Fangda Partners > Shanghai, China > Firm Profile

Fangda Partners
24/F, HKRI CENTRE TWO, HKRI TAIKOO HUI
288 SHI MEN YI ROAD
SHANGHAI 200041
China

China > Antitrust and competition: PRC firms Tier 1

 Fangda Partners‘ antitrust and competition practice acts on high-profile investigations on matters such as abuse of dominance in the digital sphere, with the firm representing some of the largest names in Chinese e-commerce. The team, led by Michael Han, is one of the top choices for PRC counsel in the eyes of many multinational businesses. As well as investigations, Han advises on a range of matters including merger control, competition litigation and strategic and operational counselling. Another key name is Caroline Huang, who assists with abuse of dominance and cartel investigations and merger filing and has notable specialisms in the shipping, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals industries.

Practice head(s):

Josh Shin; Kate Yin; Michael Han; Fang Q

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SK hynix Inc.

Marvell

Illinois Tool Works Inc.

Cargotec Oyj

Konecranes Plc

AerCap Holdings NV

Ferro Corporation

TCL Technology

Thales S.A.

Alibaba Group

Ant Group

58 Group

Blackstone

Bytedance

Work highlights

  • Advised SK hynix on the Chinese merger filing of its $9bn acquisition of Intel’s NAND and SSD storage business.
  • Acted for Alibaba Group in an antitrust investigation related to abuse of dominance.
  • Represented ByteDance in its antitrust litigation against Tencent.  

China > Banking and finance: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners maintains a notable presence in the banking and finance area, standing as a leader when it comes to acquisition finance, non-recourse and limited recourse project financing, and structured finance, primarily handling transactions for clients on the borrower side. It also features a strong loan practice, advising banks on a range of loan facilities. Jointly led by Shanghai-based Xie Zheng and Stanley Chen, with a combined experience of almost 40 years handling high-value cross-border acquisition finance, project finance and syndicated lending mandates. Supporting these efforts is Maria Wang, with a practice characterized by both real estate and finance expertise, making the financing and acquisition of real estate assets one of her key areas of work. Joyce Zhou and counsel Harry Xu are also recommended under the full spectrum of financing matters, including in relation to debt and acquisitions, respectively.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank of China

The Exim Bank of China

China Development Bank

China Construction Bank

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Ping An Bank

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

China Merchant Bank

JP Morgan

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

Standard Chartered Bank

DBS Bank Limited

OCBC Bank

SEB

DNB Bank ASA

Nordea Bank

Banco de Santander

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Wing Lung Bank

Shanghai Electrics

Boyu Capital

CVC Capital

TPG

GE Capital

Alibaba Group Holding Limited

Warburg Pincus

Morgan Stanley

CITIC Capital

Oaktree

China Minsheng Financial Holding

Chong Hing Bank

ICBC International Holdings

Charoen Pokphand Group

Maybank

Loyal Valley Capital

GLP Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Centurium Capital Management in $2bn acquisition loan from Ping An bank and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank to privatize China Biologic Products Holdings.
  • Advised Hillhouse in an acquisition loan from China Merchant Bank, Ping An, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and CMB Wing Lung to fund its acquisition of AI Dream.
  • Advised Shanghai Pudong Development Bank in an ¥2.6bn loan facility to MBK Partners.

China > Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners is recognised as a market leader in this field, with extensive expertise in both domestic and international equity and debt offerings, acting for issuers and underwriters. The practice handles a number of high-profile A-share IPOs, asset restructurings, and public M&A deals. It also advises on follow-on offerings, H-share convertible issuance and corporate bonds issuance matters. The practice also contains a strong debt team, advising on a full range of debt securities transactions, as well as a structured finance and securitisation team. Leo Lou leads the Shanghai team, whilst Xueyan Jiang leads the Beijing group. Jeffrey Ding has extensive experience in advising multinational corporations and financial institutions in their investments in China, whilst Christine Chen specialises in advising issuers and underwriters on equity and debt securities offerings, including in US markets. Also notable is Dong Wu, who is experienced in corporate finance matters, and counsel Helen Zhao, who focuses on panda bond offerings and other cross-border securities offerings. Founding member Michael Qi is also noted for his extensive expertise in restructuring, IPO listing and follow on offering matters.

Practice head(s):

Leo Lou; Xueyan Jiang

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is well staffed with lawyers with different seniorities and proficient English language skills. They have abundant experiences in advising bond issuance transactions, communicating with clients with different backgrounds, and are competent to deal with pioneer transaction structures.’

‘Christine Chen has in-depth experience in advising sophisticated international issuers on local law issues. As our trusted legal advisor, Christine provides practical and thoughtful solutions to complicated legal issues, which is immensely helpful to the successful execution of cutting-edge debt offering transactions.’

