Firm Profile > Baker McKenzie FenXun > Shanghai, China

Baker McKenzie FenXun
UNIT 1601, JIN MAO TOWER
88 CENTURY AVENUE, PUDONG
SHANGHAI 200121
China

Fintech: foreign firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun's Hong Kong office is known for advising financial institutions, global digital leaders, technology incubators and startups across a broad range of sub-sectors, including crowdfunding, e-payment platforms, cryptocurrencies and peer-to-peer lending. Led from Shanghai by Howard Wu, the Hong Kong team includes Paolo Sbuttoni, who has substantial experience in data privacy and e-commerce matters, and global financial regulations practice head Karen Man.

Practice head(s):

Howard Wu

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tencent

AEON Credit Service (Asia) Co., Ltd

Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun has a strong expertise in all aspects of portfolio management, technology transfer and licensing transaction, and has the capabilities to assist with IP audits, patent validity issues and infringement litigation. Honghuan Liu spearheads the team's contentious practice from the Beijing office while Clement Ngai focuses on regulatory and transaction issues in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors from the Shanghai office. Maria Smith leads the Hong Kong and regional brand protection and enforcement team and is also a name to note alongside the Beijing-based Andrew Sim whose practice includes domain name, Internet and new technology laws.

Practice head(s):

Loke-Khoon Tan

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Key clients

AIA Company Limited

Louis Vuitton Malletier

Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun 's labour and employment experts routinely advise financial institutions and multinational corporations across a wide spectrum of sectors on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious issues. Led from Hong Kong by Baker McKenzie, the team works closely with its counterparts in the corporate, intellectual property, tax and immigration departments. Elsewhere, the key names to note are Zheng Lu in Shanghai and Bofu An who sits in Beijing.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Isaacs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong-based team has a deep understanding of the market’s labour practices across international financial institutions and large multi-national corporations’.

‘This is a highly responsive and pragmatic team which offers support both in terms of advice and in training’.

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun has over 40 full-time lawyers across offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, who are focused on disputes, compliance and investigations, and the practice has particular sector strengths in healthcare, IT, financial services and consumer goods. The firm was an early adopter of e-discovery tools, data analytics, and technology-assisted review during investigations, and has also adapted project management software for multi-jurisdictional investigations.  It recently conducted compliance and anti-bribery training for Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. Simon Hui leads the dispute resolution team in Shanghai, and senior counsel Vivian Wu leads the regulatory and compliance team in Beijing from the Chinese part of the joint operation, FenXun Partners; in Hong Kong, Mini vandePol heads the firm's Asia Pacific compliance and investigations group.

Practice head(s):

Mini vandePol

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hui; Vivian Wu

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Tax: foreign firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun has maintained a tax practice in mainland China and Hong Kong for over 25 years. It advises multinational companies on tax planning for M&A, the establishment of new business presences, supply chain structuring, tax-efficient financing, and tax compliance and audits. The firm also fields experts in direct tax, transfer pricing, VAT, customs, and personal tax, and has a robust tax dispute resolution practice. In addition, the China transfer pricing group has conducted planning and documentation studies for global multinationals in the retail, technology, consumer electronics, chemicals, semiconductor, and fashion industries. Brendan Kelly, who has extensive experience advising cross-border clients on the tax and legal implications of investing and doing deals in China, heads the China tax practice from Shanghai, where Nancy Lai, whose practice involves a range of tax services for international and domestic companies in various industries, and senior associate Luis Zhang are also experienced advisers. Senior tax counsel Jinghua Liu and international tax directors Jason Wen and Abe Zhao, who work from FenXun Partners, are the key Beijing contacts.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Lai; Luis Zhang; Jinghua Liu; Jason Wen; Abe Zhao

TMT: foreign firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie FenXun has 'a rare combination of intimate knowledge of the local landscape with an international mindset'. The TMT group acts for both users and producers of technology, including technology and outsourcing service providers, e-commerce, media, entertainment and telecommunications companies, computer hardware and software providers, banks, insurance companies and manufacturers. Corporate partner Howard Wu sits in Shanghai and jointly leads the group with Hong Kong-based Nancy Leigh  who counsels on regulatory and contractual issues relating to the provision of voice and data, Internet and e-commerce, cloud computing and SaaS agreements. Zhenyu Ruan is also a name to note in Shanghai while Paolo Sbuttoni sits in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Howard Wu; Nancy Leigh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm is in a unique position to advise on both local and international law, which is helpful for MNCs with China business’.

The TMT team is responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic’.

Provided technically sound advice together with practical business solutions’.

