Fangda Partners > Beijing, China > Firm Profile

Fangda Partners
27/F North Tower Beijing Kerry Centre
1 Guanghua Road Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020

China > Antitrust and competition: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners acts for both Chinese and multinational companies in the antitrust space, providing advice on compliance and merger notifications as well as representing clients in litigation and investigations. The practice acts for high-profile internet companies, representing them in cases involving allegations of failure to file for mergers with SAMR as well as abuse of dominance. In the area of merger control, the team handles transactions in sensitive sectors such as semiconductors and shipbuilding, and is particularly active in cases where SAMR requires remedies. The highly experienced Michael Han leads the practice, with Caroline Huang another key partner. The Beijing-based team frequently collaborates with the firm's intellectual property, and dispute resolution practice groups as well as the firm’s Hong Kong office. Bryan Fu has now departed the team.

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Other key lawyers:


We can feel lawyers’ familiarity of laws and regulations, industry rules, practical cases and even regulatory attitudes at any time, which provides a good guarantee for successfully achieving the scheduled work; In the process of Fangda team assisting the company to cope with the inspection by the regulatory authorities, the company completed the work requirements on time thanks to the dedication of the team and nearly 24-hour uninterrupted service. The team showed a strong sense of responsibility and initiative. With its rich project experience and good communication with the regulatory authorities, the team led our company to complete relevant work successfully.’

Michael Han is a wise and far-sighted competition/antitrust/compliance expert. Decades of experience have endowed him with exquisite legal skills and meticulous logic. Han is able to quickly and accurately understand the needs of enterprises, plan a reasonable work plan, and lead the team to complete the project. Han can also interpret the policy comprehensively and carefully, and establish a smooth communication channel for enterprises to communicate with the regulatory authorities.’

Key clients

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering

Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

Alibaba Group

Ant Group


TCL Technology

SK hynix Inc.

Shanghai Electric






Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Defended Alibaba Group in a landmark abuse of dominance investigation related to exclusivity practices.
  • Represented Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering in its China merger control notification of its merger with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.
  • Acted as TCL Technology’s global counsel in its acquisition of Samsung’s Display business in China.

China > Banking and finance: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners is highly active in the banking and finance space, advising on a range of transactions. The practice has a particular specialism in privatisation finance, advising on major acquisitions of Hong Kong-listed companies. In addition to advising banks on loans and the establishment of loan facilities, the practice frequently acts for borrowers including companies and private equity funds. Stanley Chen leads the team and handles both acquisition and project finance, while Xie Zheng has broad expertise across the corporate and banking sectors. Maria Wang is also recommended and has a specialism in matters involving real estate, such as the financing of the acquisition of real estate assets.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Xie Zheng; Maria Wang; Joyce Zhou


‘Wang Qi has good communication and consistency of words and deeds.’

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 Limited

Charoen Pokphand Group


Loyal Valley Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted as PRC counsel of Inc. and Quantum Bloom Company Ltd in the privatization loan facilities provided by a consortium of banks for financing the privatization of Inc.
  • Acted as PRC counsel of Anjuke Group Inc. in the loan facilities provided by a consortium of banks for refinancing of parts of the privatization loan borrowed Inc. This transaction is part of the restructuring of the Inc. following its privatisation.
  • Advised KKR on acquisition financing to fund its acquisition of certain businesses of NVC.

China > Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners is entrusted with handling the most complex work in the PRC market in a range of areas, and capital markets is no exception. The group is well-equipped to advise on all types of international equity and debt offerings, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, corporate bonds issuance, in addition to assisting with public M&A and restructuring. Many of the partners have developed strong reputations in the market; Jeffrey Ding continues to work extensively with global investment banks such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as underwriters, while Dong Wu is experienced in ABS transactions. Leo Lou leads the Shanghai group, while  Xueyan Jiang and Christine Chen are the joint practice heads in the Beijing office. At the associate level, Helen Zhao works with banks on bond offerings. Michael Qi focuses on corporate finance from Shanghai.

Other key lawyers:

Dong Wu; Helen Zhao; Jeffery Ding;  Michael Qi


Christine Chen, and her DCM team at Fangda, did an exceptional job representing us. Highly recommend them for their knowledge, quality of work, responsiveness, and billing transparency. Christine is a true leader in the field.

Key clients

Shanghai Fudan-Zhangjiang Bio-Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

VeriSilicon Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Shanghai Lily & Beauty Cosmetics Co. ,Ltd

BTR New Material Group Co., Ltd.

iRay Technology Company Limited

XPeng Inc.

China International Capital Corporation Limited

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Huatai Securities Co., Ltd.

Bank of China Limited

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd. Hong Kong Branch

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited

Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

CTBC Bank Co., Ltd.

