China 2019 – GC Powerlist

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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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Bianka Bian

Executive vice president – legal, compliance, joint venture affairs and corporate affairs; general counsel - Greater China Region | Nestlé (China)

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? The divestment of Nestlé’s dairy factory in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia in...

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Bin Sun

Chief legal officer | Xiaomi Corporation

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Bin Zhao

Senior vice president, legal and government affairs | Qualcomm (China) Holdings

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? From 2016-2018, Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP for US$47bn attracted attention from...

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Brent Irvin

Vice president and general counsel | Tencent Holdings

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Brian Chen

Vice president and general counsel, Greater China | KONE Corporation

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? I managed and supported the tendering of over 8,000 real estate...

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Charles Meng

Vice president and general counsel | Lenovo Group

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Cheng Wang

Executive director and head of legal | Morgan Stanley Greater China

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Chenyang Xie

Vice president and chief legal officer | Foxconn Industrial Internet

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? First, the Wisconsin investment and Foxconn Industrial Internet’s (Fii) North American...

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Chloe Xu

General counsel, deputy CEO | Baiyin Nonferrous (Beijing) International Investment Company

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? First, an asset restructuring project: The major asset restructuring project is...

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Chongmiao Xu

Compliance officer, general manager of the legal and compliance department | China Life Insurance Company

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Cuijun Shi

Vice president and general counsel | Total China

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Daniel Liu

Head of legal | Standard Chartered Bank (China)

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? The most important transaction is the completion of Standard Chartered Bank’s...

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David Du

Regional general counsel Asia Pacific | Bosch

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Delin Chen

General legal adviser | Baowu Steel

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Dongning Shang

General counsel | Agile Group Holdings

How do you suggest in-house lawyers build strong relationships with business partners? To establish a good relationship with business partners, in-house lawyers need to do the following three tasks: First...

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Dongxi Liu

Senior vice president, general counsel | Tsinghua Unigroup

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Emily Xu

Legal director | Royal Caribbean Cruises Service (China)

How do you suggest in-house lawyers build strong relationships with business partners? This requires: a positive mind-set that in-house lawyers are partners to the business and will support their business...

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Fang Liu

Vice president, legal general counsel and chief compliance officer, chairman of compliance committee | NIO

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? First, NIO’s successful listing on the NYSE. As the general counsel,...

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Fred Zhang

General counsel | Faurecia Group

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Gangliang Qiao

Vice president and general counsel Asia Pacific | Danaher Corporation

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Gerard Sanders

General counsel | Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

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Ginger (Jingjie) Lu

Senior legal director | Smith & Nephew

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Gordon Chin

Asia Pacific general counsel and regional compliance officer | Aptiv

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Gordon Liu

Vice president and general counsel Greater China | Dell

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Guoping Lv

General counsel | China General Technology (Group) Holdings

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Hongbin Wang

Vice president, Intel legal department, general counsel, Intel China | Intel Corporation

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Hongfei Zhang

General counsel | Chinatex Corporation

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Hua Zhang

General counsel | Air China

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Hui Cao

Head of legal affairs | Silk Road Fund

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Ivy Wu

Lead counsel, Greater China | DXC Technology

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? The first example is related to a significant affirmative recovery on...

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Janet Zhou

Managing director and co-general counsel | CITIC Capital Holdings

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Jennifer Liu

Group vice president and general counsel, Greater China | Signify

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Jessica Yu

Legal director | Johnson Controls

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Jian Liu

Senior legal director | Meituan Dianping

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? I joined Meituan Dianping in February 2018. Since then I have...

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Jianbin Zhang

Deputy general counsel and deputy managing director of the corporate strategy department (legal department) | China Telecom

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Jianxiu Wen

Vice general manager of the department of legal security (in charge of legal affairs) | CITIC Bank

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? The restructuring of the Luoshiwan project of Yunnan Zhonghao Group, which...

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Jim Zeng

Legal director for North Asia | Hearst Corporation

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? The most important commercial transactions in China are the ones related...

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Jinping Wang

Director, head of compliance and legal affairs | SciClone Pharmaceuticals

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Johannes Weilharter

Regional legal counsel Asia | Gensler

How do you suggest in-house lawyers build strong relationships with business partners? In-house lawyers must understand the concerns and needs of internal clients and business people and address them accordingly....

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Julia Liu

Vice president and general counsel | NetEase

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Kah Ho Khoo

Legal director | Xi'an Janssen Pharmaceutical

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Keju Zheng

Vice president and general counsel | McDonald's China

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Lei Ouyang

Chief counsel, China and North East Asia | Refinitiv

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Lemin Yu

General counsel | Sinochem Group

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Len Ding

General counsel, Asia Pacific | Kemira

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? I handled an asset deal as a type of M&A transaction...

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Lequan Li

General counsel | State Grid International Development

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Leslie Weihua Zhang

General counsel and vice president | United Energy Group

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? United Energy Group’s (UEG) US$200m acquisition of OMV Pakistan assets (OMV)...

