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Hogan Lovells International LLP
PARK PLACE, 18TH FLOOR
1601 NANJING ROAD WEST
SHANGHAI 200040
China

China > Fintech: foreign firms Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP is widely praised for its assistance to traditional financial institutions, robo-advisers and alternative lending companies, as well as clients in the areas of payments and money transfer, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Through the firm’s association with the PRC’s Fujian Fidelity Law Firm, it is able to offer integrated international and domestic advice to clients operating in China. The Hong Kong-based practice is co-led by Mark Parsons, who also heads the firm’s Asia-Pacific regulatory practice, and advises on the full range of commercial and regulatory work in technology and telecoms. Andrew McGinty, whose practice covers foreign direct investment, M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as regulatory advice is also a key partner. In Beijing, Lu Zhou is a TMT, life sciences and education sector specialist.

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Testimonials

Hogan Lovells is a market leader in financial technology.’

Mark Parson and Tommy Liu have a cutting-edge understanding of the development of financial technology in Hong Kong, and are able to provide legal advice to clients with great efficiency.’

Key clients

HSBC (Life) International Limited No

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Prudential Holdings

The Hong Kong Association of Banks

Citibank

Enlight Growth Partners

Bank of Nova Scotia

Work highlights

  • Advised the Hong Kong Association of Banks, a trade association representing Hong Kong banks, on preparing a Common Baseline for Phase II of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Open API Framework.
  • Assisted Enlight Growth Partners, as the lead investor in the $24m series A financing of Parkside Securities, a global stock trading and clearing platform for brokerages and digital banks.

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's China team routinely establishes precedents in the Greater China IP field. The practice particularly stands out for its international reach, as it regularly collaborates with its network’s global team of over 400 IP professionals and it can facilitate  domestic litigation expertise via associated Shanghai-based practice, Fujian Fidelity Law Firm. Promoted to Asia IP head in January 2021,  Beijing-based Helen Xia brings extensive experience in IP litigation, portfolio management, commercial licensing, and obtaining and enforcing IP rights and Shanghai’s Zhen (Katie) Feng is an IP litigation and brand protection expert. Also integral to the mainland China practice at counsel level are Grace Guo, whose IP practice covers trade marks, copyright, domain names, designs, patents and trade secrets and Yu-An Chang, who is experienced in the protection and commercialisation of IP assets in China and globally. Eugene Low heads the Hong Kong IPMT practice.

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Besides the high-quality work and good results, the Hogan Lovells team are a pleasure to work with, their communication in English is excellent, the advice clear and sound, and they go above and beyond when needed.

They are always professional, well-spoken, and prepared for meetings, instilling confidence in the local management team.

Although not inexpensive, our team at Hogan Lovells provides good value because they deliver excellent advice and quality, top-notch client service, responsiveness and good results.

Helen Xia is an outstanding attorney who regularly impresses me with her always-excellent preparation and responsiveness, the thoughtfulness of her advice, the clarity of her communication, and the percentage of successful outcomes achieved.

Helen Xia of Hogan Lovells immediately impressed me at our introductory meeting because of her extensive preparation, excellent communication skills and clear, proactive recommendations.

I have moved most of our trade mark matters in China (which are extensive) to Hogan Lovells and we are obtaining better outcomes than ever before.

Helene Xia has become my go-to counsel for IP in China.

I could not be happier than I am with Helen Xia.

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China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 1

Hogan Lovells‘ fully integrated contentious and non-contentious practice advises TMT clients on a wide range of work over the full business life-cycle; and the team increasingly advises heavily regulated, institutionalised organisations (particularly those concerning financial services), in addition to non-traditional TMT players such as consumer brands, retail, life sciences and automotive, which rely on technology to gain competitive advantage and develop new revenue lines. In Hong Kong, Mark Parsons‘ practice covers the full range of commercial and regulatory work in technology and telecoms, along with other business sectors dependent upon technology as an infrastructure to generate business; and Andrew McGinty also has notable TMT sector transactional experience. On the mainland, Beijing partners Sherry Gong and Lu Zhou both act on TMT-related cross-border transactions; and Don Williams, who divides his time between the firm’s Shanghai and Silicon Valley offices, joined from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘s Shanghai office in July 2020.

