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IHCA 2023 Team Awards

Based on research conducted by China Business Law Journal, the following are the winners and highly commended legal teams of CBLJ In-house Counsel Awards 2023. The awards are split into individual and team awards, and then into practice area and industry categories.

Click here to read the editorial report that accompanies the awards.

Legal team profiles were provided and written by the winning team themselves and have not been independently verified.

WINNER

SINA CORPORATION

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Gu Haiyan
General Manager

SINA CORPORATION

Sina Corporation is a leading online media and entertainment company. Sina legal department has evolved into a team with employees working for the headquarters and our local stations and subsidiaries. At present, subject to the leadership of Gu Haiyan, Sina legal department is capable of rendering all-round legal services such as investment and M&A, dispute resolution, compliance, etc. In the past year, our specialised counsel teams have made some extraordinary achievements. For example, our litigation team has received nearly RMB20 billion thanks to the team’s huge efforts in commencing litigation against infringements. Our internet and e-commerce team has gradually established a complete e-commerce compliance system according to the specific business model of the company. Our media entertainment and sports team has been promoting corporate data governance from scratch, so as to build a personal information impact assessment system process.

WINNER

MENGNIU GROUP

COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Guo Lidong
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Cargill

CHINA ETHICS & COMPLIANCE TEAM

Team Leader: Dellen Dai
Group Ethics & Compliance Director

CRRC ZHUZHOU LOCOMOTIVE

AUDIT & RISK MANAGEMENT & LEGAL AFFAIRS CENTER

Team Leader: Pan Zhuqing
Chief Compliance Officer, General CounselCRRC Team Photo

Pan Zhuqing is the chief compliance officer and general counsel, secretary of the party branch and deputy director of the Audit Risk and Legal Affairs Centre of CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive.

Liu Yiwn is the compliance manager, has built a compliance system and formulated compliance documents such as “Compliance Management Measures” and a “Compliance Manual”. Yuan Danhong is comprehensive legal manager, and has provided legal services for 23 projects such as Shaoxing Metro Line 2 and Changsha Metro Line 6.

Yan Haiyang is international law manager, and has provided full life-cycle legal tracking services for more than 10 markets, and bidded on projects in Mexico, Malaysia and Germany. Lin Zifei has resolved litigation and non-litigation disputes, and handled more than 10 domestic and foreign cases annually by using litigation, arbitration and other means.

Express (Hangzhou) Technology

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Wang Cheng
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Li Ning (China) Sports Goods

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Tong Jia
General Counsel

Lianbio

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE

Team Leader: Chen Ji
Vice President, Legal & Compliance

LUK FOOK HOLDINGS (INTERNATIONAL)

LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Irene Cheung
Senior Legal CounselLUK FOOK HOLDINGS

Luk Fook Group is principally engaged in the sourcing, designing, wholesaling, trademark licensing and retailing of gold and platinum jewellery and gem-set jewellery products. It currently operates around 3,100 jewellery retail stores around the world.

The group’s legal affairs department is composed of legal teams from mainland China (including Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Guangzhou) and Hong Kong, led by senior in-house lawyers with many years of legal and management experience.

The team provides various anti-bribery and anti-corruption services for the group’s comprehensive business around the world.

In response to the needs of the group’s business, the legal teams have set up dedicated task groups of contracts, projects, intellectual property, shops and properties, brand licensees and suppliers, etc., to identify the legal risks regarding anti-bribery and anti-corruption of the group in different countries/regions, so as to deal with and resolve cross-border legal issues accordingly, and to safeguard the development of the group.

WINNER

SHANGHAI PHARMACEUTICALS

SPH LEGAL

Team Leader: Ivon Gan
General Manager of Legal Department

HIGHLY COMMENDED

General Technology Venture Capital

LEGAL AND RISK CONTROL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Bao Jingming
General Manager

Jinmao Capital

RISK & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhang Meng
Risk & Compliance Executive Manager

Lenovo Group

LEGAL CHINA

Team Leader: Gao Huandong
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of Group, General Counsel of China

Sina Corporation

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Gu Haiyan
General Manager

WINNER

FULL TRUCK ALLIANCE

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Shen Kai
Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bilibili

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Nan
General Manager

China International Capital Corporation

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Joe Zhou
Head of Legal and Compliance Department, Compliance Director

CHINA POWER INTERNATIONAL

LEGAL AND RISK DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Huang Huina
General Manager

CHINA POWER INTERNATIONAL

China Power International Holding (CPIH) has been committed to overseas clean energy investment including hydropower, gas, wind, photovoltaic, battery storage, etc.

Consisting of 10 members, the CPIH legal team is deeply involved in the front line of the business of CPIH, providing legal, risk management and compliance support mainly on overseas M&A, cross-border compliance and financing issues.

In 2022, with the support of the legal team, CPIH successfully closed 11 M&A projects on overseas renewable energy business, the transaction value of which exceeded USD2.5 billion. CPIH also successfully issued China’s first green technology innovation panda bond on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Focusing on project development, the team has improved the compliance management system to meet the characteristics of overseas investment.

Adhering to the goal of being professional and specialising both in law and business, the legal team sticks to the bottom line of compliance, and continues to create value for the high-quality development of the CPIH’s overseas investments.

Chindata Group

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Joy Zhang
Group Vice President, Legal & Investment

ICBC International

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Khor Han Wai
General Counsel

Soulgate Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Jing
General Counsel

WINNER

ZHONGJIAN DONGFU INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT

CONTRACT LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Guo Ruiqing
Chief Compliance Officer & General Legal Counsel

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Chenxi Investment

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhao Li
Deputy General Manager of Legal & Compliance Department

China National Oil and Gas Exploration and
Development Company

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhang Yu
Deputy General Manager
and General Counsel

China State Shipbuilding Corporation

LEGAL TEAM OF POLICY RESEARCH AND LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cui Ruijie
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

Financial Street (Beijing)
Real Estate

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICE

Team Leader: Jin Hui
Secretary of Board of Directors

CHINA RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING GROUP

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Sun Jinying
General Manager of Legal Compliance DepartmentCHINA RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING GROUP

The legal & compliance department of CRCEG was founded in 2002, and is a young and dynamic, highly professional and accountable team of 94 employees, including seven staff at the group headquarters. The team functions are mainly concerned with compliance management, legal affairs management, contract management, internal control management and overall risk management.

The team has built a fully functional and well organised compliance management system, expert in integrating legal compliance management, and providing a full range of legal support for enterprise strategic planning, major decisions, project management, economic operation, etc., to achieve the deep integration of compliance services and enterprise operations management, empowering the company’s high-quality and rapid development.

SKF (China)

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Thomas Zhao

SKF Group, a world leader of products and services for reliable rotation. With expertise built on the development, design and manufacturing of bearings, seals and lubrication systems, combined with services within remanufacturing, condition monitoring and maintenance, SKF is enabling a world of reliable rotation.

The SKF China Legal and Compliance Team consists of seven members, taking charge of all legal and compliance affairs in China and Northeast Asia. The team is devoted to a full value chain risk control. Through building strong trust relationships with internal customers, supporting the business and projects from opportunity to launch, and delivering continuous and consistent value to the organisations, the whole team is breaking down the organisational boundaries, demonstrated good ownership and leadership, and obtained internal and external recognition and appreciation.

Soulgate Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Jing
General Counsel

MENGNIU GROUP

COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Guo Lidong
General Counsel and Chief Compliance OfficerMengniu

Mengniu Group is dedicated to providing nutritious, healthy and delicious dairy products for Chinese and global consumers. Our business covers China, Southeast Asia, North America and Europe. Mengniu Group adheres to the core message of “Our integrity and honesty supports our continued success”, and promotes the better development of China’s dairy industry with high-quality products and services.

Mengniu’s compliance management team is a leading compliance management department in Mengniu Group. The team is down-to-earth and innovative, and has rich professional and compliance experience and a high organisational efficiency.

The team sticks to the compliance mission of “Adhering to the base line, promoting business development and building a compliance ecology”. It also focuses on Mengniu’s main compliance scope to carry out the construction of a comprehensive compliance management system and management mechanism. The team strengthens “Compliance for everyone and compliance in everything” with the highest integrity and ethical standards.

WINNER

CHINA NATIONAL OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhang Yu
Deputy General Manager and General Counsel

HIGHLY COMMENDED

China Resources Capital Management

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Feng Lin
General Counsel

Foxconn Industrial Internet

DIVISION OF LEGAL & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Team Leader: Xie Chenyang
General Counsel

CHINA POWER INTERNATIONAL

LEGAL AND RISK DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Huang Huina
General ManagerCHINA POWER INTERNATIONAL

China Power International Holding (CPIH) has been committed to overseas clean energy investment including hydropower, gas, wind, photovoltaic, battery storage, etc.

Consisting of 10 members, the CPIH legal team is deeply involved in the front line of the business of CPIH, providing legal, risk management and compliance support mainly on overseas M&A, cross-border compliance and financing issues.

In 2022, with the support of the legal team, CPIH successfully closed 11 M&A projects on overseas renewable energy business, the transaction value of which exceeded USD2.5 billion. CPIH also successfully issued China’s first green technology innovation panda bond on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Focusing on project development, the team has improved the compliance management system to meet the characteristics of overseas investment.

Adhering to the goal of being professional and specialising both in law and business, the legal team sticks to the bottom line of compliance, and continues to create value for the high-quality development of the CPIH’s overseas investments.

CRRC ZHUZHOU LOCOMOTIVE

AUDIT &RISK MANAGEMENT&LEGAL AFFAIRS CENTER

Team Leader: Pan Zhuqing
Chief Compliance Officer, General CounselCRRC Team Photo

Pan Zhuqing is the chief compliance officer and general counsel, secretary of the party branch and deputy director of the Audit Risk and Legal Affairs Centre of CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive.

Liu Yiwn is the compliance manager, has built a compliance system and formulated compliance documents such as “Compliance Management Measures” and a “Compliance Manual”.

Yuan Danhong is comprehensive legal manager, and has provided legal services for 23 projects such as Shaoxing Metro Line 2 and Changsha Metro Line 6.

Yan Haiyang is international law manager, and has provided full life-cycle legal tracking services for more than 10 markets, and bidded on projects in Mexico, Malaysia and Germany.

Lin Zifei has resolved litigation and non-litigation disputes, and handled more than 10 domestic and foreign cases annually by using litigation, arbitration and other means.

J&T Express

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: William Kong
General Counsel

Mengniu Group

COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Guo Lidong
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Shanghai Electric Power

LEGAL AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DEPARTMENT (LEGAL SERVICE SHARING CENTRE)

Team Leader: Xu Qiqi
Director

Thunder Software Technology

LEGAL, COMPLIANCE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Li
Director

WINNER

SOULGATE TECHNOLOGY

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Jing
General Counsel

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Accenture (China)

GREATER CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Allen Gao
Managing Director – Legal & Government Relations Lead, Accenture Greater China

Boehringer Ingelheim (China) Investment

CHINESE MARKET LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Sandy Yao
Vice President, Legal & Compliance

CARL ZEISS (SHANGHAI)

DATA PROTECTION TEAM

Team Leader: Wang Yaoting
Data Protection Officer

Wang Yaoting

The Legal and Compliance Department of ZEISS Greater China is a professional team with comprehensive roles covering legal, compliance, export control, data protection, intellectual property and corporate governance for ZEISS Greater China.

To ensure consistent adherence to highest data compliance standards, we have established a series of key policies and processes, including personal information protection policies, data protection impact assessment processes, trade secret protection management framework, data transfer and cross-border standard operating procedures, network and data event response plans, etc. Employees’ awareness of data protection and information security was further enhanced through training tailored for business models. We also analysed company’s data risks and developed a set of legal document templates for data security and personal information protection through interviews, research and analysis of various scenarios. In addition, we are committed to utilising intelligent grading and evaluation tools for programmatic management, reducinXiaomi Group g dependence on expert manpower and providing high-level data protection and information security.

HUISUANZHANG

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Luo Yuan
General Counsel

HUISUANZHANG

HSZ Legal Department was founded in 2021. During the past two years, the legal department has grown to be an efficient and effective legal team to provide one-shop legal support for all of HSZ’s services stationed across China, covering M&A, BP support, privacy & cybersecurity, IP, dispute resolution and compliance functions. HSZ Legal has been proactively improving HSZ group’s privacy and cybersecurity governance standards, providing a full cycle of data protection for HSZ group’s numerous online products.

HSZ Legal Team continues to delve into legal areas with high industry professional attributes such as internet finance and taxation, cloud technology services, and corporate services, striving to become one of the best legal teams in the field of 2B corporate services in China.

