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Guantao Law Firm
BEIJING 100032

Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms Tier 2

Guantao Law Firm's team stands out for its domestic arbitration expertise, demonstrated by Shouzhi An recent advice to the General Administration of Sport on its judicial review mechanism for international sports arbitral awards. Lawyers are also regularly instructed by PRC companies on international arbitrations. Leiming Sheng and Shaosong Sun jointly lead the group.

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China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group

LG Electronics (China)

China Pacific Insurance (Group)

HengTai Securities

Ping An Trust

Xinhua Winshare Publishing and Media

Shanghai Chengtou Group Cooperation

Shanghai Guosheng Group

Shanghai Environment Group

Shanghai Shangshi Venture Investment

Projects and energy: PRC firms Tier 2

Guantao Law Firm has wide-ranging expertise in infrastructure and projects, including in relation to investment projects, planning permission, public-private-partnership (PPP) projects, as well as tax issues arising from projects and disputes. Sector expertise is particularly strong for petrochemical and energy matters. The infrastructure projects team is led by Wei Jiang, who has vast experience advising SOEs. Ling Xu heads the group focusing on energy, with a practice that consists of transactional and contentious issues. Hongming Xiao is an expert in energy and mining sector M&A and foreign direct investment.

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China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum (Group)

Aluminum Corporation of China

China National Nuclear Power

China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group Company

China Aluminum International Engineering Corporation

SDIC Power Holdings

Shaanxi Coal and Chemical Industry Group

State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)

Petrochemical Industries Company

Banking and finance: PRC firms Tier 3

At Guantao Law Firm, the team assists banking and non-banking institutions, with a range of issues, including equity participation in Chinese banks by foreign banks, the formation of banking institutions, Sino-foreign finance cooperation projects, as well as bond issuances and insurance transactions. The department is led by managing partner Liqiu Lyu, who has expertise in the disposal of non-performing loans, asset securitisations, foreign exchange controls and international financing. Yandi Liu in Dalian focuses on securities matters for financial institutions and emerging companies.

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China Development Ban

China CITIC Bank

China Life Investment Holding Company

Sunshine Life Insurance

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

China Huarong Asset Management

China Great Wall Asset Management

China Fortune International Trust


Hwabao Duding (Shanghai) Financial Leasing Company

Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 3

Capital markets are central to Guantao Law Firm's offering. The team advises issuers and underwriters on listings in the PRC and overseas, as well as pre-IPO restructuring, share transactions and M&A. Bo Su heads the PRC corporate and securities group, while Sun Dongying leads on the cross-border mandates, often with the assistance of the firm's Hong Kong offices. Founding and managing partner Liguo Cui is a capital markets specialist, with a focus on equity purchase and asset acquisition projects.

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Beijing World Online Advertising

Sihui Fuji Electronics Technology

Wuhan Xingtu Xinke Electronics

CITIC Securities

CMGE Technology Group


Aluminum Corporation of China


Shanghai Chengtou Group Corporation

Brilliance Auto Group Holding

Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms Tier 3

Areas of specialism for the litigation team at Guantao Law Firm include investment and equity disputes, as well as matters involving criminal prosecutions, commercial and financial fraud. The group is jointly led by Leiming Sheng and antitrust litigation expert Shaosong Sun. Other notable practitioners include general corporate litigator Wuping Tao.

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China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group

LG Electronics (China)

China Pacific Insurance (Group)

HengTai Securities

Ping An Trust

Xinhua Winshare Publishing and Media

Shanghai Chengtou Group Cooperation

Shanghai Guosheng Group

Shanghai Environment Group

Shanghai Shangshi Venture Investment

Insolvency and restructuring; PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm has experienced lawyers that handle corporate, insolvency and liquidation matters, and act for a range of corporates and non-banking financial institutions. Frequent instructions involve acting as the court-appointed administrator in bankruptcy and liquidation cases. Yucheng Jin heads the practice in Dalian and Jianyue Zhu heads the Beijing-based team. Guang Yang and Dongfeng Sun are also noted.

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Jianqiao Securities

Quanzhou Qixing Machinery Co., Ltd.

Fujian Qixin Machinery Equipment Co., Ltd.

Multi-Micro (Fujian) Electronic Tech. Co., Ltd.

China Great Wall Asset Management Co., Ltd.

China Huarong Asset Management Co., Ltd.

China Cinda Capital Management Co., Ltd.

