Our practices

Corporate / M&A

We help our clients to build or restructure both their domestic and international presence, advising on all aspects of strategic investment including the execution of complex inbound or outbound M&A transactions, the establishment of greenfield enterprises, and the restructuring of existing investments. We have extensive experience working with both leading multinationals and Chinese companies, with clients naming us as one of their go-to law firms when the terrain is most difficult and complex.

Our team has assisted Chinese state-owned entities, privately-owned Chinese companies, financial institutions and sponsors to navigate legal, cultural and practical challenges. The team also advises international businesses on their significant corporate and M&A deals in China, as well as offering essential guidance for international clients with an interest in China.

Litigation, Arbitration, Investigations

Our litigation, arbitration, investigations team is comprised of lawyers with litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution experience across a range of industry sectors. We have a strong record of success in advising clients on regulatory investigations and business critical disputes in the evolving legal and regulatory framework in China and can also assist with contentious regulatory matters.

Our regulatory practice focuses exclusively on the most complex, high value and/or sensitive issues that threaten the business and reputation of banks, major corporates and global institutions.

When litigation is unavoidable, we factor in the commercial objectives of clients, while assessing legal, commercial and reputational risk, to help secure the most satisfactory outcome.

Financial Regulation

With long-standing experience in financial regulation, our team aims to assist clients navigating China’s complex regulatory environment and ensure compliance. Our close working relationships with key commercial regulators in the PRC, give us unique insight into the development of the PRC regulatory regime.

Our team advises international and domestic corporations and financial institutions on projects, transactions and contentious regulatory issues as well as providing day-to-day operational support. Our team has knowledge of financial regulation in areas such as securities regulation, foreign exchange control, asset management rules, investments and data privacy.

Antitrust & Foreign Investment

Our antitrust & foreign investment team is at the top of its game, advising on some of the most complex matters in China and across Asia, helping clients to navigate antitrust risks in a fast-developing enforcement environment.

We combine a sophisticated international approach with local presence and expertise, to deliver commercial, expert advice to clients on merger control and enforcement in China, and other major enforcement jurisdictions in the region, and globally.

Our team is renowned for excellent client service with expertise in advising on a wide range of competition law compliance matters. We assist clients with the coordination of global merger filings, provide advice on antitrust compliance issues and guide them through cartel and other competition investigations.

Employment & Incentives

Employment law is one of the fastest moving and most challenging areas of law. Our Employment and Incentives team works with our clients to ensure that they are best placed to react and adapt to the changes their business’ face.

We offer a first-class service covering the full range of employment and incentives issues including recruitment, employment related documents, agile working and mobility, remuneration and incentives, employee transfers and redundancy, workplace misconduct and whistle-blowing claims, non-compete and other restrictive covenants, employment-related dispute resolutions, and data privacy. Our comprehensive employment and incentives offerings help our clients’ business to stay at the forefront in this constantly changing field. By choosing to work with us, you are choosing to work with a solution-oriented law firm which has profound experience in well-rounded employment practice including contentious employment matters and transactions.

Capital Markets

With our in-depth insights into sophisticated capital markets and derivative products, we work on some of the most innovative and significant transactions, providing clients full service transactional and regulatory legal advice. We regularly advise international banks, multinational companies as well as Chinese exchanges and clearing houses on access by foreign investors into the burgeoning Chinese stock and bond markets as well as the upcoming futures and commodity markets (including through R/QFII, direct access, connect schemes or through derivatives/participatory notes). 

Our team has advised international banks and other major financial institutions on their complex China related matters, including advising the Shanghai Clearing House and a number of global banks on close out netting of derivatives transactions, enforceability of collateral arrangements and amendments to ISDA, GMRA, NAFMII and other derivatives documentation.