Mengniu Group

COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Guo Lidong
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Sephora China

LEGAL AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Ashley Zhu
General Counsel, China; Ethics & Compliance Correspondent, Greater China

TalkingData

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Ge Mengying
General Counsel & Data Compliance Officer

XIAOMI GROUP

DATA PROTECTION AND PRIVACY TEAM

Team Leader: Chen Yifu
Senior Legal Director

Xiaomi

Xiaomi’s Privacy Compliance Team within the Legal Department provides a full spectrum of privacy compliance progress spanning all of Xiaomi’s products and services including mobile phones, the MIUI system, IoT devices, apps, etc.

“Respecting your privacy” has always been among Xiaomi’s core values. The team are devoted to establishing a standardised and progressive privacy impact assessment procedure, conducting the concept of privacy by design in the product development process to keep user data safe.

The team pays close attention to updates of global privacy regulations, converting them into practical guidelines to ensure that Xiaomi’s business practice always complies with local privacy laws globally.

The team keeps good communication with authorities, academic institutions, third-party agencies and industry leaders in the fields of privacy for Xiaomi’s data protection practice, conforming to top standards around the world.

WINNER

CHINA STATE SHIPBUILDING CORPORATION

LEGAL TEAM OF POLICY RESEARCH AND LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cui Ruijie
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

HIGHLY COMMENDED

China Railway Construction Engineering Group

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Sun Jinying
General Manager of Legal Compliance Department

Cifi Business Management

NORTH WEST LEGAL RISK CONTROL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Lyu Feng
Director of Legal Risk Control

SEMBCORP (CHINA)

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Allen Liang
General Counsel

SEMBCORP (CHINA)

Sembcorp China’s legal & compliance team provides professional legal & compliance services, which covers M&A, dispute settlement, administrative sanctions, compliance management, contract management and so on to the Chinese environment and energy business (including two foreign investment companies and dozens of affiliates) of Sembcorp Industries, owned by Singapore Temasek.

During the past years, the team has kept improving its professional capabilities in practice, and established and improved the legal risk control and managment system of Sembcorp China Market, has successfully handled many complicated disputes and administrative penalty cases, and has reduced the legal risks of the environment and energy business of Sembcorp China.

As of 2022, together with the joint efforts of other functions, the team had secured several rounds of M&A.

Midea Real Estate Group

MIDEA REAL ESTATE LEGAL PLATFORM

Team Leader: Shang Dongning
Director of Legal Management

Sohu Group

LEGAL AFFAIR CENTRE

Team Leader: Pang Xiaomei
General Counsel

Zhenro Group

NORTHERN SECTION LAW DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Li Jianhua
Legal Director

Zhongjian Dongfu Investment Development

Contract Legal Department

Team Leader: Guo Ruiqing
Chief Compliance Officer & General Legal Counsel

SINOHYDRO ENGINEERING BUREAU 8

LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Benqiang
General Counsel, Chief Compliance OfficerSINOHYDRO ENGINEERING BUREAU 8

The Legal Affairs Department of Sinohydro Engineering Bureau 8 has rich practical experience and a high level of professionalism, as well as being young and well qualified. The Legal Affairs Department focuses on the company’s main business, relying on a legal business integration system, adhering to the principles of prevention, in-process control and remedy, as well as to the bottom line of legal compliance, strict legal review, providing “nanny-style” legal services for production and operation, and building a strong firewall against legal risks. The department has saved hundreds of millions of renminbi for the company every year thanks to its support and value creation, and makes positive contributions to the high-quality development of the company.

With the joint efforts of all members of the department, Sinohydro Engineering Bureau 8 has continually improved its level of governance by law. The company has been rated as a 13th Five Year Plan exemplary organisation for law popularisation and publicity by the Organisation Department of the CPC Central Committee, the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, and the Ministry of Justice. Its legal and business integration model has been selected as a typical case of state-owned enterprise construction under the law by the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, and a typical case of innovation in the legal construction of Chinese enterprises.

WINNER

SINA CORPORATION

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Gu Haiyan
General Manager

SINA CORPORATION dispute resolution

The dispute resolution team of Sina legal department, under the guidance of Gu Haiyan, is responsible for handling and guiding all dispute resolution work for Sina Corporation, Weibo Corporation and their subsidiaries and investment companies, including domestic and overseas legal disputes and litigation.

As for overseas legal disputes, the team has been proactively safeguarding the companies’ rights and interests abroad, achieving significant breakthroughs. In a complex cross-border dispute, where the success rate is typically less than 5%, thanks to the team’s close co-operation with our overseas attorneys and unwavering implementation of high-level strategies set by the company, it has helped our company secure victories in overseas setting-aside proceedings, concerning hundreds of millions of US dollars.

Some of those cases have even won first prize in the 2022 Judicial Case Selection by the Chinese Supreme Court.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

BCEG International

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Huang Xianjing
Legal Director

China Gezhouba Group
Overseas Investment

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Steven Cao
Former General Counsel

China Huarong International

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Anny Zheng
General Counsel

CRRC ZHUZHOU LOCOMOTIVE

AUDIT & RISK MANAGEMENT & LEGAL AFFAIRS CENTER

Team Leader: Pan Zhuqing
Chief Compliance Officer, General CounselCRRC Team Photo

Pan Zhuqing is the chief compliance officer and general counsel, secretary of the party branch and deputy director of the Audit Risk and Legal Affairs Centre of CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive.

Liu Yiwn is the compliance manager, has built a compliance system and formulated compliance documents such as “Compliance Management Measures” and a “Compliance Manual”.

Yuan Danhong is comprehensive legal manager, and has provided legal services for 23 projects such as Shaoxing Metro Line 2 and Changsha Metro Line 6.

Yan Haiyang is international law manager, and has provided full life-cycle legal tracking services for more than 10 markets, and bidded on projects in Mexico, Malaysia and Germany.

Lin Zifei has resolved litigation and non-litigation disputes, and handled more than 10 domestic and foreign cases annually by using litigation, arbitration and other means.

China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhang Yu
Deputy General Manager and General Counsel

China State Shipbuilding Corporation

LEGAL TEAM OF POLICY RESEARCH AND LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cui Ruijie
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

ICBC International

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Khor Han Wai
General Counsel

WEIBO CORPORATION

DISPUTE RESOLUTION TEAM

Team Leader: Zhang Zhe
Legal Manager of the Dispute Resolution TeamWEIBO CORPORATION

The Litigation Team of Sina Corporation’s Legal Department has been upholding the interests of the company with diligence and professionalism in the course of Sina Group’s business development. The team is responsible for handling and guiding all dispute resolution work for Sina, Weibo and their subsidiaries and investment companies, including domestic and overseas legal disputes and litigations. In terms of overseas legal disputes, the team actively protects Sina Group’s rights and interests abroad, achieving significant breakthroughs.

The team has closely co-operated with multi-jurisdictional counsel teams and secured great victories in overseas setting-aside proceedings. At the same time, the team has safeguarded Sina Group’s business strategies and competitive advantage through domestic litigation, obtaining a large amount of compensation. The total proceeds from the defence of rights litigations have amounted to nearly RMB200 million, and the team has achieved the first breakthrough in a number of difficult and complex cases, some of which have been selected for Judicial Case Awards and Typical Precedents by courts and professional authorities at all levels nationwide.

WINNER

KANYUN HOLDING

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Jia Zheng
Legal Director

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Li Ning (China) Sports Goods

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Tong Jia
General Counsel

Logan Group

RISK CONTROL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Lisa Yang
General Manager

Schaeffler

LEGAL DEPARTMENT,
GREATER CHINA

Team Leader: Nie Xin
General Counsel, Greater China

Sohu Group

LEGAL AFFAIR CENTRE

Team Leader: Pang Xiaomei
General Counsel

YH Global Supply Chain

COMPLIANCE & LEGAL CENTRE

Team Leader: Wang Kai
Legal Director

TUPPERWARE CHINA

CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Nancy Wei
Legal Director

The Intellectual Property and Legal Team is mainly responsible for the systematic construction of the company’s intellectual property management system, effective management and protection of the company’s trademark, patent, copyright and other intellectual property assets, integration with the company’s business ecology, and especially the company’s copyright protection.

This professional, efficient and passionate team has a longstanding commitment to innovation on working concepts and working methods, fully supports the company’s strategic planning and business development, and is committed to fully empower the company to achieve strategic goals, with outstanding performance in the field of copyright protection.

The team consists of 12 people with a preference for flat management to enhance execution and efficiency, in view of the team’s size. It comprehensively supports domestic and international business operations in the dimension of intellectual property and law.

WINNER

BAIDU

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cui Lingling
General Manager of Patent DepartmentBaidu IP team

The patent team of Baidu is composed of a group of professionals with excellent skills and comprehensive capabilities. The team has established a comprehensive intellectual property management system that covers the entire life cycle of IP including creation, maintenance, protection and utilisation.

The patent team attaches great importance to the layout of high-value AI patents. The patent applications filed by Baidu in the field of AI have ranked the first in China for five consecutive years. And the team’s number of patent applications of deep learning and autonomous driving is leading the world. The patent team has received the highest number of high-level Chinese patent awards in the AI field.

The patent team actively promotes the use of patents by completing a series of patent-priced equity investments and patent licensing projects, and has established an industry intellectual property operation ecosystem.

The team has published the Baidu Artificial Intelligence Patent White Paper for three consecutive years, advocating for co-operation, utilisation and common progress, and has released Baidu’s top 10 technological cutting-edge inventions, promoting the development of industrial intelligence.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

BGI GENOMICS

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Xu Qian
Deputy General Manager, General Counsel, Secretary of the BoardBGI GENOMICS

BGI Genomics is a leading Chinese enterprise in the field of genomics, as well as one of the world’s leading technology service providers and precision medicine service operators, with business covering more than 100 countries and regions around the world. BGI is committed to reducing birth defects, strengthening cancer prevention and control, achieving precise cures of infections, comprehensively assisting precision medicine, and curbing the harm of major diseases to mankind through genetic technology.

The Legal Department of BGI Genomics provides efficient support for the company’s strategic decision-making and global business compliance. The team members graduated from well-known domestic and overseas law schools, and have extensive experience in medical and life sciences fields.

Bilibili

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Nan
General Manager

Boehringer Ingelheim
(China) Investment

CHINESE MARKET LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Sandy Yao
Vice President, Legal & Compliance

Foxconn Industrial Internet

DIVISION OF LEGAL &
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Team Leader: Xie Chenyang
General Counsel

Genius Technology

LEGAL AFFAIRS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Team Leader: Chen Tianwei
Chief Legal Officer

Huitian Aerospace Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Stuart Lin
Operation General Manager & General Counsel

TalkingData

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Ge Mengying
General Counsel & Data Compliance Officer

LUK FOOK HOLDINGS (INTERNATIONAL)

LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Irene Cheung
Senior Legal CounselLUK FOOK HOLDINGS (INTERNATIONAL)

Luk Fook Group has always been actively researching and developing various jewellery product designs and craft technologies, and places great importance on related patent protection work.

In recent years, the group has independently developed a physical gold ornament and innovative electroforming technology that has successfully obtained an invention patent in mainland China through close co-operation between the legal team and the research and development department. The group has used this innovative patented technology to create physical gold ornaments with significant market advantages, which have been well received in the industry.

To date, the team has processed and maintained over 400 patents in mainland China (including design patents, utility model patents and invention patents) and over 500 patents in other regions, effectively protecting the important rights and interests of the group’s intellectual property.

In the 2023 In-House Counsel Awards from China Business Law Journal, the team not only took the “Winner of the Year – Intellectual Property (Trademark)” award, but also received “Highly commended – Intellectual Property (Copyright)”; “Highly commended – Intellectual Property (Patent)”; and “Highly commended – Intellectual Property (Litigation & Enforcement)” awards. These awards recognise the team’s achievements in various fields of intellectual property.

WINNER

LUK FOOK HOLDINGS (INTERNATIONAL)

LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Irene Cheung
Senior Legal CounselLUK FOOK HOLDINGS (INTERNATIONAL) IP

Luk Fook Group is principally engaged in the sourcing, designing, wholesaling, trademark licensing and retailing of gold and platinum jewellery and gem-set jewellery products. It currently operates around 3,100 jewellery retail stores around the world.

The group’s legal affairs department has been involved in many different legal tasks including intellectual property matters, addressed through its dedicated IP task group, which has strict processing procedures from the acquisition of IP rights (including trademarks, copyrights and patents) to the subsequent maintenance and legal rights protection for the purposes of managing the group’s global IP matters, combating infringements etc., and effectively safeguarding the group’s brand value.

