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Han Kun Law Offices
9/F, OFFICE TOWER C1, ORIENTAL PLAZA
NO. 1 EAST CHANG AN AVE.
BEIJING 100738
China

China > Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 1

Han Kun Law Offices’s expertise spans the capital markets space, with the team regularly representing both Chinese issuers and international underwriters on overseas capital markets transactions. It is also well regarded for its IPOs practice, having acted on multiple high-profile companies’ deals in recent years, as well as on follow-on equity and debt offering matters. The team is co-led by Dafei Chen, who splits his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, and Jason Wang and Bing Xue, who are both based in Shenzhen. Notable practitioners include Charles Li, who has significant experience advising on cross-border transactions across a wide variety of industries, and Yijun Chao who has onshore and offshore securities issuances and listing expertise. Jin Wang specialises in offshore public offerings, M&As, and foreign investment, whilst associate Haoxiang Wang has experience advising on listings on mainland China, Hong Kong and US stock exchanges.

Practice head(s):

Dafei Chen; Jason Wang; Bing Xue; Tao Li

Other key lawyers:

Charles Li; Yijun Chao; Jin Wang; Haoxiang Wang; Zaiguang Lu

Testimonials

‘Han Kun are able to work on projects that involve cross-border elements and require Chinese lawyers to work together with foreign lawyers and underwriters to complete them.’

‘The team is professional, efficient, quick to provide feedback, fully understands the client’s company and the key aspects of the project. They are able to propose practical and effective solutions, delivering high quality work on each project under a very tight schedule.’

Zaiguang Lu is very talented, has a legal mind and has very good business sense. He is a go-to lawyer who can always provide very good professional advice.’

Key clients

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

UBS Securities Hong Kong Limited

BofA Merrill Lynch

Meituan

Innovent Biologics

iQIYI

Tencent Music Entertainment Group

NIO Inc.

AsiaInfo Technologies Limited

KE Holdings Inc.

Li Auto Inc.

Zhihu

Autohome

Work highlights

  • Advised NIO Inc. on its at-the-market offering of US$2 billion ADSs and later listing by way of introduction in Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Advised and acted as the PRC counsel to Li Auto Inc., a listed company on the Nasdaq Global Market on its listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
  • Advised New York-listed Chinese online platform KE Holdings Inc. on its listing by way of introduction on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

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

Han Kun Law Offices remains one of the leading corporate law firms in China, with experience handling highly complex transactions involving restructurings, carve-outs, listed companies and VIE structures. The group is instructed by domestic and multinational clients across a broad range of sectors, including highly regulated industries such as financial services and technology. Chaoying (Charles) Li heads up the team and has broad expertise in Chinese corporate law, across financings, M&A, investments and restructurings. In Shanghai, David Tang offers deep experience in acting for multinational and Chinese clients in corporate transactions, while Yijun Chao is noted for his work in the private equity and venture capital sectors. Zaiguang Lu‘s workload also encompasses venture capital and private equity fundraisings as well as listings, and Aaron Zhou stands out for his work on cross-border matters. The practice continues to expand, with Qing (Nick) Shu and Shuting Qi joining the firm since 2021.

Key clients

Heineken

Tencent

Tencent Music Entertainment Group

Marriott

Baidu

JD.COM

Gao Hua Securities

FountainVest Partners

Volkswagen (China) Investment Company Limited

KPS Capital Partners

American Express Global Business Travel

Air Products (NYSE:APD)

The Jordan Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Gao Hua Securities in the restructuring transaction in which Goldman Sachs acquired 100% equity interest in Goldman Sachs Gao Hua.
  • Advised Sohu Inc., as PRC counsel, in connection with its sale of the equity stake in Sogou resulting in Sogou’s privatization and delisting from NYSE.
  • Represented FountainVest Partners in acquiring a majority stake in CFB Group, a leading multi-brand food and beverage platform operator in China with over 1,100 stores.

China > Data protection: PRC firms Tier 1

Han Kun Law Offices‘ team has a wealth of experience in handling data compliance projects and corporate matters, making the practice a popular choice amongst leading domestic and international corporations looking to expand their presence across multiple jurisdictions. The practice is jointly led by Yan Wang, Kevin Duan, David Tang, Min Zhu, and Michelle Gong. Duan acts on data review matters, assisting companies in their overseas listings, while Zhu is recommended for cybersecurity and data compliance matters. Tang’s ‘knowledge of the local data privacy and protection regulations is second to none‘, which supplements his ability to provide advice on corporate mandates. Associate Kemeng Cai is another notable figure.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘David Tang’s knowledge of the local data privacy and protection regulations is second to none. David is able to skilfully advise upon the law whilst taking into account the complexities of the business.’

