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Merits & Tree Law Offices
5TH FLOOR, RAFFLES CITY BEIJING OFFICE TOWER
NO.1 DONGZHIMEN SOUTH STREET
DONGCHENG DISTRICT
100007
China

China > Private wealth: PRC firms Tier 3

The family law and private wealth team at Merits & Tree Law Offices advises clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious private client matters, including domestic and overseas family trust, wealth management, and family disputes. The team is co-led by Fangfei Ouyang, Chunjie Zheng, and Kailun Li. Ouyang specialises in family trust matters, Zheng focuses on dispute resolution in the area of private wealth, and Li has significant experience in family wealth management matters.

Practice head(s):

Fangfei Ouyang; Chunjie Zheng; Kailun Li

Key clients

Minmetals International Trust Co., Ltd

Everbright Xinglong Trust Co., Ltd

Kunlun Trust Co., Ltd

Beijing International Trust Co., Ltd

SDIC Taikang Trust Co., Ltd

CITIC Trust Co., Ltd

China Industrial International Trust Limited

Jiangsu International Trust Corporation Limited

Qingdao CreditEase Family Office Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Minmetals International Trust Co., Ltd on full-series family trust projects.
  • Advising Beijing International Trust Co., Ltd on full-series family trust projects.
  • Advising CreditEase on civil family trust projects.

China > Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 4

Merits & Tree Law Offices has seen significant growth in its capital markets department in the past year. The practice advises on a wide range of matters, including IPO, M&A, restructuring, and refinancing, and it is particularly prominent in the A-share sector. Practice head Tongyun Li leads the team from Beijing, with expertise advising enterprises on a range of issues, including overseas acquisitions and bond issuances.

Practice head(s):

Tongyun Li

Other key lawyers:

Ruiming Jiang; Bai Cui; Chao Zheng

Testimonials

‘Professional, meticulous and courteous service.’

‘The biggest innovation is the cooperation between different projects.’

‘In the process of special projects, there is enough experience to provide solutions; and when consulting questions, there are good answer specifications, cases and suggestions. The overall demand for business feedback is also fast.’

‘Linxuan Dai and Bai Cui cooperate with other professional forces to solve the problems for the client.’

Key clients

Changchun BCHT Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Mega-info Media Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Maysta Chemical Co., Ltd.

Yanpai Filtration Technology Co., Ltd

Mabwell (Shanghai) Bioscience Co., Ltd.

Shangji Automation Co., Ltd

Wayz Intelligent Manufacturing Technology Co., Ltd.

ASR Microelectronics Co., Ltd.

Xiamen Solex High-tech Industries Co., Ltd.

Wuxi Yelong Precision Machinery Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Zhonggu Logistics Co., Ltd.

Wuhan Lincontrol Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd.

Yantai Eddie Precision Machinery Co., Ltd.

Beijing RHY Technology Development Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Xingxing Refrigeration Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Hualan New Pharmaceutical Materials Co., Ltd.

Bondex Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd.

Jiangyin Jianghua Microelectronics Materials Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Yida Chemical Co., Ltd.

Hainan Drinda Automotive Trim Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Zhengte Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Bellinturf Industrial Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Xiechang Electronic Technology Co., Ltd

Wenzhou Yuanfei Pet Toy Products Co., Ltd

Guangdong Hongming Intelligentjoint Stock Co., Ltd.

HAXC Holdings (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Newlink Technology Inc.

Shandong Kuntai New Material Technology Co., Ltd.

Darbond Technology Co., Ltd.

Longkou Union Chemical Co., Ltd.

Wondershare Technology Group Co., Ltd.

Xiamen Yanjan New Material Co., Ltd.

Cellixsoft Corporation

Wuxi Hyatech Co., Ltd.

Chengdu Easton Biopharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised on IPO of Wenzhou Yuanfei Pet Toy Products Co., Ltd.
  • Advised on IPO of Zhejiang Zhengte Co., Ltd.
  • Advised on IPO of Darbond Technology Co., Ltd.

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms Tier 4

Specialised in IP litigation, Merits & Tree Law Offices, which provides 'very strong support', covers several IP sub-practice areas, including patents, trade marks, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition. The career of team head Lihui Zhao includes six years at the Intellectual Property Court of the Beijing Second Intermediate People's Court.

Practice head(s):

Lihui Zhao

Other key lawyers:

Jing He; Qinlan Zhao; Yanli Zhou

Testimonials

Rich experience and professional background, the team provides clients with very strong support both from the perspective of patent reexamination and litigation.

The team always takes into account both the litigation and commercial interests.