Deutsche Bank AG London Branch

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

Mizuho Securities Asia Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Asian Development Bank

Shenzhen SCP Commercial Property (Group) Development and Management Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Qianhai Lianjie Commercial Factoring Co., Ltd.

Huatai Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Trust Co., Ltd.

CITIC Securities Co., Ltd.

Chongqing Ant Business Credit Co., Ltd.

Guotai Junan Securities Co., Ltd.

China Foreign Economy and Trade Trust Co., Ltd.

China Merchants Securities Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised China International Capital Corporation Limited on SMIC’s initial public offering.
  • Advising The Ministry of Finance of People’s Republic of China on bond issuances.
  • Advised Shenzhen SCP Commercial Property (Group) Development and Management Co., Ltd. on the establishment of the 2nd phase of 2020 CICC-SCP Shenzhen SCPG Center CMBS.

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

A firm that thrives on both inbound and outbound investments, Fangda Partners is engaged in private equity and public M&A transactions in addition to take-private deals, distressed and commercial transactions, business restructuring, divestments and joint ventures. Shanghai-based Norman Zhong leads the offering, complimenting his transactional expertise with knowledge of corporate finance, fund formation, FDI and private equity; he operates from the Shanghai office alongside Mengjie Wang, a partner at the more junior end of the spectrum who is particularly knowledgeable of transactions with capital market and IPO elements. Elsewhere in Beijing, Jeffrey Ding is adept in general corporate matters and public offerings while Michael Han specialises in M&A-related competition issues. A key distinguisher for the practice is its market-leading expertise in a number of highly regulated industries, namely financial services, TMT, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

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‘Compared with other law firms, Fangda has three key advantages: 1. the team is more able to think and solve complex legal issues from the perspective of the business team. They are committed to truly solving problems for customers, not just controlling risks; 2. the team has a strong spirit of cross-team collaboration. We ask Fangda for support in many fields apart from M&A. They can quickly help us coordinate Fangda’s internal lawyer resources and help us solve problems efficiently; 3. The Fangda team can respond to customer needs 24 hours a day and deliver quickly, without defects. This is very important for us.’

‘The team has very rich experience in the field of mergers and acquisitions, and can coordinate the antitrust, Hong Kong, and BVI lawyer teams to work together to complete the work tasks, and the billing has good flexibility.’

‘The team is good at complex cross-border M&A transactions and capital market-related transactions.’

Key clients

A buyer consortium led by Shanghai Wanye Enterprises

A consortium consisting of Warburg Pincus, General Atlantic, Ocean Link and Mr. Yao Jinbo (the “Consortium”)

Alibaba (A-RT Retail)

CJ Logistics Corporation

DCP Capital

EF Education First

E-House (China) Enterprise Holdings Limited

Ever Harmonic Global Limited

Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd.

National Integrated Circuit Fund, Puluo Huajin and Goldstone Investment

Nio Inc.

Redwood China Logistics Fund

Shanghai Baosteel Packaging Co., Ltd.

TCL Technology Group & China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.

TPV Technology Limited

Zhen Ding Technology Holding Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as PRC legal counsel to TPV Technology on the RMB13.1bn acquisition of its 51% share by Nanjing Huadong Electronic Information & Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Advised a consortium consisting of Warburg Pincus, General Atlantic, Ocean Link and Mr. Yao Jinbo in the taking private transaction of 58.Com Inc.
  • Advised HEG on a scheme of arrangement proposal by Haier Smart Home Co., Ltd. for an approximately HK$93,313m to HK$120,949m privatisation of Haier Electronics by way of a securities exchange offer involving the issuance of H shares of HSH to be newly listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

China > Data protection: PRC firms Tier 1

One of China’s premier domestic firms, Fangda Partners has quickly developed extensive expertise in all areas of data protection and cyber security, allowing it to provide a full service to its client base of multinational, state-owned, and domestic private companies. The group stands out for the diversity of its practice; in addition to advising on large compliance projects, the team also assists with data breach responses, regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings. Kate Yin, who advises on export controls, anti-corruption and multilateral bank sanctions in addition to data,  leads the practice, which operates across the Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong offices. Gil Zhang‘s growing reputation in global GDPR compliance projects was reflected in his promotion to partner in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kate Yin

Other key lawyers:

Yanjun Zhuang; Gil Zhang; Katharina Zhang


‘Fangda Data protection team’s reaction is always speedy and their fee is reasonable.’

‘Gil Zhang’s reaction is always speedy and their fee is reasonable.’

