Firm Profile > Simmons & Simmons > Shanghai, China
Simmons & Simmons Offices
42ND FLOOR WHEELOCK SQUARE
NO. 1717 NANJING WEST ROAD
Simmons & Simmons > The Legal 500 Rankings
Simmons & Simmons is singled out for its 'efficient, high-quality and pragmatic advice'. Its funds practice focuses on investment funds and financial regulation advice in Asia under the leadership of Asia financial markets head Rolfe Hayden who primarily sits in Hong Kong. While the team handles the full spectrum of hedge, private equity and retail funds, it also has a strong track record in exchange-traded funds and leveraged and inverse products. Also notable is the firm's work in the fintech space, where it advises clients on cryptocurrency funds, and in the licensing and regulatory area. Beijing-based Melody Yang gives 'constructive solutions which is tailor made for the actual situation of the client'.
‘The funds experts at Simmons & Simmons are very responsive and always make themselves available to their clients. They are also very quick in turning around documents.’
‘Their key strength is their ability to advise and understand issues that are important to foreign firms entering China. They are well versed in global best practices, and at the same time, understand local market practices‘.
‘The team has a deep understanding of the problems faced by Chinese clients and the industry, and the legal advice given is very pragmatic‘.
‘Melody Yang is an outstanding lawyer. She is knowledgeable and professional’.
‘Melody Yang is thoughtful and comprehensive in her responses, hardworking and responsive. She seeks to help clients understand the local practices while advocating for their requirements. She leads her team to deliver top-notch services‘.
Man Investment Management(Shanghai) Co, Ltd.
Simmons & Simmons 's labour and employment team is headquartered in Hong Kong and spearheaded by Fiona Loughrey . In China, Matthew Durham and May Lu sit in the Shanghai office and provide board-level advice on sensitive strategic issues, including employee misconduct, corporate restructures and senior appointments and exits. The group also handles contentious matters such as labour disputes, investigations, director and executive liability and sexual harassment policies. Also notable is Hong-Kong based Sarah Berkeley who has substantial experience advising financial institutions and major corporates.
Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2
At Simmons & Simmons, the fintech team is instructed on a wide range of matters including blockchain issues, and regulatory advice for both the financial and technological aspects of clients' businesses, as well as handling corporate and commercial work. Hong Kong-based Jingyuan Shi is a key contact for fintech clients, alongside Jolyon Ellwood-Russell. Recent clients have included leading fintech companies, both domestic and international.
Simmons & Simmons manages the global or regional trade mark portfolios for several household name brands. In recent years, the team has maintained its longstanding clients in addition to working with a number of new clients. It has a particularly strong practice in invalidation actions against the registration of disputed trade marks. In one highlight, George Chan and key associate Sophie Zhao successfully assisted Johnson & Johnson with an invalidation action against a mark; the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) considered that the co-existence of the disputed mark and Johnson & Johnson’s prior marks on similar goods would cause confusion among relevant consumers.
Cathay Pacific Airways and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines
Maus Frères International Services (LACOSTE, AIGLE International S.A., GANT AB)
Johnson & Johnson
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Herschel Supply Company Ltd.
Afton Chemical Corporation
TMT: foreign firms Tier 3
Simmons & Simmons' greater China team handles matters including a full range of transactional, corporate and commercial concerns; fintech and e-payment systems; and data protection, particularly for Shenzhen-based technology companies. In addition to technology, media and telecoms companies, the practice acts for banks, venture and private equity capitalists, industry bodies, regulators and governments in TMT-related matters. Practice head Jingyuan Shi advises on corporate transactions and general regulatory matters. Beijing-based IP specialist George Chan is also recommended. Shanghai-based May Lu advises on TMT-related employment cases.
KYC Chain Limited
HNA Technology Investments Holdings Limited
i-Cable Communications Limited
Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
Simmons & Simmons' Beijing-based Yongmei Cai specialises in banking, cross-border finance, derivatives, debt capital markets and financial regulatory work. In recent years, she has focused on cross-border structured trade and commodities finance transactions for international finance institutions.
Simmons & Simmons fields lawyers who are experienced in transactions that involve sectors such as asset management and investment funds, financial institutions and TMT. Michael Chin divides his time between the Hong Kong and Shanghai offices; former Beijing office head Eric Lin exited for Reed Smith Richards Butler.
Simmons & Simmons' sector focus, namely asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, TMT and life sciences, also applies to the firm's China dispute resolution practice. Joseph Chu, who divides his time between the Beijing and Hong Kong offices, and supervising associate Vera Zuo are the principal contacts.
Simmons & Simmons > Firm Profile
The firm: Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working through offices in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, bringing experienced professionals to some of the most active growth markets today.
Simmons & Simmons has been active in Asia for 35 years, where the firm is recognised as one of the leading international full-service law firms. Simmons & Simmons has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, and its lawyers practise Chinese, Hong Kong, English and US law. Since 2001, the firm has had a qualified joint venture with TMI Associates in Tokyo, the first such alliance between a major established Japanese law firm and a major international law firm.
Established in London in 1896, Simmons & Simmons opened its first international office in 1962, when it became the first City law firm to open an office in Brussels. Today, the firm has offices in key financial centres across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and a strong track record of delivering high-quality legal services to clients in some of the fastest growing markets in the world.
Areas of practice: Simmons & Simmons applies its considerable expertise to all business sectors, but focuses on: asset management and investment funds, energy and infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences, and technology, media and telecommunications. Simmons & Simmons acts regularly on the most innovative cases, deals and transactions in its chosen areas of specialism and receives recognition for the quality of its work from clients and others within those industry sectors. Most recently, the firm was named ‘Best Trade Finance Firm’ in Asia Pacific in the GTR Asia Leaders in Trade 2016 Awards; awarded Asian-Mena Counsel’s ‘Firm of the Year 2017’ for employment and IP in Hong Kong; named AsianInvestor Law Firm of the Year 2017 and Best Onshore Firm at the HFM Asia Services Awards.
|Banking and finance||Yongmei Cai|
|Banking and finance||Richard McKeown|
|Capital markets (debt and equity)||Jay Lee|
|Capital markets (debt and equity)||Joseph Lee|
|Corporate and M&A||Eric Lin|
|Corporate and M&A||Ian Wood|
|Dispute resolution||Joseph Chu|
|Intellectual property||John Slater|
|Intellectual property||George Chan|
|Investment funds||Melody Yang|
|Private equity and venture capital||Eric Lin|
|Projects and energy||Eric Lin|
|Projects and energy||Vivien Yang|
|Structured finance and securitisation||Yongmei Cai|
|Matthew Durham||View Profile|