Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP > Beijing, China > Firm Profile

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
BEIJING KERRY CENTRE SOUTH TOWER, SUITE 823, 8TH FL
NO 1 GUANGHUA ROAD, CHAOYANG DISTRICT
BEIJING 100020
China

China > Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 1

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP offers clients a ‘holistic‘ approach and a service which encompasses every aspect of the employment relationship. The ‘responsive and commercially minded team‘ is noted for its knowledge of the intricacies of Chinese labour law, the market climate and for its ability to respond to new developments in each – in this, highly experienced practice head Lesli Ligorner leads by example. She and her team assist with complex terminations, the implications of supply chain alterations and sanctions, compliance with data protection regulation and handbook updating. Hong Kong-based Charles Mo has an extensive track record of handling employment disputes and has particular expertise in matters involving executives in the finance and securities sectors; Mo works jointly with Ligorner on matters pertaining to China. Todd Liao and Qian Nie are further key names to note.

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Testimonials

‘They provide not only excellent legal advice, but are also very solution-oriented. They provide advice clearly with how to practically apply that advice within the unique aspects of the local environment. They provide very holistic advice. As a General Counsel, I find that to be invaluable. They take client service commitment very seriously. They are always very responsive. They are an excellent team.’

‘Lesli Ligorner is outstanding. She really is unique in how responsive and practical she is with her legal advice, and her availability. As a General Counsel based outside of China, I know that Lesli will give me advice that is relevant and will help me assess and mitigate the legal risk of doing business in China from an employment perspective. I always feel like I am her only client and priority. She is one of the best partners I have ever worked with.’

‘Responsive, commercially-minded team.’

‘Lesli has strong APAC knowledge which is invaluable for our business.’

Key clients

JP Morgan Chase

Gilead Corporation

Endeavor

Autonomic

American Greetings

Bristol Myers Squibb

Comcast

Elementis

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China

Work highlights

  • Advised global life sciences conglomerate on the strategy to defend the legal proceedings fueled by one former senior executive (Executive) for unpaid equity grants (RSUs).
  • Advised a global company that provides technology support on termination of all employees based on the Company’s closure of its entities in PRC.
  • Advised a global beauty care company on the employment and data privacy issues relating to the sale of certain cosmetic brands to a buyer.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s corporate group is engaged by private equity houses and sovereign wealth funds to advise on investments into Chinese businesses, as well as the PRC aspects of complex multi-jurisdictional deals. The group also has an active domestic M&A practice, which includes acting for the buy and sell-sides of take-privates. Ning Zhang is a key name to note, working between Beijing and Hong Kong, while Alex Wang is noted for his work in private equity.

Practice head(s):

Ning Zhang; Alex Wang

Testimonials

‘What really impressed me was the quality and speed of response and their ability to provide practical advice which is really important to me as a general counsel.  They provided the best level of responsiveness I have had to date from a law firm. The collaboration they provided with all of our team members was also very helpful and they were able to work well with our business people. Billing is also very prompt. It has been a long time since I have experienced such excellent customer service from a law firm. I cannot recommend them enough.’

‘Alex Wang’s responsiveness is incredible as well as his perfect bi-lingual skills. However, it is not just that the reponse is so timely but so clear. The quality and level of service provided by Alex Wang is the best I have encountered in my career.’

Key clients

Silk Road Fund

Sequoia Capital

GIC

China Distance Education

Warburg Pincus

Lake Bleu Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised the Silk Road Fund, a sovereign investment fund in China, on its participation in an EIG lead global investor consortium’s acquisition of a 49% stake in Aramco Oil Pipelines Company from Saudi Arabian Oil Co.(“Aramco”) for US$12.4 billion. This transaction is one of the largest energy infrastructure transactions globally.
  • Advised Sequoia Capital in its Minority Investment in SSENSE, the first round of external funding in the company’s 18-year history, giving the company a post-money enterprise value of more than CAD$5 billion.
  • Advised Velvet Investment Pte. Ltd (GIC) in connection with the going-private transaction of Cellular Biomedicine Group (CBMG).

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

Consistently acting for global and regional private equity firms on major private equity deals, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s Greater China practice is highly active in relation to buyout, investment, restructuring and divestment activities. With longstanding private equity transactional experience, Hong Kong-based Maurice Hoo is particularly focused on the TMT sector, while Ning Zhang, who works from both the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, advises across the private equity asset class and investment management sector. Mainland China-based corporate transactions specialist Alex Wang, is notably focused on private equity, M&A, real estate and TMT.

Practice head(s):

Ning Zhang; Maurice Hoo

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Key clients

Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

GIC

Boehringer Ingelheim

Meten International Education Group

China Distance Education

Silk Road Fund

Lake Bleu Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Velvet Investment Pte on the going-private transaction of Cellular Biomedicine Group.
  • Advised Silk Road Fund on its participation in an EIG-led global investor consortium’s acquisition of a 49% stake in Aramco Oil Pipelines Company from Saudi Arabian Oil Co.
  • Advised China Distance Education on its $308m going-private transaction, led by the buyer group of CEO and co-founder Zhengdong Zhu, co-founder Baohong Yin, and their affiliated entity.

