Firm Profile > Fangda Partners > Shanghai, China
Fangda Partners Offices
24/F, HKRI CENTRE TWO, HKRI TAIKOO HUI
288 SHI MEN YI ROAD
Fangda Partners > The Legal 500 Rankings
‘Exceptional team, led by Michael Han. Highly skilled and technically excellent local legal advice combined with strong commercial perspective and ability to align with international clients.’
‘Michael Han is incredibly responsive and willing to work across time zones and tight deadlines.’
Eastman Chemical Company
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
At Fangda Partners, lawyers are particularly experienced in acquisition and structured finance projects, advising international and domestic financial institutions, borrowers and sponsors. The practice is broad, and in addition, the group has expertise in non-performing loan, trade and project financing, as well as corporate lending. The department is jointly led by acquisition finance specialist Stanley Chen and Xie Zheng, an expert in syndicated lending and restructuring. Romy Zhuo is a core team member with experience acting as lead counsel in cross-border financing transactions for PRC financial institutions. Rock Wang's practice consists of debt financing and restructuring projects. Promoted to partner in 2019, Joyce Zhou is fast becoming an expert in acquisition, debt and structured financing, with an impressive client-base of investment banking and asset management departments of banks.
‘The team is very good at legal advisory services for complex projects such as cross-border syndicates, M&A loans, and privatization financing, and has rich experience. Able to coordinate the demands of all parties from the standpoint of the bank and the borrower at the same time.’
‘Fangda’s team is able to provide bank clients with legal services on complex bank financing, especially complex transactions involving cross-border mergers and acquisitions.’
‘The Fangda team has provided excellent legal services on behalf of our bank in major merger and acquisition financing cases in the past five years. In the field of cross-border debt financing legal services, the Fangda team has always been the preferred law firm of our bank.’
‘They put customers first, provide feasible solutions for customers’ practical difficulties.’
Bank of China
The Export-Import 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
Standard Chartered Bank
DBS Bank Limited
DNB Bank ASA
Banco de Santander
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Wing Lung Bank
Alibaba Group Holding Limited
China Minsheng Financial Holding Corporation
Chong Hing Bank
ICBC International Holdings
Charoen Pokphand Group
Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 1
At Fangda Partners, the capital markets team has deep experience with PRC debt and equity transactions; advising on IPOs (including on the new Shanghai technology and innovation board), restructuring and public M&A, as well as bond issuances, placements and Panda bonds. The group is co-led by Shanghai's Leo Lou and in Beijing by Dong Wu, Christine Chen and Yan Yan. Doris Tang is central to the China capital markets team, assisting both issuers and underwriters with transactions. In a landmark deal, Jeffery Ding and Jonathan Zhou, alongside Tang and Lou headed the team that advised Alibaba Group on its secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Co-founding partner Michael Qi is also a practitioner with capital markets expertise.
‘I am extremely happy with the work done by Fangda, specifically around capital market transactions.‘
‘Their international mindset, coupled with their domestic expertise makes of Fangda a perfect partners for any foreign firms having to execute transaction onshore.’
‘Christine Chen is the reference lawyer on all Panda related matter. Her understanding of international context applied to the domestic onshore context help her design solid and innovative solution which works.’
Alibaba Group Holding
Budweiser Brewing Company APAC
Huatai Securities Co
China International Capital Corporation
CCB International Capital
Fortune (HK) Securities
DBS Asia Capital
BOCOM International Securities
ABCI Securities Company
ICBC International Securities
China Everbright Securities (HK)
China Industrial Securities International Capital
Haitong International Securities Company
SPDB International Capital
CMB International Capital
China International Capital Corporation
Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment
WuXi AppTec Co
AUPU Home Style Corporation
Guangzhou Rural Commercial Ban
Nanjing Southeast State-owned Assets Investment Group
Zhongyuan Asset Management
United Overseas Bank
Bank of China
Bank of Communications Hong Kong Branch
Corporate and M&A: PRC firms Tier 1
With significant offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Fangda Partners is most known for complex cross-border M&A transactions, particularly outbound investments of Chinese companies and high-value inbound investments for multinationals and international financial institutions. The practice group is led by Shanghai's Norman Zhong, and includes cross-border acquisition and joint venture expert Jeffrey Ding; Michael Han, who is able to draw on vast knowledge about competition law; and Grace Yu, whose specialisms are M&A and financial regulations. Leo Lou is another name to note for advising on financial institution transactions, while Amanda Zhou focuses on corporate finance. In May 2020, Jonathan Zhou left for an in-house position.
