WTO/international trade: PRC firms in China

Jincheng Tongda & Neal

Jincheng Tongda & Neal is retained by Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM), confirming its strength in international trade matters, including multilateral trade negotiations, trade remedy and WTO litigation. The team, which is led by Chen Yang, has experience representing Chinese government bodies, manufacturers and exporters in trade remedy cases initiated by multiple governments, including US, Canada, EU, India and South Korea. It also represents foreign companies in Chinese initiated investigations. Other areas of expertise include customs matters. Lin Li is also recommended for international trade relief issues.

Practice head(s):

Chen Yang

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Peng; Ziying Shen; Lin Li

Testimonials

‘Beijing Dentons international trade team tackles efficiently both the red tape antidumping administrative country cases and sophisticated international trade litigation and arbitration.’

‘Partner Kevin Kaiming and his team stand out for their responsiveness and flexibility to adjust to the global cultural differences around the globe.’

Key clients

Fufeng Group

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

Both-Well (Taizhou) Steel Fittings Co

China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association

Qingdao Organic Chemical Industry Co

Ministry of Commerce

Work highlights

  • Represented Fufeng Froup and its subsidiaries in the 4th US anti-dumping review on xanthan gum from China, achieving a 0% dumping margin and exclusion from the anti-dumping order.
  • Represented tHe China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMC) in the final phase of an injury Investigation against Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) from India and China initiated by the U.S. International Trade Commission; in a case that determined the US industry is not materially injured or threatened by imports from China.
  • Defending MOFCOM against US claims before the WTO dispute settlement body regarding domestic support for wheat, rice and corn producers.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons has positioned itself at the forefront of trade law, drawing on a deep well of experience in WTO dispute settlements, trade remedies, as well as acting as lead counsel to various Chinese government agencies in treaty negotiations and advising governmental authorities including MOFCOM and the General Administration of Customs on international trade public policy issues. Jointly leading the team, Jin Xiao is instructed by the Chinese government in WTO litigation, trade remedy cases and international trade and investment agreement negotiations, as well as multinationals from the US, EU and Japan as respondents in a variety of WTO proceedings. Xinyu Liu is the other practice head, specialising in customs and trade compliance for multinationals with operations in China.

Practice head(s):

Jin Xiao; Xinyu Liu

Other key lawyers:

Cheng Liu; Yunfeng Jing; Zhenghao Li; Lei Cai; Xing Sun; Yi Xiong

Testimonials

Deep understanding of the WTO rules as well as the applicable laws in the PRC, coupled with experience of many trade cases in the PRC‘.

Best anti-dumping team in China‘.

 

Work highlights

  • Representing MOFCOM before the WTO appellate body challenging various measures taken by the US.
  • Represented MOFCOM in WTO dispute consultations with the EU regarding calculation methodologies used in EU anti-dumping proceedings.
  • Represented Lotte Chemical Corporation in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by MOFCOM agaunst imported styrene from Korea, Taiwan and the US

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm's capable team has represented MOFCOM as respondents to anti-subsidy and safeguard investigation initiated by various WTO members including the EU, Canada, the US, South Africa and India. It is also instructed by various chambers of commerce and industry association in trade remedy investigations. As well as governmental organisations, the group has substantial experience representing Chinese companies in appeals in the EU courts. On the advisory side, it has expertise in import-export controls, free-trade zones and regulatory compliance; customs procedures; and PRC trade policy issues. Practice head Lingchen Pu specialises in WTO law, Chinese customs law, export control and foreign investment.

Practice head(s):

Lingchen Pu

Other key lawyers:

Zhe Jiang; Jianwei Liu

Key clients

Kumho P&B Chemicals

Komatsu NTC

OCI Company

Hyosung Chemical Fiber (Jiaxing) Co

Guangdong Winto Ceramics Co

Foshan Gani Ceramics Co

Shanghai Strong State Printing Equipment

Shanxi Taigang Stainless Steel Co

MOFCOM

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Tianjin Pipe Group in response to the Gul Cooperation Council’s anti-dumping investigation against the imports of seamless pipes and tubes originating in or exported from China; achieving a complete victory without any measure imposed.
  • Representing the Government of China in response to US countervailing duty investigations of forged steel fittings, achieving a low subsidy rate.
  • Represent Komatsu NTC in an anti-dumping investigation launched by MOFCOM.