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

The regulatory and compliance offering at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a broad array of anti-corruption and regulatory compliance mandates, including conducting investigations of alleged employee and third-party malfeasance after the fact. The leadership teams consists of Lesli Ligorner and Todd Liao in Shanghai, alongside Charles Mo in Hong Kong. Ligorner has extensive experience in corporate investigations, FCPA and local anti-corruption compliance, and discrimination policies, which is closely tied to her employment practice. Liao is particularly adept at advising clients on anti-corruption matters and cross-border corporate transactions, whilst Mo has significant expertise in securities and white collar crime mandates.

Practice head(s):

Lesli Ligorner; Todd Liao; Charles Mo

Testimonials

‘Lesli Ligorner is an exceptional attorney, who is my go-to for any matters in China.’

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Housing TMT specialists from offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ broad practice routinely acts for major technology sector players, along with investment funds and financial institutions that are active in the TMT sector. In Hong Kong, Maurice Hoo, who is highly focused on technology companies that conduct business in Asia (particularly China), is experienced in advising private equity and venture capital investors, along with multinationals and strategic investors; and Edwin Luk's sector expertise covers technology media and telecoms companies.

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United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is frequently instructed by clients to assist with siting new oil, natural gas and gas-fired generation projects. The group also has extensive experience representing oil and gas clients before the US federal agencies, including FERC and PHMSA, on issues relating to rate making and tariff-design matters. Based in Washington DC, practice co-head Brad Fagg focuses on the energy industry and federal procurement sector, handling contractual and regulatory disputes as well as internal investigations. Co-chair Michelle Pector -also in Washington DC- has experience defending class actions for energy clients and is an expert litigator for issues relating to business fraud, M&A and supply-chain disputes. Los Angeles-based James Dragna heads-up the firm's environmental practice.

Practice head(s):

Brad Fagg; Michelle Pector; James Dragna

Other key lawyers:

Ella Foley Gannon; Bryan Killian; Winstol Carter; John Gisleson; Rick Rothman

Key clients

SoCalGas and Sempra Energy

ConocoPhillips

Noble Energy

Mitsui E&P USA

Crown Central

Work highlights

  • Acting as coordinating and litigation counsel for SoCalGas and Sempra Energy on more than 394 individual and government complaints -involving 48,000 individual plaintiffs, class actions, six derivative lawsuits etc- and related appeals to the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court, arising from the 2015 natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility.
  • Assisting ConocoPhilips with the filing of two IP-lawsuits in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas – one asserting a Lanham Act claim, the other asserting infringement of two patents related to compressive seismic imaging.
  • Representing Noble Energy in a putative statewide class action involving claims that Noble underpaid natural gas royalties to royalty owners in a breach of leases.

United Arab Emirates > Employment

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s employment practice handles both contentious and non-contentious work. The team has particular expertise in employee investigations, terminations and regulatory advice. Rebecca Kelly heads the practice and has in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector, and Mark Gilligan in Abu Dhabi is also notable.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gilligan; Laura Shortall

The firm: From the firm’s *30 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Morgan Lewis attorneys provide comprehensive litigation, corporate, finance, restructuring, employment and benefits, and intellectual property services in all major industries. The team encompasses more than 2,000 legal professionals, including lawyers, patent agents, employee benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists who work with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising start-ups.

Greater China: Morgan Lewis’ capabilities in Greater China have been carefully shaped to meet the complex needs of the most sophisticated clients. The firm’s lawyers – almost all of whom are native Chinese with extensive practical experience operating in China – have worked for many years both on behalf of and even inside global companies, advising on structuring and overseeing transactions and operations in the US, Latin America and Europe, as well as in China and other parts of Asia. The firm also increasingly applies a globally-grounded set of disciplines to assist leading state-owned, as well as emerging privately owned Chinese companies whose businesses are expanding into the United States, Europe, and other parts of Asia (including Central Asia and Russia).

*Its Beijing and Shanghai offices operate as representative offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. In Hong Kong, Morgan Lewis operates through Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which is a separate Hong Kong general partnership registered with The Law Society of Hong Kong as a registered foreign law firm operating in Association with Luk & Partners.

Areas of practice: The Beijing office is a key location for Morgan Lewis clients in Asia. The firm’s lawyers in China specialise in FCPA investigations and training, government regulatory approvals, compliance, and investigations in front of different government agencies. As China continues to grow in prominence as a world economic powerhouse, the firm’s lawyers in Beijing will leverage their market knowledge with the Morgan Lewis global network to create a significant business advantage for clients doing business in China and in the region.

With a focus on inbound mergers and acquisitions, investments, and general corporate and regulatory matters in China, the firm advises Chinese companies on outbound expansion into the United States, Europe, and Japan. Sectors include life sciences and healthcare, food and drugs, media and technology (including Internet, cloud, and mobile industries), consumer goods, financial services (including banking, the burgeoning ‘non-banking financial institutions’, private equity, and investment management), and energy and infrastructure.

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Securities
Venture capital
Private equity
Mergers and acquisitions
International tax planning
Corporate transactions
Intellectual property creation and protection
Technology partnering
Intellectual property litigation
Antitrust investigation and litigation
Number of lawyers : 1,884
at this office : 19
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Contacts : K Lesli Ligorner, office managing partner