Key clients

BeiGene, Ltd.

Bank of Ningbo Co., Ltd

XPeng Inc.

Cowealth Medical

Shenwan Hongyuan (H.K.) Limited

Jinmao Services

Huatai United Securities

BMW Finance N.V.

BMW AG

Bank of China Limited

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd. Hong Kong Branch

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited

ICBC International Securities Limited

Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

CTBC Bank Co., Ltd.

Deutsche Bank AG

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

Mizuho Securities Asia Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

he Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Société Générale

UBS AG Hong Kong Branch

JIC Leasing Company Limited, Xingsheng (BVI) Company Limited

Bank of China Macau Branch

China International Capital Co., Ltd.

Haier Financial Factoring (Chongqing) Co., Ltd.

China Energy Engineering Investment Co., Ltd.

China Construction Third Bureau Group Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised BeiGene throughout on its US$3.5 billion (before over-allotment option is fully exercised) initial public offering and listing on the STAR Market.
  • Advised Hungary on its RMB 1 billion the first green sovereign bond offering.
  • Advised China Energy Engineering Investment Co., Ltd. on the project of CICC-China Energy Engineering Investment Wind Power Green ABS (dedicated to carbon neutrality).

China > Corporate and M&A: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners has a broad corporate practice, with experience handling inbound and outbound investment as well as the PRC aspects of complex, cross-border deals. The team’s workload includes take-privates, carve-outs and transactions involving state-owned entities, and its client base encompasses Chinese and multinational corporations in addition to private equity funds. Norman Zhong heads up the group and works across the Hong Kong and Shanghai offices; alongside Leo Lou, who is also based in Shanghai, he has considerable expertise in public M&A and private equity. In Beijing, Jeffery Ding and Patrick Li are key names with experience in M&A, IPOs and strategic investments. The corporate group also benefits from the wider firm’s strength in antitrust and merger control, with Michael Han a name to note in this area.

Practice head(s):

Norman Zhong; Miles Ma

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SK hynix Inc.

DCP Capital

MBK Partners

Lumentum Holdings Inc.

China National Bluestar (Group) Co., Ltd.

Alibaba Group

Hony Capital

CEC

FountainVest Partners

Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai

Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia

Asiainfo Technologies Limited

Boyu Capital

Suez (Asia) Limited

SUEZ

China Reform Capital Co., Ltd.

Weifu High-Technology Group Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted SK hynix Inc. in its acquisition of the NAND and SSD business from Intel Corporation with a total transaction consideration of US$9 billion.
  • Advised MBK Partners on its acquisition of CAR’s share with a total consideration of approximately USD 1.1 billion.
  • Advised a buyer consortium on the privatization of 51job with a total transaction consideration of USD5.7 billion.

China > Data protection: PRC firms Tier 1

With an impressive client roster featuring some of the most prominent players in the technology, banking and retail sectors, Fangda Partners maintains its standing as a leader in the area of data protection and cyber security issues, acting on data breach responses, compliance programs, and regulatory proceedings. Kate Yin, who demonstrates notable knowledge in regulatory compliance, with a further focus on cross-border matters relating to anti-corruption, export controls, and internal investigations, leads the practice with a footing in Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. In Shanghai, Gil Zhang stands out as a key contact, noted for his ‘full understanding of client’s needs‘ when advising on cybersecurity matters and data compliance programs in a Chinese legislative and GDPR context. Counsel Huihui Li  is experienced in internal compliance checks and assessments of tech-driven products.

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Testimonials

‘Familiar with business practice in pharmaceutical industry.’

‘Provides clients with practical advice to comply with data protection law in China.’

‘The team are professional on data protection and cyber security related issues.’

‘Gil Zhang provides timely and professional guidance on the data protection related issues of our company.’

‘Gil Zhang is one of the most knowledgeable privacy lawyers. He has full understanding of clients’ needs and of how their organizations work.’

‘The lawyer’s understanding of the local regulator and their perspectives and the engagement with the rule makers is an advantage.’

China > Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners‘ arbitration offering is among the strongest on the market. With its global network and offices across major cities in mainland China and Hong Kong, it is able to offer a full range of services, including assisting on parallel proceedings, and offshore and cross-border matters. The group has extensive experience acting for multinational and domestic companies across numerous industries in a wide range of matters, though it is particularly well known for assisting in corporate, IP and antitrust, construction, insolvency and restructuring, employment, torts, and financial product proceedings. A number of the team also sit as arbitrators at major arbitration centres, including CIETAC, SHIAC, SCIA. Nuo Ji, Benjamin Miao and Daniel Huang lead the Shanghai group, whilst Ming Kang and Helen Shi head the Beijing department. Other key practitioners include Yanhua Lin, who has experience representing clients before the HKIAC and ICC, and Allan Chen, who specialises in corporate governance and financial services disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nuo Ji; Benjamin Miao; Daniel Huang; Ming Kang; Helen Shi

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

China Development Bank

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners offers an enviable litigation practice, with offices across major cities in mainland China as well as Hong Kong. It advises across a wide range of disputes, though it has particular expertise in corporate, IP and antitrust, construction and real estate, financial products, and employment matters. It also has a strong global network with other leading law firms, which allows it to assist Chinese companies in parallel proceedings, as well as offshore and cross-border cases. Ming Kang and Helen Shi co-lead the Beijing branch, whilst Nuo Ji, Benjamin Miao, and Daniel Huang co-head the Shanghai group. Ji and Miao have rich expertise in complex commercial disputes, specialising in cross-border and domestic matters, respectively. Meanwhile, Huang has specific expertise in international trade and IP disputes. Other key practitioners include Allan Chen, who focuses on corporate governance and financial services disputes, Peibing Qi, who specialises in construction and real estate, product liability and commercial contract litigation, and Qian Luo who is experienced in corporate, contract, and tort disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nuo Ji; Benjamin Miao; Daniel Huang; Ming Kang; Helen Shi

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Everbright Jinhui Investment Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Jinxin Investment Advisory LLP

China Life Asset Management Co. Ltd.

Cinda Investment Co., Ltd.

China State-owned Capital VC Fund Co., Ltd.

Nanjing Skytech Technology Co., Ltd.

Shanghai HFT Fortune Asset Management Company Limited

Industrial Bank Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Shengda Forestry Industry Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Sterlite Tongguang Fiber Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Shanghai Jinxin Investment Advisory LLP and Everbright Jinhui Investment Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. to bring a lawsuit against Baofeng Group Co., Ltd. (a PRC listed company) and its actual controller before the PRC Supreme Court.
  • Entrusted by China Life Asset Management Co. Ltd., representing Bank of Communications Trustee Limited before the Beijing No. 4 Intermediate People’s Court against China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group Company in a dispute arising from the deed of guarantee involving USD bonds.
  • Represented Cinda Investment Co., Ltd. in court litigation over a contract dispute of real estate development operation dispute against a listed general merchandise company and its subsidiary.

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms

Fangda Partners‘ appellate litigation and advocacy practice is known for successfully arguing cases before the provincial high courts and the PRC Supreme Court. In non-contentious matters, the team advises on transactions involving procurements and acquisitions, along with assignments and licensing concerning technology, brands, patents and copyrights. Representative deals range from franchising, distribution and outsourcing to joint ventures, M&A, strategic alliances, and technology research and development. Key figures include IP litigation specialist James Hu, patent litigator Alexandra Yang , and Fang Qi, whose track record covers patent, trade secret, trade mark, copyright and antitrust disputes. Other experienced partners include experienced litigator Dixon Zhang, as well as Hans She, Claudia Yun, Tian Tian, Devan Shao, Giant Hu and Richard Lin. At next generation partner level, Tingting Liao‘s practice covers patent litigation and invalidations, while Lin Qin and Zheng Gou are active counsels. In May 2022, former partner Gordon Gao joined King & Wood Mallesons.

Practice head(s):

James Hu; Alexandra Yang

Key clients

Guardant

TSMC

Pfizer

Meta (Facebook)

IBM

Intel

Microsoft

Apple

Astellas

MediaTek

Nordson

ZPMC

InterDigital

ITW

Novartis

Valeo

Belden

Cisco

OPPO

Ant Group

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Oppo in its standard essential patent and FRAND litigation against Nokia.
  • Representing Apple in several rounds of proceedings against Zhizhen, in relation to  the iRobot patent.
  • Represented Tsuburaya in strategising, filing and handling copyright litigation.

China > Investment funds: PRC firms Tier 1

Fund structuring specialist firm Fangda Partners has long stood amongst the market’s pioneering firms. Advising clients through the full life cycle of the fund, the ‘resourcesful and practical‘ team is led by Richard Guo who draws on a wealth of experience in the formation and operation of alternative investment products, funds of funds, co-investment funds and corporate venture funds using both USD and RMB currencies. Zhen Chen, Zhiyi Ren, Candy Tang and Flora Qian are further names to note, and count Morgan Stanley and Sequoia as their main clients.

Practice head(s):

Richard Guo

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable while can also deliver practical advice.’

‘Responsive and responsible.’

‘They are very experienced and resourceful.’

‘Very creative at coming up with solutions.’

‘They have rich experience and deep expertise.’