China Orient Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Investment funds: PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm advises investment firms, sponsors, venture capital firms, institutional investors as well as portfolio companies through the complete life cycle of the funds. Typical matters that the team handles include fund formation, regulatory and compliance, M&A, and fund exit strategies. Beijing-based Dongying Sun and Bo Su head the practice together.

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Ministry of Industry and Information Technology,Bureau of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

SDIC Unity Capital Co., Ltd.

China Insurance Investment Co., Ltd.

China Building Material Test & Certification Group Co., Ltd.

Zhong Neng Jian Ping An (Tianjin) Equity Investment Fund Management Co. LTD

General Technology Venture Capital Co., Ltd


Yuntai Network Co. Ltd.

Henan Lingcheng Private Equity Fund Management co. LTD

IReader Technology Co. Ltd

CCBI Healthcare Fund

Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm has a well-established real estate and construction department that is known for handling a variety of transactions across China. The group is led by Lei Meng, who as well as handling project development, asset transfers and financing, has experience in disputes. Yonghong Zhan is an expert in construction projects and real estate M&A. Head of the Chengdu office Qiu Guangli is another name to note, with expertise in environmental regulation, which she applies to real estate and construction projects.

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Beijing Financial Street Holding

Beijing Huarong Infrastructure Investment


Expo Shanghai Group

Zhejiang Future Science & Technology

Shandong Fantasia Investment Group

Million Hope Industries

Shanghai Eastern Airlines Investment

Hands Form Holdings

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Regional coverage: Zhejiang Province: Hangzhou Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm advises across a range of areas including cross-border investment and trade, corporate securities, real estate and infrastructure, IP, dispute resolution and private wealth management. Managing partner Jun Zou has a strong background in corporate, M&A and international trade. Weimin Gan specialises in similar areas as well as intellectual property.

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WTO/international trade: PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm has a wide range of expertise in WTO and international trade and advises clients on WTO rules on goods, and services, in addition to investments and intellectual property matters. The team regularly handles anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard measure investigations. The firm's client base consists of a variety of large SOEs, corporations and government agencies. Pengpeng Yan heads the practice. Jing Meng is also noted.

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Corporate and M&A: PRC firms Tier 4

The team at Guantao Law Firm has knowledge in company formation and corporate governance, franchise and chain store operations, as well as in transactional issues such as public and private M&A. The domestic corporate team is led by Bo Su, while Dongying Sun leads the international team. Founding partner Liguo Cui is also regularly involved on the transactional side.

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Zhongce Rubber Group

Guangdong Champion Asia Electronics

China Railway Construction Investment Group

Minsheng Trust

Beijing Ctrowell Technology Corporation

Xi’an Dagang Road Machinery

Yango Group

Tangshan Jidong Cement

Zhejiang Communication Investment Group

Hangzhou Anow Microfiltration

Private equity: PRC firms Tier 5

Guantao Law Firm's transactional team has experience in private equity and venture capital deals, with a client list including investment firms, sponsors, institutional investors, and portfolio companies. The group is jointly led by Dongying Sun and Bo Su. Co-founding partner Liguo Cui is a central player in the team and has experience in international investment. Yang Wang has a strong practice in fund establishment, raising funds and investment, particularly in relation to the oil and gas industry.

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Ministry of Industry and Information Technology,Bureau of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

SDIC Unity Capital

Zhong Neng Jian Ping An (Tianjin) Equity Investment Fund Management

Minsheng Tust

China Building Material Test & Certification Group

Beijing Yottabyte Information Technology

Shanghai Heyu Information Technology

Yuntai Network

IReader Technology

The Great Wall Capital Management

Huihua Fund Management

The firm: Guantao Law Firm, founded in 1994, is one of the pioneer law firms in China. Headquartered in Beijing, Guantao has 15 branch offices and has good working relationships with law firms in Hong Kong, Macau and other countries and regions. Guantao has established a strategic alliance with the UK-based international law firm Ashurst LLP. Guantao has received special recognition for its achievements. The firm has been highly ranked in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate/M&A, projects and energy, restructuring/insolvency in China by Chambers Asia for many years. It appeared in list “Top 100 independent firms by number of qualified lawyers” (ranked 23rd by The Lawyer in 2016 in Asia-Pacific) and most recently won the 2016 China Business Law Awards in “Construction & infrastructure”, “Private equity & venture capital”, “Real estate & REIT” and was honored as “Most improved law firm”. Guantao delivers its high-quality legal services to both domestic and international clients in a wide variety of industries. After more than two decades of hard work and dedication, Guantao is now recognised as one of the leading law firms in China.