‘Fangda’s team members generally have rich experience in servicing multinational companies’ M&A operations in China. Because they are habitually active in the legal service market, they can share and pass on their experience gained in different projects to customers in a timely manner.’
‘Whether the client has been rooted in the Chinese market for many years or entered China for the first time in a certain industry, you can quickly understand the legal environment of the Chinese market and effectively respond to new legal issues that are constantly emerging in the Chinese market.‘
‘Fangda team has solid Chinese client base together with deep understanding of international deals. They give us reliable feedback and practical solution to important issues’
‘Norman Zhong, head of M&A team, is excellent. He has high communication skills, professional knowledge, plentiful experience and trusted personality.’
‘Very professional team. Strong in negotiation and documentation.’
The Goldman Sachs Group
Alibaba Group Holding
Central Huijin Investment
China Hua Neng Group Hong Kong
Eddingpharm Group (Cayman) Holdings
Data protection: PRC firms Tier 1
Fangda Partners' team is able to draw on the firm's wider expertise in TMT, as well as the energy, manufacturing and aviation sectors to advise multinational corporations and Chinese state-owned enterprises on the spectrum of data protection and cyber security issues. Notably, the group has substantial experience in criminal defence and administrative enforcement issues resulting from data breaches; an area that practice head and former prosecutor Kate Yin specialises in. Yanjun Zhuang is regularly instructed on internal investigations, while Gil Zhang is developing a strong international compliance practice.
Fangda Partners stands out for its domestic and international arbitration offerings. The group is often instructed to assist Chinese companies with parallel proceedings in various jurisdictions, working closely with the offices in Hong Kong. The group also acts for multinationals; for example, Beijing-based co-head Helen Shi recently representing Apple at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) in a FRAND case against a Chinese licensor. Heading the team in Shanghai are Nuo Ji, Benjamin Miao and Daniel Huang. In Beijing, Shi leads the team alongside Ming Kang. Yanhua Lin has made a name for herself in relation to emergency reliefs and injunctions during arbitration proceedings, while Yang Liu is building a strong practice in international arbitrations, with experience before arbitration centres in Hong Kong and Singapore. Yang Weiguo has joined as a partner from Guantao Zhongmao.
Fangda Partners' litigation team is regularly instructed by Chinese companies on parallel proceedings, offshore actions and cross-border litigation, often working closely with the firm's offices in Hong Kong. It is regularly involved in novel cases before PRC courts leading to clarifications of the law. Key area of expertise are corporate, IP and construction disputes, as well as contentious insolvency and regulatory matters. In Shanghai, Ji Nuo, Benjamin Miao and Daniel Huang take the lead; while in Beijing, the practice heads are Ming Kang and Helen Shi. For contentious regulatory issues and investigations, Melody Wang is recommended. Allan Chen is building a solid practice handling commercial disputes relating to governance and the financial services. Yang Weiguo has joined as a partner from Guantao Zhongmao.
‘Very high professional level and speed of response.’
‘High degree of participation of partners and sponsoring lawyers.‘
‘Not only providing legal advice, but also good at proposing legal solutions combining business substance and customer needs.‘
‘In addition to extremely high professional knowledge and ability, as a partner, Melody Wong also has a high degree of participation in the project, and provides timely, professional and pragmatic solutions to the needs of clients.’
Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc
Nanjing Skytech Technology
Everbright Jinhui Investment Management (Shanghai)
Shanghai Jinxin Investment Advisory LLP
Chuang’s China Investments
V Grass Fashion
Investment funds: PRC firms Tier 1
Fangda Partners has a strong client offering and services a wide client base from first-time funds and independent boutiques, to institutionally sponsored private equity businesses and multi-strategy alternative asset firms. Other key clients include sovereign wealth funds, local government-sponsored funds, and family offices. The team regularly structures, negotiates, and documents a broad range of investment fund products such as hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, all in both RMB and USD. Practice head Richard Guo and Zhen Chen continue to maintain a strong presence. Chen is praised for her 'insightful knowledge and practical solutions'. Flora Qian and Candy Tang are also noted and both specialise in private equity fund formation.
‘Ms. Zhen Chen is the leading partner of our account who offers insightful knowledge and practical solutions.‘
‘Professional and dedicated.‘
‘Lawyer Zhen Chen – Professional and reliable, 24 hours availability.’
Other key lawyers:
‘Josh Shin understands the ins and outs of life science business and the compliance of most aspects for a biopharma company.‘
‘Very professional, good understanding of the pharmaceutic industry and always provides high-quality deliverables. Fangda is one of my most preferred law firm especially because its abilities to provide high quality one-stop full scope services, to fulfil immediate request, and its reliable estimation of legal fees.’
‘I am impressed by Josh Shin.’
Fresenius Kabi China
Hasico Pharmaceutical Group
Hais Thera Scientific Fund I
Yunfeng Fund II
Everbright Healthcare Fund
Shanghai Kehua Bioengineering
EdiGene Beijing Biotechnology
LifeTech Scientific Corporation
Wuxi JW Therapeutics
CICC Healthcare Fund
CR-CP Life Science Fund
Hosen Healthcare Capital
Johnson & Johnson
Private equity: PRC firms Tier 1
Lawyers at Fangda Partners have clear experience in advising major global and domestic sponsors on their private equity investments in China, with instructions relating to public, private and cross-border buyouts, portfolio acquisitions and co-investments. The team is also regularly involved in an impressive array of private equity fund exits. Following the retirement of Jonathan Zhou in 2020, the department has been led by Chen Bao. The firm has a formidable client roster, including Alibaba, which alongside YF Capital Helen Fan advised on a $700m minority equity investment into NetEase Cloud Music. Xiao Jiang is noted for her expertise in cross-border private equity transactions, while Qiang Chen often handles strategic investments for a range of large PRC corporates.
‘All lawyers in the team understand our industry very well, therefore their advice are normally more reality and workable for client to understand and adapt.’
‘Willing to pay attention to every single detail and dig out most reasonable suggestion to the client.’
‘Fangda is able to display both international and local knowledge and expertise in my observation from the HK-China cross border work they did for our company.’
‘What impressed me the most are the professional work discipline, quality controls and remarkable results they deliver mostly within expectation and across the teams that we had the chances to work together with.’
‘Fangda can always provide us with accurate, helpful and prompt legal advice while other law firms may not be able to do in such an efficient manner.’
‘Stephen Lin is the core partner that we are working with. He can always provide prompt and accurate legal advice which is key to a start-up like us. In addition, he is very considerate. When we provide him with a situation needing his advice, he can always think further rather than other lawyers which can only solve problems we are confronting.’
Bain Capital Credit (BCC)
Li & Fung Group
Gopher Asset Management
City Developments Limited (CDL)
Hong Kong Construction
E-Shang Redwood Group
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
UTC / OTIS
Shanghai Land Group
‘Fangda has a market leading civil and criminal regulatory and compliance practice with a perfect blend of: robust legal and regulatory knowledge; deep connections with and understanding of how the regulators and prosecutors think; and practical and commercial advice delivered in language that clients understand and respect.’
‘Melody Wang is a stand out partner in this area. She has tremendous experience on complex, high value, international matters and is a trusted advisor, shrewd tactician and has a deep understanding of the importance of the risks posed in other jurisdictions when developing a global strategy. We rate Melody very highly having worked closely with her on a significant cross border matter.’
