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Global Law Office

China > Banking and finance: PRC firms Tier 1

Global Law Office is distinguishable by its full service offering in relation to onshore, offshore and cross-border financing work, advising a roster of high-profile clients on acquisition financing and project financing, while also demonstrating expertise in the establishment of loan facilities. Beijing-based Lawrence Lin and Xin Zhang co-head the team; while Lin has particular expertise in aircraft and shipping finance, Zhang’s practice revolves around advising financing transactions in the energy, power, real estate and natural resources sectors. Also noted for aircraft and shipping finance is May Liu, while Minghao Xu is recommended for financing matters relating to trusts. As managing partner of the firm’s Chengdu office, Kunlin Wang handles a variety of work in the space. Lujun Hou who excels in export credit, project financing, syndicated loans, and trade financing, joined the firm’s Shenzhen team from Zhong Lun Law Firm in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

The Export-Import Bank of China

China Development Bank

China Construction Bank

Bank of China

China CITIC Bank International

Agricultural Bank of China



The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

China Merchants Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Offshore Syndicates on a structure syndicated refinancing transaction, totalling HK$3,28bn.
  • Acted as lead counsel of Zhongrong International Trust on its pooled trust fund plan “Rongyu 101”, which aimed to fund around ¥9.5bn to invest in target company.
  • Advised the Hong Kong branch of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on a financing project.

China > Data protection: PRC firms Tier 1

Global Law Office leverages its interlinked offering across practice areas to operate as one when handling data protection issues, acting for multinational clients including Samsung, Xiaomi and Volvo on complex compliance projects and regulatory investigations. Beijing-based Maggie Meng, who regularly acts for companies in the e-commerce, fintech, and AI sectors, leads the practice alongside Shanghai-based Vincent Wang who is singled out for his expertise in emerging technologies such as blockchain, e-mobility and cloud computing. Of counsel Jenny Chen is noted for government and internal investigations as well as personal information protection.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘Jenny Chen is a professional with good quality work. She can listen to the needs of business and provide reasonable solutions. She has very good experience in PIPL projects.’

Key clients

Xiaomi Corporation


Auto Home

Samsung Group

The Volvo Group

Auto Home Inc.

Samsung Group

The Volvo Group



VISEN Pharmaceuticals



Work highlights

  • Advised Xiaomi Corporation on multiple product lines and business scenarios that require data protection advice.
  • Provided effective and comprehensive legal advice for AutoHome’s domestic and foreign business lines involving data protection issues.
  • Provided legal support for Volvo Group’s auto drive and smart vehicle business.

China > Life sciences and healthcare: PRC firms Tier 1

The dedicated life science and healthcare team at Global Law Office is rated for its ‘strong and longstanding reputation in the market’ and its full-service offering, which includes M&A, investment transactions, licensing matters, IP, regulatory compliance and litigation. In addition to acting for high-profile pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, the practice is often sought after by industry associations and government bodies to assist with policy and regulatory matters. The team is jointly led by ‘distinguished partner’ Alan Zhou, who has extensive experience in advising on private equity and venture capital transactions, and M&A and foreign investment specialist Michael Yu, from Shanghai and Beijing, respectively. Jerry Liumatters focuses on corporate and cross-border M&A matters while Charlene Huang is a key contact for licence deals and outbound and inbound investment. Coco Fan and Jacky Li are recommended for regulatory compliance and antitrust investigations.

Practice head(s):

Alan Zhou; Michael Yu

Other key lawyers:


‘Alan Zhou and Coco Fan are very knowledgeable about the pharmaceutical industry, professional and efficient.’

‘Global’s life science and healthcare team has a strong and longstanding reputation in the market. The firm’s in-depth insight into the industry and close connection with legislators are impressive.’

‘Alan Zhou has many years of experience in the industry and his extensive network in the pharmaceutical industry provides a rare opportunity for pharmaceutical companies to participate deeply in relevant legislative discussions.’

‘Very knowledgeable about the pharmaceutical industry, professional and efficient.’

‘Global Law Office is intimately familiar with the life sciences and healthcare sector, and its advice to clients is very pragmatic and innovative. Its lawyers have been in the field for many years and have a deep understanding of the legal, compliance, data protection and IP matters related to the healthcare industry.’

‘Alan Zhou is a distinguished partner with extensive experience in life sciences and healthcare legal and compliance matters. He is good at communicating with clients, understanding client needs, and proposing pragmatic and business-orientated solutions.’

‘Alan Zhou has extensive knowledge of the industry and provides good advice in line with market practices.’

Key clients




Johnson & Johnson


Astra Zeneca



Shanghai Pharma


Cansino Bio





Work highlights

  • Acted for Primavera Capital on the $2.2bn acquisition of Mead Johnson from Reckitt Benckiser Group’s Greater China Business.
  • Assisted Jemincare in co-operating with Orion on a new non-opioid analgesic drug, a project valued at $489m.
  • Represented AstraZeneca in its patent infringement litigation appeal proceedings before the Supreme People’s Court against generic manufacturer Jiangsu Aosaikang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

China > Projects and energy: PRC firms Tier 1

Global Law Office‘s array of experienced partners represent a number of PRC gas giants, trans-national mining companies and municipal governments. Zhongcheng Wang has extensive experience of the projects and energy field and has notably been consulted on the Xiong’an New Area sustainable development. This government project aims to set the trend for environmentally friendly urban development in China. Other leading figures of the practice include Miller Wang, Shifang Guo and energy investment and financing specialist Xin Zhang. Liya Peng of the Chengdu office is building a strong reputation working with large clients in the pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturing industries and has developed the firm’s presence in western China.