Areas of practice: Capital markets: one of its core practice areas, it has advised issuers and underwriters for the listings of companies in almost all industries, such as power and steel, finance and financial services, building materials, commercial real estate, chemical and mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, bio-engineering, non-ferrous metals, transportation, energy, environmental protection, food, tourism, and hi-tech industries. Guantao also has extensive experience regarding overseas securities regulations, issuance and trading.

Corporate/M&A: another of its core practice areas, it is well regarded in the corporate sector, advising clients on a range of corporate, FDI and M&A issues.

Banking and finance: Guantao provides high-quality legal services to banking and non-banking financial institutions.

Construction/real estate: cited for its extensive experience, advising on landmark deals such as the construction of major national infrastructure facilities, municipal renovation, Beijing financial street, and the 2008 Olympics games facilities.

Insolvency and restructuring: a heavyweight player in this sector, it specialises in insolvency, bankruptcy, liquidation, restructuring and reorganisation work for securities companies and other industry players.

Energy and natural resources: this practice at Guantao has won an enviable reputation in recent years for its work in development, financing and secondary and tertiary sales and acquisitions.

Dispute resolution: with rich experience in litigation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR), it has successfully represented many leading companies of different industries and government departments in both domestic and international litigation and arbitration proceedings, and has gained a nationwide reputation.

International trade/WTO: headed by a recognised leading lawyer with practice experience in the UK, US, the EU and other countries and regions, especially on anti-dumping issues under the WTO framework.

Private equity/venture capital: Guantao offers a comprehensive service, providing financing, tax and funds advice across all types of private equity/venture capital transactions.

Intellectual property/TMT: regarded as its firmly established practice and research area, it has successfully represented clients on a number of cases in matters including patent, trade marks, copyright, trade secret, proprietary technology, integrated circuit, computer software, database protection, new plant types, and so on.

International investment: Guantao provides expert legal services in both in-bound and out-bound investment. The firm is active in advising international banks, multinationals, underwriters, listed companies on cross-border corporate deals, M&A, equity finance, debt finance and mineral resources law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Lv Liqiu
Banking and finance Tan Weihong
Banking and finance Tian Xiangqun
Banking and finance Sheng Leiming
Banking and finance Liu Yandi
Banking and finance Zhang Yue
Capital markets Cui Liguo
Capital markets Sun Dongfeng
Capital markets Su Bo
Capital markets Liu Rong
Capital markets Sun Dongying
Capital markets Yan Pengpeng
Corporate finance Hao Jingmei
Corporate finance Huang Yaping
Corporate finance Li Yansheng
Corporate finance Huang Peng
Corporate finance Wang Fan
Corporate finance He Pukun
Corporate finance Wei Kai
Corporate finance Liu Wenhong
Corporate finance Zhang Sihua
M&A Su Bo
M&A Wang Wei
M&A Zhang Wenliang
M&A Du En
M&A Ji Jianyang
M&A Ma Kewei
M&A Wang Li
M&A Liu Wei
Dispute resolution Han Dejing
Dispute resolution Xu Jingbin
Dispute resolution Tao Wuping
Dispute resolution Jiang Xinwei
Dispute resolution Liu Min'an
Dispute resolution Nie Zhengwen
Dispute resolution Xu Bingjian
Dispute resolution Yang Weiguo
Dispute resolution Chen Siyu
Real estate Meng Lei
Real estate Zhan Yonghong
Real estate Ren Huan
IP/TMT Gan Weimin
IP/TMT Liang Chaoyu
IP/TMT Zhou Jianzhong
IP/TMT Zhao Weikang
Administrative law and compliance Yang Guang
Administrative law and compliance Wu Hua
Administrative law and compliance Dong Jianjin
Administrative law and compliance Fan Lei
Projects Jiang Wei
Projects Li Jinyan
Projects Liu Hanwen
Projects Tian Bo
International investment and trade Sun Shaosong
International investment and trade Zou Jun
International investment and trade Meng Jing
International investment and trade Luo Xi
International investment and trade Qiu Guangli
International investment and trade Guan Yue
International investment and trade Shen Qian
International investment and trade Li Wen
Energy and natural resources Xiao Hongming
Energy and natural resources Xu Ling
Energy and natural resources An Shouzhi
Insolvency and restructuring Jin Yucheng
Insolvency and restructuring Zhao Weiguang
Insolvency and restructuring Zhu Jianyue
Insolvency and restructuring Kang Hongyun
Insolvency and restructuring Ji Jianguo
Insolvency and restructuring Jia Jianwei
Private equity Li Yan
Private equity Chen Zhongye
Private equity Wang Xuexia
Private equity Xun Tingting
Private equity Hong Yuhao
Private equity Wang Yang
Number of lawyers : 550+
Contacts : Xu Ling (partner -

