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K&L Gates

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 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


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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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.


Chalco Trading Hong Kong Co., Limited

DiDi Chuxing



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.