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Norton Rose Fulbright

Fintech: foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright acts for a broad range of clients including financial institutions, investors, start-ups and regulators in issues pertaining to regulatory obligations, payments services, technology projects and investment transactions. Corporate partner Barbara Li leads the group from Beijing while insurtech expert Lynn Yang and Chinese regulations specialist Sun Hong sit in the Shanghai office. In Hong Kong, Anna Gamvros focuses on privacy and data protection, cybersecurity and breach response, telecommunications and Internet regulatory issues, technology agreements and outsourcing transactions.

Key clients

Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is regularly retained by multinational corporations, as well as major Chinese sponsors and lenders, in relation to cross-border deals, and the practice's clients benefit from the firm's global network, which includes over 50 offices. The team acted for China Development Bank, as English and lead counsel, in a $300m dual-tranche facility to Pakistan's United Bank, which was in relation to the first indigenous coal-fired, super-critical power plant in Pakistan. Beijing-based Tom Luckock is head of projects and specialises in projects in the power, infrastructure and water sectors, and Paul Wee Ei Don is highly rated for outbound financing projects; he has advised major financial institutions and corporations on project financing, export credit financing and leveraged acquisition financing, with a particular focus on the mining and metals, oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors.

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly acts for international and major Chinese banks as well as a large number of international and local Chinese sponsors, borrowers and corporations. The practice's scope of work covers project financing, acquisition finance, export credit financing, asset finance, and real estate financing and sovereign lending; it also has particular sector expertise in power, oil and gas, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, and financial institutions. In recent years, Beijing's Paul Wee Ei Don has advised on large Chinese outbound financings involving countries from Australia and Angola to the Ukraine and Venezuela. Former partner Fei Kwok left for Clyde & Co LLP.

Key clients

China Development Bank


Standard Chartered

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's corporate and M&A team is particularly noted for its sector experience involving banks, insurance and financial institutions, real estate, TMT, energy and natural resources, and life sciences and healthcare. Shanghai's Sun Hong specialises in foreign direct investment (FDI), M&A, joint ventures and corporate transactions that involve PRC assets or entities, while in Beijing Barbara Li is highly regarded for China-related cross-border transactions that particularly involve the Fintech and TMT sectors. The other recommended names are Wang YiTom LuckockLynn Yang and of counsel Tony Zhong.

Key clients

Beijing Capital Land

Gildan Activewear

IRPC Public Company

Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's Asian shipping practice is led from Singapore by Ben Rose but is headed in China by Hong Kong-based dispute resolution expert and mariner Peter Glover who has substantial expertise in all aspects of tanker operations, claims management and incident response. Also notable is Jim James who has a strong track record advising shipping companies, banks, leasing companies, financial institutions, insurers and energy companies on shipping, shipbuilding, insurance and insolvency matters.

Key clients


Bank of China Limited

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

BNP Paribas

CDB Finance Leasing Co., Ltd


CMB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

COSCO China Shipping

CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Co., Ltd

DHT Holdings, Inc.

Dong Fang International Investment Limited (now Florens)

Export Import Bank of China


ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

Oldendorff Carriers

SC Lowy


Standard Chartered Bank

TMT: foreign firms Tier 2

The TMT practice at Norton Rose Fulbright consists of technology, cybersecurity, fintech, M&A, regulatory, IP and dispute resolution specialists. Corporate partner Barbara Li spearheads the fintech team out of the Beijing office; she specialises in China-related cross-border transactions including foreign direct investment, M&A, joint ventures, major projects, commercial contracting and complicated regulatory matters. Also notable is associate Bohua Yao who also sits in Beijing. The firm's data privacy team is particularly strong, with a solid advisory practice in both inbound work relating to domestic privacy laws, as well as outbound work for asia-based clients on issues such as GDPR.


The Beijing team has extensive experience in the TMT industry, especially for serving foreign companies, not only to providing comprehensive legal advice, but also having a deep understanding of the business characteristics and corporate management of foreign companies‘.

Barbara Li has many unique insights in the field of TMT and data security compliance. She has a sensitive sense of the rapid development of Chinese law in relevant fields, including legislative trends, as well as practical treatment of legal issues‘.

Barbara has a deep understanding of the characteristics of foreign companies doing business in China, and is able to contribute to the business development of foreign companies as well as legal advice‘.

Key clients



Armada Holdings Limited




Dispute resolution: foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on disputes involving estates, contracts, commercial law, finance, real estate and construction, along with shipping, insurance, IP, technology, telecoms and high-net-worth individuals. The Hong Kong-based practice includes Camille Jojo and Alfred Wu, along with consultants Jim James and Philip Nunn.


Gives practical solutions and recommendations‘.

Key clients

Television Broadcasts

Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings

Hang Lung Properties

Hsin Chong Aster Building Services

Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Hong Kong

Champ Prestige International

SiS International Holdings


Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's China regulatory and compliance team regularly conducts internal investigations, provides compliance advice, and carries out anti-corruption, due diligence and audits across the region; it also frequently works alongside colleagues from the firm's global offices. Sun HongLynn Yang and senior associate Ai Tong in Shanghai are the key advisers.


The Norton Rose team in China is exceptional. Its guidance is consistently tailored to clients’ business needs and concerns‘.

The lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of both PRC and Western legal systems that is critical‘.

Sun Hong is one of the best attorneys around – she stands out in terms of judgement, expertise, availability and quality of insight‘.

The team has excellent insurance industry regulatory knowledge and displays thorough understanding of client’s needs‘.

China’s regulatory environment is very complex, the team can give accurate advice to avoid compliance risks based on a comprehensive understanding of relevant laws and regulations‘.

Key clients

China Southern Fund Management Company

National Council of Social Security Fund

Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 4

Multinational companies operating in the life sciences, tech and financial services sectors turn to Norton Rose Fulbright for trade mark portfolio management and assistance in IP prosecution, enforcement and litigation. The team also advises on licensing and commercialisation. Practice head Justin Davidson and a team assist pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline with its trade mark prosecution matters and clearance searches for the company's new products. Senior associate Maggie Chong has a broad IP practice that takes in trade marks, domain names, design rights, patents and copyright.

Key clients

ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Institute)

Bank of Montreal

BNP Paribas

Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.



Morgan Stanley


Royal Bank of Canada

Techtronic Industries

Tencent Holdings

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 4000 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


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

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions
Life sciences
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 Sun Hong  photo Sun Hong
Mr Jim James photo Mr Jim James
 Fei Kwok  photo Fei Kwok
 Justin Wilson  photo Justin Wilson
 Lynn Yang  photo Lynn Yang
 Tony Zhong  photo Tony Zhong