‘Very resourceful. They can help connect us with helpful contacts.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Boyu Capital

Zoo Capital

DCP Capital

Vision Knight Capital

Alibaba Group

Yunfeng Capital

Ant Financial

Sequoia Capital

CICC Capital

Synergis Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Morgan Stanley on the structuring and formation of its third flagship RMB Fund in China.
  • Advised Sequoia Capital on the structuring and formation of its first, second and third qualified foreign limited partnership (“QFLP”) funds in Hainan.
  • Assisted Boyu Capital with the structuring and formation of its fourth flagship RMB Fund, Boyu RMB Fund IV.

China > Labour and employment: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners supports its clients through HR management and policy implementation, arbitration, labour disputes, layoffs and immigration issues in China’s continually evolving employment market. Practice head Bo Zhou specialises in labour litigation and misconduct cases, as well as advising on employee transfer issues relating to mergers and other large transactions. Advising a large steel corporation on a significant factory relocation is an example of this work. Lisa Zhao is an experienced advisor on restructuring and policy implementation in the workplace. Ivan Su and James Hu practice in labour dispute resolution and arbitration. The firm’s list of large clients includes major hotel chain Hilton and business social media site LinkedIn.

Practice head(s):

Bo Zhou; Lisa Zhao

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Astellas

LinkedIn

ASML

Hempel

Vale

ABI

Hilton

Astellas

NYU Shanghai

Teleflex

Lear Corporation

Coller Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised a global leading modernized integrated iron & steel enterprise on employment law related matters for factory relocation.

China > Life sciences and healthcare: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners houses ‘a highly competent team of life sciences and healthcare lawyers’, who are equipped to handle the whole life cycle of life sciences and health products’. Highly praised for its ability to combine expertise from many practice areas within the firm’, the practice assists a stellar list of clients with financings, rights issuances, regulatory compliance, licensing applications, IP disputes, and antitrust matters. With ‘many years of experience in the biomedical industry’, Shanghai-based Josh Shin regularly advises on distribution and collaboration agreements. In Beijing, Kate Yin focuses on regulatory compliance and enforcement actions while Fang Qi handles IP transactions and antitrust litigation. M&A, foreign investment and PE matters are the area of expertise of Shanghai-based Diana Li. Splitting his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, Michael Han is recommended for joint ventures and antitrust investigations. Sherry Yao departed in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Josh Shin; Kate Yin; Michael Han; Fang Qi

Other key lawyers:

Yiren Hu; Gil Zhang

Testimonials

‘They work as a very strong team with exceptional depth in expertise and breadth of work scope. The team has an excellent business sense besides their outstanding legal skills.’

‘Josh Shin has very good business sense and is always on top of all matters. Yiren Hu is very detail oriented and skilled in cross-border transactions.’

‘Fangda has a highly competent team of life sciences and healthcare lawyers. The practice covers legal services related to the whole life cycle of life sciences and health products. They provide our company with multi-faceted and multi-dimensional legal advice such as BD, clinical, listing access, advertising, antitrust, data and personal information protection.’

‘Diana Li has a thorough understanding of and many years of experience in the life sciences and healthcare industry, with a with a deep understanding of new technologies and products.’

‘Fangda’s life sciences and healthcare team is able to combine expertise from many practice areas within the firm  to provide comprehensive high-quality legal services.’

‘Josh Shin is a distinguished partner in Fangda’s life sciences and healthcare team. He is able to quickly understand the company’s business model and provide timely high-quality advice.’

‘Josh Shin has many years of experience in the biomedical industry, being familiar with professional investors and start-up companies operating in the industry.’

‘Josh Shi and Gil Zhang have good understanding of the client business model and the complex regulatory framework which impacts the client’s business.’ 

Key clients

Novartis

Bayer Healthcare

AstraZeneca

Roche China

Gilead Sciences

Abbott China

WuXi AppTech

Watson Pharmaceuticals

Mindray Medical

APBI Holdings

Danaher Corporate

Fresenius Kabi

BioGene

BeiGene

Yunfeng Fund II

TPG Growth

Yunfeng Capital

Sino Medcare

Roper Technology

Assembly BioScience

Edding Pharm

Everbright Healthcare Fund

C-Stone Pharmaceutical

Hanhui Pharma

Shanghai Kehua Bioengineering

Astellas

Brooks Automation

EdiGene Beijing Biotechnology

LifeTech Scientific Corporation

Wuxi JW Therapeutics

CBC Group

PAG

Primavera Capital

CDBI Capital

CICC Healthcare Fund

CVC Capital

Hillhouse Capital

Highlight Capital

Haeir Healthcare

Johnson & Johnson

Straumann

Anheart Therapeutics

Smith & Nephew

MitrAssist

Visen Pharmaceuticals

Laekna Therapeutics

Medela

Smith & Nephew

Vyaire Medical

MSD

Vazyme Biotechnology

Zai Lab

CMS (China Medical System)

