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Clifford Chance LLP
ROOM 3326 CHINA WORLD TOWER 1
NO 1 JIANGUOMENWAI DAJIE
BEIJING 100004
China

Antitrust and competition: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP's China antitrust practice acts for both multinationals and significant Chinese clients on complex merger filings, antitrust investigations and compliance matters. With over 10 years' experience in international mergers and related antitrust matters, Beijing's Yong Bai, formerly at the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) and familiar with the working practices of China's antitrust agencies, is a key member of the firm's antitrust practice. He recently led advice to GE on the complex merger filings surrounding the disposal of its biopharma business to Danaher. Providing senior associate-level support in Beijing, Dayu Man acts for multinational and Chinese domestic corporations, investment banks and private equity firms on merger filings and conduct rules; and Zibo Liu is a merger control, antitrust investigations and compliance expert. Richard Blewett leads the Greater China practice from Hong Kong.

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GE

Carrefour

Pfizer

Coca-Cola

China Baowu Steel Group

Permira

Ctrip

SABIC

China National Agrochemical Co., Ltd

State Development and Investment Corporation

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 1

A go-to firm for a wide range of complex, cross-border financing transactions, Clifford Chance LLP acts for a number of leading international and domestic investment banks, private equity sponsors, funds and corporations. The practice stands out for matters requiring innovation, and it is active in relation to the recently emerged area of sustainability-linked financing. Jiahua Ni, who divides his time between Beijing and Shanghai, specialises in PRC-related cross‑border financing; and Maggie Lo works across the firm's Beijing and Hong Kong offices, and has broad experience in advising both Chinese and international financial institutions on cross-border financings. Also on the mainland, Timothy Democratis' experience includes cross-border corporate, leveraged and acquisition financings, and other forms of structured and corporate debt. The names to note in Hong Kong are Anthony Wang, Matthew Truman, Dauwood Malik, Edith Leung and Vicky Ma who was made partner in 2019.

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Bank of China

Citi

CITIC Capital Partners

CVC

Hillhouse Capital

HSBC

ICBC

JPMorgan

Permira

Standard Chartered Bank

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 1

Working across its Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, Clifford Chance LLP's sizeable Greater China corporate practice was recently involved in high-profile M&A transactions across several key sectors, including technology, energy and infrastructure, healthcare, consumer goods and financial institutions. On the mainland, Terence Foo advises multinational clients on inbound investments in China, and acts for Chinese clients on their outbound investments; Tim Wang is particularly active in advising large Chinese companies on their outbound investment and overseas listings; and Hong Zhang has substantial experience in corporate affairs. Also on the mainland, Kelly Gregory specialises in M&A and joint ventures in China; Glen Ma has a diversified practice that covers both inbound and outbound investments; and Yan Yuan and Yi Yang are the counsels to note. Emma Davies, Amy Ho, Virginia Lee and Frank Yuen are recommended practitioners, all of whom are based in Hong Kong. The team lost Andrew Whan to Milbank in February 2021.

Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP's dedicated funds team has substantial experience in advising on the launch, registration and ongoing operation of investment funds; it also has specialist knowledge of regulatory and securities law. Clients particularly benefit from the practice's strength in private equity, where it advises on upstream fund formation, as well as assisting investors in such funds, including pension funds, insurance companies, funds-of-funds and sovereign wealth funds. Other areas of expertise include hedge fund structures, including those targeting US and EU investors; the establishment and structuring of registered funds; and acting for sponsors, issuers and underwriters on real estate funds. Ying White, who splits her time between Shanghai and Beijing, heads the funds and investment management group in China; White focuses on onshore and offshore funds formation for private equity and hedge funds, RMB funds, and offshore investments by Chinese institutions. In Hong Kong, Mark Shipman heads the global fund and investment management group, and Matthias Feldmann leads the global hedge fund sub-sector.

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Greater Bay Area Homeland Development Fund

TR Capital

Chelsfield Asia

Phoenix Property Investors Limited

GE Capital

CPPIB

HOPU Capital

ICBC International

CBRE Global Investors

Neuberger Berman

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 1

One of Clifford Chance LLP's key differentiators is the breadth of its private equity (PE) client base, which includes the firm's international clients, pan-Asian and China based funds, and sovereign wealth funds. The practice covers the full spectrum of PE transactions, including: LBOs; MBOs; public-to-privates; private investments in public equity (PIPEs); pre-IPO and cornerstone investments; venture capital (VC) investments; and senior, mezzanine and high-yield financing. Beijing's Terence Foo, who heads the PE practice in mainland China, has extensive experience in advising clients on investments in China; and Hong Zhang acts for international and Chinese private equity clients and sovereign wealth funds on buyouts, growth capital and pre-IPO investments in China. Neeraj Budhwani and Andrew Whan left to join Milbank.