Practice head(s):

Zhongcheng Wang; Miller Wang; Yue Wang; Xin Zhang; Shifang Guo; Xiaofeng Tang

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Jiangxi Copper Company Limited

Huaxia Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Beijing Capital Heat Co., Ltd

Beijing Shouchuang Thermal Power Co., Ltd

Chengdu Gas Group Corporation Ltd.

Huarun Gas Investment (China) Co., Ltd.

Chengdu Huarun Gas Engineering Co. Ltd

Jiaxin International Resources Investment Ltd.

Glencore International AG

City Development & Investment Co., Ltd of China Xiong’an Group

The People’s Government of Beijing Municipality

Beijing BII Traffic Development Co., Ltd.

SK Hynix System Ic Inc.

RK Properties

Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co., Ltd.

Beijing Maglev Transportation Development Co., Ltd.

Beijing BII City Utility Tube Investment Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Jiangxi Copper on the indirect acquisition of approximately 124 million shares (18.015% of the issued shares) of First Quantum Minerals Ltd., a Canadian listed company, for a total consideration of approximately USD 1.1159 billion.
  • Advised Beijing Maglev Transportation Development Co., Ltd. on the construction of the S1 Line in Beijing. The valuation of this project is around RMB 6.8 billion.
  • Advised on nearly 20 financial leasing transactions of Huaxia Financial Leasing Co., Ltd for photovoltaic or wind power assets. The valuation of this project is more than 6 billion RMB in total.

China > TMT: PRC firms Tier 1

The TMT practice at Global Law Office offers full-scope services covering both contentious and non-contentious matters, which includes public offering of shares, private equity investment, debt financing, IP licensing, and data protection. It is also experienced in acting on offshore and cross-border transactions across a wide spectrum of TMT subsectors. The team is co-led by Jinrong Liu and Meph Jia Gui from Beijing, and Steven Yu and Vincent Wang from Shanghai. Liu specialises in PE, M&A, capital markets, anti-trust and taxation matters for both Chinese and international companies, whilst Gui has significant experience advising on various IP matters. Yu provides additional expertise in advising multinational corporations on their China subsidiaries’ corporate and regulatory matters, whilst Wang’s practice covers new and emerging technologies. Maggie Meng is also notable for expertise in fintech and data privacy and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Jinrong Liu; Steven Yu; Vincent Wang; Meph Jia Gui

Other key lawyers:

Maggie Meng; Huawei Lin, Xueliang Mao, Shifang Guo


‘Vincent Wang

Key clients

Luxvisions Innovation Technology Limited

LuxShare Limited

Luxshare Precision

XIAOMI Corporation

Chipone Technology

China Resources Microelectronics Limited

China Merchants Capital Investment Co., Ltd.

Baidu Capital

Xiaomi Industry Fund

Qingci Games

MacMic Science & Technology Co., Ltd

ZTE Corporation

Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co.

Auto Home Inc.

HP Inc.

Samsung Group

LG Group

Microsoft Corporation

China Film Group Corporation

Perfect World Investment & Holding Group

Light Chaser Animation Design (Beijing) Co., Ltd.


Hangzhou Wanxiang Culture Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing Momo Technology Co., Ltd.


JU Holding Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised China Resources Microelectronics Limited to accomplish private placement on the Star Market.
  • Advised Hong Kong-listed company XIAOMI Corporation to acquire 50.09% shares of ZIMI for a consideration of around USD 200 million.
  • Advised Primavera Capital Group USD 600 million investment in Envision Group.

China > WTO/international trade: PRC firms Tier 1

Covering sanctions and compliance, WTO disputes, anti-dumping and countervailing, export controls and investigations defence, Global Law Office offers clients a comprehensive international trade practice. Qing Ren has considerable experience in sanctions and compliance, and has recently been advising clients on the effects of the Ukraine crisis. His clients include the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and several large banks. Deming Zhao came to the firm through a merger with specialist trade law firm HaoLiWen Partners and has enhanced the international trade practice with his extensive knowledge of the field. Anti-dumping, countervailing, safeguards and disputes specialist Frank Hang, described as ‘a walking encyclopaedia of trade laws‘, is highly recommended by clients. This accomplished trio regularly advise both massive state-owned companies in China and well-known multinationals. The firm’s investigations defence work has been particularly strong.

Practice head(s):

Frank (Guoliang) Hang; Qing Ren; Deming Zhao


‘With extensive experience in trade and customs, Global law office assists clients in handling complex legal issues in this field in a comprehensive manner.’

‘We highly recommend Frank Hang.’

‘The entire team is very fluent and knowledgable of the laws, practices and procedures relating to the cases, which are trade defences against the US, Europe, Thailand and Taiwan. The team is also fluent with the English language and communicates comfortably with local counsels.’

‘Frank Hang, the engagement partner in charge of the assignment, is like a walking encyclopaedia of trade laws and practices of multiple countries. As a client we are impressed with his knowledge and we value the advice provided to us from time to time. His team also worked very hard on site and blended in well with our staff.’

Key clients



Johnson & Johnson,





LONGi Solar Technology Co., Ltd.

Hanwha QCELLS (Qidong) Co., Ltd.

thyssenkrupp Electrical Steel GmbH

China Resources Chemical Innovative Materials Co., LTD.

Jiangsu Wujin Stainless Steel Pipe Group Co. Ltd.

Anhui Jinhe Industrial Co., Ltd.