Key clients

Branding China

China Eastern Airlines

Ctrip

Tencent

Antitrust and competition: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun regularly deals directly with the new market regulator, the State Administration for Market Regulation (as well as other regulators), and assists with PRC court matters; the practice's scope of practice covers both merger control filings and antitrust investigations and litigation. Stephen Crosswell in Hong Kong chairs the Asia Pacific (APAC) antitrust and competition group and Laura Liu in Beijing is an experienced special counsel. Within the Chinese part of the joint operation, Bao Zhi heads the Shanghai and Beijing antitrust practice from FenXun Partners, where Honghuan Liu heads the dispute resolution group and Chunyuan Dou is a senior-level antitrust associate.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Crosswell; Bao Zhi

Other key lawyers:

Laura Liu; Honghuan Liu; Chunyuan Dou

Testimonials

‘Highly professional, objective, and rich in practical experience‘.

Key clients

British Telecom

Hong Kong Telecom

MUFG Bank

Fedex

Lonza Group

Ineos

Nidec

Platinum Equity

Murata

Konica Minolta

General Electric

Texas Pacific Group

Hino Motors

Akzo Nobel

Jin Jiang International Hotels

Nutreco Nederland

Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun acts for commercial and investment banks, dealers and financial intermediaries, private equity and mutual funds, and insurance companies, as well as corporate users of credit and financial products, governments and governmental agencies. The practice's experience includes acquisition and trade finance, project financing, structured finance, syndicated loans, regulatory compliance and restructuring, along with aircraft and asset finance and financial services regulation. Allen Ng, who divides time between Shanghai and Hong Kong, advises on aircraft leasing and financing deals, Simon Leung is based in the Beijing and Hong Kong offices, and Grace Li is an experienced special counsel in Shanghai. In Hong Kong,  Andrew Lockhart is an asset and structured finance expert; Sally Hung's practice includes structured finance, project loans and debt restructuring; and consultant Barry Cheng acts on project finance and banking for lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lockhart; Barry Cheng

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has excellent knowledge of banking and finance; it supports clients not only on the legal side but also in commercial and administrative matters‘.

Allen Ng provides very good legal and commercial advice, and is always there for his clients‘.

Key clients

Tencent Holdings

United Overseas Bank

Excel Partners China Fund

Natixis

Crédit Agricole

Mizuho Bank

Bank of China

ICBC

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun's 'M&A team provides excellent coverage and service'. Its lawyers have longstanding experience in advising multinational corporations that invest in China and Hong Kong. They also assist with the domestic and overseas activities of Chinese and state-owned enterprises, and the M&A practice incorporates key specialisms such as tax, merger control, employment, pensions, litigation and IP. Stanley Jia is the chief representative of the Beijing office, where Boo Bee Chun represents both buyers and sellers from a range of industries, including the oil and gas, mining, power, aviation and manufacturing sectors. Howard Wu is the chief representative of the Shanghai office, which also fields Cherrie Shi, who is 'very hands on and solutions oriented'. Tracy Wut is the recommended Hong Kong partner; counsel Zhenyu Ruan moved to the joint operation's local firm, FenXun Partners.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Wut

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Testimonials

Apart from providing sound legal advice, it is extremely pragmatic and efficient in getting deals across the line‘.

Cherrie Shi finds pragmatic solutions to potential deal blockers‘.

Key clients

Akzo Nobel

Carlsberg

Chong Hing Bank

Evergrande Health Industry Group

GSK

IDG Energy Investment

Spring REIT

Tencent

West Knighton

Wolverine World Wide

Yuexiu Property Company

Dispute resolution: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun is well-known for handling complex, high-value Hong Kong and China-related arbitrations, particularly in relation to post-M&A, joint venture and shareholder disputes; energy, mining and infrastructure projects; real estate investments and developments; and IP disputes. Shanghai-based Simon Hui focuses on compliance and investigations, commercial litigation and international arbitration, and Paul Teo in Hong Kong heads the arbitration practice for Hong Kong and China.

Practice head(s):

Paul Teo

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Testimonials

The team is diligent, provides quality advice and never gives up‘.

Healthcare and life sciences: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun's mainland China team works closely with its Hong Kong-based teams, which includes a number of highly regarded practitioners with notable medical expertise, as well as non-lawyer medical experts covering molecular biology, biotechnology or pharmacology to nursing and bioethics. Leveraging its broad global presence, the team regularly assists on the China-aspect of global M&A transactions, and also advises on regulatory, white-collar crime, trade mark, data compliance and trade secret matters. Isabella Liu leads the practice from its Hong Kong office, which also includes Shanghai-based Clement Ngai who focuses on regulatory issues, technology transactions and IP litigation; Tracy Wut and Cherrie Shi who are recommended for big-ticket cross-border transactions; and Simon Hui who is the key name to note for regulatory and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Isabella Liu

Other key lawyers:

Clement Ngai; Tracey Wut; Simon Hui; Cherry Shi

Key clients

3SBio

Life-Space Group

GlaxoSmithKline

Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's practice advises fund sponsors, institutional investors and financial institutions in Asia on a broad range of fund structures including traditional blind-pool fund structures, co-investments, joint ventures, managed accounts and retirement schemes. The group, led by Jason Ng from the Hong Kong office, also has a strong expertise in the REIT space where it acts as manager or trustee counsel. Key contacts in Hong Kong also include Milton Cheng who handles major REIT capital-raising and acquisition transactions, and Xusheng Yang who specialises in securities and asset-backed securitisation.

