China 2019 – GC Powerlist

China 2019

Aaron Shao

Head of legal, Greater China | Abbott

In what ways do you see the in-house legal role evolving in your region over the next few years? I personally see the in-house legal as a role that organically...

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Albert Wang

General counsel Asia Pacific | 3M

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Allen Zhou

Global general counsel | Midea Group

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Anna Gu

Legal, compliance and internal audit director | Shanghai Bracco Sine Pharmaceutical

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Ashley Zhu

Legal director, legal and government affairs (Great China scope) | Sephora

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? A wholesale channel integration transaction for two famous internal brands. A...

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Editor Message

Since first being published as The Corporate Counsel 100, The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist series has grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2013. It started by covering four of the world’s most established legal markets, and whilst the core objective of the publication – highlighting the most capable, outstanding and innovative in-house counsel in a jurisdiction – has remained the same, the reach and scope of the GC Powerlist has since become almost unrecognisable. Now present in a vast array of jurisdictions and with a portfolio of 70 unique editions, the GC Powerlist series has gone from strength to strength and has firmly been established as the “go-to” title that assesses and features leading corporate counsel across the globe.

Not content to rest on our laurels, we at The Legal 500 are evolving the GC Powerlist series even further, deepening our commitment to ensuring not only the widest geographical coverage, but to highlight and explore issues and challenges at the forefront of the minds of leading in-house lawyers. Therefore, this and future editions of the GC Powerlist will have a very different look to their predecessors. Instead of profiling individual counsel or in-house legal teams, more incisive insights from in-house thought leaders on the topics of the day will be featured extensively throughout our new look GC Powerlist publications.

This new look entails the publication of Q&A transcripts  regarding legal and business challenges, comment pieces on specific industry or regulatory affairs, more detailed analysis as to where the market is heading and content related to soft-skills, work ethic and business relationships that general counsel utilise. This new format will not only provide more thought leadership and insight, but provide more clarity on what is driving legal business forward in each market that we cover.

This brings me to China. The Legal 500 has covered the Chinese in-house legal market since 2017, which has allowed us to become familiar with the deep pool of in-house legal talent that exists across various industries and levels of seniority within the country. Whether it’s facilitating key company projects, adopting the latest technology to drive efficiencies or adjusting to new laws and regulations, the region is brimming with in-house lawyers and teams who seamlessly adapt with the latest international business developments.

In the GC Powerlist: China 2019, we showcase a broad range of topics and insights, including the ongoing US-China trade tension, China’s economic outlook, the development and influence of legal technology, as well as the impact of various new legislations such as data privacy and cybersecurity law. This edition features talented in-house legal leaders from Fortune Global 500 companies, domestic business titans and organisations at the cutting edge of technology and the future of work, each with their own priorities and challenges.

I would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this publication and congratulate all those featured in this year’s list. Their selection means they have been  identified as in-house counsel who are amongst the standard bearers of the profession, and as specialists who confront and manage commercial and legal challenges in a way that marks them as market leaders. They are not only talented legal practitioners, but instrumental partners to and crucial components of their respective organisations, demonstrably helping them drive success and move business forward.

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Sponsor Message

Dentons Shanghai

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Congratulations to you all for ranking in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: China 2019! Under your leadership, your team has provided strong support for the operations and investments of your company with their expertise in their particular field. Moreover, it is your forwarding and proactive legal risk management that has actively and progressively promoted the healthy growth of the entire legal profession in China and enabled Chinese companies to build an internal protection system that is just as effective as that of leading global companies.

What you do reflects the wisdom of combining your law practice with your company’s business objectives and the value of your dual identity of being both a manager and a lawyer. In serving your company, you need to focus not only on each small piece but also on the whole picture. As a lawyer, we have served as a guardrail in the development of your company and have always been committed to providing more stable and effective support for you. Your professionalism and efficiency continue to urge us to accelerate the improvement of our professional competence and work efficiency. During the process, we have witnessed each other’s growth, which enables us to work more closely than ever before. In the future, we will continue to help you in your endeavor to seek certainty and predictability in an uncertain business world and achieve your management and business goals through our joint efforts.

In recent years, focusing on the building of the “Belt and Road”, we will attach equal importance to inbound and outbound business relationships, forming a pattern of opening to the outside world that is characterised by stronger ties between China and the world and mutually beneficial east-west cooperation, creating a nationwide economic service network and accelerating the cultivation of new strengths in international economic cooperation and competition. Facing the complicated situations at home and abroad, how to help businesses obtain one-stop and high-quality legal protection worldwide is the goal of our efforts. Dentons has grown rapidly over the past few years. Now we have more than 180 offices and more than 10,000 lawyers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Relying on the power of technology and the efforts of our regional management teams, more than 650 elite firms from the world have joined our Nextlaw Referral Network, which offers a strong complement to Dentons Global Legal Service Network and allows our clients to receive professional legal services from Dentons or a trusted local law firm wherever they go.

Dentons Shanghai Office was founded in 2001. After years of efforts, we have grown into an important legal service term in Shanghai. Now we have nearly 500 professional lawyers, 170+ of whom have experience of studying or working abroad. Many of our colleagues have been recommended by major rating agencies, and many of our deals have been rated “outstanding” by these rating agencies. We could not have made these great chievements without the trust and support we have been given inside and outside the industry.

Lastly, as a joint publisher of The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: China 2019, congratulations once again to everyone! We hope you continue pursuing your dreams in the realm of law, realise your ideals and ambitions as a legal practitioner, and play a leading role in promoting the growth of the legal profession.

Blackstone Chambers

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Blackstone Chambers congratulates all of the in-house lawyers recognised in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist China 2019.

Blackstone Chambers is a leading set of barristers based in London. Members of Chambers offer expertise in the international arena across a range of specialist areas, including arbitration, commercial litigation, financial services, public and regulatory law and international law.

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