HTL Furniture (China) Co., Ltd.

Xiamen Xiashun Aluminum Foil Co., Ltd

Zhongshan Belling Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Nanjing Ironstone Storage Equipment Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted as global counsel for a leading Chinese multinational company identifying export control compliance strategies and programs, and working with and supervising the lawyers and professionals in each jurisdiction.
  • Represented LONGi Solar Technology Co., Ltd., Hanwha QCELLS (Qidong) Co., Ltd. to respond to the Indian antidumping investigation against solar cells originating from China.
  • Represented Thyssenkrupp Electrical Steel GmbH to the China antidumping sunset review against GrainOrientedFlat-rolledElectricalSteel originating from Japan, Korea and EU.

China > Antitrust and competition: PRC firms Tier 2

With the introduction of new anti-monopoly regulations, Global Law Office is particularly active in handling high-profile litigation before the highest people’s courts. The full-service antitrust and competition team is led jointly by three experienced partners: Qing Ren splits his time advising on international trade and competition matters; Ying Mu stands out for her previous experience as a judge and her knowledge of antitrust law and contractual disputes is a serious asset for her clients; and Shujun Liu, who has extensive experience in merger filings and compliance matters, is praised as ‘outstanding in her diligence‘.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Weiwei Gu


‘Shujun Liu’s competition team is bilingual in Chinese and Japanese and highly capable of handling complicated matters that could otherwise be led to a protracted review by the SAMR.’

‘Shujun Liu is outstanding in her diligence and expertise in handling complicated matters with a tight time schedule.’

Key clients








Westlake Chemical Corporation

Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Joint Stock Limited Company

Shirui Energy Technology

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised Westlake Chemical Corporation and Hexion Inc. in their merger control filings.
  • Defending LS CABLE, a global cable manufacturer from Korea, in the dispute initiated by Beijing Electric Power Corporation regarding whether to affirm the existence of monopolistic practices under the PRC anti-monopoly Law after the European Commission’s penalty decision on LS CABLE’s monopoly.
  • Advised Xiaomi on the merger control filing following the acquisition of Zimi International.

China > Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 2

The capital markets team at Global Law Office offers a broad range of expertise, advising underwriters and issuers in both debt and equity capital markets, including on domestic and international IPOs and bonds, securitisation, and structured finance matters. Its expertise spans a range of industries, including TMT, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, and infrastructure. The practice is co-led by Jinrong Liu, Xin Zhang, Wei Qin and Wen Li from Beijing, Yu Zhang from Shanghai, and Cheng Li from Shenzen. Minglang Wang has expertise in domestic and overseas bond and debt issuances, whilst Haishan Sun is notable for his experience in international stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Practice head(s):

Jinrong Liu; Xin Zhang; Wei Qin; Cheng Li; Yu Zhang; Wen Li

Other key lawyers:

Minglang Wang; Haishan Sun; Jihong He

Key clients

China Resources Microelectronics Limited

China Construction Bank

New Development Bank

China Bond Insurance Co., Ltd.

Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co. Ltd


ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc.

Road King Infrastructure Limited


New Oriental Education& Technology Group Inc.

China Rongtong Resources Development Group Co., Ltd



SPD Bank

Nanjing Bank

Chang An Bank

Chang An Trust


Zhongrong International Trust Co. Ltd.


Road King Infrastructure Limited

China International Capital Corporation Limited

Lionbridge Financing Leasing (China) Co., Ltd.

LVGEM (China) Real Estate Investment Company Limited

RK Properties

Taikang Asset

Zhongtian My Home Group

Yankuang Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Nayuki Holdings Limited listing on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The first listed company operates freshly-made tea shops.
  • Advised on the private placement of CR MICRO on the Star Market. This is the first case in Chinese capital markets in which a red chip architecture company directly issued A stocks and lists in domestic China.
  • Advised Daimler International Finance B.V. on the successful issuance of its panda bonds under the debt financing instruments universal registration mode.

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

Global Law Office is adept at advising on the full spectrum of Chinese M&A, and is particularly active in advising on public M&A across sectors including TMT, biotech and real estate. The group is led by Jinrong Liu and Alex Liu in Beijing alongside Shifang Guo in Shenzhen; Jinrong Liu’s experience in public markets includes handling equity and debt offerings as well as cross-border transactions, while Alex Liu offers expertise across take-privates and restructurings of companies using VIE structures. Guo has recently been instructed on a number of outbound investments by Chinese clients.

Practice head(s):

Jinrong Liu; Alex (Chengwei) Liu; Shifang Guo

Other key lawyers:

Huawei Lin

Key clients

Primavera Capital

Jiaxin International Resources Investment Ltd.

Ascentage Pharma

XIAOMI Corporation

Minsheng Education Group Company Limited

Shanghai Medical Instruments Co., Ltd.

China Film Group Corporation (CFGC)

New Frontier

Luxshare Precision Industry Company Limited

Luxshare Limited

Luxshare Precision Limited

Changchun High & New Technology Industries (Group) Co., Ltd.

Hong Kong Anchor Industrial Holding Ltd.


Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Joint Stock Ltd Co (YOFC)

RephiLe Bioscience,Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Primavera Capital to acquire Greater China Business of Mead Johnson from Reckitt Benckiser Group.
  • Advised on the privatisation of New Frontier Health Corporation.
  • Advised Luxshare Limited, Luxshare Precision on the acquisition of Chery’s shares.

China > Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office offers a strong arbitration practice, with particular expertise advising multinational and financial entities. It is also experienced with both domestic and international arbitration centres, with a number of the team also sitting as arbitrators on CIETAC, CMAC, BIAC, SIAC and HKIAC. The group is co-led by Jiuguang Zhao and Zhao Li, both of whom have extensive experience in the field of dispute resolution. Key names to note include Yifeng Gao, who specialises in international arbitration, and Xiusong Xing, who has an extremely busy domestic and international arbitration practice. Recent partner Heng Wang primarily acts for clients in the investment, energy, and manufacturing industries, whilst Jack Law is dual qualified in New York and PRC.

Practice head(s):

Jiuguang Zhao; Zhao Li

Other key lawyers:

Yifeng Gao; Xiusong Xing; Heng Wang; Jingye Jiang; Jack Law

Key clients

The PRC Luxury Auto Dealers

China Asset Management Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted on a series of arbitration cases on behalf of the clients before China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission against a WOFE based in the PRC set up by a famous luxury auto manufacturer regarding the disputes arising from the dealer agreements.
  • Assisted a PRC subsidiary of a world top 500 company in an arbitration before China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission against a major civil construction company for payment for costs incurred in the overseas logistics services provided by the client to that company.
  • Represented a wholly owned subsidiary of a listed company in two arbitration proceedings administered by Shanghai International Arbitration Centre regarding stock transfer.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office’s litigation offering is well regarded in the Chinese market, with the team advising on a broad range of contentious commercial matters, though it has particular expertise in asset management and securities disputes. It primarily acts for MNCs and financial enterprises, including international trust enterprises. Jiuguang Zhao and Zhao Li co-head the department from Beijing, both of whom have experience acting at all court levels, including the Supreme People’s Court. Yifeng Gao specialises in foreign-related cases and has experience in international court litigations, whilst Weiwei Gu has rich expertise in dispute resolution, compliance, antitrust and employment-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Jiuguang Zhao; Zhao Li

Other key lawyers:

Yifeng Gao; Weiwei Gu; Lei Niu; Jack Law; Zhenlin Ma

Work highlights

  • Represented Yoovidhya Family, the inventors and primary owners of the Red Bull brand and trademarks globally in handling with over 10 lawsuits concerning corporate control disputes.
  • Represented Zhongzhi Enterprise Group and its subsidiaries a Chinese leading asset management group, against Zhejiang Tianma Bearing Group, a listed company. The total amount involved is around RMB 3 billion.
  • Represented China National Light Industrial Products IMP & EXP Group Co., Ltd. on a series of litigation cases in multiple areas. The total amount involved is nearly RMB 3 billion.

China > Fintech: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office handles contentious and non-contentious matters including high-value financing, private equity and venture capital investment, with further expertise in matters involving face recognition, e-payments and virtual currency. It recently advised CMB International, CCB International and YONXI Securities in an offering of senior notes amounting to $150m, extending to their listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The team is jointly led between Maggie Meng and Meph Jia Gui in Beijing and Vincent Wang and Steven Yu in Shanghai. Meng, who is a data protection and privacy expert, is particularly regarded for her regulatory advice across the TMT sector; Wang’s practice focuses on emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, and cloud computing; Yu is further noted for investments in China-based TMT companies by private equity and VC funds at a domestic and foreign level, as well as regulatory, licensing and compliance issues.

Key clients

CMB International

CCB International

YONXI Securities

LianLian Pay

ZTE Corporation

Xiaomi Industry Fund and Shunwei Capital

Star&Cloud Technology

YF Capital

New Economic and Financial Bureau of Jinjiang District, Chengdu City

Western Union


Work highlights

  • Advised on its RMB300m series C equity financing.
  • Assisted Xiaomi Industry Fund and Shunwei Capital in investment in DataStory.

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms

With ‘a high level of business sense and a good understanding of the Chinese legal market‘, Global Law Office‘s IP practice covers both contentious and non-contentious legal work across a broad spectrum of IP areas. Examples includes patents, trade marks, copyright, trade secrets, domain names and e-commerce, along with plant varieties, unfair competition, and IP-related antitrust matters. Managing partner Jinrong Liu leads the IP practice, which showcases Meph Jia Gui, who is admitted to practice in both China and California; and Degang Ma, who predominantly specialises in patent litigation, as well as non-contentious IP legal services. Other key practitioners include IP dispute resolution expert Ping Qiao; ‘highly organised‘ patent, copyright and trade mark litigation specialist Jack Li; Ying Mu, who assists with IP portfolio management work, contentious IP, and unfair competition disputes; and Yonghua Zhang, an expert in patents and trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Jinrong Liu

Other key lawyers:

Meph Jia Gui; Degang Ma; Ping Qiao; Jack Li; Ying Mu; Li Zhao; Yongpan Sheng; Dahai Wei


The team has high work efficiency levels, fast feedback, clear written communications, and is able to consider problems from the client’s perspective.

The team has a high level of business sense and a good understanding of the Chinese legal market. The staffing of the team is also very competent.

Compared with other law firms, it is much more cost effective, more dedicated and more focused, which reflects the special attention of the group’s top lawyers to the needs of clients and the firm’s mission-driven attitude. In recent years, the team has also introduced lawyer members from other well-known law firms, boosting the strength of the entire group.

When the team provides legal services, it always considers clients’ business needs, accurately implementing the business plan formulated.

A service that represents great value for money.

Clients have a high level of trust in the firm and can rely upon them for solid business support.

Meph Jia Gui and his team provide high-level IP legal services, along with practical and effective legal advice. They always give us feedback in a very timely manner without delaying or procrastinating.

