Firm Profile > Duane Morris LLP > Shanghai, China

Duane Morris LLP
Room 303B, GuoHua Life Financial Tower
No. 1501 Century Avenue, Pudng District

The Firm

Duane Morris & Selvam’s office in Shanghai serves domestic and international clients with business interests involving the PRC. The Shanghai lawyers assist Chinese corporations with a range of IP, compliance, investment and transactional services, including advice on outbound IP and technology investment, foreign direct investment, M&A, international taxation and regulatory compliance. Qualified to practice law in China, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the lawyers are fluent in Mandarin and Shanghainese, and have a deep understanding of the culture and requirements of Chinese and international companies. The firm comprises of lawyers with substantive in-house experience, as well as international arbitrators who regularly work with Chinese professionals, including bankers, financiers, tax advisors, consultants and local lawyers across the region. Supported by a global network of over 800 lawyers in 29 offices, Chinese clients benefit from the firm’s wide-ranging multi-jurisdictional transactional experience and commercial advice. The firm also collaborates with local law firms to help international clients entering the Chinese market mitigate legal risks and navigate different business landscapes to enable successful business operations.

Main Areas of Practice

General Corporate & M&A: Corporate lawyers advise early-stage and mature companies on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters from planning and structuring to negotiating, documenting and implementing the transaction. The firm advises local and international clients on all forms of general corporate and commercial matters involved in market entry and the pursuit of business opportunities in the PRC. The firm also counsels Chinese companies venturing overseas, on international transactions, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust clearance and compliance. The team is well-experienced in commercial dispute resolution, including international litigation, arbitration and mediation in areas such as commercial litigations, administrative proceedings and antitrust, antidumping and anticorruption investigations.

Intellectual Property: The firm’s IP lawyers advise multinational companies on business and IP strategies, including patent and trademark filing, oppositions and enforcement, IP policy development, strategic planning and legislative proposals on IP laws and related anti-unfair competition and antitrust laws, IP due diligence and FTO analysis, licensing arrangements, research and collaboration agreements, and IP enforcement and litigation. The practice consists of lawyers who are also certified patent agents both in the US and China and have extensive experience in patent prosecution, ex parte reexamination, inter partes review and Hatch-Waxman matters. The firm assists Fortune 500 companies as well as startups in industries such as life sciences, biotech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biologics, consumer products, and fintech on their comprehensive IP strategy and how to effectively utilize their existing IP portfolio to strengthen their client’s competitive position.

Banking & Finance: The banking and finance lawyers have extensive experience with financings involving domestic and international financial institutions and corporations. Lawyers represent clients in a wide range of complex financing transactions, including cross-border syndicated lending, leveraged and acquisition financing, debt restructuring, project financing, real estate financing, mezzanine financing, divestments, hive-offs and spin-offs.

Real Estate: The firm has extensive industry knowledge and wide-ranging experience in handling various complex real estate transactions involving commercial, residential and industrial properties. Real estate lawyers have represented major property developers, investors, financial institutions, real estate companies and individuals on all facets of real estate transactions, including construction, mortgages, debentures, loans, mezzanine and real estate financing, regulatory and compliance, leases as well as real estate development and planning.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Leon Yee +65 6311 0057 / +86 21 5068 3140
Capital Markets Krishna Ramachandra +65 6311 0033
Competition & Antitrust Aden Chen +86 21 5068 3141
Intellectual Property Aden Chen +86 21 5068 3141
International Trade & Investment Aden Chen +86 21 5068 3141
Investment Funds Leon Yee +65 6311 0057 / +86 21 5068 3140
Labour and Employment Leon Yee +65 6311 0057 / +86 21 5068 3140
Licensing & Strategy Aden Chen +86 21 5068 3141
Litigation & Administrative Proceedings Aden Chen +86 21 5068 3141
Mergers and Acquisitions Leon Yee +65 6311 0057 / +86 21 5068 3140
Patent Prosecution Aden Chen +86 21 5068 3141
Private Equity & Venture Capital Leon Yee +65 6311 0057 / +86 21 5068 3140
Real Estate & Construction Leon Yee +65 6311 0057 / +86 21 5068 3140
Regulatory & Compliance Aden Chen +86 21 5068 3141
Trade Secret Protection & Enforcement Aden Chen +86 21 5068 3141
Number of lawyers in Shanghai : 7
Number of lawyers in global network : 800+

Diversity & Inclusion

Duane Morris & Selvam is committed to being a law firm that includes people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizes their talents to provide legal services of the highest quality. The firm will employ effective methods of recruitment of diverse persons, and we will support the success and advancement of members of diverse groups within the firm.