Guantao Law Firm, founded in February 1994 and based in Beijing, is one of the pioneer law firms in China. Over more than two decades of hard work and dedication, Guantao has become a leading PRC law firm with a team of over 200 partners and 700 lawyers working across 21 offices in main cities at home and abroad. We offer the insight of an integrated and professional law firm and uphold the principles of honesty and diligence, efficiency and quality. At Guantao, our top priority is to provide our clients with high quality service and help them achieve their business goals.

Guantao has offices in various major cities in China, being Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Dalian, Xi’an, Chengdu, Jinan, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuhan, Nanjing, Fuzhou and Zhengzhou as well as three overseas offices in Sydney, New York and Toronto. Guantao has established strategic alliance with the UK-based international law firm Ashurst LLP. Through the strong relationship with Ashurst, Guantao aims to continue delivering service excellence and sharing resources and information for the benefit of its domestic and international clients.

Guantao’s practices include capital markets, general corporate, M&A, banking and finance, real estate and construction, assets restructuring, insolvency reorganization, energy and natural resources, dispute resolution, international trade and WTO, antitrust, private equity and venture capital, projects and infrastructures, intellectual property, technology media and telecommunications (TMT), innovative financing and structured products, maritime and admiralty, administrative law and other relevant areas. Guantao advises clients from a wide range of industries, including banking, securities, insurance, telecommunications, technology, infrastructure, construction, real estate, mechanical engineering and manufacturing, education, life science and healthcare, transportation, energy, natural resources, environmental protection, chemical, bio-medicine, pharmaceuticals and scientific research.

Guantao has received high rankings in Chambers Asia, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, IFLR1000, ALB and other international legal rating agencies in these years for its expertise in the capital markets, corporate/M&A, restructuring and insolvency, projects infrastructure and energy, banking and finance, and international trade.

Guantao’s legal research center, formed by its senior lawyers, tracks the latest legislative developments and the promulgation of new laws, governmental regulations and departmental rules in China, resulting in timely analyses and in-depth reports to Guantao’s lawyers to ensure that Guantao maintains its leading position among law firms in China.

Guantao lawyers are committed to excellence and integrity; they are experienced, hard-working, diligent and responsible, and have earned a reputation as experts in delivering comprehensive and innovative legal services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Sydney Office Shun Cheng
Capital markets Liguo Cui
Toronto Office Xuexun Cui
IP/TMT Weimin Gan
Antitrust Yue Guan
Dispute resolution Dejing Han
Real estate Hongyi He
Private equity Yuhao Hong (Henry)
Corporate finance Yaping Huang
Insolvency and restructuring Jianwei Jia
Projects and infrastructure Wei Jiang
Banking and finance Jie Jin
Insolvency and restructuring Yucheng Jin
Dispute resolution Yunlong Lai
IP Hongjiang Li
Corporate finance Yansheng Li
Capital markets Kai Liu
Dispute resolution Min'an Liu
Corporate finance Wenhong Liu
Banking and finance Yandi Liu
Banking and finance Beatrice Lyu
M&A Kewei Ma
Real estate Lei Meng
Dispute resolution Zhengwen Nie
Dispute resolution Baohua Qi
International investment and trade Guangli Qiu
Dispute resolution Leiming Sheng
Capital markets Bo Su
Capital markets Dongfeng Sun
Capital markets Dongying Sun
Dispute resolution Shaosong Sun
Dispute resolution Wuping Tao
Corporate finance Fan Wang
Private equity Yang Wang
International investment and trade Hongming Xiao
M&A Ling Xu
New York Office Zack Xu
Real estate Xiuzhu Xu
Capital markets Grace Yan
Real estate Yonghong Zhan
Corporate finance Sihua Zhang
Corporate finance Shuiyuan Zheng
Dispute resolution Zhiming Zhou
Insolvency and restructuring Jianyue Zhu
Corporate finance Jun Zou
Number of Partners : 200+
Numeber of Lawyers : 700+


CLIENT: Wang Hui
COMPANY/FIRM: Dashang Co., Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: Serving as a legal consultant for our company, Guantao Law Firm has provided highly efficient, professional, meticulous legal services in investment and financing, M&A and other businesses, which signifies the excellent professional level of the industry leader.