Key clients

Tencent

Marriott

Bayer

Baidu

Airbnb

Boston Consulting Group

Volkswagen Investment Company

Coupang

Mercedes-Benz

Volvo Cars

Meituan

State Grid

Sinovac

MINISO

Huazhu

Geely Holdings

Geely Cars

Leapmotor

Work highlights

  • Advised Tencent on its various investment deals in relation to data compliance matters.
  • Represented Marriott’s China in its data compliance matters.
  • Represented Bayer in dealing with its China data compliance matters.

China > Fintech: PRC firms Tier 1

With broad experience handling matters in the technology industry, Han Kun Law Offices provides a service offering characterized by particular expertise within fintech products, including P2P lending, payment and crowdfunding solutions. Notable figures in the team include Beijing-based Jun Zhu, who has experience in asset securitisation and insurance fund management, regularly advising clients in their development of innovative financial products, and Felix Miao, working out of the firm’s Hong Kong office and with extensive experience acting in equity and debt capital market transactions. In Shanghai, Wei Quan specialises in the development of financial products in relation to consumer finance, supply chain finance, payment services and applying for financial licenses.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC Fintech

Futu

Bitmain

Waterdrop

Tencent Financial Technology

Xueqiu

Infast Brokerage

AI Bank

WeBank

XWBank

Xiaomi Consumer Finance

Sunshine Consumer Finance

CITIC Consumer Finance

Airwallex

Xiaomi Supply Chain Finance

Xiaomi Commercial Factoring

Lexin

Duxiaoman Financials

Bytedance

Wejoy Future

JDD

Sougou

SMY Financial

Juzi Financial

Longbridge

9Fbank

Meituan Finance

Lianjia

Yixin

Xiaoying

Work highlights

  • Assisting Tencent Financial Technology in its financial regulatory matters.
  • Assisting HSBC Fintech with the establishment of its PRC fintech platform and business model.
  • Assisting AI Bank with financial regulatory matters.

China > Investment funds: PRC firms Tier 1

Han Kun Law Offices covers private, venture capital and private equity funds in the majority of industry sectors and provides a ‘knowledgeable‘, ‘practical‘ and ‘efficient‘ service. Practice head Daisy Qi has a decade of experience in fund formation and investment management. Lin Zhou focuses her practice on the formation and operations of various types of funds, including the structuring and the formation of venture capital funds, private equity funds, M&A funds, film and entertainment funds, sports funds, infrastructure funds, real estate funds, logistics funds and more. Lu Ran is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Daisy Qi

Other key lawyers:

Lin Zhou; Lu Ran; Vincent Song; Qian Jin

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and always keeping up with the latest regulatory development in the PRC.’

‘They have a lot of practical experience in dealing with potential LPs or local governments.’

‘Ran Lu and Qian Jin are my key contacts for Han Kun funds team. Both are very knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Professional and time efficient.’

Key clients

CICC Capital

China Broadband Capital / CBC

CITIC PE

Goldstone Investment

Matrix

IDG Capital

China Renaissance Capital

CDH

Gaorong Capital

XVC

(CEC Capital)

Hui Capital

Hike Capital

Venturous Capital

Tencent

Taikang Investment

Jadespring Capital

CCBPE

Everbright FOF

China Growth Capital

SOSV-SCGC

SummitView Capital

Eastern Bell Capital

Meituan Longzhu

Source Code Capital

YuanBio Venture Capital

China Structural Reform Fund Co., Ltd.

SDICFOF

Zhongguancun Capital FOF

Everybright Trust

Minmetal International Trust

SAIF Partners,

Xiaomi Fund

Guotaijunan International

AIA

Work highlights

  • Advising China Everbright Limited (165.HK) on the establishment of multiple funds and LP investments into PE/VC funds.
  • Represented SOSV-SCGC as GP counsel in its formation of SOSV-SCGC Shenzhen QFLP Fund.
  • Assisted Goldstone in establishing a fund in Hangzhou (“Hangzhou Fund”) which will not only make direct equity investments, but also invest in other funds.

China > Private equity: PRC firms Tier 1

Han Kun Law Offices has a strong reputation in private equity, representing a range of large venture capital and private equity firms, including foreign firms on their investments and fundraising in China. It offers a range of legal services related to private equity, including foreign direct investment, M&A, fund formation and management, and onshore and offshore listings. Yijun Chao, Charles Li and David Li co-lead the Beijing team, all of whom have extensive expertise in public and private financings across a wide variety of industries. Meanwhile, Kelvin Gao leads the Shanghai group, with experience representing leading investment institutions, multinational companies, and unicorn companies. Sheng Li acts for clients across a wide range of industries, including TMT and new energy. Paula Liu and Yipu Li are also notable for their expertise advising on international private equity funds. Shanghai-based Cheng Chen, Yifan Gu and Hong Huang are noted at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Yijun Chao; Charles Li; David Li; Kelvin Gao

Other key lawyers:

Paula Liu; Yipu Li; Kevin Cao; Sheng Li; Cheng Chen; Hong Huang; Yifan Gu

Testimonials

‘High quality, very knowledgeable, great to work with and they know what private equity funds need in M&A transactions.’

