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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
5TH FLOOR, THE CENTRE
989 CHANGLE ROAD
SHANGHAI 200031
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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The firm: Global law firm Morgan Lewis established a new office in Shanghai in September 2016, representing a significant expansion of its services to clients with interests in China and markets throughout Asia and the world. The firm has 3 offices in China and *30 offices worldwide. Led by global corporate transactional lawyers Mitch Dudek, Todd Liao and Alex Wang the office offers clients a comprehensive range of legal services to fulfil their transactional, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, private equity, and fund formation and investment needs. Other services include advising on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, technology licensing, intellectual property protection and enforcement, and labour and employment.

In January 2017, Morgan Lewis established an office in Hong Kong led by one of Hong Kong’s most respected corporate lawyers that has quickly grown to 23 lawyers. In 2015, Morgan Lewis secured a key base of operations in the thriving business centre of Singapore with the establishment of Morgan Lewis Stamford, and in late 2014, the firm significantly expanded its Tokyo office with the addition of lawyers from Bingham McCutchen. These offices joined the firm’s offices in Beijing, Almaty, and Astana in serving clients across Asia.

*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: Morgan Lewis offers more than 2,000 lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists – in 30 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm provides comprehensive litigation, corporate, transactional, regulatory, intellectual property, and labour and employment legal services to clients of all sizes – from globally established industry leaders to just-conceived start-ups.

Its multinational lawyers – many of whom have practiced together in China for well over a decade – understand the issues that multinational clients encounter in China and that Chinese clients encounter abroad. Its experience strengthens its advice regarding corporate and business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; real estate investments; cross-border finance; telecommunication, media, and technology matters; and technology licensing.

The firm’s local knowledge is particularly important to its regulatory services advice in respect to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and to issues related to antitrust and competition and labour and employment. As the economic and regulatory landscapes in China are changing rapidly, its local knowledge helps Western clients understand and adapt to new laws and regulations, and identify business risks and opportunities.

The firm also has extensive experience assisting all sizes of state-owned and private Chinese companies as they invest across the globe. As Chinese companies merge with and acquire new companies abroad, they require not only sophisticated support in the areas of corporate and business transactions, but also with respect to regulatory advice and international dispute resolution.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Mitch Dudek
M&A Mitch Dudek
Real estate Alex Wang
Joint ventures Mitch Dudek
Cross-border finance Alex Wang
Telecom, media and tech Mitch Dudek
Private equity Alex Wang
Fund formation Alex Wang
Antitrust Todd Liao
Foreign corrupt practices act Todd Liao
Labour and employment Todd Liao
Regulatory Todd Liao
Intellectual property Todd Liao
Licensing Todd Liao
Number of lawyers : 1,884
at this office : 37
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Contacts : Mitch Dudek, office managing partner