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Key clients

HSBC

Prudential Holdings

Spotify

Tencent

Google

Kuaishou

Ping An Global Voyager Fund

ZTE

Work highlights

  • Advised Kuaishou (Beijing Kuaishou Technology Co), a Chinese video-sharing mobile app business provider, on its multi-jurisdictional and global data compliance project; and the launch of live streaming video in various Latin American jurisdictions.
  • Assisted (Ping An) with its Series C+ financing investment in Laiye.
  • Assisted Spotify with a range of commercial and regulatory matters, including media and advertising regulations, trade promotions and payment regulations, data protection, employment law and commercial contracts.

China > Antitrust and competition: foreign firms Tier 2

Fully integrated with other key antitrust jurisdictions, such as Washington DC, Brussels and London, Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s competition and antitrust practice comprises both merger and non-merger work, as well as government investigations and procedures, internal compliance investigations, and advisory work. The group is also particularly experienced in TMT sector matters; and many of its practitioners previously worked at agencies around the world, including Beijing-based partner Adrian Emch, whose career includes a stint at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. Notable support in Shanghai is provided by senior associate Qing Lyu at the firm’s joint operation partner, Fujian Fidelity Law Firm.

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China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Led by Beijing-based Liang Xu, a specialist in supporting Western corporations with their business in China, a key point of distinction for Hogan Lovells International LLP is the emphasis it directs towards highly regulated sectors such as TMT, financial institutions, life sciences, healthcare and automotive. Through its association with Fujian Fidelity Law Firm, the practice offers an integrated international and PRC law service and is also home to a dedicated outbound China practice which supports local clients in respect of their global investments. Lu Zhou also operates from the Capital and thrives on private equity and joint venture mandates meanwhile over in Shanghai, Jun Wei garners acclaim for investment structuring in addition to operation and regulatory affairs.

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Testimonials

‘Lu Zhou has shown a strong ability in the professional field. Chen Mo has a solid legal foundation, provides timely feedback on client problems, and her suggestions are to the point.’

‘The team features the experience and industry knowledge needed to successfully complete a case, with little knowledge of innovations introduced by the firm in recent years.’

‘Lu Zhou and Chen Mo both have rich foreign legal knowledge and understand the domestic industry, which facilitates our communication.’

Billing is very fair and flexible.’

Key clients

Fineland Real Estate Services Group Limited

Ping An Global Voyager Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Fineland Real Estate Services Group Limited on the major and connected acquisition of 66.31% of the equity interests in Guangzhou Fineland E-Life Service Co., Ltd.
  • Advised Ping An Global Voyager Fund in the US$146m Series B-7 financing of iCapital Network, a global alternative investing company.
  • Advised the buyer consortium in the buyout transaction of Nasdaq-listed Gridsum Holding Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based big-data analytics and AI solutions for multinational and domestic enterprises and government agencies in China.

China > Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s Greater China employment practice is well known for its extensive experience in advising multinational clients on their employment-related issues. Recent highlights include advising on high-profile and sensitive employment matters, such as pandemic-triggered workforce compensation adjustments, the reduction of employees in China, and the roll-out of non-competition restrictions. The key employment partner in Shanghai, Philip Cheng assists with large corporate reorganisations and complex employee terminations; and in Beijing, further partner-level support is provided by Sherry Gong, who particularly focuses on the education, TMT and life science industries.

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Philip Cheng demonstrates a very high level of professionalism. He impressed me greatly with his knowledge of the law, understanding of clients, and unique insights, and the team also respond very quickly.’