Jack Li is very experienced in trade mark application processes, as well as being highly organised.

Key clients



Sinopec Group

Honeywell International





Sony Music Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Represented Yoovidhya Family in a Red Bull gold can-related trade mark dispute.
  • Represented Jinshan Security in graphical user interface design-related patent infringement litigation.
  • Successfully represented Perfect World Co in a trade mark case, which has a significant impact on the scope of licensing work and industry rules in the entertainment sector.

China > Investment funds: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office advises on fund formation for clients in various sectors, including semiconductors, pharmaceutical, mining and new energy. The practice also represents some of China’s largest insurance companies as well as multinational real estate investment firms. Yuan Yuan, who focusses on structuring and forming private funds, and Amy Dai co-lead the practice. Dai advises RMB funds, USD funds and joint venture fund with various structures including QFLP, QFGP and funds of funds. Xianlai Liu, who demonstrates extensive knowledge of the Chinese private equity and venture capital markets, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Amy Dai; Yuan Yuan

Other key lawyers:

Xianlai Liu

Key clients

China Reform Fund

CICC Capital

Sinopec Haihe (Tianjin) Equity Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd

Yuantaibaoman (Suzhou) Equity Investment Management Co., Ltd.

China Life Insurance (Group) Company


IDG Capital

Poly Capital


Hua Capital

PRO Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised on the formation of a private equity investment fund built by China Post Group Corporation and GLP.
  • Advised GLP on the establishment of a RMB 4.5 billion fund in China.
  • Advised SK Hynix, a world-renowned Korean investment institution which has been involved in many domestic investments, for the establishment of the fund in a project.

China > Labour and employment: PRC firms Tier 2

Led in Beijing by former judge Zhao Li, who specialises in terminations and labour dispute resolution, and in Shanghai by labour negotiation and dispute prevention specialist Weiwei Gu, Global Law Office‘s employment team offers a full range of labour law services to its corporate client base. The team advises on non-contentious matters including mass lay-offs as well as employment disputes; the latter including terminations which involve infringements of copyright and the right to reputation. Shujun Liu specifically represents Japanese companies operating in China and Chinese enterprises who operate in Japan; a uniquely tailored feature of the practice. Dingding Li is a dispute resolution specialist, working on terminations, incentive plans, training periods and non-compete clauses.

Practice head(s):

Weiwei Gu; Zhao Li

Other key lawyers:

Shujun Liu; Dingding Li

Key clients


Shanghai Yiqizuoye Information Technology Co., Ltd.





EWI SUSANTI (Indonesian)





Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Johnson & Johnson



ICBC Leasing

Easy-Logic Technology Limited

Cook Medical

Work highlights

  • Represented a leading O2O company in China in a labour dispute case.
  • Represented a multinational automobile company on employment termination cases, civil judgement enforcement, return of property, infringement on right to reputation and infringement on copyright.
  • Advised an investment group company on class labour disputes over overseas labour dispatching due to COVID-19 epidemic.

China > Private equity: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office offers a broad range of private equity financing matters, which includes advising on fund formation, design of investment structures, and assisting in obtaining government approvals, permits and registrations. The practice acts for both domestic and foreign venture capital and private equity funds across a wide range of industries, though it has particular industry sector strength in the TMT, education, healthcare, financial services and culture and entertainment sectors. Steven Yu and Jeffrey Zhu co-lead the practice from Shanghai. Shifang Guo specialises in cross-border M&A and private equity investment, whilst Evan Sun has extensive experience in foreign direct investment and private equity fund formation matters. Managing partner Jinrong Liu has extensive experience in a diverse range of industries acting on high-profile transactions.

Practice head(s):

Steven Yu; Jeffrey Zhu

Other key lawyers:

Shifang Guo; Evan Sun; Jia Guo; Jinrong Liu; Huawei Lin

Key clients

China Merchants Capital Investment Co., Ltd.

Baidu Capital



Primavera Capital

MGI Tech Co., Ltd.


YF Capital


China Internet Investment Fund

Shunwei Capital

Sinovation Ventures


Oceanpine Capital

Wise Road Capital

Source Code Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Primavera Capital Group on its USD 600 million investment in Envision Group.
  • Advised on Chipone Technology’s RMB 6.5 billion Series E+ Financing.
  • Advised on ZTO Freight (Cayman) INC.’s Series B Financing of more than USD 300 million.

China > Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office excels in project development and operation, M&A and disputes in the real estate space; it also acts for multinational clients and major Chinese developers in construction matters. Huawei Lin and Zhongcheng Wang are recommended for real estate mandates. Lin advises key clients including Blackstone on real estate M&A, private equity, structured financing, fund/trust formation and general corporate matters. Wang has a particular specialism in new materials and clean energy matters. Miller Wang specialises in construction projects, while managing partner of the Shenzen office Cheng Li focuses on capital markets, M&A and private equity investment in the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Huawei Lin; Zhongcheng Wang; Miller Wang; Yue Wang; Minghao Xu

Other key lawyers:

Cheng Li

Key clients

City Development & Investment Co., Ltd of China Xiong’an Group

The People’s Government of Beijing Municipality

Beijing BII Traffic Development Co., Ltd.

SK Hynix System Ic Inc.


Lvgem (China) Real Estate Investment Company Limited

Fujian Yango Group Co., Ltd.

China Merchants Expressway Network & Technology Holdings Co., Ltd.

