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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
47/F PARK PLACE
1601 NANJING ROAD WEST
SHANGHAI 200040
China

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP ‘solves problems quickly and with good results‘. The firm’s China M&A practice has a significant track record in sizeable, cross-border transactions involving both large multinational corporations and prominent state-owned entities; acts for sellers on strategic divestments (as well as acquirers on buy-side matters); and is highly regarded for China-related SPAC transactions. The group is particularly active in technology deals; recent examples include automotive technology, artificial intelligence and e-commerce sector-related transactions. In Shanghai, Jeffrey Sun is experienced in handling China and cross-border M&A matters in the TMT sector, and Jinsong Zhang, who ‘develops the best strategies and solutions for clients‘ (and divides his time between the firm’s Beijing and New York offices), focuses on China-related inbound and outbound M&A. Zhang also acts on private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Sun; Jinsong Zhang

Testimonials

The entire team has high professional levels, a good service attitude, reasonable legal fees, fast responses, and in-depth understanding of the client’s business and needs.

Solves problems quickly and with good results.

Jinsong Zhang is an experienced lawyer, who understands the client’s business, both internally and externally. Understanding the client’s business model, industry, customers and strategic objectives enables him to advise and guide clients on highly complex and sensitive matters.

Jinsong Zhang develops the best strategies and solutions for clients. In addition, Jinsong works very hard and is recognised by clients for his ability.

Key clients

Baidu Inc.

JD.COM

Hailiang Education Group Inc.

Betta Games

Pactera Technology International Ltd.

Chery Automobile Co., Ltd

Keyarch Acquisition Corporation

Fuwei Films

Brookfield Growth Fund

COVA Acquisition Corp

Canaan Inc.

Pop Mart

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group

Toyota Motor

Work highlights

  • Advised COVA Acquisition Corp on its merger with mobility tech company ECARX Holdings.
  • Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Hailiang Education Group on its going-private transaction.
  • Advised Fuwei Films (Holdings) Co on the $800m merger with BaiJiaYun Limited.

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's large China-based team of patent attorneys - who are also qualified as patent agents and lawyers - is a regular port of call for leading multinationals and Chinese entities. The team's practice covers patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright, and has a strong record in cross-border litigation involving China and the US, where the team represents Chinese companies before the US International Trade Commission (ITC). Practice head Xiang Wang splits his time between Beijing and New York and is a regular advisor on IP infringement, trade secrets' misappropriation, and industrial espionage work. Also in Beijing, Shelley Zhang is noted for her IP prosecution and enforcement work. The Shanghai-based Yufeng (Ethan) Ma assists multinational corporations with IP litigation before the ITC and the US federal courts.

Practice head(s):

Xiang Wang

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Baidu

Hisense

BBK Electronics Corp.

Anker Innovations

Micron

Yaham Optoelectronics Co.

Coolpad Technologies

Geely

Vivo Mobile Communication

Shenzhen Intellirocks Tech Co., Ltd

Pactera

Johnson Electric

EKO

Infmetry LLC

Perfect World Entertainment, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Anker Innovations in a trademark dispute brought by Nuheara in the US.
  • Defended Coolpad Technologies in a patent infringement case filed by Koninklijke KPN N.V. for alleged infringement of a US patent.
  • Defended OnePlus in a patent infringement case filed by Buffalo Patents in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas Waco Division.

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 2

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

Having established a recognisable strength in China-related SPAC transactions, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP handles a steady stream of high value cross-border private equity transactions, operating at the cutting-edge of technology related trends. Jeffrey Sun is a leading figure and renowned in the Chinese market for his technology M&A expertise, while co-head Jeff Zhang, splitting his time between Beijing and New York, focuses on China-related inbound and outbound M&A and PE transactions and is especially skilled in life sciences and fintech.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Sun; Jeff Zhang

Key clients

Baidu Inc.

JD.COM

Hailiang Education Group Inc.

Betta Games

Pactera Technology International Ltd.

Chery Automobile Co., Ltd

Keyarch Acquisition Corporation

Fuwei Films

Brookfield Growth Fund

COVA Acquisition Corp

Canaan Inc.

Pop Mart

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group

Toyota Motor

Work highlights

  • Advised COVA Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company listed on NASDAQ, on its merger with mobility tech company ECARX Holdings.
  • Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Hailiang Education Group Inc on its going-private transaction.
  • Advised Fuwei Films on its $800m merger with with BaiJiaYun Limited.

The firm: Orrick is a modern, inclusive, global law firm focused on serving the Tech & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Based in 25+ markets worldwide, we help our clients grow and innovate, we protect them and we help them win. We prioritize diversity (Mansfield Plus Certified for four years in a row), innovation (Financial Times Top 3 Most Innovative firms for eight years in a row) and being a best place to work (Fortune Best Companies To Work For also for eight years in a row). And these values help us attract and develop top talent and inspire collaboration in order to provide forward-thinking advice to the world’s most innovative companies.

Orrick’s China team has been active in China for many decades. Our Beijing and Shanghai offices, provide legal services to both Chinese and international clients in cross-border M&A and private equity, capital markets, intellectual property, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance, data privacy and cybersecurity, across the technology & innovation, energy & infrastructure and financial services sectors as well as the life sciences and consumer/retail industries. We advise Chinese private and state-owned enterprises in cross-border investments in Southeast Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa, ranging from high profile e-commerce retailers and robotics manufacturers to natural gas exploration and refinement energy to energy and infrastructure projects.

