Firm Profile > Shearman & Sterling LLP > Shanghai, China

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

Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 1

Shearman & Sterling's Lorna Xin Chen heads the Greater China practice and the Asia investment funds practice. The team has specific expertise in complex policy funds sponsored by multiple governments, government-owned financial institutions and development finance institutions. Chen and counsel Sean Murphy regularly advise on major PRC and international sovereign wealth funds, policy banks and development finance institutions in their investment fund and co-investment mandates around the world across key sectors and asset classes, including natural resources, infrastructure, TMT, AI and emerging technologies, real estate, healthcare, education and credit investments.

Key clients

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

China Creation Ventures (CCV)

China Investment Corporation (CIC)

CITIC Securities International (CITIC CLSA)

ICBC International Holdings Limited (ICBCI)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Investcorp Securities Limited

KKR Asia

Korea Investment Corporation (KIC)

Noah Wealth Management

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA)

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP has an established client base of international financial institutions and private equity funds who routinely instruct the team on foreign direct investment and joint venture transactions. Beijing-based Lee Edwards is a go-to name for going-private deals, tender offers and asset-purchase transactions while Li Chen, also in Beijing, routinely handles investments in the TMT, infrastructure and financial services sectors.

Key clients

Bain Capital

CarVal Investors

China Merchant Funds

China National Petroleum Company International/PetroChina

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

China Telecom Corporation

China-LAC Co-operation Fund

Danone Asia

Huawei

Hubei Science & Technology Investment Group

InfrAlpha Advisors (Hong Kong)

Jiangxi Railway Investment Group Corporation

Russia China Investment Fund

Shanghai Electric Group

Sino Ocean Group

State Grid International  Development Limited

Taikang Insurance

Temasek

ZZ Capital

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP's track record includes advising on complex and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, and the team is regularly appointed by large Chinese state-owned enterprises and corporations on strategic transactions; it has specific expertise in the TMT, energy, infrastructure and financial institutions sectors. Lee Edwards in Beijing has extensive experience in M&A and FDI transactions, and M&A partner Li Chen divides her time between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices. The Hong Kong names to note are global head of the private capital industry group Paul Strecker and Greater China head Lorna Chen. Former corporate partner Stephanie Tang left for Hogan Lovells' Hong Kong office.

Key clients

Bain Capital

CarVal Investors

China Merchant Funds

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

China-LAC Co-operation Fund

Danone Asia Pte

Huawei

Hubei Science & Technology Investment Group

InfrAlpha Advisors (Hong Kong)

Jiangxi Railway Investment Group Corporation

Russia China Investment Fund

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's clients appreciate the firm's strong relationships with several of China’s state-owned enterprises and financial institutions. The practice was recently active in advising large Chinese institutions on investments and lending deals that involve the UK, US, Russia, Brazil, Kenya, Iraq, Pakistan, Honduras, UAE, Mongolia and Panama. Sean Wang heads the firm's project development and finance practice in China.

Key clients

China National Petroleum Company International

Poly-GCL Petroleum Company

Silk Road Fund

Shanghai Electric Power Generational Group

Three Gorges Group

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

Working from both the firm's Shanghai and New York offices, Shearman & Sterling LLP's Asia litigation and investigations practice head Brian Burke is a specialist in China-related corporate investigations, anti-corruption and FCPA enforcement. Burke is advising GlaxoSmithKline on anti-corruption compliance and investigations in mainland China.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Bulgari

Medtronic

McDonald’s

LVMH

Olympus

Zhaopin

PetroChina

Crown Resorts

Valeo Group

Textron

Sephora

Dispute resolution: foreign firms Tier 4

Shearman & Sterling LLP is recommended for disputes and arbitrations involving the energy, construction, infrastructure, financial and telecoms sectors, as well as joint venture and shareholder disputes, and M&A-related claims. Shanghai's Brian Burke heads the Asia litigation and investigations practice, Nils Eliasson divides his time between Hong Kong and Beijing, and Emmanuel Jacomy is based in Beijing and Singapore.

Key clients

Kot Addu Power Company

The People’s Republic of China

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 [can we say instead when the Shanghai office opened]. 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 Kenneth Ching
Banking and finance Xiaogang (Sean) Wang
Capital markets Alan Yeung
Capital markets Kyungwon (Won) Lee
Capital markets Matthew Bersani
Capital markets Max Hua
Capital markets Lee Edwards
Corporate and M&A Max Hua
Corporate and M&A Xiaogang (Sean) Wang
Corporate and M&A Li Chen
Corporate and M&A Lorna Xin Chen
Investment funds Lorna Xin Chen
International arbitration Nils Eliasson
International arbitration Emmanuel Jacomy
Litigation and investigations Brian G Burke
Private equity/venture capital Lee Edwards
Private equity/venture capital Lorna Xin Chen
Private equity/venture capital Li Chen
Projects and energy Xiaogang (Sean) Wang
Telecommunications, Media and Technology Li Chen
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Brian Burke  photo Mr Brian Burke
Mr Xiaogang (Sean) Wang  photo Mr Xiaogang (Sean) Wang
Number of lawyers : 850 approx
In China : 40 approx
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