China > Life sciences and healthcare: foreign firms Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s Greater China life sciences practice leverages the firm’s substantial China regulatory expertise when navigating complex regulatory hurdles; and it is able to draw upon the expertise of several partners from corporate, IP, employment, litigation and arbitration teams in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Through the firm’s association with the PRC’s Fujian Fidelity Law Firm, the group is additionally able to provide integrated international and domestic Chinese legal advice to clients operating in China. The Beijing-based department is co-headed by Greater China practice chair, Jun WeiRoy Zou, and Lu Zhou. Senior associate Jessie Xie is noted for her regulatory expertise.

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The Hogan Lovells team is very easy to work with, and very well versed in working with US-based clients doing business in China.

Key clients

Merck & Co

Alvotech

Work highlights

  • Engaged by Labcorp to assist with a global rebranding project that will involve changing the business names of over 90 legal entities in its Covance Drug Development segment.
  • Advised Mass General Brigham on various hospital projects and China set-up matters.
  • Advised OnKure on its restructuring of group companies to streamline operations to yield a more efficient business model, and to facilitate the company’s fundraising.

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s China private equity practice acts for private equity sponsors, limited partners, and public and private companies. Heavily involved in high-value and mid-cap transactions, the team focuses on the TMT, and life sciences and health care sectors; and offers integrated international and domestic Chinese legal expertise through its association with the PRC’s Fujian Fidelity Law Firm in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. In mainland China, the practices of Greater China chair Jun Wei and Lu Zhou include private equity matters; Philip Cheng assists Western businesses with China-related investments; Liang Xu is a joint venture and M&A expert; and in 2020, the department bolstered its team through the recruitment of Shanghai-based private equity partners Don WilliamsTony Mou and Cheng Xu from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Leading the team from Hong Kong, Stephanie Tang advises private equity sponsors on public and private M&A deals.

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Testimonials

The HL team knows fintech sector very well.

They provided very competent legal support.

The quality of legal advice and familiarity with various issues impressed us a great deal.

Stephanie Tang’s involvement in the deal and the quality of the junior lawyers made a big difference.

Key clients

Buyer consortium acquiring Gridsum Holding

China Customer Relations Centers

China XD Plastics Company

Jumei International Holding

Secoo Holding

Ping An Global Voyager Fund

SS PA Voyager Company

Acorn International

GrabWheels

Ping An Global Voyager Fund

Enlight Growth Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised the special committee of the board of directors of Jumei International Holding on its $250m acquisition and take-private transaction by the CEO.
  • Advised the special committee of the board of directors of Secoo Holding, an Asian online integrated upscale products and services platform, on the $450m acquisition and take-private of the listco by its CEO.
  • Advised Ping An on its Series C+ financing investment in Laiye, a China-based robotic process automation company.

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

Particularly sought out for onshore and offshore financings involving PRC banks and borrowers, Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s Greater China practice covers structured and cross-border finance; real estate, leveraged, acquisition and asset finance; fund financing; and pre-IPO finance. Owen Chan leads the international banking and finance team from Hong Kong, which includes restructuring and special situations specialist Jonathan Leitch, and experienced banking and finance partner Louise Leung. Shanghai-based counsel Shantay Cong acts for banks and funds in Hong Kong and China as well as borrowers and issuers with a China connection.

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Key clients

Oaktree Capital Management

HSBC Bank USA, National Association

Argentem Creek Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Oaktree Capital Management on its subscription for up-to $1bn of private secured notes in a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources.
  • Advised a syndicate of 15 lenders (including HSBC Bank USA, National Association) on the amendment of $2.5bn term and revolving loan facilities extended to the Samsonite group for the acquisition of Tumi.
  • Advising Argentem Creek Partners on the ongoing restructuring of $500m notes issued by GCL New Energy Holdings, which matured in January 2021.

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 4

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Jun Wei, who splits her time between the firm’s Shanghai and Beijing offices, handles a significant amount of M&A and finance-related projects and energy work in her role as chair of the firm’s Greater China practice.

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China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 4

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