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CVC Capital Partners

Carlyle

Affinity Equity Partners

Actis

Partners Group

Permira

TPG Capital

PAG

MBK

EQT

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 1

Consistently active in large-scale energy and natural resources transactions, Clifford Chance LLP's group comprises a multi-disciplinary team of highly-experienced lawyers, who are experts in capital markets, corporate law, construction, environmental law and litigation, along with private finance initiatives (PFI), public–private partnerships (PPP), project finance, restructuring, real estate and tax. The practice, which 'tailors solutions to clients' needs and is very professional', was recently particularly active in relation to power, renewable energy, mining and metals, and oil and gas. Based on the mainland, Jiahua Ni specialises in PRC-related cross-border financings; Kelly Gregory's broad practice includes high-profile energy work; and Timothy Democratis is experienced in cross-border financing transactions that involve Europe and Asia. Working across the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, Maggie Lo advises Chinese and international financial institutions and borrowers on cross-border financing; and Vicky Ma is a global energy and infrastructure project finance expert.

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The practice tailors solutions to clients’ needs and is very professional.

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China National Petroleum Corporation

China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.

China Merchants Great-Wall GP Limited

JCHX Mining Management Co., Ltd.

Highsun Holding Group

EDF

Sasol

SABIC

China CITIC Bank

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Kai Tak Sports Park Limited

Dispute resolution: Arbitration: foreign firms Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP has upped its emphasis on China-related international arbitration. Lei Shi was elevated to partner from counsel level and relocated to Shanghai/Beijing from Hong Kong in 2019; he specialises in mainland China disputes and is qualified in the PRC, Hong Kong, and New York. The firm also boosted its native Chinese speaking arbitration team by hiring two new associates in Shanghai and another in Hong Kong. The group has an excellent record in representing Chinese and international financial institutions and investment funds, including in CIETAC and HKIAC arbitrations. Cameron Hassall in Hong Kong provides further senior-level experience and gravitas.

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‘Clifford Chance’s international arbitration team’s comprehensive capabilities are impressive. Global offices can realise resource sharing and cooperation and the ability to serve Chinese customers is remarkable. Its team has obvious advantages in international arbitration, Chinese law, arbitration law and multilingual aspects.’

‘The language and professional advantages of serving Chinese customers are outstanding.’

‘Cameron Hassall is already a leader and he gives clients confidence.’

‘Lei Shi has demonstrated extremely high professional standards, responds quickly to client needs, and has strong communication skills.’

‘Lei Shi is very familiar with the practice of international arbitration and understands the handling of arbitration cases under different arbitration venues, different arbitration institutions, and different laws. He is very familiar with the laws of Mainland China and the substantive and procedural laws of the main arbitration venues in London, Hong Kong and other common law systems.’

Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP operates an integrated litigation practice across its Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices. One client remarks that it has 'a great team, led by a partner with a team of associates that has substantial experience'. The firm has had a presence in Greater China for more than 40 years and has built a strong senior litigation team both in Hong Kong and on the mainland that focuses on complex corporate and financial services litigation, insolvency, tech-related disputes, employment matters and tax litigation. Lei Shi in Shanghai leads the mainland China litigation team and is triple-qualified in the PRC (non-practicing), Hong Kong and New York. He represents Chinese clients in litigation in Hong Kong and international clients in relation to PRC litigation. Ling Ho is head of litigation in Hong Kong and head of the Greater China intellectual property practice. The 'hands-on, user friendly' Donna Wacker is among the other notable practitioners in Hong Kong.

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‘A great team, led by partner with a team of associates with substantial experience.’

‘Consultant William Wong is a seasoned professional with in-depth experience not just in law, but also possesses excellent compliance related skills and techniques to deal with regulators. He is also very competent in civil litigation. He is highly assessible and responsive.’

‘The team has considerable depth of experience in the regulatory and securities sphere. They are practical, well-resourced, and client-facing.’

‘Donna Wacker is a hands-on, user friendly partner with excellent client management skills. She will get the job done. Michael Wang is an excellent senior associate who executes everything flawlessly.’

‘Three keywords to describe the team that was in-charge of our case – professionalism, reliability and patience.’

‘Senior associate Dianna Shao was the main person in-charge and her work was very detailed. Whilst I did not liaise with Ling Ho so often, what I do remember is that she covered up what I missed out by mistake, which could be a crucial mistake in the midst of the proceedings.’

‘A good professional team, experienced in large cases with high value and high stress.’

‘Senior associates Helen Wang and Michael Wang are clever, hardworking and prepared to roll up their sleeves.’

Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2

Drawing on the firm's cross-practice expertise in M&A, financial regulatory, antitrust, capital markets and dispute resolution, Clifford Chance LLP's multi-disciplinary fintech practice advises Chinese and international clients on all aspects of innovative and complex transactions. The practice has longstanding experience in working with financial services businesses on key areas, such as blockchain, smart contracts, digital assets, payments, AI, data, cyber and InsurTech. Clients also benefit from its particularly strong relationships with regulatory bodies. In Shanghai, Kelly Gregory's recent highlights include PE and VC investment transactions in the technology and fintech space in Europe and South East Asia; and Beijing's Hong Zhang advises on cross-border M&A and joint ventures in relation to the TMT, fintech, financial institutions and healthcare sectors. Working across the Beijing and  Shanghai offices, China co-managing partners Terence Foo and Tim Wang are also key contacts, while counsel Kimi Liu is a regulatory expert in Beijing.

