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Guantao Law Firm
18/F, TOWER B, XINSHENG PLAZA, 5 FINANCE STREET
XICHENG DISTRICT
BEIJING 100032
China

China > Projects and energy: PRC firms Tier 2

Guantao Law Firm advises on transactions involving assets and companies in the electricity, oil and gas, and renewables sectors. The practice handles the acquisition of portfolios of energy assets as well as the companies themselves, including advising on cross-border transactions. Project financing and the structuring of EPC contracts are also areas of focus for the team, which is led by Ling Xu. Xu focuses on M&A and capital markets matters. Wei Jiang is another key contact in the team and has long-standing relationships with a number of SOEs in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Grace Pengpeng Yan; Ling Xu

Other key lawyers:

Wei Jiang

Key clients

PetroChina Company Limited

China Insurance Investment Co., Ltd.

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

SDIC Power Holdings Co., Ltd

Hebei Jinxi Iron and Steel Group Company Limited

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation

Binhai Investment Company Limited

Tianjin TEDA Investment Holding Co., Ltd.

State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)

China National Nuclear Power Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised PetroChina on the sale of its major oil and gas pipelines, certain gas storage facilities and other related assets (including all the equity interests in certain target entities hold by PetroChina) to PipeChina, in exchange for PipeChina’s equity interest and cash consideration, representing 29.9% of the equity interest of PipeChina upon completion of the deal.
  • Advised China Insurance Investment Co., Ltd. on an investment project in which the client subscribed to a stake in Pipe China.
  • Advised Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Bureau of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises on the establishment of the China SME Development Fund Co., Ltd.

China > Banking and finance: PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm has a broad offering in the banking and finance sector, with particular focuses on advising on the issuance of asset-backed securities and the financing of projects. The team’s work in the projects space includes handling cross-border transactions, as it acts for PRC banks in financing overseas developments. Liqiu Lyu leads the team and in addition to advising on financings also handles investments and debt-to-equity swaps.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Weihong Tan; Yandi Liu; Hongli Zou; Ying Yin

Key clients

Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd

China Post Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Bank of China Limited

China CITIC Bank

China State Construction International Investments (China) Ltd.

China Life Investment Holding Company Limited

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation(Sinosure)

Shenzhen Special Zone Construction Development Group Co., Ltd.

Shaanxi International Trust Co., Ltd.

Bank of China Ltd. Shanghai Baoshan Branch

CCCC Second Highway Engineering Bureau Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd on the disposal of 55% shares of Chengdu Rural Commercial Bank.
  • Advised China Post Life Insurance Co., Ltd. on issuing 2020 Capital Supplement Bonds.
  • Advised Bank of China Co., Ltd. on the trust plan to invest the employee target salary beneficial right project of an enterprise.

China > Capital markets: PRC firms Tier 3

Capital markets continues to be a core area for Guantao Law Firm, which is very active in advising companies from numerous industries on IPO projects on the Chinese stock markets. Led by Bo Su and Dongying Sun, the department’s recent successes in this regard include Financial Street Property’s listing on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Shanxi Zhongtian Rocket Technology's IPO on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Beyond listing work, founding partner Liguo Cui handles asset acquisition mandates.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Liguo Cui; Yaping Huang; Wenliang Zhang; Zengjin Luo

Key clients

Financial Street Property Co., Limited

Jinke Smart Services Group Co., Ltd.

Shanxi Zhongtian Rocket Technology Co., Ltd

Beijing World Online Advertising Co., Ltd.

Wuhan Xingtu Xinke Electronics Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Huaguang Advanced Welding Materials Co., Ltd.

Hengyu Datacom Aviation Equipment (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

KEDE Numerical Control Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Kinwong Electronic Co.,Ltd.

Shanghai Chengtou Group Corporation

Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co., Ltd.

China Post Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Yango Group Co., Ltd.