‘The team was technically very strong and had an immediate grasp of the issues from both local law and international perspectives. The Fangda team did not require much in the way of instruction and produced high quality work product. ’

‘Gil Zhang is a standout performer with excellent technical skills, and is a strong and clear communicator and an impressive perspective on international matters. ’


China > Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners‘ dispute resolution team is first class and is as capable in arbitration as it is in court proceedings. The group has vast experience handling disputes on behalf of multinationals and large domestic companies before a number of arbitration centres; at a domestic level, this includes CIETAC and BAC, while internationally examples include the ICC, HKIAC, SIAC and LCI. Nuo Ji, Benjamin Miao and Daniel Huang lead the Shanghai department, with the Beijing office, which includes promising junior partner Yanhua Lin, being headed by Ming Kang and Helen Shi. At the associate level, Yang Liu has experience in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings in the energy, real estate, international trade and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Yanhua Lin; Weiguo Yang


‘Fangda Law Firm provides high-level legal services in the field of arbitration. The lawyers have strong research and learning ability. They can deeply understand the professional issues related to the business in a short period of time, and provide professional and reliable legal services. During the epidemic, the firm has provided legal services in various ways, including online videos, to ensure that the handling of cases is not affected by non-face-to-face communication. Fangda’s lawyers have abundant social resources, which has provided positive support for case handling.’

‘The lawyer team of Helen Shi has a high professional level, strong research and learning ability, and is able to understand the insurance professional issues involved in the case in a short time. In the process of case handling, Peng Zhu thoroughly understood the background of insurance business, systematically sorted out the facts of the case, and was able to conduct background investigation independently to find favourable evidence not provided by clients. The documents provided by Peng are of high quality, and the statements made at the court session are clear, comprehensive and focused, able to grasp the focus of the dispute and persuade the judges accurately.’

‘Fangda’s team has a clear division of labour and high work efficiency. The work of each stage of the case is promoted quickly and efficiently. At the same time, on the basis of legal compliance, the communication with clients can be very diverse according to the needs, such as face-to-face, telephone, video and even cloud storage and transmission of materials, which is very well synchronized with modern technology.’

‘Attorney Weiguo Yang and his team have extensive experience in litigation cases, especially international commercial arbitration. The analysis and judgement of the case are very careful, sufficient, accurate, and forward-looking; In the process of handling cases, communication with all parties is very timely and efficient.’

Key clients

China Development Bank

Jixiang Information Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Hang Tai Yue Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented China Development Bank in a dispute before the CIETAC.
  • Represented Jixiang Information Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Hang Tai Yue Group Holdings Limited in an equity transfer dispute.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms Tier 1

With offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen, Fangda Partners is able to provide a first-class service to clients across the PRC region, while also collaborating with its Hong Kong Office. With a client base that spans private companies, funds, state-owned enterprises and individuals, the firm is regularly instructed on high-value disputes. As a recent example, the team represented China Life Asset Management Co in a $400m dispute relating to the purchase of bonds. The group houses a number of specialised partners that collectively provide a full-service contentious offering: Daniel Huang focuses on disputes relating to international trade and IP; Ji Nuo handles issues relating to construction and bankruptcy; and Allan Chen is experienced in the financial services sector. Helen Shi, Ming Kang and Benjamin Miao are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:


‘Fangda’s dispute resolution team is highly professional and responsible in litigation and arbitration legal services, providing accurate and rigorous opinions and working efficiently. Most impressively, the team understands the client’s needs well, and provides actionable advice that is aligned with the client’s business considerations and can be integrated with the business team. In addition, Fangda’s dispute resolution team has a strong professional reserve and collaboration network in cross-border disputes. It has extensive experience in handling foreign-related cases in PRC, and for cases involving the application of overseas laws and jurisdiction abroad, the team can use its extensive cooperation network to quickly connect with overseas professional lawyers and provide efficient services for clients.’

‘Fangda’s litigation team has solid professional knowledge, with rich litigation experience and provides quick feedback, as well as provides clients with high-quality legal services.’

‘As a senior litigator, Attorney Daniel Huang has rich practical experience, and is able to allocate firm resources for clients and select suitable teams to provide services for clients.’

‘They are professional and caring, with good service and are well cooperated.

Key clients

China Life Asset Management Co., Ltd.

China State-owned Capital VC Fund Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary

China Unicom Hebei Branch

China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd., Hebei Branch

Cinda Investment Co., Ltd.

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

Industrial Bank Co., Ltd.

Jinhong Fashion Group Co., Ltd.

Nanjing Skytech Technology Co., Ltd. and its shareholders

Orient Securities Underwriting and Recommendation Limited Company

Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc. / Rolls-Royce plc.

Sichuan Shengda Forestry Industry Co., Ltd.

Wang Jian

Work highlights

  • Representing Jinxin as a fund in a dispute stemming from the acquisition of MP & Silva Holding S.A.
  • Acting for Jinhong Fashion Group Co., Ltd. in a series of disputes arising from a trans-border acquisition of assets and business adjudicated in domestic court and foreign arbitration institution.
  • Representing Jiangsu Sterlite Tongguang Fiber Co., Ltd. in a series 0f disputes.

