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

Insurance; foreign firms Tier 1

Led from Shanghai by Lynn Yang, and also able to leverage sector-focused resources throughout the firm's extensive international network, Norton Rose Fulbright's China practice has an 'in-depth understanding of the insurance sector', in the context of standalone domestic representations and China-related multi-jurisdictional matters. The scope of Yang's practice is broad, ranging from advice on M&A and JV transactions in the sector, to regulatory issues impacting both traditional players in the space, as well as those in the flourishing fintech/insurtech arena. As a result of the recent liberalisation of the Chinese insurance market, the team has been particularly active of late advising on foreign investment into the sector, including Yang's work for HSBC Insurance (Asia) on the transactional and regulatory aspects of its acquisition of the remaining 50% equity interest in HSBC Life Insurance Company. Associate Ai Tong has an 'in-depth understanding of the China insurance sector and regulatory systems' and provides 'practical legal analysis', particularly in the context of work for foreign insurers and reinsurers investing into China.

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‘The team has in-depth understanding of the insurance sector and is able to provide clients with efficient and practical legal advice.’

‘Ai Tong has an in-depth understanding of China’s insurance market, insurance laws and regulatory systems.’

‘Ai Tong provides practical legal analysis and risk management recommendations from the perspective of achieving overall business goals.’

Key clients

AIG

AXA

China Reinsurance Group

China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company Ltd.

China Southern Fund Management Company

HSBC Insurance (Asia) Ltd

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's corporate and M&A team is particularly noted for transactions involving key sectors, such as financial Institutions and fintech, TMT, life sciences and healthcare, manufacturing and consumer markets, transport, and energy and infrastructure. Clients also appreciate the practice's assistance with regulatory and compliance, antitrust and IP issues. In Shanghai, office head Sun Hong's corporate practice covers foreign direct investment, M&A, joint ventures and corporate transactions involving PRC assets and entities; and Lynn Yang has extensive knowledge of the transactional and regulatory aspects of PRC-related financial services matters, including insurance and fund management. Other names to note are Beijing head Wang Yi, whose experience extends across the mining, energy, agricultural and transport sectors; Tom Luckock, who specialises in joint venture and M&A transactions in the power, infrastructure and water sectors; and experienced corporate associate Johnny Liu. Former corporate partner Barbara Li left for Rui Bai Law Firm.

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BP

China Dili Group

China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited

China International Water & Electric Corporation

Engie

HSBC

HSBC Insurance (Asia) Ltd

Luxury Escape

Schlumberger

SDIC Power

Shun Tak Holdings Limited

Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has a broad litigation practice in Hong Kong and mainland China that is 'very efficient, client-focused and commercial'. Its work encompasses not only commercial disputes, often involving Chinese manufacturers, but also estate litigation for high-net-worth families and individuals. The firm also represents financial Institutions and asset managers in disputes and regulatory matters, as well as acting for real estate, building services and construction companies. Shipping cases and insurance claims also feature prominently in its caseload. The firm also generates work through its presence on the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Professional Indemnity Scheme. Camille Jojo leads the practice from Hong Kong, where Alfred Wu (who is 'pragmatic, diligent and trustworthy') and Philip Nunn focus on construction disputes, Jim James handles matters in sectors such as aviation and energy, and counsel Daniel Ng represents banks, financial institutions and corporates in contentious matters. All work closely with the firms offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

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Testimonials

‘Very efficient, client-focused and commercial-minded. There is excellent support and a very “hands-on” approach from partners to juniors.’

‘The team’s senior partners, consultants, junior lawyers and paralegals have a complete organisational structure and there is good division of labour and co-operation. The team has strong professional capabilities and the ability to handle cross-border litigation and multi-jurisdictional litigation. The team has extensive experience in providing services directly to mainland clients and facilitates communication. The team has experience in handling litigation involving multiple jurisdictions, and will provide clients with comprehensive solutions based on the needs of customers, considering problems in different jurisdictions.’

‘Daniel Ng, has good communication skills in Chinese and English, especially Mandarin. He is familiar with clients in mainland China, can communicate in depth and understand the clients’ true ideas and goals, and formulate practical and cost-effective litigation plans. We have rich experience in handling litigation involving multiple jurisdictions and provide customers with comprehensive solutions for litigation involving multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Alfred Wu has solid professional ability. He is pragmatic, serious, diligent, reliable and trustworthy.’

