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Wintell & Co Law Firm
18-19F, Tower 1, LJZ Financial Holdings Plaza
1788-1800 Century Avenue
Pudong, Shanghai

China > Shipping: PRC firms Tier 1

The shipping practice at Wintell & Co Law Firm utilises its vast knowledge of the sector to advise on marine casualties, shipbuilding, international trade, and bill of lading issues. The firm is praised for its ‘unique' expertise within the maritime field and is a go-to for both non-litigation and litigation maritime-related matters. Both wet and dry maritime and shipping mandates are within the scope of the team, which is led by Mervyn Chen. Chen is an expert in complicated commercial litigation and transactions, especially those involving collisions, fires, explosions, and personal injury. Nautical specialist Cunqiang Cai, maritime lawyer James Hu, and Taijin-based Hailong Li are also key to the team, as well as Jason Chen, Changqing Yu, Jasmine Liu, and Liang Chen.

Practice head(s):

Mervyn Chen

Other key lawyers:


‘We were greatly impressed by the legal services of Wintell & Co and consider the firm one of greatest law firms in China in the shipping industry, given the comprehensive legal knowledge and strategic problem-solving technics the firm acquires.’

‘Mervyn Chen and Liang Chen are very familiar with the shipping businesses and applicable laws and regulations in the PRC. They also know very well the latest case precedents which serve as useful references in handling our legal disputes in the shipping industry.’

‘The firm is unique in the field of maritime business. The lawyers in its team have a background in maritime academics and study abroad, and have practical experience in navigation and shipping. Compared with other law firms, the team handles maritime disputes more professionally and efficiently. The team also provides non-litigation and special services in the maritime field, using its solid foundation and rich creativity.’

‘We have a long-term cooperative relationship with Hailong Li. He is very good at grasping the key points and proposing practical and effective solutions in complex maritime cases. He interprets the proper meaning of legal services with professionalism, diligence and pragmatism, and is a trustworthy long-term partner.’

‘Wintell is a solid maritime and disputes practice with corporate capability. It is also a young practice with a good gender balance. These qualities make it a safe choice for most parties seeking representation in the transportation sector.’

‘Wintell & Co has a well experienced team in shipping law and they are skilled in the settlement of disputes. Wintell has a lot of experienced partners to manage their business and services, and they also have plenty of young and motivated solicitors to assist their legal services. We think Wintell can provide very excellent service to their clients. ’

‘The team has motivation, skill in settlement, focus on excellence, shipping law services, ability to execute the lawsuits, and various legal resources.’

‘The law firm has a very professional maritime team, providing professional legal support for marine insurance companies. In recent years, it has provided a lot of solutions to the issue of parallel maritime litigation, and the agency cases have also been recognised by the Supreme Court. At the same time, they also provide new possibilities in solving legal issues related to sanctions, providing clients with a variety of choices.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the insurer China Continent Property & Casualty Insurance Co in an insurance claim in respect of the vessel ‘SAGAN’ arising out of vessel stranding.
  • Representing the Panamanian general cargo vessel MV ‘Sea Justice’ in a case after her collision with the anchored Liberian oil tanker MT ‘A Symphony’ in dense fog, off Qingdao port.
  • Advised ABC Financial Leasing Co on a finance leasing transaction in respect of one new-building offshore wind-turbines installment vessel.

China > Banking and finance: PRC firms

Wintell & Co Law Firm‘s finance practice focuses on banking compliance, fund projects, and various types of loans, with a particularly strong focus on real estate and project finance.

Wintell & Co adheres to the principles of Inclusiveness, Excellence, Collaboration, Innovation, and Heritage. With the vision of becoming the most capable law firm with positive societal impact in China, we currently boast a team of over 400 members, including senior partners, partners, senior consultants, associates, legal assistants, business secretaries, and operational support staff. With 14 offices nationwide and strategic alliance with Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), we offer comprehensive legal services to global clients in over 40 major economic cities worldwide.

Established two decades, we have received numerous accolades, including recognition as the Advanced Party Organization in the National Legal Industry, Outstanding Law Firm in the National Legal Industry, and Advanced Collective in the National Legal Industry for Pioneering and Excellence.” Our cases have been featured in the Supreme People’s Court Gazette, National Maritime Trial Typical Cases, and the third batch of typical cases related to the “Belt and Road” construction. We consistently receive recommendations from renowned legal band agencies such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles, LEGALBAND, China Business Law Jounral, Asia Legal Business, and IFLR1000, both domestically and internationally, affirming our excellent reputation.

