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China: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition: foreign firms
Antitrust and competition: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day  has a strong focus on MOFCOM filings, with experience of handling antitrust litigation, investigation and compliance. Practice head Peter Wang represented a technology company in the defence of a series of antitrust disputes filed in China alleging abuse of dominant market position; assisted a healthcare sector client with an NDRC investigation, and handled a steady flow of merger filings for a mix of Chinese and multinational clients. Beijing-based Yizhe Zhang is recommended, as is of counsel Qiang Xue who previously worked at NDRC.

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

Jones Day

Jones Day regularly advises Chinese companies that are expanding overseas and the practice stands out for its involvement in high-profile life sciences mandates in China. Recent highlights include advising Cardinal Health on the $1.2bn sale of its China business to Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding. Angel Huang and Jessie Tang  are the main contacts, based in the firm's Shanghai and Beijing offices, respectively. Ross Keene and Liming Yuan are also recommended.

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China: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: foreign firms
Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day's global disputes practice in China regularly represents clients before the courts in Mainland China (with local counsel); it has particular strength in commercial arbitrations at the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, as well as before numerous offshore arbitral institutions; and it is highly rated for regulatory investigation work involving sanctions, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-corruption, and antitrust. The team recently acted for The Procter & Gamble Company, which indirectly holds shares in a joint venture company in China, in high-value claims brought by a joint venture shareholder seeking damages. Peter Wang, Michael Vella and Haifeng Huang are the names to note.

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Peter Wang - Jones Day

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China: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: foreign firms
Intellectual property: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Jones Day

Jones Day's recent highlights include a mix of litigation, prosecution, licensing and technology transfer matters. Qualcomm is a major client which the team successfully defended in a trade mark infringement dispute filed by a Chinese company regarding Qualcomm's Chinese company name. The team also assisted a pharmaceutical firm with the IP aspects of its blockbuster product market entry; represented Wuxi Hisky Medical Technologies in two patent litigation cases filled by Echosens; and advised a cosmetic company on the enforcement of its 3D marks. Shanghai-based Tony Chen focuses on patent litigation and technology licensing transactions, while Mike Vella and Haifeng Huang handles a broad range of contentious IP matters. Of counsel Yunchuan Zhou is also recommended.

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China: Projects and energy

Projects and energy: foreign firms
Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day's Beijing-based banking and finance group advises Chinese commercial and policy banks on a range of cross-border financing mandates including commodity and project finance. Kanyi Lui has acted for China Development Bank, Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in relation to One Belt One Road projects in Africa and Southeast Asia, and advised on energy and infrastructure financing projects in the US. Another name to note is Bruce Schulberg, who divides his time between the Singapore and Beijing offices. The China-facing projects team took a hit in 2017-2018 with the departures of Dirk Walker and Ben McQuhae, the latter of whom joined GPS Legal LLP in Hong Kong.

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China: Tax

Tax: foreign firms
Tax: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day's China tax group is best known for advising on the tax aspects of inbound and outbound investments, reorganisations and M&A transactions involving Chinese parties. Of counsel Fuli Cao often works with the firm's US and European offices to advise on the Chinese tax aspects, particularly issues involving the taxation of non-resident equity, arising out of large global corporate transactions. Acting in conjunction with the firm's Paris team, Cao advised on Chinese tax issues associated with Total's $3.2bn sale of Atotech to The Carlyle Group. Cao also has experience in Chinese tax disputes, where he advised a client on the China tax costs in relation to a transaction in the oil and gas sector.

Leading individuals

Fuli Cao - Jones Day

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  • US rules regarding offshore accounts

    The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act 2010, enacted on 18 March 2010, imposes a new US withholding tax and reporting regime, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA regime applies generally to payments made after 31 December 2012, except on obligations (to be defined in future guidance) outstanding on 18 March 2012. Substantial effort is required by foreign entities to bring their worldwide operations and policies into compliance with the FATCA rules as of the effective date.

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