Firm Profile > Shearman & Sterling LLP > Shanghai, China

Shearman & Sterling LLP
2501-2502 JING'AN KERRY CENTER 1
1515 NANJING ROAD WEST
SHANGHAI 200040
China

Dispute resolution: Arbitration: foreign firms Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP has represented Chinese and non-Chinese parties in some of the biggest arbitrations over recent years. Building on the firm's eminent global standing in international arbitration, the Greater China arbitration practice is located in Beijing and Hong Kong, with department head Nils Eliasson  splitting his time between the two offices. The team has an excellent record in energy, construction, infrastructure, financial and telecoms cases, along with M&A and joint-venture related disputes. It has a particularly fine standing in representing Chinese SOEs and was engaged by the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID arbitration brought by Hela Schwarz under the China-Germany bilateral investment treaty. Beijing partner Emmanuel Jacomy is also a key member of the team.

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People’s Republic of China

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation – the Sinopec Group

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)

State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation / China Power Investment Corporation

Hyundai Engineering Company

China National Nuclear Corporation

CDH Investments

Kot Addu Power Company (Kapco)

The China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Pak Gen

Kohinoor

Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP's prestigious client base comprises primarily top-end global financial institutions, as well as global and regional private equity funds. The practice also fields experts in hedge funds, who assist with the regulatory needs of investment managers, hedge fund advisers, and pre-eminent institutional investors. Its scope of advice covers US and Hong Kong securities regulations, including in relation to Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong licensing for investment advisers and US investment adviser registration, as well as complex advice on Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, US Bank Holding Company Act and Volcker Rule issues. Hong Kong-based Asia regional managing partner, and head of Greater China, Lorna Xin Chen leads the the Asia investment funds practice; notable support is provided by counsel Sean Murphy, who is experienced in acting for private investment fund managers and investors.

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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

CarVal Investors, LLC

China Creation Ventures

China Investment Corporation

CITIC Capital

CITIC Securities International

Frontier Service Group

ICBC International Holdings Limited

International Finance Corporation

Investcorp Securities Limited

KKR Asia

Korea Investment Corporation

Noah Wealth Management

Qatar Investment Authority

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP's private capital team in Greater China has a substantial track record in advising private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, infrastructure funds, hedge funds and family offices on Asian inbound and outbound investments. It acts on investment mandates in Asia, the US and Europe across key sectors, including infrastructure, healthcare, TMT, real estate and fintech. Clients additionally benefit from the firm's integrated global platform, which assists with formation, compliance, transactional, regulatory and tax matters worldwide. Splitting her time between the firm's Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Li Chen's practice spans a broad range of M&A, corporate and private equity matters; and Lorna Chen leads the Asia investment funds practice from Hong Kong. Former Beijing partner Lee Edwards is now of counsel.

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Testimonials

The lawyers provide close assistance, co-operation and timely feedback. They are our trusted partners.

Key clients

Agricultural Bank of China

Asia Development Bank

Bain Capital

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

CarVal Investors, LLC

China Investment Cooperation

China Merchants Capital

China National Petroleum Company International

PetroChina

China Resources Capital

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

China Telecom Corporation

China-LAC Co-operation Fund

China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange

Danone Asia

Export Import Bank of China

Global Infrastructure Partners

Haitong International

Huawei

Hubei Science & Technology Investment Group

International Finance Corporation

Investcorp China

Jiangxi Railway Investment Group Corporation

KKR Asia

Korean Investment Corporation

Mubadala Capital China

Qatar Investment Authority

RCIF Asset Management

Shanghai Electric Group

Sino Ocean Group

State Grid International Development Limited

Taikang Insurance

Telecommunication Industrial Fund

Temasek

ZZ Capital

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

In addition to a strong pipeline of outbound investment work, Shearman & Sterling LLP's multidisciplinary Greater China team also has a robust practice in relation to inbound investment matters for multinational corporations. Of particular note, the group has specific expertise in the TMT, infrastructure, energy, financial services and asset management sectors. Li Chen, an M&A, corporate and private equity specialist, and Sean Wang, an energy M&A transactions expert, divide their time between the Beijing and Hong Kong offices, while former Beijing partner Lee Edwards is now of counsel. In Hong Kong, Lorna Chen is Greater China head.

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The team has substantial experience in M&A; it is also dedicated and gives constructive opinions.

Li Chen has significant experience in both Chinese and foreign laws. She has successfully participated in many projects on behalf of investors, which have greatly helped our fund’s investments!