‘Strong patent-related professional knowledge and industry experience background, and they prepare appropriately for cases and patent reexaminations. They hold meetings with corporate legal and technical personnel repeatedly, finally formulating a plan that is suitable for the client and with a strategy to achieve the best business results.

Key clients

Xiaomi Technology Co

Xiaomi Communication Technology Co

Beijng Jingdong Century Commerce Co

Beijing Zcool Network Technology Co

Qichacha Technology Co

Syneron/Candela (Beijing) Medical Technologies Co

Qinghai Jieshen Environment Energy Industry Co

ShenZhen Youka Interaction Technology Co

Subo Aite (Beijing) International Hotel Management Co

Newstyle Media Group Co

Zhongke Meiling Cryogenics Co

Shenzhen Shentou culture Investment Co

Work highlights

  • Represented Gree against in a series of civil patent infringement and patent invalidation cases.
  • Represented Xiaomi Technology Co in a case involving trade mark infringement and unfair competition.
  • Represented ZCOOL in an IP-related unfair competition case against Huaban.

China > Private equity: PRC firms Tier 4

Merits & Tree Law Offices is well regarded for its private equity and venture capital department, which has seen continuous growth in recent years. It has particular strength acting in the TMT, life science and healthcare, and high-tech sectors, acting for major investment funds, as well as start-ups and strategic investors. The team is co-headed by Beijing-based Youyuan Jin, who has rich experience in private equity investment and financing transactions, alongside Qinghong Cai.

Practice head(s):

Youyuan Jin; Qinghong Cai

Other key lawyers:

Xiaoxing Guo; Jenny Li; Songsong Gao

Key clients

Sequoia Capital China

Huahui Health (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Genfleet Pharmaceutical(Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

IDG Capital

Sinovation Ventures

V Fund Capital

Zhencheng Fund

XVC

Asia Green Fund

Ponghu Group Holdings Limited

Loyal Valley Capital

Nanshan Capital

Newport Beach (Xiamen) Management Consulting Partnership (Limited partnership)

Telstra Pacific Business Solutions

Beijing Ace Playing Technology Co. Ltd.

ClinsChain (Shanghai) Clinical Services Co., Ltd.

AutoFlightX Inc.

Lean Cloud|Lean Cloud

China Youzan Limited

Beijing Ke Yi Hong Yuan photoelectric technology Co., Ltd.

D5 Inc.

GrepTime Inc.

Hunan Hua Chuang Technology Development Co., Ltd.

Insight Lifetech Co., Ltd.

Nebula Bay (S) PTE. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sequoia Capital China on its Series C, D, D1, D2 and D+ investments in Dongguan Hairou Intelligent Technology Ltd.
  • Advised V Fund Capital on its Series C investments in Honji Cyclone.
  • Advised XVC on its Series C and Series D investment in YOOZ.

China > Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 4

Merits & Tree Law Offices focuses on urban renewal, real estate, construction and infrastructure projects, and its client roster features real estate developers, construction companies and government agencies. Shenzhen-based Xiang Mao has extensive experience in the construction industry. He advises on a number of real estate investment, financing and M&A matters. Zheyuan Jin specialises in the construction and financing of infrastructure projects in Shanghai and regularly represents both developers and local governments.

Practice head(s):

Xiang Mao; Zheyuan Jin

Key clients

Walmart (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Kangda Chemical New Material Group Co., Ltd

Jiangmen City Construction Investment Management Co.,Ltd.

Louis Dreyfus (Shanghai) Co., Ltd

IMI Norgren Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Ping An Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Shanghai Kangda New Chemical Materials Group Co., Ltd. on the construction of two chemical raw material production plants.
  • Represented Louis Dreyfus (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. in a dispute and negotiation with China Jinmao Real Estate regarding the development of three residential plots in Zhangjiakou Xiahuayuan Softbank Technology Park.
  • Advised Wal-Mart (China) Investment Co., Ltd. on commercial property lease projects (such as Shanghai Waigaoqiao Sam project, Fuzhou Jiali Changlan Sam project, Shanghai Jiading Sam project, etc.) in China.

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

Active across sectors including e-commerce, mining, industrial manufacturing and entertainment, Merits & Tree Law Offices acts for a broad client base of both international and domestic Chinese companies. Beyond its work on strategic investments, joint ventures and acquisitions, including take-privates, the practice is also instructed by a number of investment funds and target companies. The practice is led by Youyuan Jin and Qinghong Cai; Jin is noted for his work in the private equity sphere, while Cai draws on her previously work in-house at a listed company to handle matters involving public markets.