The team was awarded “Winner of the Year – Intellectual Property (Trademark & Copyright)” at the 2021-22 In-House Counsel Awards by China Business Law Journal. This is the second consecutive year that the team has received this award in this field. In addition, the team also received: “Highly commended – Intellectual Property (Copyright)”; “Highly commended – Intellectual Property (Patent)”; and “Highly commended – Intellectual Property (Litigation & Enforcement)” awards this year. These awards acknowledge the team’s high level of legal knowledge and professionalism in various fields of intellectual property.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bilibili

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Nan
General Manager

China State Shipbuilding Corporation

LEGAL TEAM OF POLICY RESEARCH AND LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cui Ruijie
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

Lianbio

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE

Team Leader: Chen Ji
Vice President, Legal & Compliance

Soulgate Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Jing
General Counsel

Taikang Asset Management

LEGAL TEAM OF COMPLIANCE
& LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Feng
Chief Compliance Officer

Xiamen Airlines

LEGAL CENTRE

Team Leader: Liu Jie
Deputy General Manager, Planning and Finance

Zhongjian Dongfu Investment Development

CONTRACT LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Guo Ruiqing
Chief Compliance Officer & General Legal Counsel

WEIBO CORPORATION

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Fan Ye
Legal DirectorWEIBO CORPORATION

Founded in 2009, Weibo is the leading social media platform in China. Weibo’s legal team provides a full range of legal services in such areas as product risk control, data security, personal information protection, contract review & management, and policy research. The team also takes responsibility for the overall intellectual property protection of the group and has established a multi-layered IP management system for patents, trademarks, copyrights and domain names.

Over the years, the team has steadily improved its professional quality and cross-departmental co-operation, and has continually broadened its range of legal services. Meanwhile, the legal team has also firmly grasped the balance between commercial demands and legal risks to support the company’s innovative business model and the development of its operational ecology.

WINNER

TOTO

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Lu Yuping
Former Legal Director

HIGHLY COMMENDED

DANIEL WELLINGTON

CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Leona Xie
Head of Legal and Brand Protection (China)

EMERSON ELECTRIC

IP DEPARTMENT OF CHINA

Team Leader: Frank Liu
Intellectual Property Director

AUTOLIV

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Huang Yiyun
General Manager

AUTOLIV

Autoliv is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, developing and manufacturing airbags, seat belts and steering wheels for major automotive manufacturers, and providing mobility safety solutions.

As an important functional department within the company, the legal team has a clear understanding of Autoliv’s long-term strategy, objectives and overall business operations; possesses a strong ability to identify risks and solve problems; and is good at cross-functional communication and collaboration.

Last year, the team provided professional and effective legal support for Autoliv China. In addition to handling the company’s daily legal affairs, it resolved several major IP and other civil and commercial disputes, and improved cyber and data security compliance, as well as the design and documentation of corporate governance. This was recognised by Autoliv’s management and business units as making it an indispensable business partner during the ongoing development of the company.

LUK FOOK HOLDINGS (INTERNATIONAL)

LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Irene Cheung
Senior Legal CounselLUK FOOK HOLDINGS IP litigation

Luk Fook Group owns a series of well-known jewellery brands such as Lukfook Jewellery. With the increasing popularity of these brands, various types of counterfeiting and trademark infringement have emerged in the market. In order to effectively combat such external infringement, the group’s legal affairs department has established a specialised working group to fight against infringements. The team has been monitoring physical markets, the internet and new media for infringement activities, and immediately takes action when such activities are discovered. In the past year, the team has handed more than 100 complaints against infringing stores to the market supervision administration, cracked down on over 12,000 links related to infringement on online platforms and filed eight civil lawsuits. These efforts have effectively prevented the proliferation of counterfeit products and protected the group’s legitimate IP rights by eliminating counterfeit brands in the market.

In the 2023 In-House Counsel Awards by China Business Law Journal, the team not only won the “Winner of the Year – Intellectual Property (Trademark)” award, but also received “Highly commended – Intellectual Property (Copyright)”; “Highly commended – Intellectual Property (Patent)”; and “Highly commended – Intellectual Property (Litigation & Enforcement)” awards. These awards recognise the team’s achievements in various fields of intellectual property.

Genius Technology

LEGAL AFFAIRS AND
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Team Leader: Chen Tianwei
Chief Legal Officer

Sina Corporation

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Gu Haiyan
General Manager

TAPESTRY GREATER CHINA

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Lillian Lu
Vice President, Associate General Counsel
IP Litigation TAPESTRY GREATER CHINA

Tapestry Greater China Legal Department started in 2009, and over the years it has established a full-scope ecosystem of holistic legal, compliance, data privacy, governance and risk management services to support the company’s rapid business growth in the region. Led by Lillian Lu, the associate general counsel, Tapestry Greater China Legal Department has played an instrumental role in completing a number of strategic transactions as well as an internal corporate transformation. Its coverage includes the Greater China head office and subsidiaries, supply chain companies, the Asia Share Service Centre, multi-brand divisions and other ventures. The Legal Department further established the Tapestry Greater China Privacy Office in 2021, and built up an in-region-driven IPR Protection Centre of Excellence, witnessing the business iterating into a multi-brand expressive luxury powerhouse.

UNILEVER

BRAND PROTECTION TEAM OF NORTH ASIA LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Michael Yu
North Asia Brand Protection HeadUNILEVER IP dispute

Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies. Unilever’s North Asia brand protection team is responsible for all brand protection-related work in the region, such as criminal and administrative enforcement cases and civil litigations.

The team develops and executes a comprehensive brand protection strategy to effectively safeguard the company’s business operations.

In the past five years, Unilever handled more than 10 cases that won the annual Top 10 Cases Award of the Quality Brand Protection Committee of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment, and some of the cases have had far-reaching impacts in the industry.

The team members have also actively participated in the work of industry associations and contributed to the advancement of China’s IP legislation, judiciary system and enforcement.

WINNER

CHINA GEZHOUBA GROUP
OVERSEAS INVESTMENT

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Steven Cao
Former General Counsel

HIGHLY COMMENDED

CAINIAO NETWORK

GLOBAL EXPRESS LEGAL & COMPLIANCE TEAM

Team Leader: Mah Soon Sin
Legal Director of Global Express

CARL ZEISS (SHANGHAI)

COMPLIANCE AND EXPORT CONTROL TEAM

Team Leader: Cheng Jin
Head of Legal and Compliance

CARL ZEISS (SHANGHAI)

The Legal and Compliance Department of ZEISS Greater China is a professional team with comprehensive roles covering legal, compliance, export control, data protection, intellectual property and corporate governance for the company.

In compliance and export control, we launched compliance awareness campaigns in a comprehensive way, covering regulation trends, compliance case analysis, laws and regulation updates through the internal social platform, a speak-up line established in the WeChat official account and WeCom, to enhance employees’ compliance mindset and expand communication channels.

We also focus on third-party partner management by standardising due diligence methodology and initiating the development of a third-party risk tool. The standardised export control management has been further streamlined by establishing an export control standard operation process and application templates, making the whole application process more comprehensive, visible and efficient. Digitalisation is another tool we use to serve daily management and monitor the online tracking platform for export control under development.

China Iron & Steel Research Institute Group

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Tang Jianxin
General Counsel

OFILM Group

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENTS

Team Leader: Robert Lin
Chief Compliance Officer

JUNZHENG LOGISTICS

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Xu Jie
Chief Compliance Officer & Legal DirectorJUNZHENG LOGISTICS

The Legal Department of Shanghai Gentco Logistics focuses on business legal services, insurance claims arrangement, investment, M&A and financing projects, corporate governance compliance and other functions to ensure the realisation of the company’s business objectives and the implementation of strategic decisions. The members of the team share the concept of “pushing at boundaries, pursuing the goal, enjoying the process”. Constantly expanding the potential of individuals and the team, it not only extends the scope of abilities, but also pursues a depth of professionalism, and explores the standardised and systematic construction of legal affairs management.

From 2020 to 2022, the team combined a deep exploration of business requirements with the strengthening of professional modules. Through the establishment of an international business compliance system, formulation and implementation of special business compliance guidance, construction of contract approval management guidance, overseas corporate governance practices and other major projects, the team is gradually perfecting the enterprise risk control management system, which mainly includes compliance management, business risk control management and corporate governance, to upgrade the overall company’s global operations.

LENOVO GROUP

LEGAL CHINA

Team Leader: Gao Huandong
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of Group, General Counsel of ChinaLENOVO GROUP

The Legal and Compliance Department of Lenovo China supports all of Lenovo Group’s business in China including Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group, intelligent IoT, Global Supply Chain, Lenovo Research, and Real Estate, as well as its traditional businesses such as PCs, mobile phones, tablets and server businesses. The Legal and Compliance Department of Lenovo China currently has more than 40 full-time legal counsel, providing professional support for the above-mentioned businesses in contracts, project negotiations, investments, M&A, dispute resolution, and other legal matters. The team is also responsible for various compliance work for Lenovo Group in China, including international trade compliance, anti-monopoly law compliance, FCPA, data security and privacy compliance, ESG compliance, etc.

Legal counsel actively interact with various business departments, respond to their needs in a timely manner and handle various issues, thereby protecting Lenovo Group’s business operations and development on the basis of risk prevention. The team has done significant and effective work in formulating policies and systems for international trade compliance, providing relevant compliance training for internal business and related functional departments, conducting compliance investigations, and embedding compliance risk control mechanisms into business processes to ensure the implementation of compliance systems.

WINNER

QINGDAO HAIFA STATE-OWNED CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND OPERATION GROUP

RISK MANAGEMENT AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Xue Li
Legal DirectorQINGDAO HAIFA STATE-OWNED CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND OPERATION GROUP

Qingdao Haifa State-owned Capital Investment and Operation Group Co, Ltd is a large state-owned enterprise directly under the city of Qingdao, with ten first-class subsidiaries and six holding or participating listed companies, which is rated a AAA enterprise and ranked among “China’s Top 500 Enterprises”. The risk control and compliance department of Haifa Group has more than ten employees with rich experience in law, risk control and auditing. The team aims to strengthen the internal control system within the company, preventing risks, promoting compliance and keeping the bottom line risk-free. It also makes great effort with professional services in capital operation, equity investment and major litigation etc., effectively safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of the group.

The department has led or participated in more than ten major investment projects, such as the acquisition of a college and the acquisition of shares in Huada Smart and Beijing Culture. The department has created and published The Risk Control Brief of Haifa Group and issued The Risk Management Guideline for Equity Investment to promote the deep integration of legal risk control and business operation. The team carried out internal control diagnosis and promoted the internalisation of external regulations, which effectively improved the level of risk control compliance of the Group. The related work also won recognition from the industry and was awarded the 2022 Caijing Magazine Evergreen Award – the Sustainable Development Internal Control Award.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Chenxi Investment

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhao Li
Deputy General Manager of Legal & Compliance Department

China Resources Gas Investment (China)

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhao Xiaoyong
Deputy General Manager of the Department

Jinmao Capital

RISK & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhang Meng
Risk & Compliance Executive Manager

Lanhu Capital

LEGAL COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cui Zirao
Partner

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals

SPH LEGAL

Team Leader: Ivon Gan
General Manager of Legal Department

TOWNGAS ENERGY INVESTMENT

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Li Yanhong
Legal DirectorTOWNGAS ENERGY INVESTMENT

The Towngas Energy Legal Team is responsible for all the legal affairs of the investment, and construction and operation, of integrated smart energy projects such as photovoltaic power stations, energy storage, charging piles, low-carbon plants, energy carbon management, and energy carbon digitisation. The team also provides comprehensive solutions for all legal matters from the company’s management and development.

Geographically, the team is divided into North Group, East Group and South Group. Focusing on economically developed areas, namely the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Yangtze River Delta, and Greater Bay Area, it provides all-round legal support for the legal due diligence, investment evaluation, business negotiation, M&A and dispute resolution in the smart energy business market. Professionally, it is divided into investment due diligence, acquisitions, training, case studies and litigation groups, pooling the professional strengths of talent and ensuring the company’s legal compliance, efficient operation, and steady development from multiple dimensions.

WINNER

CHINA GEZHOUBA GROUP OVERSEAS INVESTMENT

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Steven Cao
Former General Counsel

HIGHLY COMMENDED

China International Capital Corporation

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Joe Zhou
Head of Legal and Compliance Department, Compliance Director

China Resources Capital Management

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Feng Lin
General Counsel

CHINA POWER INTERNATIONAL

LEGAL AND RISK DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Huang Huina
General ManagerCHINA POWER INTERNATIONAL

China Power International Holding (CPIH) has been committed to overseas clean energy investment including hydropower, gas, wind, photovoltaic, battery storage, etc.

Consisting of 10 members, the CPIH legal team is deeply involved in the front line of the business of CPIH, providing legal, risk management and compliance support mainly on overseas M&A, cross-border compliance and financing issues.

In 2022, with the support of the legal team, CPIH successfully closed 11 M&A projects on overseas renewable energy business, the transaction value of which exceeded USD2.5 billion. CPIH also successfully issued China’s first green technology innovation panda bond on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Focusing on project development, the team has improved the compliance management system to meet the characteristics of overseas investment.

Adhering to the goal of being professional and specialising both in law and business, the legal team sticks to the bottom line of compliance, and continues to create value for the high-quality development of the CPIH’s overseas investments.