Suzhou Iron Technology Co., LTD

China State Construction International Investments Limited

Puyang Refractories Group Co., Ltd

Allgens Medical TechnologyCo., LTD

Work highlights

  • Advising Financial Street Property Co., Limited on its IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Advising Jinke Smart Services Group Co., Ltd on its listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
  • Advised Shanxi Zhongtian Rocket Technology Co., Ltd. on its IPO on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

China > Dispute resolution: Arbitration: PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm is very active in the arbitration space and assists clients from numerous sectors on investment, equity transfer, trade and real estate disputes. Working with administrative bodies is one of the firm’s niches, most notably in the sports sector; the group is retained by General Administration of Sport of China and the Chinese Olympic Committee Olympic Games Preparation Office on a number of issues including employment disputes. Shaosong Sun and Leiming Sheng lead the practice, while shipping practice head Shouzhi An is also an active team member.

Practice head(s):

Shaosong Sun; Leiming Sheng

Other key lawyers:

Wuping Tao; Yi Lyu; Shouzhi An; Wang Qiao

Key clients

General Administration of Sport of China

Chinese Olympic Committee Olympic Games Preparation Office

Sinar Mas Paper (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen City New Century Basketball Club

Decent Shipping

Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee

Shanghai Foreign Service (Group) Co., Ltd.

China National Complete Plant Import & Export Corp., Ltd.

Tianjin Jingjin Expressway Co., Ltd.

Hengtai Securities Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Decent Shipping on the enforcement of an arbitration award.
  • Represented Shenzhen City New Century Basketball Club in an employment contract dispute.
  • Represented Sinar Mas Paper (China) Investment Co., Ltd. in arbitration proceedings.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms Tier 3

A strong firm for contentious work, Guantao Law Firm‘s expertise spans investment, equity, IP and trade disputes, as well as criminal prosecution. The firm developed its offering in 2020 with the opening of a Haikou office, enhancing the practice’s ability to represent regional clients. Leiming Sheng and Shaosong Sun manage the department; the former combines disputes expertise with experience in infrastructure construction, while the latter has developed a niche representing Chinese clients in US antitrust proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Leiming Sheng; Shaosong Sun

Other key lawyers:

Wuping Tao; Yi Lyu; Shouzi An

Key clients

Shanxi Jianghe Zhongtian Industry Co.

Liaoning Branch of China Huarong Asset Management Co., Ltd

Xiamen Weiken Commercial Factoring Co., Ltd.

Kaiyuan Securities Co. Ltd.

Concord Investment (China) Co. Ltd.

Shanghai Kailong Investment Management Co., Ltd.

Chinese Olympic Committee Olympic Games Preparation Office

Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd

General Administration of Sport of China

Sinar Mas Paper (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Xinming Group Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Liaoning Branch of China Huarong Asset Management Co., Ltd in a dispute relating to bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representing Xiamen Weiken Commercial Factoring Co., Ltd. in loan disputes.

China > Insurance; PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm is particularly active in advising insurance companies on their multimillion-dollar investments. In recent work, practice head Liqiu Lyu assisted key client China Life Insurance Company with a number of strategic investments and Weihong Tan  advised new client Anbang Insurance Group on the disposal of 35% share of Chengdu Rural Commercial Bank. Hua Wu and Mingye Zhao are recommended for compliance and insurance disputes, respectively; and asset management-focused practitioner Haizhen Guo joined the firm's Beijing office from King & Wood Mallesons in 2020. The group also handles maritime insurance matters and the firm's Shenzhen, Nanjing and Fuzhou teams are particularly active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

National Council for Social Security Fund

China Life Insurance Company Limited

Sunshine Insurance Group Co., Ltd.

Greatwall Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd.

China Post Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

CCB Insurance Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Happy Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Yellow River Property & Casulty Insurance Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Anbang Insurance Group on the disposal of a 35% share in Chengdu Rural Commercial Bank.
  • Acted for Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China Ltd. on the investment and the establishment of China Agriculture Reinsurance Co., Ltd.

China > Investment funds: PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm provides advice to clients on fund establishment and investments, and is particularly active in acting for private equity and venture capital funds. The team is also highly active in the government-guided fund space, assisting government entities with the formation and structuring of funds. Yang Wang  leads the team and has a broad practice, including advising on complex funds such as funds-of-funds.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

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Key clients

China Insurance Investment Co., Ltd.

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

SDIC Unity Capital Co., Ltd.