ESR 易商红木


China Resources Land

RK Properties

Evergrande Group

China Kweichow Moutai Group 中国贵州茅台集团

BBMG Investing Property Group 北京金隅投资物业集团

China Great Wall Motor Group 中国长城汽车集团

Otis Elevator (China) Co., Ltd.

Siemens Ltd., China

Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters

White Peak Real Estate

Warburg Pincus

Beijing Investment Group Co.,Ltd.

Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Xinjiang Wujing Tiejian Rail Transportation Co., Ltd. on Public-Private Partnership project of the first phase of Urumqi Metro Line 2.
  • Advised Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co., Ltd. on establishment of Beijing Suburban Railway Joint Development Group Co., Ltd.
  • Advised Beijing Maglev Transportation Development Co., Ltd. on the construction of the S1 Line in Beijing.

China > Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms Tier 2

Global Law Office advises across the full spectrum of regulatory needs for a range of clients, which includes businesses, financial institutions, professional bodies, and both governmental and non-governmental organisations. The team also has strong expertise in relation to the life science, healthcare and pharmacy sector. Alan Zhou and Weiwei Gu co-lead the team from Shanghai. Zhou has extensive experience in corporate investigations, anti-corruption, and regulatory compliance matters, whilst Gu focuses on regulatory compliance, risk control and dispute resolution matters, with a particular focus handling anti-bribery administrative investigation cases. Jacky Li is also noted for his expertise in advising on internal and government investigations, whilst Maggie Meng specialises in cybersecurity, data protection and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Alan Zhou; Weiwei Gu

Other key lawyers:

Jacky Li; Maggie Meng; Deming Zhao


‘The team is large but also experienced, with specialists in several critical areas of regulatory and compliance.’

‘Jacky Li’s excellent background from his time before becoming a lawyer allows him to have unique insights. He is a very responsive partner, available at all hours of the day, and is very proactive to help clients.’

Key clients

China Pharmaceutical Industry Association, China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China Association for Vaccines, China Biochemical Pharmaceutical Industry Association, China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment R&D based Pharmaceutical Association Committee, and China Association for Medical Devices Industry

Boehringer Ingelheim

Hengrui Pharmaceuticals

CanSino Bio

Aspen Pharma

Luxshare Precision Industry

Beijing Highso Education Technology

Shenzhen Feiyang protect

Samsung Group

Work highlights

  • Advised over seven leading associations (including RDPAC) to play a leading role in drafting the first industrial compliance standard in China.
  • Advised West Union on full-spectrum compliance matters in China.
  • Assisted a client with several internal investigation cases.

China > Insurance: PRC firms Tier 3

Noted for its considerable expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters, the insurance team at Global Law Office collaborates with a range of practice groups within the firm, including litigation, real estate, capital markets, and M&A, among others, to handle financing transactions, equity transfers, restructurings, coverage disputes and settlements. Yifeng Gao and Jingye Jiang have extensive experience in litigation and arbitration. Huawei Lin  is especially sought after to advise foreign clients on M&A and financing transactions. From Chengdu, Feng Sheng handles wealth management matters and tax issues. In Shanghai, Amy Dai is recommended for fund formation matters and PE and VC investment while Tim Yimin Liu and Ken Huang focus on dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Yifeng Gao; Jingye Jiang; Huawei Lin; Amy Dai

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

China Life Insurance (Group) Company

Daija Baoxian

Yi’an Property Insurance Co., Ltd.

X Capital

Weibo Internet Technology (China) Co., Ltd

Manulife Sinochem

Work highlights

  • Assisted China Life Insurance (Group) Company in setting up the China Life-LOGOS logistics investment fund, which has a fundraising target of ¥2.8bn.
  • Advised Daija Baoxian on the establishment of the Daija urban regeneration investment fund, which has a fundraising target of ¥1.2bn.
  • Acted for SINA on its investment in Trust Mutual Life Insurance Organisation.

China > Private wealth: PRC firms Tier 3

With its international expertise, Global Law Office is particularly adept at handling cross-border tax issues for high-net-worth individuals. More broadly, the practice advises on matrimonial and inheritance disputes, as well as property distribution planning, family trust and insurance planning and inheritance matters. Feng Sheng co-leads the practice, specialising in wealth management and private client tax planning, alongside Jerry Liu and Jun Qian who are both experienced in investment-related matters and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Feng Sheng; Jerry Liu; Jun Qian

Key clients

Taiyangchuanshi Family Office with Taiping Life Insurance Company

China Will Registration Center

Work highlights

  • Established the Taiyangchuanshi Family Office with Taiping Life Insurance Company, which is the first family office set up by a large state-owned life insurance company in China.
  • Advising China Will Registration Center on inheritance and providing will planning and inheritance paths for high-net-worth clients.

China > Restructuring and insolvency: PRC firms Tier 3

With offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, Global Law Office is geared to deal with insolvency cases across China. In addition to acting as appointed administrator, the practice is frequently sought after to represent financial institutions and creditors in contentious and non-contentious restructurings and reorganisation plans. From Beijing, Jiuguang Zhao assists listed companies, state-owned enterprises, banks and trust companies with liquidation and dissolution matters alongside Yunjian Hou. In Shanghai, Weiwei Gu focuses on dispute resolution, compliance matters and reorganisations. Also recommended is Shenzhen-based M&A and reorganisation specialist Eric Chen.

Practice head(s):

Jiuguang Zhao; Weiwei Gu; Eric (Jieyi) Chen; Yunjian (Leo) Hou


‘Global’s lawyers are very professional, the quality of service is very high, and the team’s communication channels are very smooth.’

