Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > Shanghai, China

Latham & Watkins LLP

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP's integrated model allows the team to draw on expertise and resources across different practice areas, offices and regions, including acquisition and leveraged finance, project development and finance, and environment, land and resources. The practice is actively involved in matters that are driven by China’s One Belt, One Road initiative. Hong Kong-based global co-chair of the firm’s oil and gas industry group, David Blumental, advises Asia-based and international clients on cross-border energy and natural resource transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Blumental

Key clients

Bharat PetroResources


Energy Transfer LP

Guohua Energy Investment Co

Harbin Electric International Co

Indian Oil Corporation

Jindi Union Holding Group Co

NICE Solar Energy

Oil India

Riverstone Holding

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co

Tianqi Lithium Corporation

TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP advises clients in the e-commerce, fintech, AI and entertainment sectors. The practice handles matters including M&A transactions; commercial contracts; private equity; IP and software licensing; data protection; outsourcing and telecoms technology. Frank Sun  and Lex Kuo head the team. Highlights include acting as Primavera Capital Limited's lead counsel in its investment in Bytedance Ltd., a Chinese Internet technology company operating several machine learning-enabled content platforms.

Practice head(s):

Frank Sun; Lex Kuo

Key clients

Tencent Holdings Limited


Vipshop Holdings Limited


ORIX Corporation

Trax Technology Solutions Pte Ltd

Qihoo 360


Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP acts for both lenders and borrowers in major banking and finance deals, including syndicated lending, complex acquisition financings, leveraged lending and leveraged recapitalisation transactions, as well as structured note and private placement deals. In Hong Kong, Gary Hamp is a former co-chair of the firm's global banking practice and Howard Lam chairs the Hong Kong finance department; Manas Chandrashekar was recently elected partner.

Practice head(s):

Gary Hamp; Howard Lam

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tianqi Lithium Australia Investments 1 Pty

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Lodgis Hospitality Holdings Pte

Vailog Hong Kong DC17

Warburg Pincus

E Sun Commercial Bank

BNP Paribas




Goldman Sachs

Carlyle Asia

Barings Private Equity

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 4

The Asian private equity team at Latham & Watkins LLP is led out of Hong Kong by Simon Cooke who recently advised the Carlyle group on the disposal of its Korean portfolio company, ADT Caps, to a consortium led by SK Telecom of Korea and Macquarie’s Korean Opportunities Fund. Frank Sun recently led the advice on some high-profile buyouts and growth investments. Also notable are Amy Beckingham who specialises in public and private M&A, acting for private equity firms across different industries around the region, and has substantial experience in securities transactions.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Frank Sun; Amy Beckingham


The team’s professional skills are impeccable‘.

It gives a variety of risk analysis to help clients make correct business decision‘.

The team not only provides excellent legal advice, but also helps with project management and sorting out the main points in the business negotiation‘.

Key clients

Vinhomes Joint Stock Company

The Carlyle Group

TPG Capital (S) Pte Ltd

CITIC Capital Partners Limited

Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Warburg Pincus Asia LLC

Baring Private Equity Asia

Partners Group

MBK Partners

Nexus Point

CDH Investments

Platinum Equity




Orix Asia


Nord Anglia

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP fields a team of lawyers in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai who handle complex, global corporate investigations, compliance and risk assessment matters. Hui Xu is the key mainland China adviser; Hong Kong-based Catherine McBride is a former Deutsche Bank head of litigation and regulatory enforcement for North Asia Pacific; and Catherine Palmer works in both the Hong Kong and New York offices.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sinovac Biotech

Nutanix Hong Kong

China Orient Asset Management (International) Holding

United Microelectronics Corporation

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 5

Latham & Watkins LLP's Shanghai managing partner Rowland Cheng is experienced in advising overseas financial institutions, strategic investors and Chinese corporations on private equity and venture investments, M&A deals and joint ventures; former Beijing managing partner Yilong Du is now GC at Warburg Pincus Asia.

Dispute resolution: foreign firms Tier 5

Latham & Watkins LLP focuses on disputes involving antitrust and competition; bankruptcy and insolvency litigation; anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues, investigations; investment, commercial and trade disputes; and securities, shareholder and joint venture litigation. The team recently represented China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company in a substantial investment-related commercial dispute. Hui Xu is the key contact in Beijing.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Palmer

Other key lawyers:


The team has comprehensive expertise in dispute resolution and provides timely feedback.’

Key clients

China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company


Sinovac Biotech


eCloudvalley Technology (HK)

Nutanix Hong Kong

China Orient Asset Management (International) Holding

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s globally integrated platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham attorneys offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex commercial matters.

Asia practice: Businesses and investors seeking innovative solutions to their most complex corporate, financial, regulatory and litigation challenges turn to Latham in Asia for strategic thinking and experienced counsel. Latham has extensive experience advising on the international aspects of a broad range of corporate and finance transactions for clients across the region, notably Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. With more than 150 lawyers operating from six offices in Asia, Latham provides clients in the region and clients looking to do business in Asia with expert advice under US, English, Hong Kong, Japanese and Singapore law. Latham’s deep roots in the financial and economic markets in the region are further strengthened by the firm’s local language capabilities.

Latham continues to receive awards and acclaim from a number of leading financial and legal publications for landmark and precedent-setting deals.

Areas of practice: Working closely with the firm’s other Asia offices, the Shanghai office represents US, European, Middle Eastern and Asian companies conducting business in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region, and Chinese companies in their international direct investment activities, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions.

Shanghai handles a range of transactions including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, foreign direct investment, project development and finance, structured and leveraged finance as well as restructurings. The Shanghai office offers clients the advantages of global breadth and familiarity working in the region, combined with US- and PRC-trained lawyers who have significant experience handling many of Asia’s most challenging and high-profile transactions.

With more than a decade of experience representing clients in China, Latham has participated in an extensive range of transactions involving the PRC and the broader Asian region. The Shanghai-based lawyers regularly work with the major Chinese law firms on PRC projects, and are experienced in co-ordinating the work of local counsel to provide seamless legal services to clients. The firm is able to combine local knowledge of the Chinese market with the depth of an international practice that stretches across a network of global offices.

The firm’s US- and PRC-trained lawyers are fluent in Chinese languages and dialects including Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hakka and Taiwanese.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Corporate governance
Data privacy and cyber security
Entertainment, sports and media
Foreign direct investment
High yield
International arbitration
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Project development and finance
Public company representation
Restructuring, insolvency and workouts
White-collar defence and investigations
Number of lawyers : more than 2,400
in Asia : 120+