TMT: PRC firms Tier 1
Fangda Partners' group, spread across Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, and working closely with the firm's Hong Kong offices, advises technology companies and financial institutions on transactional and operational issues. The group draws on the significant expertise in M&A and capital markets to advise on a variety of TMT-sector deals. It also utilises expertise in personal information, data protection, cross-border data transmission and network security compliance, as well as intellectual property, to provide a full service to clients. Doris Tang excels in matters involving direct foreign investment, as well as capital markets transactions. Jeffrey Ding focuses on cross-border M&A. Co-founding partner Michael Qi has an active corporate financing practice. The department is led by Amanda Zhou.
Alibaba Group Holding
China International Capital Corporation
China Mobile Capital Holding
CMC Capital and Primavera Capital
Fangda Partners is highly rated in restructuring and insolvency and works with clients in both the private and public sectors. The team has expertise in handling investor representation, cross-border bankruptcy and restructuring, bankruptcy administration and debt representation. The practice is increasingly acting as administrators for local governments in restructuring matters. Practice head Ji Nuo is experienced in debt restructuring, investment in distressed assets and cross-border insolvency matters. Kai Li and Lingqi Wang are also noted.
Dalian Shipping Industry Offshore Co., Ltd.
Bestway Marine & Energy Technology Co., Ltd.
Shanghai CEFC International Group Ltd.
Shanghai Yuehe Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Zhouxian Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Tongye Charcoal Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
Huaxin Chemical Fiber Technology Group Co., Ltd.; Yuyao Xinhua xin Fiber Sales Co., Ltd.
Jinlong Holding Group Co.,Ltd
Fangda Partners has a strong reputation for handling high-profile intellectual property litigation involving IT, computer science, chemicals, semiconductor and telecommunication industries. The work includes patent infringement, anti-trust and FRAND disputes in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Dr. Gordon Gao has a strong background in intellectual property disputes. Richard Yi Lin and Dixon Zhang head the practice alongside Gao. Zhang has expertise in anti-monopoly litigation and Lin specialises in intellectual property infringement and anti-counterfeiting. The team is praised for its 'professional and diligent' approach.
‘The members of the team are reasonable. The partners put much effort on each case and are responsible for all the paper works. They are very professional and diligent. Everyone work hard in their law firm.’
Astellas Pharma Inc.
Ralph Lauren Corporation
Fangda Partners' is regularly instructed by Chinese companies in international arbitration – it also counts prominent multinationals, such as Apple among its impressive client roster. Helen Shi and Ming Kang lead the Beijing practice while Nuo Ji, Benjamin Miao and Daniel Huang head the team in Shanghai. In Hong Kong, the practice, which is led by Peter Yuen, counts mining, oil and gas, financial services, shipping-related and investment disputes among its active areas; for the latter, Olga Boltenko is noted.
Fangda Partners > Firm Profile
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, U.S., 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,
- Asset-Backed Securities
- Banking and Finance
- Capital Markets
- Compliance and Government Enforcement
- Dispute Resolution
- Financial Institutions
- General Industries
- Insolvency and Restructuring
- Intellectual Property
- Investment Funds
- Investment Management
- Labor and Employment
- Life Sciences and Healthcare
- Private Equity
- Real Estate and Construction
- Technology, Media and Telecommunications.
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers in the firm : 570+ Number of partners in the firm : 170+
LanguagesChinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) English Finnish French German Japanese
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Antitrust and competition: PRC firms
- Banking and finance: PRC firms
- Capital markets: PRC firms
- Corporate and M&A: PRC firms
- Data protection: PRC firms
- Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms
- Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms
- Investment funds: PRC firms
- Life sciences and healthcare: PRC firms
- Private equity: PRC firms
- Real estate and construction: PRC firms
- Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms
- TMT: PRC firms
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Labour and employment: PRC firms
- Restructuring and insolvency: PRC firms
- Intellectual property: PRC firms