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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Fintech: foreign firms Tier 1

Providing integrated international and domestic Chinese legal advice, Hogan Lovells International LLP has a substantial fintech client base that includes traditional financial institutions, robo-advisers and alternative lending companies, as well as clients involved in payments and money transfers, blockchains and AI. Representative work includes the delivery of goods and services through new and disruptive online and mobile technologies; and acting for social media players and businesses that leverage third-party social media to enhance their market presence. In Beijing, Lu Zhou has vast experience in advising clients in the TMT, life sciences, and education industries; and Sherry Gong advises multinationals on cross-border transactions, particularly in the education, TMT and life science industries. In Hong Kong, Mark Parsons' practice covers the full range of commercial and regulatory work; and Andrew McGinty has a reputation for regulatory issues, domestic joint ventures and telecoms licensing deals.

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Hogan Lovells is our go-to firm for fintech advice. It provides high-quality advice and delivers it in a professional manner. The team is diligent, responsive and straight talking, and it understands the complex aspects of our business very well.

Andrew McGinty is responsive and attentive, and his advice is always practical, clear and client-focused. He understands our business and its commercial drivers, and he responds quickly to queries, identifies the risks and delivers practical solutions.

Key clients

HSBC (Life) International Limited

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

Prudential Holdings Limited

The Hong Kong Association of Banks


Bank of Nova Scotia

Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's mainland China offices field specialists in a range of non-contentious matters; clients also benefit from the dedicated litigation service at the firm's associated Shanghai-based local practice, Hogan Lovells Fidelity. Shanghai office managing partner Zhen (Katie) Feng is also a director of Hogan Lovells (Shanghai) Intellectual Property Agency Service Co, an IP service affiliate established by the firm. She advises a diverse range of clients on the formulation and implementation of IP enforcement strategies in China, through a combination of administrative, civil and criminal actions. Over in Beijing, Helen Xia focuses her practice on contentious and non-contentious IP work that involves trade marks, copyright, patents, unfair competition and IP licensing. Providing key support at counsel level are experienced advisers Grace Guo and Yu-An ChangEugene Low leads the IPMT practice in Hong Kong.

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Significant expertise in IP rights.

The team is experienced in working on a large number of cases.

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LEGO Group


WAWI Chocolate

Blizzard Entertainment

Nintendo Inc.

Ubisoft Entertainment

TMT: foreign firms Tier 1

Hogan Lovells has an established core team of genuine TMT specialists, largely located in Hong Kong though supported by colleagues in Beijing. The firm represents a number of major financial institutions in big-ticket TMT projects. It has landed a series of major technology collaboration agreement engagements from financial services clients. Fintech and data projects are also fortes for the firm. Mark Parsons leads the team in Hong Kong where Andrew McGinty  is another senior corporate specialist with a TMT background. Beijing partner Sherry Gong has a fine record in TMT transactions and regulatory matters, including in the e-commerce, payment services and data privacy segments. Beijing based antitrust partner Adrian Emch is also active in the TMT segment.

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The Hong Kong Association of Banks

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Jumei International






Antitrust and competition: foreign firms Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'team is highly specialised and has a global perspective of antitrust law and practice'. The dedicated antitrust practice in China has particular strength in the TMT sector; it is also fully integrated with the firm's other antitrust practices in key jurisdictions such as Washington DC, Brussels and London, among others. The practice's scope of work is balanced between merger and non-merger-related work, including government investigations, litigation and advisory work. Recent work includes several merger procedures before China's antitrust authority, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), as well as investigations concerning alleged cartels, abuse of dominance procedures, and a horizontal agreement probe. The group is led by the 'very competent' Beijing-based partner Adrian Emch, who 'provides good and practical advice', and consistently acts for both China-based and overseas multinational companies on competition and antitrust law.

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The team is highly specialised and has a global perspective of antitrust law and practice.

Adrian Emch is a very competent antitrust lawyer, who provides good and practical advice.