Key clients

Bain Capital

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

CarVal Investors, LLC

China Merchant Funds

China National Petroleum Company International

PetroChina

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

China Telecom Corporation (CTC)

China-LAC Co-operation Fund

Danone Asia Pte Ltd

Huawei

Hubei Science & Technology Investment Group

InfrAlpha Advisors (Hong Kong) Limited

Jiangxi Railway Investment Group Corporation

RCIF Asset Management

Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI)

Shanghai Electric Group

Sino Ocean Group

State Grid International Development

Taikang Insurance

Temasek

ZZ Capital

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP has longstanding relationships with Chinese SOEs and financial institutions, for whom it acts on significant cross-border projects. The team's track record is particularly strong in Asia, Africa and Latin America (on behalf of Chinese investors and lenders). Working across the Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Xiaogang (Sean) Wang heads the firm's project development and finance practice in China. Wang also acts on energy M&A, and his clients include large SOEs, such as State Grid, Sinopec and PetroChina, as well as major financial institutions such as China Development Bank, Bank of China and China Construction Bank.

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Bank of China

Blue Amber Investment Limited

China Development Bank

China National Petroleum Company International

PetroChina

China Telecom Corporation

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Poly-GCL Petroleum Company Ltd.

Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group

Silk Road Fund

Three Gorges Group

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP's team has substantial experience in relation to criminal bribery investigations, and is able to conduct China investigations entirely in Mandarin. Its investigation work in Asia covers a broad range of sectors, including medical devices, media and entertainment, retail, luxury goods, financial services, automotive and technology. Dividing his time between the firm's Shanghai and New York offices, Brian Burke is the founder and head of the firm’s Asia litigation and investigations practice; Burke is highly rated for his expertise in relation to China-related corporate investigations, anti-corruption and FCPA enforcement matters.

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The firm

Shearman & Sterling has had a long-standing commitment to China for more than 40 years. The firm was among the first global law firms to establish a Beijing office approved and licensed by China’s Ministry of Justice. Expanding upon its considerable China practice, Shearman & Sterling opened an office in Shanghai in 2007. The China offices have expertise in a variety of practice areas and are currently ranked by a number of legal directories as a leading law firm for corporate/M&A and private equity, dispute resolution, project finance, investment funds and capital markets.

The firm’s clients include multinational and leading Chinese corporations, international investors, financial institutions, and Chinese state-owned and small and medium-sized Chinese private enterprises. It advises them on a wide variety of corporate and financial matters in virtually every sector. While the firm does not practice PRC law, some of its lawyers were first admitted to practice in China and are dual qualified. The firm can therefore effectively identify and resolve issues in conjunction with local counsel. It works with the best domestic law firms in China, with whom it has strong longstanding relationships.

Shearman & Sterling has represented many of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, emerging growth companies, state- owned enterprises, governments and governmental organisations for more than 146 years. It is committed to providing legal advice that is insightful and valuable to clients. The firm distinguishes itself by harnessing the intellectual strength and deep experience of its lawyers across its extensive global footprint. It has the capability to mobilise resources throughout its 23 offices worldwide to provide clients with professional legal advice and support. The firm’s lawyers are fluent in more than 60 languages and they practice Hong Kong, US, English, French, German, Italian, EU, OHADA and Saudi law, as well as Dubai International Financial Centre law and Abu Dhabi Global Market law. The firm is organised as a single, integrated partnership with approximately 850 attorneys in 23 offices located throughout Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, please visit Shearman & Sterling’s website at www.shearman.com.

Areas of practice

Shearman & Sterling’s main practice areas include: anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), antitrust, appellate litigation, capital markets, compensation, governance and ERISA, corporate governance, criminal law, regulation and enforcement, derivatives and structured products, emerging growth, environmental, European bank recovery and resolution, finance, financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory, financial institutions investigations and enforcement, financial restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property litigation, intellectual property transactions, international arbitration, international trade and investment, investment funds, Islamic finance, leveraged finance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data protection, private client, private equity and hedge funds, privatisation, pro bono, project development and finance, public international law, real estate, state controlled companies/sovereign wealth funds, structured finance, and tax.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Xiaogang (Sean) Wang
Capital markets Alan Yeung
Capital markets Kyungwon (Won) Lee
Capital markets Max Hua
Corporate and M&A Li Chen
Corporate and M&A Lorna Chen
Corporate and M&A Max Hua
Corporate and M&A Xiaogang (Sean) Wang
Investment funds Lorna Xin Chen
International arbitration Nils Eliasson
International arbitration Emmanuel Jacomy
Litigation and investigations Brian G Burke
Private equity/venture capital Li Chen
Private equity/venture capital Lorna Xin Chen
Projects and energy Xiaogang (Sean) Wang
Telecommunications, Media and Technology Li Chen
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Brian Burke  photo Mr Brian Burke PartnerHead of Shearman & Sterling’s Asia Litigation and Investigations practice
Mr Xiaogang (Sean) Wang  photo Mr Xiaogang (Sean) Wang Partner
Number of lawyers : 850 approx
In China : 40 approx
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