Dentons China

Dentons China's department is instructed by Chinese industry bodies and enterprises in a number of matters relating to the Sino-US trade war, including the China Chamber of International Commerce, representing China's automotive and automotive parts industry in response to section 232 of the national security investigation initiated by the US. Practice co-head Kevin Cai focuses on trade remedy cases involving the US, as well as Australia and Malaysia; leading the team alongside Cai, Jason Sun, who assists a range of domestic clients with trade remedy investigations.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Cai; Jason Sun

Testimonials

The team has strong accounting capability to deal with the complicated accounting issues‘.

Under the leadership of Kevin Cai, the team actively kept clients up to date about the challenges Chinese exporters face‘.

The team tackles efficiently both the red tape anti-dumping administrative country cases and sophisticated international trade litigation and arbitration‘.

Kevin Cai and his team stand out for their responsiveness and flexibility to adjust to the global cultural differences around the globe‘.

Key clients

China Chamber of International Commerce

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Light Industrial Products and Arts-Crafts

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Shandong Iraeta Heavy Industry Stock Co

Guangdong Hua Chang Aluminum Factory Co

Shenzhen IVPS Technology Co

Xiamen Aifei Metal Co

Work highlights

  • Represented China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) in responding to the US national security investigation on automotive and auto parts that are worth more than $10bn.
  • Represented China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) in responding to the US anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation on stainless-steel.
  • Acted for Yamazaki Mazak Manufacturing Corporation in responding to the anti-dumping investigation initiated by the Ministry of Commerce on certain vertical machining centre originated from Japan.

East & Concord Partners

East & Concord Partners has real expertise in matters relating to anti-dumping and countervailing measures. The group predominantly represents domestic industry bodies and enterprises in WTO trade remedy cases, as well as international clients in investigations initiated by MOFCOM. The department is led by Vivian Wang, who has a strong track-record in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations and proceedings. She also has experience in safeguard and anti-circumvention investigations.

Practice head(s):

Vivian Wang

Other key lawyers:

Hefu Zhang

Global Law Office

In September 2018, Global Law Office merged with specialist international trade firm HaoLiWen, significantly boosting the firm's offering, taking on, among others, customs expert Deming Zhao. The group is jointly led by the 'very experienced and diligent' Frank Hang, who handles anti-dumping and countervailing cases, and Qing Ren, who is a veteran of WTO dispute settlement and trade policy issues. In addition to contentious matters, the group advises domestic and international clients on trade law compliance.

Practice head(s):

Frank Hang; Qing Ren

Other key lawyers:

Liuying Zhao; Deming Zhao

Testimonials

The team leader has extensive experience in dealing with foreign affairs, especially in cases involving the WTO, the US intellectual property rights and trade

Qing Ren has long-term government experience, and has strong legal professional skills, can use both Chinese and English

Frank Hang works with several parties seamlessly to develop strategy that ensures the best possible representation in the context of statutory and regulatory framework and which could address issues unique to specific industry areas to the satisfaction of the clients

Frank Hang has in-depth knowledge both of Law and political landscape and is definitely the go-to counsel for Chinese Clients’

Key clients

Virchow Petro Chemical

Emeral Grain Australia

Fujian Billion Polymerization Fiber Technology Industrial

Hurco Manufacturing

Shanghai Silin Special Equipment Co

Vallourec

Ningbo Junlong Craft Gift Co

Guangdong Songfa Ceramics Co

Chalco

China Chamber of International Commerce

Work highlights

  • Represented Emerald Grain Australia in its response to Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations into barley originating in Australia.
  • Instructed by Shanghai Silin Special Equipment, Chanfeng Wire & Cable Co and Wuxi Jiangnan Cable Co to respond to the US anti-dumping and countervailing investigations against aluminium wire and cable originating in China.
  • Represented the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters and its members in their response to an Indian anti-dumping investigation into zeolite 4A originating in China.