CDH Fund

Novotech

MicroPort Group

Cenova Capital

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Medi-Link

I-Mab BioPharma

Brii BioScience

Overland Pharmaceuticals

Oncusp Therapeutics

Galixir Technology

Virogin Biotech

Thermo Fisher

Ortho Diagnostics

Eli Lilly

Takeda

Kintor Pharmaceutical

MediTrust Health

AZ-CICC Healthcare Fund

magAssist Technology

Perkin Elmer

Beijing Naton Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised BeiGene on its $3.5bn (before over-allotment option is fully exercised) initial public offering and listing on the STAR Market Shanghai, after acting  for BeiGene as the company PRC counsel on its IPOs on NASDAQ and HKEX.
  • Assisted CStone Pharmaceuticals in granting exclusive rights to Hengrui Pharmaceuticals for research, development, registration, manufacturing, and commercialisation of anti-CTLA-4 mAb CS1002 in the Greater China region.
  • Acted for MediTrust Health on its Series-C financing co-lead by Boyu Capital and Janchor Partners, involving an aggregate financing amount of over ¥2bn.

China > Private equity: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners is recognised as a market leader in the field of private equity, representing global and PRC financial sponsors, venture capitalists, banks and alternative financing providers, and founders of high-growth companies on their private equity investments. The practice is bolstered by the firm’s strength in wider teams, allowing for collaboration with experts in leverage finance, capital markets, fund formation, compliance, and employment law matters. It acts on a full range of transactions, including public, private and cross-border buyouts, debt investments, portfolio secondaries, and co-investments. The practice is headed by Chen Bao from Beijing, who has extensive experience representing leading private equity clients as well as Chinese sellers in M&A transactions. Other notable practitioners include Jeffrey Ding, who has expertise in cross-border acquisitions, public offerings, and joint venture transactions, and Helen Fan, who specialises in private equity and venture capital investment across a range of industries. Meanwhile, Patrick Li is experienced in foreign direct investment matters.

Practice head(s):

Chen Bao

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Chengxin Technology

China Integrated Circuit Industry Fund II

IDG

Alibaba

ABI

XYZ Robotics Global Inc.

Sunshine Insurance and a Sovereign Wealth Fund

New Carzone

China Life Insurance and Ping An Life Insurance

FountainVest Partners

MediTrust Health

360 Security Technology Inc.

Peak

Yunfeng Capital

Hillhouse Capital

CD Finance

Shuangbai Fund

InnoScience (Suzhou) Technology Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Chengxin Technology (DiDi’s platform for conducting the businesses of community group-buying and community e-commerce) in its spin-off from Didi and series A financing from various investors with an aggregate financing amount being around US$4.21 billion.
  • Acted for China Life Insurance and Ping An Life Insurance in their investments in Huadian Fuxin Energy Development Co., Ltd.
  • Advised InnoScience (Suzhou) Technology Co., Ltd. in its series D financing, which was led by TI-Capital and the co-investors include but not limited to ADDOR Capital, Haitong Innovation, China-Belgium Direct Equity Investment Fund, SAIF Eagle Fund and CMS Investment.

China > Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 1

Frequently advising on some of the largest real estate and construction matters in the Chinese market, Fangda Partners boasts a practice at the height of its game. Truly global in scope, the team is able to act both as PRC and international counsel in cross-border transactions. It has particular strength in acquisitions, investment, commercial leasing as well as in PPP projects. Massive development projects in Shanghai have been the focus of some of the firm’s most important work in recent times. Demonstrating this, the team advised on the purchase of several mixed-use land parcels in the Huangpu district by Kerry Properties. The highly regarded Yingying Wang jointly heads the practice with cross-border transactions expert Stephen Lin. Counsel Amber Wang is one of the firm’s up-and-comers.

Practice head(s):

Yingyang Wang; Stephen Lin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Brookfield

China Enterprise

GIC

Tishman Speyer

New World Development

Kerry Properties

LaSalle Investment Management

Starbucks

Ping’an Real Estate

Albemarle

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ping An Life Insurance on its acquisition of a majority stake in the Raffles City portfolio, comprising six Raffles City commercial developments located in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Ningbo.
  • Represented Tishman Speyer on its sale of about 2.1 million square feet of office and retail space currently under development to ByteDance.
  • Advising Kerry Properties, a Hong Kong-listed developer, on its RMB 13.3 billion purchase of four mixed-use land parcels in Shanghai’s Huangpu District.

China > Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners is well regarded for advising clients in high-profile compliance investigations and enforcement actions across China, often serving as lead counsel. It handles a full scope of contentious and non-contentious compliance and regulatory issues, including corporate investigations, administrative and criminal government enforcement, compliance advisory, and compliance program and policy issues. It also has strong expertise in cross-border matters, including acting for Chinese clients in government enforcement actions initiated by foreign governments. The team is co-led by Kate Yin, who splits her time between Beijing, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou, and Benjamin Miao who is based in Shanghai. Yin has significant experience advising across a wide array of matters, including anti-bribery, anti-competition, data protection and compliance, securities law, anti-money laundering, and export control matters, whilst Miao specialises in commercial disputes. Derrick Zhao is also notable for his expertise in general corporate compliance matters, internal investigations and government enforcement actions, whilst Yanjun Zhuang specialises in criminal defence, government enforcement and anti-fraud internal investigation.

Practice head(s):

Kate Yin; Benjamin Miao

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Yanjun Zhuang impresses with outstanding work. He works around the clock analysing clients’ urgent problems, interprets local laws and regulations in terms that the client can understand, and looks for legal solutions that no other experts have ever pointed out.’

‘Fangda is an international legal firm, where most staff are fluent in English. They are able to help us convert most local legal documents into English and terms that US clients can easily understand. They also take client’s businesses personally.’

‘Yanjun Zhuang never cuts corners when it comes to his profession. He provides all  the knowledge that he can, which is top notch in China.’

China > TMT: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners is well regarded for its expertise across a broad range of the TMT sectors, acting on a number of high-profile transactions relating to equity and debt financing, restructuring, M&A, data protection and security compliance, and intellectual property protection. Its clients include an enviable list of major Chinese TMT companies, as well as unicorn companies and technology start-ups. The practice is co-led by Amanda Zhou and Doris Tang from Beijing and Shanghai, respectively. Zhou has extensive experience in advising on venture capital transactions and private equity funds, and is supported by Jeffery Ding who is active in the areas of M&A, capital markets and private equity. Also notable are Tianyi Chen and Patrick Li, both of whom specialise in corporate transactions and are experienced in cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Zhou; Doris Tang

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Diligent, experienced, and cost-effective.’

‘Helan Fan, Chuck Sun, Eric Yan, Samuel Xie Leo Lou, Dalin Cong Candy Tang’

Key clients

IDG and Yunfeng

Alibaba Group

AB INITIO CAPITAL

Zynga Inc.

Alibaba

Nanjing Huadong Electronic Information & Technology Co., Ltd.

China Integrated Circuit Industry Fund II

APlus Partners

XPeng Inc.

MBK Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised X-Peng Inc. on its global offering of 85 million Class A ordinary shares.
  • Advised Alibaba Group in the Phase II of Jiangsu Xinxin Retail Innovation Fund.
  • Advised Nanjing Huadong Electronic Information & Technology Co., Ltd. in its issuance of shares to acquire 49% of the shares of TPV Technology Limited.

China > Fintech: PRC firms Tier 2

Fangda Partners is noted for advising a range of international and local clients on M&A, private equity, restructuring, data protection, and venture capital transactions. The team is jointly led by Amanda Zhou, Chen Bao, and Kate Yin, and Shanghai-based Jian Fang and Zhiyi Ren. Yin is particularly focused on regulatory compliance matters with a cross-border element, while Fang advises international corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms on investments and operations in China. Ren is also active in cross-border investments, having recently acted for HSBC Fintech WFOE in obtaining an EDI license.

Other key lawyers:

Jack Li; Patrick Guo

Key clients

Kingsoft Cloud Holdings

Asiainfo Technologies

Hundsun Technologies

GienTech Technology

HSBC

SAXO Bank

Ant Group

BitUniverse

Taikang Life Insurance

Warburg Pincus

Central Huijin Investment

China > Restructuring and insolvency: PRC firms Tier 2

The Shanghai-based team at Fangda Partners is a popular choice for international bondholders, secured and unsecured creditors and financial institutions, which seek out the team for advice on Chinese bankruptcy laws and assistance with onshore restructuring proceedings. Noted for its considerable complex insolvency cases, the group is often appointed as administrator or liquidator by the courts. Nuo Ji overseas the practice and is recommended for cross-border insolvencies, investment in distressed assets and dispute resolution. Kai Li has extensive experience in handling reorganisation plans for listed companies. Lingqi Wang is also a name to note who often acts as an administrator in large complex insolvency cases.

Practice head(s):

Nuo Ji

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fantastic team, I would not go anywhere else.’

‘Lingqi Wang is an impeccable lawyer, quick on his feet and very clever, and Nuo Ji is a true elder and highly respected among clients and competitors alike. With them on your side, you can feel confident in success.’

