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Fangda Partners

Antitrust and competition: PRC firms Tier 1

Key areas of expertise for the team at Fangda Partners include PRC merger control filings, investigations of multinational clients by Chinese antitrust agencies, private antitrust litigation and competition regulatory compliance. The team has extensive experience in representing clients in abuse of dominance and cartel cases, as well as follow-on litigation. Michael Han heads the group, with an active contentious and non-contentious practice. Caroline Huang and Jin Wang are both recommended for merger filings and compliance work. Bryan Fu is an experienced litigator who often handles high-profile competition investigations.

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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.’

Key clients


Danaher Corporation





Eastman Chemical Company


Chang’an Ford

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board


Infineon Technologies



Banking and finance: PRC firms Tier 1

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.

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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.’


Key clients

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

JP Morgan


Deutsche Bank


Standard Chartered Bank

DBS Bank Limited




Nordea Bank

Banco de Santander

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Wing Lung Bank

Shanghai Electrics

Boyu Capital

CVC Capital


GE Capital

Alibaba Group Holding Limited

Warburg Pincus

Morgan Stanley

CITIC Capital


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 WuChristine 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.

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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.’

Key clients

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

ArcSoft Corporation

AUPU Home Style Corporation

Guangzhou Rural Commercial Ban

Nanjing Southeast State-owned Assets Investment Group

Zhongyuan Asset Management

Crédit Agricole

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 DingMichael 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.

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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.’

Key clients

The Goldman Sachs Group

Envision Group

Alibaba Group Holding


Central Huijin Investment

Hillhouse Capital

Rohinni LLC

China Hua Neng Group Hong Kong

Anheuser-Busch InBev

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.

Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms Tier 1

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 JiBenjamin Miao and  Daniel Huang. In Beijing, Shi leads the team alongside Ming KangYanhua 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.

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Guangdong Dongfang Precision Science & Technology

Jixiang Information Technology (Shanghai)

Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms Tier 1

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 NuoBenjamin 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.

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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.’


Key clients

ConocoPhillips China

Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc

LIXIL Corporation

Nanjing Skytech Technology

Everbright Jinhui Investment Management (Shanghai)

Shanghai Jinxin Investment Advisory LLP

Giorgio Armani

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.

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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.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

Boyu Capital



Carlyle Group


China Renaissance

CICC Capital

Morgan Stanley

DCP Capital

JinYi Capital

Joy Capital

Oaktree Capital

Primavera Capital


Yunfeng Capital

Life sciences and healthcare: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners has a sizeable healthcare and life sciences practice that 'provides high quality one-stop full scope services'. It covers all areas, from dispute resolution and intellectual property, to transactions and regulation. The team advises a large client base consisting of household names including Bayer Healthcare, AstraZeneca, and BeiGene. Practice heads Josh Shin and Vanessa Cheung, as well as Diana Li are noted for their transactional and corporate expertise. Kate Yin heads the regulatory, compliance and government enforcement aspect of the practice. Fang Qi specialises in intellectual property and Michael Han focuses on antitrust and competition.

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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.’

Key clients


Bayer Healthcare


Roche China

Gilead Sciences

Abbott China

WuXi PharmaTech

Watson Pharmaceuticals

Mindray Medical

APBI Holdings

Danaher Corporate

Fresenius Kabi


Fresenius Kabi China

Columbia China


Hasico Pharmaceutical Group

Hais Thera Scientific Fund I

Yunfeng Fund II

TPG Growth

Yunfeng Capital

Parkway Health

Sino Medcare

Roper Technology

Assembly BioScience

Edding Pharm

Everbright Healthcare Fund

C-Stone Pharmaceutical

WuXi NextCode

Shanghai Kehua Bioengineering


Brooks Automation

EdiGene Beijing Biotechnology

LifeTech Scientific Corporation

Wuxi JW Therapeutics

C-Bridge Capital




CDBI Capital


Sorrento Therapeutics

Shiyu Capital

LYFE Capital

CICC Healthcare Fund

CVC Capital

Centurium Capital

Hillhouse Capital

CR-CP Life Science Fund

Highlight Capital

Hosen Healthcare Capital

Haier Healthcare

Johnson & Johnson


Anheart Therapeutics

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.

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Ant Financial Services

Affinity Equity Partners

EQT Partners


Matrix Partners China

Primavera Capital

The Blackstone Group

TPG Capital

Warburg Pincus

Yunfeng Capital

Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners has a strong presence for on-and offshore real estate transactions. The team is regularly instructed on real estate investment, acquisitions and disposals, commercial leasing and build-to-suit projects. It also has significant experience in asset management, advising on major PRC and foreign hotel and office portfolios. The department is led by seasoned real estate and construction practitioner Yingying Wang, whose clients are an impressive mix of international funds and high-profile domestic corporates.  Stephen Lin is an expert in overseas real estate investments, as well as M&A in the domestic sector. Frank Fan is the name to note for hotel management and operation, as well as leasing and build-to-lease matters.

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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.’

Key clients

Bain Capital Credit (BCC)

Li & Fung Group

Haitong Securities

Warburg Pincus

Phoenix Property

China Enterprise

GE Renewable


Gopher Asset Management

City Developments Limited (CDL)



Gaw Capital

CSI Group

Kerry Properties



Hong Kong Construction










GIC (Singapore)

MW Group



Mori Building

BM Holding


Shanghai Motor


Merlin Entertainments

E-Shang Redwood Group

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects





Shanghai Land Group

EMAAR Properties

Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners has 'robust legal and regulatory knowledge' and assists clients with a comprehensive service. This includes: corporate investigations, government enforcement, compliance, and related contentious issues. Key areas of expertise regarding compliance are data protection, anti-bribery and corruption, environmental protection and more. The team has in-depth knowledge of the domestic and international regulatory landscapes such as the USA, from which multinational clients benefit. The firm has a broad client base and advises companies in TMT, finance, automotive, and life sciences. Kate Yin heads the Beijing team and Benjamin Miao leads in Shanghai.

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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.

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Key clients

Alibaba Group Holding

ArcSoft Corporation

China International Capital Corporation

Ant Financial

China Mobile Capital Holding

CMC Capital and Primavera Capital

Cainiao Networks

Warburg Pincus

YunFeng Capital

Labour and employment: PRC firms Tier 2

Fangda Partners has an experienced labour and employment team that handles human resources issues, compliance, and employee layoffs. The practice has expertise in litigation and arbitration and advises clients on disputes concerning non-competition agreements, trade secrets, and wrongful termination. In addition, the practice has experience handling incentives including issues with employee stock ownership plans (ESOP). Practice head Bo Zhou  has a strong background in labour and employment and advises on ESOP disputes, employee misconduct investigations, labour arbitration and litigation. Lisa Zhao is also noted and acts for multinationals and state-owned enterprises.

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The team is good at labor law and has extensive experience in the field of labor law.’

Key clients

Wellington College China

Oxford University Press



Spirit AeroSystems






Restructuring and insolvency: PRC firms Tier 2

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.

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Key clients

Dalian Shipping Industry Offshore Co., Ltd.

ZK Engineering

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.

GSP Yantai

Jinlong Holding Group Co.,Ltd

Intellectual property: PRC firms

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.

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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.’


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L’Oréal SA

InterDigital Corporation



Astellas Pharma Inc.

Ralph Lauren Corporation


New Balance

Sinopharm Capital

Tsuburaya Productions


Huya Live

Vans, Inc.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

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.

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,

  • Antitrust/competition
  • Asset-Backed Securities
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Compliance and Government Enforcement
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy&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.
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Number of lawyers in the firm : 570+
Number of partners in the firm : 170+
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