‘Paula Liu is a go-to partner not just for investments, but also for other PRC law or investment-related questions, as she can coordinate within the firm to get answers.’

‘Zhong Hua is a good lawyer and is impressive.’

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

Hillhouse

Permira

KPCB

Sequoia

CVC Capital Partners

DCM

IDG

BRV

SAIF

Matrix Partners

Lilly Asia Ventures

Legend Capital

Baidu

Tencent

Work highlights

  • Advised Abogen Therapeutics on its US$720 million Series C and US$300 million Series C+ Financing, which was one of the largest deals in 2021 in the industry.
  • Represented Yibin Emerging Industry Investment Group in its RMB5 billion investment in London Taxi Company (part of the Geely Group). This was one of the largest investment transactions in the new energy automotive field in 2021.
  • Advised the co-lead investors, Hillhouse and Warburg Pincus, in subscribing for non-redeemable Series A preferred stock of JD Property Group Corporation (JDP) with a matter value of US$700 million.

China > TMT: PRC firms Tier 1

Han Kun Law Offices has a strong presence in the TMT sector, acting for a number of top Chinese technology and telecoms companies, including large multinational IT companies. It offers a wide array of legal services, including in venture capital and private equity, M&A, and IPO transactions. Charles Li has significant experience advising both Chinese and international companies in cross-border transactions, whilst Yijun Chao has expertise representing high-tech start-ups in their private equity and venture financings, M&A deals, and onshore and offshore listings. David Li specialises in foreign and domestic private equity funds, and Kelvin Gao provides additional expertise in securities offerings and corporate restructuring related matters. Also notable is Dafei Chen for his international experience and Zaiguang Lu who has experience advising on foreign direct investment in high-tech fields.

Practice head(s):

Yijun Chao; Charles Li; David Li; Kelvin Gao

Other key lawyers:

Dafei Chen; Zaiguang Lu; Sheng Li

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge on the sector, flexible in billing arrangement, very attentive and responsive.’

‘Paula Liu is a go-to partner not just for investment, but also for other PRC law or investment-related questions.’

‘Zhong Hua is also very good.’

‘Han Kun is exceptional in having first-hand knowledge of the industry and providing solution-oriented advice.’

‘Vivian He has extensive experience in handling entertainment projects. She is honest, responsive, and always pays particular attention to business needs. Her team includes some young talented attorneys and all of them are very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Tencent

Baidu

JD.com

Meituan

China Renaissance

58.com Inc.

Ericsson

Naver

Lenovo

NIO

Li Auto Inc.

Vipshop

Tencent Music

Tencent Video

Tencent Games

INTO1

Audi

AsiaInfo

Cloud Kitchens

Garmin China

Sandvik

ATRenew

Verizon

21Vianet

Shanghai AI Fund

Waterdrop Inc.

Inceptio Group Limited

Sensors Data

Haomo

Keenon Co., Ltd.

Sky9 Capital

Cloudwise

Beijing QingCloud Technology Co., Ltd.

Genesis Capital

MissFresh

Sohu Inc.

Zhihu

iQiyi

iDreamSky

Blizzard

Shanghai Meisi Film Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing Television Art Center Co., Ltd.

Beijing Huaran Culture Media Co.,

Eternity Pictures

Netmarble Corporation

Riot Games

FunPlus

IM30

China Literature Limited

BitAuto

Beijing Hylink Advertising Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sohu Inc., as PRC counsel, in connection with its US$3.5 billion sale of the equity stake in Sogou resulting in Sogou’s privatization and delisting from NYSE. This is one of the most noted TMT transactions in 2021.
  • Represented the joint sponsors and the underwriters in JD Logistics, Inc.’s HK$21.713 billion Hong Kong IPO. It was reported to be Hong Kong’s second-largest listing in 2021.
  • Advised NIO Inc. on its at-the-market offering of US$2 billion ADSs and later listing by way of introduction in Hong Kong and Singapore. This listing makes NIO the first vehicle enterprise listing in three jurisdictions, and the first Chinese enterprise listing in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

China > Antitrust and competition: PRC firms Tier 2

Han Kun Law Offices advises on merger filings, agency investigations and competition compliance. The firm is noted for its ability to work ‘seamlessly‘ across practice areas, with the antitrust team working in conjunction with the firm’s real estate and TMT practices. The practice has experienced growth over the past year, gaining a significant number of new clients including many well-known MNCs. As well as advising such multinationals on merger control in China, the firm advises PRC clients that are new to enforcement action as the anti-monopoly Law reform comes into force. Chen Ma regularly handles the antitrust compliance aspects of large transactions and provides representation for clients engaged in competition litigation. Ma is supported by Da Shi and Angus Xie, who handle merger filing and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Yan Wang; Angus Xie; Da Shi

Testimonials

‘Chen Ma and his team at Han Kun are my go-to law firm for PRC-related matters. Highly responsive, strategic and solution-oriented. They are the best.’