Unicom Guangxin One (Guangzhou) Equity Investment Partnership

MGI Tech Co., Ltd.

CapitalBio Technology Co., Ltd.

Lenovo Capital

Zhongma Qiyuan Asset Management Co., Ltd.

SDIC Unity Capital Co., Ltd.

A Cayman fund

Work highlights

  • Advised China Insurance Investment Co., Ltd. on subscribing to a stake in Pipe China.
  • Advised the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Bureau of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises on the preparation of the Parent Fund of the China SME Development Fund, including but not limited to drafting the establishment documents and providing practical legal solutions for the smooth integration of the four Sub-Funds established first into China SME Development Fund Co., Ltd.
  • Providing ongoing advice to SDIC Unity Capital Co., Ltd. on post-investment management and exit matters of more than 20 sub-funds

China > Real estate and construction: PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm acts for developers, construction companies, and investors across the full range of real estate matters. The team provides advice to clients on the acquisition of land and real estate and the construction of projects. It is also active in capital markets work, such as the financing of projects and the issuing of mortgage-backed securities.  The Beijing and Shenzhen teams frequently act alongside the firm’s Hong Kong office to advise on cross-border transactions and listings on the HK Stock Exchange. Yonghong Zhan  leads the practice and handles both corporate transactions and litigation in the real estate space.

Practice head(s):

Yonghong Zhan

Key clients

Financial Street Property Co., Limited

Data Zone Company Limited

Yango Group Co., Ltd.

China Railway Construction Investment Group Co.Ltd. (subsidiary of listed company China Railway Construction Corporation Limited 601186)

GREATWALL LIFE INSURANCE CO.,LTD.

Jinke Smart Services Group Co., Ltd

Shenzhen Special Zone Construction Development Group Co., Ltd.

China State Construction International Investments (China) Ltd.

CCCC Second Highway Engineering Bureau Co.

Hunan Road & Bridge Construction Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised CK Asset Holdings Limited on HK$19.38 bn acquisition from LKSF of the shares of (a) Eagle Frame Limited;(b) Mondrem Corporation;(c) Moonstone Global Investment Limited; and (d) Gerbera Investments Limited in consideration for the issue of consideration shares under a specific mandate
  • Advised Financial Street Property Co., Limited on its Initial Public Offering and Listing in Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited.
  • Advised DATA ZONE COMPANY LIMITED (“Data Zone”), a subsidiary company of CMCC Infrastructure 2 Limited (a “China Mobile International”, or “CMI” group company) in completing the tender in a bid for an industrial land in Hong Kong at a record price.

China > Regional coverage: Zhejiang Province: Hangzhou Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm‘s Hangzhou office handles a mix of capital markets, compliance, cross-border investment and trade, IP, disputes, bankruptcy reorganisation, family wealth management, and administrative law matters. Managing partner James Zou specialises in international investment and trade and is an arbitrator at the CIETAC. Zou jointly leads the team which numbers over 10 partners with Michael Ji, Jiajia XiaoKan Ma and Jun Qian who focus on financing, M&A and capital markets matters, patent attorney Weimin Gan, and Chao Chen who handles commercial litigation and arbitration.

