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Hogan Lovells International LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsHogan Lovells International LLP‘s Greater China practice also acts for clients that are active in relation to blockchains, AI, and payments and money transfers. The firm is additionally in association with the PRC’s Fujian Fidelity Law Firm, through which it provides integrated international and local advice to clients conducting business in China. In Hong Kong, the broad practice of Asia-Pacific regulatory head Mark Parsons includes commercial and regulatory work in the fintech space; Andrew McGinty focuses on the TMT, venture capital, real estate, life sciences and insurance sectors; and counsel Tommy Liu specialises in strategic transaction structuring and contractual arrangements for TMT-related projects. Cross-border transactions expert Lu Zhou is a key partner in Beijing.Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s ‘very strong‘ Greater China practice is sought out by pharmaceutical industry, internet and technology companies for cutting-edge IP issues, such as patent linkage and best practices, including the protection of employee-related trade secrets; and through the firm’s associated legal practice in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Fujian Fidelity Law Firm, the team routinely acts in heavyweight IP litigation. On the mainland, China and US-qualified head of Asia IPMT Helen Xia is a specialist in IP disputes, portfolio management, obtaining and enforcing IP rights, and commercial licensing; and Zhen (Katie) Feng focuses on IP litigation and brand protection work. At counsel level, Grace Guo‘s practice ranges from trade marks and copyright, to domain names, patents and trade secrets; and Yu-An Chang advises multinational and Chinese companies on the procurement, protection, enforcement and commercialisation of IP assets. Eugene Low heads the IPMT group in Hong Kong.
Helen Xia; Zhen (Katie) Feng; Eugene Low
‘The team has very strong IP knowledge and is very business focused, addressing clients’ questions/requests perfectly within a short period of time.’
‘Clients love working with partner Helen Xia and counsel Grace Guo. Both of them are very responsive, and give practical and easily-understandable advice.’
- Managing Spray Moret’s trade mark portfolio in China, including prosecution and enforcement matters.
- Successfully acted for Nike Innovate C V in a trade mark infringement lawsuit against Zhongqiao Sports Co and Fujian Jing Gou Internet Technology Co.
China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 1Advising TMT clients over their full business life-cycle, Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s Greater China practice also advises non-TMT sector organisations on their use of technology, particularly financial institutions, financial services providers, retailers, consumer brands, life sciences businesses and automotive sector clients. Notable areas of strength range from privacy and cybersecurity, open banking, and cloud and internet content provision services, to online payments, e-commerce, fintech and EduTech. The firm also houses specialists in satellites, network video, audio programmes, and blockchain and smart contracts. In Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific regulatory practice head Mark Parsons acts on the full range of technology and telecoms-related commercial and regulatory work; and Don Williams, who splits his time between the firm’s Shanghai and Silicon Valley offices, advises TMT companies throughout their entire lifecycle. On the mainland, Liang Xu is a cross-border joint venture and M&A deal expert, while Sherry Gong and Lu Zhou also both act on TMT-related transactions.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has strong professional ability, especially in the compliance and privacy security aspects of TMT, and is good at linking up with other law firms around the world.’
‘Partner Mark Parsons and counsel Tommy Liu are great lawyers, and have an excellent track record in providing targeted legal advice and timely feedback.’
Bank of China International
Ping An Global Voyager Fund
Aramco Ventures Investments
Hong Kong Technology Venture Company
- Advised IBM on the global separation and reorganisation of its managed infrastructure services business.
- Advised Bank of China International on the multi-vendor regional technology platform outsourcing for its private banking operations in Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau.
- Advised Beijing Kuaishou Technology Co, a Chinese video-sharing mobile app business provider, on both its multi-jurisdictional and global data compliance project and the launch of its live streaming video in various jurisdictions.
‘Hogan Lovells’ antitrust team is outstanding! It is responsive and able to provide practical solutions and suggestions. The lawyers are very good at working closely with clients’ in-house colleagues and really try to understand their situation.’
‘Clients are particularly impressed with the team’s speed, efficiency, availability and responsiveness – even during particularly intense work periods, there is never any difficulty with obtaining the support needed.‘
‘Hogan Lovells’ competition law practice undoubtedly has outstanding expertise in Chinese competition law, and the team is highly adept at using legal technology solutions.‘
‘Ability to communicate risks and recommendations in a clear, concise and business-friendly way, sparing in-house lawyers the effort to translate lengthy and detailed memoranda into more easily digestible formats for management. Clients also find that any comments they have on work products are swiftly and carefully taken into account, so that the team’s final work products are always to the highest standard and fully meet clients’ requirements.’
‘Hogan Lovells has a first-class antitrust team that provides excellent legal advice, which is very sound, sensible and solutions focused.’
‘Adrian Emch constantly impresses with his ability to guide clients seamlessly during merger control filing processes. Besides his formidable understanding of antitrust laws and what PRC regulators look out for, Adrian provides very user-friendly and commercially-focused advice, which is much appreciated.’
