Firm Profile > Ashurst > Shanghai, China

Ashurst
SUITES 3408-10, CITIC SQUARE
1168 NANJING ROAD WEST
SHANGHAI 200041 PRC
China

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

'Always able to provide professional support', Ashurst's dedicated banking and finance practice has a strong name in the market for cross-border, multi-jurisdictional international project financing, real estate financing, margin loans, structured lending, fund financing and acquisition financing deals. Beijing-based Asia global loans and global markets practice head, Patrick Phua, has extensive experience in major outbound and cross-border financings, and is a PRC derivatives market specialist; and Chin Chuan Chen heads the global loans practice in Greater China from Singapore. At counsel level, Yolanda Liu , who 'grasps market trends and fully understands clients' needs', specialises in derivatives, structured finance, commodity finance and regulatory matters; and Emma Zhang focuses on banking and project finance work in the power, resources and infrastructure sectors. At senior associate level, Zhibin Fan is noted for energy and resources sector-related financings. Priscilla Chen, Eric Tan and Daniel Lau are highly regarded names in Hong Kong. Support from further afield comes from global finance, funds and restructuring head, Jamie Ng, in Sydney.

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The team is very efficient, pragmatic and able to provide solutions to clients.

Key clients

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

The Export-Import Bank of China

China Construction Bank

Agricultural Bank of China

China Minsheng Bank

Rupali Bank

Deutsche Bank

China CITIC Bank

China > Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2

Ashurst's Asia-Pacific fintech practice advises across a wide spectrum of matters, including: M&A, joint ventures and IPOs in the fintech sector; projects involving payment services, virtual banking and cryptocurrencies; and emerging technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts and AI. Other areas of expertise include commercial agreements that involve sponsorship, procurement, and supply and distribution; data privacy, cybersecurity and other technology-related regulatory work, including big data sharing arrangements; and technology and content licensing, development and use. Beijing-based Patrick Phua leads the firm's finance practice in China; and in Hong Kong, Joshua Cole is the lead partner for the firm's Asia digital economy practice.

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Tencent

WeChat Pay

DBS

Fusion Bank

Gini

Figure Technologies

Payment Choice

OKEx

Finnovasia

IHS Markit

Klook

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Particularly experienced in transportation, power, natural resources and leisure industry projects, Ashurst has an impressive track record in handling landmark project financing transactions that range from cross-border, headline energy and infrastructure projects to international project acquisitions and high-speed rail projects around the world. In Beijing, counsel Emma Zhang is experienced in banking and project finance matters in the power, resources and infrastructure sectors, while senior associate Zhibin Fan acts on energy and resources-related banking and project finance work. Chin Chuan Chen heads the Greater China project finance practice from Singapore.

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Key clients

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

China Construction Bank

Export-Import Bank of China

Deutsche Bank

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Agricultural Bank of China

China Minsheng Bank

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

Ashurst's Greater China corporate transactions practice is experienced in inbound and outbound M&A and joint ventures, as well as governance and regulatory issues. It is particularly noted for its sector expertise in energy and resources, infrastructure, mining, retail, digital economy and venture capital. Specialising in foreign direct investment and M&A, Michael Sheng heads the mainland China corporate and M&A practice from Shanghai, where Daniel Oehvall is the counsel to note. Mark Stanbridge heads the Asia Pacific corporate transactions practice from Sydney.

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The team is efficient, accurately grasps the key points in M&A transactions, and gives very valuable legal advice.

The firm definitely has broad international expertise and a strong network with high-quality partners. It goes beyond pure legal advice and is extremely commercial.

The lawyers are very efficient and market-sensitive.

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Group

ITOCHU Corporation

Panda Green Energy Group Limited

Inke Limited

CCB International Asset Management Limited

Choi Shun Investment Limited

BGC Partners

Ed Broking (Hong Kong) Limited

Macquarie Capital

Covanta Energy, LLC

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 4

Ashurst's financial services practice handles regulatory issues, investigations and disputes. It is particularly noted for its reconciliation of local and European regulatory requirements, and is widely respected for its banking and financial services sector expertise. Beijing managing partner Patrick Phua is a PRC derivatives and regulatory specialist, while counsel Yolanda Liu advises on regulatory matters in Shanghai.

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The firm: Ashurst is a leading global law firm advising local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on their most complex transactions, disputes and projects. Founded in 1822, the firm today has more than 3,600 people, including over 450 partners, working across 29 offices in 17 countries, offering the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. The firm brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.

Ashurst Greater China: Ashurst’s Greater China practice consists of offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing which were respectively established in 1998, 2008 and 2013. The firm provides premium support in all practice areas to clients in Greater China and the wider Asia Pacific. The Greater China team advises leading financial institutions, sovereign and investment funds, and corporates on the full array of high profile M&A, complex banking and finance, derivatives and structured products, debt and equity capital markets, projects, private equity, dispute resolution, regulatory and restructuring matters. In early 2018, Ashurst and Guantao Law Firm, a leading firm in China, launched a joint operation office (JOO) in China, allowing us to offer a truly one-stop service to clients that combines international expertise with full PRC law capability.

Department Name Email Telephone
Office Managing Partner, Beijing and Head of Global Loans and Global Markets, Asia Patrick Phua Patrick.Phua@ashurst.com +86 10 5936 2888
Office Managing Partner, Hong Kon Ben Hammond Ben.Hammond@ashurst.com +852 2846 8914
Office Managing Partner, Shanghai Michael Sheng Michael.Sheng@ashurst.com +86 21 6263 1818
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