CHINA SOUTHERN POWER
GRID INTERNATIONAL

LEGAL, COMPLIANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Wu Xiaohui
General Counsel, Chief Compliance OfficerCHINA SOUTHERN POWER GRID INTERNATIONAL

With the involvement of general counsel, CSGI has established a versatile legal team of good communicators with a business mindset and professional expertise through legal training, tutoring and internship. The legal team provide supportive legal services and effective risk management schemes through the whole life cycle of power projects across M&A, green-land investments and EPC contractors, and standardise all legal outputs including legal environment analysis, due diligence reports, legal opinions and risk assessments; and do research and write analysis reports on legal environments of M&A in preferred countries by keeping alert to all-levels of risk within a controllable scope. With the legal team’s assistance, the Chile KILO HVDC transmission project was elected as a finalist in the Energy & Resources Deal of the Year by SSQ ALB China Law Awards 2022 and the legal team won Compliance and Risk Management In-House Team of the Year at the 2022 ALB China Regional Law Awards.

J&T Express

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: William Kong
General Counsel

Sembcorp (China)

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Allen Liang
General Counsel

Shanghai Electric Power

LEGAL AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DEPARTMENT
(LEGAL SERVICE SHARING CENTRE)

Team Leader: Xu Qiqi
Director

Veolia (China)
Environment Services

CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Carine Nguyen
General Counsel – Asia & China

WINNER

XIAMEN C&D

DEPARTMENT OF LEGAL AFFAIR

Team Leader: Li Yupeng
General Manager

HIGHLY COMMENDED

China Huarong International

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Anny Zheng
General Counsel

China Resources Capital Management

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Feng Lin
General Counsel

HUISUANZHANG

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Luo Yuan
General CounselHUISUANZHANG

HSZ Legal Department was founded in 2021. During the past two years, HSZ legal department has grown to be an efficient and effective legal team to provide one-stop-shop legal support for all of HSZ’s services stations across China, covering M&A, BP support, privacy & cybersecurity, IP, dispute resolutions and compliance functions. HSZ Legal has been proactively improving HSZ group’s privacy and cybersecurity governance standards, providing full-cycle data protection for HSZ group’s numerous online products.

The HSZ legal team continues to delve into legal areas with high industry professional attributes such as internet finance and taxation, cloud technology services and corporate services, striving to become one of the best legal teams in the field of 2B corporate services in China.

GCL Energy Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Yan Hao
General Manager

Kanyun Holding

LEGAL KANYUN

Team Leader: Jia Zheng
Legal Director

Lianbio

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE

Team Leader: Chen Ji
Vice President, Legal & Compliance

Logan Group

RISK CONTROL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Lisa Yang
General Manager

SINOPEC CAPITAL

RISK CONTROL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: He Yinsheng
Managing DirectorSINOPEC CAPITAL

Sinopec Capital, established by Sinopec Group and Sinopec Corp as Sinopec’s institutional investment vehicle, aims to identify strategic investment opportunities through financial investment. Sinopec Capital focuses on strategic emerging industries such as new energy, new materials, energy conservation and environmental protection, high-end intelligent manufacturing, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) through empowering invested companies to facilitate the upgrade and industry transition of Sinopec Group.

The team at the Risk Control & Compliance Department of Sinopec Capital consists of seven specialists in a broad range of investment practice areas such as PE investment, risk management, laws and compliance, who work with creativity and professionalism. The team provides a full range of high-quality services to Sinopec Capital on all aspects of risk control, legal services, business compliance, dispute resolution and internal audit. The excellence of the team has been widely recognised by peer institutions and received numerous awards.

WINNER

CHINA RESOURCES CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Feng Lin
General Counsel

HIGHLY COMMENDED

China International Capital Corporation

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Joe Zhou
Head of Legal and Compliance Department, Compliance Director

CLSA

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Marco Chung
Head of Legal

Capital Eco-Environment Protection Group

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Shao Li
General Counsel, Company secretary

Taikang Asset Management

LEGAL TEAM OF COMPLIANCE & LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Feng
Chief Compliance Officersecuritisation

WINNER

BLUEPHA

LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Du Changjiang
Chief Financial Officer

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Emerson Electric

IP DEPARTMENT OF CHINA

Team Leader: Frank Liu
Intellectual Property Director

Foxconn Industrial Internet

DIVISION OF LEGAL &
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Team Leader: Xie Chenyang
General Counsel

HENLIUS

IP DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Wu Chunhua
Executive DirectorHENLIUS

Henlius is a global biopharmaceutical company with the vision to offer high-quality, affordable and innovative biologic medicines for patients worldwide, with a focus on oncology, autoimmune diseases and ophthalmic diseases. Henlius has built an integrated biopharmaceutical platform with core capabilities of high efficiency and innovation embedded throughout the whole product life cycle including R&D, manufacturing and commercialisation.

The Intellectual Property team of Henlius effectively supports Hong Kong IPOs, product co-operation in Europe and the US, and international clinical multi-centre projects. The IP team empowers the company’s R&D and commercialisation strategies from multiple dimensions such as patents, trade secrets and trademarks.

Huitian Aerospace Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Stuart Lin
Operation General Manager & General Counsel

New Classics Media

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Song Xi
Vice President

Thunder Software Technology

LEGAL, COMPLIANCE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Li
Director

awards

WINNER

EVERBRIGHT WEALTH MANAGEMENT

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Bai Dong
Managing DirectorEVERBRIGHT WEALTH MANAGEMENT

Comprising 14 members, Everbright Wealth’s Legal and Compliance Department advises professionally and comprehensively on all aspects of legal affairs, including contract review, business compliance, internal control, related party transactions, intellectual property management, and legal regulations and policy research. Adhering to the concept of “Agilely compliant, empowering business”, the department continues to ensure the sustainable investment and business innovation of Everbright Wealth.

The department assisted the company to complete the creation and issuance of digital RMB financial products, infrastructure public offering REITs products, carbon neutrality themed products and other innovative businesses.

Furthermore, the department actively participates in the research of industry policy commissioned by regulatory authorities and self-regulatory organisations, sorts out the opportunities and challenges faced by wealth management companies, as well as the existing problems and shortcomings, and provides suggestions for industry development and regulatory policy formulation.

In January 2022, Everbright Wealth obtained approval from the judicial regulatory department to establish a corporate counsel department.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

SINOPEC CAPITAL

RISK CONTROL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: He Yinsheng
Managing DirectorSINOPEC CAPITAL

Sinopec Capital, established by Sinopec Group and Sinopec Corp as Sinopec’s institutional investment vehicle, aims to identify strategic investment opportunities through financial investment. Sinopec Capital focuses on strategic emerging industries such as new energy, new materials, energy conservation and environmental protection, high-end intelligent manufacturing, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) through empowering invested companies to facilitate the upgrade and industry transition of Sinopec Group.

The team at the Risk Control & Compliance Department of Sinopec Capital consists of seven specialists in a broad range of investment practice areas such as PE investment, risk management, laws and compliance, who work with creativity and professionalism. The team provides a full range of high-quality services to Sinopec Capital on all aspects of risk control, legal services, business compliance, dispute resolution and internal audit. The excellence of the team has been widely recognised by peer institutions and received numerous awards.

Greater Bay Area Homeland Investments

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Andrew Ning
Head of Legal and Compliance

Taikang Asset Management

LEGAL TEAM OF COMPLIANCE
& LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Feng
Chief Compliance Officer

STATE GRID YINGDA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

RISK COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Gao Hongda
Chief Risk OfficerSTATE GRID YINGDA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

State Grid Yingda Investment Management is a financial asset risk management platform, specialist asset disposal platform, and special asset investment management platform in the energy industry for State Grid. Yingda Investment focuses on the reform of state assets and state-owned enterprises, revitalising stock assets and handling risk projects, deepening the building of enterprises under the rule of law, and constantly improving the level of operation and management in accordance with law and compliance. The work of the legal team covers all stages before, during and after project investment, and ensures the steady development of business with legal compliance management.

WINNER

GARRETT ADVANCING MOTION

APAC LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Daphne Dai
Vice President and General Counsel, APACGarrett Legal Team

The Garrett APAC Legal Team has members based in China and India. It has been providing legal support to Garrett’s business in the Asia-Pacific region since Garrett Advancing Motion entered China in 1994. Currently, its service covers China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and other Southeast Asian countries. It also provides services for Garrett’s business operations in these countries, as well as multiple manufacturing plants and R&D centres, providing end-to-end legal services for legal, compliance, government relations and HSE affairs.

In addition to the Asia-Pacific business, the Garrett APAC Legal Team also provides support to Garrett Global Supply Chain and Global Independent Aftermarket business, serving global management teams of these business sectors, and has successfully supported the supply chain management team to address numerous challenges to the supply chain system in 2022.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

AUTOLIV

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Huang Yiyun
General ManagerAUTOLIV

Autoliv is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, developing and manufacturing airbags, seat belts and steering wheels for major automotive manufacturers, and providing mobility safety solutions.

As an important functional department within the company, the legal team has a clear understanding of Autoliv’s long-term strategy, objectives and overall business operations; possesses a strong ability to identify risks and solve problems; and is good at cross-functional communication and collaboration.

Last year, the team provided professional and effective legal support for Autoliv China. In addition to handling the company’s daily legal affairs, it resolved several major IP and other civil and commercial disputes, and improved cyber and data security compliance, as well as the design and documentation of corporate governance.

This was recognised by Autoliv’s management and business units as making it an indispensable business partner during the ongoing development of the company.

NIO

NIO LEGAL

Team Leader: Karl Gao
Global General Counsel

Schaeffler

LEGAL DEPARTMENT,
GREATER CHINA

Team Leader: Nie Xin
General Counsel, Greater China

HUITIAN AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Stuart Lin
Operation General Manager & General CounselHUITIAN AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY

Guangdong Huitian Aerospace Technology is integrating intelligent vehicles and modern aviation. We are dedicated to producing the safest intelligent electric flying car for individual users. In the future, we will provide products and solutions in the field of 3D transportation. During the past 12 months, our legal team has worked on the development of the world’s first flying car. We delve into R&D with related departments and negotiate with government departments, suppliers and third-party authorities to gradually establish a legal document system for flying cars. In addition, we have assisted the company in the establishment of the world’s first flying car trial production factory.

In terms of intellectual property, our team is committed to assisting the company in building a technology moat by closely communicating with R&D personnel and recognising the key patents in different fields to develop the patents layout for the company and protect its legal rights.

WINNER

CHINA STATE SHIPBUILDING CORPORATION

LEGAL TEAM OF POLICY RESEARCH AND LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cui Ruijie
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Cainiao Network

GLOBAL EXPRESS LEGAL & COMPLIANCE TEAM

Team Leader: Mah Soon Sin
Legal Director of Global Express

FULL TRUCK ALLIANCE

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Shen Kai
Chief Risk Officer and General CounselFULL TRUCK ALLIANCE

FTA’s Legal & Compliance Department is responsible for the full-chain legal work of the FTA group.

In recent years, facing complicated challenges such as the group’s business integration, expansion and accelerated innovation, a US listing and tightening domestic and cross-border regulations, the team kept its focus on value creation and controlling risks proactively and systematically.

They supported the group in successfully completing the pre-IPO financing and US listing, established a listed company compliance framework, led the completion of cybersecurity review and upgrade of data compliance systems, and provided legal support for the piloting and scaling of multiple innovative businesses such as intra-city freight, cold-chain transportation, less-than-truckload freight and automomous driving.

The team consists of more than 20 members who are experts in their respective professional areas. They have all graduated from renowned law schools in China or abroad, and have work experience in top internet companies and leading law firms.

Huitian Aerospace Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Stuart Lin
Operation General Manager & General Counsel

J&T Express

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: William Kong
General Counsel

Xiamen Airlines

LEGAL CENTRE

Team Leader: Liu Jie
Deputy General Manager,
Planning and Finance

YH Global Supply Chain

COMPLIANCE & LEGAL CENTRE

Team Leader: Wang Kai
Legal Director

HUOLALA

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Jean Jiang
General Counsel and Compliance OfficerHUOLALA

The legal team of Huolala Group now has more than 30 members and has set up systematised teams in common law, dispute resolution, compliance, projects and overseas, which collectively present the characteristics of young people and professionals.

According with Huolala Group’s business development, the team has established a complete legal compliance and risk control system to provide legal support services to the domestic and overseas business from multiple dimensions for years, covering contract review, compliance and data privacy protection system establishment, intellectual property management build-up, administrative regulatory communication, overseas city launch legal assessments, litigation and dispute resolution, M&A, financing, and policy and regulation research. The Huolala legal team has supported and completed many major projects of the Huolala Group. The team is committed to providing precise, efficient and comprehensive legal services to the Huolala Group, empowering and creating value for its business.