Key clients

Bayer

Vale

Warburg Pincus

Meituan

JD.com

Schindler

Toyota

Louis Dreyfus

Softbank

CVC Capital

Cinven Capital

Astorg Capital

Bilibili

YeahKa

Soudian

AstraZeneca

J&T Express

Tencent

Work highlights

  • Assisted Permira Advisers Group Holdings Limited with the merger filing for its US$12 billion investment in McAfee Corp.
  • Advised Warburg Pincus LLC on the merger filing for its USD 1.5 billion investment in Duravant LLC and further transactions.
  • Represented JD.com in its successful request for approval from SAMR of its US$2 billion acquisition of China Logistics Property Holdings.

China > Banking and finance: PRC firms Tier 2

Han Kun Law Offices stands out for its wealth of experience in aircraft leasing and aircraft purchase financing matters and is regarded as ‘one of the best aviation financing teams in mainland China‘. Recent mandates also include assisting with the issuance of asset-backed securities and advising on regulatory issues for financial services sector clients. Beijing-based practice head Shu Wang acts for domestic and foreign banks on their access to new products as well as on regulatory matters, and has experience advising on issues arising from the bankruptcy and insolvency of airlines. TieCheng Yang has over 20 years of experience advising clients with regard to regulatory issues, and Rong Fang focuses on real estate and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Rong Fang; Tiecheng Yang; Zhu Jun; Yi Ding ; Yin Ge; Sherry Si

Testimonials

‘Han Kun has one of the best aviation financing teams in mainland China. They have extensive experience in aircraft leasing, sale and purchase of aircraft portfolio, refinancing and other transactions. They’ve made successful cooperation with various clients in the past years.’

‘Shu Wang has extensive experience in various aviation financing transactions. She’s very good at dealing with complex issues in the industry and she also makes good contributions with regard to solving cutting-edge issues.’

‘Zhu Jun is very hands-on. He has been involved in many aviation transactions in the PRC, so he is well aware of the challenges in each transaction and the potential solutions to these challenges.’

The Han Kun team has the depth of understanding of the asset management business, combined with their ability to provide commercial advice. They were also able to work between different specialties to make it easier to work seamlessly between the asset management/deal team and other teams (e.g. anti-trust, intellectual property, etc.)

Yin Ge (Partner) and Sherry Si (Associate) are the two standout individuals in Han Kun, who always provides timely and commercial advice, despite demanding timelines and for difficult legal issues. They also work seamlessly with other teams within Han Kun to provide a ‘full service’ offering, including to make sure that other teams have the necessary understanding of our business to provide commercial advice.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

AIBANK

United Overseas Bank

Webank

XWBank

Source Code Capital

Crédit Agricole CIB

Tradeweb Markets LLC

ALC

ACG

Aercap

BOC Aviation

ICBC Financial Leasing

CCB Financial Leasing

ABC Financial Leasing

China Eximbank

Kunlun Financial Leasing

Macquarie AirFinance

SF Airlines

China Southern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines

Air China

Shenzhen Airlines

Aircraft Recycle International

Standard Chartered Bank

SMBC

Carlyle Aviation Partners

CMB Financial Leasing

Pingan Trust

Taikang Life Insurance

Taiping Life Insurance

China Pacific Life Insurance

Huatai Securities (Shanghai) Asset Management

ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management

CITIC Securities

China Resources Land

CCCC Investment Company

Shenzhen Fengtai E-commerce Industrial Park Asset Management

BLOGIS Holdings Limited

China International Capital Corporation Limited

DNE Group and Shanghai Lingang Economic Development (Group)

Guangzhou Communications Investment Group

Everbright Securities

Pingan Securities

Zhongtai Securities

Huatai United Securities

China Metallurgical Group Corporation

New China Life Insurance

Everbright Xinglong Trust Investment

Shanghai Yixin Financing Lease

Shenzhen Jingzheng Commercial Factoring

Work highlights

  • Represented over 30 lessors of all 41 aircraft operating lessors that have aircraft on lease to HNA airlines in participating in the bankruptcy reorganisation of HNA Holding and its 10 subsidiaries and HNA Group and the other 320 HNA entities within the consolidated restructuring procedure.
  • Represented ICBC Leasing in its asset swap transactions with CSA InternationalFinance Leasing, which involved nine narrow body and wide body aircraft.
  • Acted as the PRC counsel to ABC Financial Leasing in its purchase of three aircraft from CALC.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms Tier 2

Han Kun Law Offices has an impressive litigation offering, with the team advising on a variety of commercial disputes, acting for both domestic and international companies across a broad range of industries. The group is co-headed by Eric Liu, Qiunan Sun, and Yang You from Beijing. Liu has significant expertise acting for MNCs in cross-border transaction and commercial contract-related disputes. Sun specialises in civil and commercial contract disputes, as well as financial debt recovery and disposal and construction project contract disputes. Meanwhile, You primarily focuses on asset management-related litigation. Yaxing Zhang is also noted for his experitise in corporate transaction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eric Liu; Qiunan Sun; Yang You

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tianfeng Securities Co., Ltd.

