Firm Profile > Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP > Shanghai, China

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 4

The corporate practice at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's Shanghai-based team provides 'a unique mix of tech-savvy, Silicon Valley-leading lawyers credentials and a deep understanding of all things China related'. It has a particularly strong expertise in US dollar offshore structure and red-chip transactions, and regularly acts for leading investors and private equity-backed companies such as Funplus Games and Don Williams leads the group which focuses especially on investments into the technology and TMT sectors. Tony Mou has considerable experience in the venture capital and corporate finance space.


Everyone in the team strives to be the most professional in their area of ​​expertise. At the same time, they will actively help clients to communicate and coordinate in cross-professional areas‘.

Professional ability is beyond doubt, and communication is fast and effective‘.

Don Williams and Cheng Xu combine to deliver the right balance of US top-tier quality legal advice and an appreciation of the difference in how deals and businesses are done in the East‘.

Tony Mou can help clients to sort out the company’s long-term structure from a global perspective, while tailoring cost-effective solutions‘.

Key clients


Ant Financial/Alipay

Fosun Pharma

Fidelity Investments/Eight Roads

FunPlus Global Holding (We Doctor Group Limited)

Shanghai Shenda Import & Export Co. Ltd.

Douban Inc.

Grab, Inc.

China Branding Group LTD

Acorn International, Inc.

Next Entertainment Global Holding

Radii Media

AIB Sportsbrands Inc.

GenapSys Inc.

Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH

IGG, Inc.

Linear Capital III, L.P. and Linear Capital GP III, Ltd.

Apollox Foundation Ltd.

Shanghai Linear Capital Rui Investment Center, L.P. and Shanghai Linear Capital Rui Investment Management, L.P.

Global Earth Venture Limited

Shanghai Jenco Instruments Co., Ltd.

SmartMesh Foundation Pte. Ltd.

Shanghai Benzhong Information and Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing Zhanxinzhanli Information and Technology Co., Ltd.

China Film Equipment Co., Ltd.

Shanghai World Foreign Language Education Development Co., Ltd

Beijing Duohee Technology Co., Ltd.

3i Systems Corporation

Shanghai Siiva Internet of Things Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Dian Diagnostics Co., Ltd.

Brilliant Crystal Technology Corp.

Cineappo Corporate Limited


Atria Light Ltd.

CA Bright Tree Investment Limited

Liquid Networks (Cayman) Limited

The firm: Sheppard Mullin is a full service AmLaw and Global 100 firm with over 800 attorneys in 11 domestic offices located in California, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington DC, as well as four international offices in  Shanghai, Seoul, London and Brussels. The development and expansion of its practice in response to client needs remains the core focus of its leadership.

The law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP was formed in 1927 and was originally known as Haight, Mathes & Sheppard. Founding member Ray Haight was subsequently appointed to serve as the California Corporation Commissioner and the firm became Mathes & Sheppard for several years. In 1945, William Mathes accepted a judicial appointment to the United States District Court and the firm became known as Sheppard, Mullin & Richter. The firm became Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in 1950. Since 1927, companies have turned to Sheppard Mullin to handle corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. In the US, the firm’s clients include half of the Fortune 100.

Areas of practice: Strategically located in New York, California, Washington DC and Asia, Sheppard Mullin’s private equity team serves the legal needs of the private equity community. The firm represents private equity and leveraged buyout firms of all sizes in connection with acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings of its portfolio investments, including structuring the transaction and preparation and negotiation of documentation, exit transactions, including initial and follow-on public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. It provides a complete range of services at all stages of the investment cycle from start-up or ‘seed’ capital to growth capital, mature private equity, and management buyouts.

Sheppard Mullin has a leading China private equity practice and is representing some of the most active investment funds and the most prominent companies operating in China, in US-dollar denominated private equity transactions and Renminbi-dominated investments. It represents private equity firms of all sizes in connection with financial and strategic investments, acquisitions, and restructurings of its portfolio companies. It provides a complete range of services at all stages of the investment cycle from start-ups to growth capital to mature private equity to various types of exits. Because of the complexity and multi-jurisdictional nature of certain transactions, its lawyers draw on the expertise of lawyers in other practice areas and jurisdictions of the firm, including tax, finance, securities, and intellectual property, to provide comprehensive, seamless services to cover its clients’ needs.

Sheppard Mullin’s clients include 50 of the Fortune 100 companies. Its ability to attract the world’s most dynamic companies is supported by a truly diverse practice, which includes specific expertise in: antitrust and competition; corporate; entertainment, technology and advertising; finance; financial restructuring and insolvency; government contracts, investigations and international trade; intellectual property; labour and employment; litigation; real estate, land use, natural resources and environment; and tax, employee benefits and estate planning.

Interdisciplinary industry teams: the firm recognises that its clients are often looking for specific industry expertise that spans multiple practice areas. Accordingly the firm has formed the following industry teams: aerospace and defense; agribusiness; art; automotive; aviation and transportation; climate change and clean tech; communications; construction and infrastructure; digital business; EB-5; education; emerging growth/VC; energy; fashion, apparel and beauty; financial institutions; food and beverage; healthcare; hospitality; insurance; Latin American business; life sciences/FDA; maritime; mortgage banking; not-for-profit; privacy and data security; private equity; private wealth services; public lands; retail; sports; technology transactions; tribal and Indian law; and video game.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Mike Scarborough
Antitrust and competition Jacque Derenne
Corporate Jeryl Bowers
Corporate Shon Glusky
Corporate Linda Michaelson
Entertainment, technology and advertising Robb Klein
Finance Brent Horstman
Finance Alan Martin
Finance Ed Tillinghast
Financial restructuring and insolvency Brent Horstman
Financial restructuring and insolvency Alan Martin
Financial restructuring and insolvency Ed Tillinghast
Government contracts investigations and international trade Bryan Daly
Intellectual property Laura Chapman
Intellectual property Daniel Yannuzzi
Labour and employment Kelly Hensley
Labour and employment Greg Labate
Labour and employment Jonathan Stoler
Litigation Sascha Henry
Litigation Fred Puglisi
Litigation Paul Werner
Real estate, land use, natural resources and environment Keith Garner
Real estate, land use, natural resources and environment Nancy Scull
Tax, employee benefits and estate planning Amy Tranckino
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Harris Gao  photo Mr Harris Gao
Mr Tony Mou  photo Mr Tony Mou
Dr Alex Nie  photo Dr Alex Nie
Mr Don Williams  photo Mr Don Williams
 Cheng Xu  photo Cheng Xu
Mr Michael Zhang  photo Mr Michael Zhang
Number of lawyers : 820
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The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai