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After extensive editorial research, China Business Law Journal has compiled a list of top private practice lawyers for China-related business. Frankie Wang reports

In the face of a constantly shifting commercial and regulatory environment in China, the demand for legal services of many enterprises with commercial activities relating to China are often complex and multi-dimensional. In order to better understand what special qualities make an outstanding commercial lawyer, China Business Law Journal conducted its annual survey and received over 1,000 recommendations from corporate legal counsel, senior officers and legal colleagues, from whom it selected 150 elite lawyers (100 of whom are from Chinese law firms and 50 of whom are from foreign law firms) involved in China business.

From these recommendations it is possible to derive the mien of this group of outstanding Chinese lawyers. They have deep legal knowledge, extensive practical experience, shrewd business thinking, an internationalized vision, effective team co-operation abilities, and, most importantly, a spirit of professional dedication that places their clients first.

We have also noted some foreign lawyers that have been deep-tilling the Chinese market for many years, contributing their strengths to Chinese and foreign enterprises with their professional knowledge and competence.

The practice areas of a significant number of lawyers chosen this year include data protection, blockchain and other such new fields, and many lawyers chosen in past years have also adapted to changes in the international situation by upgrading and expanding their knowledge in industries where they have a hand. Compared to last year, another significant change is the appearance on the list of three lawyers from western China. Located in Chengdu and Chongqing, they highlight the rapid growth of lawyers and law firms in this region.

Many nominators, when recommending the lawyers they respect, recalled numerous details that made them sit up and take note; that separated their choices from the rest. From these, we have selected a few comments in the hope of giving readers a more direct appreciation for the outstanding qualities of these lawyers.

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