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

In addition to advising foreign companies that invest in China, Hogan Lovells International LLP has a dedicated China outbound practice, which supports the firm's Chinese clients on their investments abroad. It is particularly proficient in working with clients from highly regulated sectors, such as TMT, financial institutions, automotive, and life sciences and healthcare. Beijing-based Liang Xu, who focuses on cross-border M&A, joint ventures, private equity and other corporate transactions, leads the corporate practice in Greater China; and Lu Zhou's broad practice includes advising private equity fund clients and financial institutions on structuring investment deals. Other experienced mainland China partners are Greater China chair Jun Wei and Philip Cheng, while counsel Michael Zou and senior associate Mo Chen provide further support. In Hong Kong, Stephanie Tang is Greater China private equity head and Andrew McGinty is 'very impressive'.

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Hogan Lovells is our go-to firm for corporate and M&A advice. It provides high-quality advice and delivers it in a professional manner. The team is diligent, responsive and straight-talking, and it understands the complex aspects of our business very well.

Andrew McGinty is very impressive; he is commercial, pragmatic, highly skilled and an excellent leader. His advice is also sound and practical.

Key clients

Jumei International Holding Limited

A buyer consortium

Sicoya GmbH

Tesca Group S.A.S.

Bobst Group SA

Sedgwick Inc.,

Healthcare and life sciences: foreign firms Tier 2

Co-headed from mainland China by Roy Zou and Jun Wei - and also drawing from a multi-disciplinary offering in the sector from Greater China (including a strong Hong Kong presence) and globally throughout Europe and the US - Hogan Lovells International LLP is able to advise healthcare and life sciences entities across the spectrum of their product lifecycle, from a purely Asia-related perspective, as well as in the context of multi-jurisdictional mandates. Zou's former position within the PRC's Ministry of Foreign Affairs ensures that he has an excellent perspective on the regulatory issues impacting work in the life sciences/healthcare space, enabling him to effectively represent clients achieving the necessary regulatory approvals pursuant to commercial transactions in the space. Leveraging her broader corporate and finance expertise, Wei excels at assisting multinational life sciences companies on their proposed investments and operations in China to achieve their business objectives. At a more junior level, senior associate Jessie Xie is gaining a strong reputation in the life sciences regulatory arena, with expertise running the gamut from advice on product approvals and clinical trials, as well as ensuring compliance with Chinese laws and regulations relating to local manufacturing and global distribution of medical devices and drugs. Eugene Chen  joined Allen & Overy LLP in November 2019.

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 2

Benefiting from a significant presence on the ground in mainland China, as well as from Hong Kong and throughout Asia Pacific, Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-placed to advise multinational corporates on their discrete China-related employment issues, in addition to projects throughout the region. Much of the work is of a standalone nature, and includes advice on mass redundancy/restructuring exercises, the employment aspects of regulatory investigations, and complex litigation. US-qualified Shanghai-based team head Philip Cheng has excellent knowledge of the local PRC laws and regulations impacting international companies doing business in China, and provides key strategic advice to companies (including many within highly regulated industries such as pharma) across a range of employment-related matters, including as it relates to complex data protection matters, business reorganisations, and employee terminations.

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Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's full-service Greater China banking and finance practice focuses on high-value and complex transactions, including structured and cross-border finance, real estate, acquisition and fund financing, and pre-IPO and asset finance. It is particularly known for onshore and offshore financings that involve PRC banks and borrowers. Beijing-based Jun Wei's broad practice includes project finance; and working across the Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, counsel Shantay Cong has a focus on cross-border financing transactions. Owen Chan leads the Greater China team of international banking and finance lawyers from the Hong Kong office, which was joined by restructuring and special situations partner, Jonathan Leitch, in 2020 from DLA Piper.