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Tencent

EQT

Xiaomi Corporation

Insolvency and restructuring; foreign firms Tier 2

Clifford Chance's two-partner Hong Kong-based team is well-positioned to advise a balanced array of creditors and debtors, including funds, banks, IPs and corporates, across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious mandates, frequently involving a significant China nexus. Scott Bache heads up the firm's overarching Asia Pacific restructuring group and is regularly at the forefront of the firm's most significant discrete China-related distressed mandates, as well as in scenarios requiring a co-ordinated approach among other practitioners spread across key Asian jurisdictions, including Singapore and India. Although the team is sector agnostic, it has been particularly active advising stakeholders in the energy and resources space. Donna Wacker is the principal contact on the contentious insolvency front.

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FTI Consulting

Hyflux Ltd.

Jindal Steel and Power Limited

Real estate and construction: foreign firms Tier 2

Operating as a fully integrated regional real estate, gaming and lodging team, Clifford Chance LLP's Hong Kong-based practice has substantial experience in high-end real estate conveyancing, real estate-related M&A, property finance, capital raising, joint ventures, property-related disputes, fund formation and IPOs. The breadth of the China real estate practice extends from conventional office, residential and industrial to specialised assets such as networks, hub sites, data centres, hospitals, exhibition venues and logistic centres. Working across the firm's Beijing and Shanghai offices, Terence Foo has significant cross-border M&A and PE experience, and his sector experience includes retail; and Tim Wang is an outbound investment and overseas listing expert. Global hedge fund sub-sector head Matthias Feldmann and Dauwood Malik are the key Hong Kong contacts.

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Cainiao Network

Partners Group

Chelsfield Asia

Phoenix Property Investors Limited

Kai Tak Sports Park Limited

Carrefour Nederland B.V.

Actis

HOPU Investments

HSBC

CK Asset Holdings Limited

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP's cross-practice regulatory and compliance team covers a broad range of regulatory areas, such as financial regulatory, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, sanctions, export control, data privacy and cybersecurity. A partner since 2019, Lei Shi, who works across the firm's Shanghai and Beijing offices, is head of the China anti-corruption, sanctions and regulatory investigation team. Shi has worked on some of the most significant China-related investigations, and has particular sector expertise in relation to financial institutions, private equity, TMT, consumer goods and healthcare. Particularly active in his communications with PRC regulators, Beijing counsel Kimi Liu is the firm's PRC regulatory expert, while Terry Yang supervises the PRC regulatory practice from Hong Kong. Yang regularly advises international, Chinese and other regional banks, fund managers and major corporations on the impact of global over-the-counter derivatives reforms and interbank lending rate transition, as well as the fast-developing PRC financial markets.

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Combines expertise in international documentation and transactions with PRC regulatory advice. The team is very responsive and able to work to very tight timelines.

Clifford Chance blends deep commercial understanding together with strong regulatory expertise. The team ensures that the client receives sound and practical advice.

The responsive Clifford Chance team works seamlessly across jurisdictions, from Tokyo and Hong Kong to mainland China. The team delivers outstanding service compared to its peers.

Terry Yang and counsel Kimi Liu are both very responsive, accessible and solutions-oriented – they also provide clear and actionable advice.

Terry Yang and his team have strong commercial sense and deliver quick turnarounds.

Terry Yang is the standout partner for his combination of in-depth knowledge of derivatives and business sense.

Counsel Kimi Liu is knowledgeable about China regulations, and always helpful and responsive.

TMT: foreign firms Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP has attracted an impressive number of Chinese tech-sector clients, notably advising frequently on cross-border acquisitions and investments, along with capital markets fund raisings. Private equity and venture capital investments in the TMT segment is a real forte for the Greater China team, while data privacy and AI regulation is another area of particular expertise. Beijing and Shanghai-based partner Terence Foo  is noted for M&A and private equity transactions in the tech sector. Beijing and Shanghai partner Tim Wang is an experienced figure in capital markets transactions for Chinese TMT issuers, as is Liu Fang in Hong Kong. Shanghai partner Kelly Gregory has a strong record in private equity and venture capital investments in the tech and fintech segments.

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Tencent

Xiaomi Group

Ping An Good Doctor

Maoyan Entertainment

Weimob

XD Network

Ascentage Pharma Group International

Kai Tak Sports Park

Enova Holdings

Vanguard

Intellectual property: foreign firms Tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP acts on the full suite of IP matters, including complex IP aspects of business-critical projects, technology adoption, transactions and disputes, through to advisory and day-to-day support. PRC-related IP specialist Lei Shi has extensive experience in resolving IP-related disputes before the courts. He also acts in initiating and defending administrative investigations into IP-related matters. Counsel-level support is provided by Yi Yang, who advises multinational clients from the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer goods and manufacturing industries. The Asia IP group is led by Ling Ho in Hong Kong, who combines IP technology arbitration and litigation specialisms with extensive expertise in complex transactions.

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The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken: Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh

Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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