JUNZHENG LOGISTICS

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Xu Jie
Chief Compliance Officer & Legal DirectorJUNZHENG LOGISTICS

The Legal Department of Shanghai Gentco Logistics focuses on business legal services, insurance claims arrangement, investment, M&A and financing projects, corporate governance compliance and other functions to ensure the realisation of the company’s business objectives and the implementation of strategic decisions.

The members of the team share the concept of “pushing at boundaries, pursuing the goal, enjoying the process”.

Constantly expanding the potential of individuals and the team, it not only extends the scope of abilities, but also pursues a depth of professionalism, and explores the standardised and systematic construction of legal affairs management.

From 2020 to 2022, the team combined a deep exploration of business requirements with the strengthening of professional modules. Through the establishment of an international business compliance system, formulation and implementation of special business compliance guidance, construction of contract approval management guidance, overseas corporate governance practices and other major projects, the team is gradually perfecting the enterprise risk control management system, which mainly includes compliance management, business risk control management and corporate governance, to upgrade the overall company’s global operations.

WINNER

DAH SING BANK

GROUP LEGAL AND COMPANY SECRETARIAL DIVISION

Team Leader: Richard Li
Group General Counsel and Company SecretaryDAH SING BANK

Our in-house legal team at the Dah Sing Financial Group (currently comprising seven lawyers based in Hong Kong and PRC) offers a comprehensive range of legal services to all the companies and units within the group.

Endeavouring to be the legal backbone of the group, we are dedicated to providing timely and practical legal advice and solutions to facilitate the group’s business decisions and planning in the banking and financial sector, and to ensure the compliance of the same with legal requirements, with the ultimate goal to protect the best interests of the group and our customers.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

China Huarong International

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Anny Zheng
General Counsel

China International Capital Corporation

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Joe Zhou
Head of Legal and Compliance Department, Compliance Director

CMB FINANCIAL LEASING

LEGAL TEAM, SHIPPING DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Shi Jie
Managing DirectorCMB FINANCIAL LEASING

CMB Financial Leasing holds firm to its development strategy of professionalism, internationalisation and digitalisation. The shipping leasing department, being one of the company’s strategic business sectors, has established business with clients in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region and maintains excellent long-term relations with world-class shipping companies, independent shipowners and other participants in the industry.

Throughout 2022, the legal team of the shipping leasing department provided timely and valuable assistance to the commercial team in all aspects of legal matters and in different types of transactions. These range from shipbuilding, the sale and purchase of previously owned vessels, and sale and lease back arrangements, as well as asset disposal, the exercise of options, LIBOR transition and various contract amendments.

Express (Hangzhou) Technology

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Wang Cheng
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

ICBC INTERNATIONAL

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Khor Han Wai
General Counsel

ICBCI’s legal team is headed by Han Wai Khor, general counsel since November 2017. Currently, our legal team works in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The legal team provides support to all business lines including corporate finance (ECM, DCM, and M&A financing and advisory), investment management, asset management, sales and trading, research and China teams, and internal divisions within the firm, and is also actively involved in corporate governance matters.

Members of the legal team are qualified to practise in Hong Kong, mainland China, England and Wales, New York and Singapore.

Orix China

COMPLIANCE AND
LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Jin Xiaofan
Chief Legal Officer

Post Saving Bank of China,
Beijing branch

LEGAL AFFAIRS & CONSUMER PROTECTION TEAM

Team Leader: Ma Xiaoou
Team Leader

Taikang Asset Management

LEGAL TEAM OF COMPLIANCE & LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Feng
Chief Compliance Officer

WINNER

LIANBIO

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE

Team Leader: Chen Ji
Vice President, Legal & Compliance

HIGHLY COMMENDED

ABBISKO THERAPEUTICS

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Li Yongyi
General Counsel

Abbisko’s Legal & Compliance Department is led by general counsel and consists of eight experienced lawyers and professionals. The team has a strong professional background and extensive experience in areas such as transactions, clinical trials, compliance, corporate governance, novel drug intellectual property protection, and patent risk management.

Abbisko’s legal team has successfully supported the company in completing numerous drug technology licensing negotiations and transactions with multiple domestic and foreign companies. Using its international project experience, the team provides comprehensive legal support for the company’s clinical trials in the US, Australia, mainland China and Taiwan.

In terms of legal risk management, Abbisko’s legal team has established a contract template library to strengthen the company’s protection against major legal and compliance risks. The team continually evaluates the characteristics of biotechnology companies from a legal and compliance perspective to achieve a closed-loop risk management process that includes risk identification, impact analysis, and rectification implementation. In terms of protection of intellectual property for novel drugs, Abbisko’s legal team co-ordinates the management of intellectual property for the company and its subsidiaries. The team is capable of independently carrying out patent layout analysis and patent prosecution work to ensure the company’s R&D maintains its leading position in the industry.

BGI GENOMICS

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Xu Qian
Deputy General Manager, General Counsel, Secretary of the Board BGI GENOMICS

BGI Genomics is a leading enterprise in the field of genomics in China, as well as one of the world’s leading technology service providers and precision medicine service operators, with businesses covering more than 100 countries and regions around the world. BGI is committed to reducing birth defects, strengthening cancer prevention and control, achieving precise cures for infections, comprehensively assisting precision medicine, and curbing the harm of major diseases to mankind through genetic technology. The Legal Department of BGI Genomics provides efficient support for the company’s strategic decision-making and global business compliance. The team members graduated from well-known domestic and overseas law schools, and have extensive experience in the medical and life sciences fields.

Carl Zeiss (Shanghai)

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cheng Jin
Head of Legal and Compliance

China Animal Husbandry Industrial

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Xu Shaowen
Genaral Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

Henlius Biotech

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Weiwei
Legal Executive Director

I-MAB

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Richard Li
Chief Legal Officer

BLUEPHA

LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Du Changjiang
Chief Financial OfficerBLUEPHA

The Legal Affairs Department of Bluepha was established in 2021 and is headed by the CFO Du Changjiang, with members including Gao Yingze and Huang Lijiao. The Legal Affairs Department is responsible for providing legal affairs support and legal risk management for Bluepha’s business, as well as handling litigation disputes and legal research, providing important support for Bluepha’s daily operations and major project advancements. During the past two years, the legal team has established a comprehensive internal compliance system, including contract management, confidentiality and legal risk classification. The Legal Affairs Department has worked closely with the business team to negotiate and sign contracts for many major projects and has been responsive to the needs of other teams, collaborating with relevant teams to resolve disputes appropriately.

DANAHER CORPORATION

CHINA LEGAL & COMPLIANCE TEAM

Team Leader: Qiao Gangliang
Vice President & General Counsel, China & North AsiaDANAHER CORPORATION

Danaher Corporation is a global science and technology innovator. Its family of world-class brands has leadership positions in diagnostics, life sciences, biotechnology, water quality and product identification. Led by Vice President and General Counsel Gangliang Qiao, Danaher China Legal & Compliance Team has 35 associates, who are qualified or have work experience in multiple jurisdictions, including mainland China, Hong Kong and the United States.

With its diverse expertise, and in-depth knowledge of business and strategic thinking, the Legal and Compliance Team provides efficient legal support for the strategic development, operation and localisation of Danaher China’s five business platforms and across 20 operating companies in the areas of compliance, corporate governance, business law, intellectual property protection, data protection, mergers and acquisitions, etc. The team leverages the well-recognised Danaher Business System to build a strong compliance and risk management mechanism under the three pillars of prevention, detection and response.

WINNER

CHINDATA GROUP

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Joy Zhang
Group Vice President, Legal & Investment CHINDATA GROUP

Chindata Legal Department provides comprehensive legal support to Chindata Group’s strategic development and operations in domestic and overseas areas, covering a wide range of work from US securities law compliance, investment and financing, major projects and mission-critical projects in multiple dimensions and geographies. In particular, the department has a pivotal role in Chindata Group’s US securities law compliance practice, as well as providing professional support for the group’s major investment and financing projects, helping the group to build a solid foundation for its operation expansion domestically and abroad. In addition, the department supports the group’s risk management, dispute resolution and intellectual property management, etc. In 2022, the department propelled the group’s business expansion in the Southeast Asia market and provided professional legal support and effective protection for the Chindata Group’s major business strategies.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

HUISUANZHANG

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Luo Yuan
General CounselHUISUANZHANG

HSZ Legal Department was founded in 2021. During the past two years, it has grown to be an efficient and effective legal team, providing one-stop-shop legal support for all of HSZ’s service stations across China and covering M&A, BP support, privacy & cybersecurity, IP, dispute resolution and compliance functions. HSZ Legal has been proactively improving HSZ group’s privacy and cybersecurity governance standards, providing full-cycle data protection for HSZ group’s numerous online products.

HSZ Legal Team continues to delve into legal areas, bringing a highly professional approach to internet finance and taxation, cloud technology services and corporate services as it strives to become one of the best legal teams in the field of 2B corporate services in China.

Baidu

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cui Lingling
General Manager of Patent Department

SenseTime

COMPANY LAW TEAM OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT 

Team Leader: Winnie Pu
Legal Executive Director

Thunder Software Technology

LEGAL, COMPLIANCE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Li
Director

WINNER

CHINA RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING GROUP

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Sun Jinying
General Manager of Legal Compliance Department

HIGHLY COMMENDED

BCEG International

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Huang Xianjing
Legal Director

China Construction Shenzhen Decoration

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Mingliang
Manager

China Overseas
Engineering Group

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Qi Guangqing
General Manager of Legal Compliance Department

Midea Real Estate Group

MIDEA REAL ESTATE
LEGAL PLATFORM

Team Leader: Shang Dongning
Director of Legal Management

Qingdao Haifa State-owned Capital Investment
and Operation Group

RISK MANAGEMENT AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Xue Li
Legal Director

Shanghai Construction
No .1 (Group)

COMMERCIAL TEAM

Team Leader: Xie Bin
Deputy General Counsel

Zhongjian Dongfu Investment Development

CONTRACT LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Guo Ruiqing
Chief Compliance Officer
& General Legal Counsel

SINOHYDRO ENGINEERING BUREAU 8

LEGAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Benqiang
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

SINOHYDRO ENGINEERING BUREAU 8

The Legal Affairs Department of Sinohydro Engineering Bureau 8 has rich practical experience and a high level of professionalism, as well as being young and well qualified. The Legal Affairs Department focuses on the company’s main business, relying on a legal business integration system, adhering to the principles of prevention, in-process control and remedy, as well as to the bottom line of legal compliance, strict legal review, providing “nanny-style” legal services for production and operation, and building a strong firewall against legal risks. The department has saved hundreds of millions of renminbi for the company every year thanks to its support and value creation, and makes positive contributions to the high-quality development of the company.

With the joint efforts of all members of the department, Sinohydro Engineering Bureau 8 has continually improved its level of governance by law. The company has been rated as a 13th Five Year Plan exemplary organisation for law popularisation and publicity by the Organisation Department of the CPC Central Committee, the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, and the Ministry of Justice. Its legal and business integration model has been selected as a typical case of state-owned enterprise construction under the law by the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, and a typical case of innovation in the legal construction of Chinese enterprises.

WINNER

UNILEVER

NORTH ASIA LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Ralph Xu
Vice President & North Asia General Counsel

Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, while China is one of Unilever’s three most important country markets in the world. Unilever’s North Asia legal team is responsible for legal, dispute resolution, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, business compliance, intellectual property, brand protection, data security and personal information protection for all five Unilever businesses (Beauty & Wellbeing, Home Care, Personal Care, Nutrition and Ice Cream) in China, Japan and South Korea.

In North Asia, which is the world’s most competitive market, with the fastest business model innovation and most advanced digital commerce, and an increasingly challenging regulatory environment, the legal department of North Asia maintains a very lean team of senior lawyers and professionals, and acts as a business partner to proactively participate in business development activities.

The team achieves timely and effective support for business activities, enables iterative innovation of emerging business models, and effectively controls the company’s risks. During the period of the epidemic lockdown, the legal department also assisted the company with its expertise and resilience to creatively deal with unique challenges so that the business could maintain smooth operation and growth in an unprecedented environment.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Carl Zeiss (Shanghai)

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cheng Jin
Head of Legal and Compliance

Daniel Wellington China

CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Xie Yu
Head of Legal and Brand Protection China

Sephora China

LEGAL AND GOVERNMENT
AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Ashley Zhu
General Counsel, China; Ethics & Compliance Correspondent, Greater China

Tapestry Greater China

Legal Department

Team Leader: Lillian Lu
Vice President, Associate General Counsel
COACH

Tapestry Greater China Legal Department started in 2009, and over the years it has established a full-scope ecosystem of holistic legal, compliance, data privacy, governance and risk management services to support the company’s rapid business growth in the region. Led by Lillian Lu, the associate general counsel, Tapestry Greater China Legal Department has played an instrumental role in completing a number of strategic transactions as well as an internal corporate transformation. Its coverage includes the Greater China head office and subsidiaries, supply chain companies, the Asia Share Service Centre, multi-brand divisions and other ventures. The Legal Department further established the Tapestry Greater China Privacy Office in 2021, and built up an in-region-driven IPR Protection Centre of Excellence, witnessing the business iterating into a multi-brand expressive luxury powerhouse.