Marco Systemanalyse und Entwicklung GmbH

Takeda

Emerson

Steamboat Ventures Asia, L.P.

Shanghai Heyi Kewen Investment Partnership

Ningbo Taiji Environmental Protection Equipment Co., Ltd.

YingLi Energy (China) Company Limited

GuoXin Shenghua Information Technology Co., Ltd.

China Equity Group

Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. Ltd.

Berjaya (China) Great Mall Recreation Centre Co., Ltd.

Peking University Resources Group Investment Co., Ltd.

Guizhou Moutai Winery Group Technology Development Co., Ltd.

Wuliangye Great World (Beijing) Trading Co., Ltd.

Sino-Maple (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented a well-known securities firm in disputes over bondholders’ claims for compensation for misrepresentation in relation to a series of bonds underwritten by the firm.
  • Representing Peking University Resources Group Investment Co., Ltd. in a loan dispute, the subject matter of which runs up to about RMB7.9 billion.
  • Represented a member of the top domestic alcohol industry group in responding to a dispute involving 19 shareholders requesting the company to purchase shares and the company’s surplus distribution.

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms

Fielding over 100 experienced IP lawyers from offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Han Kun Law Offices‘ full-service IP offering covers both contentious and non-contentious matters in China, including patent, trade mark and industrial design-related prosecution, litigation and enforcement strategies. The practice routinely acts for global tech industry names on their most complex IP issues in China, including before the Supreme People’s Court, IP courts and tribunals at different levels, as well as before the China National Intellectual Property Administration. On the transactional side, the group is particularly active in the TMT space. IP and litigation chair Yan Wang focuses on contentious IP law practice in China, and Lili Wu is experienced in IP portfolio management. Other key figures include IP disputes expert Rui LUO and patent specialist Tao ZHANG, while Vivian He is the name to note in Shenzhen.

Practice head(s):

Yan Wang; Lili Wu

Other key lawyers:

Rui Luo; Tao Zhang; Vivian He; Rong Chen; Jian Zhang; Yuanyuan Chu; Haoran Jiang; Qiwen Wang; Ying Li

Key clients

Samsung

HP Inc

HPE

Audi

Bytedance

Supreme

Sandvik

Kraft Heinz

Baidu

ABB

Singlera Genomics

Kuaishou

Canon

Tinno

Oppo

Umicore

International Automotive Oversight Bureau

Geely

A O Smith

Work highlights

  • Representing a Swedish heavy machine manufacturer, as plaintiff, in its patent infringement action against a local competitor in Shanghai.
  • Assisted Kuaishou with its overseas patent filing and prosecution work.
  • Handled a patent prosecution for ABB.

China > Labour and employment: PRC firms Tier 2

Han Kun Law Offices have a growing practice with branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen and Hong Kong. The ‘versatile‘ and ‘user-friendly‘ team, led by Will Huang, who specialises in employment contractual disputes and who is also supported by experienced labour arbitrator Xiu Pei, focusses chiefly on employer-side work and often advises on high-profile management level matters. The practice works closely with the firm’s Intellectual Property team on such cases, which often involve non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants. Lifeng Lu provides advice on employee compliance and lay-offs alongside his corporate and commercial practice.

Practice head(s):

Wei (Will) Huang

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team and practice is very user-friendly especially for large foreign multinational corporations operating in China with labour and employment needs. The lead partner is responsive and dedicated around the clock for time differences, and it’s strength lies in its ability to be practical and commercial in the advice they offer to clients.’

‘Provided helpful guidance on corporate governance matters under PRC law.’

‘Will Huang’s team is very professional and responsive. They understand the client’s commercial needs and are able to propose feasible and realistic legal solutions to address the client’s concerns. They are also very versatile.’

‘Han Kun is also able to work diligently and efficiently, and is fully capable to deliver to budget.’

Key clients

Tiger Global Management, LLC

Blizzard Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Kweichow Moutai Company

Reignwood Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Tiger Global on the employment related matters including secondments, employee transitions and non-competition.
  • Advised US gaming company Blizzard Entertainment on employment matters including including relocation, labour dispatch, termination and covid working policies.
  • Represented alcohol producer Kweichow Moutai in labour disputes against its employees.

