K&L Gates > Beijing, China > Firm Profile

K&L Gates
SUITE 1003, TOWER E3
ORIENTAL PLAZA, NO.1 EAST CHANG AN AVENUE
BEIJING 100738
China

China > Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 3

K&L Gates‘ Greater China IP practice is sought out by innovative organisations in relation to patent prosecution, portfolio development and advisory work, along with patent infringement issues. In January 2021, the practice enhanced its China and global capabilities by launching a Chinese trade mark agency, which files and prosecute trade mark applications directly with the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration. Working across the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, Jay Chiu is an experienced, US-qualified IP litigator; and  Edward Yao is a key IP counsel in Beijing. In Hong Kong, Winnie Chan focuses on trade marks, copyright, designs, patents and domain names.

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Key clients

Ampro Adlink Technology

Getac

Getac Technology Corporation

Hon Hai Precision Industry

Sharp Corp

Luxshare Precision Industry

Dongguan Luxshare Precision Industry

Nantong Ya Tai Candle & Arts & Crafts Co

Realtek Semiconductor Corp

SIMO Holdings

Skyroam

Shenzhen Nukun Technology Co

Suncupid Technology (HK)

Wuyi Bairong Electric Appliance Co

Yongkang Qiongyang Trading Co.

Yongkang Weisheng Industry and Trade Co

Yongkang Zhongke Aismi Medical Technology Co

Zhejiang Jinyuan Machinery Co

Zhejiang Ruicheng Mechanical Power Co

ZTE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represents Luxshare Precision (one of the largest connector companies in China), and its subsidiaries, in a patent infringement case.
  • Represented Sharp Corporation (as plaintiff), a Foxconn/Hon Hai-owned business, in a patent infringement  lawsuit.
  • Defended ZTE (headquartered in Shenzhen) against Uniloc USA, which alleged that various functions within ZTE mobile devices infringed patents.

China > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 3

Highly experienced in the formation and management of investment funds, K&L Gates‘ Hong Kong-based Greater China team is particularly active in private equity and venture capital fund formation, regulatory advice surrounding initial coin offerings, blockchain-enabled platforms, crowd funding, and hedge fund formation and restructuring. Asia managing partner David Tang heads the team, which includes Shanghai partner Chloe Duan, who focuses on investment management, and private equity and venture capital work. The practice recently welcomed Scott Peterman, who advises on the formation of alternative investment vehicles, and private investment fund specialist Sook Young Yeu from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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Testimonials

This is a practice that can deal with complex, bespoke structures and strategies.

Scott Peterman is a creative thinker, who comes up with innovative solutions that are deeply routed in his knowledge, not only of financial markets and instruments, but in his broad knowledge of the best practices in the legal industry globally.

Key clients

Cedareach – Brocade River Merchants Asset Management

Federated Hermes

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Group

VS Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted the principals of VS Partners with the implementation of an endowment investment model, comprising a blend of stocks and bonds, in addition to less traditional offerings such as hedge funds and private equity.
  • Assisted Cedareach – Brocade River Merchants Asset Management with organising one of the very first limited partnership funds under Hong Kong’s new Limited Partnership Fund Ordinance.
  • Advised a One Belt One Road investment fund in relation to a Series D round investment in SenseTime.

China > Tax: foreign firms Tier 3

In April 2021, K&L Gates recruited Shanghai-based partner Roberta Chang as China tax practice head from Hogan Lovells International LLP, where she was China tax leader and from where associate Anita Zhou also joined. Chang consistently handles tax advisory work, including advising multinational companies on cross-border tax aspects related to acquisitions and joint ventures, corporate restructurings, financings, and disputes; she also assists with direct and indirect tax, transfer pricing, and compliance, as well as the tax considerations surrounding administrative law controversies and appeals. Providing further partner-level support from Sydney, Betsy-Ann Howe is a co-practice group ordinator for the firm’s global tax group.

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China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

K&L Gates enjoys a strong regional presence, benefitting from offices not only in Shanghai and Beijing but also Hong Kong, Sydney, Seoul and Tokyo, among other locations. Simon Poh handles inbound and outbound investments, with notable expertise in the fintech space; he operates from Shanghai alongside Max Gu whose expertise encompasses private equity investments, general corporate matters and corporate compliance along with regulatory matters in the food sector. Frank Voon spends time in Beijing, in addition to Hong Kong, providing both offices with the divestiture, joint venture and restructuring expertise.

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‘Knowledge in the industry, excellent service quality with solid advice, full-service covering client’s needs, extensive global reach and reasonable fee arrangements.’

‘Tailored advice, knowledgeable team, always on top of matters. ’

‘Simon Poh, exceptionally available and engaged in clients. Always knowledgeable and gives tailored advice.’