CLIENT: Ding Xia
COMPANY/FIRM: Dalian Sunasia Tourism Holding Co., Ltd. ?
TESTIMONIAL: During the cooperation between our Company and Guantao Law Firm, Guantao always stays true to the work idea of pursuing excellency, being credible, diligent, highly efficient and quality, to address assorted legal issues of our Company in an active, professional and proper manner and offer reasonable legal judgments and suggestions. Guantao has provided powerful legal support for the healthy and stable development of our Company, remaining as a key partner in the development of our Company.

CLIENT: Sun Jianwei
COMPANY/FIRM: Bank of DaLian CO. Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: Since 2007, Bank of Dalian has maintained close partnership with Guantao Law Firm. Guantao has provided legal services for our bank not only in IPO application, bonds issuances, strategic investor introduction and other key capital events, but also in regulating and clearing the equity, perfecting the corporate governance and reviewing business contracts of our bank. Lawyers from Guantao have excellent professional competency and rich experiences, and adhere to a business attitude of being diligent, forward-looking, patient and detail-oriented. Our bank is very satisfied with their legal services and will continue to maintain close partnership with them.

CLIENT: Ms. Sandra Bendler-Pepy
COMPANY/FIRM: German Law Firm SATELL and its German client Grünbeck Wasseraufbereitung GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: Our legal firm has been using Guantao for legal services of a German client for Chinese law issues since June 2016.  We are very happy about this great collaboration. Miss Xu is a high professional and friendly partner for us. She works quickly and is very dedicated and responsible. Her surplus value is her deep understanding of foreign clients with business in China, and she knows how to handle with international standards and rules for high satisfaction of the client. We can earnestly suggest Miss Xu Ling and Guantao for your business in China.

COMPANY/FIRM: Datang Telecom Technology Co., Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: As our lawyer, Ms. Xu Ling provides legal services to business restructuring of integrated circuit, which involves organizations with different interests and needs such as state-owned enterprises, foreign-capital enterprises and buyout fund. Ms. Xu puts forward constructive suggestions to the design of deal structure and guarantees the restructuring completed as planned.

CLIENT: Dirk Voges
COMPANY/FIRM: German Law Firm Weitnauer and its German client dc-square GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: Our firm is cooperating for more than one year with Guantao Law Firm, especially with the partners Ms. Xu Ling and Mr. Wu Hua. We as well as our clients are much convinced in the quality and professionalism of the services rendered by Ms. Xu and Mr. Wu. In addition to providing professionally sound advice, fast response and comprehensive explanations of what makes it easier for a foreign client to understand what is important in Chinese legal questions, it should be emphasised that, beyond purely legal aspects, the economic consideration of the case is always kept in mind. Ms. Xu is at any stage of a case fully present and empathise with the client.

CLIENT: Dennis Hon
COMPANY/FIRM: CK Life Sciences Intl Holdings
TESTIMONIAL: Our company has been using Guantao legal services during the past few years and found their services entirely satisfactory. Miss Xu particularly impresses us as a seasoned professional who understands fully the various complications that a foreign client may face in China, namely, the potential communication gap, cultural differences, and differences in interpretation of a provision in contract. She is intelligent, dedicated and professional.

CLIENT: Liu Wenjin
COMPANY/FIRM: China Hi-Tech New Energy Auto Company Limited
TESTIMONIAL: Legal team led by Ms. Xu Ling of Guantao Law Firm has provided our company with professional legal services in cross-border M&A and international collaboration since 2015. After two years of contact, Ms. Xu advised us on a series of legal issues from preliminary consultation, design of solution architecture, draft of actual legal text, legal negotiation to the final deal. Ms. Xu is an indispensable partner of our business success.

CLIENT: Jason Chan
COMPANY/FIRM: Brockman Mining Limited
TESTIMONIAL: I refer to the recent engagement with Guantao and yourself and I wish to express our appreciation to your work. We are deeply impressed by your professional knowledge, your commitment and your efficiency. We will definitely continue to engage you for our future transactions and projects and we will certainly recommend you and Guantao to our connections.

