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Bird & Bird
8/F, CHINA WORLD TOWER 1, 1 JIANGUOMENWAI DAJIE
CHAOYANG DISTRICT
BEIJING 100004
China

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 1

Active in IP matters for over two decades, Bird & Bird‘s China IP group works across Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai and while its client base includes global brand names, the practice is committed to assisting small and medium businesses protect their IP. It also has enviable industry expertise, particularly in innovation-driven sectors such as life sciences and healthcare. Clients additionally benefit from the firm’s IP consultancy in Beijing, through which trade mark and copyright matters are addressed directly before China authorities. Christine Yiu  co-heads the China IP group alongside Hank Leung in Hong Kong. Contentious and non-contentious IP specialist Rieko Michishita, works closely with Japanese clients while counsel Dorie Wong is a brand protection and disputes expert. Matthew Laight heads the Asia Pacific IP group from Hong Kong.

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Testimonials

Great experience and specialised knowledge of Chinese counterfeit matters.

The teams are knowledgeable in their subject matters, with good understanding of clients’ businesses.

Rieko Michishita is well versed in taking actions against counterfeits in the Chinese market, providing us with various strategies for detecting counterfeits. It is also beneficial for Japanese companies like us that we can communicate with her in Japanese.

Key clients

Merck

Riot Games

Work highlights

  • Acted for Merck in trade mark infringement and unfair competition litigation against MSD Animal Health (Shanghai) Trading Co in China.
  • Managing Riot Games’ extensive trade mark portfolio in Hong Kong and China, and assisting with the protection of game characters and e-sport league properties.

China > Data protection: foreign firms Tier 2

Leveraging its global data protection practice, Bird & Bird‘s Hong Kong-based practices houses dedicated privacy and data protection specialists, who act for high-profile clients that frequently collect and transfer large quantities of sensitive data. Representative work includes assisting with the development of international policies, handling security breaches, auditing data protection compliance, and advising on international transfer mechanisms (including cross-border data transfer agreements and security/privacy impact assessments). With approximately 20 years’ experience in advising on a range of data protection and privacy-related issues, counsel Clarice Yue is head of data protection for both mainland China and Hong Kong; and in recent years, Yue has been involved in projects involving cloud service, big data, fintech, adtech and the internet of things. At the partner level, corporate and commercial law expert Michelle Chan is also experienced in data protection issues.

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China > Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 2

Advising on national employment legislation, in addition to international employment directives, Bird & Bird‘s Greater China employment team leverages support from the firm’s dedicated employment teams, which are based in its 30 offices worldwide. Pattie Walsh, who has been at the forefront of several key developments in employment law, leads the firm’s Asia-Pacific employment practice from Hong Kong; she is the driving force behind the firm’s ethical workplace initiative, which addresses issues such as domestic violence and the role of employee activism in influencing organisations’ strategy. Ying Wang leads the employment practice in mainland China and acts for international and domestic clients on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. Wang is supported by managing associate Lorraine Sun who also advises on employee data protection, union matters, employment-related investigations, as well as compliance matters.

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China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 2

With one of the leading TMT practices in the Asia-Pacific region, Bird & Bird‘s telecoms, IT and online services credentials represent a core strength for the Greater China group. Other areas of notable focus are data protection and privacy; fintech and payment advisory-related regulatory issues; and mid-market technology M&A and venture capital work. In Hong Kong, Michelle Chan is a seasoned TMT practitioner with longstanding experience in advising clients on IT, telecoms and data protection matters; Justin Walkey has extensive experience in the media, sport and entertainment sectors; and counsel Clarice Yue has been involved in TMT work in the Asia-Pacific Region for over 20 years. Shanghai’s Christine Yiu regularly guides companies through the monetising of their innovations through technology deals and licensing transactions.

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Key clients

Riot Games

Football Marketing Asia

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Work highlights

  • Advises Riot Games on a wide variety of commercial matters across the region, including marketing and sponsorship relationships, and business critical advice on publishing law and regulation.