Key clients

17LIVE, Inc.

Brookfield

Chalco Trading Hong Kong Co., Limited

DiDi Chuxing

Hines

Lalamove

Lingfeng Capital

Luye Pharma Group

KaiOS Technology

Koppers Inc.

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Prenetics Limited

TCL Holdings

Vela Diagnostics

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hines, a global real estate firm, with its acquisition of a Hong Kong joint venture company formed by Chinese and U.S. fund managers to develop, through a Chinese subsidiary, Walmart’s South China Fresh and Cold Food Supply Chain and Distribution Centre in the Guangdong Province of China.
  • Acted as international counsel for Cree Inc. in relation to the sale of its worldwide LED business to SMART Global Holdings Inc., in a deal valued at around US$300m.
  • Assisted client in its privatisation of Tonly Electronics (HKSE:1249) through a scheme of arrangement in which TCL Industries agreed to acquire Tonly Electronics for US$165m.

Malaysia > Foreign firms

Advising on the international aspects of deals with Malaysian companies, K&L Gates regularly represents clients in aerospace, energy, healthcare, transportation and utilities. The team is led by managing partner David Tang and draws upon a network of talent from across Asia. Lian Yok Tan specialises in energy, infrastructure and resource mandates, and James Bradley advises on aviation matters, particularly corporate jets. Christopher Tan, head of the Singapore employment practice, and Sacha Cheong, a disputes and employment partner in Hong Kong, assist clients facing employment-related issues in Malaysia. Lai-Foong Chan and Ahmad Khalis regularly assist clients with banking and finance related matters. Dispute resolution is headed by Sreenivasan Narayanan who, with the support of Muralli Rajaram, advises on high-value litigation including areas of fraud and regulatory breaches.

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Testimonials

‘Great network of resources around the world’

‘James Bradley has an incredible work rate and is always proactive in getting advice to clients and even potential clients. He is always available and I have complete confidence in him and his advice.’

‘James Bradley is very good at mentoring his associates and giving them responsibility and client facing roles earlier in their career as compared to other firms. James is willing to provide fee flexibility to “win the business” and honors his commitments on the fees.’

Key clients

Asmara International Limited

Cree Inc.

Citicorp International Limited

Judicial Managers of Ocean Tankers (Pte.) Ltd

Luye Pharma

Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad

SIMMTECH Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Judicial Managers of Ocean Tankers (Pte.) Ltd (OTPL), one of the entities that is involved in a corporate fraud case perpetrated by Lim Oon Kuin, a shareholder and directors of OTPL.
  • Acted as international counsel for Cree Inc. in relation to the sale of its worldwide LED business to SMART Global Holdings Inc., in a deal valued at around US$300m.
  • Advised Luye Pharm’s acquisition of the rights,  in more than 51 international markets, to Seroquel and Seroquel XR, a schizophrenia and bipolar treatment, from from AstraZeneca, a British pharmaceutical company.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

K&L Gates enjoys a strong regional presence, benefitting from offices not only in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing but also in Sydney, Seoul and Tokyo, among other locations. The group has expertise in the automotive, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and TMT sectors, and represents wide-ranging clients including start-ups, mid-market players, state-owned enterprises and large cap public and private companies. David Tang serves as managing partner and his team is equipped for M&A work from both and inbound and outbound perspective. The group was recently bolstered by the hire of William Ho from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP who arrives with a track record in supporting private equity funds on their Asia-based investments.

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Very thorough support. Frank Voon and Amigo Xie are recommended.’

Frank Voon and his team are knowledgeable, personable, and responsive.’

I recommend the firm for its understanding of regulatory landscape, relationships in China and excellent understanding of the market.’

Key clients

Brookfield

Chalco Trading Hong Kong Co., Limited

DiDi Chuxing

Hines

Lalamove

Lingfeng Capital

Luye Pharma Group

KaiOS Technology

Koppers Inc.

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Prenetics Limited

TCL Holdings

Vela Diagnostics

Work highlights

  • Advised leading global genetics and diagnostic health testing company Prenetics and its wholly-owned U.K. subsidiary DNAFit on its acquisition of Oxsed (an Oxford University spin-off which developed the Oxsed RaViD test technology that provides COVID-19 test results within 15–30 minutes).
  • Assisted TCL Holdings with its privatisation of Tonly Electronics (HKSE:1249) through a scheme of arrangement.
  • Assisted Hines, a global real estate firm, with its acquisition of a Hong Kong joint venture company formed by Chinese and U.S. fund managers to develop, through a Chinese subsidiary, Walmart’s South China Fresh and Cold Food Supply Chain and Distribution Centre in the Guangdong Province of China.