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Haiwen & Partners
20/F FORTUNE FINANCIAL CENTER
5 DONG SAN HUAN CENTRAL ROAD
CHAOYANG DISTRICT
100020
China

China > Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 2

Haiwen & Partners works extensively with investment banks as sponsors, in addition to advising issuing companies in a range of transactions. In addition to listing projects, the team assists with asset securitisation issues, and handles a steady stream of REIT transactions covering all property types. A recent highlight is undoubtedly the firm's involvement in Lifax’s IPO, the most successful listing of a Chinese company in the US since 2015. Practice head Wei Gao is particularly strong in public M&A transactions, as well as those involving state-owned enterprises.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Hao Bian; Wenzhen Dai; Ning Du; Shuangjuan Wei; Jiangshan Tang; Xuemei Lv; Su Liu; Yao Wang; Xuemei Lv

Testimonials

‘Jiangshan Tang and his team provided us with timely and effective support, kept real-time communication during the project to solve problems arising in project implementation, laying an important legal foundation for our company’s successful listing in Hong Kong.’

Xuemei Lv is not only highly professional but also able to solve problems effectively from the client’s prospective.’

Key clients

Kuaishou Technology

Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited, CLSA Capital Markets Limited, Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. and underwriting syndicate

Lufax Holding Ltd

Orient Securities Investment Banking Co., Ltd; China Galaxy Securities Co., Ltd.

CCB International Capital Limited, Haitong International Capital Limited, ABCI Capital Limited, CLSA Capital Markets Limited

Nanofilm Technologies International Limited

China International Capital Corporation

Chindata Group Holdings Limited

Eazyhome

Work highlights

  • Advised Kuaishou Technology on its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Lufax Holding Ltd on its IPO.
  • Advised the sponsors on Baidu’s secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

China > Corporate and M&A: PRC firms Tier 2

Haiwen & Partners complements its capacity for high-end M&A with extensive privatisation, IP, antitrust declaration, fund structuring, labour, listing and tax analysis expertise. Beijing-based Jiping Zhang enjoys a commanding presence in the field of private equity investments and oversees the team which is principally active in the TMT, finance, biopharmaceutical, education, retail, automobile, energy, real estate, consumer goods and machinery manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Hao Bian; Yu Cao; Wenzhen Dai; Xiajun Fang; Ning Du

Testimonials

‘They have rich practical experience in real estate asset securitization and private equity funds, and serve clients including private equity funds, securities direct investment companies, insurance companies and other financial or investment institutions.The team has outstanding and professional team members with seamless communication.’

Key clients

Syngenta Group Co., Ltd.

Sinopec Group

Sinopec Tianranqi Company

Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited

Hillhouse Capital Management Pte. Ltd.

Lens Technology

Tencent Holdings Limited

Huadian Power International Corporation Limited

Huya Inc.

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the consolidation of ChemChina and Sinochemtheir agricultural businesses into Syngenta Group Co., Ltd, which is expected to become the world’s leading agriculture inputs company, spanning crop protection, seeds, fertilizers, additional agricultural and digital technologies, as well as an advanced distribution network in China, reaching farmers nationwide.
  • Acted on Tencent’s Acquisition of Sogou.
  • Acted for Hillhouse QFII on its acquisition of A shares through a negotiated transfer with a consideration of approximately RMB 15.8bn.

China > Private equity: PRC firms Tier 2

Haiwen & Partners works with many of the largest international and domestic investment funds on complex transactions with target companies from a broad range of sectors. A number of the department’s partners operate on a multidisciplinary basis, typically assisting with corporate and capital markets issues in addition to their private equity and venture capital work. Xiajun Fang is one of the market’s most promising up-and-coming partners; his specialism is the material asset restructuring of listed companies. Jiping Zhang leads the team and focuses on cross-border investments.

Practice head(s):

Jiping Zhang

Other key lawyers:

Xiajun Fang; Ning Du; Ding Feng; Wenzhen Dai; Yu Cao; Xue Tang

Key clients

Ruipeng Pet Group Inc.

DCP Capital

Pony AI Inc.

Qingdao Xinfeng Information Technology Co., Ltd.

CPPIB

Huadian Power International Corporation Limited

AIPARK

Ageas

HSBC

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China

Work highlights

  • Advised Ruipeng Pet Group Inc. on its RMB30bn strategic financing.
  • Advised DCP Capital on its $1bn financing of Yuanfudao.
  • Advising Pony.ai on two multimillion-dollar financings.

China > Tax: PRC firms Tier 2

Haiwen & Partners is active across contentious and non-contentious tax matters, handling dispute resolution, compliance, and the tax aspects of investments and restructurings. Yongmao Guo serves as practice head.