China > Life sciences and healthcare: foreign firms Tier 3

Bird & Bird comprises leading lawyers from the firm’s corporate and commercial, data protection, dispute resolution, employment and IP practices. Hong Kong-based Alison Wong leads the Asia life sciences and healthcare group and advises on regulatory issues, market authorisations, clinical trial agreements and public sector procurement. Shanghai-based co-head of the China IP group Christine Yiu is also noted.

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Medichem International

Merck

Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Medichem International on its divestment from a pharmaceutical joint venture company, by transferring all its equity interests in the joint venture to a shell company established by its Chinese shareholder.
  • Assisted Merck with trade mark infringement and unfair competition litigation against MSD Animal Health (Shanghai) Trading Co.
  • Advised Natural Beauty Bio-Technology on the resumption of trading of its shares after a prolonged suspension.

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

Bird & Bird is extremely active on the cross-border front with approximately 80% of its recent matters for Chinese clients involving other countries. Beijing-based John Shi is considerably well-connected within the aviation, technology and energy fields; he leads the department alongside Sven-Michael Werner who is a prominent name for international clients, particularly those from the retail and consumer, automotive and technology sectors, who are looking to expand in China. The group is particularly proficient in reorganisation matters with a proven capacity for post-acquisition integration strategies.

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‘Bird & Bird has a very experienced M&A, corporate and commercial contracting team that is very well led by John Shi.’

‘John Shi is highly qualified and experienced, an excellent negotiator and has many contacts, and he very well understands Western practice. He speaks fluently English and has a very quick response time. Solution & deal maker. Very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

HJ Capital (International) Holdings Company Limited

Southwest Securities (HK) Capital Limited

ICBC International Capital Limited

Wise Ally International Holdings Limited

Jining High Tech Urban Construction Investment Co., Ltd

Royal Cosun

Skyrizon Aircraft Holdings Limited

POET Technologies

Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited

Meichem International

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Cosun in relation to Aviko’s acquisition of a majority stake in local French-fries supplier Inner Mongolia Hongyuan Agriculture Technology Company Limited by Shares.
  • Acted for Skyrizon Aircraft Holdings Limited and other independent Chinese investors in their respective acquisitions of shares in Motor Sich, a listed company in Ukraine mainly engaged in the manufacturing of aircraft engines.
  • Advised POET Technologies Inc on its joint venture with Sanan Integrated Circuit Co. Ltd for the establishment of a semiconductor manufacturing facility and provided advice on its Shenzhen subsidiary.

The firm: Bird & Bird is the go-to international law firm for companies working with disruptive technology. Whether traditional businesses leveraging cutting-edge technology or start-ups changing the status quo, the firm guides clients through all the regulatory, legal and commercial aspects of this fast-moving environment. It combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their goals.

Bird & Bird organises itself around its clients, with lawyers typically arranged in groups which focus on key industries and sectors. This structure drives the firm to develop and maintain high-level expertise in practice areas and geographic regions which serve the needs of its client base. It provides a broad advisory, transactional and contentious capability, with the sector and practice groups interacting to provide the best possible service to clients.

Asia Pacific: the firm has been guiding clients in Asia Pacific for over 20 years. Its offices in the region are located in key business centres in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. The team of over 130 highly qualified and multilingual lawyers and legal professionals combines exceptional expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking to help clients achieve their commercial goals.

Through a series of strategic and dynamic co-operations with leading local firms in Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia, it has an extended geographic footprint to assist clients with their requirements in these countries.

China: the firm uses its extensive experience in China to help clients navigate the complexities of China’s business and regulatory environment. This includes advice on business structures, corporate establishment and finance, M&A, commercial arrangements, technology licensing and transfer, information technology and communications services and infrastructure, the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. Further, through its formal association with Lawjay Partners, a PRC law firm, the firm can assist clients in contentious matters in mainland China by litigating in the Chinese courts.

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Contacts : Justin Walkey (justin.walkey@twobirds.com)