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Li Cai

Vice president and chief counsel for developed markets and business transactions, Upjohn | Pfizer China

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Limin Xie

General counsel Greater China | Continental

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? In 2018, we successfully completed the legal steps of the carve-out...

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Liping Tong

Chief legal officer | Shanghai Electric Group

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? In the past two years, being in charge of the Group’s...

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Liqiong Feng

Executive vice president, lead counsel | BOE Technology Group

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Naiqun Xing

Deputy general manager and general counsel | China National Chartering Co. (Sinochart)

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Nancy Wei

Associate legal director | Skechers China

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? Frist, a capex investment project in South China to build a...

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Peggy Quan

Legal director and compliance manager, Asia Pacific | Archer Daniels Midland Company

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Per Hoffman

Vice president and head of legal affairs and sourcing, North East Asia | Ericsson (China) Communications

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? Earlier this year Ericsson agreed to acquire the antenna business from...

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Phoebe Tang

General counsel Greater China | Danone

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? We won important lawsuits to protect Danone’s key brands, including Aptamil,...

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Riccardo Ventura

Lead counsel, General Motors China | GM China Investment

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? The restructuring of Opel Group and the sale of Opel to...

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Richard Pu

Deputy general counsel | Tencent Holdings

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? Over the last two years I have overseen around 600 M&A...

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Sergei  Kuznetsov

Director general and legal counsel | New Development Bank (NDB)

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Shawn Zhao

Vice president and general counsel Greater China | Schneider Electric

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Siying Yu

Deputy general counsel | Alibaba Group

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Sunny Chenxu Yi

Vice president, general counsel and compliance officer | adidas Greater China

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? Compliance IDW 980 Certification. This is an adidas global project which...

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Thomas Chabanis

Head of legal and ethics and compliance Asia Pacific | UCB

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Tim Cranton

Chief legal counsel, Greater China | Microsoft

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Tom Chan

Head of legal, Greater China | Takeda (China) Holdings

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Tong Fu

Vice president | JD Digits Group

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Victor Liang

Vice president and general counsel | Baidu

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Victor Shen

Chief legal officer Greater China and Korea | Henkel (China) Investment

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? One high profile and complex acquisition of another chemical conglomerate expanding...

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Weidong Zhang

General counsel, compliance officer and chief risk officer | China Pacific Insurance (Group)

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Weihua Chen

General counsel | China Southern Airlines

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Weiwen Wang

Vice president, business reputation and responsibility, Greater China | InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

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Wendy Wang

Chief legal officer | Mary Kay China

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? First I would mention the implementation of an enterprise-wide compliance programme...

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Xi Zhang

Vice president and general counsel | Bayer China

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Xiaoju Feng

General counsel | Saint-Gobain Asia Pacific

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Xiaonan Wu

General counsel and compliance officer | China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)

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Xiaoxiang Ye

Vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and head of risk management of Eisai China | Eisai China Holdings

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? We witnessed Lenvatinib, one great product, being marketed in China. As...

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Xiaozhou Guo

Assistant president, general manager of legal department | Fosun Group

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Xin Gu

Head of legal | Société Générale (China)

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Xiuming Wang

Chief accountant and general legal counsel | China Railway Construction Corporation

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Yanchen Sun

General counsel and chief compliance officer | Beijing Automotive Group

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? First, I would mention the BAIC BJEV listing project. We assisted...

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Yanhua Yu

General counsel | Opple Lighting

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Yi Jin

Chief compliance officer and general manager of legal and compliance department | Taikang Insurance Group

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? The most important transaction in the past two years is the...

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Ying Lin

General counsel and operation partner | Sinovation Ventures

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Yingchun Shi

Legal president | China Grand Enterprises

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Yiqun Wang

General counsel | Sunshine City Group

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Yu Xiang

Head of legal department | Yokogawa China

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Yuan Li

Legal director | Autohome

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? Autohome invested US$100m in TTP Car, a company operating an online...

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Yuguo Zhao

General counsel | FAW Group

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Yun Zhang

General manager - legal (Mainland) | Hang Lung Properties

How do you suggest in-house lawyers build strong relationships with business partners? An in-house lawyer shall follow the “three S’s principle” in order to build a strong and positive relationship...

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Yunpeng Su

Assistant president and director of legal department | Tsinghua Tongfang

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Yuntao Yang

Deputy director and general counsel | Sinotrans

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Zhen Lin

General counsel | Russia-China Investment Fund

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Zhen Tan

Vice president, legal and general counsel | Sony (China)

What are the most important transactions and litigations that you have been involved in during the last two years? During the past two years, I have been involved in the...

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Zhong Liu

General counsel and assistant president | China Resources Land

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Zhuyong Li

Vice president, compliance officer and chief risk officer | The People's Insurance Company of China Group

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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.

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.

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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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