‘In the face of many unexpected situations of cooperation projects, the lawyers can respond quickly with professional and efficient advice. This has been a great help for the smooth progress of our project.’

‘Fees are one of the most reasonable and transparent of the many law firms we have worked with. In terms of high technology, Global’s lawyers make full use of a variety of communication methods and reporting methods in the process of project follow-up and reporting, and interact with us online and offline, ensuring that in various emergency situations, we can maintain a comprehensive and efficient communication channel with them.’

Key clients

Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court

Beijing Chaoyang People’s Court

Beijing Shijingshan People’s Court

Beijing Shunyi People’s court

Beijing Haidian People’s Court

Zhongrong International Trust Co., Ltd

Bloomage Biotechnology Corporation Limited

HSD Engine Co., Ltd

HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited

Sinopec Capital Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bank of China and Korea Development Bank on matters related to the restructuring of the HNA Group.
  • Represented Bank of China, a state-owned bank, in claims and negotiations with the administrator of Tewoo Group to rescue the bank’s RMB7bn creditor’s right.
  • Acted for Zhongrong International Trust Co., Ltd, a domestic financial institution and a creditor of HXHD, on the restructuring of HXHD.

China > Shipping: PRC firms Tier 3

Global Law Office advises clients on a range of shipping matters including ship arrest, international maritime arbitration and charter party disputes, among other areas. Yifeng Gao, Jingye Jiang and Ting Lei jointly lead the practice. Gao has acted for clients on numerous international arbitration cases in a career spanning more than 20 years and the team acts for domestic and foreign shipping companies, P&I clubs, insurance companies, import/export companies, project contractors and manufacturers.

Practice head(s):

Yifeng Gao; Jingye Jiang; Ting Lei

Key clients

China Electronics Import and Export Co., Ltd.

Runxing Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)

China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC)

Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC)

Work highlights

  • Represented China Credit Trust (ship lessor) against Tianjin Port and Sea Shipping Co., Ltd., Tianjin Shunhang Shipping Co., Ltd and Ganghai (Tianjin) Construction Co.,Ltd. regarding “Gang Hai Jun 576”, the ship financial leasing disputes and distribution of bankruptcy.
  • Serving as the Presiding Arbitrator at China Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission in Beijing in relation to a dispute arising from damage to power station equipment carried for international transportation.

China > Regional coverage: Sichuan Province: Chengdu including Chongqing

Global Law Office established its Chengdu office in August 2020 and focuses on advising regional clients across various sectors on banking and finance, capital markets, M&A, PE/VC, compliance and dispute resolution. The team also focuses on the energy sector and family wealth management matters.

About GLO
The history of Global Law Office (hereinafter the “GLO”) dates back to the establishment of China’s Legal Consultant Office of the Council for the Promotion of International Trade (hereinafter the “CCPIT”) in 1979. After years of persistent endeavours and development, we have become one of the largest and leading Chinese law firms.

We value the principles of simplicity, integrity and positivity. As a client-centered firm, we constantly improve our service and communications qualities, focusing on efficient and creative legal solutions for our clients.

Since its inception, GLO has been and remains committed to the mission of “serving domestic and foreign clients with a globalized vision, globalized team and globalized quality”. This has allowed us to always maintain a leading position in the industry in the midst of an ever-changing global economic environment.

All of our lawyers graduated from top law schools at home and abroad, most of whom hold advanced qualifications such as LL.M or above. Some of our partners are also qualified and have practiced law in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong and other regions. Our lawyers have outstanding and diverse practice backgrounds, many of whom have worked in the courts, regulatory bodies top domestic and international law firms or industry leading corporations and institutions.

With profound legal knowledge, extensive practice experience, high professional dedication and a strong sense of professional ethics, we have proved our values and earned the trust of both domestic and foreign clients. We are highly recommended as a leading PRC law firm being recognized as such by both international and domestic legal ranking bodies and directories (Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Asian Legal Business, etc.) and media for consecutive years.

We provide comprehensive one-stop legal services for domestic and foreign clients from various sectors and industries and continue to help domestic and foreign clients achieve enduring and long-term success via our unique advantages.