Practice head(s):

Yongmao Guo

China > TMT: PRC firms Tier 2

Haiwen & Partners‘ primary focus is the corporate aspects of the TMT sector, as the firm advises many major names on capital markets transactions, private equity buyouts and venture capital investments. Over the course of 2020 capital markets was a particularly busy area, with the team assisting issuers and sponsors with IPOs and secondary listings, often on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. M&A specialist Yu Cao has developed a niche in the media and entertainment sector, working with international and domestic film studios. Practice head Peng Fu‘s experience spans the TMT and health sectors, where he advises on corporate and IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Peng Fu

Other key lawyers:

Hao Bian; Yu Cao; Wenzhen Dai; Ning Du

Key clients

Kuaishou Technology

Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited, CLSA Capital Markets Limited, Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. and underwriting syndicate

Lens Technology

Tencent Holdings Limited

Huya Inc.

Baidu (China) Co., Ltd.

China Mobile

V FUND Investment

Sengoic

Minglamp Technology (Leading Smart Holdings Limited (Cayman)

Work highlights

  • Acted as PRC legal advisor to Kuaishou Technology in connection with its listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.  
  • Advised a group of sponsors on Baidu’s secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

China > Data protection: PRC firms Tier 3

Haiwen & Partners has an impressive client portfolio, comprising of large multinational companies from the automotive, hospitality and insurance industries, as well as funds, which the department aids with data compliance projects.  Peng Fu, primarily an M&A lawyer, uses his additional expertise in IP to assist with data protection issues in the healthcare and TMT sectors. Jianyuan Yang advises on a broad range of data issues, including data breach responses and investigations by government regulators.

Practice head(s):

Peng Fu; Jianyuan Yang

Other key lawyers:

Dan Wu

Testimonials

‘Jianyuan Yang has a high degree of policy and regulation sensitivity and follow-up ability, as well as good capability in comprehensive judgement.’

‘The team is serious, responsible, professional and assists in a timely manner. They provide solutions and guidance for personal privacy and data protection.’

‘Haiwen’s data protection team is outstanding in understanding a professional and practical operation, is able to quickly provide a response to enterprise’s demands, provides data protection compliance plan and billing in line with the current situation of the enterprise according to the actual situation of enterprises and requirements.’

‘Jianyuan Yang has demonstrated excellent professional ability and communication skills. She is able to quickly and accurately find the key to the actual problems in enterprise operation, and give accurate, effective and practical legal advice to enterprises based on relevant laws and regulations, legislative trends and law enforcement practices.’

‘Haiwen combine legal and technology excellence with practical, commercial advice – essential in the China market, particularly in the data protection space. The team has an excellent understanding of the manner in which an MNC operates allowing them to deliver advice that needs no tailoring/ interpretation by the in-house team. The Haiwen team act as a true extension of our in-house legal department.’

‘We work most closely with Jianyuan Yang and Dan Wu – both of whom are incredibly responsive, technically excellent and adept at explaining complex advice articulately and clearly. I know I can rely on them both to understand our business, have excellent competitor intel/ market colour and deliver sensible, balanced well-thought-out advice.’

‘The team is professional on data compliance, providing timely feedback to client needs with efficient communication. Most importantly, they actively coordinate with other professional team resources of the law firm to solve complex and intractable problems if needed, and provide comprehensive and practical legal suggestions and solutions.’

‘Jianyuan Yang not only has a profound research and understanding on data compliance laws, regulations and practices, but also has a thorough understanding on the business and product characteristics of clients’ industries, and is able to provide professional data compliance solutions.’

Key clients

Daimler China

Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd.

CICC Capital

China Ocean Wide Fund

Xin Shixiang

VW-mobvoi Information Technology Ltd.

Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd.

Tk.cn Insurance CO.,LTD.

Work highlights

  • Advised Daimler China on data compliance.
  • Advised CICC Capital on the data protection aspects of a private equity transaction.
  • Advised Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd. on cybersecurity and data compliance.

China > Investment funds: PRC firms Tier 3

With offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Haiwen & Partners assists clients throughout the process of fund formation, including designing fund structures, handling the drafting of limited partner agreements, and registering funds. The team acts for a range of fund types, including private equity funds. The practice is led by Wang Lei in Beijing.

Practice head(s):

Lei Wang

Other key lawyers:

Xiajun Fang; Shuangjuan Wei

Testimonials

‘As a Red Circle law firm, Haiwen & Partners is able to provide clients with effective, high quality legal solutions. Their high quality legal documents and legal services have helped our company to complete many projects.’

‘Haiwen & Partners has a very high level of expertise and skills in the fund services area. They help clients to uphold their rights and interests, as well as maintaining negotiations and dealing with legal documents, in a very time-efficient manner with reasonable fees.

Key clients

China Mobile Capital Holding Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Guosheng Capital Management Co., Ltd.

Goldstone Investment Co., Ltd.

Hony Capital (弘毅投资)

Work highlights

  • Advising China Mobile Capital Holding Co., Ltd. on the formation of the 5G Fund, including designing the fund structure, drafting transaction documents, and assisting with the registration of the fund.
  • Advising Shanghai Guosheng Capital Management Co. Ltd. on the formation of Sheng Ying Ying Zhan Fund.
  • Advised Goldstone Investment Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of CITIC Securities, on the formation of Jiaxing Goldstone Pengheng Equity Investment Partnership Enterprise.