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP strengthened its private equity team in Greater China with the June 2020 recruitment in Shanghai of corporate partners Don Williams, Tony Mou and Cheng Xu from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Recent work for the practice, which has a strategic sector focus on TMT, life sciences and healthcare, included advising private equity buyer consortiums and companies on take-private transactions involving US-listed companies. Other key mainland figures are Liang Xu, who leads the corporate practice in Greater China, Jun Wei and Philip Cheng. Hong Kong-based Stephanie Tang heads up the Greater China private equity practice.

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Buyer consortium in acquisition of Gridsum Holding Inc.

Jumei International Holding Limited

Sedgwick Inc.

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's infrastructure, energy, resources, and projects practice is regularly sought out for China outbound investments into Africa, Latin America and Asia. The broad practice of the firm's Beijing-based Greater China chair, Jun Wei, includes corporate and commercial law, M&A, private equity, and project financing. Her representative experience includes acting for a major Chinese state-owned enterprise on the high-value project financing of a hydropower project. At counsel level, Michael Zou's experience includes assisting a foreign state-owned company on a large oil-for-loan financing that was provided by a development bank.

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Tax: foreign firms Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's tax practice in China specialises in tax structuring work for foreign clients that enter into and operate in mainland China. It is particularly well known for acting for education sector clients, but has grown its client base to include the financial institutions, energy and natural resources, retail, and travel and leisure industries. Shanghai-based Roberta Chang acts on complex, high-stakes international taxation matters, including the development of sophisticated tax strategies for international operations and transactions.

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields specialists in multinational bribery and corruption laws, who assist with the management of regulatory risks and cross-jurisdictional corporate investigations. Office managing partner Roy Zou is the key Beijing contact, while corporate investigations specialist Phoebe Yan is a counsel at Hogan Lovells Fidelity, the firm's formal Shanghai association. Former team leader Eugene Chen left the firm's Shanghai office to join Allen & Overy in Hong Kong.

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Roy Zou; Phoebe Yan

About the firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, clients need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands and works together with clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

Straight talking. Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets the client’s job done. Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments.

The firm helps clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Its 2,500 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever work takes you.

About our Asia practice: Since opening its first regional office in Hong Kong in 1982, the firm has spent the past 35 years growing the practice in Asia Pacific to encompass over 250 lawyers, including over 50 partners, based in 12 offices including associated offices in seven countries across the region. The firm understands the cultural nuances at play in different countries and applies this insight to provide locally viable solutions. It also works collaboratively across the region to get clients the advice they need, providing a seamless service no matter how many jurisdictions are involved.

Main areas of practice: Corporate; Finance; Intellectual property; Global regulatory; and Litigation, arbitration and employment.

Main industry sectors: Aerospace, defense & government services; Automotive and mobility; Consumer; Diversified Industrials; Education; Energy & natural resources; Financial institutions; Insurance; Life sciences & health care; Real estate; and Technology, media & telecommunications.

Offices: Alicante, Amsterdam, Baltimore, Beijing, Birmingham, Boston, Brussels, Budapest*, Colorado Springs, Denver, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta*, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Louisville, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Minneapolis, Monterrey, Moscow, Munich, New York, Northern Virginia, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, Riyadh*, Rome, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Shanghai FTZ*, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar*, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Zagreb*. * Associated offices

Legal Services Center: Berlin

Photo Name Position Profile
 Roberta Chang photo Roberta Chang Partner
 Philip Cheng photo Philip Cheng Partner
 Shantay Cong photo Shantay Cong Counsel
 Katie Feng  photo Katie Feng Office Managing Partner
 Andrew McGinty photo Andrew McGinty Partner
 Wensheng Ren photo Wensheng Ren Associate
 Jessie Xie photo Jessie Xie Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 2,500+
In Asia Pacific : 250+
PRAC (Pacific Rim Advisory Council)
SGLA (Sino Global Legal Alliance)
Contacts : Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr. (regional managing partner)
Contacts : Zhen (Katie) Feng (Shanghai managing partner)