Key clients

Sunny Optical Technology (Group) Co., Ltd. 舜宇光学科技(集团)有限公司

Hundsun Technologies Inc. 恒生电子股份有限公司

Apeloa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 普洛药业股份有限公司

Qingdao NovelBeam Technology Co., Ltd. 青岛海泰新光科技股份有限公司

Hangzhou Dfire Technology Co., Ltd. 杭州迪火科技有限公司

Ningbo Novel Optics Co., Ltd. 宁波永新光学股份有限公司

Zhejiang Energy Group Cp Ltd. 浙江省能源集团有限公司

Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia Co., Ltd. 万向集团 A123 系统公司

Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co.,Ltd. 浙江大华技术股份有限公司

Xinming Group Co., Ltd. 新明集团有限公司

Zhejiang cereals ,Oils &Foodstuffs Import and Export Co., Ltd 浙江省粮油食品进出口股份有限公司

Zhejiang Guochu Zheshang Real Estate Co., Ltd 浙江国储浙商置业有限公司

Alibaba (China) Co., Ltd. and its affiliate of various 阿里巴巴(中国)有限公司及其各子公司

International Flavors & Fragrances (China) Co., Ltd. 国际香料(中国)有限公司

Essence Information Technology Co.,Ltd 泽达易盛(天津)科技股份有限公司

Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co.,Ltd 宁波舜宇电子有限公司

Zhejiang Communication Investment Group CO., LTD 浙江省交通投资集团有限公司

Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee 杭州亚运会组委会

MGI Tech Co., Ltd 深圳华大智造科技有限公司

Zhejiang Chengtong Real Estate group Co., LTD 浙江诚通房地产集团有限公司

Work highlights

  • Advised Qingdao NovelBeam Technology Co., Ltd. on the listing of A shares on the Sci-Tech innovation board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
  • Acted as the official legal services provider to Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee.
  • Advised Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd on an appeal to a US federal district court’s decision of an antitrust complaint in the acquisition of Meade Instruments Corp.

China > Restructuring and insolvency: PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm handles the full range of matters in the restructuring and insolvency space. In addition to advising on the reorganisation and liquidation of companies, the team acts for creditors in litigation related to insolvencies. Jianyue Zhu and Yucheng Jin lead the team; Shaosong Sun is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Jianyue Zhu; Yucheng Jin

Other key lawyers:

Shaosong Sun; Dongfeng Sun

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the Beijing First Intermediate Court to set up a liquidation team for the liquidation process of Beijing Urban Construction Nandi Property Management Co., Ltd.

China > Shipping: PRC firms Tier 3

Guantao Law Firm moved into the shipping sector in 2016 with the addition of Shouzhi An from Wang Jing & Co. Under An’s leadership, the team handles shipping disputes related to shipbuilding, charterparties, and collisions. An is based in Xiamen and represents clients in PRC courts and arbitration. Li Ling and Fuhong Wu  are also names to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Shouzhi An

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I worked with Shouzhi An and his team on a ship-detention matter. They are very responsive and give sound, practical legal advice. They were instrumental in distilling the options available for the clients to resolve the issue in a timely manner.’

‘Shouzhi An is very approachable and responsive. He explains the issues and solutions in a simple manner that belies the complexity of the analysis.’

Key clients

Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.

Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

The Xihe Holdings (Singapore)

Heung A Line Co., Ltd.

Decent Shipping

Sinoway International (Jiangsu) CO.LTD

Yes Nanjing Hengxing Shipping Company

Lin Meimei and others (Respondents)

CSIC

China GEZHOUBA Group Machinery & Ship Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd., Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Co., Ltd in a dispute over 10 shipbuilding contracts with Quanzhou Ansheng Shipping Co., Ltd., who entrusted the three shipyards to build ten container ships with a total amount of 620 million yuan.
  • Acting for Singapore Xihe group in its bankruptcy and reorganisation case, and handling the case of arrest of Ocean Stellar due to its inability to pay the repair fee after its repair and maintenance in China.
  • Acting for Heung A Line Co., Ltd. pertaining to MV Heung A Janice collision dispute, in which the plaintiff sued the client for compensation.

China > Corporate and M&A: PRC firms Tier 4

Proficient in a wide array of affairs, examples from Guantao Law Firm’s workload include corporate governance, company formation, public and private M&A, franchise operations and reorganisation matters. Bo Su jointly heads the practice from Beijing together with managing partner Dongying Sun.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PetroChina Company Limited

Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd

Zhejiang Communication Investment Group CO., LTD

China Railway Construction Investment Group Co.Ltd. (subsidiary of listed company China Railway Construction Corporation Limited

Hebei Jinxi Iron and Steel Group Company Limited

SDIC Power Holdings Co., Ltd.

COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited

Shanghai Lansheng Corporation

Binhai Investment Company Limited

Tianjin TEDA Investment Holding Co., Ltd.