LUK FOOK HOLDINGS (INTERNATIONAL)

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Irene Cheung
Senior Legal CounselLUK FOOK HOLDINGS (INTERNATIONAL)

The legal affairs department of Luk Fook Group is composed of legal teams from mainland China (including Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Guangzhou) and Hong Kong. It provides professional compliance services for the group’s gold, platinum and jewellery retail business around the world.

As Luk Fook Group is mainly engaged in consumer goods and retail business, legal policies related to this area have a significant impact on the group, which vary from country to country. Therefore, the legal team has developed comprehensive guidelines and procedures to ensure the compliance of the group’s retail business and to provide support for the group’s development.

In the 2020 In-House Counsel Awards by China Business Law Journal, the team was awarded “Winner of the Year – Consumer & Retail” and in the 2021-22 awards, they received the “Highly commended – Consumer & Retail” award. This is the third consecutive year that the team has received such recognition in this field, which acknowledges the team’s high level of legal knowledge and professionalism in related areas.

TOTO

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Lu Yuping
Former Legal Director

Victoria’s Secret

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Jessica Li
Director of Brand Protection Asia

TUPPERWARE CHINA

CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Nancy Wei
Legal Director

Tupperware China’s legal team provides professional legal support to Tupperware China and its global procurement centre (one of the company’s global hubs), covering contract management, data compliance, corporate governance, supplier and procurement, litigation and dispute resolution, labour employment, crucial project legal support, and supporting Tupperware global headquarters’ legal team in intellectual property, ethical/code of conduct compliance, violation investigations, data compliance etc.

The head of Tupperware China’s legal team has experience in domestic and foreign law firms and multinational enterprises and the team members have worked as legal staff at arbitration institutions and in other industries.

This legal team is familiar with business operation and has led relevant departments in improving contracts, seal management, advertising compliance systems and launching contract electronic signature systems, and led to the establishment of the Tupperware China Personal Information Protection and Data Security Committee.

WINNER

KANYUN HOLDINGS

LEGAL KANYUN

Team Leader: Jia Zheng
Legal Director

KANYUN HOLDING

Kanyun Holdings Group founded its businesses in 2012 and currently covers multiple sectors such as education technology, new consumer goods, enterprise services and digital publishing. The group is committed to using cutting-edge technologies to create the ultimate user experience and operates multiple well-known domestic brands in various business lines including Yuanfudao, Banma, YBC Code, Feixiangxingqiu, Grid Coffee, Sky People Down Jackets, Moliyuezi, etc., serving more than hundreds of millions of users.

The legal team is responsible for the unified management of legal compliance affairs for all business lines of the group. Following the concept of compliance integration, the legal team serves as a hub to co-ordinate various business and functional departments, establish and continuously improve the company’s compliance system, and is engaged in areas such as contract and dispute resolution, intellectual property, labour, investment and financing, crisis public relations support, etc. In addition, the legal team actively communicates and co-operates with business departments, offering thoughtful results and professional legal advice for business decision-making from various dimensions, bringing compliance protection and a sense of security to the company’s rapidly developing businesses. The legal team has led or participated in group restructuring, new business launches and business expansion in the past two years, providing strong support and guarantees for the group’s business transformation.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

EEO Group

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhang Siqi
General Counsel

Genius Technology

LEGAL AFFAIRS AND
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Team Leader: Chen Tianwei
Chief Legal Officer

WINNER

XIAOMI GROUP

DATA PROTECTION AND PRIVACY TEAM

Team Leader: Chen Yifu
Senior Legal Director

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Feilo Acoustics

LEGAL AFFAIR DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Sun Hualing
Legal Director

Genius Technology

LEGAL AFFAIRS AND
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Team Leader: Chen Tianwei
Chief Legal Officer

OMRON (CHINA)

LEGAL AND RISK MANAGEMENT CENTER

Team Leader: Tomohide Haba
Centre Manager

OMRON (CHINA)

OMCC Legal and Risk Management Centre is one of the HQ functional departments of Omron (China). It is responsible for legal and risk affairs related to the daily operations of nearly 20 subsidiaries in China (including in Hong Kong and Taiwan), as well as New Biz promotion governance and support to ensure risk reduction while promoting the smooth progress of business operations.

In recent years, the OMCC Legal and Risk Management Centre has been committed to building a strengthened and efficient internal expert team, dedicated to the construction of risk intelligence mechanisms, providing effective risk impact analysis and corresponding countermeasures for subsidiaries, constructing compliance review processes for businesses, and achieving standardisation and efficiency. Aligning with the subsidiaries’ business innovation and growth, it has ensured their better operation and development in China.

Huawei

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Song Liuping
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

Lenovo Group

LEGAL CHINA

Team Leader: Gao Huandong
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of Group, General Counsel of China

PANASONIC CHINA &
NORTHEAST ASIA COMPANY

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE CENTRE

Team Leader: Liu Qiang
Senior DirectorPANASONIC CHINA & NORTHEAST ASIA COMPANY

The Legal and Compliance Centre of Panasonic China Northeast Asia is a professional legal team closely connected with business departments. It fully supports Panasonic’s independent business operation in China from the perspective of legal affairs and compliance. In terms of organisational structure, the company’s compliance team is mainly responsible for compliance, risk management and governance, while the business legal team is responsible for daily business, contract review and dispute resolution. The staff of about 40 people is distributed around Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Taiwan and other regions.

In order to strengthen risk prevention and improve the level of compliance, the Legal and Compliance Centre has always been committed to building an effective compliance management system. At the same time, we also co-operate with the business department to deal with cases such as creditor’s rights recovery, equity disputes, contract disputes, etc. The team not only fully considers the potential legal risks that may occur, but also strictly controls the daily contract writing, contract review and related legal procedures.

WINNER

CHINA NATIONAL OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhang Yu
Deputy General Manager and General CounselCHINA NATIONAL OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

CNODC, a professional subsidiary of CNPC responsible for its overseas oil and gas business investment, is a leading force in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and internationalisation strategy. Throughout its 30 years of international business, CNODC has developed a legal and compliance team with extensive professional knowledge, exceptional business acumen and in-depth understanding of international rules.

The team members are highly competent in multiple foreign languages, with 90% holding a master’s degree or above and nearly 50% being company lawyers. In recent years, the legal and compliance team has played a vital role in various aspects, focused on strengthening the construction of legal protection systems, safeguarding rights, and effectively preventing legal risks, while promoting overseas compliance and corporate governance. CNODC’s legal and compliance team has emerged as the backbone of China’s overseas oil and gas development and fulfilled its role in safeguarding national energy security.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

China Gezhouba Group
Overseas Investment

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Steven Cao
Former General Counsel

China Resources Gas
Investment (China)

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhao Xiaoyong
Deputy General Manager of the Department

China Southern Power Grid International

LEGAL, COMPLIANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Wu Xiaohui
General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer

METALLURGICAL CORPORATION
OF CHINA

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Bi Liyan
Legal Director

METALLURGICAL CORPORATION OF CHINA

China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) is a giant enterprise group in China. It is a pioneer and founder of China’s iron and steel industry construction, as well as the main force of China’s infrastructure construction. MCC is also an internationally renowned contractor.

In recent years, MCC has been centred on the deep integration of legal compliance and enterprise operations and the management chain. To this goal, MCC has been focusing on cultivating legal personnel loyal to the cause of MCC, rich in both legal professional skills and commercial sense. MCC is committed to forming a legal and compliance management system connected from top to bottom, and interactive internally and externally.

By way of continual optimisation of the “1+N” compliance system, the risk prevention threshold has been gradually moved to lower levels of the business, and the legal service platform has also been established on lower levels of the business. By strengthening supervision and inspection, and through review and evaluation of lawsuits, MCC will continue to improve its capability of promoting rectification and governance.

Shanghai Electric Group

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Tong Liping
Chief Legal Officer

Shanghai Electric Power

LEGAL AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DEPARTMENT (LEGAL SERVICE SHARING CENTRE)

Team Leader: Xu Qiqi
Director

WINNER

CHINA GEZHOUBA GROUP
OVERSEAS INVESTMENT

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Steven Cao
Former General Counsel

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Brookfield Renewable

CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Wayne Su
Greater China General Counsel

Capital Eco-Environment Protection Group

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Shao Li
General Counsel, Company secretary

CHINA POWER INTERNATIONAL

LEGAL AND RISK DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Huang Huina
General ManagerCHINA POWER INTERNATIONAL

China Power International Holding (CPIH) has been committed to overseas clean energy investment including hydropower, gas, wind, photovoltaic, battery storage, etc.

Consisting of 10 members, the CPIH legal team is deeply involved in the front line of the business of CPIH, providing legal, risk management and compliance support mainly on overseas M&A, cross-border compliance and financing issues.

In 2022, with the support of the legal team, CPIH successfully closed 11 M&A projects on overseas renewable energy business, the transaction value of which exceeded USD2.5 billion. CPIH also successfully issued China’s first green technology innovation panda bond on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Focusing on project development, the team has improved the compliance management system to meet the characteristics of overseas investment.

Adhering to the goal of being professional and specialising both in law and business, the legal team sticks to the bottom line of compliance, and continues to create value for the high-quality development of the CPIH’s overseas investments.

SEMBCORP (CHINA)

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Allen Liang
General Counsel

SEMBCORP (CHINA)

Sembcorp China’s legal and compliance team provides professional legal and compliance services, which cover M&A, dispute settlement, administrative sanctions, compliance management, contract management and so on, to the Chinese environment and energy business (including two foreign investment companies and dozens of affiliates) of Sembcorp Industries Ltd, owned by Singapore Temasek.

During the past years, the team has continued to improve professional capabilities in practice. Strengthening its team, it has established and improved the legal risk control and management system of Sembcorp China Market, has successfully handled many complicated disputes and administrative penalty cases, and has reduced the legal risks to the environment and energy businesses of Sembcorp China.

As of 2022, in a joint effort with other functions, the team secured several M&A transactions.

TCL ZHONGHUAN RENEWABLE
ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT

Team Leader: Gu Wen
Director of Compliance ManagementTCL ZHONGHUAN RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

The legal department of TCL Zhonghuan currently has nearly 20 people and adopts an intensive management model to serve more than 80 subsidiaries, providing professional support to the positioning of the front line business. It supported the rapid layout of several industries in which the total investment exceeds RMB10 billion. It made contributions to those projects by providing independent, professional and efficient support for project policy implementation and government negotiations, comprehensively tracking the implementation of the projects, revising investment documents in a timely manner based on project changes and ensuring the certainty of project implementation. In the meantime, in the process of continuous and rapid expansion of the industry, they focused on the prominent issues of labour and employment compliance, systematically analysed institutional processes, focused on controlling risk, intervened in advance in the face of phased organisational adjustments, successfully reduced process risks and ensured labour safety.

TOWNGAS ENERGY INVESTMENT

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Li Yanhong
Legal Director

TOWNGAS ENERGY INVESTMENT

The Towngas Energy Legal Team is responsible for all the legal affairs of the investment, and construction and operation, of integrated smart energy projects such as photovoltaic power stations, energy storage, charging piles, low-carbon plants, energy carbon management, and energy carbon digitisation. The team also provides comprehensive solutions for all legal matters from the company’s management and development.

Geographically, the team is divided into North Group, East Group and South Group. Focusing on economically developed areas, namely the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Yangtze River Delta, and Greater Bay Area, it provides all-round legal support for the legal due diligence, investment evaluation, business negotiation, M&A and dispute resolution in the smart energy business market. Professionally, it is divided into investment due diligence, acquisitions, training, case studies and litigation groups, pooling the professional strengths of talent and ensuring the company’s legal compliance, efficient operation, and steady development from multiple dimensions.

GCL Energy Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Yan Hao
General Manager

Veolia (China)
Environment Services

CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Carine Nguyen
General Counsel – Asia & China

WINNER

EXPRESS (HANGZHOU) TECHNOLOGY

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Wang Cheng
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Chenxi Investment

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhao Li
Deputy General Manager of Legal & Compliance Department

Everbright Wealth Management

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Bai Dong
Managing Director

Futu Holdings

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Mark Yu
Legal Director

Huisuanzhang

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Luo Yuan
General Counsel

Minsheng Tech

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE TEAM

Team Leader: Zhu Jiang
Legal Compliance Principal

fintech

MICRO CONNECT GROUP

COO & GENERAL COUNSEL OFFICE –
LEGAL & COMPLIANCE TEAM

Team Leader: Annie Ling
Chief Operating Officer & General CounselMICRO CONNECT GROUP

Micro Connect is a new financial market platform connecting global capital with China’s micro and small businesses. The company has created Daily Revenue Obligations (DROs) as a new asset class for direct and diversified exposure to daily and transparent cash flows for millions of stores in China’s vibrant consumer economy, while making capital more accessible and affordable to business owners.