‘Fangda has a very strong insolvency team. I have been working with them on almost all PRC engagements, in particular matters related to taking control of the onshore entities.’

‘Lingqi Wang is very experienced, responsive, and always provides practical solutions.’

Key clients

ZK Engineering

Shanghai CEFC International Group Ltd

Dalian Shipping Industry Offshore Co., Ltd

Huaxin Chemical Fiber Technology Group Co., Ltd.; Yuyao Xinhua xin Fiber Sales Co., Ltd

Shanghai Yuehe Real Estate Co., Ltd

Various Creditors and Counterparties in HNA Bankruptcy

Perun Consulting, as Joint Receivers and Manages of Eastasia Power Holding (BVI)

Kangmei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd

Neoglory Prosperity Inc

Fujian Star Group Co. Ltd (SG)

Huachen Energy Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for ZK Engineering as appointed administrator by Shanghai Third Intermediate Court on its reorganisation and RMB77bn debt restructuring.
  • Advised Fujian Star Group Co., Ltd as appointed administrator by Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court on its reorganisation plan and RMB1.6bn debt restructuring.
  • Assisted the offshore counsel of the ad-hoc committee of holders of senior notes with the restructuring of Huachen Energy Co., Ltd.

China > WTO/international trade: PRC firms Tier 2

Sanctions and export controls experts Fangda Partners helps clients to navigate the rocks and hard places of US sanctions and China’s Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law under the leadership of Kate Yin. Yin works on complex government enforcement matters and internal investigations, as well as sanctions and compliance issues. Derrick Zhao is another key practitioner and works as practice head for Shanghai, focussing on anti-corruption, sanctions and export control. Ginger Jiang, with her background in customs enforcement and anti-smuggling, has strengthened the customs and trade remedies side of the practice. The team has a notable tech industry specialism, working for both large technology firms and electrical infrastructure companies.

Practice head(s):

Kate Yin; Derrick Zhao

Other key lawyers:

Yingjie Kang; Ginger Jiang

China > Insurance: PRC firms Tier 3

Fangda Partners houses a sizeable team of insurance practitioners who demonstrate strong capabilities in financing transactions, M&A and regulatory matters, making it a popular choice for domestic and international insurers, fintech companies, PE firms and asset management funds seeking assistance with cross-border mandates. On the contentious front, the group is sought after to handle trials in Mainland China and as well as mediation proceedings. The group’s leadership is split between inbound and outbound investment specialist Jian Fang, and Zhiyi Ren, who is a key contact for foreign clients seeking advice on onshore business permits and regulatory matters. Also noted are Beijing-based Siyuan Pan, an expert in outbound acquisitions and corporate matters, and counsel Lily Yan.

Practice head(s):

Jian Fang; Zhiyi Ren

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

New China Life Insurance Company Ltd.

China Life Insurance(Group) Company

The People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited

CCB Life Asset Management Co., Ltd.

China Ping An Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

MediTrust Health

Great Wall Motors

CPIC

Work highlights

  • Assisted China Ping An Life Insurance Co., Ltd. with its acquisition of a majority stake in the Raffles City portfolio, comprising six Raffles City commercial developments located in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Ningbo.
  • Acted for an investor on the establishment of National Pension & Insurance Company Ltd., which is one of the largest pension insurance companies in China in terms of capital.
  • Advised Great Wall Motors on its acquisition of an insurance broker, including due diligence, deal structure design, contract drafting, and negotiations.

China > Regional coverage: Guangdong Province: Guangzhou and Shenzhen

China > Projects and energy: PRC firms

Fangda Partners has a largely Hong Kong based practice which serves clients working on projects in southern China. This includes both multinational companies and PRC state-funded organisations.

China > Tax: PRC firms

Fangda Partners is building a tax team around Zhao Yan, who arrived at the firm from King & Wood Mallesons. The practice covers the broad spectrum of tax matters, including cross-border transactions.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

Fangda Partners‘ international arbitration team stands out for greater China disputes and is one of the few Chinese law firms active in complex and high-value arbitrations inside and outside China involving Chinese elements. The group is led in mainland China by Nuo Ji, Benjamin Miao and Daniel Huang in Shanghai and Ming Kang and Helen Shi in Beijing. While in Hong Kong Peter Yuen, Olga Boltenko (who is noted for investor-state disputes) and energy sector expert Matthew Townsend are key contacts.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

In addition to its local office, Chinese firm Fangda Partners leverages a presence in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Guangzhou, counting its combined knowledge of both PRC and Hong Kong law as one of its key points of differentiation. A further distinguisher is the group’s in-depth sector knowledge which encompasses TMT, logistics, life sciences, healthcare and education. The team is praised for its ‘ability to mobilise resources and the delivery of fast and thoughtful service‘. Practice head Colin Law focuses on international public offerings, public company takeovers, privatisation and regulatory matters; he is supported at partner-level by Norman Zhong, a lawyer with significant M&A, private equity and outbound investment capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team provides a great example of smart collective and coordinated work, the client feels understood and proactively supported, things are fluid and simple. Impressive reactivity. Individuals are all available and pleasant to work with.’