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms

Fangda Partners‘ IP and competition group is truly international in nature, with many of the partners dual qualified in China and the US, making them a go-to firm for multinationals looking for assistance with patents, copyrights and trademarks. The firm’s contentious work for household international names is particularly impressive; they are instructed by leading companies from the  IT, computer science, chemicals and telecommunication sectors. In a recent highlight, Gordon Gao and Alexandra Yang represented Apple in invalidation proceedings relating to the IRobot patent. Aside from litigation, the firm also leverages its full service nature to advise on the IP elements of commercial agreements and corporate transactions.

Other key lawyers:

James Hu; Gordon Gao; Dixon Zhang; Richard Lin; Alexandra Yang


‘Strong technical and legal knowledge along with strong service for client needs.’

‘Strategic thinking and fast responses. Alex Yang (Pu Yang) is very knowledgeable and responsive.’

The key lawyers in the team have a profound accumulation of theoretical knowledge, legal practice experience and English ability, with excellent international vision and the ability to deal with complex litigation, and are able to provide strategic opinions and suggestions for clients’ difficult cases.


Key clients




L’Oréal SA

InterDigital Corporation



Michael Jordan



New Balance


Tsuburaya Productions



Ant Group

Moonton Technology / PT. Monster Entertainment Indonesia

China Golf Dragon


CStone Pharmaceuticals


Biren Technology

Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co.KG


Work highlights

  • Represented NavInfo Co. Ltd. in its successful copyright infringement claim against three Baidu companies.
  • Representing Apple in several rounds of proceedings against Zhizhen involving the iRobot patent.
  • Represented ByteDance, the developer of Douyin, in filing and handling the anti-monopoly lawsuit filed against Tencent.

China > Investment funds: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners is highly active in the investment fund space, advising on the full lifecycle of funds from formation and structuring through to closings. The team handles matters involving specialist funds such as funds-of-funds and funds-of-one. In addition to acting for Chinese clients, the practice assists international clients in entering the Chinese market through the Qualified Domestic Limited Partner program. Richard Guo acts for a range of fund sponsors in complex matters such as GP-led fund restructurings; elsewhere, Zhen Chen has experience across a range of fund types including angel, venture capital, and private equity funds. Flora Qian and Candy Tang are also key contacts in the practice; Qian specialises in private equity and acts for a number of prominent US sponsors.

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Other key lawyers:


‘As one of the first legal service teams to get involved in renminbi private equity funds, they have many years’ experience of serving well known Chinese and international PE funds. They offer a comprehensive range of services and have very solid capabilities in terms of both legal theory and business practice. The partners have an excellent legal skills and a wealth of experience of localisation, as well as a deep understanding of the complex business practices of the industry, enabling them to provide clients with realistic and workable legal solutions.’

‘Richard Guo has a wealth of experience of serving both international and Chinese private equity funds, as well as a high level of familiarity with the situation in China, as well as an incisive understanding of the laws and practical development of renminbi private equity funds, an area in which he is one of the key industry figures. Zhen Chen has excellent knowledge of legal theory and technique, and is able to provide clients with perfect legal solutions. Flora Qian is able to maintain good relationships and levels of interaction with clients, and provide realistic, workable legal solutions.’

Key clients

Primavera Capital

Jinyi Capital

Everbright Group

China Cheng Tong Holdings Group Ltd.

GGV Capital

Power Corporation of Canada

Taikang Qianheng Fund-of-funds

Oaktree Capital

AEW Capital


APlus Partners


Vision Knight Capital

China Manufacturing Transformation and Upgrading Fund

Boyu Capital

Buhuo Venture Capital

Work highlights

  • Handled Primavera Capital’s formation of its third RMB flagship fund with a total commitments of RMB3.3 billion, involving parallel funds and other complex structuring considerations.
  • Advised Jinyi Capital on the structuring and formation of its first RMB-denominated private equity fund.
  • Advised Everbright Group on the structuring and formation of a “One Belt One Road” fund with a target size of RMB 10 billion.

China > Labour and employment: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners’ comprehensive labour and employment offering provides assistance to companies in sectors including manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, and financial services. On the contentious side, the practice handles a broad range of disputes involving non-compete clauses, wrongful termination claims, and disciplinary issues involving employees. The team is equally adept at advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, as well as on mass redundancies. Bo Zhou and Lisa Zhao jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):


I have worked with the firm many times and they are a very trustworthy professional team.’

‘The team is the best law firm we have worked with in Asia in terms of professional capabilities, grasp of detail, and the ability to respond quickly.It is also worth mentioning that the lawyers at this firm were able to rapidly provide very professional advice that took into account the characteristics of our company’s industry and different regional requirements.’

‘Bo Zhou provides outstandingly efficient and accurate advice at all times when helping us deal with a particularly tricky consulting case. The fees they charged also offered very good value for money.’

Bo Zhou is very dedicated, knowledgeable, and has rich practical experience. He is always able to respond to clients’ problems and give practical solutions. He is a very trustworthy lawyer.’

Key clients

Aulton New Energy








AB InBev


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Microsoft to initiate a breach of a non-competition case against one of its former senior technical employees.
  • Advising LinkedIn on all of its HR related issues in China.
  • Advise Avenues on all of its HR related matters in China.

China > Life sciences and healthcare: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners 'always showcases a high level of professionalism and commitment to best-practice'. The 12-partner team has 'an exceptional understanding of the life sciences industry and is able to cover all of the key areas relevant to this field'. In recent work, the group advised on global pharmaceutical companies' merger and antitrust matters, equity financing, Covid-19 vaccine licensing deals, establishing a regulator framework for clinical trials, engaging with NGOs, overseas listings, patent infringement, and government investigations. Its client roster features a large number of multinational pharmaceutical companies and investment funds that specialise in the healthcare sector. Josh Shin and Diana Li focus on M&A transactions; Michael Han handles competition-related matters; Kate Yin is recommended for regulatory compliance; and Fang Qi focuses on IP-related transactions and litigation. They jointly lead the life sciences and healthcare group, which bolstered its regulatory expertise with the hire of Jason Wu who joined from Global Law Office in 2020. Hong Kong-based Vanessa Cheung is also noted for corporate and commercial transactions. Sherry Yao is another key name.

Other key lawyers:


‘Fangda team always showcases a high level of professionalism and their commitment to best-practice. The team has an exceptional understanding of the life sciences industry and is able to cover all of the key areas relevant to this field. They took the time to understand our products and our company’s comparative advantage, and could perfectly meet our needs.’

‘Thoughtful, responsive and professional are the words that come to mind when I think of Josh. Finding someone who always has sight of the bigger picture while diving into the smallest details to ensure the quality of work product is not easy. Josh Shin has distinguished himself for his professionalism, enthusiasm to the career and sensitivity of industry, and I would recommend him to other colleagues without the slightest hesitation.’

The firm works as a team with a very deep bench serving clients with almost all needs. The quality, thoroughness and responsiveness of the team is extraordinary. Highly recommended for life sciences and healthcare companies.

The team has very broad exposure to most legal issues for life sciences companies. They are creative in solving difficult issues and stand out for their creative legal solutions.’

The feedback is timely, the legal opinions are forward-looking, and combine business needs.

Key clients


Bayer Healthcare


Roche China

Gilead Sciences

Abbott China

WuXi AppTech

Watson Pharmaceuticals

Mindray Medical

APBI Holdings

Danaher Corporate

Fresenius Kabi


Hasico Pharmaceutical Group

Hais Thera Scientific Fund I

Yunfeng Fund II

TPG Growth

Yunfeng Capital

Sino Medcare

Roper Technology

Assembly BioScience

Edding Pharm

Everbright Healthcare Fund

C-Stone Pharmaceutical

Wuxi NextCode

Hanhui Pharma

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

Smith & Nephew


Visen Pharmaceuticals

Laekna Therapeutics


Vyaire Medical


Vazyme Biotechnology

Zai Lab

CMS (China Medical System)



Work highlights

  • Advised AstraZeneca on a licensing deal with Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products Co., Ltd., under which AstraZeneca will license the adenovirus vector-based COVID-19 vaccine, AZD1222, to BioKangtai.
  • Acted for Mylan N.V. (Nasdaq: MYL), on its global merger with Upjohn, the off-patent branded and generic established medicine business of Pfizer, creating a new global pharmaceutical company, Viatris.
  • Assisted Visen with establishing the entire set of regulatory systems regarding various aspects of its operation (especially the clinic trials), including code of conduct, internal training, SOPs, regulatory advice, and contract templates.

China > Private equity: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners‘ private and venture capital offering is second to none;  the group advises the most prestigious private equity firms, financial institutions, alternative financial providers and selling companies on M&A, take private and investment transactions. One of China’s largest full-service firms, the group is often able to collaborate with experts from the fund formation, capital markets, compliance and leverage finance teams to advise on the most complex transactions on the market. Among the department’s extensive roster of experienced partners, Helen Fan is notable for her work with the largest private equity firms, having recently advised Hillhouse Capital on its RMB1bn series D financing of InventisBio Shanghai Ltd. Chen Bao leads the department from Beijing and specialises in cross-border M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Xiao Jiang; Qiang Chen; Silvia Gong; Avica Wang; Josh Shin


‘The team is able to allocate outstanding personnel to complete work tasks and collaborate with lawyers in key regions around the world to provide services for projects.’