China > Life sciences and healthcare: PRC firms Tier 2

Han Kun Law Offices is highly rated for its ability to ‘assign a team with members from various departments to help with complex matters’. Acting for a varied client roster of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, investment funds, and private equity and venture capital firms, the practice is recognised for its strong expertise in handling joint ventures, M&A, financial transactions and licensing deals. As part of its broad offering, the group also handles IP matters, regulatory compliance, antitrust issues and litigation. From Shanghai, ‘knowledgeable, patient and accessible’ Yinshi Cao, who focuses on private equity, venture capital and M&A, heads up the group while Min Zhu is recommended for foreign direct investment and corporate restructuring matters. In Beijing, Charles Li is a key contact for equity and debt financings and IP matters, and Aaron Zhou is noted for his expertise in cross-border M&A and licensing deals.

Practice head(s):

Yinshi Cao

Other key lawyers:

Charles Li; Aaron Zhou; Min Zhu; Cheng Chen; Lijuan Wang

Testimonials

‘Professional and in-depth knowledge of the biotech industry. Fair price with engagement of counsels at all level.’

‘Min Zhu, Cheng Chen and Lijuan Wang are recommended.’

‘The team is extremely experienced in cross-border licensing deals. They are very patient to explain all the terms and potential consequences. They are highly efficient at summarising the arguments, making the entire contractual process extremely smooth. They are very collaborative and work very hard over weekends and countless nights. The final bill is very friendly.’

‘The lawyer in charge of the team is very knowledgeable, patient and accessible. Yinshi Cao can explain very complicated situations in an easy way. He thinks about all the potential risks to ensure the licensing deal goes smoothly. He knows how to persuade the other side to agree with his client.’

‘Great quality and thorough legal advice. Great negotiation skills that bring great value to the client.’ 

‘Min Zhu is really impressive.’

‘The team at Han Kun Law Offices is one of the best teams that we have worked with. The team is very accountable and experienced and always provides prompt and excellent support in complex transactions. The unique culture and structure of Han Kun Law Offices ensure it can assign a team with members from various departments to help us deal with complex matters. The team has superior commercial sense in providing solutions and constantly applies accurate commercial judgement to solve transaction obstacles. Lawyers are reachable at any time, including over the weekends, during holidays and in evenings.’

‘Aaron Zhou is very knowledgeable on healthcare-related transactions and possesses wonderful skills in dealing with tricky issues. Zhou is also a great negotiator and is very capable of drafting and negotiating in both English and Chinese, which is critical in cross-border transactions. Zhou has a very strong business sense and can always provide constructive solutions to help us close transactions. We are also impressed by his extremely strong responsiveness to our demands. I would not hesitant to reach out to him at any time, by phone or via email or WeChat.’

Key clients

Bayer

GSK

Amgen

Pfizer

AbbVie Pharmaceutical

Abbott

Mayo Clinic

AstraZeneca

Vivo Ventures

OrbiMed

Sinovac Biotech

SinoPharm Capital

Singlera Genomics

Abbisko

dMed

Hua’s Biomedical

SciClone Pharmaceuticals

3DMedicines, Inc

Innovent Biologics, Inc

Sinocelltech, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Abogen Therapeutics on its $720m Series-C and $300m Series-C+ Financing.
  • Acted for Wallaby Medical Holding, Inc on its approximately €500m acquisition of Phenox GmbH and Femtos GmbH.
  • Assisted CVC with its strategic investment in Xi’an Yikang Pharmacy, a leading pharmaceutical retail chain in Northwest China with more than 1,600 pharmacies.

China > Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms Tier 3

Han Kun Law Offices primarily focuses on foreign-related arbitration services, though the team has experience representing clients before both domestic and foreign arbitration centres. Liyu Jin leads the group from Shanghai, with extensive experience in commercial arbitration matters alongside a wider contentious practice, which includes insurance, antitrust, criminal, and environmental liability matters. Xianglin Chen focuses on foreign-related arbitration in China, whilst Yaxing Zhang specialises in trade, investment and financing, and loans and guarantees disputes.

Practice head(s):

Liyu Jin

Other key lawyers:

Xianglin Chen; Yaxing Zhang; Eric Liu; Yuxian Zhao

Testimonials

‘Han Kun has sound knowledge of the local laws and regulations, as well as the regulatory framework and court systems in the PRC.’

‘They are attentive to client’s need, and easy to communicate with as there are lawyers who are proficient in English.’

‘Yaxing Zhang is a good lawyer and fluent in English. He knows the Chinese legal system well and can plan legal strategies. Good response time and attentive to client’s needs.’

‘Very commercial yet professional.’

‘Xianglin Chen is very responsive and can provide very practical solutions.’

Key clients

Tianfeng Securities Co., Ltd.

