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Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
UNIT 01-02, FLOOR 15, TOWER B
PARKVIEW GREEN TOWER, NO 9 DONG DA QIAO ROAD, CHAOYANG DISTRICT
BEIJING 100020
China

China > Tax: foreign firms Tier 2

Acting for a multinational client base of Fortune 500 and brand-name European companies, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has a strong track record in providing tax-related advice on a wide range of transactions. The China tax practice of the France-headquartered firm regularly advises on group reorganisations, M&A tax planning and structuring, joint ventures, project financing, and business establishment and operation matters. Other areas of notable strength range from tax-efficient financing, tax compliance and transfer pricing to tax audits and disputes, subsidies and preferential treatments, tax treaties and tax reform issues. Clients additionally benefit from the group’s specialists in individual income taxation, customs, and foreign exchange controls. The China tax practice is headed by Beijing office head Guo Min, who specialises in PRC taxation and accounting. Guo is also heavily involved in tax working groups in China, and is the tax working group co-ordinator at the French Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The Gide team is China is absolutely fantastic. Always available, with very strong skills and the ability to consider the client’s constraints.

Min Guo is absolutely fantastic.

Key clients

Aluminum Corporation of China

BioMérieux

Clarins

Framatome

Gant

Ipsen

Renault

Sopexa

Total

Valloure

Work highlights

  • Advised Gant, an American-Swedish fashion brand, on the tax implications (including tax planning and structuring) of the acquisition of a distribution network from its distributor and long-term partner, Longgoal.

China > Antitrust and competition: foreign firms Tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.‘s active mainland China competition team assists with issues that are crucial to clients’ business and market positions in China, including notifications to the Chinese competition authority; compliance issues concerning the PRC Anti-Monopoly Law; reviewing corporate and commercial policies and contracts for non-compliance risks; and competition and antitrust law training for clients’ employees. Beijing-based counsel and merger notification and compliance expert Xi Chen leads the practice, which is able to leverage partner-level support from Shanghai’s David Boitout and Jiannian Fan, and Guo Min in Beijing.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Accor

Air Liquide

Alstom

Lacoste

PSA Group

Renault

Total

Valeo

Vallourec

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 4

Primarily centred from Beijing but also able to draw upon M&A expertise from Shanghai, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s multi-disciplinary offering in the projects and energy space has transactional expertise across a range of oil and gas, mining, power, nuclear and renewables mandates throughout the value chain. The team is particularly effective at advising French companies on their inbound China-based investments, as well as for Chinese stakeholders on their investments into Francophone African countries. Key practitioners include Guo Min, whose tax prowess ensures transactions are structured in the most tax-efficient manner, and counsel Xi Chen whose inbound and outbound work includes acquisitions and greenfield projects.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm has rich work experience in Guinea and other African countries, and can provide accurate information from a legal due diligence, company establishment, labour and employment, and tax planning perspective.’

‘Guo Min and Chen Xi provided powerful support! The problems raised by our company can always be understood accurately and answered quickly, especially when our company encounters difficulties in customs and taxation in Guinea, they can propose solutions throughout the process and contact the local tax authorities. ‘

Key clients

Air Liquide

Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd

China Standard Inspection Co.

Engie

International Finance Corporation

Orano

Total

Vallourec

Work highlights

  • Advised Chalco Hong Kong Ltd (Chalco HK) on the development of the Boffa Nord and Boffa Sud bauxite mining blocks in the Republic of Guinea.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 5

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is headquartered in Paris and is the firm of choice for inward-facing French and European multinationals though is also rapidly developing its outbound China practice. The team is adept in cross-border transactions, business operation matters, M&A and joint ventures in addition to corporate reorganisation, structuring, governance and financing matters and counts several strictly regulated industries among its core strengths, namely health and pharmaceuticals, aeronautics and defence, steels and automotive. In Beijing, Guo Min jointly leads the offering alongside Shanghai-based duo David Boitout and Fan Jiannian.

Testimonials

‘Quick responses, strong business sense and professional.’

Very dedicated team, with simplicity and skills to deeply consider large matters.’ ‘Fan Jiannian provides good communication and is also professional and friendly.’

Min Guo and her team are totally dedicated to the customer’s problems, at any time of the day or night.’

Key clients

Air Liquide

MF Brands

BioMérieux

Icicle

Ipsen

Legrand

PSA Group

Renault

Total

Vallourec

Work highlights

  • Advised GANT (MF Brands) on the acquisition of the distribution network from its distributor and long-standing partner, Longgoal, in order to secure further control of its brand growth in China.
  • Advised Lesaffre on the acquisition of 70% of the entire issued share capital of Inner Mongolia Biohymn Biotechnology Co., Ltd., including its business from Inner Mongolia Biohymn New Agriculture Technology Co., Ltd., a Chinese company specialised in the production of yeast and yeast extracts.
  • Advised PSA Group, the French multinational automaker of Peugeot and Citroën-brand vehicles, on the sale of its 50% equity interest in Chang’an PSA Automobiles Co., Ltd. (“CAPSA”) to Bao Neng Group.
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Founded in 1920, Gide is a leading international law firm operating out of 12 offices worldwide. With over 550 lawyers and legal consultants drawn from 35 different nationalities, the firm provides specialist quality legal services in the most complex areas of national and international business law.