Micro Connect’s Legal and Compliance Team operates under the COO office led by Annie Ling, COO and GC, comprising legal and compliance professionals with diverse backgrounds.

From the construction of legal basis and structure of DROs, to design and implementation of legal structures and resolutions catering for ingenious investment and financing models, and the establishment of rules for Micro Connect Macao Financial Assets Exchange and relevant cross-border legal and compliance structures, the team strives to search for better resolutions thus preventing any legal and compliance risks, assisting the company’s robust and rapid development.

WINNER

MENGNIU GROUP

COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Guo Lidong
General Counsel and Chief Compliance OfficerMENGNIU GROUP

Mengniu Group is dedicated to providing nutritious, healthy and delicious dairy products for Chinese and global consumers. Our business covers China, Southeast Asia, North America and Europe. Mengniu Group adheres to the core message of “Our integrity and honesty supports our continued success”, and promotes the better development of China’s dairy industry with high-quality products and services.

Mengniu’s compliance management team is a leading compliance management department in Mengniu Group. The team is down-to-earth and innovative, and has rich professional and compliance experience and a high organisational efficiency.

The team sticks to the compliance mission of “Adhering to the base line, promoting business development and building a compliance ecology”. It also focuses on Mengniu’s main compliance scope to carry out the construction of a comprehensive compliance management system and management mechanism. The team strengthens “Compliance for everyone and compliance in everything” with the highest integrity and ethical standards.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Cargill

CHINA ETHICS & COMPLIANCE TEAM

Team Leader: Dellen Dai
Group Ethics & Compliance Director

Coca-Cola Greater
(China & Mongolia)

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Su Yan
General Counsel

Costa Coffee (China)

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Wang Haiou
Legal Director

NESTLE GROUP (GREATER CHINA)

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Bianka Bian
General CounselNESTLE GROUP (GREATER CHINA)

Nestlé Zone Greater China Legal & Compliance Function is a dynamic and diversified team with solid professional experience and diverse educational and industry backgrounds. Being the legal guardian of Nestlé’s businesses, assets, culture and values while always adopting a corporate mindset, we aim to help Nestlé’s businesses to grow faster and more sustainably in the exciting and challenging Greater China market, with pragmatic and rigorous management of legal risk and opportunities, and timely, sound, effective and value-adding Nestle-specific legal and business solutions. Our service scope is wide, covering areas from daily legal advice and routine commercial matters to IP protection, corporate governance, compliance, litigation and arbitration, regulatory inquiries and investigations, restructuring, new investments, M&As/divestment, legal training, legal advocacy, sustainability, etc.

WINNER

SUMITOMO PHARMA

CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Tina Liu
Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Legal OfficerSUMITOMO PHARMA

Established in 2014, Sumitomo Pharma China’s (SMPC) Legal Team consists of six members, including senior legal experts in charge of corporate legal affairs, intellectual property and other fields. The SMPC Legal Team has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and teamwork in providing legal support to the company’s business. Led by Tina Liu (general counsel and chief legal officer), the team has provided a full range of professional services to the company and actively supports major commercial projects, internal systems and system development, legal dispute resolution, intellectual property management and corporate legal training, and actively enables the business.

In 2022, the team: assisted the company to reach their comprehensive strategic partnership in the field of the central nervous system; successfully set up Sumitomo Pharma (China) and applied for approval of a regional headquarters of multinational companies in China; and explored and implemented flexible legal support in the normalisation of the epidemic. The team has been assisting the company in successfully completing various strategic transactions and projects at a time of external environmental changes and internal corporate transformations.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Abbott

GREATER CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Aaron Shao
Head of Legal, Greater China

Boehringer Ingelheim
(China) Investment

CHINESE MARKET LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Sandy Yao
Vice President, Legal & Compliance

China Resources
Healthcare Group

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Meng Yongle
Deputy General Manager

TAKEDA (CHINA)

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Tom Chan
Vice-President, Regional General CounselVice-President, Regional General Counsel

Takeda Pharmaceuticals is a patient-first, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical company that is the number one in Asia and one of the top 10 in the world. Takeda Pharmaceuticals entered China in 1994, and its headquarters is in Shanghai, with major business centres in mainland China located in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, and other offices in major cities across China. The company currently employs nearly 3,000 people in China.

Takeda China’s legal team consists of six members. Under the leadership of Regional General Counsel Tom Chan, the team provides legal advice and assistance to all departments of the company, and co-operates with all departments to participate in litigation, mediation, arbitration and other non-litigation activities to protect the legal rights and interests of the company. In recent years, the team has led or participated in the completion of various major M&A strategic co-operation projects of Takeda.

TONGRENTANG

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE
(BRAND RISK CONTROL) DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhang Yi
General Counsel, Chief Compliance OfficerTONGRENTANG

Beijing TRT Group is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) health group specialised in traditional Chinese medicine and therapy, covering sectors of TCM production, health and wellness, senior medical care, commerce and retail, and international business integrating herb growing, TCM production, sales, medical services, healthcare, and R&D.

The team of the Department of Law and Compliance (jointly the Department of Brand and Risk Management) of Beijing TRT Group, with seven members currently, takes the responsibility of the group in legal construction, legal services, case management, compliance management, risk control, and brand construction and protection.

The legal team carries forward Tong Ren Tang’s spirit of “noble morality and kindness”, upholds Tong Ren Tang’s idea of “credibility”, cultivates a deep professionalism, fulfills its responsibilities diligently, strengthened by solidarity and co-operation, powered by development and innovation, and has created a unique path of legal affairs that integrates protection of the TCM time-honored brand with risk management in the modern health industry enterprise. The legal team provides legal support for Beijing TRT Group in strategic planning, corporate governance and management, and operating decisions, promotes construction of integrity and compliance system of the group, and enhances brand protection, innovation and development, which has guaranteed and propelled the modernisation management and high-quality development of Beijing TRT Group.

Pingan Haoyi Investment Management

HAOYI LEGAL AND
COMPLIANCE TEAM

Team Leader: Zeng Ni
Director

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals

SPH LEGAL

Team Leader: Ivon Gan
General Manager of Legal Department

VIATRIS

GCR LEGAL

Team Leader: Cai Li
General Counsel, Greater ChinaVIATRIS

The Viatris Greater China Region legal team consists of 10 members, led by Dr Li Cai, who earned a PhD in biophysics and a BS in biology, both from MIT, and a JD from Seton Hall Law School. Li began his legal career at a leading US law firm and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than two decades.

His team members provide comprehensive legal support for mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

The team has profound legal skills, high efficiency, remarkable creativity, industry-leading business abilities and professional competence. In particular, it has keeping up with the digital-health wave and leading the company’s digital transformation and business innovation.

WINNER

SKF (China)

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Thomas Zhao
Vice President, Legal and Compliance

SKF Group is a world leader of products and services for reliable rotation. With expertise built on the development, design and manufacturing of bearings, seals and lubrication systems, combined with services within remanufacturing, condition monitoring and maintenance, SKF is enabling a world of reliable rotation.

The SKF China Legal and Compliance Team consists of seven members, taking charge of all legal and compliance affairs in China and Northeast Asia. The team is devoted to a full value chain risk control. Through building strong trust relationships with internal customers, supporting the business and projects from opportunity to launch, and delivering continuous and consistent value to the organisations, the whole team is breaking down the organisational boundaries, demonstrated good ownership and leadership, and obtained internal and external recognition and appreciation.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

China Machinery Industry International Cooperation

Department of Legal, Risk Control and Compliance

Team Leader: Hu Yue

Director

CRRC ZHUZHOU LOCOMOTIVE

AUDIT & RISK MANAGEMENT & LEGAL AFFAIRS CENTER

Team Leader: Pan Zhuqing
Chief Compliance Officer, General CounselCRRC Team Photo

Pan Zhuqing is the chief compliance officer and general counsel, secretary of the party branch and deputy director of the Audit Risk and Legal Affairs Centre of CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive.

Liu Yiwn is the compliance manager, has built a compliance system and formulated compliance documents such as “Compliance Management Measures” and a “Compliance Manual”.

Yuan Danhong is comprehensive legal manager, and has provided legal services for 23 projects such as Shaoxing Metro Line 2 and Changsha Metro Line 6.

Yan Haiyang is international law manager, and has provided full life-cycle legal tracking services for more than 10 markets, and has bid on projects in Mexico, Malaysia and Germany.

Lin Zifei has resolved litigation and non-litigation disputes, and handled more than 10 domestic and foreign cases annually by using litigation, arbitration and other means.

Festo (China)

Legal & Compliance Department

Team Leader: Tony Dong

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Business Region, Greater China

Foxconn Industrial Internet

DIVISION OF LEGAL & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Team Leader: Xie Chenyang
General Counsel

KONE Corporation

Legal & Compliance
Department, Greater China

Team Leader: Brian Chen
Vice President & General Counsel,
Greater China

Metallurgical Corporation
of China

Legal Department

Team Leader: Bi Liyan

Legal Director

METALLURGICAL CORPORATION OF CHINA

China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) is a giant enterprise group in China. It is a pioneer and founder of China’s iron and steel industry construction, as well as the main force of China’s infrastructure construction. MCC is also an internationally renowned contractor.

In recent years, MCC has been centred on the deep integration of legal compliance and enterprise operations and the management chain. To this goal, MCC has been focusing on cultivating legal personnel loyal to the cause of MCC, rich in both legal professional skills and commercial sense.

MCC is committed to forming a legal and compliance management system connected from top to bottom, and interactive internally and externally. By way of continual optimisation of the “1+N” compliance system, the risk prevention threshold has been gradually moved to lower levels of the business, and the legal service platform has also been established on lower levels of the business. By strengthening supervision and inspection, and through review and evaluation of lawsuits, MCC will continue to improve its capability of promoting rectification and governance.

OMRON (CHINA)

LEGAL AND RISK MANAGEMENT CENTER

Team Leader: Tomohide Haba
Centre Manager

Schaeffler

LEGAL DEPARTMENT,
GREATER CHINA

Team Leader: Nie Xin
General Counsel, Greater China

WINNER

SINA CORPORATION

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Gu Haiyan
General Manager

SINA CORPORATION dispute resolution

Under the leadership of Gu Haiyan, who is the leader of Sina’s legal department, the internet and e-commerce team has been deeply involved in the online legal field for many years. Its main duties are legislative interpretation, business function optimisation support, special co-operation in regulation, legal training, establishment of an intellectual property protection system, active promotion of the strategic layout of intellectual property protection, improvement of the compliance system, and establishment of a personal information protection and data security system.

All this is done in line with the interests of the company, in combination with the laws and regulations and regulatory trends relating to network security, data security and personal information protection promulgated successively, so as to protect the company’s business. Meanwhile, Weibo has officially entered a closed-loop e-commerce field, and the team has gradually established a complete e-commerce compliance system according to the specific business model of the company.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

KE HOLDINGS

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Fei
Head of DepartmentKE HOLDINGS

The Beike Intellectual Property and Litigation Management Centre is mainly responsible for IP and litigation affairs. The team has built an integrated protection system for trademark confirmation, rights-defending, protection and compliance in terms of trademark and copyright, and established a complete patent management system. By the end of 2022, Beike had deployed protection on IP in 30 countries and regions around the world, among which the trademark “Lianjia” has been granted the honorary title of “Well-known Trademark”.

Beike also had more than 400 innovations registered as patents. The litigation management team innovated the management mode of COE + city BP collaboration and built a litigation case management system to collect, disclose and utilise litigation data in a unified manner, realising the scientific management of litigation data and making major litigation risks discoverable, traceable and effectively managed.

WEIBO CORPORATION

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Fan Ye
Legal DirectorWEIBO CORPORATION

Founded in 2009, Weibo is the leading social media platform in China. Weibo’s legal team provides a full range of legal services in such areas as product risk control, data security, personal information protection, contract review & management, and policy research. The team also takes responsibility for the overall intellectual property protection of the group and has established a multi-layered IP management system for patents, trademarks, copyrights and domain names.

Alibaba Group

PATENT LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Sean Ke
Patent Legal Director

Baidu

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Cui Lingling
General Manager of Patent Department

Sohu Group

LEGAL AFFAIR CENTRE

Team Leader: Pang Xiaomei
General Counsel

Tencent Holdings

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Timothy Ma
Head of International Privacy and Data Protection

WINNER

SINA CORPORATION

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Gu Haiyan
General Manager

SINA CORPORATION

Under the leadership of Gu Haiyan, the general manager of the legal department of Sina Corporation, the legal team has always adhered to the concept of there being no trivial matter in legal affairs, applying rigorous and pragmatic professionalism, a continuous learning spirit of exploration and the ability to collaborate in efficiency, unity and innovation, being committed to the relevant products and network platforms, and providing all-round legal support and services such as professional product compliance, data security and personal information protection, intellectual property protection, capital market business, contract management, legal special training, etc.