‘Josh Shin and Xiao Xiang are both excellent lawyers with extensive experience in their respective fields and strong teams at their disposal.’

Key clients

A buyer consortium led by Shanghai Wanye Enterprises

A consortium consisting of Warburg Pincus, General Atlantic, Ocean Link and Mr. Yao Jinbo

Alibaba (A-RT Retail)

DCP Capital

EF Education First

E-House (China) Enterprise Holdings Limited

Ever Harmonic Global Limited

Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd.

Hillhouse Capital

National Integrated Circuit Fund, Puluo Huajin and Goldstone Investment

Nio Inc.

Redwood China Logistics Fund

Shanghai Baosteel Packaging Co., Ltd.

TPV Technology Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted for EF Education First in Permira’s acquisition of the majority equity stake in EF Education First’s EF Kids & Teens English business.
  • Advised DCP Capital on its investment in Tonghua Dongbao Pharmaceutical, an A-share listed company.
  • Advised a consortium consisting of Warburg Pincus, General Atlantic, Ocean Link and Mr. Yao Jinbo on the taking private transaction of 58.Com Inc.

China > Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners stands out for the international nature of its client base, acting for prominent US and European clients investing in the Chinese real estate market. The team is especially active in real estate M&A, in which it advises private equity and real estate funds on the acquisition of Chinese property. It also handles property construction and development, particularly in the area of industrial and manufacturing projects. Stephen Lin leads the team and is noted for his experience acting for overseas investors in growing sectors such as logistics and data centres. Maria Wang also has extensive links to international investment funds and handles a variety of transactions in this space. Yingying Wang is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lin

Other key lawyers:


‘Their professional and meticulous thinking and grasp of details all went well beyond normal standards.’

‘The lawyers Yingying Wang and Frank Fan (Fan Jia) both have specialist knowledge of the international hotel brand sector and a very sound understanding of how the industry operates, enabling them to provide advice from a variety of perspectives and summarise the experience of different operators in the field, thereby providing more realistic services that were in tune with prevailing trends in the industry.’

Key clients

Bain Capital Credit (BCC)

Haitong Securities

Warburg Pincus

Phoenix Property

China Enterprise


Gopher Asset Management

City Developments Limited (CDL)



Gaw Capital

CSI Group

Kerry Properties



Hong Kong Construction










BM Holding

Shanghai Motor

Merlin Entertainments

E-Shang Redwood Group

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects



Shanghai Land Group

EMAAR Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management on its acquisition of a set of five Mosaic-branded malls with a portfolio that measures 260,000 square meters of gross leasable area.
  • Advised Kerry Properties Limited on its incorporation of a consortium with GIC, for the participation of the public bidding procedures for a commercial and residential complex located in Pudong New Area, Shanghai, PRC, for land priced more than RMB6 billion.
  • Advised AEW on its co-investment with GIC and Sigma Delta Partners Investment (SDP) for the acquisition of a commercial complex in Beijing valued at RMB2.7 billion.

China > Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms Tier 1

Fangda Partners has substantial on-the-ground capabilities across China and continues to grow; of recent note, the firm established additional presence in Nanjing, where a dedicated team of consultants assists the compliance and regulatory group with more demanding projects such as due diligence assignments and extensive internal investigations. The practice handles a full scope of compliance and regulatory issues of contentious and non-contentious nature; it has an outstanding track record of serving as lead counsel to large multinational and Chinese companies, most recently in relation to internal investigations into allegations of fraud, among other matters. Multi-jurisdictional work is another area of strength for the team, which it assists domestic and global corporate clients navigate the regulatory regimes in foreign jurisdictions such as the US. Shenzhen-based Benjamin Miao jointly leads the practice with Kate Yin, who splits her time between Beijing and Shenzhen. Other key contacts include Derrick Zhao (‘hardworking and responsive’) in Shanghai and Yanjun Zhuang in Beijing. Melody Wang departed in January 2021.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is able to conduct investigations in the PRC and to work with international counsel on the analysis of factual findings and the formulation of practical and common-sense legal advice for the client.’                    

‘Derrick Zhao is great to co-counsel on investigation matters for Western clients. He is hardworking and responsive, and provides sound commercial advice.’

Fangda Partners’ team is not only able to solve problems arising from compliance risks, but also able to extend their professional advice to business management issues after the problem has been dealt with, effectively switching from fire fighting to fire prevention.’

Kate Yin’s previous work experience demonstrated her natural strength at working on compliance issues for clients. She not only understands compliance, but also knows how different types of companies are managed, and she has experience of dealing with major compliance crises, all of which means that the legal advice she gives is more relevant and workable. She provides outstanding advice in a very effective way based on the company’s actual situation and the issues that it has encountered.’

Key clients

HTL Capital Pte. Ltd.