CLIENT: Liu Yingchun
COMPANY/FIRM: Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co., Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: As our partner and advisor, Guantao is committed to diligence and efficient. Guantao lawyers, who are rich-experienced and hard-working, deliver comprehensive and innovative legal services during our process of production and operation. Guantao and its legal team play an active and important role in resources integration, handling cases, disputes resolution, IP protection and promoting in-house counsel construction, which achieves an all-win result and maximizes the protection of our company’s legal rights.

COMPANY/FIRM:  China National Complete Plant Import & Export Corporation (Group)
TESTIMONIAL: Guantao Law Firm served as our perennial legal counsel, providing legal services in areas of litigation, engineering and investment in the meanwhile, which is comprehensive, efficient and professional in a general feeling. Guantao can give fast response to clients, fully understand the demands of clients and design solutions for clients. Guantao is a reliable law firm with satisfied deliverables.

COMPANY/FIRM: Bluestone (Beijing) Equity Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: Guantao Law Firm, when providing legal services, can fully understand our needs and give us professional and comprehensive legal solutions. During our cooperation with Guantao team, their ability to accurately interpret the laws, regulations and judicial policies, to devise the tactics and to reasonably arrange the whole process of our case had been fully appreciated by us and really made us feel easy and relieved. We are looking forward to the cooperation with Guantao team in next time.

CLIENT: Huang Guanbo
COMPANY/FIRM: Aluminum Corporation of China Limited
TESTIMONIAL:Guantao has acted as our lawyers for a couple of projects. They are efficient and responsible. We value their expertise in dispute resolution and capital market areas. They are experienced with good commmunication skills, rendering quality service.

CLIENT: Zhou Danhui
COMPANY/FIRM: Datang Telecom Technology Co., Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: As our lawyer, Guantao always provides efficient and high quality legal service with patience and precision. With excellent solution and legal opinion, they have demonstrated their recommendable skills and professionalism.

COMPANY/FIRM: China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group
TESTIMONIAL: Guantao team can always deliver effective and practicable solutions to their client’s on-going litigation as well as provide risk prevention advice, showing their strong legal skills.
The team is also remarkable in their comprehension and insight. They can quickly understand their client’s intention and needs through efficient communication and provide satisfactory solutions.

CLIENT: Song Chenxi
TESTIMONIAL: We feel great gratitude for Guantao’s professionalism and efficiency demonstrated in our acquisition project. “Have great vision and avoid pomposity”, being the aphorism of the firm, is exactly of what we think of Guantao. This spirit also contributes to our company further strategic achievement. Hope our future cooperation will lead to greater success!

COMPANY/FIRM: BBMG Group Co., Ltd. ??
TESTIMONIAL: Guantao provides professional, efficient and targeted service. They can grasp what client really need and deliver corresponding solutions. They have extensive experience in investment, financing and M&A. They always perform duties with meticulousness and efficiency. In real estate area, they can offer insightful legal opinion, draft consummate contracts and project plans, and help clients solve legal problems.

CLIENT: Jason Chan
COMPANY/FIRM: Brockman Mining Limited
TESTIMONIAL: Throughout the past years, Guantao is always our valuable business partner and they always provide us with useful advice and  legal assistance in a professional and efficient manner.  Recently we have engaged Guantao to provide a legal opinion on several matters and as always we have obtained such opinion in such a short time.  They know what their client needs and their professionalism is highly appreciated.  We will continue to engage Guantao in the future.

CLIENT: Liu Wenxin
COMPANY/FIRM: China Hi-Tech New Energy Auto Company Limited
TESTIMONIAL: CHTC Group is a central-state-owned group which has involved globally in different business units such as Automotive, Financing, Cultural, Textile Machinery. We have known Guantao Law Firm for a long time, and we have successfully established strategic projects globally with dedicated professional legal support from the team led by Ms. Xu Ling. With the Going out Policy, we will continue to actively play on the international stage with the strong legal support as one of the necessary key factors for our global success.

CLIENT: Roland Bernshaus
COMPANY/FIRM: International Wood Suppliers Limited
TESTIMONIAL: We sought legal assistance for an international purchase agreement, where the supplier failed to deliver his obligation. We were recommended by a friend to contact Guantao Law Firm, who accepted the case and formed a team under the leading lawyer Ms. Xu Ling. We are very impressed with their working style: a very diligent analysis of all documents and email traffic, detecting even the smallest discrepancies, and then a very professional legal presentation of our case to the Chinese and Lithuanian Arbitration Chambers. The team responds always prompt and in time, explaining to us their legal strategy, so that an ordinary person can clearly understand the legal argumentation and the reasons behind. I can highly recommend Guantao Law Firm to all colleagues as a professional legal adviser and lawyer.


