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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

With longstanding experience in advising corporations on challenging workforce matters, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s mainland China-based team combines a full-service employment practice with expertise in China’s evolving employment laws and data protection laws and regulations, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and China’s anti-corruption laws. The practice advises on the employment aspects of M&A, restructuring and contract drafting, while clients also benefit from the team’s assistance with hiring, termination, and workforce reductions. The practice additionally stands out for its ability to respond to the pace of change in China’s employment laws, frequently advising on amendments to handbooks, policies, pay practices, executive compensation, employee benefits, international secondments and expatriation. Team head Lesli Ligorner is a well-regarded employment and immigration practitioner with an impressive and longstanding list of international clients, Todd Liao advises large multinationals active in China, and Qian Nie is a key associate. In Hong Kong, Charles Mo is a contentious and non-contentious employment specialist, and works closely with the mainland China-based team.

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Testimonials

My business people and I completely rely on Morgan Lewis’ expertise in the employment area in Hong Kong and Shanghai. They have been able to walk us through some very difficult situations with good conclusions.

They are completely available when we need them despite the time difference.

They give real-world advice as opposed to ivory tower advice.

They know how to work with and talk to our business people.

Key clients

Gilead Corporation

Autonomic

American Greetings

Bristol Myers Squibb

Comcast

Moody’s

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

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has significantly expanded its presence in the Far East over recent years and now boasts a presence across Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore. Its corporate and M&A practice is split into four key offerings, namely international M&A, handled alongside the firms European and US offices, private equity transactions, supporting overseas clients on their inbound investments and guiding clients through their Hong Kong IPOs. In Shanghai, Mitch Dudek runs a varied workload which sees him engaged on restructuring, foreign direct investment and joint venture transactions in addition to asset and corporate structure divestitures. The other key partner in China is Beijing-based Ning Zhang who also spends time in Hong Kong and has transacted countless investment, acquisition and divestment deals.

Practice head(s):

Maurice Hoo; Edwin Luk; Mitch Dudek

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Testimonials

‘Our team has worked with the team at Morgan Lewis for more than 20 years, and they are our go-to lawyers for our M&A activities. The team combines the best of being very commercial but very meticulous on legal grounds. They are more than responsive – they anticipate and are a few steps ahead of the game all the time. They frequently will prep us for what the other parties might ask for and how we might analyze these asks and formulate our responses – even before the other parties actually ask. They know the market very well and repeatedly advise us how to come to views and positions that are reasonable. They are a truly exceptional team.’

Key clients

Chengdu Ruizhuo Real Estate Co. Ltd.

Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

GIC

China Distance Education

Boehringer Ingelheim

Meten International Education Group

Kofu Hong Kong Holdings Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Chengdu Ruizhuo Real Estate Co. Ltd. in the acquisition by its joint venture with Yuzhou Group Holdings Co. Ltd., RZ3262019 Ltd., of a property development project in Chengdu, China, from CK Asset Holdings Ltd. at a consideration of approximately HK$7.85bn.
  • Acted for Warburg Pincus in Yuanfudao’s US$2.2bn Series G1 and G2 round investment.
  • Advised Sequoia Capital on its investment of US$450m (HK$3.45bn) in China Evergrande’s spin-off of its property management services arm, Evergrande Property Services Group Ltd.

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

With ‘in-depth knowledge of the private equity market in China‘, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s Greater China practice regularly advises some of the world’s largest private equity funds on their China-related buyout, investment, restructuring and divestment activities. On the mainland, Alex Wang‘s experience includes assisting private equity and hedge funds with complex cross-border and offshore transactions within China. Possessing approximately 30 years’ private equity transactional experience, Maurice Hoo leads the China-based team of private equity-dedicated lawyers from Hong Kong. Ning Zhang works across the Hong Kong and Beijing offices.

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Very experienced, with in-depth knowledge of the private equity market in China.

Key clients

Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

GIC

Boehringer Ingelheim

Meten International Education Group

China Distance Education

Work highlights

  • Advised Warburg Pincus on Yuanfudao’s $2.2bn Series G1 and G2 round investment.
  • Advised Sequoia Capital on its investment of $450m in China Evergrande’s spin-off of its property management services arm, Evergrande Property Services Group.
  • Advised GIC on a Series G2 financing in Yuanfudao, an online education platform.

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a wide range of issues related to anti-corruption and regulatory compliance, bringing decades of experience and a cross-disciplinary team of lawyers to its work. It also regularly advises on the development of compliance programmes. The team is jointly led by Lesli Ligorner, Todd Liao, and Charles Mo operating from its Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices respectively. Ligorner's corporate investigation practice is closely supported by her employment practice, in which she is experienced in handling employee conduct and operational issues, and Liao has notable experience handling matters related to the FCPA in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ TMT work spans multiple practice areas; and the firm’s large corporate team, which has expanded in recent years across Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, regularly acts for large names in the technology sector, as well as the investment funds and financial institutions that power the industry. Heading the firm’s corporate/M&A and private equity practice in Hong Kong, Maurice Hoo acts for prominent companies in the mobile technology, e-commerce, semiconductors, telecoms and enterprise software sectors. Edwin Luk, who splits his time between the firm’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices, also has an active TMT practice.

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Key clients

Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

GIC

China Distance Education

Boehringer Ingelheim

Work highlights

  • Advised Warburg Pincus on Yuanfudao’s $2.2bn Series G1 and G2 round investment.
  • Assisted GIC with a Series G2 financing in Yuanfudao, an online education platform.
  • Advised Warburg Pincus on its $70m investment in Yatsen Global, a direct-to-consumer beauty group in China and owner of cosmetic brand Perfect Diary.

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