Practice head(s):

Jason Ng

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team knows about regulators’ expectation and save us a lot of time and effort to negotiate with the regulators‘.

Key clients

Abu Dhabi RetirementPensions & Benefits Fund

APG Asset Management (the Dutch Pension Fund)

ARA Asset Management

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

EQT Mid Market Asia

Gaw Capital Partners

Gemini Investments

Link Real Estate Investment Trust

M3 Capital Partners

Spring Real Estate Investment Trust

Taubman Centers Inc.

Weave Co-Living

Yuexiu Real Estate Investment Trust

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun's team comprises transactional lawyers who are experienced in development work, joint ventures, M&A and finance, as well as private finance initiatives and PPP investments, international and local tax structuring, capital markets, climate change issues, energy trading and dispute resolution. It advises on cross-border transactions across a wide range of industry sectors, including roads, ports, airports, rail, water and wastewater facilities, and telecoms infrastructure. Beijing-based Bee Chun Boo has acted in matters involving the oil and gas, mining, power, aviation and manufacturing sectors; chief representative of the Beijing office Stanley Jia's experience covers a range of foreign direct investment projects in China; and Simon Leung works across the Hong Kong and Beijing offices. In Hong Kong, Barry Cheng is particularly focused on project-related financing and structured financing in the PRC.

Practice head(s):

Bee Chun Boo; Simon Leung

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CITIC Metal

PowerChina Resources

IDG Energy Investment

CIC Capital

Real estate and construction: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie FenXun's team specialises in real estate M&A, sales and purchases, leases and operating contracts, financing, long-term management agreements, hotel franchising, timeshare projects, capital markets transactions, REITs, greenfield development projects, tax advice, and court and arbitration proceedings. In Shanghai, Alexander Gong's practice focuses on cross-border real estate M&A, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, financing, commercial leasing, hotel management and construction matters; he also advises on private equity fund investments. Also key to the mainland practice is Beijing's Hai YongRico Chan and Edmond Chan are the principal Hong Kong contacts.

Practice head(s):

Rico Chan; Edmond Chan

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Gong; Catherine Song; Hai Yong

Key clients

Gaw Capital Partners

Hengli Investments Holding Group

Link REIT

Shui On Land

Spring REIT

Taubman Centers

TPG Asia Capital

Weave Co-Living

Yuexiu REIT

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

Baker McKenzie FenXun regularly advises on fund formation, structuring investments and regulatory issues, and the private equity group is supported by the firm's financial services regulatory and funds practice group, which sits alongside the M&A team. Its industry expertise covers life sciences, TMT, healthcare, energy and resources, consumer and retail,  and financial institutions. Bee Chun Boo is the key contact in Beijing, while in Hong Kong Dorothea Koo leads the China and Hong Kong private equity practice, and Jason Ng is the co-chair of the global investment funds group.

Practice head(s):

Dorothea Koo

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

500 Startup IV

Yuexiu REIT Asset Management

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Gaw Capital Partners

Tabuman Centers

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Goodman Group

Hengli Investments Holding Group

SINO-CEE Fund

Spring Real Estate Investment Trust

Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions & Benefits Fund

The firm: Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. The firm solves complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Its unique culture, developed over 60 years, inspires its people to: understand local markets and customs; navigate multiple jurisdictions; work together as trusted colleagues and friends; and instil confidence in its clients.

There is no doubt these are unsettling times for business. It is a time of relentless volatility and ambiguity, with the complexities of globalisation, economic and political uncertainty, disruptive new business models, cyber insecurity and multiplying layers of regulation. The firm’s clients want a new breed of lawyers who can look a decade or more ahead to help them navigate a constantly changing and challenging world. It means having lawyers who can anticipate what is coming next from a regulatory or industry perspective and are comfortable with business-level discussions.

Baker McKenzie more than meets these challenges. Its people share common values of integrity, personal responsibility and tenacity in an enthusiastic client-service culture. The firm is still guided by the entrepreneurial spirit and demanding standards of its founders and works to forge close personal relationships among its professionals in order to foster the responsiveness and accountability clients rightfully expect.

The firm has a diverse and welcoming culture. Its lawyers and other professionals are citizens of more than 70 countries and are admitted to practice in nearly 250 jurisdictions. The firm speaks more than 80 languages, with English in common. It has offices in 77 locations worldwide, including in 36 of the world’s 40 largest economies.

Baker McKenzie has been doing business in Greater China for over 40 years. Its offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offer clients a unique combination of local and global experience, helping domestic and multinational companies seamlessly manage even the most complex cross-border transactions. Staffed by almost 400 qualified lawyers and consultants well-versed in the country’s systems, practicalities and laws, the firm offers practical, innovative advice to help clients expand their businesses into Greater China and around the world – consistently, confidently and with sensitivity for cultural, social and legal differences.

On 15 April 2015, Baker McKenzie FenXun (FTZ) Joint Operation Office (Baker McKenzie ? FenXun) was established. It is the first joint operation that has been approved by the Shanghai Justice Bureau. As one of the world’s leading China legal platforms, the joint operation provides clients with integrated international and PRC legal services. Staffed by both locally admitted and foreign-licensed lawyers from Baker McKenzie and FenXun Partners, the Joint Operation Office advises leading Chinese and multinational companies on both China domestic and cross-border issues across the full spectrum of corporate and commercial law, including M&A, capital markets, corporate finance, private equity, funds and derivatives, employment, tax, intellectual property, dispute resolution and litigation, antitrust and competition. The team works closely with lawyers and professional staff across Baker McKenzie’s 77 offices worldwide, assisting businesses to navigate the legal complexities of competing in the global economy. Through this joint operation, Baker McKenzie and FenXun Partners are able to provide collaborative responses to client needs, including joint execution of client matters, secondments of lawyers between the firms and exchange of know-how.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aircraft finance
Antitrust and competition
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Compliance and investigations
Dispute resolution
Employment and compensation
Energy, mining and infrastructure
Financial services and regulation
Healthcare
Information technology and communications
Insurance
Intellectual property
International commercial and trade
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Real estate
Tax
Number of lawyers : 6,000+
in this country : 266
Chinese
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United Nations' Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network
Contacts : Lawrence K H Lee (chairman)
Contacts : Milton W M Cheng (managing partner)
Contacts : Stanley D Jia (chief representative, Beijing)
Contacts : Danian Zhang (chief representative, Shanghai)

When It Comes to People

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our people, support and development of their talent, and dignity and safety in our workplaces. Baker McKenzie also is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a voluntary global initiative in which we have committed to align our policies and operations with ten principles in the areas of human rights, fair labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Diversity and Inclusion

Baker McKenzie was founded on the idea of diversity. From our earliest days, we have strived to nurture a respectful, inclusive environment that encourages diverse individuals to thrive personally and professionally as full contributors to the success of the Firm and the clients we serve. We do not permit or tolerate discrimination in our workplaces. This means:

  • All personnel decisions must be: a) respectful of differences among employees and potential employees, b) based on factors relevant to their ability to perform the work they are, or would be expected to do, and c) in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • This includes decisions related to the recruiting, hiring, assignment, compensation, training and development, promotion and dismissal of personnel, as well as other terms and conditions of employment.
  • Applicable local laws, which we follow, vary, but differences that we strive to overlook in personnel decisions include race, color, creed, religion, citizenship, national origin, ethnicity and/or cultural background, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and disability.

While our approach to diversity and inclusion is multi-faceted, three areas where we have specific policies are:

Ethnic & Cultural Diversity

Ethnicity means different things in different countries, so a single approach to ethnic and cultural diversity is ill-advised. This is why we build practices from the ground up, taking local cultural sensitivities into consideration wherever we practice law. Despite the challenges, we have a strong desire to address a lack of equity around the world and encourage each of our offices to define race/ethnic diversity in a way that suits their local culture, politics, clients and business environment.

Gender Diversity

We believe women must be leaders at all levels of our Firm. We seek to foster women leaders in our senior global roles but we are also focusing on ensuring that women are leaders of our most significant client relationships. Since 2012, we have adopted a gender policy designed to encourage the recruitment and retention of more women, and provide greater opportunities and support for women to assume leadership roles. At the partner level, we have set gender diversity aspirational targets – we are working to ensure that women comprise at least 40% of local/national partners and at least 30% of principals and those in leadership positions.

LGBT Diversity

Everyone should feel comfortable in the workplace, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We are committed to creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment. This includes equal opportunity for advancement and development within the firm regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the equal provision of benefits to same and opposite sex partners or spouses.

We have made great strides in encouraging equality in our Firm and in engaging in these crucial conversations on a global basis. Our seven basic principles include:

Principle 1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
Principle 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination;
Principle 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers;
Principle 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women;
Principle 5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;
Principle 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy; and
Principle 7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.