‘Colin Law has extensive knowledge of the regional markets and practice, provides most adequate advice on deals structuring and negotiations, comes across superbly with the M&A and finance teams, is accessible, fully available and very pleasant to work with.’

Team members, especially the leading lawyers, have rich M&A experience.

Colin Law has extensive experience in M&A, which is not only reflected in his knowledge on relevant legal provisions, but also in his judgement and control of project situations. He has excellent communication and coordination skills, understands the demands of all parties, and properly balance the interests of all parties in the given solution, thus effectively promoting the progress of the project.

Colin Law has extensive experience in M&A especially transactions under the takeovers code. He is one of the preferred lawyers.

The team is able to operate well both in Mainland China and Hong Kong capital markets, especially in the service of M&A transactions of Chinese listed companies in Hong Kong, and understands Mainland capital market, regulatory requirements as well as Hong Kong capital market requirements, so as to provide excellent “one-stop” solutions for clients. They also offer a package of competitive fees of Mainland + Hong Kong.

Fangda Law Firm has excellent strength in Mainland China. In recent years, it has also increased personnel investment in Hong Kong capital market, further enhancing the comprehensive strength of Fangda Mainland and Hong Kong‘.

Key clients

Moonton Technology

Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd.

TCL Technology Group Co., Ltd.

EF Education First

ASM Pacific Technology Limited

Sunny Sea Global Limited

Shanghai Wanye Enterprises

Ever Harmonic Global Limited

Brilliance International Holding Limited, Golden Fair (Holding) Limited

Jinxin Fertility Group Limited

Huadian Fuxin Energy Corporation Limited

Suez (Asia) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Moonton Technology on its acquisition by ByteDance, one of the largest and most influential deals in the video games industry history.
  • Advised Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd. (1169.HK) on its privatisation by way of a scheme of arrangement, which is the largest privatisation transaction of a Hong Kong-listed company in 2020.
  • Advised TCL Technology Group Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary in its strategic acquisition of Samsung’s 8.5th generation LCD production line in Suzhou.

The firm: Founded in 1993, Fangda Partners is a full-service law firm advising on PRC and Hong Kong laws.

One firm approach: We have approximately 700 lawyers in our five offices in major Chinese cities: Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen. We operate as a single, integrated partnership, not as an alliance of lawyers in different locations.

Our lawyers collaborate seamlessly across practice groups and locations to provide our clients with exceptional service, sophisticated advice and practical solutions founded on our legal expertise, sound knowledge of market practice, deep understanding of the industry landscape and proven ability to assist our clients achieve their business objectives.

Firm of choice for the most difficult legal issues: We are the firm of choice for businesses requiring solutions to their most difficult and complex legal issues. Leading companies and financial institutions in China and around the world turn to us for legal representation or counseling on their most significant legal and business challenges, whether transactions or disputes.

Cross-border capabilities with a China edge: We are known for our cross-border capabilities with a China edge.Our team consists of lawyers qualified in Australia, England and Wales, Singapore, US, Hong Kong and the PRC.

The diversity of our professionals and our strong local law capabilities enable us to bridge legal, regulatory, language and cultural differences that clients inevitably face in transactions and disputes involving multiple jurisdictions.

At the forefront of Chinese commercial practice: We have been at the forefront of the development of commercial law practice in China for over two decades.

We have a proven track record advising clients on groundbreaking transactions or defending them in unprecedented disputes. Some selected notable matters on which we have advised include:

  • First initial public offering by a Chinese company involving an international underwriter
  • The first domestic listing by a company incorporated outside the PRC (so-called red chip company)
  • Formation of the first open-end mutual fund in China
  • First foreign acquisition of a controlling stake in a Chinese public company
  • First FRAND litigation in China
  • Representing the claimant in obtaining the first injunction in an IP litigation under Chinese procedural law
  • First public interest environmental litigation brought by an NGO against a multinational company in China

Areas of practice: The firm serves both PRC and international clients in various industries. Practices include

  • Antitrust/competition
  • Asset-backed securities
  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets
  • Compliance and government enforcement
  • Dispute resolution
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Financial institutions
  • General industries
  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Intellectual property
  • Investment funds
  • Investment management
  • Labor and employment
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Real estate and construction
  • Technology, media and telecommunications
Number of lawyers in the firm : 570+
Number of partners in the firm : 170+
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