CapitalBio Technology Co., Ltd

GREATWALL LIFE INSURANCE CO.,LTD

Work highlights

  • Adivised CK Asset Holdings Limited on HK$19.38bn acquisition from LKSF the shares of (a) Eagle Frame Limited;(b) Mondrem Corporation;(c) Moonstone Global Investment Limited; and (d) Gerbera Investments Limited in consideration for the issue of consideration shares under a specific mandate.
  • Advised PetroChina Company Limited on selling its pipeline business and assets to China Oil&Gas Pipeline Network Corporation.
  • Advised Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd on the disposal of 55% shares of Chengdu Rural Commercial Bank.

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms Tier 4

Guantao Law Firm‘s primary strength lies in contentious matters, and the firm works with a number of clients from the technology sector on disputes relating to infringements.  Many team members have technical backgrounds in areas such as mechanics, electronics and physics and are therefore well placed to advise clients on complex patent disputes. Practice head Hongjiang Li specialises in patent infringement disputes, particularly those with an international element.

Practice head(s):

Hongjiang LI

Other key lawyers:

Weimin Gan; Xia Tao; Xiaodan Yang

Key clients

S&P Global Platts

Jarden Consumer Solutions Group

IFLYTEK Co., Ltd.

Crown Laboratories, Inc.

Tensar Technologies Limited

China IPTV Co., Ltd.

CHIVD Technology Co., Ltd

Unisoc Co. Ltd.

Clyde Bergemann Power Group

Concrete Canvas Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Tensar Technologies Limited in patent infringement proceedings.
  • Represented Renesola China in patent invalidation proceedings.
  • Represented Shandong Haowo Electric Co., Ltd in patent infringement proeedings.

China > Private equity: PRC firms Tier 5

Guantao Law Firm is active in the private equity sphere, advising investment firms, sponsors, institutional investors, and portfolio companies in complex transactions. The firm, which has forged strong relationships with foreign law firms so as to advise on multijurisdictional matters, also assists with the formation and management of investment funds, regularly working alongside fund managers. Yang Wang leads the team and advises on private equity as part of a broad practice that spans TMT, capital markets and corporate work.

Practice head(s):

Yang Wang

Other key lawyers:

Fei Xiao; Pengpeng Yan; Ying Yin

Key clients

China Insurance Investment Co., Ltd.

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

SDIC Unity Capital Co., Ltd.

Unicom Guangxin One (Guangzhou) Equity Investment Partnership

MGI Tech Co., Ltd.

CapitalBio Technology Co., Ltd.

Lenovo Capital

Zhongma Qiyuan Asset Management Co., Ltd.

SDIC Unity Capital Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised China Insurance Investment Co., Ltd. as fund manager on raising funds to set up China Insurance Investment Fund.
  • Advised Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Bureau of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises on setting up China SME Development Fund Co., Ltd.
  • Advised SDIC Unity Capital Co., Ltd. on fund management issues.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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 Wu Hua
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+
English
French
Japanese
Mandarin
Contacts : Xu Ling (partner - xuling@guantao.com)

