Firm Profile > White & Case LLP, Beijing Office > Beijing, China

White & Case LLP, Beijing Office
19th Floor, Tower 1 of China Central Place
81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District
Beijing Shi 100025
China

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case LLP regularly advises on some of the largest bank finance deals coming out of Asia, including significant regional cross-border deals that involve major international brands. In addition to the 'efficient and commercial' practice's widely respected lender-side work, it is also increasingly active in relation to private equity sponsor and borrower-side financings, and particularly stands out for asset, project and real estate finance work. Executive partner of the Beijing office, David Li focuses primarily on China inbound and outbound financing transactions, while Shanghai-based senior legal consultant Frank Shu has substantial experience in acquisition, structured and real estate finance. Eugene Man leads the Asia Pacific banking and restructuring practices from Hong Kong, where experienced Baldwin Cheng advises on major pan-Asian financings.

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The efficient and commercial team is highly responsive and has great integrity. It is very good at the law side but also very commercial.

An accommodating team that provides excellent service through great partners and A-grade associates – a superb team!

Extremely responsive and provides commercial and practical solutions, with very efficient management of time and resources.

A leading finance team with high-calibre practitioners and a wide breadth of experience in both domestic and overseas markets.

David Li and each of his team members provide high levels of service above and beyond what would typically be expected. They make themselves available and provide timely responses and attention to matters, with a quality work product that is often delivered ahead of schedule.

David Li is an outstanding individual in his advisory role on financing projects overseas.

Eugene Man is an excellent partner, who has strong legal skills, is very commercial and very responsive.

Key clients

Greentown China Holdings Limited

China Molybdenum Co., Ltd.

EQT Partners AB, GPA Global

Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

JPMorgan

China Merchants Bank

China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd.

Bank of China Limited

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

With offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, global law firm White & Case LLP has a strong foothold in China. The practice is highly regarded for its structuring and execution of complex, high-profile inbound and outbound M&A transactions that involve China; clients also benefit from the practice's foreign investment review group, which covers Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States advice. The team's recent deals involved the energy, mining and metals, automotive, financial services, manufacturing, packaging and consumer goods sectors; it has also experienced notable growth in technology, media, online gaming and education industry-related transactions. Both working across the Shanghai and Beijing offices, Alex Zhang is the highly rated China corporate and M&A head, and Vivian Tsoi's key clients include global corporations and Chinese state-owned and private enterprises. In Hong Kong, Christopher Kelly is Asia M&A practice head.

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An excellent firm that combines local knowledge with world-class international expertise and capabilities.

The team, led by Alex Zhang, is well-trained, supervised and works well together. Furthermore, Zhang and the team members he assigns to projects are conscientious and efficient.

Alex Zhang is absolutely one of the best deal lawyers on this planet, with a tremendous sense of the commercial aspects of a transaction, in addition to superb legal advice. He is a fantastic deal lawyer, who is an invaluable external asset that integrates with us on all transactions.

Vivian Tsoi is the absolute gold standard for M&A in China – extremely hardworking and fights to the end to preserve clients’ interests. A true deal maker!

Key clients

Sempra Energy

Bright Scholar Education Holding

Sony Corporation of America

Magna Steyr AG & Co KG

EQT

GPA Global

CAA China, LLC

Groupe Legris Industries

Holmbergs Safety System Co., Ltd.

Salcomp Holdings

IFS AB

Fusion Capital

Goldman Sachs

CMC Capital

Pala Investments

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Covering both domestic transactions in China and Chinese outbound investments, White & Case LLP's China projects and energy practice covers the acquisition, development and financing of energy, oil and gas, mining and metals, and infrastructure projects. It was recently sought out by international and PRC-based sponsors, developers and lenders on strategic projects and financing transactions, as well as contentious and regulatory matters. Regularly advising multilateral lenders and development banks, as well as international and Chinese commercial banks, David Li leads the China project finance practice from the Beijing office; Li specialises in equity and debt financings in Asia, Africa and Latin America across a diverse spectrum of sectors, including energy, utilities, natural resources and telecoms. Grace Fan-Delatour, who focuses on the oil and gas, mining and metals, shipping and infrastructure sectors (among others), was hired in 2019 as partner from K&L Gates.

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Saudi Arabian Oil Company

China Molybdenum Co., Ltd.