In data security and personal information protection, that includes adhering to the compliance requirements as a “red line”, the team promotes corporate data governance, and building from scratch a personal information impact assessment system process.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

LEGO GROUP

LEGAL, COMPLIANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT

Team Leader: Robin Smith
Vice President and General Counsel, China and APACLEGO GROUP

The Lego Group was founded in Billund, Denmark, in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. Its name is derived from the two Danish words Leg Godt, which means “play well”. The Lego Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The Lego® System in Play, with its foundation in Lego® bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. Today, the Lego Group’s products are sold in more than 130 countries worldwide.

The China Legal, Compliance and Risk Management Team plays a critical role in providing professional and responsive legal and compliance support, to enable the fast growth of the Lego China business in various areas, including retail, marketing, IP protection & enforcement, data privacy, digitalisation, ethics and compliance, and employment, for which the team’s services have been widely recognised.

Bilibili

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Nan
General Manager

Future TV

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
AND LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Yang Xingfang
Chief Legal Offier / Intellectual Property
and Legal Affairs General Manger

New Classics Media

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Song Xi
Vice President

Soulgate Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhou Jing
General Counsel

LI NING (CHINA) SPORTS GOODS

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Tong Jia
General CounselLI NING (CHINA) SPORTS GOODS

The Legal Department of Li Ning Group has overall responsibility for all legal affairs of the group. Its functions cover compliance, intellectual property and legal matters, and it provides comprehensive, professional and efficient legal support for the departments of the company and the development, design, production and sale of its products.

Based on the group’s development strategy and business model, the Legal Department of Li Ning Group has established a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multi-level and practical compliance system for the group. In terms of IP, the team has laid out a rational global intellectual property approach and built a sound IP protection mechanism to enable business development.

Faced with regulatory guidance and changes to the market environment, the team constantly enhanced its professional capabilities and provided professional legal services and support for the group’s operational decisions in a timely and efficient manner.

Simultaneously, the team integrated the company’s resources and actively promoted the innovative, collaborative and digitised office processes of the legal system.

WINNER

CHINA RESOURCES CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Feng Lin
General CounselCHINA RESOURCES CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

The China Resources Capital (CRC) legal team is composed of a number of UK, US, Hong Kong and PRC qualified lawyers and legal consultants, each of whom has more than five years of legal experience. CRC legal team members divide their responsibilities according to the company’s business needs and investment strategies and based on various specialised areas including venture capital, private equity, city operation, direct investment and compliance management. To effectively manage legal and compliance risks of the company and promote its business growth, legal matters such as contract and case management, compliance, company secretarial and intellectual property matters are handled by lawyers with relevant legal expertise.

In the past year, the CRC legal team has provided professional legal services to more than 20 offshore and onshore private equity funds including advising China Resources’ healthcare, consumer and microelectronics funds on a number of investment projects in the PRC (with a total investment amount more than RMB1.5 billion) and assisting in a RMB2.7 billion equity investment in a project and the exit of a RMB1 billion investment by a China Resources’ energy fund. In addition, the CRC legal team provided legal support to China Resources’ offshore funds including assisting in a USD500 million investment in a data company, a USD500 million investment in an electric vehicle charging services provider and formation of a real estate fund with a Hong Kong listed company.

The CRC legal team also regularly advises on CFIUS- and FIRB-related regulatory and compliance matters in cross-border transactions and actively engages in consultations with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on various legal matters including in relation to the issuance of RMB-dominated REITs.

In light of the CRC legal team’s achievements in the past year, it was awarded the best legal team in the Private Equity & Venture Capital and Securitisation category and was highly recommended for Compliance (Cross-Border), Mergers & Acquisitions (Cross-Border) and Restructuring legal matters.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

BAIC CAPITAL

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Mu Xiaoqing
General Counsel, Chief Risk OfficerBAIC CAPITAL

Since its establishment in July 2015, the Legal and Compliance Department of BAIC Group Industrial Investment has been taking the company’s strategic objectives as the core of its services and improving the legal and internal risk-control mechanism integrating support, service, supervision and inspection.

The team has been fully and deeply involved in more than 200 investment and financing projects, and participated in the establishment of more than 60 funds with a scale of more than RMB35 billion. For risky projects, it takes the lead in researching solutions, and especially plays a backbone role in the adjustment and withdrawal of projects, controlling the key nodes and resolving the key risky projects through multiple strategies.

In addition, with the aim of strengthening comprehensive risk management as its principle, the team facilitates the development of the mechanism integrating legality, compliance, internal control and risk management, establishes and improves the operation mechanism of management and co-operation, strengthens the bottom line of risk prevention and control, and assists the company to develop to the highest quality.

Chenxi Investment

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhao Li
Deputy General Manager of Legal & Compliance Department

General Technology Venture Capital

LEGAL AND RISK CONTROL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Bao Jingming
General Manager

Jinmao Capital

Risk & Compliance Department

Team Leader: Zhang Meng

Risk & Compliance Executive Manager

SINOPEC CAPITAL

RISK CONTROL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: He Yinsheng
Managing DirectorSINOPEC CAPITAL

Sinopec Capital, established by Sinopec Group and Sinopec Corp as Sinopec’s institutional investment vehicle, aims to identify strategic investment opportunities through financial investment. Sinopec Capital focuses on strategic emerging industries such as new energy, new materials, energy conservation and environmental protection, high-end intelligent manufacturing, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) through empowering invested companies to facilitate the upgrade and industry transition of Sinopec Group.

The team at the Risk Control & Compliance Department of Sinopec Capital consists of seven specialists in a broad range of investment practice areas such as PE investment, risk management, laws and compliance, who work with creativity and professionalism.

The team provides a full range of high-quality services to Sinopec Capital on all aspects of risk control, legal services, business compliance, dispute resolution and internal audit. The excellence of the team has been widely recognised by peer institutions and received numerous awards.

Qianhai Ark Asset Management

RISK MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Leon Lam
General Counsel

Qingdao Haifa State-owned Capital Investment and Operation Group

Risk Management and Compliance Department

Team Leader: Xue Li
Legal Director

Xiamen C&D

DEPARTMENT OF LEGAL AFFAIRS

Team Leader: Li Yupeng
General Manager

WINNER

ZHONGJIAN DONGFU INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT

CONTRACT LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Guo Ruiqing
Chief Compliance Officer
& General Legal Counsel

HIGHLY COMMENDED

CIFI Ever Sunshine Services Group

YS SERVICE LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Li Ying
Legal Director

Financial Street (Beijing)
Real Estate

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICE

Team Leader: Jin Hui
Secretary of Board of Directors

LINK ASSET MANAGEMENT

MLC LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Julia Shen
General Manager – Legal (Mainland China)LINK ASSET MANAGEMENT

The mainland China legal team of Link Reit was established in 2015, and has since grown alongside the business growth of Link itself. At present, the team consists of nine experienced members who provide a full spectrum of legal services and support to the projects and headquarters’ affairs in connection with Link’s businesses in China. In particular, the services and support cover real estate M&A, investment and financing, redevelopment, project operation and management, development of corporate compliance, employment and dispute resolution. Since its establishment, the team has made outstanding contributions in safeguarding the smooth development of Link’s businesses in China to ensure its profitability and reduce its exposure to legal risks.

MIDEA REAL ESTATE GROUP

MIDEA REAL ESTATE LEGAL PLATFORM

Team Leader: Shang Dongning
Director of Legal ManagementMIDEA REAL ESTATE GROUP

The Midea Real Estate legal sharing platform is an integrated management team mainly responsible for the legal work of Midea Real Estate Group and its subsidiaries, including property companies, commercial companies, building material companies, intelligent technology companies, and venture capital companies. The platform provides legal services such as risk compliance, intellectual property management and dispute resolution.

The platform builds a legal professional team at the group headquarters to co-ordinate and manage the overall litigation cases, investment and financing businesses, and guides the legal teams of various regional real estate companies and specialised subsidiaries. The platform has established legal business teams in every subsidiary under the group, dispatching legal teams to seven regional real estate companies and five specialised subsidiaries to co-ordinate and be responsible for daily legal affairs, case handling, risk prevention and control, and other affairs, providing professional legal services to the business department. This platform currently has 37 senior legal employees, all holding legal professional qualifications.

GR Properties

LEGAL RISK CENTRE

Team Leader: Wang Bo
General Manager

Hisense Real Estate

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Shao Mingzhi
Legal Director

Xiamen C&D

DEPARTMENT OF LEGAL AFFAIRS

Team Leader: Li Yupeng
General Manager

Zhenro Group

NORTHERN SECTION LAW DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Li Jianhua
Legal Director

WINNER

ACCENTURE (CHINA)

GREATER CHINA LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Allen Gao
Managing Director -Legal & Government Relations Lead, Accenture Greater China

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Chindata Group

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Joy Zhang
Group Vice President, Legal & Investment

Huitian Aerospace Technology

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Stuart Lin
Operation General Manager & General Counsel

CHINA MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

LEGAL AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Yu Mang
General ManagerCHINA MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

As the top telecoms service provider in China, China Mobile Communications Group boasts the largest network scale and customer base, as well as leading profitability, brand value and market capitalisation compared to other telecoms operators globally. With the group’s business growth, the number of members at the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department has increased to 34.

The department, at the same time, is responsible for guiding the whole group’s legal work. At present, the group has some 800 legal workers. Under the leadership of Yu Mang, general manager of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department, the legal team has provided effective legal support in promoting the implementation of “mobile internet-based rule of law”, cultivating and disseminating the group’s culture of rule of law and intellectual property rights legal management, as well as the group’s reforms and major investment issues, strengthening dispute case management, advancing the implementation of the Compliance Escort Programme, improving the contract management system, research on major regulatory issues in the industry, and collaborative issues between different networks.

OFILM Group

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENTS

Team Leader: Robert Lin
Chief Compliance Officer

SenseTime

COMPANY LAW TEAM OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT 

Team Leader: Winnie Pu
Legal Executive Director

TalkingData

LEGAL & COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Ge Mengying
General Counsel & Data Compliance Officer

Thunder Software Technology

LEGAL, COMPLIANCE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Li
Director

QI-ANXIN TECHNOLOGY GROUP

LEGAL CENTRE

Team Leader: Ma Lan
Head of the Legal Centre, General CounselQI-ANXIN TECHNOLOGY GROUP

QI-ANXIN Group (QAX) is a listed company based in Beijing, China, and a well-known enterprise in the cybersecurity industry, providing new generation enterprise-level and national-level cybersecurity solutions, and striving to fulfill the enterprise mission of “Make the cyberspace safer and make the world a better place. The Legal Compliance Centre of QAX adheres to the team work philosophy of “safeguarding business, controlling risks, improving efficiency and promoting collaborative innovation”. Under the leadership of Nancy Ma, the head of the centre, it provides comprehensive legal support to QAX in areas such as commercial licence management, contract review, dispute resolution, investment and acquisitions, risk control and compliance management, and international business etc., in line with QAX’s business development strategy requirements, strengthening business development in a legal and compliant manner with high quality. Moreover, the centre is also involved in QAX’s Data Compliance Expert Group, and co-operates with the data compliance strategy team and the technology team to empower QAX’s cybersecurity and data compliance business.

WINNER

PERFECT WORLD INVESTMENT
& HOLDING GROUP

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Zhang Yu
Ma YihanPERFECT WORLD INVESTMENT & HOLDING GROUP

The Legal Department of Perfect World Investment & Holding Group consists of several professional teams addressing business support, intellectual property and data protection, M&A, compliance and dispute resolution. The department always practices the concept of being “product counsel”, participating in all aspects of business activities, integrating legal requirements with business demands and providing comprehensive legal support for the group’s diversified businesses that include games, animation and education.

In addition, the Legal Department attaches great importance to the improvement of systematic and digital office capabilities, and has independently developed various tools for contract reviewing, infringement monitoring and product compliance, which have improved its efficiency and risk control capabilities. In recent years, the department has also handled a number of cases with significant industry impact, and several of them were selected among 50 typical IPR cases of the Supreme Court in 2021, the typical IPR protection cases of the Supreme Prosecutor in 2020, and the top 10 IPR cases of Chinese courts in 2019.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bilibili

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Liu Nan
General Manager

Riot Games China

LEGAL TEAM

Team Leader: Emi Zhao
Legal Director (Head of Legal, China and APAC Games and Publishing)

Sina Corporation

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Gu Haiyan
General Manager

Tencent Holdings

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Team Leader: Timothy Ma
Head of International Privacy and Data Protection

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