Guantao Law Firm, founded in February 1994 and based in Beijing, is one of the pioneer law firms in China. With 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Sydney Office Shun Chengchengshun@guantao.com
Capital markets Liguo Cuiclg@guantao.com
Toronto Office Xuexun Cuipeterxcui@guantao.com
IP/TMT Weimin Ganganwm@guantao.com
Antitrust Yue Guanguanyue@guantao.com
Dispute resolution Dejing Hanhdj@guantao.com
Real estate Hongyi Hehhy@guantao.com
Private equity Yuhao Hong (Henry)henryhong@guantao.com
Corporate finance Yaping Huanghuangyp@guantao.com
Insolvency and restructuring Jianwei Jiajjw@guantao.com
Projects and infrastructure Wei Jiangjiangwei@guantao.com
Banking and finance Jie Jinjinjie@guantao.com
Insolvency and restructuring Yucheng Jinjyc@guantao.com
Dispute resolution Yunlong Lailaiyl@guantao.com
IP Hongjiang Lilihj@guantao.com
Corporate finance Yansheng LiLiys@guantao.com
Capital markets Kai Liuliukai@guantao.com
Dispute resolution Min'an Liuliuma@guantao.com
Corporate finance Wenhong Liulwh@guantao.com
Banking and finance Yandi Liulyd@guantao.com
Banking and finance Beatrice Lyullq@guantao.com
M&A Kewei Mamakw@guantao.com
Real estate Lei Mengml@guantao.com
Dispute resolution Zhengwen Nieniezw@guantao.com
Dispute resolution Baohua Qiqibh@guantao.com
International investment and trade Guangli Qiuqiuguangli@guantao.com
Dispute resolution Leiming Shengslm@guantao.com
Capital markets Bo Susubo@guantao.com
Capital markets Dongfeng Sunsdf@guantao.com
Capital markets Dongying Sunsundy@guantao.com
Dispute resolution Shaosong Sunsunshs@guantao.com
Dispute resolution Wuping Taotaowp@guantao.com
Corporate finance Fan Wangwangf@guantao.com
Private equity Yang Wangwangyang@guantao.com
International investment and trade Hongming Xiaoxhm@guantao.com
M&A Ling Xuxuling@guantao.com
New York Office Zack Xuzack.xu@guantao.com
Real estate Xiuzhu Xuxuxz@guantao.com
Capital markets Grace Yanyan@guantao.com
Real estate Yonghong Zhanzhyh@guantao.com
Corporate finance Sihua Zhangzhangsh@guantao.com
Corporate finance Shuiyuan Zhengzhsy@guantao.com
Dispute resolution Zhiming Zhouzhouzm@guantao.com
Insolvency and restructuring Jianyue Zhuzhujy@guantao.com
Corporate finance Jun Zouzoujun@guantao.com
Number of Partners : 200+
Numeber of Lawyers : 700+
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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.


CLIENT: Liu Jie
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.


CLIENT: Pan Jie
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.


CLIENT: Wang Yu
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.


CLIENT: Chen Li
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
COMPANY/FIRM: GOME Holdings Group
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!


CLIENT: MiLan??
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.


观韬中茂律师事务所成立于1994年2月,是总部设于中国北京的专业化、综合性律师事务所。经过二十余年不断的开拓、创新和发展,观韬中茂现拥有700余名律师、200余位合伙人,分布在国内外21间办公室,在法律服务、专业建设和律师团队等方面已成为中国领先的律师事务所之一。诚信勤勉,高效优质,追求至臻是观韬中茂始终秉持的服务理念。

观韬中茂的法律执业领域涉及资本市场、公司业务与并购、银行与金融、房地产开发、重组与破产、能源与自然资源、争议解决、国际贸易与WTO、反垄断、私募与风险投资、工程与基础设施、知识产权、电信传媒与科技、金融创新与结构性产品、海商海事、行政法等业务领域。法律服务范围涵盖了银行、证券、保险、电信、科技、大型基本建设、房地产、机械制造、教育、生命科学与保健、交通、能源、矿产资源、环境保护、化工、医药、科研和其他服务业等各种行业。其中,观韬中茂因在资本市场、公司与并购、破产重组、工程基建与能源、房地产与建设、争议解决、银行与金融、投资基金等业务领域的卓越表现,连续多年被钱伯斯亚洲(Chambers Asia)、亚太法律500强(The Legal 500 Asia Pacific)、国际金融法律评论(IFLR1000)等全球知名法律评级机构评为排名和推荐领域。

观韬中茂除北京总部以外,在上海、深圳、大连、西安、成都、济南、厦门、天津、广州、杭州、苏州、武汉、南京、福州、香港、悉尼、纽约、多伦多等地设有办公室。观韬中茂与亚司特(Ashurst)国际律师行建立了超过十年的联盟关系,并于2018年2月,在上海自贸区设立联营办公室。通过与亚司特的紧密合作,使我们可以在跨越境内外的平台上为我们的国内及国际客户提供有高效、全面的法律服务。

观韬中茂拥有一支理论深厚、经验丰富、勤勉尽责、服务诚信、业绩良好、追求卓越的律师工作团队,并拥有多名相关专业的法律专家,能够为不同行业、不同客户提供全过程的综合性法律服务。

联系人 徐玲 xuling@guantao.com

现有合伙人:200+

现有律师:700+

工作语言:

中文、英文、法文、日文

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.