.’

‘Partner Hai Yan is the team leader. He had worked in MOFCOM for quite a long time, and therefore have got a deep understanding of the Chinese Government’s trade, investment and industrial policy. This background and experience can help exporters and importers to identify important issues to defend and to establish appropriate points for arguments, so as to make the Chinese investigating authority understand more clearly about the views of interested parties, and then make more reasonable determinations. Yan is diligent, responsive and working in a very professional and creative way.

Aifeng Yao and Shuguang Tian are very professional and responsive.’

Key clients

Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd.

Jiangyin Delian Chemical Co., Ltd.

Nantong Kanghua Chemical Co., Ltd.

GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd.

Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd. and Greenpoint Global Trading (Macao) Commercial Offshore Ltd.

Jiangyin Dolphin Pack Limited Company

Anhui Jinhe Industrial Co., Ltd.

COFCO International Australia Pty Ltd.

Otsuka Chemical (India) Pvt Ltd.

Dun Hua Sen Tai Wood Co., Ltd.

Hailin Linjing Wooden Products Co., Ltd,

Jilin Xinyuan Wooden Industry Co., Ltd.

Sinochem Environmental Protection Chemicals (Taicang) Co., Ltd.

Arkema Daikin Advanced Fluorochemiclas (Changshu) Co., Ltd.

Changshu 3F Fluorochemical Industry Co., Ltd.,

Zhejiang Sanmei Chemical Ind. Co. Ltd.

Shandong Hua’an New Material Co., Ltd.

Fujian Sanming City Donglai Wood Co., Ltd.

Shaxian Hengtong Wood Industry Co., Ltd.

Ningbo Long Teng Metal Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Ningbo Save Technology Co., Ltd.

Yuyao Wanlei Pipe Fitting Manufacturing Co., Ltd. No 15

Hunan Sinoboom Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd.

Shandong Yanggu Huatai International Co. Ltd

Shandong Derek New Materials Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd. to respond to the proceeding in the anti-dumping administrative review.
  • Represented Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd. after the company was required by the U.S. Department of Commerce to pay at a punitive tax rate of 154.07% after it had obtained the zero tax rate.
  • Acted for Jiangyin Dolphin Pack Limited Company, the largest trader of Aluminium foils and aluminium Plates from China to Brazil, when it was involved in an anti-dumping investigation.

JunZeJun Law Offices

JunZeJun Law Offices counts both Chinese companies and the Chinese government amongst its clients, representing them in trade remedy investigations and WTO dispute settlement. Fayin Li leads the team.

AllBright Law Offices

AllBright Law Offices is frequently instructed by PRC companies to represent them in investigations into the alleged dumping, absorption, and subsidies across a range of jurisdictions. The practice also acts for multinationals in the Chinese market, providing them with assistance on compliance with Chinese laws relating to customs, import/export control, and policies relating to national security and investments. Ye Li leads the team and has experience handling trade investigations involving major markets including the US, the EU, India, and Australia. Donghui Fu and Dong Xiang are also names to note in this area, while Jia Xiaoning focuses on customs-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Ye Li

Other key lawyers:

Donghui Fu; Dong Xiang; Xiaoning Jia

Testimonials

‘AllBright is unique in China for the level of assistance in international trade. The team is extremely knowledgeable and effective. The quality of the work is extremely high.’

‘Ye Li is a market leader and an exceptional lawyer. His level of commitment and competence are unmatched. He is a real team player and it is a great pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

Tencent Technology

JA Solar

China National Building Material Group – Jushi Group

Zhenshi Group Eastern Special Steel Co., Ltd

Canadian Solar

Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”)

Midea Kitchen & Bath

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (“CCCME”)

China Communication Construction International

Nanshan Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Zhongshan Geelong Manufacturing Co. Ltd as a mandatory respondent with the administrative review of the anti-subsidy measures on tool cabinet initiated by the US Commerce.
  • Assisted Jushi as the sampled respondent with the anti-dumping on glass fibre from Egypt initiated by the European Commission.
  • Assisted China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products with the absorption re-investigation on certain cast iron articles from China initiated by the European Commission.

DeHeng Law Offices

Yongzhong Ren leads the team at DeHeng Law Offices and acts for clients from a range of sectors in anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard investigations.

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners specialises in advising clients on sanctions and export control issues, particularly those involving the United States. The practice is frequently instructed by companies who have been placed on the Entity List, aiding them in understanding the implications of this as well as in petitioning for removal from the list. The team also provides proactive advice to clients involving in sensitive sectors such as technology, assisting them with risk assessment and compliance with export control laws. Practice head Kate Yin specialises in regulatory compliance. Derrick Zhao is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Kate Yin

Other key lawyers:

Derrick Zhao; Yingjie Kang

Testimonials

‘The team has a very good service attitude and is able to provide various forms of support including training and written legal opinions. Their fees are reasonable and they stay in close contact with clients.’

‘Counsel Yingjie Kang has a very substantial professional background and has an excellent knowledge of, and ability to interpret, the latest laws, regulations and facts on the ground.’

‘The main thing that makes the Fangda Partners team stand out is the breadth and depth of their knowledge. They can also coordinate with supporting teams in other regions, enabling them to meet the needs of clients in different scenarios.The team has both the depth of theoretical knowledge and the practical experience, as well as a thorough understanding of how things work in China and in other countries involved in deals, enabling them to provide companies with good advice that is both realistic and workable.’

‘Derrick Zhao (Hexuan Zhao) has a wealth of practical experience and understands the operational systems and business models of companies, enabling him to really help clients balance and resolve legal issues between the client and their trade counterparties.’

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP is experienced at acting for Chinese companies in contesting anti-dumping investigations, and also advises clients on issues with Chinese and international customs authorities. The practice is active in jurisdictions outside China, handling matters involving international subsidiaries of Chinese companies. The team has recently become more active in advising clients facing difficulties related to the export of restricted technologies and other national security issues. David Tang leads the team and has more than 20 years’ experience acting for both Chinese and US clients.

Practice head(s):

David Tang

Other key lawyers:

Jin Wang; Yi Fang

Key clients

DMG MORI Co., Ltd./ DMG MORI Asia Pte.

Dashun Foods (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Tsingshan Holding Group Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Alcha Aluminium Group Co., Ltd.

DIC Corporation

GrainCorp Operations Limited

Bardon Energy

Jiangsu Alcha Aluminium Group Co., Ltd.

Yama Ribbons and Bows Co., Ltd.

Wooden Bedroom Furniture Exporters Including Zhongshan Fookyik Furniture Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented both PT Indonesia Guang Ching Nickel and Stainless Steel Industry and PT Indonesia Tsingshan Stainless Steel affiliated to Tsingshan Holding Group in responding to anti-dumping investigations.
  • Acted for Yama Ribbons and Bows Co., Ltd. in responding to the US countervailing reviews on Narrow Woven Ribbons with Woven Selvedge.
  • Advised Dashun Foods in its international trade contract disputes with South American meat product traders, with the total subject amount exceeding RMB25m.