Practice head(s):

Youyuan Jin; Qinghong Cai

Key clients

China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc.

Sequoia Capital China

Huahui Health (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Genfleet Pharmaceutical(Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Ponghu Group Holdings Limited (a.k.a PonhuLuxury)

Nanshan Capital

Publicis Groupe

MSA Hong Kong Limited

Telstra Pacific Business Solutions

Beijing Ace Playing Technology Co. Ltd.

ClinsChain (Shanghai) Clinical Services Co.,Ltd.

AutoFlightX Inc.

Lean Cloud

China Youzan Limited

Beijing Ke Yi Hong Yuan photoelectrictechnology Co., Ltd.

D5 Inc.(D5)

GrepTime Inc.

Hunan Hua Chuang Technology DevelopmentCo., Ltd.

Insight Lifetech Co., Ltd.

NEBULA BAY (S) PTE. LTD. (the investmentSPV of Crescent Point, a Singapore privateequity firm)

Bytedance

BlueFocus Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Taibang Biotech Group in going private transaction and assisted the management to join the consortium.
  • Advised Ponhu Luxury in restructuring for future overseas listing.
  • Advised MSA Subsidiaries in the acquisition of the PRC Shareholder’s Equity Interest in MSA (China) Safety Equipment Co., Ltd.

China > Data protection: PRC firms

Merits & Tree Law Offices specialises in data security and privacy protection and is particularly active in relation to the establishment of data compliance systems and data inspections in M&A and IPO transactions.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms

Merits & Tree Law Offices acts for a range of commercial clients on litigious matters, though it has a specialism in the investment space.

China > Investment funds: PRC firms

An emerging practice, with a presence in South China as well as the capital, Merits & Tree Law Offices represents state owned funds as well as both domestic and multinational private sector clients. They also advise regulators.

Merits & Tree Law Offices was established in 2006 under the name of Beijing Hawkhigh Law Offices by a group of experienced professionals with a strong mission and professional drive. It was renamed “Merits & Tree Law Offices” in 2017. The partners of Merits & Tree endeavor to build Merits & Tree as a law firm that is characterized as “honorable, professional, cooperative, enterprising  and friendly”, a law firm that reacts to the evolving and innovating market’s demand for an innovative legal service provider, and provides “professional, full-range and one-stop” legal solutions to meet the increasingly complex and highly creative business requirements of enterprises and entrepreneurs.

Merits & Tree’s partners are top-tier experts in the PRC legal services industry, having each practiced in their respective areas of specialization over ten years in leading international and PRC law firms prior to joining the firm. They are highly seasoned in project management, organization and execution, and capable of representing complex, challenging and/or ground-breaking transactions or cases. Merits & Tree applies high standards to recruit and train its lawyers with focused on expertise in their respective specialized areas as well as strong commercial mindsets and judgment, which enable them to provide professional, adaptive and creative high-level legal services to our clients.

Merits & Tree is organized and managed internally as a corporation, which transcends the boundaries and limitations of traditional “solo practitioners”, leverages the collective wisdom, expertise and experience of all partners and attorneys, and aggregates each attorney’s resources, knowledge and expertise. This corporate and integrated structure and management provide institutional safeguards that enable us to provide “professional, full-range and one-stop” legal solutions to our clients, making obvious comparative advantages for Merits and Tree in resolving large, complex and cross-border legal service.

Our positioning: Merits & Tree implements an “integrated” management and operation system. It enables us to gather the most professional strength of the firm to provide legal services at each of “investment(issue-end)”, “transaction(asset-end)” and “exit(dispute-end)” stages along the industry chain to our domestic and foreign clients in corporates, finance and capital markets.

Leveraging its market-leading legal service values, “corporate and integrated” structural foundation and dedicated professionals, Merits & Tree is able to provide professional, differentiated, delicate and innovative legal services to the market and our clients.  We believe that Merits & Tree will prove to be an innovative and trustworthy brand in the legal services industry, providing diversified and individually tailored legal services to our clients.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Marketing Department Jacqueline Zhaozihan.zhao@meritsandtree.com86-10-56500906
PE/VC Youyuan Jinyouyuan.jin@meritsandtree.com86-10-56500986
Partners : 38
Associates : 80
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
English

Forging ahead, embracing the future: Merits & Tree Law Offices was established in 2006 under the name of Beijing Hawkhigh Law Offices, and was renamed as“Merits & Tree Law Offices” in 2017. Merits & Tree aims to be a law firm that is characterized as “honorable, professional, cooperative, enterprising and friendly”, a law firm that reacts to the evolving and innovating market’s demand for an innovative legal service provider, and provides “professional, full-range and one-stop” legal solutions to meet the increasingly complex and highly creative business requirements of enterprises and entrepreneurs.