‘For European clients in particular, it can be extremely helpful and enriching to work with a partner like Adrian Emch, who successfully and effortlessly straddles the cultural and legal divide between the EU and China. His availability and responsiveness are exceptional, and his understanding of both business considerations and practical legal risks is excellent.‘
‘Adrian Emch is one of the strongest antitrust lawyers around. He is quick to understand problems and can provide practical solutions under tight deadlines. He also understands business concerns and is able to simplify complex matters.’
‘The team is attentive to detail, appreciative of business needs, and always meets target delivery times.’
‘The primary lawyers we have dealt with are senior associate Aldo Boni De Nobili and Hong Kong-based Andrew McGinty. They are business minded and pragmatic in their approach to deals and have been able to always timely meet client demands. Furthermore, they’re exceptionally dedicated and have made themselves available to us at all times. In the transactions we’ve worked with, they have been able to effectively negotiate complex provisions and communicate across language barriers and often in difficult situations.’
China Customer Relations Centers, Inc.
Bending Spoons S.p.A.
Glory Star New Media Group Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: GSMG)
Ping An Global Voyager Fund
Aramco Ventures Investments Limited
- Advising IBM, an American multinational technology corporation, on the global separation and reorganization of its managed infrastructure services business in anticipation of the pending spin-off of the MIS business into a separate publicly traded company.
- Acting as the U.S. counsel to the special committee of the board of directors of Glory Star New Media Group Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: GSMG), a leading digital media platform and content-driven e-commerce company in China, in connection with the going-private transaction led by its Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bing Zhang.
- Advised Bending Spoons S.p.A., a leading Italian developer of mobile software applications, on the acquisition of several mobile software applications in the Asia-Pacific region.
Jun Wei; Roy Zou; Lu Zhou
Other key lawyers:
Jessie Xie; Calvin Ding; Andrew McGinty; Andrew Cobden
Merck & Co
- Advised Helsinn Pharmaceuticals on advertising and promotion matters in China.
- Advised Merck & Co on a major cross-border litigation involving rights in the MERCK trade mark and trade name.
- Engaged by Hamilton Medical to conduct a comprehensive regulatory review and assessment for its business in China.
Stephanie Tang; Don Williams
‘HL’s understanding of business scenarios is excellent.’
‘High quality of communication with clients.‘
‘The lawyers are able to analyse and consider from the client’s point of view, and they fully respect the client’s decision-making process.‘
Ping An Global Voyager Fund
Aramco Ventures Investments
Global Founders Capital
China Customer Relations Centers
Glory Star New Media Group Holdings L
- Advised Global Founders Capital on investments and other matters, which relate to more than 250 portfolio companies.
- Advised Linear Capital on the establishment of its Fund V and Annex Fund II.
- Acted as the US counsel to the special committee of the board of directors of Glory Star New Media Group Holdings, in relation to a going-private transaction led by its founder and CEO, Bing Zhang.
Other key lawyers:
‘Hogan Lovells have acted for us on a number of India-related matters. They have a strong blend of deal executors and insolvency/downside capability, which is matched by strong technical ability together with commercial nous. These strengths provide confidence that they won’t miss anything, and trust in their ability to achieve the results we are looking for. Experience with other firms is that they may have the technical skill, but it is not balanced by commercial thinking, or have the execution capability, but not the forensic rigour. Hogan Lovells is overall the firm that I am most comfortable with, and I take a lot of comfort when they are acting for us.’
‘In terms of other services, Hogan Lovells has invested heavily, and from what I see is a market leader in Asia, in technical knowhow.’
‘Key personnel are Jonathan Leitch, Charlie Clayton-Payne, Louise Leung and Derrick Lau (Derrick is a senior associate, the rest are partners). Jonathan Leitch is primarily insolvency/downside, Charlie and Louise primarily execution, and Derrick sits across both. Whilst Derrick is currently a SA, he is clearly a high flier and is an essential part of their offering from my perspective. Sitting below the four people mentioned is a strong team of associates who are technically strong and hard working.’
‘They have a dedicated India Regional Desk which enables them to better understand the mindset of Indian clients and therefore, effectively cater to their needs. The team is led by very experienced lawyers and the work product speaks for itself in terms of the quality and expertise of the team.’
‘Stephanie Keen and Soumitro Mukerji are outstanding lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the law.’
‘Stephanie Keen is a mature lawyer who is highly skilled in e-commerce and retail. I would highly recommend her.’
‘Soumitro Mukerji possesses extensive knowledge of the Indian market. He has fantastic inter-personal skills and would not hesitate to recommend him.’
‘Stephanie Keen and Soumitro Mukerji of Hogan Lovells have a deep understating of clients’ needs in relation to India. They understand the client’s requirements, cultural issues, cost consciousness and personal approach very well. They are also very knowledgeable, capable and good persons.’
Flipkart Private Limited
Oaktree Capital Management
- Advised Flipkart, one of India’s leading digital commerce entities, on its US$1.2 billion fundraising.
- Advised PhonePe, previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flipkart, on its partial spin-off as it secured $700 million in a new financing round, once again led by Walmart.
- Advised Oaktree on its subscription for up to US$1 billion of private secured notes in a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources.
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