Norton Rose Fulbright > Beijing, China > Firm Profile

Norton Rose Fulbright
19/F CHINA WORLD TOWER
NO.1 JIANGUOMENWAI AVE
BEIJING 100004
China

China > Insurance: foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its wealth of experience in acting for the major financial institutions and insurance and asset management companies operating in the region, including AIG, Allianz, AXA and HSBC. Covering the full spectrum of insurance and reinsurance contentious and non-contentious work, the practice is regularly instructed on M&A, strategic investments, warranty and indemnity matters, data privacy and cybersecurity issues and joint ventures. The team is overseen by counsel AI Tong, who is a key contact for transactional and regulatory matters related to foreign investment in China.

Practice head(s):

Ai Tong

Key clients

AIG

AXA

China Reinsurance Group

China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company Ltd

China Southern Fund Management Company

HSBC Insurance (Asia) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a Chinese life insurance subsidiary of a leading UK financial institution group on corporate governance matters in response to the new regulatory requirements implemented from 2021.
  • Acted for a leading European insurance group on its distribution channel in China, in particular with regards to Greater Area Bay related opportunities.
  • Assisted a major Chinese insurance group in respect of its overseas insurance business.

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 1

With notable ties to a variety of Chinese and international financing entities, Norton Rose Fulbright advises MNCs, corporates and banks on recurring cross-border projects and energy transactions. The firm’s offering is co-headed by Jerry Li, who joined the firm from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in October 2021, and Tom Luckock. With energy and infrastructure sector expertise, Li is active when it comes to outbound projects and related transactions in the space, but is also capable in relation to a range of corporate, M&A, E&P concessions, and project financing matters. Expanding the firm’s power, infrastructure and waste sector experience is Luckock, noted for providing transactional, project development and project finance advice in both an inbound and outbound context. Yaxun Wang is another key figure, regarded for advising Chinese state-owned entities, commercial banks, and corporations on project finance and acquisition finance matters. All named lawyers are based in Beijing.

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Key clients

Bank of China

China Development Bank

SDIC Power

Sumitomo

Work highlights

  • Advised Sumitomo on the establishment of an onshore holding company joint venture with Beijing Capital and subsequent purchase of 16 project companies holding 29 projects in the waste water treatment sector.
  • Advised SDIC Power on the set up of a joint venture with Genting for the purpose of an acquisition of a hydropower plant in Indonesia.
  • Advised Bank of China Limited as mandated lead arranger and a group of international and Chinese lenders in respect of the project financing for the construction by China Gezhouba of a 1,500MW gas-fired power plant in Uzbekistan.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 2

With extensive experience in commercial disputes, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s team is adept in cross-border estate, contractual, construction and financial litigation. Apart from having a commercial litigation focus, the firm also acts in IP disputes, particularly in relation to the technology and life sciences sectors. Camille Jojo leads the Hong Kong-based team, drawing on over 40 years of experience handling disputes in connection with banking, shareholder, restructuring, and trust and probate matters. Extending the practice’s expertise in terms of construction issues is Alfred Wu, as he regularly handles cases surrounding infrastructure and building projects in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and the Asia Pacific region on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, government departments and statutory bodies. In terms of internal developments, Kevin Hong was promoted to the partnership in January 2021, while Daniel Ng was promoted in January 2022; they are noted for construction and banking and finance-related disputes, respectively.

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Key clients

Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings

Hsin Chong

ST Engineering

GFG Alliance

LAE Technologies Hong Kong

Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees

Harbour Plaza Hotel Management

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on a prominent tycoon estate dispute in Hong Kong.
  • Representing a minority shareholder of a Hong Kong company listed on the Korean Stock Exchange in an urgent injunction application against the company and its directors.
  • Acting for a client in a court application against his younger brother and sister concerning the administration of relevant estates.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright has a broad corporate practice, with expertise advising multinational clients on acquisitions, investments and disposals involving Chinese companies and assets, including complex deals such as carve-outs. The team is also regularly engaged to assist with the establishing and restructuring of joint ventures in the PRC, with broad sector expertise across financial services, energy, TMT, life sciences and manufacturing. Practice head Sun Hong has substantial expertise in handling cross-border deals, and draws on her past experience working for government bodies and domestic law firms to offer insight into regulatory issues. Tom Luckock focuses on matters involving energy and water projects, while Jerry Li joined the firm in October 2021 and takes the lead on outbound M&A.

Practice head(s):

Sun Hong; Wang Yi

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Key clients

CAE Inc.

Dorel Industries Inc.

