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China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms
Corporate and M&A: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird fields lawyers with sector expertise in a wide range of sectors, including life sciences and healthcare, retail, aviation, technology, media, and private equity. Beijing-based corporate head John Shi specialises in foreign direct investment, cross-border M&A and corporate and regulatory matters. Shanghai-based Sven-Michael Werner focuses on advising European clients on their inbound investments into China.

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China: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: foreign firms
Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 5

Bird & Bird

'Providing a stellar service', Bird & Bird focuses on litigation arising out of: equity and debt capital markets; private equity and infrastructure investments; investigations by regulatory bodies; shareholder and boardroom issues, including disputes arising out of joint ventures in China; and disciplinary proceedings for professionals. Hong Kong’s Richard Keady is 'an excellent litigator who is very commercial in his thinking and adept at dealing with difficult issues and characters'; and Robert Rhoda is 'absolutely charming and a delight to work with'.

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

Healthcare and life sciences: foreign firms
Healthcare and life sciences: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is praised for its 'pragmatic and business-oriented approach'. Leveraging its strong focus in the technology-driven sectors, the firm is particularly active in advising mobile health and medical devices companies on IP, data protection, investment and IP issues. In the life sciences space, it has experience in the full business cycle of products and services, from R&D collaborations and clinical trials to IP licensing and transactions. Alison Wong heads the Asia Pacific life sciences and healthcare group from its Hong Kong office, and is recommended for IP, clinical trials, procurement and regulatory matters. Working with its associated Chinese firm Lawjay Partners, the team represented Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics in a retrial proceeding pertaining to a patent invalidation administrative litigation before the Supreme People's Court. IP litigation specialist Christine Yiu is also recommended.

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China: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: foreign firms
Intellectual property: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird¬†has over two decades of experience across the Asia Pacific region and is¬†praised for its¬†‚Äėproactive, responsive and client-oriented¬†approach'.¬†¬†Its highly regarded team regularly handles multi-jurisdictional matters for household names, particularly in the life sciences and healthcare sector, where the team advises on the full cycle of a product or service. The 'commercially minded'¬†Alison Wong¬†advised Li & Fung, a Hong Kong-based supply chain manager on IP protection strategies in Greater China, and¬†Ted Chwu¬†counts Gibson Innovations as a key client which he is representing on a number of patent and design litigation and enforcement actions.¬†Matthew Laight¬†heads the Asia Pacific IP group from the Hong Kong office,¬†and advises on contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing and monetising IP. Shanghai-based¬†Christine Yiu¬†has notable expertise in FRAND and related issues, and managing associate¬†Dorie Wong¬†focuses on IP planning portfolios management and brand protection in China.

Leading individuals

Matthew Laight - Bird & Bird

Next Generation Partners

Dorie Wong - Bird & Bird

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China: Labour and employment

Labour and employment: foreign firms
Labour and employment: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird provides comprehensive employment law support to its client base, which is primarily composed of tech-related corporates such as broadcasting companies, IT and communications groups, life sciences companies and digital media companies. Among its major instructions in 2017-2018, the team advised a global auto parts company on a compliance investigation and subsequent employee transfers and terminations, and also assisted an international manufacturer of aircraft passenger products with the China-related employment issues arising from a multijurisdictional merger. The team is often called upon to assist its clients with drafting employment agreements and structuring litigation and arbitration strategies. Ying Wang is the department's key contact in the mainland, while Pattie Walsh heads the regional employment practice from the Hong Kong office.

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China: TMT

TMT: foreign firms
TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird advises on an increasing number of data protection mandates including privacy and protection of trade secrets and GDPR. It recently assisted Ustwo with the licensing of the sequel to the mobile game Monument Valley. The practice is predominantly based in Hong Kong, which includes Justin Walkey, Michelle Chan and counsel Clarice Yue. Shanghai-based Christine Yiu is recommended for technology litigation and has notable experience with regulatory issues relating to inventor remuneration policy and technology transfer in China.

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