Guangsheng & Partners PRC Lawyers

Guangsheng & Partners PRC Lawyers' international trade group specialises in representing domestic corporates in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations and advising on countervailing measures. The group also represents foreign companies responding to PRC anti-dumping investigations. Co-leading the department, Yan Hai focuses on inbound investigations, while Likai Li draws on substantial experience in foreign investment and international trade issues.

Practice head(s):

Yan Hai; Likai Li

Other key lawyers:

Yao Aifeng; Liang Bi; Shuguang Tian; Sofia Song; Jack Zhu

Key clients

COFCO International Australia

TORAY Industries

Mitsui Chemicals

Otsuka Chemical (India)

KUMHO PETROCHEMICAL Co

Xiamen Golden Home Co

Meihua Group

Work highlights

  • Representation of more than forty Chinese exporters in the US anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into Chinese wooden cabinets and vanities.
  • Representing more than twenty Chinese exporters in the US anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into Chinese ceramic tile.
  • Acting for over forty Chinese exporters in the US anti-dumping and countervailing duty on Chinese quartz surface products.

JunZeJun Law Offices

JunZeJun Law Offices has built a solid practice, representing Chinese exporters, industry bodies and government agencies in anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard WTO investigations involving the US, EU, Australia and other jurisdictions. Of particular note, practice head Fayin Li is representing MOFCOM in its WTO dispute between China and the US, challenging duties levied on US imports of Chinese aluminium and steel.

Practice head(s):

Fayin Li

Other key lawyers:

Yanchun Li; Shunhai Jin

Testimonials

The results are outstanding, and the zero-rate and low-tax rates have been repeated many times

Outstanding in terms of reliability, predictability of results, efficiency, initiative, and cost-effectiveness

They are very skilled and comfortable in the various disputes involving the United States

Key clients

MOFCOM

Risen Energy Co

Jiangsu Sanfangxiang Group Co

Jiangyin Hailun Chemical Fiber Co

Nanjing Dongsheng Shelf Manufacturing Co

Guangdong Yingao Kitchen Utensils Co

Bosun Tools Co

Jinxiang Infang Food & Vegetables Co

Carlisle (Meizhou) Rubber Manufacturing Co

Shaoxing Huaqing Polyester & Textiles Co

Work highlights

  • Representing MOFCOM in WTO proceedings challenging US aluminium and steel duties on Chinese imports.
  • Representing China, as a third party, in Australia-A4 Paper from Indonesia; a case concerning the interpretation of the concept of “particular market situation”.
  • Representing MOFCOM in China-additional duty measures which concerns the increase of duty for imports of certain products from the US into China.

AllBright Law Offices

The department at AllBright Law Offices is jointly led by Donghui FuYe Li and Dong Xiang and is instructed mainly by domestic corporates. The group handles the spectrum of trade defence investigations and matters pertaining to trade regulatory measures, and expertise includes disputes involving anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard measures, as well as WTO dispute settlements.

Practice head(s):

Donghui Fu; Ye Li; Dong Xiang

Other key lawyers:

Qing Xiang; Qing Song; Lingling Pan

Testimonials

‘Allbright’s international trade practice group combines a deep understanding of trade policy with expert capability of litigating trade disputes at the most detailed level across many countries. The lawyers combine broad educational backgrounds with a willingness to roll up their sleeves and get the work done at client locations all over the world, some of them remote.’

‘YE LI (Partner): Brilliant case strategist; intuitive ability to identify the key issues of each case; extremely hard-working; highly ethical and a pleasure to work with. Manages a team of attorneys at staff deployed on client site simultaneously in many countries. At once retains both the big picture of ongoing disputes as well as the minutiae of individual clients’ particular situations. Excellent at collaborating with other firms. One of the top international trade attorneys in the world.’

‘LI LI (Associate): Expert at interacting with clients in many countries to gather data in trade remedies disputes. Extremely diligent and hard-working. Patient with government auditors. A rising star!’

‘Compared to other Chinese firms I have worked with, I find Allbright’s international trade IQ quite high, and they are very responsive.’

‘I work mostly with Mr. LI Ye, a partner at the firm. He is well-known to the Chinese government, especially the Ministry of Commerce, and is a true trade remedies expert. He is also knowledgeable about other international trade issues, enough to know which other experts he should bring onto a project.’

Key clients

Botou City Wangwu Town Tianlong Casting Factory

China Chamber of International Commerce

JA Solar Investment China Co

Jushi Group

Xinjiang Tianye (Group) Co

Canadian Solar

Jiaxing Zhongda Import and Export Co

Jinan Mech Piping Technology Co

MOFCOM

Work highlights

  • Represented Botou City Wangwu Town Tianlong Casting Factory as a sampled respondent in the anti-dumping on certain cast iron articles initiated by the European Commission; achieving te lowest dumping margin in the investigation.
  • Represented the China Chamber of International Commerce in the anti-dumping investigation on low carbon ferro-chrome from China initiated by the European Commission; leading to the complainant withdrawing the application and the Commission terminating the investigation.
  • Represented Jushi Group Egypt as a sampled respondent in the anti-dumping on glass fibre from Egypt initiated by Turkey; resulting in no dumping margin being found, and the termination of the investigation.

DeHeng Law Offices

The international trade group at DeHeng Law Offices specialises in world trade remedy issues, with a particular focus on anti-dumping cases. The group also represents domestic enterprises in countervailing and safeguard investigations initiated by the US, India, Australia, the EU and a number of other jurisdictions. Yongzhong Ren leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Yongzhong Ren

Testimonials

Stands out for the ability to grasp on key vital information about the complainant

Gathers information from the defendant in a structured and systematic way

Key clients

Xinyi Solar (Malaysia)

Hebei Tsaker Chemical Co

Tsaker Chemical (Cangzhou) Co

Tsaker Technology (Beijing) Co

Zhonghao Chenguang Research Institute of Chemical Industry Co

Work highlights

  • Represented Xinyi (Malaysia) in the anti-dumping investigation initiated by the EU concerning the imports of solar glass from Malaysia.
  • Represented Hebei Tsaker and its related companies in the anti-dumping investigation initiated by India concerning imports of DASDA from China.
  • Represented Chenguang in the anti-dumping investigation and countervailing investigation initiated by India concerning the imports of FKM from China.

Guantao Law Firm

Guantao Law Firm handles trade remedy cases for a variety of large SOEs, corporations and government agencies, with substantial experience in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard measure investigations, as well as WTO rules on goods, services, investment and intellectual property. Based in Hong Kong, managing partner Pengpeng Yan leads the team, which includes Jing Meng and Qian Shen.

Practice head(s):

Pengpeng Yan

Other key lawyers:

Jing Meng; Qian Shen

Testimonials

The group has very good expertise in Chinese anti-dumping law‘.

Key clients

Zhongshan Superte Kitchenware Co

Shanxi Dapu International Trade Co

Guangdong Su Yue Copper Aluminium Manufacturer

Foshan Jianmei Aluminium Industry Co

Lyondell Chemical Company

Magang (Group)

Work highlights

  • Representing Zhongshan Superte Kitchenware in responding to US’s administrative review of imports of stainless steel sinks from China.
  • Representing Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products in responding to US’s administrative review of China’s activated carbon.
  • Representing Guangdong Su Yue Copper Aluminum Manufacuturer in responding to Canada’s review of anti-dumping and countervailing measures against China Aluminium Profiles.

JunHe LLP

JunHe LLP's team is noted for advising Chinese enterprises and government agencies in anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard cases, US Section 337 investigations, as well as defending foreign enterprises in investigations launched by the Chinese authorities. David Tang leads the team, while Jin Wang and Zhiqin Zhou are practitioners to note.

Practice head(s):

David Tang

Other key lawyers:

Jin Wang; Zhiqin Zhou