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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

A go-to practice for companies requiring brand protection globally, K&L Gates‘ Greater China IP practice ranges from portfolio management and prosecution work to litigation. Its expertise covers patent litigation, section 337 investigations before the US' ITC, and portfolio development matters in the US, Asia, Australia and Europe. Dividing his time between Hong Kong and Beijing, Jay Chiu is a widely respected US-qualified IP litigator; and Beijing counsel Edward Yao advises on IP creation, protection and enforcement work, along with anti-counterfeiting and licensing programmes. Hong Kong-based Winnie Chan advises on trade marks, copyright, designs, patents and domain names.

Practice head(s):

Jay Chiu

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Testimonials

K&L Gates performs very well in the field of patent litigation – outstanding work.

Key clients

Actions Microelectronics Co

Advantech Co

Avision Inc.

Darfon Electronics Corp

Getac Technology Corporation

Guangdong Juxin New Materials Technology Co

Luxshare Precision

OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co

Realtek Semiconductor Corp

Shenzhen Haimingrun Superhard Materials Co

Shenzhen Nukun Technology Co

SIMO Holdings

Skyroam

Zhengzhou New Asia Superhard Materials Composite Co

ZTE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Defending Luxshare Precision (a connector company) and its subsidiaries against patent infringement claims over electrical connectors and cages.
  • Defended respondent Realtek Semiconductor Corp against patent infringement allegations concerning video processing devices and digital smart televisions.
  • Representing Zhengzhou New Asia Superhard Materials Composite Co, Guangdong Juxin New Materials Technology Co and Shenzhen Haimingrun Superhard Materials Co in a USITC/Section 337 case, which was filed by US Synthetic in relation to polycrystalline diamond compacts and articles.

China > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 3

Led by Scott Peterman, focusing on the formation of alternative investment vehicles, K&L Gates Hong Kong-based investment fund practice is regarded for its role in private equity and venture capital fund formation, with a further emphasis on providing regulatory advice in relation to crowd funding, restructuring, and blockchain-enable platforms. Also featured in the team are Sook Young Yeu, with over 30 years of experience acting on private fund establishment and the representation of Asian institutional investors, and Chloe Duan, noted for investment management and private equity matters.

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Key clients

Inception Asia

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Group

Q Fund Management

VS Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted the principals of VS Partners to implement an endowment model of investing comprising a blend of typical investments and less traditional offerings.
  • Organized one of the first limited partnership funds under Hong Kong’s new LPF Ordinance.

China > Tax: foreign firms Tier 3

Roberta Chang, based in Shanghai, and Sydney-based global tax practice head Betsy-Ann Howe are key figures in the K&L Gates tax team, supported by associate Anita Zhou. The practice assists clients operating in China, including multinational companies, on cross-border tax issues, such as those pertaining to acquisitions and joint ventures, corporate restructurings, financings, and dissolutions. It also provides advice on tax considerations in administrative law controversies and appeal cases, as well as more general compliance advice.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Chang; Betsy-Ann Howe

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

K&L Gates‘s mainland China practice works closely with the firm’s Hong Kong team, with practice head Frank Voon working between the Beijing and HK offices. The practice additionally works alongside the firm’s offices in the Asia Pacific region and beyond to advise on inbound investments into China, as well as the China aspects of multi-jurisdictional transactions. Joint ventures between multinationals and Chinese companies are another area of focus for the team. In addition to Voon, Simon Poh and Max Gu are key figures in the group, with both offering significant experience in cross-border M&A.

Practice head(s):

Frank Voon

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Testimonials

‘K&L Gates has broad spectrum of legal area coverage and provided truly one-stop-shop services.’

‘Frank Voon, not only with his legal professional skills, we are impressed with his close and proactive involvement in the project.’

Key clients

3D Systems Corporation

Acadsoc

BC Technology Group

Brookfield

China Zenix Auto International Limited

DiDi Chuxing Co., Ltd.

Getac Technology Corporation

Lingfeng Capital

Luye Pharma

TCL Holdings

Wolfspeed, Inc. (formerly known as Cree, Inc.)

Work highlights

  • Represented Brookfield in its acquisition of a Singapore group of companies that will come to own approximately 200,000 square meters of land-use rights in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu PRC.
  • Acted for Wolfspeed, Inc. (formerly known as Cree, Inc.) as its international counsel in connection with the sale of its global LED business and transfer of employees in 12 countries to SMART Global Holdings, Inc.
  • Advised DiDi Chuxing, a global e-hailing business, in its expansion of its hail-riding and food delivery service business into various jurisdictions including South Africa, Bangladesh, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Qatar, Sri Lanka and Tunisia, as well as on-going regulatory work in Japan.

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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Testimonials

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.

The Firm: K&L Gates has seven offices that are strategically located in major financial and commercial centers across Asia. Our full-service Asia-based team is closely integrated with the firm’s offices in Australia, Europe, South America, and the United States. The collaboration across our global platform, coupled with our focus on long-term relationship building, allows us to effectively advise our clients on a national and global basis.

We established our presence in Asia by opening our Hong Kong office in 1996. Today, we are strategically located in key financial and commercial centers throughout Asia. We have lawyers on the ground in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. In 2019, we further expanded our capabilities in Singapore by combining with Singapore law firm Straits Law Practice LLC, creating K&L Gates Straits Law LLC and becoming one of a few international law firms in Singapore with the capability to advise clients on Singapore law and cross-border legal issues. The combined firm has bolstered our disputes, corporate, funds, and banking and finance service offerings and further opened our global platform to clients across Southeast Asia. We also have designated India, Indonesia, and Malaysia practices, allowing our capabilities to span beyond our physical office locations.

Through our integrated network of offices, we are positioned to advise both domestic and international clients throughout Asia Pacific and beyond. Our lawyers understand the legal challenges that clients face today, and they have the experience to respond to those needs creatively and efficiently. Our on-the-ground experience, knowledge, and networks in each market enable us to give clients valuable insights into local policies and practices. We have advised local and multinational companies at every stage of their development in Asia, from local start-ups, to mid-sized overseas companies looking to enter the market or mid-sized regional companies looking for outbound opportunities, to experienced global businesses with well-established operations in the region. We also regularly advise local governments, NGOs, educational institutions, financial institutions, and other key market players. To learn more about our service offerings, visit klgates.com/services.

Offices

Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo. Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney. Europe: Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Munich, Paris. Middle East: Doha, Dubai. United States: Austin, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Harrisburg, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Newark, Orange County, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Wilmington. South America: Sao Paulo.