In our first edition of WWL: China, we feature more than 120 firms, from full-service outfits to specialised boutiques. Almost a quarter of the total listings come from just four standout firms, which we profile here.
JunHe is a preeminent player in the market with a strong reputation as a top-tier regional firm. The firm achieves an impressive 58 listings across 22 practice areas. With offices across China, and in key financial centres including Hong Kong and New York, the firm is well positioned to advise domestic and international clients across a broad spectrum of issues.
The firm’s stellar M&A practice shines with 11 practitioners listed for their work on high-profile and high-net-worth deals. The team is noted for the depth of its experience advising on a range of matters, including foreign direct investment and M&A transactions at home and abroad. Corporate governance is another area in which the firm excels with eight practitioners recognised in our corresponding chapter. JunHe lawyers possess a wealth of knowledge when it comes to assisting with corporate compliance by undertaking investigations, creating robust anti-bribery and anti-unfair competition policies.
The firm is home to three Global Elite Thought Leaders and an impressive total of nine Thought Leaders across a variety of practice areas, showcasing the firm’s broad expertise. Prominent individuals at the firm include Christine Kang who is distinguished by her first-tier asset recovery practice. David Liu is highlighted for his expertise in finance while Janet Hui is hailed as an authority on competition law. Audrey Chen is also renowned for her superb work advising on complex cartel investigations and leniency applications. Nancy Zhang is also a top-notch practitioner with extensive experience handling challenging M&A transactions and counselling offshore clients with interests in China.
Global powerhouse King & Wood Mallesons excels in our inaugural China guide, with an impressive 39 lawyers across 18 chapters spanning a broad range of practice areas. While possessing a strong regional presence throughout mainland China and Hong Kong, the firm also has multiple overseas offices in the USA, across Europe and in Australia.
Five practitioners earn recognition for their prolific expertise in M&A structuring, negotiation and implementation for clients in the pharmaceuticals, construction projects and manufacturing industries.
The firm also performs well in our restructuring and insolvency, and patents chapters, with four top-tier individuals highlighted in each. Practitioners in the former have developed a penchant for large-scale corporate restructurings along with an impressive roster of clients, while the firm’s patents team demonstrates its strength in contentious and non-contentious IP matters.
Highly sought-after names at the firm include Thought Leader Ariel Ye for her top-tier product liability defence work. Nongfan Zhu achieves notable recognition for his field-leading patent prosecution work. Xu Ping is an authority in the M&A space while Wang Fuxiang excels in restructuring proceedings and disputes. In our trade and customs chapter, Jin Xiao is highlighted for his strong grasp of WTO and international trade issues. Lucy Lu is hailed as a go-to for the full gamut of domestic and cross-border labour law issues.
Zhong Lun holds a leading position in the Chinese market, with footholds in 12 domestic locations and an international presence in Tokyo, London, New York and Los Angeles. The firm’s prominent activities in the legal space are reflected in our China special edition research, which lists 36 Zhong Lun practitioners across 12 practice area chapters.
The firm demonstrates a particularly strong domestic and cross-border M&A practice, with seven lawyers achieving sterling recommendations for their transactional expertise. Likewise, five lawyers a-piece are highlighted for their standout work in competition and construction matters. Competition issues tackled by the firm’s leading members include complex abuse of dominance and anti-monopoly work, while the construction team focuses its advisory and disputes prowess on matters pertaining to large-scale infrastructure projects.
Individuals at the firm are also highlighted for their expertise in restructuring and insolvency, trade and customs, and capital markets, making this rounded full-service offering a go-to for a wide range of corporate and commercial clients.
Leading lights at the firm include Global Elite Thought Leader Lingchen Pu, who is a renowned trade and customs specialist. Xiaojuan (Jane) Fan and Yun Zhou impress with their cross-border transactional expertise spanning the structuring and execution of complex global mergers, while standout practitioner Jihong Wang garners praise thanks to her long-standing experience resolving complex construction issues. Lijun Cao is highlighted for his first-rate dispute resolution services.
Fangda Partners commands a strong position in the Chinese market and is recognised for its leading capabilities across a range of practice areas, from M&A to white-collar-crime. The firm illustrates its first-rate offering with 21 listings in this year’s research across 12 practice area chapters.
The firm’s M&A expertise is highlighted by its three listings in our corresponding chapter. Its top-tier team is well equipped to handle the gamut of transactional matters including joint ventures, M&A transactions and the coordination of corporate strategies. The firm also demonstrates a strong dispute resolution practice with four listings across our arbitration and litigation chapters.
Standout figures at Fangda Partners include Global Elite Thought Leaders Zheng Xie and Michael Han. Xie excels in matters pertaining to pensions and benefits, while Han is distinguished by his market-leading competition practice. Peng Tan draws high praise for his corporate know-how concerning private equity investment and securities offerings and Jeffrey Ding gains recognition for his expertise in arranging financing of complex M&A transactions. Another impressive individual at the firm is Helen Shi who is noted for her strong track record in complex commercial arbitration cases.