Guantao Law Firm, founded in February 1994 and based in Beijing, owns 21 offices including offices in Hong Kong, Sydney, New York and Toronto. After the three-year association with Peter C. Wong, Chow & Chow and approved by the Law Society of Hong Kong, Guantao Hong Kong Office was localized as a Hong Kong solicitor firm with effect from 1 February 2016 under the name of Guantao & Chow, providing clients with the laws of Hong Kong and mainland China. In 2015, Guantao Sydney Office was officially established with the aim of developing the Australian investment market based on offering service for Chinese clients, keeping the alliance partnership with world’s top law firm Ashurst and providing the most humanized and commercialized investment solutions for clients. Guantao established office in New York in 2016 to provide high-quality legal services for Chinese enterprises to invest and operate in the United States. Also serving as the window office targeting in North America market, Guantao Toronto Office was established in 2017.

With excellent performance and reputation, Guantao has been highly ranked in practices areas including overseas capital markets, dispute resolution, cross-border M & A, energy and natural resources, projects and infrastructure, competition law and so on by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, ALB, Asialaw Profiles and other well-known international legal ranking agencies. In recent years, the deals that Guantao advised including “Parallel Arbitration Cases Involving International Wood Suppliers “, “Cheung Kong and Hutchison’s Reorganization, Spin-off and Listing”, ” Vietnam Hai Doung BOT Project “, ” China Development Bank’s USD 4.5 Billion Financing of Indonesian Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway Project”, “China Electronics Investment Holdings’ acquisition of Montage Technology Group” and other cross-border deals have won many international awards and nominations.

Guantao has a strong international expertise team, including more than 50 partners in international litigation and arbitration, and more than 200 lawyers who can engage in international legal issues. Most of them have outstanding higher education degrees and extensive overseas study or work experience, and can advise on a wide range of legal affairs. Mr. Liguo Cui, Mr. Leiming Sheng, Ms. Bo Su, Ms. Ling Xu, Mr. Wei Jiang, Mr. Henry Yuhao Hong and other lawyers are also highly recommended by international well-known ranking agencies in their respective practice areas. Mr. Kewei Ma, Ms. Ling Xu, Ms. Yang Wang, Ms. Fan Wang, Ms. Wen Li, Mr. Frank Huang are selected as the members of the “Leading Talents” panel of the PRC lawyers practicing foreign-related business law by the All China Lawyers Association. Guantao responds positively to The Belt and Road Initiative and has done much work.

Guantao has established strategic alliance with the UK-based international law firm Ashurst LLP. Ashurst has 25 offices in 15 major countries and regions. In February 2018, Guantao and Ashurst established a Joint Operation Office (JOO) in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. Besides, Guantao also has established a good cooperative relationship with more than 100 overseas law firms in 34 countries in six continents. Based on Guantao’s close cooperation with Ashurst and interaction with other overseas law firms, Guantao aims to continue delivering service excellence and sharing resources and information for the benefit of its domestic and international clients on a global platform.


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Liguo Cui, Managing Partner

Managing Partner Mr. Liguo Cui explains the development of the firm and how the firm is adapting to clients’ changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Guantao from your competitors?

Generally speaking, Guantao’s strength lies in our global network, wide range of services, streamlined system, professionalism and coordinated teamwork.

Guantao is a full-service law firm that can provide a wide range of legal services. We have been actively serving our clients’ interests since the 1990s. Now we have over 200 partners among more than 700 lawyers. Our knowledge of industry, extensive experience and resources enable us to provide high quality one-stop service for clients.

Our network covers all major cities of China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Dalian, Xi’an, Chengdu, Jinan, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Suzhou, Nanjing, Fuzhou and Zhengzhou. We also have offices in Sydney, New York and Toronto. Meanwhile, we have built a strategic alliance with Ashurst, an international law firm. This close tie enables us to fully use location advantage and experience to deal with complicated projects involving multiple jurisdictions.

To ensure our sustained and quality services, we have built a streamlined management system and service procedure.

We boast many battle-hardened top lawyers with high educational background (both at home and abroad) and extensive experience, able to deliver legal opinion on a wide range of issues. Meanwhile, we have engaged several renowned law experts and scholars as our senior counsels, so as to conduct research in legal complexities and help provide solutions.