We are committed to fostering understanding, communication and respect among all people in the firm, including people of different races, religions, ages, genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, national origins, sexual preferences or orientations, medical conditions or disabilities, and marital, veteran or family statuses. The firm believes it should capitalize on the strength emanating from these differences. Drawing on the talents of all of the firm’s personnel helps to create an optimum workplace, one which can attract and retain diverse personnel and clients, allowing it to enter and serve varying markets and approach services to its clients more creatively. Duane Morris & Selvam has the ability to meet these challenges and recognizes the beneficial impact a successful diversity program will have on firm morale, productivity, strategies and success.

Pro Bono

Duane Morris & Selvam believes in equal justice for all. Through our pro bono program, our firm attorneys and non-attorney personnel make use of their knowledge and expertise to assist individuals, non-profit legal service providers, community economic development organizations and all other charitable organizations that work to address unmet legal, civil, economic, health, shelter and societal needs. We aim to bring about positive change for people who are disadvantaged.

One such initiative is for the All Saints Home, a group of elderly care centers across Singapore, which provide support to underprivileged senior citizens. Our attorneys assisted elderly residents to execute a lasting power of attorney so that those close to them may make crucial decisions on their behalf in the event that they are incapacitated. The firm is also involved in a program committed to support underprivileged families by making a real difference to the babies’ start in life by providing infant formula and diapers to ensure they get the nutrition and hygiene needed for them to thrive.

CLIENT: Sushmita Gandhi, Partner
TESTIMONIAL: I have known Priyank Srivastava for several years. He is an exceptional lawyer and very well connected. Being associated with an international law firm like Duane Morris and having an extensive Indian practice is praiseworthy for Priyank. Even the firm provides excellent support on both outbound and in-bound transactions and it has been a pleasure to work with Priyank and his team.

COMPANY/FIRM: Iceberg Holdings (Singapore)
TESTIMONIAL: We had engaged Priyank specifically for corporate and structuring advice for our group activities in the region.

Priyank undoubtedly one of the best in his field. Being well versed in Indian, Singapore and Myanmar law and commercial operating environments, he is able to provide insights and well-rounded advice from perspectives other than your usual legal advice.

While it is certain he has many larger clients other than us, he has never failed to attend to our queries and needs in a timely and professional manner.

It’s indeed our honor to be acquainted with Priyank who is more than just a lawyer to us but as a trusted business partner and advisor to us.

We would highly and unreservedly recommend him to other clients.

CLIENT: Bernard Tan, Director / Corporate Affairs & Finance
COMPANY/FIRM: AG Myanmar Water Company Limited, AG Resources Myanmar Company Limited
TESTIMONIAL: We were lucky to find such well experienced and competent legal advisory firm in Myanmar, closely assisted by Mr Priyank as this saved us a considerable amount of time to actually communicate across horizontally and vertically with multiple authorities, financing institution and all other stakeholders in our large scale projects.

We have been extremely impressed with his professionalism and common sense approach, coupled with a genuine desire to achieve the best outcome for us as clients. Mr Priyank was always available to speak to us about any concerns we had, kept us updated and instilled confidence in us when we were uncertain of the process or our position. We highly recommend Mr Priyank and Duane Morris & Selvam LLP to anyone seeking top legal representation.

CLIENT: Rohit Mohan Cyril/ Sanjay R.Pandya
COMPANY/FIRM: Stonefort Consultants FZC
TESTIMONIAL: Duane Morris & Selvam’s impeccable ability to work fairly, knowledge of the process, and ability to maintain a level of professionalism is unparalleled. Duane Morris & Selvam provided professional advice and assistance during the due diligence from the start to the closing process. It was a pleasure working with such highly caliber company, staffed with dedicated professionals. It was a pleasure to work with them and we would recommend them to any business.

CLIENT: Vijay Sirse
COMPANY/FIRM: Red Dot Power Pte Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: I have known Krishna Ramachandra for past three years and worked with him and his team on certain cross border M&A opportunities. Krishna is extremely proficient in integrating business strategy, both present and the future growth with sharp eye on the numbers and compliances to assist in structuring a truly win-win business relationship between all the stakeholders. In addition to this unique quality, Krishna brings to the table a human and social impact angle to the relationship during structuring a M&A transaction which is more sustainable in the long run. I am very glad to have Krishna and his fabulous legal team as our legal counsel and I wish Duane Morris & Selvam and Selvam LLC team a very bright future while serving their clients with utmost sincerity and commitment.