Our precedents

Corporate/mergers and acquisitions
  • The first reverse merger case in which a red chip Hong Kong listed public company spins off part of its China business to list on A share market – In 2014,Skyworth Digital Holding Ltd, a Hong Kong listed public company, achieved the spin-off and listing of its domestic set-top box business (valued at RMB 3.5bn) via China Resources Jinhua Co., Ltd. in A share market
  • The first state-owned red chip company listed in Hong Kong to acquire the controlling interest in an A-share company listed in China by means of a reverse takeover – In 2009, Tianjin Port Development Holdings Limited (3382.HK) acquired shares in Tianjin Port Holdings Co., Ltd. (600717.SH) from Tianjin Port (Group) Co., Ltd. for a total consideration of HK$10,961m
  • The first foreign general offer targeting Chinese companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange – In 2002,SAB Miller’s general offer to buy Harbin Brewery Group in 2002
Capital markets and securitization
  • The first green and blue double certified China corporate Bond USD in Greater China – In 2021, GLO provided legal services for the issuance of US$500m bonds by CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited in Hong Kong, which is the first China corporate Bond to obtain green and blue certification at the same time
  • The First Panda Bonds issued by a Macau SAR Issuer – In 2021, GLO has advised Luso International Banking Limited on its issuance of the first Panda Bonds issued by a Macau SAR Issuer
  • The world’s first simultaneous issuance of tri-product ESG bonds (i.e. green, transition and sustainability-linked bonds) – In 2021, GLO has advised China Construction Bank on its landmark multi-currency environmental, social and governance (ESG) bonds issuance, which marks a number of market-firsts in ESG finance
  • The first-ever offering of the US-dollar green subordinated perpetual capital notes by an Asia-Pacific corporate issuer – In 2021, GLO has advised GLP Singapore on its successful offering of the US-dollar green subordinated perpetual capital notes
  • The first-of-its-kind Shanghai FTZ bonds issued by a non-mainland China incorporated entity, and the first-of-its-kind issuance of USD-denominated Shanghai FTZ bonds – In 2021, GLO has advised GLP China Holdings Limited on its successful issuance of USD-denominated bonds in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (Shanghai FTZ)
  • The first offshore supplementary capital instruments issued by Chinese financial leasing companies – In 2020, China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. successfully issued the first offshore supplementary capital instruments
  • The first RMB dim sum bond in Central Asia – In 2020, China Construction Bank Astana Branch successfully issued 1 billion offshore RMB bonds in the international bond capital market. The first landed in Central Asia was issued in offshore RMB and was jointly traded on the Astana International Exchange and Hong Kong Listed simultaneously
  • First Coronavirus Combating Panda Bonds Issued by International Financial Organisations – In 2020, New Development Bank issued Coronavirus Combating Bonds
  • The first case in Chinese capital market in which a red chip architecture company directly issues A stocks and lists in domestic China – In 2020, China Resources Microelectronics Limited (688396.SH) listed on Technology Innovation Board of Shanghai Stock Exchange
  • The first perpetual bond issued by domestic non-bank financial institution – In 2019, China Bond Insurance Co., Ltd.’s 2019 RMB1.5bn perpetual bond (phase I)
  • The first China Industrial Internet SaaS (Software as a Service) listing – In 2019,  (DUO) listing on Nasdaq Stock Exchange
  • First offshore RMB bond listed in Hong Kong and Macau – In 2019, Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co., Ltd. successfully issued 1 billion offshore RMB bonds in the bond markets of Hong Kong and Macau
  • The first domestic rail transit company to optimize financing and supervise corporate bonds – In 2019, Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co., Ltd. third bond
  • The first international development agency RMB bond that has been registered and successfully issued (since the new rules for Panda bonds were issued in September 2018) – In 2019, New Development Bank successfully issued RMB 3bn in bonds
  • The first issuance of Panda Bonds by an international company in the PRC – In 2014, Daimler AG successfully issued Panda Bonds
  • The first issuance of CNY bonds in Hong Kong, London and Taiwan markets – Between 2008 and 2013, the Dim Sum and Island Bonds issued by China Construction Bank Corporation Ltd as the first batch of Mainland-background issuers
  • The first OTC derivatives master agreement and relevant definitions documents in the PRC – Between 2007 and 2013, the key drafting member for the NAFMII Master Agreement and its Definitions
  • The first credit risk mitigation agreement (the Chinese equivalent of CDS) and credit risk mitigation warrants in the PRC – In 2009, the CRMA and CRMW issued by China Bond Insurance Co., Ltd. as protection seller
  • The first SOE red chip company listed in Hong Kong to acquire controlling interest in an A-share company listed in China – In 2009, Tianjin Port Development Holdings Limited (3382.HK) through its wholly-owned subsidiary Grand Point Investment Limited, acquired from Tianjin Port (Group) Co., Ltd 951,512,511 shares in Tianjin Port Holdings Co., Ltd. (600717.SH).
  • The first issuance of medium-term notes in the PRC interbank bond market – In 2008, Huadian Group as the first batch of issuers
  • The first onshore asset securitisation transaction – In 2003, Securitisation of financial receivables of RMB13.25bn of China Huarong Asset Management Company
  • The first offshore securitisation transaction, backed by receivables generated from PRC-based originators’ offshore receivables – In 1997, COSCO offshore freight receivables securitisation project
  • The first and second N-Share offering and listing of PRC-based enterprises on the New York Stock Exchange – In 1992, Brilliance Automotive China Holdings Ltd and in 1994, China Yuchai International Ltd listed on the New York Stock Exchange
Project financing and others
  • The first leasing of aircraft – In 2001, Southern Airlines of China
  • The first power plant with overseas project financing – In 2000, Shandong Rizhao Power Plant
  • The first nuclear power plant project – In 1987, Dayawan Nuclear Power Plant
  • The first Sino-USA joint venture project – In 1985, Pingshuo Coal Mine
Dispute resolution
  • The first case of quite significant trademark ownership case in Chinese intellectual property – In 2019, Yoovidhya Family (“Redbull” trademark) intellectual property disputes
  • The first maritime litigation case involving the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage of 1969 – In 2002, the “Yian Jiu You 2”case
  • The first case to apply the Docdex Regulations of the International Chamber of Commerce regarding a L/C dispute in litigation at a PRC court – In 1996, Beijing Commercial Bank L/C case
  • The first successful case for recognition and enforcement of a foreign maritime arbitration award – In 1993, the vessel “Garden Gate” case
  • The first maritime case involving the whole procedure from ship arresting to auction of ship In 1985, the vessel “Lago” case
  • The first case of a Chinese company defending a lawsuit in the USA – In 1979, the “Firecracker Case”
  • The first arbitration case involving a PRC company in Stockholm – Represented a joint-venture company based in Guangdong Province before the Arbitration Institute of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
International trade
  • Represent China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) in the high-profile Section 301 investigation initiated by the US with respect to China’s technology acts, policies and practices in 2017.
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