Sempra Energy

International Finance Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case LLP's China regulatory and compliance team is experienced in advising on the prevention and resolution of regulatory and criminal enforcement matters, investigations, and associated civil claims. It is particularly well-positioned to conduct parallel investigation proceedings, in response to regulatory authority inquiries that involve cross-border contexts. Beijing-based practice head Bingna Guo has approximately two decades of experience in compliance and internal investigations in China and the US; she regularly advises clients on complex cross-border and domestic matters, including in relation to the FCPA, Chinese anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, and the UK Bribery Act. Providing further mainland China support is senior associate Mark Chu (a 2020 hire from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP), who has corporate compliance and investigations experience.

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They respond to clients’ questions very quickly and are highly professional; they are able to consider all issues and can give legal advice from the perspective of Chinese clients; the team’s own international background and the support of other teams in the firm are also very good.

White & Case knows the risk profiles and approaches of its clients extremely well, and it manages transactions in an efficient manner, providing excellent service and advice.

White & Case has the experience to guide its clients through many tough transactions, always looking at the bigger picture in conjunction with the current regulatory climate. We find the firm to provide a superior service and work product.

Bingna Guo has built a good reputation in the region and is a leader in the investigations and compliance space, especially for China. What impresses me the most is how she is able to lead a local team on the ground in a very efficient manner, both from quality and cost perspectives.

Bingna Guo has good people skills, interacting with the senior members of her clients on strategic matters, and is a hardworking partner who also focuses on doing actual work on the ground.

Key clients

CMC Capital Partners

Leoni

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

Advising on both the sell and buy-side of PE deals, White & Case LLP's highly experienced team boasts long-term relationships with global and Asia-based private equity firms and financial sponsors. Alex Zhang, who divides his time between Beijing and Shanghai, heads the China practice; Zhang has longstanding experience in advising US, European and Asian clients on cross-border corporate transactions in China. He also assists Chinese private and state-owned companies with their investments, acquisitions and other business activities outside China. Daniel Yeh heads the Asia Pacific PE practice from Hong Kong.

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The team is efficient, responsive and accurate.

Key clients

Bright Scholar Education Holding

EQT

GPA Global

GIC

CAA China, LLC

Mubadala Investment Company

Bain Capital Credit

Salcomp Holdings

IFS AB

Fusion Capital

Goldman Sachs

CMC Capital

Real estate and construction: foreign firms Tier 3

White & Case LLP's China-based real estate team advises developers, owners, private and institutional investors, investment funds, lenders and underwriters on a variety of real estate transactions in Asia. It is experienced in a range of assets, including office and apartment buildings, multi-family developments, mixed-use properties, shopping centres, hotels and resorts, and warehouses. Beijing-based David Li's real estate experience includes both bond offerings and bank financings; and Hong Kong-based Baldwin Cheng is particularly active in private equity-related real estate financing transactions.

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Greentown China Holdings Limited

Deutsche Bank AG

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Haitong International Securities Company Limited

PAG

Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 4

'Its approach to litigation is comprehensive and professional, considering issues from the client's perspective', says a client of White & Case LLP. The firm has a relatively small team on the ground in China, but its key lawyers work closely with other offices in the firm's regional and global network, principally the Hong Kong practice led by Melody Chan, to advise Chinese clients on cross-border disputes. Bingna Guo leads the mainland PRC practice from Beijing. The regional litigation group grew in 2019 and 2020 with the addition of white-collar specialists in counsel James Hsiao in Hong Kong from Sidley Austin and, in Beijing, associate Mark Chu from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and legal consultant Terrence Zhang from JunHe LLP. The firm also handles both inbound and outbound cases arising from finance transactions and corporate acquisitions.

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‘Its approach to litigation is comprehensive and professional, considering issues from the client’s perspective, and fully integrating the company’s business demands.’

‘Attorney Guo Bingna actively participates in bilingual communication, greatly improving the communication efficiency of foreign-related cases, avoiding information omission, and fully considering the actual situation of the client.’

Key clients

China Development Bank

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

China Exim Bank

United Energy Group

Anker Innovation

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 Christopher Corr  photo Christopher Corr Counsel
 Bingna Guo  photo Bingna Guo Partner
 Shaohui Jiang  photo Shaohui Jiang Local Partner
 David Li photo David Li Partner