The Legal 500

The China elite: partners in discussion

29 June 2022, 9.00am GMT

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The China elite: partners in discussion


For many firms located in China, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it several challenges. From finding and holding on to talented new practitioners, to withstanding strong salary pressures from international firms, to navigating a complex web of varying political landscapes.

In this context, The Legal 500 will be hosting a discussion with the partners of elite firms across China as our leading experts discuss, among other things:

  • The importance of strong corporate culture in law firms: can a strong purpose in a firm translate into a solid competitive advantage in the marketplace?
  • Re-evaluating firms’ business model: have recent cultural/social/technological factors made the original business model of law firms, obsolete? How can law firms adapt to change? And what technology is out there?
  • The differences between national and international law firms in China.
  • What practice areas do you see coming into the spotlight in 2022?
  • The challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic: damage or opportunity?
  • Attracting and holding on to talent: how law firms reinvent themselves to become an attractive destination for the younger generation of lawyers.


Michael Han

Fangda Partners
Mr Han is the chairman of Fangda Partners and he specialises in advising clients on all aspects of Chinese competition law, covering a broad range of industry sectors, including chemicals, consumer products and retail, shipping, energy and natural resources, financial institutions, healthcare, high-tech, infrastructure and transport, and telecoms. Mr Han also has extensive experiences in advising clients on issues relating to PRC national security review for foreign investment.

Peng Tan

Fangda Partners
Mr Tan is a senior corporate partner in Fangda Partners’ Beijing office, and specialises in the areas of  mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, general corporate and securities offerings. Mr Tan is recognised by Chambers, Asialaw, IFLR and WIW as a leading practitioner in various practice areas, such as investment funds, private equity (buyout) and M&A.

Xiaoming Li

Han Kun Law Offices
Mr Li began his legal career with Debevoise & Plimpton in 1990. Before joining Han Kun as a partner, Mr Li was a partner and leader of several important practice areas at Chinese and international law firms. He has extensive experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and cross-border dispute resolution, among other fields. Mr Li is widely regarded as a leading lawyer in the legal community and he has been recognised for many years as a top-tier practitioner in China for banking and project finance, infrastructure, and energy by Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000, and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Dan Ouyang

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Dan Ouyang is a partner in the Beijing and Hong Kong offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she leads the capital market practice in the Greater China group.  Dan has extensive experience with US and Hong Kong equity offerings, Rule 144A and Reg S bond offerings, and private equity and M&A transactions.  She has represented corporate clients across a range of industries, including TMT, healthcare and consumer, in more than 100 IPOs and follow-on offerings in the US and Hong Kong.