Marco Systemanalyse und Entwicklung GmbH

Takeda

Emerson

Steamboat Ventures Asia, L.P.

Shanghai Heyi Kewen Investment Partnership

Ningbo Taiji Environmental Protection Equipment Co., Ltd.

YingLi Energy (China) Company Limited

GuoXin Shenghua Information Technology Co., Ltd.

China Equity Group

Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. Ltd.

Berjaya (China) Great Mall Recreation Centre Co., Ltd.

Peking University Resources Group Investment Co., Ltd.

Guizhou Moutai Winery Group Technology Development Co., Ltd.

Wuliangye Great World (Beijing) Trading Co., Ltd.

Sino-Maple (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.

China > Private wealth: PRC firms Tier 3

Han Kun Law Offices handles a range of private wealth matters, including issues relating to family trusts, family offices, divorce and estate planning, with particular experience advising clients in the business community due to strong ties with the firm’s wider PE finance and capital markets departments. It is also heavily involved in advising both domestic and global private banks, trust companies, and asset management companies. Han Chen leads the team, with extensive experience in family wealth management and intergenerational inheritance matters.

Practice head(s):

Han Chen

China > Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 3

Acting as PRC counsel for JD Property and Brookfields Asset Management on some enormous acquisitions over the past year, Han Kun Law Offices’ real estate and construction team has a growing market reputation with key strengths in financing and transactional work. The practice is jointly led by Stephen (Shiwen) Dong and Rong Fang. Dong advises both international and domestic real estate funds, warehouses and logistics enterprises and insurance firms. Fang is an expert on PPP and state-run infrastructure projects and also acts as a PPP expert for the Ministry of Finance alongside her practice. Xiao Li has experience in real estate M&A projects, bulk property transactions, and structured financing projects in real estate.

Practice head(s):

Stephen (Shiwen) Dong; Rong Fang

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are consistent in delivering high quality legal service. This is a leading team in the real estate and construction sector and our first choice in China.’

Key clients

BlackRock, Inc

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Schroders Capital (formerly known as Pamfleet)

JD.com

China Logistics Property Holdings Co. Ltd

StarCrest Capital Partners

Levi’s (Levi Strauss)

Central China Real Estate Limited

China > Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms Tier 3

The corporate compliance group at Han Kun Law Offices is primarily known for its expertise in advising multinational and foreign-invested enterprises on regulatory compliance issues, as well as conducting internal investigations and developing internal control policies. It is also experienced in advising Chinese companies on export control and sanction compliance matters and offshore litigation matters. Chen Ma and David Tang co-lead the group from Beijing and Shanghai, respectively. Tang specialises in corporate compliance and regulatory matters, whilst Ma has extensive experience acting in commercial antitrust investigations and litigation cases, as well as on cross-border matters. Michelle Gong is also recommended for expertise across a broad range of compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Chen Ma; David Tang

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Gong; Jolie Yan

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive, professional, and insightful. They always provide the right answers and clear guidance.’

‘Michelle Gon understands the business needs of the client and provides important insight into how they operate in the China market. She has a pro-active approach and is highly recommended.’

Key clients

KE Holdings

NIO, Inc.

Cheetah Mobile

The firm: Han kun is a leading full-service law firm in china.

Over the years, Han Kun has been widely recognized as a leader in complex cross-border and domestic transactions.

Our main practice areas include private equity and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic capital markets, investment funds, asset management, antitrust/competition, banking and finance, aviation finance, foreign direct investment, compliance, private client/wealth management, intellectual property and dispute resolution.

We have more than 600 professionals located in our five offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Haikou.

All our lawyers are graduates of top universities and have extensive experience in complex cross-border transactions as counsel to both Chinese and foreign clients.

Memberships of international associations: Han Kun has joined World Services Group (WSG) to become its exclusive China law firm member. WSG is one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary professional services networks, consisting of leading independent law firms, accounting firms and investment banks. WSG currently has more than 120 member firms from over 135 jurisdictions consisting of over 21,000 professionals.

Han Kun has joined Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC) to become its exclusive China law firm member. The Pacific Rim Advisory Council is an international law firm association established in 1984. The association consists of 30 top-tier independent member law firms with over 12,000 lawyers practicing in key business centers around the world.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Antitrust/Competition
Asset-backed Securitization
Aviation and Aviation Finance
Banking and Finance
Compliance and Investigation
Corporate restructuring
Culture, Media and Entertainment
Data Protection
Dispute Resolution
Domestic and International Capital Markets
Energy, Minerals and Environmental Protection
Family Law, Trust and Wealth Planning
Financial Services and Cross-Border Asset Management Practice
Fintech
Foreign Direct Investment
Intellectual Property
Investment Funds
Labor and Employment
Life Sciences and Healthcare
Mergers and Acquisitions
Outbound Investment
Private Equity and Venture Capital
Real Estate and Infrastructure
Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Structured Finance
Tax Services
Technology, Media and Telecommunications
Number of Lawyers (in All Offices) : 600+
English
Japanese
Korean
German
Pacific Rim Advisory Council
World Services Group

