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China: Corporate and M&A

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

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is singled out for its 'excellent service and solid expertise'. The firm's association with PRC firm Jingtian & Gongcheng recently ended but they have entered into a global cooperation agreement. The M&A team is able to draw upon the firm's expertise in regulatory, tax, fund formation and investment management, private equity, technology and real estate; it recently acted for a property development company in its disposal of a majority stake in a commercial complex development. The recommended names are Beijing-based Ian Lewis and Hong Kong-based Jeckle Chiu. Xiangyang Ge and Betty Tam left the firm.

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China: Intellectual property

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

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown stands out for its strong IP dispute practice and is particularly experienced in representing Chinese clients in International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation in the US. It also handles a steady stream of copyright licensing, trade mark and domain name disputes. Led by Hong Kong-based Gabriela Kennedy, the four-partner team also includes the highly recommended Rosita Li and Benjamin Choi. Kennedy recently acted for Alibaba in several trade mark and domain name disputes and is representing Nautilus, a fitness equipment company in its China anti-counterfeiting strategy and its design patent infringement case. Other clients include Adidas, Hang Seng Bank, LVMH Fashion Group and  Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Leading individuals

Gabriela Kennedy - Mayer Brown

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China: Projects and energy

Projects and energy: foreign firms
Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown took significant steps to build its Greater China projects and energy practice with the recruitment of Hallam Chow, who joined the firm from White & Case LLP and now heads the China projects team. Chow has considerable experience advising Chinese and regional lenders on domestic and cross-border finance and development matters, and has also been instructed by energy and utility companies in relation to strategically important energy and infrastructure projects. The firm also took on senior associate Boya Shen, who worked with Chow at White & Case LLP and has advised lenders, sponsors and investment funds on a variety of domestic and cross-border development projects. Based in Beijing, the team is involved in multiple market-first projects including a significant road project in East Africa and a large-scale telecoms project in Central Asia. The team acts for many of the major Chines bank lenders and has also been instructed by energy and utility companies such as China Water, China National Offshore Oil Corporation and ChemChina.

Leading individuals

Hallam Chow - Mayer Brown

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China: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction: foreign firms
Real estate and construction: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown

In addition to its widely respected transactions and development practice, Mayer Brown also has a dedicated real estate finance team that advises lenders on Hong Kong and PRC financing arrangements, loan restructuring, foreign exchange matters and security issues. Additional key areas include construction litigation and arbitration, large-scale, non-contentious infrastructure projects, and environmental law issues. Recent work includes advising InfraRed NF Investment Advisers and Dynamic Sino Company in relation to an investment in Beijing-based self-storage platform operator, China Mini Storage. It also assisted Swire Properties, a property developer, owner and operator of mixed-use properties in Hong Kong and mainland China, with the framework agreement with Shanghai Newbund Industrial Development Company for the joint development of a retail project in Shanghai. Andy Yeo advises developers, funds and other investors on investment structures, land and building acquisitions, the establishment of project companies, and obtaining the required permits and licences. Yeo's experience also includes construction, property title application, sales and leasing, and property management. Other key practitioners include Tom Fu, who advises on issues arising out of construction projects in China and on the drafting of contract documentation for China projects, while the senior associates to note are Rosalyn Han and Ellen Zhang. In Hong Kong, Keith Cheung, Ricky Yiu and Alan Yip are all experienced advisers.

Leading individuals

Andy Yeo - Mayer Brown

Next Generation Partners

Ellen Zhang - Mayer Brown

Rosalyn Han - Mayer Brown

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China: TMT

TMT: foreign firms
TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown's transaction-focused team is highly regarded in the technology and telecoms space, handling outsourcing, data privacy and regulatory matters. It is also active in the fintech space and recently advised on a number of mobile payment mandates for financial institutions and retailers. On the transaction side, it acted for a Hong Kong-listed technology and service company on the multimillion-dollar issuance of shares and convertible bonds. Alibaba also features in its client list which the team assisted with telecoms licensing, domain name, and cloud offering and associated data privacy matter. TMT specialist Gabriela Kennedy heads the practice from its Hong Kong office.

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