China > TMT: PRC firms Tier 1

A first-rate full service firm, Fangda Partners‘ TMT practice advises on high-profile and complex transactions across a range of disciplines. Though it is most well regarded for its work in corporate transactions, the team also assists with data protection, IP and regulatory issues. It works with market-leading unicorns, established multinational companies and funds on M&A, private and capital markets transactions. Splitting her time between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, Amanda Zhou leads the practice; private equity and venture capital transactions are Zhou’s areas of specialism. From Shanghai, Doris Tang focuses on capital markets, often aiding underwriters and technology start-ups looking to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Zhou

Other key lawyers:

Doris Tang; Jeffrey Ding; Michael Qi; Patrick Li; Tianyi Chen


‘Based on his thorough understanding of clients and industry practices, they provide consistent, effective legal services in a timely manner.’

‘Fangda Partners stays very up to date with the latest internet-related economic developments and actively participates business law services for new economic areas. The in-house team is very professional and shares the workload in a way that plays to their strengths, with experts taking responsibility for their respective areas of expertise, enabling them to deliver professional and efficient legal services.’

‘They do a better and more genuine job in terms of coordinating with specialists from their offices outside mainland China to provide dedicated contacts for legal services, in order to improve the overall quality and efficiency of service. They are able to focus on the content of the work and conduct very in-depth research into the specific industry fields to provide added-value services on top of the general legal services to which clients are accustomed.’

‘They create specific working groups team for specific vertical fields, for example by putting together a number of experts who are particularly familiar with investment and financing projects for the medical field. They respond rapidly and go beyond simply being responsible by demonstrating ownership of issues. They are excellent at PE/VC investment and financing services, but also have other general service teams, so they are able to provide one-stop solutions.’

‘Fangda Partners has very strong capabilities for dealing with complex deals and is able to bring together resources from teams specialising in different industries to provide coordinated services.’

‘Michael Qi supports our projects and is involved at every step of the project framework design and relevant negotiations stages, maintaining consistently high standards throughout. He also has a wealth of experience of project management and superb negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Taobao China Holding Limited

Alibaba Group

Warburg Pincus, General Atlantic, Ocean Link and Mr. Yao Jinbo

TPV Technology Limited

Alibaba Group

China International Capital Corporation Limited

Xpeng Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Jefferies LLC.

Sequoia Capital China

Ever Harmonic Global Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Alibaba as its deal counsel in its participation in the establishment of China Unified Broadcasting Network Co., Ltd.
  • Advising Warburg Pincus, General Atlantic, Ocean Link and Mr. Yao Jinbo on the take-private of  
  • Acted as PRC counsel for TPV Technology in its acquisition by Huadong Technology.

China > Fintech: PRC firms Tier 2

China > Restructuring and insolvency: PRC firms Tier 2

Fangda Partners is frequently instructed as administrator and liquidator in complex cases. The team’s recent work includes advising on cross-border insolvencies, including acting in Hong Kong courts to have the verdicts of Mainland bankruptcy courts recognised in Hong Kong. The practice also advised on several novel matters in the Shanghai market, including the first pre-pack reorganisation and the first reorganisation of a listed company. In addition to acting as administators, it also acts for creditors and bondholders. The team is led by Nuo Ji, who handles reorganisations and insolvencies across a range of sectors. Other key contacts in the team include Kai Li and Lingqi Wang, who is noted for his work on cross-border matters and frequently acts for foreign liquidators, noteholders and creditors.

Practice head(s):

Nuo Ji

Other key lawyers:


‘The bankruptcy and restructuring team and dispute resolution team led by Nuo Ji both have excellent academic backgrounds, good English, very strong service skills and outstanding research capabilities. The team has outstanding strengths, particularly in terms of restructuring administrators, restructuring investor recruitment services, and cross-border bankruptcy services.’

Excellent legal knowledge and strategic thinking – a go-to every time.’

Lingqi Wang – extremely bright personable and commercial.’

Strong ability to understand company issues and suggestions and to help the company find the best solution for the business, combining legal requirement and business needs.’

‘Excellent, reliable and accurate advice. They are my go-to team.’

‘They offer integrity and technical ability.’

Key clients

Shanghai CEFC International Group Ltd.

Dalian Shipping Industry Offshore Co., Ltd.

ZK Engineering

Bestway Marine & Energy Technology 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

Shanghai Zhouxian Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Yuehe Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Various Creditors and Counterparties in HNA Bankruptcy

Work highlights

  • Acted as administrator in the reorganization of Bestway Marine & Energy Technology Co., Ltd., the first reorganization of listed company registered in Shanghai.
  • Acted as administrator in pre-packaged reorganization and subsequent reorganization proceeding of ZK Engineering, making it the first pre-packaged reorganization in Shanghai.
  • Acted as administrator in reorganization of Shanghai CEFC International Group Ltd., the bankruptcy reorganization proceeding was recognized by the High Court of Hong Kong, which is a milestone in cross-border recognition and assistance between the mainland and Hong kong.