Areas of practice

Technology and Innovation

Leading Chinese and multinational tech companies, private equity and venture capital firms turn to us for growth and investment strategies. We represent major Chinese state-owned and private enterprises on inbound and outbound M&A and corporate venture investments, IP and data strategies. Our tech sector experience – automotive technology and mobility, e-commerce, life sciences, and fintech – helps support the fast-growing and disruptive China tech market. Our client base includes some of the biggest Chinese and Asian tech companies, such as JD.com, one of China’s largest online retailer; Baidu, the world’s largest autonomous vehicle open source operating system provider and second-largest search engine; Trax Retail, a Singapore headquartered unicorn; Chinese internet giant Tencent Technology and cell phone maker Xiaomi, -, as well as the world’s largest LED panel manufacturer BOE Technology. We also help numerous foreign multinational corporations such as Canon, Cerence, Microsoft, Micron, Panasonic, Schlumberger and Toyota in their practical issues and dispute matters relating to their China operations.

Intellectual Property

We assist multinationals in all aspects of IP in China, the U.S. and beyond. Our team have been consistently ranked among the top-tier firms in China by Managing Intellectual PropertyAsian Legal Business and IAM Patent 1000. We have a combined legal and practical industry experience, gained by members of our team who have worked in various industries as engineers and scientists before they became lawyers. Their background offers a distinct advantage in tech transactions, including agreements to develop, license, test, market, distribute, co-brand, protect and acquire or divest technology and other IP rights as well as assisting them on their strategic decisions and planning for their most contentious and important IP disputes.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce named Orrick as a “preferred U.S. law firm” to represent Chinese companies before the U.S. International Trade Commission in patent infringement litigation. We have handled thousands of China patent and trademark applications and more than 100 patent, trademark, copyright, domain name and trade secret-related disputes in China and the U.S. Our Chinese clients include AT&M, Baidu, Haier, Hisense, Xiaomi, BOE, SMIC, Shenzhen Howshow Technology and Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering Co. and our select foreign clients include Canon, Microsoft, Micron, Panasonic and Schlumberger.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We offer Chinese companies one of the leading litigation platforms – including litigators who have experience understanding the unique risks and considerations China-based clients facing disputes around the world. We represent clients in commercial litigation, product liability, trade secrets misappropriation, intellectual property and regulatory investigations. We have a renowned international arbitration practice that represents clients and sovereign states before all major arbitral institutions and acted under all leading sets of rules including BITs, ECT, ICC, WIPO and CIETAC. A key strength is our ability to integrate with other offices to deliver optimized solutions for clients. We have represented a subsidiary of Bayer HealthCare in a product liability and personal injury case and China National Building Materials on a multi-billion class action lawsuit. We also successfully defended AT&M in a trade secrets misappropriation investigation before the US ITC and successfully represented Baidu, Haier, Hisense, BOE and others against patent trolls in both U.S. federal courts and International Trade Commission.

Investment Funds

We play a key strategic role with boutique and institutional private investment fund sponsors and institutional investors in formation and management of investment funds throughout the Asia-Pacific markets. We have a strong track record of advising on the formation of many of the first Asia-based hedge funds and private equity funds and their pioneering cross-border investments. Our clients include Asian hedge funds managed by independent managers, Asian PE funds sponsored by global financial institutions, and Asian institutional investors investing in regional and global funds including Silk Road Fund, Intermediate Capital Group, China-LAC Cooperation Fund and China Resources Capital Management.

Cyber, Privacy & Data Protection

Our China Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice assist Chinese and multinational corporations in their most critical privacy and cybersecurity projects at global and regional level. Deploying a “hub and spoke model,” our lawyers manage and review advice from counsel in other jurisdictions to ensure a consistent approach to the advice our clients receive. Our global reach and experience allow us to advise clients from a global regulatory perspective, adhere to differing compliance requirements, helping reconcile the varying legal requirements in multiple jurisdictions. We also work on the most demanding and urgent cybersecurity matters specific to China and help multinational clients handle high-stakes cross-border investigations, litigation, and compliance matters in China, U.S., European Union, and United Kingdom.

Blockchain and Virtual Currency

We deliver thoughtful and cutting-edge advice that helps propel the industry forward while providing the legal framework to withstand regulatory scrutiny. We represent both Chinese and foreign blockchain and virtual currency firms on intellectual property, technology contracting, corporate governance, and venture capital financing transactions, including among others, blockchain networks, exchanges, fundraising, token offerings, nonfungible tokens (NFTs), compliance, litigation, SEC and government investigations, technology licensing, product development, securitization of digital assets as well as stable coins and custody. In addition, our strong regulatory and litigation practices provide representation on securities enforcement, litigation, employment, regulatory and compliance matters.

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Banking and finance
Cybersecurity and data privacy
Dispute resolution and litigation
Emerging company representation
Employment
Energy and infrastructure
Financial regulatory
Intellectual property
International arbitration
International trade
Investment funds
Mass torts and product liability
Mergers and acquisitions
Public company representation
Private equity and venture capital
Technology company representation
White-collar and corporate investigations
Photo Name Position Profile
Yalan Lei photo Yalan Lei Associate
Yufeng (Ethan) Ma photo Yufeng (Ethan) Ma Partner
Jie (Jeffrey) Sun photo Jie (Jeffrey) Sun Partner
Lu (Echo) Wang photo Lu (Echo) Wang Senior Associate
Number of lawyers at this office : 8
in this country : 20+
worldwide : 1,100
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