Key clients

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

ChinaCast Education Corporation

Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2

Advising financial institutions, investors, start-ups and regulators 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. Over 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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Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is a go-to firm for multinational and Chinese corporations, as well as banking clients, on new and recurring cross-border projects that involve both transactional and project finance components. Based in Beijing for approximately 20 years, projects head Tom Luckock focuses on both inbound and outbound power, infrastructure and water projects. His representative experience includes acting for a Chinese generation company on the acquisition of two hydro projects in Nepal. Associate Yaxun Wang advises major Chinese banks, international development finance institutions and corporate sponsors on project financing, export credit finance and leveraged acquisition financing. Former partner Paul Wee Ei Don left the firm in 2020.

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BP

China Development Bank

China International Water & Electric Corporation

Engie

SDIC Power

Schlumberger

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's China regulatory and compliance team fields specialists in China's complex regulatory regime, particularly in relation to sectors such as financial institutions, automotive, aviation, construction, retail and energy and natural resources, along with life sciences, real estate, TMT and transport. The practice also conducts internal investigations; provides compliance advice; and carries out anti-corruption due diligence and audits across the region, often in global co-ordination with the firm's colleagues in other offices. Shanghai head Sun Hong has over 20 years' experience in China-related regulatory matters; Lynn Yang focuses on the insurance and asset management sectors; and senior associate Ai Tong is a China financial regulations expert.

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The overall rating of the service is excellent, particularly the hands-on approach, competent work results and timely responses.

Sun Hong is a great professional with strong knowledge, and was able to respond to our special requests, despite Covid-19’s impact, in an efficient way.

Sun Hong and senior associate Ai Tong  are both very professional and competent lawyers, who provide very highly appreciated assistance.

Key clients

AXA

China Reinsurance Group China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company Ltd.

China Southern Fund Management Company

HSBC Insurance (Asia) Ltd

Luxury Escape

Northern Trust

Silicon Valley Bank

TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is a recognised leader in data protection, cyber breaches and compliance, and fintech. It represents some of the biggest regional and international names that operate in Asia Pacific. It has deep specialist TMT expertise within the team and has advised big-name clients on a series of major data breaches and data protection matters. Anna Gamvros is a prominent specialist in data protection, data privacy and cybersecurity, while having considerable experience in broader commercial and regulatory TMT matters. Etelka Bogardi is an established name in fintech and global payments, while insurance partner Declan McDaid is another key figure in cyber/data breach response engagements. Former key Beijing partner Barbara Li has joined Rui Bai Law Firm.

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Accenture No

AIG

AT&T

AXA

Deliveroo

Expedia

Tencent

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's Hong Kong-based team fields international banking transactions specialists, who consistently act on matters involving project, real estate, asset and export credit finance, structured trade and sovereign lending. The broad international banking practice of Hong Kong banking and finance head, Peter Haslam, includes project and acquisition finance, restructurings, capital markets transactions and syndicated loans. Finance specialists Fei Kwok (now at Clyde & Co LLP) and Paul Wee Ei Don left the firm in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

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Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's Hong Kong and China IP team advises companies across Asia (and globally) on the registration of patents, trade marks and designs, IP exploitation, correct usage and enforcement. It also provides commercial IP advice in relation to M&A, public offerings, restructurings, insolvency proceedings and competition law. Hong Kong-based Justin Davidson is an experienced IP specialist.

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Key clients

Logos Ltd.

BNP Paribas

GSK

Curozone Ireland Limited

Fluidic Inc.

Key Bioscience AG

Tillotts Pharma AG

Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Jacobson Pharma Corporation

BioSurgical S.L.

EON Surgical Ltd.

Teleflex Medical Incorporated

Starpharma Pty Ltd.

Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.

GlaxoSmithKline

ASTRI

City University of Hong Kong

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 Hong https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/people/121749
Mr Jim James photo Mr Jim James https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/people/121158
 Justin Wilson  photo Justin Wilson
 Lynn Yang  photo Lynn Yang https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/people/122165