Team effort has always been our distinguishing feature. We allocate firm resources in accordance with specific projects to ensure coordination between lawyers with different fields of expertise. Take Reorganisation, Spin-Off and Listing of Cheung Kong and Hutchison for instance, in this project, over 30 Guantao lawyers from 6 offices, under the leadership of our Beijing head office, work closely to deliver multi-location quality services, winning client’s recognition and praise.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

In the past year, our dispute resolution service has done extremely well, both in the amount of cases or recovered fees. The first reason is market need for dispute resolution has surged. Another reason is our merge with two Shanghai law firms (Zhongmao and Shenda), which owns a strong lineup in legal services regarding commercial dispute resolution, has enhanced our professional strength.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

In February 2016, our Hong Kong office is localized. In May 2017, Sydney office is localized. Besides, Guantao has established strategic alliance with the UK-based international law firm Ashurst LLP. In February 2018, Guantao and Ashurst established a Joint Operation Office (JOO) in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. Through the strong relationship with Ashurst, Guantao aims to continue delivering service excellence and sharing resources and information for the benefit of its domestic and international clients. Our improving ability in international practices has been a highlight and blessing for our clients in the recent two years.

In the recent two years, working with Ashurst, we assisted China Development Bank in Indonesian Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train financing project involving 4.5 billion dollars. Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project is a landmark case for The Belt and Road Initiative and China-Indonesian economic relations. In these “going out” deals, cross-border investment, financing and M&A, our one-stop legal services can deliver multi-jurisdictional, comprehensive solution eagerly needed by clients.

In addition to the alliance with Ashurst, Guantao has established cooperative relationship with more than 100 overseas law firms in 34 countries in six continents. Based on Guantao’s close cooperation with Ashurst and interaction with other overseas law firms, Guantao can consistently provide valuable and full legal services to our domestic and international clients on a global platform.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technological innovation enables us to communicate with clients more quickly and efficiently and breaks territorial limits. Through online and offline coordination, our panel legal service center in Suzhou can respond to basic service need efficiently.

With prevalence of Internet technology and application of big data, we can provide visual data presentation. Especially in dispute resolution, we are able to help clients evaluate case trend, forecast possible scenarios and take corresponding measure.

Furthermore, we have built our own Cloud Storage system. Now we can share our client information, case data, knowledge and work product simultaneously, thus contributing to our expanding service, risk control, knowledge management and client satisfaction.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Guantao can recognize our client’s shortcoming and vulnerabilities and offer target-oriented, practical advice.

Through our legal services, clients can benefit from successful experience in management, capital operation, labor, management, government affair of SOEs and FOEs

Guantao provided legal services for Zhejiang Huanglong Sports Investment Co., Ltd., which is one of the investors in the deal of “Suning Sports Series A Private Equity Financing”. This deal involves business restructuring, setting up “red-chip” structures for overseas listings, private equity investment, and RMB overseas investments. The deal involves a large number of parties (the lead investor is Goldman Sachs. Other investors include Alibaba Sports, Evergrande, Yunfeng Capital, SenseTime and two local government sports industry funds Zhejiang Sports Fund and Jiangsu Sports Investment Fund and three bank institutions CCB International, CMBC International and ABC International) and a large amount of money (600 million series A round financing) while time is limited. In addition to the above difficulties, as a RMB fund, Zhejiang Sports Fund was faced with a huge challenge in how to complete the investments under the situation of monitoring of private equity funds and ODI at that time. The investment plan designed by lawyers from Guantao for Zhejiang sports fund has passed the strict and rigorous reviews by the lawyers of Suning and the lawyers of Goldman Sachs. They believed that the plan is feasible and will not cause obstacles to the overseas listing of the target company. The plan makes it possible for Zhejiang Sport Fund to participate in this round of financing in RMB. Jiangsu Sports Fund followed the same mode and also participated in this round of financing in RMB.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

We appreciate the importance of client relationship maintenance. To achieve that, we must delve into clients’ need, business strategy and goals, helping them solve legal complexities and minimize political risks.

Our clients value not only our professionalism, but also our in-depth observation of government regulation and industry trend. We can evaluate a project in the perspective of regulator, offer result-oriented advice, reduce compliance risk, and achieve strategic goal in a more efficient and cost-effective way.

We put great faith in our future. We just opened offices in Fuzhou and Zhengzhou, which further improve our domestic service network. Our focus would be the coordination and synergy between Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and central region. Besides, the localization of Hong Kong and Sydney office has laid solid foundation for our going out strategy. We will strengthen our ties with Ashurst and open other overseas offices in the future 3-5 years when the time is ripe.