COMPANY/FIRM: JD.COM, INC.
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Han Kun on numerous transactions, including private equity investments and mergers. We are impressed by their professionalism and knowledge of Internet, e-commerce, and M&A-related areas. Their work products are always presented with a high standard of professionalism and quality. They are very responsive to our requests and are capable of adapting to fast moving transactions.  They also have a deep understanding of our business, which helps them to provide practical solutions and legal advice.  We view Han Kun as one of the first tier PRC firms in areas of private equity transactions and M&A.


COMPANY/FIRM: [Baidu]
TESTIMONIAL: I have been intensively working with Hun Han Kun lawyers for about a year and a half, . and dDuring this period, I found their service highly professional and their responses surprisingly prompt. Also, they can always provide commercially feasible solutions to us, which was has often proved critical in for our speedy deals.


COMPANY/FIRM: Reignwood Group
TESTIMONIAL: The Han Kun team has rich practical experience, and they provide professional and highly effective legal services for Reignwood Group. The team is deeply involved in several of the Group’s businesses, such as aircraft leasing, cross-border investment and financing. Being diligent and responsible, the Han Kun team has contributed strong and reliable legal support to Reignwood Group during its rapid development. In particular, Ms. Wang Shu demonstrates excellent professional skills and plays a key role. 


COMPANY/FIRM: China Renaissance Group
TESTIMONIAL: Han Kun is one of the leading law firms in the PE market.  The lawyers are responsible and diligent, and we always get quick responses, which is very helpful to for our work, especially for some urgent matters.  Han Kun gives us more than what we expect.  They not only provide professional legal advice,  but also share their expertise and insights with us, which helps us a lot to make commercial decisions.  We received the legal updates, like newly published regulations and guiding cases, from Han Kun from time to time and they do play an active role in the market.


COMPANY/FIRM: ORIX Asia Capital Limited
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Han Kun over several years in a wide range of situations including legal research on various topics, legal due diligence on finance companies, cross-border restructure deals, and establishing Joint joint ventures with state-owned entities. Han Kun is always an effective and experienced counsel, especially on matters requiring skills of such as designing transaction structures and analyze analyzing complex legal relationships.  We rely on Han Kun not only for the professional legal advices, but also for their business sense and ability to work with us for longer-term goals.


COMPANY/FIRM: Baidu
TESTIMONIAL: Han Kun has provided outstanding and professional legal services to Baidu for many years. In various high profile deals that Baidu engages in, Han Kun has always been a creative solution provider, rather than just a legal professional, and has assisted Baidu to navigate through complex legal and business situations. Legal professionals with strong business sense are the symbol of Han Kun attorneys which distinguishes them from other ordinary attorneys. From a client’s perspective, it is always preferable to have Han Kun at your side rather than to let them go against you.


汉坤律师事务所是中国领先的综合性律师事务所之一,专注于国内、国际间复杂的商业交易和争议的解决。作为中国律师行业的领军律所之一,汉坤尤其以私募股权和风险投资、兼并和收购、境内外证券发行与上市、投资基金/资产管理、反垄断/竞争法、银行金融、飞机融资、外商直接投资、公司合规、私人财富管理、知识产权、争议解决等板块的法律服务著称,连年被国际权威法律媒体评为亚太区顶级中国律所。

汉坤拥有超过600名专业人员,分布于中国几个主要商业中心城市:北京、上海、深圳、香港和海口。汉坤的律师拥有优秀的学历背景,具有长期服务境内外客户和参与复杂跨境交易的丰富经验。

Han Kun’s 2020 VC/PE Deal Data Analysis Report

June 30, 2021, Han Kun Law Offices issues Han Kun 2020 VC/PE Deal Data Analysis Report (the “Report”).  The online version of the Report is available at the Firm’s website. (Link: https://www.hankunlaw.com/downloadfile/newsAndInsights/5381f9ae173d179e242838860af29562.pdf)

Han Kun Releases 2020 Fund Practice Data Analysis Report

Private equity industry recovered in the second half of the year, saw remarkable growth in healthcare and online office areas.

Han Kun releases its 2021 VC/PE Deal Data Analysis Report

Biomedicine remained the No.1 investment destination, FIE structures increasingly favored by dealmakers in onshore transactionsHan Kun Law Offices has released the Han Kun 2021 VC/PE Deal Data Analysis Report (English edition, the “Report”). The online version of the Report is available on the firm’s website at:https://www.hankunlaw.com/downloadfile/newsAndInsights/812c30456eef2419acf9250b618b993b.pdf