Wintell & Co prioritize customer-centricity, continually enhancing service quality, and innovating legal service approaches. We not only provide professional legal support but also create sustained value for our clients, aiding them in achieving greater business success. Our expertise spans various business sectors, including aviation and shipping, unilateral sanctions response, insurance and reinsurance, corporate bankruptcy and restructuring, dispute resolution and international arbitration, banking and finance, real estate and construction, government and public-private partnerships, securities and capital markets, tax planning, human resources and labor relations, culture and tourism, sports and media, corporate compliance, and more.

Aligned with national strategic priorities, Wintell & Co has always been strengthening its focus on international legal services. In our team, most partners and associates graduated from top law schools globally, possessing diverse educational, training, and work experiences, enabling us to proficiently deliver legal services in multiple languages. In 2016, our collaboration with HFW in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone allowed us to leverage complementary advantages in legal profession, legal systems, languages and cultures. This strategic alliance enhances us to accumulate rich experience in international legal services and successfully handle complex cases and projects, earning commendation from national leaders. In 2023, we expanded our presence to Shenzhen and Nanning, advancing into the Greater Bay Area and the legal service market related to Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN). In 2024, our collaboration with a local law firm in Singapore marked the official initiation of establishing Wintell & Co’s overseas branch, aiming to be based in Singapore and radiate throughout ASEAN, further supporting international legal services and the “Belt and Road” initiative.

Maintaining robust communication with various levels of government departments and judicial administrative organs, Wintell & Co was honored in 2023 as the Local Legislative Outreach Offices and the Trade Secrets Protection Demonstration Station in Pudong. We established a committee dedicated to Local Legislative and industrial policy research. Currently, one of our partners serves as a National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) member, while several partners hold positions as representatives of local people’s congresses, CPPCC members, and legal advisors to various levels of government. They actively participate in political consultation, leveraging their professional expertise to provide suggestions on economic development, social progress, and issues concerning public livelihood. Simultaneously, they contribute to legislation by organizing and participating in various legislative research, propelling the formulation and improvement of laws, regulations, rules, and standards in multiple industries and fields, promoting high-quality economic and social development.

Wintell & Co has long been committed to charity and pro bono. Actively supporting vulnerable groups, we have initiated and promoted several projects supporting the employment of the autism community, contributing to social integration. Recognized and commended by national and provincial governments and media, these efforts align with national strategies to expand domestic demand and fulfill social responsibilities. Wintell & Co lawyers actively provide public legal training for various industries, conduct extensive legal education and legal aid activities, and initiate projects like the “Night Clinic Project” in Weifang New Village, awarded as the most popular “local doorstep” service project in Pudong 2023. Additionally, we prioritize legal talent cultivation and support, establishing partnerships with several prestigious higher education institutions, earning accolades as employment practice bases and teaching and research practice bases. Wintell & Co has sponsored and organized numerous moot court competitions, legal practice training camps, competitions, and legal practice forums with universities, showcasing our invaluable commitment and unwavering confidence in advancing the development of practical legal education in China.

Adderss: 18-19F, Tower 1, LJZ Financial Holdings Plaza, 1788-1800 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai 200122, P.R. China

Tel: +86 21 6854 4599

Fax: +86 21 6854 5667


Postcode: 200122


Department Name Email Telephone
Shipping and Economic sanctions Mervyn Chen 86-21-68544599
Construction and Finance Tony Wang 86-21-68544599
Energy and consctrucion Bruce Luan 86-21-68544599
Shipping James Hu 86-21-68544599
Healthycare Jiang Jun 86-21-68544599
Data Protection and privacy Jessie Zhang 86-21-68544599
Photo Name Position Profile
Mervyn  Chen photo Mervyn Chen Director and Managing Partner
lawrence Chen photo lawrence Chen senior partner
yuxin Dai photo Mr yuxin Dai Senior Partner
zhaoyu Gao photo zhaoyu Gao Senior Partner
qing He photo qing He senior partner
James Hu photo James Hu Senior Partner
jun Jiang photo jun Jiang Senior Partner
Bruce Luan photo Bruce Luan Senior Partner, Director of Shenzhen Office
mingze Shen photo mingze Shen senior partner
Tony  Wang photo Tony Wang Senior Partner
Vicky Wang photo Vicky Wang Partner
xianguang Wang photo xianguang Wang senior partner
Jessie Zhang photo Jessie Zhang Senior Partner
Number of lawyers : 400
at this office : 200
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