DLA Piper > Beijing, China > Firm Profile
DLA Piper Offices
20/F, SOUTH TOWER, BEIJING KERRY CENTER
NO 1 GUANGHUA ROAD, CHAOYANG DISTRICT
DLA Piper > The Legal 500 RankingsDLA Piper‘s Greater China IP practice fields four partners, who are supported by a dedicated IP team of 15 fee-earners with Asia-specific expertise. The comprehensive practice covers trade marks, copyright, patents, trade secrets, and IP litigation and administrative actions. Other notable areas include the IP aspects of commercial contracts and technology transactions, cybersecurity, data protection, and licensing and franchising. The Asia IP practice co-heads are Beijing-based Horace Lam, who assists Fortune 500 companies with developing and executing IP strategies; and Hong Kong IP team head Edward Chatterton, who focuses on brand protection and enforcement advice. Shanghai-based William (Skip) Fisher is ‘very dedicated to his clients‘, and the IP practice of counsel Ting Xiao focuses on the life sciences industry. In Beijing, hospitality and leisure sector specialist Reking Chen was made partner in 2020, while Allen Xu and Asher Yan are experienced IP-focused senior consultants.
‘Excellent helicopter view of the Chinese IP landscape.‘
‘William (Skip) Fisher is very dedicated to his clients and goal oriented, but also a very nice person to interact with. He remembers both professional details and private matters, and is good at managing and assessing the performance of domestic litigation counsel.‘
‘DLA Piper is our trusted partner for providing employment legal advice in Beijing. We appreciate its commercial and client-centric approach that we have experienced.‘
‘The consultants from DLA are very professional and have a strong willingness to provide support on employment aspects.‘
‘Great for frequent communication and follow-up activities, which make the co-operation smoother and more fruitful.‘
‘DLA takes a big-picture outlook in relation to our business without compromising the local context expertise.‘
‘Able to present competitive fees based on the complexity of the project.‘
‘Johnny Choi is our partner – we always appreciate his ability to strike the right balance, providing clear and practical advice that is grounded in a deep understanding of us as a client and our culture. This is truly unique and much appreciated.‘
‘Johnny Choi and senior consultant Ying Li are flexible with their availability to jump onto a ZOOM call with our legal and business team at short notice, and talk through matters in both Mandarin and English; and they provide succinct advice and practical solutions for local contexts using their in-depth knowledge of subject matters.‘
‘ Xu Zhou is very dedicated and supportive in relation to employment issues; she has plenty of experience in employment matters, and always has a way forward.‘
‘The meticulous team provides a cost-effective and professional service.’
‘The exceptional Ed Sheremeta is solutions-driven, bright and experienced.’
‘Lillian Duan provides a very rare blend of international standard/commercial clarity together with detailed-bottoms up local practice guidance and advice. This blend allows her and her team to be a very integral and critical part of our acquisition process.’
Ping An Insurance
- Advised Ping An Insurance on the 30% share acquisition from, and joint venture with, Sun Hung Kai Properties in developing the commercial and retail complex at the West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong.
‘The team has deep experience and expertise in matters of insolvency, and can offer creative solutions.‘
‘The team members are very proficient technically, and are approachable when we need to discuss legal solutions.‘
‘They are able to give creative advice, and are also able to access a wide network of people in China to facilitate talks when necessary.‘
‘Global reach and professionalism.‘
‘Technical capability and responsiveness.‘
Wise Road Capital
Air China Limited
General Electric Company
Scientia Technologies Limited
- Advised Ping An Life Insurance on its participation in the RMB50.75bn consolidated restructuring of Peking University Founder Group Company Limited.
- Advised Wise Road Capital as international counsel on its acquisition of Huba Control AG from Siemens.
- advised Air China Limited on its participation in the HK$39bn recapitalization plan for Hong Kong based airline Cathay Pacific Airways Limited.
‘The firm stands out in providing assessment on the degree of legal and commercial risks against certain circumstances in a timely manner and demonstrating sound judgment in planning and managing the dispute resolution matters.’
‘Harris Chan is a pragmatic and seasoned litigator who has vast experience in all kinds of civil litigation. On top of that, he understands the capital market well and is familiar with the industry practice. He is able to grasp the key of the matter quickly and is able to turn around as quickly with a solution.’
‘Satpal Gobindpuri tries to do everything possible to settle and avoid going to court.’
China Huarong International Holdings Limited
Combest Holdings Limited
Dymocks Franchise Systems (China) Limited
Everwill Industrial Limited
Haitong International Assets Management Limited
HK A-Sun Group Co., Ltd
Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited
MHK Restaurants Limited
Power Securities Company
Sand Aire Limited
Sung Chung Kwun
‘We are very satisfied with the overall services of DLA Piper.‘
‘The legal services provided by the team are client oriented and best suit the company’s needs.‘
‘The firm stands out for providing assessments on the degree of legal and commercial risks in a timely manner, and is able to demonstrate sound judgement in planning and managing the dispute resolution matters of the company.‘
‘DLA Piper impressed by giving practical recommendations to solving shipping disputes and formulating strategies during arbitration cases.‘
‘The team demonstrated outstanding professionalism when analysing the merits and demerits of a current arbitration case.‘
‘They realistically anticipated the possible issues and unexpected events- they also responded to our queries and requests in a timely fashion and made helpful recommendations for our consideration, hence expediting the strategy formulating and decision-making process.‘
‘The team has a lot of experience in providing legal services to shipping companies in China, especially in the field of maritime arbitration.’