China > Life sciences and healthcare: PRC firms Tier 3

Leveraging its track record in financing and capital markets transactions, Haiwen & Partners’ team advises life sciences and healthcare companies on issuance and listing of stocks in the Chinese mainland and overseas, multimillion-RMB financing transactions, and domestic and overseas bond issuance and other securities-related services. It counts sponsors, funds and financial institutions as well as biotechnology, listed pharmaceutical and medical devices companies as clients. Tina Wu leads the team from the firm's Shanghai office, and is hugely experienced in regulatory and compliance issues concerning clinical and non-clinical research, product development, commercialisation and market access strategies, post-market compliance and enforcement actions. Frank Wang and Hanguo Zhang focus on patent disputes and protection matters. Hao Bian, Wehzhen Dai, Jieni Gu, Jiping Zhang and Xuemei Lu are the key names to note for transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

The Joint Sponsors (i.e. Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.; China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited) and the Underwriters

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China

JHBP (CY) HOLDINGS LIMITED

China International Capital Corporation Limited

Temasek NoWarburg Pincus

China Life Healthcare Fund

Ruipeng Pet Group Inc.

Neusoft Xikang Holdings Inc.

Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Temasek on the privatisation of Taikang Biologic Group.
  • Advised Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China on its acquisition of 2.05% stakes in Shionogi & Co and establishing 7joint ventures in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
  • Advised the lead investor Warburg Pincus on its participation in Gaush Meditech’s Series-B financing.

China > Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms Tier 3

Haiwen & Partners advises on a broad mix of anti-corruption, anti-commercial bribery, anti-unfair-competition matters as well as on the regulatory aspects of M&A and other investment transactions. Practice head Jianyuan Yang who joined from Fangda Partners in September 2020, has extensive experience in complex matters that involve cross-border issues and concurrent proceedings before different authorities, and is also experienced in advising on data breach, and data compliance matters including advising on challenging data privacy issues arising from business operation.  Peng Fu focuses on advising clients in the TMT, healthcare and life sciences sectors, while Qiong Wu excels in employment law compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms

Haiwen & Partners has increased its activity in IP in recent years, and now has a diverse practice capable of assisting with the commercialisation of patents, copyrights and trademarks, in addition to handling disputes. On the contentious side, invalidation and infringement proceedings are the firm’s specialism, particularly with regards to utility model patents. When it comes to non contentious work, the team provides due diligence analysis and licensing expertise to international companies from the retail and TMT sectors. Hanguo Zhang leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Hanguo Zhang

Other key lawyers:

Yu Cao; Peng Fu; Qiang Ma; Frank Wang; Tina Wu

Key clients

DiDi

OPPO

Henan Haoze Electronics Co., Ltd.

Guang’an Mojia Biotechnology Company

Shenzhen TargetRx, Inc.

Wasail

Weightless (Beijing) Catering Management Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Liebao Network Technology Co., Ltd.

Midea

Sichuan Mianzhu Laoxionggou Entertainment Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Wassail with a patent application.
  • Represented OPPO in a patent dispute.
  • Represented DiDi in a patent infringement dispute.

China > Antitrust and competition: PRC firms

Haiwen & Partners focuses on merger control, providing advice on transactions in industries including chemicals, technology and financial services. Tao Jie leads the team.

China > Labour and employment: PRC firms

Haiwen & Partners acts for state-owned companies and prominent multinationals in employment matters, including disputes, employee transfers and compliance projects. Yuxiang Liu leads the team.
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Founded in May 1992, Haiwen & Partners is one of the leading law firms in China. Haiwen has developed unrivaled expertise in a broad range of practice areas. With its creativity and professionalism demonstrated in numerous large-scale, complex and cross-border transactions, the firm is one of the most sought-after PRC law firms in many areas including securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, fund formation, compliance, entertainment and media, employment, tax, ABS, banking and finance, bankruptcy and reorganization, anti-trust and competition law, intellectual property and commercial dispute resolutions.

Currently, more than 400 lawyers and paralegals work at Haiwen’s Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Chengdu offices. Lawyers at Haiwen are graduates of prestigious law schools in China and abroad, and many have worked at some of the most respected international law firms. The depth of our expertise, the breadth of our experience, and the excellence of our team spirit enable us to provide full range of high-quality services to our clients.

The firm’s professional services have been widely recognized by our clients, as well as the international legal and financial community. The firm has received numerous awards, such as “Best Law Firm of the Year”, “Best Deal of the Year” and “Best Team of the Year”, from professional ranking publications and institutions.

Practices

● Capital Markets
● Mergers & Acquisitions
● Private Equity
● Foreign Direct Investment
● Fund Formation
● Asset Management
● Asset Securitization
● Banking & Finance
● Antitrust & Competition
● Intellectual Property
● Tax
● Dispute Resolution
● Distressed Assets & NPL
● Bankruptcy & Restructuring
● Entertainment & Media
● Real Estate
● Employment & Labor
● Anti-Corruption & Compliance
● Data Compliance & Cyber Security
● Life Sciences & Healthcare
● Private Wealth
● General Corporate

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