Gide has provided a broad range of legal services to clients in Asia for nearly 30 years. The practice is handled by a team of approximately 60 people, including Western and Chinese lawyers, working from Beijing and Shanghai. Its lawyers are highly experienced in each of the various sectors of national and international business law.  The team co-operates closely with the firm’s specialist teams in Paris and its other international offices. Gide’s work extends throughout all of China, depending on where negotiations are taking place or where its clients’ businesses are based. If required, the China team also works with local lawyers and legal consultants in the regions where clients conduct business.

Recent assignments include:

  • Advised Chinalco on highly strategic mining investments in Guinea: the development of the Boffa Nord and Boffa Sud bauxite mining blocks, as well as the Simandou iron ore project, one of the largest mining projects in the world;
  • Advised Quechen Silicon Chemical Co., Ltd., the leader in silica manufacturing in Asia and owner of the biggest single silica production base in the world, on its greenfield investment in France (on the land of the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, the largest industrial port in the Mediterranean region);
  • Advised Semir, the leader in kidswear fashion in China, on the acquisition of European leader in premium children’s fashion Kidiliz;
  • Advised Veolia Environnement on its first and second issues of Panda Bonds for an amount of RMB 1bn each. Veolia Environnement was the first French and the second European corporate issuer to complete a private bond placement on the Chinese domestic market;
  • Advised Bank of Communications, China’s fifth-largest commercial bank, on the establishment of a branch of its Luxembourg subsidiary in France;
  • Advised Total on the sale of its China polystyrene business to INEOS Styrolution;
  • Advised Legrand on its purchase of Shenzhen Clever Electronic Co., Ltd.;
  • Advised Renault on its joint venture with Chinese automaker Brilliance;
  • Advised China Harbour Engineering Corporation on the formation of a joint venture company with Bolloré and CMA-CGM in Cameroon to operate the container terminal at the deep water port of Kribi;
  • Advised Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) on the establishment of the Sino-Congolese Bank for Africa (BSCA) in the Republic of Congo, along with the Congolese government and other public and private partners. This landmark transaction is ABC’s first overseas joint venture bank project and creates the first Sino-African green-field bank;
  • Advised Vallourec on its HKD 846.6m acquisition of 50.61% of the entire issued share capital of Anhui Tianda Oil Pipe Co., Ltd.;
  • Advised Chinese listed company Inner Mongolia Furui Medical Science on its investment in a French company specialising in medical imaging software and services for oncology clinical trials, cancer screening, and clinical practice;
  • Advised Canglong Optoelectronic Technology, part of FiberHome Technologies Group, a major Chinese state-owned enterprise specialising in optical fibre and cable products, on the acquisition of a 70% stake in a French high-tech company;
  • Advised Golden Concord Group (GCL), the world’s leading photovoltaic material manufacturer, on the acquisition of a majority stake in a geothermal power generation plant in Turkey owned by Dubai-based energy company Ecolog;
  • Advising Engie on its JV and cooperation project with Chinese state-owned Sichuan Energy Investment Distributed Energy Systems, involving the development, construction and operation of a cooling, heating and energy production (tri-generation) facility for a central business district in Sichuan Province;
  • Advised China Exim Bank on the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent’s subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise by China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center;
  • Advised luxury French fashion house SMCP (Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot and Sandro Men) on its acquisition of 100% of the share capital in Hong Kong company AZ Retail Ltd;
  • Advising Renault on its JV with Dongfeng Motor Corporation, China’s second-largest vehicle manufacturer. Based in Wuhan, Hebei Province the JV will see Renault invest RMB 11 billion (US$ 1.8bn);
  • Advised Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank on the sale of CLSA to China’s CITICS for US$ 1.252bn;
  • Advised the giant Chinese agribusiness COFCO on the acquisition of Chateau de Viaud, a leading vineyard set in the prestigious Lalande-de-Pomerol wine growing area in France;
  • Advised SEB, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cookware and small domestic appliances, on the acquisition of a further stake in Zhejiang Supor, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
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Number of lawyers : 550
Number of lawyers at this office : 15
Contacts : David Boitout, partner (boitout@gide.com)
Contacts : Guo Min, partner (guo@gide.com)
Contacts : Chen Xi, counsel (chen.xi@gide.com)
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