‘With a huge amount of experience, Kevin Chan is a leading light in this area.‘
China > Tax: foreign firms Tier 2
Showcasing one of the largest tax teams in Greater China, DLA Piper‘s practice covers international and domestic tax issues, from corporate and individual tax planning to dispute resolution; and the China transfer pricing team is part of a global operation that (in addition to lawyers) fields economists, certified accountants and tax advisers, who regularly work alongside the firm’s US and European tax teams on domestic and cross-border transactions. Beijing-based China tax head Windson Li also co-heads the Asia tax group alongside Hong Kong tax leader Anderson Lam. Li is experienced in advising international group companies and HNW clients on cross-border tax matters; and he is particularly focused on M&A, company formation, joint ventures, tax structures, business model transitions and transfer pricing. Providing additional partner support from Hong Kong, Daniel Chan focuses on investment and taxation matters in China, and Doris Ho is an international tax and wealth planning expert.
‘The team is always helpful, even for ad-hoc advice/potential transactions.‘
‘The team is well versed in trade financing transactions and have set up various trade programmes for a number of banks; as such, they would be one of my go-to firms at a structural stage to gauge whether what we are thinking of doing is doable and if there are any red-flags.‘
‘Great at working on cross-border transactions.‘
‘Very experienced and client oriented, and very easy to work with.‘
‘Strong performers and very knowledgeable – very reliable.‘
‘Very good connections with local PRC firms, allowing it to offer a seamless service on PRC law matters.‘
‘Matthias Schumeth is particularly knowledgeable and user friendly on cross-border trade finance matters, and he is able to advise quickly whether a structure has regulatory issues in certain jurisdictions.‘
‘The team is able to draw from a diverse and experienced pool to offer a win-win solution.’
‘Offers industry expertise. Always ready and available. Great team to work with under pressure. Offer a great international vision.’
‘They are accessible, flexible and balanced in their provision of advice.’
China Energy Investment
Arctic Green Energy Corporation
DBS Bank Ltd
TTCL Public Company
Shenhua Guohua Lion Power Indonesia
- Advising the Sponsors in relation to the development, construction and financing of the $3.5bn 2 x 1000MV Jawa 9 & ten ultra-super critical power plant in Banten Province, Indonesia.
- Advising DBS as mandated lead arranger and the syndicate banks on an innovative project financing of a portfolio of up to 25MW rooftopsolar projects in Hong Kong undertaken by NEFIN Solar Asset Limited.
- Advising ICBC Asia as mandated lead arranger and documentationbank and the syndicate banks with respect to the financing of a 2 x350 MW coal fired power plant project in Preah Sihanouk(Sihanoukville) Province, Cambodia.
China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3The scope of DLA Piper‘s Hong Kong-based practice ranges from day-to-day matters to technology procurement, outsourcing, and data protection and cybersecurity, to the adoption of novel, disruptive technologies and digital transformation projects concerning blockchain and digital assets. The team is also sought out for groundbreaking fintech matters. With a notable computer science background, practice head Scott Thiel has over 20 years’ experience in cutting-edge IT and outsourcing projects; and Carolyn Bigg has longstanding experience in advising on data privacy and technology-related matters. Associate Yue Lin Lee acts as the Singapore and South East Asia lead for regional TMT projects.
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Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Frank W. Ryan
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DLA Piper has a leading pro bono practice, providing over 200,000 hours’ worth of legal support annually to charities, NGOs, governments in least developed countries and vulnerable individuals around the world. We are one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services globally. Our thriving practice provides support for aforementioned organisations on a wide range of areas that are critical to their missions. This includes research, legal advice and strategic counsel. The global team works collaboratively to ensure a global impact on our key strategic focus areas including: forcible displacement, statelessness, gender-based violence, climate justice, and good governance.
In the Asia Pacific region, we deliver cutting edge pro bono programs. This includes our Know Your Rights Program, focused on fostering legal empowerment for migrants and refugees, and delivering practical legal skills programs to students in developing Pacific Island Nations. We also advise on gender based violence through our partnership with the RainLily Clinic (Hong Kong) and the Refugee Legal Family Violence Clinic (Australia).
Our Pro Bono program is led by a dedicated team of pro bono lawyers who sit within the international Responsible Business Team. As a team we are committed to looking for opportunities to use our strength as a leading global law firm to make a positive contribution to the world around us. We are focused on being a truly sustainable business, makes a positive social and environmental impact. This commitment exists at every level within the firm and is part of our culture.
Our Responsible Business team works internationally on a vast array of ESG topics, aligning to the firm’s ESG strategic priorities. This includes advising on key environmental and conservation matters, working on projects relating to illegal wildlife trafficking, climate and conservation. We also work to promote and invest in projects that advance sustainable development and the rule of law in developing nations.
DLA Piper’s pro bono work forms part of the firm’s wider Sustainability & ESG Strategy, focused on understanding, measuring and managing the firm’s impact in four key areas – our people, clients and suppliers, environment, and society. These focus areas are identified through a formal materiality assessment. We also report on our progress annually via our Sustainability Report. Our ambitions and actions align with globally accepted standards and frameworks (e.g. the UN Global Compact, Business Ambition for 1.5, Science Based Targets initiative, Mindful Business Charter, and others).
We are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. In 2021, we launched our global diversity and inclusions goals, including ensuring that at least 30% of our partnership is made up of women by 2025 (and 40% by 2030). Our employee networks play a crucial part in helping us learn, reflect and share our experiences in diversity and inclusion.
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