Legal mind, business insight: Merits & Tree implements an “integrated” management and operation system. It enables us to gather the most professional strength of the firm to provide legal services at each of “investment (issue-end)”, “transaction (asset-end)” and “exit (dispute-end)” stages along the industry chain to our domestic and foreign clients in corporate, finance and capital markets. With the emphasis on legal professional ability, our associates pay attention to the in-depth research on the industry frontier and ecology, combine the professional legal knowledge and skills with excellent business thinking and judgment, and devote to providing professional and forward-looking and innovative high-quality legal services for clients, with the aim to become an innovative and reliable legal service brand in the market.

Client centered, law for good: Merits & Tree is organized and managed internally as a corporation, which transcends the boundaries and limitations of traditional “solo practitioners”, leverages the collective wisdom, expertise and experience of all partners and attorneys, and aggregates each attorney’s resources, knowledge and expertise. Leveraging our dedicated professionals, we take serving and achieving clients as both the starting point and ultimate goal, and we are able to provide professional, differentiated, delicate and innovative legal services to the market and our clients. At the same time, We are willing to actively shoulder social responsibility with clients, create greater value for society and jointly shape a better future.

Local wisdom, global vision: Merits & Tree’s partners are top-tier experts in the PRC legal services industry, having rich experience in leading international and PRC law firms. They are highly seasoned in project management, organization and execution, and capable of representing complex, challenging and/or ground-breaking transactions or cases. More than half of our associates are equipped with international education background and bilingual capability. We have also established a network of relationships with well-known law firms in many countries and regions. Based in China, facing the world, our vision is to serve the international business needs of domestic and foreign clients.

With its professional expertise, commercial mindset and innovative spirit, Merits & Tree provides efficient and high quality legal services in connection with private equity financing and investments, corporate mergers and acquisitions, cross-border mergers, privatization and red chip return investment.  Our mergers and acquisitions team has serviced hundreds of renowned international and domestic investment institutions and enterprises, and has partnered with many companies from inception through rounds of financing until they are successfully listed onshore/offshore or acquired. Merits & Tree’s mergers and acquisitions services cover a wide range of industries, and the team is particularly experienced with respect to life sciences and healthcare, technology, telecommunications and the Internet, consumer goods and retail, education and training, new energy and new materials, industry and advanced manufacturing, national defense and aerospace.

Leveraging its professionalism and experience accumulated through previous projects, Merits & Tree has been safeguarding clients’ interests in various cross-border transactions by helping Chinese enterprises identify, evaluate and contain risk factors. Merits & Tree has provided comprehensive legal services to Chinese enterprises aiming to “go abroad” for many years, providing coverage from the initial stage of commercial evaluation through transaction closing. In addition, with its legal know-how and accurate judgement on regulatory practices, Merits & Tree has accumulated many successful precedents in assisting foreign clients “localizing” their business plans. Merits & Tree also provides comprehensive legal services to domestic and international clients that issue offshore bonds in order to satisfy the financing requirements with respect to cross-border transactions.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking & Finance Yang WUyang.wu@meritsandtree.com86-010-56500916
Investment Funds Feng ZHOUfeng.zhou@meritsandtree.com86-021-52533532
Family Law & Fortune Management Fangfei OUYANGfangfei.ouyang@meritsandtree.com86-010-56500991
Private Equity/Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions Qinghong CAIqinghong.cai@meritsandtree.com86-010-56500933
Real Estate & Infrastructure Xiang MAOxiang.mao@meritsandtree.com86-0755-33257506
Securities and Capital Markets Zhitang SHUzhitang.shu@meritsandtree.com86-010-56500987
Dispute Resolution Wenliang ZHANGwenliang.zhang@meritsandtree.com86-010-56500985
Intellectual Property Lihui ZHAOlihui.zhao@meritsandtree.com86-010-56500936
Special Assets & Bankruptcy Restructuring Wenliang ZHANGwenliang.zhang@meritsandtree.com86-010-56500985
Regulatory & Compliance Yi WANGyi.wang@meritsandtree.com86-0755-33257513
Antitrust & Competition Law Han YEhan.ye@meritsandtree.com86-010-56500975
Human Resources and Labor Relations Lei CHENlei.chen@meritsandtree.com86-010-59210973
Tax Yifei ZHANGyifei.zhang@meritsandtree.com+86-13501167536
Partners : 80+
Professionals : 350+
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