Firm Profile > Simmons & Simmons > Shanghai, China
Simmons & Simmons Offices
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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'.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.
George Chan; John Slater
Other key lawyers:
Sophie Zhao; Julie Luo; Joy Shi
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.
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 smartest business solutions come when the firm works together – international, but operating as one integrated team. Collaborative, agile and partner-led: that’s Simmons & Simmons. A law firm that challenges, creates new possibilities and offers opinion not just option. A law firm that acts as your business partner and works with you, not for you.
The firm focuses on four highly regulated sectors (asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications) – using its specialist skills to understand your business, and the forces at play around it. All grounded in exceptional knowledge of the legal detail. This is how Simmons & Simmons consistently delivers smarter, more efficient ways to tackle clients’ most complex challenges.
|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|