HSBC / HSBC Insurance (Asia) Limited

MANN+HUMMEL

SDIC Power

Siam Commercial Bank

Sumitomo Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Dorel Industries Inc. on the disposal of its Zhongshan based manufacturing facility in early 2021 and subsequent sale of its remaining juvenile products manufacturing facility in Huangshi, China.
  • Advised SDIC Power on setting up a JV with Genting for the purpose of acquisition of hydropower plant in Indonesia.
  • Advised CAE Inc. on multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Sabre Corporation’s AirCentre airline operations portfolio.

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

Based out of Shanghai, Norton Rose Fulbright offers a solid regulatory and compliance practice with on the ground expertise. It handles a variety of matters, ranging from internal investigations and compliance advice to anti-corruption due diligence and audits. It also has cross-border capabilities, advising on domestic issues as well as foreign laws and regulations applicable to operations in China. Hong Sun heads the team, with significant experience advising banking clients on regulatory risks, as well as in corporate regulatory and compliance investigation matters. Ai Tong is also notable for her expertise in handling transactions and regulatory matters involving foreign investments in China by foreign financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Hong Sun

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Work highlights

  • Advised the China subsidiary of a leading international travel service provider on its proposed business arrangements in connection with its collaboration with payment institutions and other travel agents in China, involving feasibility analysis, cross-border data transfer issue and telecom license issue.
  • Advised a global investment firm on the PRC legal regime on anti-money laundering that applies to Qualified Domestic Limited Partners in China.
  • Advised a world leading trading house on the legal regime in China applicable to the national carbon emission trading platform hosted at Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange and its differences with the local trading platforms.

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Delivering ‘amazing and timely advice‘, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Greater China practice stands out for its ability to advise financial institutions on both the technology and regulatory aspects of transactions and projects. It is also sought out for its credentials in cyber breach response and compliance work. Providing ‘commercially-sound solutions‘, Hong Kong-based data and TMT lawyer specialist Anna Gamvros heads the firm’s Asia-Pacific data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice; Justin Davidson is an experienced IP and technology practitioner; and North Asia fintech leader Etelka Bogardi also leads the firm’s global payments practice.

Practice head(s):

Anna Gamvros

Other key lawyers:

Justin Davidson; Etelka Bogardi; Ruby Kwok; Edward Yau

Testimonials

‘The team is collaborative and full of experience – amazing and timely advice. Billings are also an accurate reflection of the work done.’

‘Anna Gamvros is an amazing practitioner, providing timely advice and commercially-sound solutions to clients’ problems.’

Key clients

Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company

City University of Hong Kong

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Hong Kong-based Greater China IP team advises on the acquisition, exploitation, use and enforcement of IP rights. It also regularly litigates all IP classes in courts and tribunals across Hong Kong and mainland China. Justin Davidson assists with both contentious and non-contentious IP issues across Asia.

Practice head(s):

Justin Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Stanley Ng

Testimonials

‘This team of IP attorneys has extensive experience in all aspects of IP law, including protection, due diligence, licensing and enforcement work; and it has the ability, as a one-stop shop, to assist clients with everything from IP consulting, litigation and market surveillance, to obtaining IP registrations and the formulation and negotiation of licensing and ownership agreements.’

Justin Davidson not only has a technical background, but extensive experience in holistic, comprehensive IP solutions, and a proven track record in advising multinational and Asian businesses on a wide range of litigation in the Asian region, as well as non-contentious IP and technology legal issues.

Justin Davidson regularly assists clients with protecting and exploiting their IP portfolios, and is particularly active in advising on complex IP litigation and the management of multi-jurisdictional patent disputes.

Justin Davidson is able to provide a one-stop shop for clients, including advising on all aspects of IP, from prosecution and litigation to licensing and the marketisation of IP.

Key clients

Logos

BNP Paribas

Louisville Research Foundation

Combat Medical Holdings

EON Surgical

Gentex Corporation

CSIRO

Hyla

DFB Pharma

Immunex

NLS Pharma

Samson Clinical

Curozone Ireland

Key Bioscience

Tillotts Pharma

Jacobson Pharma Corporation

BioSurgical

Crown Worldwide Holdings

Global Futures & Options

ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Institute)

City University of Hong Kong

Work highlights

  • Appointed as global manager of BNP Paribas’ trade mark portfolio.
  • Manages the global trade mark portfolio of Crown Worldwide.
  • Advises ASTRI on patent prosecution and patent advisory issues, in relation to its technologies.

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of Practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global key contacts
Financial institutions:
James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

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Tom Luckock photo Tom Luckockhttps://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/people/121623
Yi Wang photo Yi Wanghttps://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/people/121478