Norton Rose Fulbright > Shanghai, China > Firm Profile

Norton Rose Fulbright
27F PLAZA 66 II
1266 NANJING ROAD WEST, JING AN DISTRICT
SHANGHAI 200040
China

China > Insurance; foreign firms Tier 1

Advising across the full spectrum of non-contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s China insurance practice expertise includes insurtech matters combined with a full service ranging from corporate M&A matters to cyber security. With over 20 years’ experience in China’s insurance and reinsurance sector, Lynn Yang heads the team from Shanghai; she advises international insurance and reinsurance companies and financial institutions on their strategic entrances into the China market. Promoted to counsel in April 2021, the experience of prominent lawyer Ai Tong includes transactions and regulatory matters involving investments in China by foreign insurance/reinsurance companies.

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Norton Rose Fulbright’s insurance team has unique advantages and outstanding performance in the insurance field, tracking various regulatory policy changes in the global insurance market in a timely manner, and providing very helpful suggestions to clients.’

The insurance team led by Lynn Yang is a very young and dynamic team, which keeps smooth communication with clients and responds quickly, and is able to solve various insurance legal problems for insurance company clients in a timely and effective manner.’

With good coordination ability, they not only cooperate with global network teams, but also work with local law firms with professional advantages based on the needs of international clients, to meet the legal service needs of clients involving multiple countries and cross-disciplinary fields. Excellent partners such as Lynn Yang from Shanghai Office.’

With excellent English communication skills, they are familiar with insurance laws and regulations, pay attention to client needs and actively allocate resources to meet diversity requirements.’

They are able to provide the insurance (reinsurance) industry with a full range of services such as corporate governance, capital use, insurance business.’

Lynn Yang (Yang Rui) provides timely and comprehensive services, and is able to coordinate the lawyer resources of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Hong Kong, UK and US teams to provide services.’

Key clients

AIG

AXA

China Reinsurance Group

China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company

China Southern Fund Management Company

HSBC Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Insurance on the launch of its first wholly-owned fintech services company (HSBC Fintech Services (Shanghai) Co) in China’s Free Trade Zone (Lingang New Area in Shanghai).

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

Norton Rose Fulbright, one of the largest firms globally, counts fintech, TMT, energy, infrastructure, life sciences, healthcare, manufacturing and consumer markets as its most fruitful sectors of activity. The Shanghai practice is led by Sun Hong, ‘one of the best team leaders in any market’, who operates across M&A, foreign direct investment, joint venture and corporate transactions. Elsewhere in the Capital, Wang Yi fronts the Beijing office and is equally adept in advising state-owned companies in their global transactions as she is in guiding international outfits with their inbound activities.

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‘This team is made up of local PRC legal counsel who are as familiar with Common Law as they are with PRC law. As an English-speaking westerner, I find communication with the PRC Norton Rose team to be effortless.’

‘Sun Hong is one of the best team leaders (regardless of jurisdiction) I have ever worked with. Sun anticipates our needs, finds the appropriate team players to involve on files, just an excellent lawyer to deal with. ’

Key clients

Dorel Industries

Longship Fund II General Partner

SDIC Power

Sumitomo Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Dorel Industries Inc. on the disposal of its juvenile products manufacturing facility in China to Guangdong Roadmate Group.
  • Advising a US pharmaceutical company on setting up a Sino-foreign joint venture company in China to manufacture and sell certain medicine by utilising technologies and knowhow, the IP rights for which are owned by the US company.
  • Advising a Canadian smartech company on its market entry in China by setting up its first legal entity in China.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Hong Kong-based team, led by Camille Jojo, works across jurisdictions in high profile commercial litigation, IP litigation, fraud including cyber fraud disputes. Jojo and associate Daniel Ng have collaborated on numerous projects ranging from debt recovery, to the management of estates.  Recently-promoted partner Kevin Hong and Alfred Wu   are also key names to note. Wu has also worked extensively with Hong and associate Anita Fong on cases regarding breach of contract. Philip Nunn is also well regarded.

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The team has good cooperation ability, clear division of labour, clear organizational structure, smooth coordination and communication with clients, and quick response in handling cases.’

The team is skilful in litigation, with a solid legal foundation, good communication in Mandarin, English and Cantonese. The lawyers are good at dealing with cases from the perspective of clients and achieving their expected goals.’

‘The individuals have enough experiences and knowledge to handle unprecedented cases.’

Key clients

Mr Fok Chun Yue Benjamin (co-executor of the estate of Fok Ying Tung Henry)

Zhaoheng Hydropower (Hong Kong) Limited

A minority shareholder a Hong Kong company listed on the Korean Stock Exchange

One of the beneficiaries of the estates of his parents

A former independent non-executive director

Paloma Company Limited (Paloma)

ChinaCast Education Corporation (ChinaCast)

Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Ltd (Asia Allied)

Hsin Chong Aster Building Services Limited (Hsin Chong)

JSP International s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Represented Mr. Benjamin Fok Chun Yue in disputes relating to a settlement agreement.

China > Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s practice covers regulatory requirements, payment services, technology projects and fintech-related investments. In Shanghai, Lynn Yang is an InsurTech specialist, and Chinese regulations expert Sun Hong has over 20 years’ experience in China-related corporate and regulatory matters. In Hong Kong, Anna Gamvros heads the firm’s cyber risk practice for Asia Pacific; her practice focuses primarily on privacy, technology and communications-related issues. Former Beijing-based group leader and corporate partner, Barbara Li, left the firm for Rui Bai Law Firm.

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China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Led by fluent Mandarin speaking Beijing-based partner Tom Luckock , Norton Rose Fulbright‘s small team has strong ties with numerous Chinese and international financing entities, in particular, ensuring that it receives a steady pipeline of inbound and outbound energy and infrastructure-related work. Luckock’s versatility across financing, project development and corporate work allow the practice to provide a one-stop-shop service to stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle, with particular expertise on power, infrastructure and water, with a nexus to Southeast Asia.

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Key clients

Asian Development Bank

SDIC Power

Work highlights

  • Advising a regional development bank on a wastewater-recycling project in Pakistan.
  • Advising a Japanese trading company on the establishment of a joint venture with a large state owned enterprise for the acquisition and development of water projects in China.
  • Advising a large state owned enterprise with both domestic and international presence in the power industry for a large scale investment in a hydro power project in Indonesia.

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Shanghai-based regulatory and compliance team, co-led by Hong Sun and Lynn Yang, stands out for its cross-border capability of advising clients on the regulatory compliance issues in China and foreign laws and regulations applicable to the operations in China. Areas of expertise include advising on regulatory issues arising from corporate transactions, internal investigations, regulatory matters concerning highly regulated industries, and conducting risk assessments in the emerging regulatory sectors such as cyber security and data privacy. Sun has extensive experience in handling anti-bribery and corruption cases. Yang focuses on transactional and regulatory issues in the financial services industry in China, particularly insurance and fund/asset management sectors, an area counsel AI Tong also has notable expertise in.

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‘The team is very attentive to client needs.’

‘The team is experienced in the field of compliance, and provided efficient services and insightful suggestions and advice on our corporate compliance.’

Lynn Yang has an excellent understanding of local insurance regulation policies in China and other major countries.’

The team is very familiar with the laws, regulations and industry practices in the insurance industry, particularly in terms of the needs of foreign-owned insurance companies.’

Lynn Yang focuses on client needs, she is able to partner with other specialist legal firms to gain an edge, brings in specialist teams at appropriate times, and provides clients with a diverse range of professional resources. Lynn is very good in terms of coordination and communication abilities, ensuring that communication between her, the client and their head office, as well as between the client and collaborating law firms, is smooth and successful.’

Key clients

AXA

China Reinsurance Group China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company Ltd.

China Southern Fund Management Company

HSBC Insurance (Asia) Ltd

Silicon Valley Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC on the launch of its first wholly-owned FinTech services company, HSBC FinTech Services (Shanghai) Co., Ltd in China’s Free-Trade Zone, Lingang New Area in Shanghai.
  • Advising a manufacturer of batteries on a wide range of matters involving employment, and chemicals industry regulatory issues.
  • Advised a French electrical device designer and manufacturer on an investigation into the conduct of its supplier in China raising concerns on bribery and corruption.

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

A prominent participant in the China TMT space, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s practice is particularly appreciated for its advice to financial institutions, and technology and fintech start-ups, on the technology and regulatory aspects of transactions and projects. In Hong Kong, Anna Gamvros focuses on technology agreements and outsourcing transactions, privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, and telecoms and internet regulatory issues; and Etelka Bogardi is an esteemed fintech and global payments specialist. On the mainland, Shanghai’s Lynn Yang assists with the transactional and regulatory aspects of PRC-related fintech matters. In 2020, former Beijing partner Barbara Li departed.

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Accenture

AXA

Tencent

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Insurance on the launch of its first wholly-owned fintech services company, HSBC Fintech Services (Shanghai) Co.

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 4

Advising companies across Asia and globally, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Hong Kong-based China IP team assists with the registration of patents, trade marks and designs, licensing and enforcement matters. The group also provides IP-related advice on corporate and M&A transactions. Based in Hong Kong, Justin Davidson regularly assists with protecting and exploiting IP portfolios, and is becoming increasingly active in China-related patent litigation.

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BNP Paribas

GSK

CSIRO

Hyla

DFB Pharma

Immunex

NLS Pharma

Samson Clinical

Curozone Ireland

Key Bioscience

Tillotts Pharma

Jacobson Pharma Corporation

BioSurgical

Crown Worldwide Holdings

GlaxoSmithKline

ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Institute)

City University of Hong Kong

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s team is active in international projects, real estate, asset and export credit finance, as well as structured trade and sovereign lending. Peter Haslam leads the practice from Hong Kong.

South Korea > Shipping: foreign firms

Norton Rose Fulbright’s shipping practice is led by Ben Rose in Singapore. The team handles a wide range of shipping work, with a particular focus on offshore oil and gas and shipping finance transactions. Its client base includes various financial institutions and government agencies.

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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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Sun Hong photo Sun Honghttps://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/people/121749
Justin Wilson photo Justin Wilson
Lynn Yang photo Lynn Yanghttps://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/people/122165