China > Insurance; PRC firms Tier 3

Fangda Partners‘ ten-strong team excels in domestic and cross-border financing, M&A and compliance matters for well-known insurance companies, licensed brokers and agents, policyholders and equity investors as well as fintech companies and other industry players with a business nexus in the insurance sector. Leveraging its strengths in dispute resolution, the group represents insurance sector clients in trials at courts in Mainland China and Hong Kong as well as in other dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and conciliation. Jian Fang focuses on China-related M&A transactions and financial services regulatory, and Alvin Xiao specialises in commercial dispute resolution, PRC litigation and arbitration, international arbitration, regulatory compliance and government enforcement. Fang and Xiao jointly lead the team, which also includes counsel Lily Yan whose recent highlights include advising a PE investor on its proposed investment in a listed international insurance group.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


Fangda Law Firm provides high-level legal services in the field of arbitration. The lawyers generally have high professional standards, deep legal knowledge and rich practical experience. Fangda lawyers have abundant social resources and can provide positive support for case handling.

Hong Shi has profound legal knowledge and rich practical experience. Our company has been cooperating with our lawyers on insurance disputes for the past two years. In the process of representing in insurance disputes, the team will study the insurance products of our company carefully on the basis of delving into the specificity of insurance law. They have an in-depth and thorough understanding of the insurance professional issues involved in the case, while representing the case, they put forward feasible recommendations for the company’s products and business processes.’

Jian Fang is a veteran in his field and under his leadership, his team is commercially oriented, results-driven and innovative. They are quick to come up with flexible solutions to difficult situations. It was a pleasure to work with Jian Fang. His responsiveness makes us feel valued and he is always ready to go the extra mile to get us to where we need to be. We also enjoyed working with Lily Yan to whom we are grateful for her dedication and swift turnaround in what was a complicated deal.

Key clients

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Hutchison MediPharma (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China Ltd.

Marriott International Inc.

Hutchison MediPharma (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Marriott International Inc.

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.

Work highlights

  • Represented Sinosure, the sole state-owned export credit insurer in Mainland China, in defending a civil litigation against an SOE. The main issue is the validity of an important standard clause in Sinosure’s insurance policy.
  • Advised Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China Ltd. on potential arbitration, investor disputes and other matters against a PRC-listed company as well as its directors and executives in relation to the termination of a D&O insurance policy.

China > WTO/international trade: PRC firms Tier 3

Fangda Partners specialises in advising clients on sanctions and export control issues, particularly those involving the United States. The practice is frequently instructed by companies who have been placed on the Entity List, aiding them in understanding the implications of this as well as in petitioning for removal from the list. The team also provides proactive advice to clients involving in sensitive sectors such as technology, assisting them with risk assessment and compliance with export control laws. Practice head Kate Yin specialises in regulatory compliance. Derrick Zhao is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Kate Yin

Other key lawyers:

Derrick Zhao; Yingjie Kang


‘The team has a very good service attitude and is able to provide various forms of support including training and written legal opinions. Their fees are reasonable and they stay in close contact with clients.’

‘Counsel Yingjie Kang has a very substantial professional background and has an excellent knowledge of, and ability to interpret, the latest laws, regulations and facts on the ground.’

‘The main thing that makes the Fangda Partners team stand out is the breadth and depth of their knowledge. They can also coordinate with supporting teams in other regions, enabling them to meet the needs of clients in different scenarios.The team has both the depth of theoretical knowledge and the practical experience, as well as a thorough understanding of how things work in China and in other countries involved in deals, enabling them to provide companies with good advice that is both realistic and workable.’

‘Derrick Zhao (Hexuan Zhao) has a wealth of practical experience and understands the operational systems and business models of companies, enabling him to really help clients balance and resolve legal issues between the client and their trade counterparties.’

China > Regional coverage: Guangdong Province: Guangzhou and Shenzhen

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms

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.

Practice head(s):

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

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration

Fangda Partners‘ standalone Hong Kong international arbitration practice has a breadth of experience in commercial and investment disputes and is complemented by the firm’s strong PRC team. Peter Yuen, whose arbitration expertise covers both institutional (mainly, ICC, SCC, LCIA and HKIAC) and ad hoc (mainly UNCITRAL) arbitrations in both English and Chinese, leads the 15-strong team which includes Olga Boltenko, who is noted for investor-state disputes; Andrew Skudder who focuses on commercial and antitrust arbitration; and Matthew Townsend who counts energy sector disputes among his areas of focus.

Practice head(s):

Peter Yuen

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 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+
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)