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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 2024. 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.

  • Zeekr
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Liu Fang
    Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
    Zeekr

    Zeekr, a new intelligent pure electric vehicle brand under Geely Group, is a smart mobility technology company driven by intelligence and digitisation. Adhering to the user-centered concept, the company strives to create a sustainable future-oriented mobility lifestyle together with its users.

    As a founding team of Zeekr, the legal and compliance team is an important function department responsible for the company’s global legal and compliance affairs, with regional coverage of China, Europe, the US and emerging markets. It provides a full range of legal and compliance support for Zeekr's overall global business and operations, including strategic financing and investment activities, daily operations, IP management, general compliance management, data compliance, dispute resolution, the energy solution and battery-related businesses, and ESG (environmental, social and governance).

    Over the three years since Zeekr’s incorporation, the legal and compliance team has strived to provide high-quality services to support its rapid development and globalisation with high efficiency. The team has assisted in the completion of many projects, achieving many milestones with strategic importance, including setting up the global organisational structure and compliance management system, series A-round financing and US IPO filings, construction of new factories and production lines in multiple provinces and cities in China, establishment and implementation of the very comprehensive data and trade compliance management systems, as well as formulation of long-term ESG carbon neutralisation strategies and organisational structure. These efforts have greatly contributed to the company’s rapid development in the global EV markets.

    The team is headquartered in China with presence in Europe and the US, with a total of nearly 90 members worldwide. Most of them have practised with top law firms and multinational corporations for many years, with rich experience in the auto industry. Their excellent professionalism and high-quality standards have cultivated a team with strong capability and competency in execution and implementation.

Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
  • Practice areas: Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Winner
    Taikang Insurance Group
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Jin Yi
    Management Committee Member & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Practice areas: Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    3D-Gold Jewellery (HK)
    Legal Department
    Yan Zhiheng
    Senior Legal Manager
    3D-Gold Jewellery (HK)

    3D-Gold Jewellery Group engages in the sourcing, designing, wholesaling, trademark licensing and retailing of gold and platinum jewellery and gem-set jewellery products. It has around 300 points of sale worldwide.

    The group’s legal team is led by senior legal professionals with years of legal and management experience, with members having rich legal experience. It provides the group with a range of anti-bribery and anti-corruption services for its global operations.

    In response to the group’s needs, dedicated working groups have been set up for contracts, special cases, IP, store properties, franchise stores and suppliers. They examine anti-bribery and anti-corruption legal risks in different countries and regions where the company operates in order to address and resolve corresponding legal issues, safeguarding the group’s development.

  • Practice areas: Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Abbott
    Greater China Legal Team
    Aaron Shao
    Head of Legal, Greater China
  • Practice areas: Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Align Technology
    APAC Legal Team
    Sun Ning
    VP and Regional General Counsel, APAC
  • Practice areas: Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Lingong Heavy Machinery
    Legal & Risk Management Department
    Leo Li
    GM Assistant & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Practice areas: Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Luk Fook Holdings (International)
    Legal Affairs Department
    Irene Cheung
    Senior Legal Counsel
  • Practice areas: Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Top Kingwin
    Legal Team
    Wu Daibin
    Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
Capital markets (domestic)
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (domestic)
    Winner
    China Power International
    Legal and Risk Department
    Huang Huina
    General Manager of Legal and Risk Department
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Yonyou Network Technology
    Group Legal Department
    Geng Fan
    General Manager
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Xiaomi Corporation
    Industrial Investment Legal Team
    Wei Ranying
    Legal Director
    Xiaomi Corporation

    The industrial investment legal team of Xiaomi Group is responsible for legal affairs related to the company's investments. The team has completed the establishment of two industrial funds with a total size exceeding RMB20 billion (US2.76bn), and has supported hundreds of equity investment and major M&A projects. The team has continuously provided legal compliance support for the full-cycle operation of Xiaomi's industrial funds.

    Based on the characteristics of Xiaomi's industrial investments, the team has established a series of work guidelines and standard operating procedures, such as CFIUS (the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US) risk assessments, anti-monopoly risk assessments, IPO applications, and project litigation risk assessments. Through continuous systematic work and creation of SOPs, the team has provided more professional and efficient legal support for investment projects with extremely high personnel efficiency.

    The team has consistently delivered professional value to the industry and the group’s invested enterprises through publications, training and other means, establishing an image of professionalism and brand leadership as Xiaomi‘s investment legal team.

Capital markets (overseas)
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (overseas)
    Winner
    J&T Global Express
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Shang Quanxi
    Director of Legal and Compliance Department
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (overseas)
    Highly Commended
    Alibaba Group
    Listing Compliance & Corporate Governance
    Kevin Zhang
    Vice President, Company Secretary
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (overseas)
    Highly Commended
    Hongjiu Fruit
    Legal Centre
    Huang Hua
    Legal Director
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (overseas)
    Highly Commended
    Huayou Cobalt
    Legal Department
    Zhang Jiangbo
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (overseas)
    Highly Commended
    Huisuanzhang
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Luo Yuan
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (overseas)
    Highly Commended
    Micro Connect
    Legal & Compliance
    Annie Ling
    General Counsel
    Micro Connect

    The legal and compliance team of Micro Connect Group is comprised of legal compliance professionals with diverse educational and work backgrounds from various jurisdictions. Under the leadership of Annie Ling, partner and general counsel, the team provides comprehensive support for various cross-border legal and compliance matters within the group, meticulously anticipating risks to ensure the group's stable and rapid development.

    Leveraging the innovative creation of a revenue-sharing financial product, which draws on and organically integrates the concepts and methods of traditional asset securitisation products, Ling has led the team in further exploring and introducing the securitisation of revenue rights of daily revenue contracts. By enabling investors to subscribe to securitised products, they can participate in the underlying revenue-sharing rights. This novel design effectively channels the cash flow derived from revenue-sharing rights into the cash flow paid to investors throughthe financial products. By implementing this model to Daily Revenue Obligation (DRO) products issued overseas by the Micro Connect Macao Financial Assets Exchange, overseas investors can invest in DROs through the exchange, or pledge DROs held on the exchange as collateral for financing from overseas banks. This further illustrates the flexible integration of DROs with traditional financial and investment institutions, harnessing the significance of new financial assets through exploration and innovation in the financial market. Notably, the group raised USD458 million in its Series C funding round last year. This achievement witnessed broad-based participation from a diverse group of both new and existing investors worldwide.

  • Practice areas: Capital markets (overseas)
    Highly Commended
    Nanshan Group
    Legal Department
    Cheng Guangdong
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (overseas)
    Highly Commended
    Top Kingwin
    Legal Team
    Wu Daibin
    Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
  • Practice areas: Capital markets (overseas)
    Highly Commended
    Zeekr
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Liu Fang
    Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
    Zeekr

    Zeekr, a new intelligent pure electric vehicle brand under Geely Group, is a smart mobility technology company driven by intelligence and digitisation. Adhering to the user-centered concept, the company strives to create a sustainable future-oriented mobility lifestyle together with its users.

    As a founding team of Zeekr, the legal and compliance team is an important function department responsible for the company’s global legal and compliance affairs, with regional coverage of China, Europe, the US and emerging markets. It provides a full range of legal and compliance support for Zeekr's overall global business and operations, including strategic financing and investment activities, daily operations, IP management, general compliance management, data compliance, dispute resolution, the energy solution and battery-related businesses, and ESG (environmental, social and governance).

    Over the three years since Zeekr’s incorporation, the legal and compliance team has strived to provide high-quality services to support its rapid development and globalisation with high efficiency. The team has assisted in the completion of many projects, achieving many milestones with strategic importance, including setting up the global organisational structure and compliance management system, series A-round financing and US IPO filings, construction of new factories and production lines in multiple provinces and cities in China, establishment and implementation of the very comprehensive data and trade compliance management systems, as well as formulation of long-term ESG carbon neutralisation strategies and organisational structure. These efforts have greatly contributed to the company’s rapid development in the global EV markets.

    The team is headquartered in China with presence in Europe and the US, with a total of nearly 90 members worldwide. Most of them have practised with top law firms and multinational corporations for many years, with rich experience in the auto industry. Their excellent professionalism and high-quality standards have cultivated a team with strong capability and competency in execution and implementation.

Compliance (domestic)
  • Practice areas: Compliance (domestic)
    Winner
    Chenxi Investment
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Zhao Li
    Deputy General Manager
  • Practice areas: Compliance (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Audi (China) Enterprise Management
    Legal and IPR Team
    Alejandro Yunes
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Compliance (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    BaoShan Iron & Steel
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Shen Yan
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Practice areas: Compliance (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    CSCEC Dongfu Investment Development
    Legal and Compliance Management Department
    Sun Xiaohua
    Director of Law Department
  • Practice areas: Compliance (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Feilo Acoustics
    Legal Department
    Panda Sun
    General Manager
  • Practice areas: Compliance (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Hive Box Network Technology
    Hive Box Legal Department
    Gary Li
    Head of Legal
  • Practice areas: Compliance (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Metasota Network Technology
    Legal Team
    Zhang Xiaoyi
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Compliance (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Midea Real Estate
    Legal Platform
    Shang Dongning
    Director of Legal Management
  • Practice areas: Compliance (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Skechers China
    Legal Department
    Richard Tian
    Legal Director
Compliance (cross-border)
  • Practice areas: Compliance (cross-border)
    Winner
    Zeekr
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Liu Fang
    Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
    Zeekr

    Zeekr, a new intelligent pure electric vehicle brand under Geely Group, is a smart mobility technology company driven by intelligence and digitisation. Adhering to the user-centered concept, the company strives to create a sustainable future-oriented mobility lifestyle together with its users.

    As a founding team of Zeekr, the legal and compliance team is an important function department responsible for the company’s global legal and compliance affairs, with regional coverage of China, Europe, the US and emerging markets. It provides a full range of legal and compliance support for Zeekr's overall global business and operations, including strategic financing and investment activities, daily operations, IP management, general compliance management, data compliance, dispute resolution, the energy solution and battery-related businesses, and ESG (environmental, social and governance).

    Over the three years since Zeekr’s incorporation, the legal and compliance team has strived to provide high-quality services to support its rapid development and globalisation with high efficiency. The team has assisted in the completion of many projects, achieving many milestones with strategic importance, including setting up the global organisational structure and compliance management system, series A-round financing and US IPO filings, construction of new factories and production lines in multiple provinces and cities in China, establishment and implementation of the very comprehensive data and trade compliance management systems, as well as formulation of long-term ESG carbon neutralisation strategies and organisational structure. These efforts have greatly contributed to the company’s rapid development in the global EV markets.

    The team is headquartered in China with presence in Europe and the US, with a total of nearly 90 members worldwide. Most of them have practised with top law firms and multinational corporations for many years, with rich experience in the auto industry. Their excellent professionalism and high-quality standards have cultivated a team with strong capability and competency in execution and implementation.

  • Practice areas: Compliance (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    Alibaba Group
    Listing Compliance & Corporate Governance
    Kevin Zhang
    Vice President, Company Secretary
  • Practice areas: Compliance (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    Accenture (China)
    Greater China Legal Team
    Allen Gao
    Managing Director, Legal & Government Relations Lead
  • Practice areas: Compliance (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    BioMap
    Legal Compliance & IP team
    Sun Xiaoyue
    Legal Head
  • Practice areas: Compliance (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    China Power International
    Legal and Risk Department
    Huang Huina
    General Manager of Legal and Risk Department
  • Practice areas: Compliance (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    COSCO Shipping Ports
    Legal Department
    Michelle Hung
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
  • Practice areas: Compliance (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    Dah Sing Bank
    Group Legal and Company Secretarial Division
    Richard Li
    Group General Counsel, Company Secretary
  • Practice areas: Compliance (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    Foxconn Industrial Internet
    Legal & IP Department
    Xie Chenyang
    Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
  • Practice areas: Compliance (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    HSBC
    Global Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement
    Mandy Fung
    Regional Head of Global Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement ASP
    HSBC

    HSBC’s Asia-Pacific global investigations and regulatory enforcement (GIRE) team is a specialist global legal team that provides strategic assistance, guidance and informed legal advice in relation to significant government-facing and internal investigations. The APAC team is part of the global GIRE team which comprises lawyers, forensic accountants and other professionals in London, Hong Kong, New York and Dubai.

    Scrutiny by key regulators and law enforcement makes it critical for financial institutions to have the capability that the GIRE team provides. It is a single cross-border team suited for complex, multijurisdictional and multi-agency investigations. It has extensive experience handling regulatory investigations and enquiries in different jurisdictions, as well as internal investigations. It responds effectively to government and regulatory enquiries to reduce any potential risks arising from any possible breaches of law, regulation or policy that might pose material legal, regulatory or reputational risk to HSBC. The team’s primary role is to manage such investigations and ensure they are conducted in a robust, independent manner, and to provide legal advice to HSBC. The GIRE team supervises and co-ordinates investigations into HSBC’s business or operations.

Data protection & privacy
  • Practice areas: Data protection & privacy
    Winner
    Talking Data
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Ge Mengying
    General Counsel & Data Compliance Officer
    Talking Data

    TalkingData’s legal and compliance department has rich experience and profound expertise in the field of law, with a sustained capacity for learning, critical thinking and innovation. The department comprehensively oversees all of the company’s legal and compliance affairs, encompassing contract review, data compliance, IP management and maintenance, corporate governance, dispute resolution, labour and employment risk management, bidding compliance, investment and financing support, legal training, and regulatory communication. It provides targeted legal support for emerging business models such as data commercialisation. It actively participates in drafting and revising various national standards, industry standards, and white papers. Guided by a combination of business acumen, regulatory insight, and legal professionalism, it establishes legal frameworks and constructs compliance protocols, facilitating the identification, governance and optimisation of business compliance risks to ensure the company's steady operation.

  • Practice areas: Data protection & privacy
    Highly Commended
    Accenture (China)
    Greater China Legal Team
    Allen Gao
    Managing Director, Legal & Government Relations Lead
  • Practice areas: Data protection & privacy
    Highly Commended
    Audi (China) Enterprise Management
    Legal and IPR Team
    Alejandro Yunes
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Data protection & privacy
    Highly Commended
    Autoliv China
    Legal Department
    Huang Yiyun
    General Manager
    Autoliv China

    Autoliv is the world leader in automotive passive 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, Autoliv’s legal team has a clear understanding of the company’s long-term strategy, objectives and overall business operations. The team possesses a strong ability to identify risks and solve problems, and is good at cross-functional communication and collaboration.

    The team provides professional and effective legal support for Autoliv China. In addition to handling the company’s daily legal affairs, it has resolved several major disputes in IP, labour, and in other civil and commercial matters. The team has also improved the company’s cyber and data security compliance systems. These achievements have been recognised by Autoliv’s management and business units, making the team an indispensable business partner in the company’s development.

  • Practice areas: Data protection & privacy
    Highly Commended
    Huatai International
    Legal Team
    Jin Ning
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Data protection & privacy
    Highly Commended
    Mitsubishi Corporation
    Legal and CSR Department
    Sun Rui
    Legal Manager
  • Practice areas: Data protection & privacy
    Highly Commended
    Sephora
    Legal & Government Affairs
    Ashley Zhu
    General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance Correspondent, Greater China
  • Practice areas: Data protection & privacy
    Highly Commended
    Sina Corporation
    Compliance Team
    Ma Xiaoyue
    Legal Director

    Sina Group’s legal team is a dynamic and enthusiastic professional team dedicated to serving the steadily growing company. Though the team consists of no more than 10 members, each hails from top domestic law schools and boasts years of experience in legal services at law firms or large corporations.

    To address emerging internet compliance challenges, the legal team closely co-operates with the business team, adhering to the fundamental principles of delving into, understanding, researching and empowering the business. It persists in taking proactive measures and means to provide full-process, full-cycle compliance services for each product, including comprehensive updates and improvement of data classification and grading systems; comprehensive collection, sorting and interpretation of policies and cases; active participation in academic conferences to convey Sina's voice; and emphasis on internal and external training.

    In 2023, the legal team accomplished almost 200 online compliance reviews, ensuring that business operations remained firmly on the track of legality and compliance. There has been no significant negative impact due to compliance issues with products, demonstrating the team's effectiveness in ensuring compliance. It organised more than ten sessions to interpret laws, regulations and policies based on the practical needs of the business, deeply instilling the concept of compliant operations and management. The team emphasised regular collection of feedback from the business side during daily work, summarising, organising and distilling this feedback to continuously improve their processes.

  • Practice areas: Data protection & privacy
    Highly Commended
    Zeekr
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Liu Fang
    Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
    Zeekr

    Zeekr, a new intelligent pure electric vehicle brand under Geely Group, is a smart mobility technology company driven by intelligence and digitisation. Adhering to the user-centered concept, the company strives to create a sustainable future-oriented mobility lifestyle together with its users.

    As a founding team of Zeekr, the legal and compliance team is an important function department responsible for the company’s global legal and compliance affairs, with regional coverage of China, Europe, the US and emerging markets. It provides a full range of legal and compliance support for Zeekr's overall global business and operations, including strategic financing and investment activities, daily operations, IP management, general compliance management, data compliance, dispute resolution, the energy solution and battery-related businesses, and ESG (environmental, social and governance).

    Over the three years since Zeekr’s incorporation, the legal and compliance team has strived to provide high-quality services to support its rapid development and globalisation with high efficiency. The team has assisted in the completion of many projects, achieving many milestones with strategic importance, including setting up the global organisational structure and compliance management system, series A-round financing and US IPO filings, construction of new factories and production lines in multiple provinces and cities in China, establishment and implementation of the very comprehensive data and trade compliance management systems, as well as formulation of long-term ESG carbon neutralisation strategies and organisational structure. These efforts have greatly contributed to the company’s rapid development in the global EV markets.

    The team is headquartered in China with presence in Europe and the US, with a total of nearly 90 members worldwide. Most of them have practised with top law firms and multinational corporations for many years, with rich experience in the auto industry. Their excellent professionalism and high-quality standards have cultivated a team with strong capability and competency in execution and implementation.

Dispute resolution (domestic)
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (domestic)
    Winner
    Sina Corporation
    Litigation Team
    Zhang Zhe
    Legal Manager
    Sina Corporation

    Sina Group’s legal team is a dynamic and enthusiastic professional team dedicated to serving the steadily growing company. Though the team consists of no more than 10 members, each hails from top domestic law schools and boasts years of experience in legal services at law firms or large corporations.

    To address emerging internet compliance challenges, the legal team closely co-operates with the business team, adhering to the fundamental principles of delving into, understanding, researching and empowering the business. It persists in taking proactive measures and means to provide full-process, full-cycle compliance services for each product, including comprehensive updates and improvement of data classification and grading systems; comprehensive collection, sorting and interpretation of policies and cases; active participation in academic conferences to convey Sina's voice; and emphasis on internal and external training.

    In 2023, the legal team accomplished almost 200 online compliance reviews, ensuring that business operations remained firmly on the track of legality and compliance. There has been no significant negative impact due to compliance issues with products, demonstrating the team's effectiveness in ensuring compliance. It organised more than ten sessions to interpret laws, regulations and policies based on the practical needs of the business, deeply instilling the concept of compliant operations and management. The team emphasised regular collection of feedback from the business side during daily work, summarising, organising and distilling this feedback to continuously improve their processes.

  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Chenxi Investment
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Zhao Li
    Deputy General Manager
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    China Construction Shenzhen Decoration
    Legal Department
    Liu Mingliang
    Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    CSCEC Dongfu Investment Development
    Legal and Compliance Management Department
    Sun Xiaohua
    Director of Law Department
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Hisense Real Estate
    Legal Department
    Shao Mingzhi
    Legal Expert at Hisense, Legal Director at Hisense Real Estate
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Link REIT
    Mainland China Legal Team
    Julia Shen
    General Manager - Legal (MLC)
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Midea Real Estate
    Legal Platform
    Shang Dongning
    Director of Legal Management
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Poly Group Corporation
    Department for Risk Management and Legal Compliance
    An Jingjing
    Director
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Syngenta Group China
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Steven Cao
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Dispute resolution (cross-border)
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (cross-border)
    Winner
    Chenxi Investment
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Zhao Li
    Deputy General Manager
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    Harbin Electric International
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Tian Xingchuan
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    PowerChina International Group
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Chen Yufeng
    Deputy General Manager
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    Sina Corporation
    Litigation Team
    Zhang Zhe
    Legal Manager
  • Practice areas: Dispute resolution (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    SMA Solar Technology Shanghai
    SMA Legal Asia
    Sophie Zhang
    Director of Legal Asia & Finance China
Employment & labour
  • Practice areas: Employment & labour
    Winner
    CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Pan Zhuqing
    Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
    CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive

    The CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive's legal and compliance department is a robust team of 148, tasked with upholding corporate legal order and managing compliance risks. The department comprises four subgroups covering compliance management, general legal affairs, international business and litigation.

    The compliance management team, led by Liu Yiwan with 86 professionals, is responsible for building and maintaining the compliance framework, planning and executing compliance activities, as well as monitoring and assessing compliance across business lines. The team also focuses on compliance risk control, assessments, training and culture development.

    The international legal affairs team, under Yan Haiyang and consisting of 28 members, specialises in legal risk prevention and professional legal support for overseas operations. This includes researching international and local laws and regulations, ensuring legal compliance of the company's international activities.

    The general legal affairs team, led by Yuan Danhong with 30 members, handles major company projects such as the acquisition of Vossloh by CRRC Zhuzhou, alongside core legal tasks like licensing management, legal consulting, and contract management.

    Comprised of only four members, the litigation team, led by Lin Zifei, focuses on managing domestic and international litigation and disputes to protect the company's rights.

    Overall, the legal and compliance department acts as a guardian for China Railway Construction Corporation's Belt and Road initiative, ensuring stable and lawful operations and providing solid legal support for the company's sustainable development.

  • Practice areas: Employment & labour
    Highly Commended
    3D-Gold Jewellery (HK)
    Legal Department
    Yan Zhiheng
    Senior Legal Manager
    3D-Gold Jewellery (HK)

    3D-Gold Jewellery Group engages in the sourcing, designing, wholesaling, trademark licensing and retailing of gold and platinum jewellery and gem-set jewellery products. It has around 300 points of sale worldwide.

    The group’s legal team is led by senior legal professionals with years of legal and management experience, with members having rich legal experience. It provides professional legal advice to the group on employee labour and employment relationships.

    To address the group's manpower needs, the team participates in the formulation and improvement of employment contracts, employee handbooks, rules and regulations. It actively intervenes in resolving labour disputes and provides legal advice on various cases. The team ensures the group’s compliance with employment regulations while respecting and protecting employee rights and interests. This effectively reduces the group's employment risks and safeguards its legal rights.

  • Practice areas: Employment & labour
    Highly Commended
    Anker Innovations Technology
    Legal Department
    Cheng Gang
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Employment & labour
    Highly Commended
    Autoliv China
    Legal Department
    Huang Yiyun
    General Manager
    Autoliv China

    Autoliv is the world leader in automotive passive 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, Autoliv’s legal team has a clear understanding of the company’s long-term strategy, objectives and overall business operations. The team possesses a strong ability to identify risks and solve problems, and is good at cross-functional communication and collaboration.

    The team provides professional and effective legal support for Autoliv China. In addition to handling the company’s daily legal affairs, it has resolved several major disputes in IP, labour, and in other civil and commercial matters. The team has also improved the company’s cyber and data security compliance systems. These achievements have been recognised by Autoliv’s management and business units, making the team an indispensable business partner in the company’s development.

  • Practice areas: Employment & labour
    Highly Commended
    Kanyun Holding
    Legal Kanyun
    Zheng Jia
    Legal Director
  • Practice areas: Employment & labour
    Highly Commended
    Lingong Heavy Machinery
    Legal & Risk Management Department
    Leo Li
    GM Assistant & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Practice areas: Employment & labour
    Highly Commended
    Luk Fook Holdings (International)
    Legal Affairs Department
    Irene Cheung
    Senior Legal Counsel
  • Practice areas: Employment & labour
    Highly Commended
    Sina Corporation
    Litigation Team
    Zhang Zhe
    Legal Manager
    Sina Corporation

    The litigation team of Sina Group directs and is responsible for all the dispute resolution cases of Sina, Weibo, the group’s subsidiaries and invested companies, in multiple jurisdictions in China, the US and Europe. The team has attained remarkable achievements in IP rights and data protection in legal issues involving various professional areas, such as entertainment and sports, as well as in data protection cases and cybercrime.

    The team successfully handles thousands of proceedings every year, and has made innovations in the IP rights protection system within the group, generating a remarkable amount of revenue. It has contributed to landmark cases such as copyright disputes relating to the live streaming of the Chinese Super League. In the past few years, the team has also contributed a number of model cases in data protection. As a pioneer in data laws, it is committed to promoting fair and orderly data flow and protection through established rules.

  • Practice areas: Employment & labour
    Highly Commended
    Taikang Insurance Group
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Jin Yi
    Management Committee Member & Chief Compliance Officer
Environment, social & governance (ESG)
  • Practice areas: Environment, social & governance (ESG)
    Winner
    SMA Solar Technology Shanghai
    SMA Legal Asia
    Sophie Zhang
    Director of Legal Asia & Finance China
    SMA Solar Technology Shanghai

    As a leading global specialist in photovoltaic systems technology, SMA Solar Technology is helping shape the future of energy supply by setting the standards for decentralised, digital and renewable energy supply. It has gained an outstanding reputation and awards in ESG (environment, social and governance), including ranking 10th in Corporate Knights’ Global 100 of most sustainable companies in 2024, receiving the EcoVadis Gold Medal in 2023, and gaining MSCI ESG’s AAA rating in 2022.

    To meet complex legal and sustainable requirements according to applicable laws in the EU, Germany, China, Japan, India, Australia, the UK and the US, the SMA legal Asia team collaborates with the global sustainability team and other functions, in handling various ESG tasks in Asia. This includes human resources and labour audits, employee handbook production, supplier due diligence, business partner code of conduct, health and safety, environment and governance, making outstanding contributions to the company’s sustainable development.

  • Practice areas: Environment, social & governance (ESG)
    Highly Commended
    Centre Testing International
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Bao Aiwu
    Vice President, Head of Legal & Compliance
  • Practice areas: Environment, social & governance (ESG)
    Highly Commended
    China Recources Capital Management
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Feng Lin
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Practice areas: Environment, social & governance (ESG)
    Highly Commended
    Flender China
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Lun Xiaojian
    Head of Legal & Compliance Department
  • Practice areas: Environment, social & governance (ESG)
    Highly Commended
    Huatai International
    Legal Team
    Jin Ning
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Environment, social & governance (ESG)
    Highly Commended
    Luk Fook Holdings (International)
    Legal Affairs Department
    Irene Cheung
    Senior Legal Counsel
    Luk Fook Holdings (International)

    Luk Fook Group engages in sourcing, designing, wholesaling, trademark licensing and retailing of a variety of gold and platinum jewellery and gem-set jewellery products.

    The group’s legal affairs department is composed of teams from mainland China and Hong Kong, led by Irene Cheung, senior legal counsel. The mainland China team has branches in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Wuhan, and is mainly responsible for the region’s legal affairs, while the Hong Kong team focuses on legal affairs in all business expansion areas. The entire team has 31 people safeguarding the group’s operations across more than 3,300 points of sale worldwide.

    The team has won several “In-house Counsel Awards” by China Business Law Journal for four consecutive years from 2020, including in consumer and retail, as well as in IP (trademark and copyright), in recognition of its legal knowledge and expertise in relevant fields.

  • Practice areas: Environment, social & governance (ESG)
    Highly Commended
    Syngenta Group China
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Steven Cao
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Intellectual property (copyright)
Intellectual property (patent)
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (patent)
    Winner
    Baidu
    Patent Department
    Cui Lingling
    General Manager
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (patent)
    Highly Commended
    Alibaba Group
    Patent Legal Team
    Sean Ke
    Patent Legal Director
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (patent)
    Highly Commended
    Anker Innovations Technology
    Legal Department
    Cheng Gang
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (patent)
    Highly Commended
    BioMap
    Legal Compliance & IP team
    Sun Xiaoyue
    Legal Head
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (patent)
    Highly Commended
    Foxconn Industrial Internet
    Legal & IP Department
    Xie Chenyang
    Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (patent)
    Highly Commended
    Guangdong Genius Technology
    Legal and Intellectual Property
    Chen Tianwei
    Chief Legal Officer
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (patent)
    Highly Commended
    Soulgate Technology
    Intellectual Property Team, Legal Department, Soul APP
    Ma Qiwen
    Senior Legal Manager
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (patent)
    Highly Commended
    Syngenta Crop Protection
    Intellectual Property Team
    Filip De Corte
    Head of IP Team
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (patent)
    Highly Commended
    Zeekr
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Liu Fang
    Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
    Zeekr

    Zeekr, a new intelligent pure electric vehicle brand under Geely Group, is a smart mobility technology company driven by intelligence and digitisation. Adhering to the user-centered concept, the company strives to create a sustainable future-oriented mobility lifestyle together with its users.

    As a founding team of Zeekr, the legal and compliance team is an important function department responsible for the company’s global legal and compliance affairs, with regional coverage of China, Europe, the US and emerging markets. It provides a full range of legal and compliance support for Zeekr's overall global business and operations, including strategic financing and investment activities, daily operations, IP management, general compliance management, data compliance, dispute resolution, the energy solution and battery-related businesses, and ESG (environmental, social and governance).

    Over the three years since Zeekr’s incorporation, the legal and compliance team has strived to provide high-quality services to support its rapid development and globalisation with high efficiency. The team has assisted in the completion of many projects, achieving many milestones with strategic importance, including setting up the global organisational structure and compliance management system, series A-round financing and US IPO filings, construction of new factories and production lines in multiple provinces and cities in China, establishment and implementation of the very comprehensive data and trade compliance management systems, as well as formulation of long-term ESG carbon neutralisation strategies and organisational structure. These efforts have greatly contributed to the company’s rapid development in the global EV markets.

    The team is headquartered in China with presence in Europe and the US, with a total of nearly 90 members worldwide. Most of them have practised with top law firms and multinational corporations for many years, with rich experience in the auto industry. Their excellent professionalism and high-quality standards have cultivated a team with strong capability and competency in execution and implementation.

Intellectual property (trademark)
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (trademark)
    Winner
    Health and Happiness (H&H) China
    Group IP Team & China Legal Department
    Chen Mingfang
    Legal Director
    Health and Happiness (H&H) China

    The H&H Group IP team is led by Carol Chen, with members Junting Li, Mengyue Dong, Yanying Lin and Miao Mai.

    The team is responsible for the group's global IP affairs, and has established an IP management structure and electronic management system. Besides keeping up with global business developments, the team also deeply explores the value of IP. It has successfully overcome various IP challenges in the EU, the US, Southeast Asia and China. Through the team’s effort, Swisse was recognised in court as a well-known trademark in China, with the company awarded RMB10 million (USD1.4m) in compensation. The team has also obtained excellent results through combined resources to deal a heavy blow to trademark infringement and unfair competition within the industry.

  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (trademark)
    Highly Commended
    Align Technology
    APAC Legal Team
    Sun Ning
    VP and Regional General Counsel, APAC
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (trademark)
    Highly Commended
    Audi (China) Enterprise Management
    Legal and IPR Team
    Alejandro Yunes
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (trademark)
    Highly Commended
    Kingsoft Office Software
    Legal Compliance Department
    Wang Yabin
    Senior Legal Director
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (trademark)
    Highly Commended
    Luk Fook Holdings (International)
    Legal Affairs Department
    Irene Cheung
    Senior Legal Counsel
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (trademark)
    Highly Commended
    Nestle (China)
    Legal & Intellectual Property Team
    Dennis Wu
    Head of Intellectual Property
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (trademark)
    Highly Commended
    Skechers China
    Legal Department IP Team
    Demi Yu
    Senior Legal Manager
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (trademark)
    Highly Commended
    Sohu Group
    Legal Affair Centre
    May Pang
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (trademark)
    Highly Commended
    Weibo Corporation
    Weibo Legal Team
    Fan Ye
    Legal Director
    Weibo Corporation

    Founded in 2009, Weibo is the leading social media platform in China. Its legal team has grown and expanded with the business. It provides a full range of legal services in such areas as product risk control, data security, personal information protection, capital market operations and policy research. The team is also responsibile for the company’s overall IP protection, 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. lt has also firmly grasped the balance between commercial demands and legal risks to support the company's innovative business model and operational ecology development.

Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
    Winner
    Skechers China
    Legal Department
    Richard Tian
    Legal Director
    Skechers China

    Skechers, founded in California in 1992, is a leading global brand of athletic and casual footwear and apparel. Skechers China’s IP team consists of five experienced professionals in the IP industry, responsible for IP protection in mainland China and the layout of certain IP applications. The team provides comprehensive support to the business development of Skechers China, covering online and offline channels, IP application and protection.

    In recent years, the team has led multiple cases that have been highly recognised within the industry. Among these, a criminal enforcement case was selected as one of the “Top 10 Cases of Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeiting Crimes” by the Ministry of Public Security. An administrative complaint was chosen as one of the Quality Brands Protection Committee top 10 cases, while some civil litigation cases were selected as classic litigation cases locally and were widely reported by the media.

    Guided by the working philosophy that the IP strategy should closely follow the company's market strategy, the team developed an IP strategy, and improved multiple IP management standards including a compliance system, risk screening guidelines and enforcement guides. From system establishment to implementation, the team spares no effort in safeguarding Skechers’ business operations.

  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
    Highly Commended
    Bosideng International Holdings
    Legal AffairsCentre
    Yan Wuzhou
    Legal Director
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
    Highly Commended
    Kanyun Holding
    Legal Kanyun
    Zheng Jia
    Legal Director
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
    Highly Commended
    Luk Fook Holdings (International)
    Legal Affairs Department
    Irene Cheung
    Senior Legal Counsel
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
    Highly Commended
    Nestle (China)
    Legal & Intellectual Property Team
    Dennis Wu
    Head of Intellectual Property
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
    Highly Commended
    Siemens China
    Intellectual Property Department
    Jiang Xiangwei
    IP Director
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
    Highly Commended
    Syngenta Group China
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Steven Cao
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
    Highly Commended
    Taikang Insurance Group
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Jin Yi
    Management Committee Member & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Practice areas: Intellectual property (dispute and enforcement)
    Highly Commended
    Tapestry Greater China
    Legal Team
    Lillian Lu
    Vice President, Associate General Counsel
    Tapestry Greater China

    Tapestry Greater China’s legal department was set up in 2009, and 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, associate general counsel, the 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 department further established the Tapestry China Privacy Office in 2021, and built up a region-driven IPR Protection Centre of Excellence, witnessing the business iterating into a multi-brand expressive luxury powerhouse.

International compliance & sanctions
  • Practice areas: International compliance & sanctions
    Winner
    Risen Energy
    Risk Control Centre Legal Department
    Lee Zhigang
    Vice President of Risk Control Centre
    Risen Energy

    Risen Energy is a leading global manufacturer of new energy equipment and provider of clean energy solutions, with business areas involving solar cell and module manufacturing, investment and construction of photovoltaic power stations, energy storage, wind power and other fields. The company’s legal team is composed of 33 professional lawyers.

    In 2023, under the leadership of its vice-president Li Zhigang, the team achieved excellent performance in the fields of international compliance and sanctions, as well as domestic and foreign investment. By systematically studying the US trade restriction laws and regulations system for photovoltaic products in China, and summarising years of practice in litigation response, the team has established a comprehensive litigation response and relief system, as well as a traceability system for the supply chain of products exported to the US. The team has also set up a pre-warning mechanism for trade relief and route design, which has not only achieved multiple anti-dumping and countervailing duty retrials at record low rates, upholding the theoretical smoothness and industry rights and interests of trade routes, but has also obtained favourable judgment by the US Court of International Trade on the final ruling of a trade retrial, which is expected to achieve considerable economic benefits. Through the establishment of a traceability system, a high gross-profit market share has been maintained, hugely contributing to the company’s revenue and profits. This has further highlighted the company’s business advantage in the new energy field, aiding the completion of investments and implementation of domestic and foreign industrial and commercial rooftop photovoltaic projects as well as household and wind power projects. The system has resulted in compliance, stability and controllable risks, achieving both reputational and economic benefits for the company.

    Risen Energy’s legal team has always been proactive in serving the front line of the company’s business, adhering to the bottom line of compliance, continuously improving the risk control system, providing guidance and improving the quality and efficiency of the company’s operations, demonstrating outstanding performance and uniqueness among peers and legal teams in the region.

  • Practice areas: International compliance & sanctions
    Highly Commended
    AliExpress
    Legal Team for Product Compliance, IPR, Marketing, US and Latin America
    Mah Soon Sin
    Head of Legal
  • Practice areas: International compliance & sanctions
    Highly Commended
    China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation
    Internal Control, Compliance and Legal Affairs Department
    Cao Shunming
    Assistant President, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officer
  • Practice areas: International compliance & sanctions
    Highly Commended
    COSCO Shipping Ports
    Legal Department
    Michelle Hung
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
  • Practice areas: International compliance & sanctions
    Highly Commended
    Flender China
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Lun Xiaojian
    Head of Legal & Compliance Department

    The legal and compliance department of Flender China is a five-member professional team consisting of the department manager, a compliance officer, the export control and customs (ECC) compliance officer, and business specialists. Since its establishment, the team has actively learned from the headquarters’ experiences, optimising local functions and providing protection for the healthy development of the company through professional legal services and strict compliance management.

    The department's main duties cover legal affairs, export compliance, and compliance review. The team deeply participates in the company's operation, provides comprehensive legal support including contract review, trademark management, management of external lawyers, claims, disputes and other matters, and concurrently performs comprehensive functions such as the social credit system and seal management. The team ensures effective implementation, maintenance and monitoring of the ECC compliance of the company's internal control projects. It also promotes the culture of compliance, and supports the company‘s stable operation in key areas such as anti-corruption, anti-trust, privacy protection, and business partner (BP) compliance management.

  • Practice areas: International compliance & sanctions
    Highly Commended
    Lingong Heavy Machinery
    Legal & Risk Management Department
    Leo Li
    GM Assistant & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Practice areas: International compliance & sanctions
    Highly Commended
    PowerChina International Group
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Chen Yufeng
    Deputy General Manager
  • Practice areas: International compliance & sanctions
    Highly Commended
    Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Hong Kong Branch
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Iris Kwok
    Chief Compliance Officer & General Mangaer
  • Practice areas: International compliance & sanctions
    Highly Commended
    Sina Corporation
    Litigation Team
    Zhang Zhe
    Legal Manager
    Sina Corporation

    The litigation team of Sina Group directs and is responsible for all the dispute resolution cases of Sina, Weibo, the group’s subsidiaries and invested companies, in multiple jurisdictions in China, the US and Europe. The team has attained remarkable achievements in IP rights and data protection in legal issues involving various professional areas, such as entertainment and sports, as well as in data protection cases and cybercrime.

    The team successfully handles thousands of proceedings every year, and has made innovations in the IP rights protection system within the group, generating a remarkable amount of revenue. It has contributed to landmark cases such as copyright disputes relating to the live streaming of the Chinese Super League. In the past few years, the team has also contributed a number of model cases in data protection. As a pioneer in data laws, it is committed to promoting fair and orderly data flow and protection through established rules.

Mergers & acquisitions (domestic)
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (domestic)
    Winner
    C&D
    Legal Department
    Li Yupeng
    General Manager of Legal Department
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Chenxi Investment
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Zhao Li
    Deputy General Manager
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    ENN Energy
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Liu Zhao
    General Manager
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Link REIT
    Mainland China Legal Team
    Julia Shen
    General Manager - Legal (MLC)
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Nanshan Group
    Legal Department
    Cheng Guangdong
    General Counsel
Mergers & acquisitions (cross-border)
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (cross-border)
    Winner
    Huayou Cobalt
    Legal Department
    Zhang Jiangbo
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    CBC Group
    CBC Legal Team
    Oak Ma
    Managing Director
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    China Power International
    Legal and Risk Department
    Huang Huina
    General Manager of Legal and Risk Department
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    COSCO Shipping Ports
    Legal Department
    Michelle Hung
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    J&T Global Express
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Shang Quanxi
    Director of Legal and Compliance Department
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    Sembcorp (China)
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Allen Liang
    General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions (cross-border)
    Highly Commended
    Tapestry Greater China
    Legal Team
    Lillian Lu
    Vice President, Associate General Counsel
Restructuring
  • Practice areas: Restructuring
    Winner
    Alibaba Group
    Listing Compliance & Corporate Governance
    Kevin Zhang
    Vice President, Company Secretary
    Alibaba Group

    As a large US- and Hong Kong-listed company with more than 200,000 employees, engaged in a wide range of businesses in the PRC and overseas, Alibaba Group is subject to a variety of domestic and international laws, rules and regulations across a number of aspects of its business and in relation to the group’s and its subsidiaries’ publicly traded securities. In a growing and rapidly changing technology sector, the listing compliance and corporate governance team is well recognised within Alibaba Group for its agile, efficient and innovative approach in handling changes. Lawyers on the team possess extensive years of legal and compliance experience with strong expertise in corporate governance, Hong Kong and US securities laws, company law, contract law, banking and finance law, listing rules as well as board secretarial matters. The team provides diversified and comprehensive overseas legal support to Alibaba Group in the areas of capital markets, corporate governance, listing compliance, corporate and commercial, international compliance, treasury compliance, contract management as well as related party transaction compliance. The team is well versed in providing sound legal and compliance advice to address management as well as stakeholder concerns, and in developing solutions to complex legal and regulatory issues.

  • Practice areas: Restructuring
    Highly Commended
    C&D
    Legal Department
    Li Yupeng
    General Manager of Legal Department
  • Practice areas: Restructuring
    Highly Commended
    Chenxi Investment
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Zhao Li
    Deputy General Manager
  • Practice areas: Restructuring
    Highly Commended
    China Orient Asset Management (International)
    COAMCI Legal Team
    Li Lu
    Head of Legal
  • Practice areas: Restructuring
    Highly Commended
    Danaher China
    Legal & Compliance Team
    Qiao Gangliang
    VP & General Counsel
  • Practice areas: Restructuring
    Highly Commended
    Kanyun Holding
    Legal Kanyun
    Zheng Jia
    Legal Director
  • Practice areas: Restructuring
    Highly Commended
    SMA Solar Technology Shanghai
    SMA Legal Asia
    Sophie Zhang
    Director of Legal Asia & Finance China
Securitisation
  • Practice areas: Securitisation
    Winner
    Huatai International
    Legal Team
    Jin Ning
    General Counsel
    Huatai International

    Huatai International’s legal team consists of five lawyers who are either qualified in Hong Kong or other major jurisdictions, two paralegals and one company secretary. The team provides legal support to all business units within the company, including asset management, cross-border finance, debt/equity capital markets, equity derivatives, equities sale and trading, fintech and retail, FICC (fixed income, currencies and commodities), investment banking, private wealth management, as well as structured finance and principal investment. It also assists all middle and back offices with legal matters.

    Within derivatives, structured products and securitisation, the team manages structured note programmes and handles legal issues related to issuances, sales and purchases. The team also negotiates trade relationship documentation, confirmation agreements, clearing documents and all other relevant documents for over-the-counter derivatives and repo trades, and advises on relevant legal and regulatory issues.

  • Practice areas: Securitisation
    Highly Commended
    China Property & Casualty Reinsurance
    Legal Compliance Department
    Yu Huicong
    Deputy General Manager
  • Practice areas: Securitisation
    Highly Commended
    Ping An Asset Management
    Legal Team
    Shi Zhongxing
    Head of Legal Team
  • Practice areas: Taxation
    Winner
    Bosideng International Holdings
    Legal AffairsCentre
    Yan Wuzhou
    Legal Director
  • Practice areas: Taxation
    Highly Commended
    AliExpress
    Legal Team for Product Compliance, IPR, Marketing, US and Latin America
    Mah Soon Sin
    Head of Legal
  • Practice areas: Taxation
    Highly Commended
    China Communications Trading & Supply
    Legal Counsel & Risk Control
    Han Zhaoyi
    Chief Compliance Officer & General Manager
Trade secret
  • Practice areas: Trade secret
    Winner
    Kanyun Holding
    Legal Kanyun
    Zheng Jia
    Legal Director
  • Practice areas: Trade secret
    Highly Commended
    Bluepha Microbiology Technology
    IP Team
    Wang Lu
    Intellectual Property Director
  • Practice areas: Trade secret
    Highly Commended
    Centre Testing International
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Bao Aiwu
    Vice President, Head of Legal & Compliance
  • Practice areas: Trade secret
    Highly Commended
    CXMT
    Legal Compliance
    Robin Wang
    Director
  • Practice areas: Trade secret
    Highly Commended
    Hainachuan Automotive Parts
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Dai Qionghui
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Practice areas: Trade secret
    Highly Commended
    Sennics
    IP Team
    Zhang Pingting
    Senior IP Manager
  • Practice areas: Trade secret
    Highly Commended
    Taikang Insurance Group
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Jin Yi
    Management Committee Member & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Industry sectors: Agriculture
    Winner
    Syngenta Group China
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Steven Cao
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
    Syngenta Group China

    Syngenta Group is a leading global agricultural technology and innovation enterprise, wholly owned by China Sinochem Holding Corporation, with operations in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. The group is ranked no. 1 in the global plant protection industry, no. 3 in the seed industry, and is at the forefront of digital agriculture.

    Syngenta Group China (SGC) is a leading global enterprise in agricultural science and technology in China and is committed to promoting the progress of agricultural science and technology, and high-quality sustainable development in the country, as well as helping in the comprehensive revitalisation of the countryside by encouraging modernisation in agriculture and in rural areas.

    The SGC legal and compliance department has more than 60 members, with responsibilities covering legal, compliance and IP rights management, as well as corporate governance. Throughout 2023, USD219 million in economic losses were avoided and recovered through litigation and arbitration. In the same period, the company’s legal and compliance system was deeply enhanced according to international standards to safeguard the country's agriculture modernisation, seed industry development, food security and rural revitalisation.

  • Industry sectors: Agriculture
    Highly Commended
    COFCO Grains
    Legal Department
    Amy Yao
    Head of Legal Department
  • Industry sectors: Agriculture
    Highly Commended
    Hongjiu Fruit
    Legal Centre
    Huang Hua
    Legal Director
Artificial intelligence
  • Industry sectors: Artificial intelligence
    Winner
    Metasota Network Technology
    Legal Team
    Zhang Xiaoyi
    General Counsel
    Metasota Network Technology

    MetaSOTA is an emerging technology company in AI, with a strong presence in both general and legal verticals. The company developed its own large language model, MetaLLM, with a capacity of over 10 billion parameters, and powers products such as XiezuoCat in terms of AI for writing, search, legal translation, case analysis and retrieval. These products have been successfully launched and have received excellent user feedback. The company's business spans across various industries domestically and internationally, with tens of millions of users.

    Under the leadership of Zhang Xiaoyi, general counsel, MetaSOTA's legal department oversees compliance risk management, rights protection litigation, IP, and other legal affairs for all company products. It actively participates in all stages of legal tech product development, from design to testing. The legal department also continuously studies global legal issues related to AI, and engages in industry standard setting to provide compliance support for the company's AI products from research and development to implementation.

  • Industry sectors: Artificial intelligence
    Highly Commended
    Alibaba Group
    Listing Compliance & Corporate Governance
    Kevin Zhang
    Vice President, Company Secretary
  • Industry sectors: Artificial intelligence
    Highly Commended
    Baidu
    Transaction and Compliance Legal Department
    Wu Mengyi
    Vice President (Legal)
    Baidu

    Baidu’s transaction and compliance legal department is mainly responsible for the legal and compliance requirements of the company's investments, M&A, domestic and overseas capital markets, as well as overseas operations. It also covers matters involving the company's AI-related businesses, including AI, intelligent cloud, intelligent driving and hardware.

    In recent years, the team has been deeply involved in the compliance development and legislation guidance of large-scale AI models, intelligent transportation, and autonomous driving businesses. It has provided innovative solutions and suggestions for new technologies and business models, continuously exploring best practices in legal compliance to help the businesses develop rapidly and healthily. Facing the impact of international geopolitical situations and macroeconomic changes, new technological advancements have also brought new challenges to regulation. Leveraging extensive experiences and issues encountered in business operations, the team has actively participated in the establishment of relevant regulatory frameworks to strive for a favourable environment for industrial development.

    Baidu’s legal department will continue to provide legal and compliance support for the company in the face of future competition and challenges. It will establish a legal compliance system that can continuously adapt to new legal regulatory policies and industry changes, embracing the arrival of the AI era.

  • Industry sectors: Artificial intelligence
    Highly Commended
    BioMap
    Legal Compliance & IP team
    Sun Xiaoyue
    Legal Head
    BioMap

    Biomap’s legal team, with its extensive legal knowledge and exceptional professional skills, has become a cornerstone of the company’s strategic planning and legal risk management. Excelling in daily contract reviews, legal consultations and litigation, the team plays a critical role in IP, compliance management and capital market operations. Comprising several legal experts with extensive practical experience and strong academic background, the team offers robust and professional legal advice on the company’s critical decisions, ensuring its steady growth within the legal framework. Its extensive involvement and thoughtful legal insights in the field of AI reflect a forward-looking attentiveness and commitment to staying ahead of technological advancements, helping shape the company’s approach in this area. The team’s professionalism and efficiency have won wide recognition within the company, solidifying its legal foundation and competitive edge in the market.

  • Industry sectors: Artificial intelligence
    Highly Commended
    Foxconn Industrial Internet
    Legal & IP Department
    Xie Chenyang
    Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
  • Industry sectors: Artificial intelligence
    Highly Commended
    Microsoft China
    Corporate External and Legal Affairs Team (Greater China)
    Winnie Yeung
    Chief Legal Counsel
    Microsoft China

    Microsoft's Greater China customer and partner solutions legal team has provided exceptional legal support for the company's business operations within the region. Over the past year, the team has excelled in several key areas, including the promotion of compliance and trust for AI products through the provision of legal analysis and training for clients. It has effectively managed complex communications with government entities and regulatory bodies, safeguarding the company's interests and fortifying relationships with key stakeholders. The team has implemented a business operations integrity programme aimed at protecting Microsoft’s software supply chain and cloud ecosystem. In the course of its work, the team has adopted an innovative approach to outside counsel and demonstrated financial accountability. It has exhibited outstanding performance in the areas of legal risk management, business development support, and the management of future challenges, making significant contributions to the company's development within the region.

  • Industry sectors: Artificial intelligence
    Highly Commended
    Thunder Software Technology
    Legal Compliance Intellectual Property Department
    Liu Li
    Legal Compliance Intellectual Property Director
  • Industry sectors: Artificial intelligence
    Highly Commended
    Weibo Corporation
    Weibo Legal Team
    Fan Ye
    Legal Director
    Weibo Corporation

    Founded in 2009, Weibo is the leading social media platform in China. Its legal team has grown and expanded with the business. It provides a full range of legal services in such areas as product risk control, data security, personal information protection, capital market operations and policy research. The team is also responsibile for the company’s overall IP protection, 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. lt has also firmly grasped the balance between commercial demands and legal risks to support the company's innovative business model and operational ecology development.

  • Industry sectors: Artificial intelligence
    Highly Commended
    Zeekr
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Liu Fang
    Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
    Zeekr

    Zeekr, a new intelligent pure electric vehicle brand under Geely Group, is a smart mobility technology company driven by intelligence and digitisation. Adhering to the user-centered concept, the company strives to create a sustainable future-oriented mobility lifestyle together with its users.

    As a founding team of Zeekr, the legal and compliance team is an important function department responsible for the company’s global legal and compliance affairs, with regional coverage of China, Europe, the US and emerging markets. It provides a full range of legal and compliance support for Zeekr's overall global business and operations, including strategic financing and investment activities, daily operations, IP management, general compliance management, data compliance, dispute resolution, the energy solution and battery-related businesses, and ESG (environmental, social and governance).

    Over the three years since Zeekr’s incorporation, the legal and compliance team has strived to provide high-quality services to support its rapid development and globalisation with high efficiency. The team has assisted in the completion of many projects, achieving many milestones with strategic importance, including setting up the global organisational structure and compliance management system, series A-round financing and US IPO filings, construction of new factories and production lines in multiple provinces and cities in China, establishment and implementation of the very comprehensive data and trade compliance management systems, as well as formulation of long-term ESG carbon neutralisation strategies and organisational structure. These efforts have greatly contributed to the company’s rapid development in the global EV markets.

    The team is headquartered in China with presence in Europe and the US, with a total of nearly 90 members worldwide. Most of them have practised with top law firms and multinational corporations for many years, with rich experience in the auto industry. Their excellent professionalism and high-quality standards have cultivated a team with strong capability and competency in execution and implementation.

Asset management
  • Industry sectors: Asset management
    Winner
    Micro Connect
    Legal & Compliance
    Annie Ling
    General Counsel
    Micro Connect

    The legal and compliance team of Micro Connect Group is comprised of legal compliance professionals with diverse educational and work backgrounds from various jurisdictions. Under the leadership of Annie Ling, partner and general counsel of Micro Connect, the team provides comprehensive legal and compliance support for investment and financing transactions across multiple domestic and international jurisdictions. The team handles various affairs related to the introduction of new Daily Revenue Obligation (DRO) products and services by Micro Connect Macao Financial Assets Exchange. By meticulously anticipating risks, the team plays a vital role in ensuring the group's robust and swift development.

    In the context of Micro Connect's revenue sharing model, ensuring transparent, efficient, and risk-controlled revenue distribution requires collaboration with banks and third-party payment institutions. This involves the automatic and seamless allocation of a portion of the micro-enterprises' revenue to Micro Connect. Given the novelty of this business for many banks and payment institutions, the team plays a crucial role in understanding the intricacies of each allocation scheme, clarifying legal relationships, and conducting thorough compliance assessments. This not only helps banks navigate their internal legal and compliance processes but also provides legal assurances for Micro Connect's revenue sharing initiatives. Consequently, it significantly streamlines the management of funds and assets for the micro-enterprises under Micro Connect's investment purview.

  • Industry sectors: Asset management
    Highly Commended
    China Orient Asset Management (International)
    COAMCI Legal Team
    Li Lu
    Head of Legal
  • Industry sectors: Asset management
    Highly Commended
    CMB Wealth Management
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Zeng Xueqi
    General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Asset management
    Highly Commended
    Huarong International
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Anny Zheng
    General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Asset management
    Highly Commended
    Ping An Asset Management
    Legal Team
    Shi Zhongxing
    Head of Legal Team
  • Industry sectors: Asset management
    Highly Commended
    SDIC Unity Capital
    Risk & Compliance Department
    Qiao Wei
    Executive Director
  • Industry sectors: Asset management
    Highly Commended
    Silk Road Fund
    Legal Department
    Cao Hui
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Automotive
    Winner
    Audi (China) Enterprise Management
    Legal and IPR Team
    Alejandro Yunes
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Automotive
    Highly Commended
    Autoliv China
    Legal Department
    Huang Yiyun
    General Manager
    Autoliv China

    Autoliv is the world leader in automotive passive 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, Autoliv’s legal team has a clear understanding of the company’s long-term strategy, objectives and overall business operations. The team possesses a strong ability to identify risks and solve problems, and is good at cross-functional communication and collaboration.

    The team provides professional and effective legal support for Autoliv China. In addition to handling the company’s daily legal affairs, it has resolved several major disputes in IP, labour, and in other civil and commercial matters. The team has also improved the company’s cyber and data security compliance systems. These achievements have been recognised by Autoliv’s management and business units, making the team an indispensable business partner in the company’s development.

  • Industry sectors: Automotive
    Highly Commended
    Desay SV
    法务部
    Lin Xianwei
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Automotive
    Highly Commended
    Foton Motor
    Legal Department
    Yan Min
    General Counsel & Legal Director
    Foton Motor

    Foton Motor was founded on 28 August 1996, and went public on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 1998. Its products and services have reached 130 countries and regions worldwide.

    The legal team of Foton Motor was established in 2000, comprising more than 30 members. The team is divided into six sections, and is responsible for managing compliance, contracts, cases, patents, trademarks, and providing legal support for projects. An information-based legal system has been established to ensure efficient management of legal and IP affairs. The team is committed to providing high-quality legal services to the company in its dealings with suppliers, distributors, customers and partners.

    The team follows the principle of integrating law and business, with a focus on risk prevention and control throughout the process, as well as implementing remedial measures afterwards. This approach maximises the legal team's role as both counsellor and guardian.

  • Industry sectors: Automotive
    Highly Commended
    Hainachuan Automotive Parts
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Dai Qionghui
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Industry sectors: Automotive
    Highly Commended
    Li Auto
    Legal and Risk Management Team
    Xu Dian
    Vice President
    Li Auto

    Li Auto, founded in 2015 with the brand mission to “Create a mobile home, create happiness” , is a leading manufacturer of new-energy intelligent vehicles in China, and has been listed in the 2023 Hurun Global 500. The legal and risk management team is a comprehensive team with more than 200 highly qualified professionals, covering legal affairs in relation to entity management, investment and financing, legal operations, dispute resolution, IP, as well as matters on risk management, data compliance, environment, health and safety, supervision and other functions.

    In the past year, the team has powered the company's rapid business development with an enterprising spirit of innovation, mission fulfillment and continuous growth, by providing professional legal support for investment and financing projects, deeply interlocking with business departments to identify and form risk maps, properly handling various civil and commercial disputes, actively participating in legislative feedback and posting of articles, safeguarding the company's innovations and reforms.

  • Industry sectors: Automotive
    Highly Commended
    Magna International
    Legal Department
    Lucy Xu
    Legal Director, Asia
  • Industry sectors: Automotive
    Highly Commended
    SAIC General Motors
    Legal Department
    Zhu Haojiang
    Deputy Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Automotive
    Highly Commended
    Zeekr
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Liu Fang
    Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
    Zeekr

    Zeekr, a new intelligent pure electric vehicle brand under Geely Group, is a smart mobility technology company driven by intelligence and digitisation. Adhering to the user-centered concept, the company strives to create a sustainable future-oriented mobility lifestyle together with its users.

    As a founding team of Zeekr, the legal and compliance team is an important function department responsible for the company’s global legal and compliance affairs, with regional coverage of China, Europe, the US and emerging markets. It provides a full range of legal and compliance support for Zeekr's overall global business and operations, including strategic financing and investment activities, daily operations, IP management, general compliance management, data compliance, dispute resolution, the energy solution and battery-related businesses, and ESG (environmental, social and governance).

    Over the three years since Zeekr’s incorporation, the legal and compliance team has strived to provide high-quality services to support its rapid development and globalisation with high efficiency. The team has assisted in the completion of many projects, achieving many milestones with strategic importance, including setting up the global organisational structure and compliance management system, series A-round financing and US IPO filings, construction of new factories and production lines in multiple provinces and cities in China, establishment and implementation of the very comprehensive data and trade compliance management systems, as well as formulation of long-term ESG carbon neutralisation strategies and organisational structure. These efforts have greatly contributed to the company’s rapid development in the global EV markets.

    The team is headquartered in China with presence in Europe and the US, with a total of nearly 90 members worldwide. Most of them have practised with top law firms and multinational corporations for many years, with rich experience in the auto industry. Their excellent professionalism and high-quality standards have cultivated a team with strong capability and competency in execution and implementation.

Aviation, shipping & logistics
  • Industry sectors: Aviation, shipping & logistics
    Winner
    COSCO Shipping Ports
    Legal Department
    Michelle Hung
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
  • Industry sectors: Aviation, shipping & logistics
    Highly Commended
    Bank of Communications Financial Leasing
    Shipping Legal Department of Shipping Finance
    Wang Ying
    Deputy Manager
  • Industry sectors: Aviation, shipping & logistics
    Highly Commended
    C&D
    Legal Department
    Li Yupeng
    General Manager of Legal Department
  • Industry sectors: Aviation, shipping & logistics
    Highly Commended
    China Communications Trading & Supply
    Legal Counsel & Risk Control
    Han Zhaoyi
    Chief Compliance Officer & General Manager
    China Communications Trading & Supply

    The legal counsel and risk control team of China Communications Trading & Supply exemplifies dedication to professionalism, efficiency and discipline. The team provides comprehensive support in risk prevention, compliance, contract management, and dispute resolution. It has built a strong system for risk and compliance, integrating legal and business operations digitally, enhancing the firm's development.

    Under the leadership of Zhaoyi Han, team members collaborate, each excelling in specialised areas: Chaoqun Zhang in bulk commodity trading and construction; Weikun Xie in compliance; Xiaoxuan Xin in wholesale and retail; Jing Wang in cross-border logistics; and Xiaodan Xu in corporate governance, M&A and finance. Through their collective and individual efforts, they have helped make significant advances in their respective fields, earning recognition and awards industry-wide. This acknowledgment from peers and external entities underscores their skill, commitment and impactful contributions to the company and industry.

  • Industry sectors: Aviation, shipping & logistics
    Highly Commended
    Chutian Smart Communication
    Legal compliance department
    Zhan Ci
    Manager
  • Industry sectors: Aviation, shipping & logistics
    Highly Commended
    CMB Financial Leasing
    Legal Team of Shipping Leasing Department
    Jay Shi
    Executive Director
    CMB Financial Leasing

    Shipping leasing is one of the strategic business sectors of CMB Financial Leasing. Its business covers Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The company has set up platforms for business in a PRC domestic bonded zone (Tianjin), Hong Kong, Singapore and Ireland, and has carried out business in line with its customers’ financing requirements. The company has maintained long-term excellent co-operation with clients including world-class shipping companies and independent shipowners. It has more than 200 vessels of various types, with more than RMB57.5 billion (USD7.9bn) in asset value and more than 18.5 million deadweight tons of shipping capacity in total. The company’s transport vessels cover three major types – gas carriers, cruise vessels and other specialised vessels.

    Throughout 2023, the legal team of the shipping leasing department provided timely and valuable assistance to the commercial team in all aspects of legal matters and different types of transactions. These ranged from shipbuilding, sale and purchase of secondhand vessels, and sale and lease-back arrangements, as well as asset transfers, exercise of options, LIBOR (the London interbank offered rate) /SOFR (secured overnight financing rate) transition, and other amendments to lease documents. With its expertise, the team endeavours at its best capacity to handle uncertainties and complexities in the ordinary course of the company’s business.

  • Industry sectors: Aviation, shipping & logistics
    Highly Commended
    Easy Huolala Technology
    Group Legal Team
    Jiang Zhiyin
    General Counsel and Compliance Officer
    Easy Huolala Technology

    The legal team of Huolala Group has more than 30 members, and it has set up specialised units comprised of young professionals covering common law, dispute resolution, compliance, projects and overseas matters. Focusing on the group’s business development, the team has established a thorough legal compliance and risk control system which for many years has enabled the team to provide legal services to domestic and overseas businesses from multiple dimensions, covering contract review, compliance and data privacy protection system establishment, IP management, administrative regulatory communications, legal assessment of overseas city launches, litigation and dispute resolution, M&A, financing, as well as policy and regulation research. This has helped equip the team in supporting and completing many major company projects. The team is committed to providing precise, efficient, and comprehensive legal services to Huolala Group, empowering and creating value for ther business.

  • Industry sectors: Aviation, shipping & logistics
    Highly Commended
    Hive Box Network Technology
    Hive Box Legal Department
    Gary Li
    Head of Legal
  • Industry sectors: Aviation, shipping & logistics
    Highly Commended
    J&T Global Express
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Shang Quanxi
    Director of Legal and Compliance Department
Banking & finance
  • Industry sectors: Banking & finance
    Winner
    Standard Chartered Bank (China)
    Legal Department
    Daniel Liu
    Head of Legal
    Standard Chartered Bank (China)

    Standard Chartered is a leading international bank with a long-term focus on China. Its legal team, led by Daniel Liu, collaborates closely with business partners, and provides innovative solutions to the bank’s customers across various markets. The bank embraces change, with the belief that a forward-looking and solution-driven mindset are key to driving success. An excellent in-house team needs to be open-minded, and have the capacity and knowledge to make balanced decisions in the most complicated transactions.

  • Industry sectors: Banking & finance
    Highly Commended
    CITIC CLSA
    Legal Team
    Marco Chung
    Group Head of Legal
  • Industry sectors: Banking & finance
    Highly Commended
    CMB Financial Leasing
    Legal Team of Shipping Leasing Department
    Jay Shi
    Executive Director
  • Industry sectors: Banking & finance
    Highly Commended
    CMB Wealth Management
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Zeng Xueqi
    General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Banking & finance
    Highly Commended
    Credit Card Centre of China Guangfa Bank
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Cui Rihui
    Deputy General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Banking & finance
    Highly Commended
    Dah Sing Bank
    Group Legal and Company Secretarial Division
    Richard Li
    Group General Counsel, Company Secretary
    Dah Sing Bank

    The in-house legal team at Dah Sing Financial Group, comprised of nine lawyers based in Hong Kong and the PRC, offers a comprehensive range of legal services to all the companies and units within the group.

    The team, led by Richard Li, endeavours to be the legal backbone of the group. It is 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, as well as ensuring compliance with legal requirements, with the ultimate goal being the protection of the best interests of the group and its customers.

  • Industry sectors: Banking & finance
    Highly Commended
    HSBC
    Global Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement
    Mandy Fung
    Regional Head of Global Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement ASP
    HSBC

    HSBC’s Asia-Pacific global investigations and regulatory enforcement (GIRE) team is a specialist global legal team that provides strategic assistance, guidance and informed legal advice in relation to significant government-facing and internal investigations. The APAC team is part of the global GIRE team which comprises lawyers, forensic accountants and other professionals in London, Hong Kong, New York and Dubai.

    Scrutiny by key regulators and law enforcement makes it critical for financial institutions to have the capability that the GIRE team provides. It is a single cross-border team suited for complex, multijurisdictional and multi-agency investigations. It has extensive experience handling regulatory investigations and enquiries in different jurisdictions, as well as internal investigations. It responds effectively to government and regulatory enquiries to reduce any potential risks arising from any possible breaches of law, regulation or policy that might pose material legal, regulatory or reputational risk to HSBC. The team’s primary role is to manage such investigations and ensure they are conducted in a robust, independent manner, and to provide legal advice to HSBC. The GIRE team supervises and co-ordinates investigations into HSBC’s business or operations.

  • Industry sectors: Banking & finance
    Highly Commended
    ICBC International
    Legal Department
    Khor Han Wai
    Managing Director & General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Banking & finance
    Highly Commended
    WeBank
    Legal Compliance Department
    Zhuang Zhi
    General Manager
    WeBank

    WeBank’s in-house legal team is an efficient, professional and capable team responsible for legal affairs, related party transactions, IP and litigation. The team strives to promote the development of the banking business, providing legal support for major strategic projects and key businesses, continuously publicising laws, regulation and regulatory provisions, while applying them to financial products and services. It actively provides IP protection, conducting three-dimensional and effective management of the bank’s trademarks, and safeguards the bank's steady development.

Biomedical & life sciences
  • Industry sectors: Biomedical & life sciences
    Winner
    BGI Genomics
    BGI Legal Department
    Xu Qian
    Deputy General Manager, Secretary of the Board, General Counsel
    BGI Genomics

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

    BGI’s legal department provides efficient support for the company's strategic decision-making and global business compliance. Its team members graduated from well-known domestic and overseas law schools and have extensive experience in the medical and life sciences fields.

  • Industry sectors: Biomedical & life sciences
    Highly Commended
    AstraZeneca China
    AstraZeneca China Legal
    Wang Chee
    Legal VP and General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Biomedical & life sciences
    Highly Commended
    Bayer
    Intellectual Property Department
    Liu Hongqiang
    Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Greater China
  • Industry sectors: Biomedical & life sciences
    Highly Commended
    BioMap
    Legal Compliance & IP team
    Sun Xiaoyue
    Legal Head
  • Industry sectors: Biomedical & life sciences
    Highly Commended
    Bluepha Microbiology Technology
    IP Team
    Wang Lu
    Intellectual Property Director
  • Industry sectors: Biomedical & life sciences
    Highly Commended
    Danaher China
    Legal & Compliance Team
    Qiao Gangliang
    VP & General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Biomedical & life sciences
    Highly Commended
    I-MAB Biopharma
    Legal Department
    Richard Li
    Chief Legal Officer
Construction & infrastructure
  • Industry sectors: Construction & infrastructure
    Winner
    CSCEC Dongfu Investment Development
    Legal and Compliance Management Department
    Sun Xiaohua
    Director of Law Department
  • Industry sectors: Construction & infrastructure
    Highly Commended
    China Construction Shenzhen Decoration
    Legal Department
    Liu Mingliang
    Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Construction & infrastructure
    Highly Commended
    China Energy Engineering Corporation
    Legal Affairs and Compliance Department (Legal Centre)
    Qin Tieping
    Director of Legal Centre
  • Industry sectors: Construction & infrastructure
    Highly Commended
    China Machinery Engineering Corporation
    Legal and Risk Management Department
    Ji Xiaogang
    Vice General Manager
    China Machinery Engineering Corporation

    Founded in 1982, the legal and risk management department of China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) has more than 40 years of experience in providing legal services in the field of construction and infrastructure, safeguarding the company’s stability and long-term development. The department provides legal advice and settles disputes for all aspects in the full lifecycle of CMEC’s construction and infrastructure projects in more than 150 countries and regions, upholding the value of compliance and ensuring the all-around protection of the company’s legal rights and interests.

  • Industry sectors: Construction & infrastructure
    Highly Commended
    China National Nuclear Corporation Overseas
    CNOS Legal Team
    Zhang Hantao
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Industry sectors: Construction & infrastructure
    Highly Commended
    Harbin Electric International
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Tian Xingchuan
    General Counsel
    Harbin Electric International

    As one of the earliest Chinese engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors that expanded overseas, Harbin Electric has always adhered to the philosophy of lawful and compliant business operations. It has been ranked in Engineering News-Record’s top 250 international EPC contractors for many years. Its legal team deeply practices the company's philosophy, unceasingly promoting the integration of law and business, and safeguarding its global operations.

    In the past year, the team achieved full coverage of the legal review of contracts, internal rules and regulations, major legal decisions, and other matters. It reviewed more than 1,000 contracts worth more than RMB10 billion (USD1.38bn), handled more than 100 internal legal consultations, and issued nearly 100 legal opinions. The team has effectively organised various resources to properly handle foreign-related arbitration and legal dispute cases, and has facilitated the release of payments and performance bonds of projects through winning judgments, defending the rights and interests of the company.

  • Industry sectors: Construction & infrastructure
    Highly Commended
    KONE Corporation
    Greater China Legal & Compliance Team
    Brian Chen
    Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Greater China
  • Industry sectors: Construction & infrastructure
    Highly Commended
    PowerChina International Group
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Chen Yufeng
    Deputy General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Construction & infrastructure
    Highly Commended
    Shanghai Tunnel Engineering
    Risk Management Department
    Zhu Jianhua
    Head of Risk Management
Consumer & retail
  • Industry sectors: Consumer & retail
    Winner
    Sephora
    Legal & Government Affairs
    Ashley Zhu
    General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance Correspondent, Greater China
  • Industry sectors: Consumer & retail
    Highly Commended
    Bosideng International Holdings
    Legal Affairs Centre
    Yan Wuzhou
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Consumer & retail
    Highly Commended
    Dah Chong Hong
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Rachel Leung
    Head of Legal
    Dah Chong Hong

    Rachel Leung has been serving as the team leader of the legal and compliance department for Hong Kong and overseas at Dah Chong Hong since 2022.

    Leung is an experienced Hong Kong- and UK- qualified corporate and commercial lawyer with almost 20 years of experience gained from multinational corporations and local conglomerates. She is recognised as an exceptional problem solver who offers pragmatic legal advice to the group CEO, CFO and other senior management members. She has rich experience in fields such as corporate law, compliance, employment, M&A, and in advising start-ups.

  • Industry sectors: Consumer & retail
    Highly Commended
    Health and Happiness (H&H) China
    Group IP Team & China Legal Department
    Chen Mingfang
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Consumer & retail
    Highly Commended
    Luk Fook Holdings (International)
    Legal Affairs Department
    Irene Cheung
    Senior Legal Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Consumer & retail
    Highly Commended
    Skechers China
    Legal Department
    Richard Tian
    Legal Director
    Skechers China

    Skechers is a globally recognised leader in comfort technology, dedicated to the development philosophy of “In China, for China”. With over a decade of experience in the Chinese market, Skechers has established a strong presence in the region. Alongside the brand's growth, Skechers China’s legal department has transformed into a highly proficient and efficient team consisting of 10 members who are assigned to specialised teams, including IP protection, contract management, compliance and corporate affairs.

    Under the capable leadership of Richard Tian, the team combines its expertise with the unique requirements of the consumer goods and retail industry. This integration has resulted in the creation of a comprehensive legal compliance protection system covering various aspects, such as proactive legal risk control and compliance guidance prior to the launch of new business projects, ongoing compliance checks during operations, effective dispute resolution, and the enhancement of IP protection strategies. This strategic approach empowers the company's business development by leveraging legal expertise.

  • Industry sectors: Consumer & retail
    Highly Commended
    Tapestry Greater China
    Legal Team
    Lillian Lu
    Vice President, Associate General Counsel
    Tapestry Greater China

    Tapestry Greater China’s legal department was set up in 2009, and 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, associate general counsel, the 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 department further established the Tapestry China Privacy Office in 2021, and built up a region-driven IPR Protection Centre of Excellence, witnessing the business iterating into a multi-brand expressive luxury powerhouse.

  • Industry sectors: Consumer & retail
    Highly Commended
    Tupperware China
    China Legal Team
    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.

  • Industry sectors: Consumer & retail
    Highly Commended
    Unilever
    Brand Protection Team of North Asia Legal Department
    Michael Yu
    North Asia Brand Protection Head
Data & cloud services
  • Industry sectors: Data & cloud services
    Winner
    Microsoft China
    Corporate External and Legal Affairs Team (Greater China)
    Winnie Yeung
    Chief Legal Counsel
    Microsoft China

    Microsoft's Greater China customer and partner solutions legal team has provided exceptional legal support for the company's business operations within the region. Over the past year, the team has excelled in several key areas, including the promotion of compliance and trust for AI products through the provision of legal analysis and training for clients. It has effectively managed complex communications with government entities and regulatory bodies, safeguarding the company's interests and fortifying relationships with key stakeholders. The team has implemented a business operations integrity programme aimed at protecting Microsoft’s software supply chain and cloud ecosystem. In the course of its work, the team has adopted an innovative approach to outside counsel and demonstrated financial accountability. It has exhibited outstanding performance in the areas of legal risk management, business development support, and the management of future challenges, making significant contributions to the company's development within the region.

  • Industry sectors: Data & cloud services
    Highly Commended
    Alibaba Group
    Listing Compliance & Corporate Governance
    Kevin Zhang
    Vice President, Company Secretary
  • Industry sectors: Data & cloud services
    Highly Commended
    Baidu
    Transaction and Compliance Legal Department
    Wu Mengyi
    Vice President (Legal)
  • Industry sectors: Data & cloud services
    Highly Commended
    Foxconn Industrial Internet
    Legal & IP Department
    Xie Chenyang
    Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
  • Industry sectors: Data & cloud services
    Highly Commended
    Kingsoft Office Software
    Legal Compliance Department
    Wang Yabin
    Senior Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Data & cloud services
    Highly Commended
    Talking Data
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Ge Mengying
    General Counsel & Data Compliance Officer
  • Industry sectors: Data & cloud services
    Highly Commended
    Yonyou Network Technology
    Group Legal Department
    Geng Fan
    General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Education
    Winner
    Kanyun Holding
    Legal Kanyun
    Zheng Jia
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Education
    Highly Commended
    EEO Group
    Legal Department
    Zhang Siqi
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Education
    Highly Commended
    Guangdong Genius Technology
    Legal and Intellectual Property
    Chen Tianwei
    Chief Legal Officer
Electrical & electronics
  • Industry sectors: Electrical & electronics
    Winner
    Siemens China
    Intellectual Property Department
    Jiang Xiangwei
    IP Director
    Siemens China

    The IP department of Siemens China is the biggest IP team outside Germany, with nearly 30 professionals based in Beijing and Shanghai. With responsibilities covering patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names and technical secrets, the department provides comprehensive IP support for Siemens' business in China.

  • Industry sectors: Electrical & electronics
    Highly Commended
    AESC Shanghai
    Legal Department
    Frannie Liu
    China General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Electrical & electronics
    Highly Commended
    Changhong Electric
    Compliance & Risk Management Department
    He Jialin
    Head of Legal
  • Industry sectors: Electrical & electronics
    Highly Commended
    Feilo Acoustics
    Legal Department
    Panda Sun
    General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Electrical & electronics
    Highly Commended
    Guangdong Genius Technology
    Legal and Intellectual Property
    Chen Tianwei
    Chief Legal Officer
  • Industry sectors: Electrical & electronics
    Highly Commended
    Microsoft China
    Corporate External and Legal Affairs Team (Greater China)
    Winnie Yeung
    Chief Legal Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Electrical & electronics
    Highly Commended
    Xiaomi Corporation
    Industrial Investment Legal Team
    Wei Ranying
    Legal Director
Energy & natural resources
  • Industry sectors: Energy & natural resources
    Winner
    China Power International
    Legal and Risk Department
    Huang Huina
    General Manager of Legal and Risk Department
  • Industry sectors: Energy & natural resources
    Highly Commended
    BaoShan Iron & Steel
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Shen Yan
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Industry sectors: Energy & natural resources
    Highly Commended
    China Energy Engineering Corporation
    Legal Affairs and Compliance Department (Legal Centre)
    Qin Tieping
    Director of Legal Centre
  • Industry sectors: Energy & natural resources
    Highly Commended
    China National Nuclear Corporation Overseas
    CNOS Legal Team
    Zhang Hantao
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Industry sectors: Energy & natural resources
    Highly Commended
    China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Zhang Yu
    Vice President, General Legal Counsel
    China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company

    China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company (CNODC), a specialised subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation responsible for the company’s overseas oil and gas business investment, is a leading force in China’s Belt and Road initiative and internationalisation strategy. Throughout its 31 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. Its 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, focusing on strengthening the construction of legal protection systems, safeguarding rights, and effectively preventing legal risks, while promoting overseas compliance and corporate governance. The team has become the backbone of China’s overseas oil and gas development, fulfilling its role in safeguarding national energy security.

  • Industry sectors: Energy & natural resources
    Highly Commended
    China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group)
    Legal & Risk Management Department
    Zhang Xiangnan
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Energy & natural resources
    Highly Commended
    ENN Energy
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Liu Zhao
    General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Energy & natural resources
    Highly Commended
    Shanghai Electric Power
    Legal Compliance Department, Legal Service Shared Centre
    Wu Ming
    General Legal Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Energy & natural resources
    Highly Commended
    TBEA Group
    Compliance Management, Risk Management & Compliance Department
    Li Changlin
    Director
Environment & renewable energy
  • Industry sectors: Environment & renewable energy
    Winner
    Huayou Cobalt
    Legal Department
    Zhang Jiangbo
    General Counsel
    Huayou Cobalt

    The legal department of Huayou Cobalt functions in support of the company's strategies, as business facilitator and risk preventer, overseeing the legal and compliance management of the Huayou Group headquarters and five major industrial groups. In accordance with management mandate of “headquarters specialisation (总部做专)” and “penetration of legal affairs with business (法务下沉)”, the legal department formed a “1+8” legal management model in which it has set up eight regional legal offices domestically and overseas, staffed with 27 legal personnel. In adherence to the legal work philosophy of “paying equal attention to service and management”, the department will be establishing a legal development strategy, legal management system and compliance management system that will adapt to the company's development strategy and operating characteristics, and further build a professional, specialised and international legal team to promote company strategies and achieve business goals.

    At the CBLJ In-house Counsel Awards 2024, Huayou Cobalt’s legal department has also won in M&A (cross-border), and is highly commended in capital markets (overseas).

  • Industry sectors: Environment & renewable energy
    Highly Commended
    Brookfield Renewable Power
    China Legal Team
    Su Yongyun
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Environment & renewable energy
    Highly Commended
    China Power International
    Legal and Risk Department
    Huang Huina
    General Manager of Legal and Risk Department
  • Industry sectors: Environment & renewable energy
    Highly Commended
    Red Solar Photoelectricity Science and Technology
    Legal Audit and RIsk Management Department
    Lang Haigang
    Legal Director
    Red Solar Photoelectricity Science and Technology

    Hunan Red Solar Photoelectricity Science and Technology, an affiliate of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, is a state-owned high-tech enterprise specialising in the integration, application, research and development of photovoltaic equipment, intelligent manufacturing systems and production.

    In recent years, the company’s legal team has expanded and improved its professional strength, providing legal consultation to and collaborating with various departments and business operations. It has implemented a full-process legal risk tracking system, and successfully handled a number of complex dispute cases to prevent and resolve major risks. The team has also actively promoted the coordinated and integrated operation of legal affairs, compliance, internal and risk controls; strengthened risk management; built up risk prevention and control; and contributed to the company’s high-quality development.

  • Industry sectors: Environment & renewable energy
    Highly Commended
    Risen Energy
    Risk Control Centre Legal Department
    Lee Zhigang
    Vice President of Risk Control Centre
    Risen Energy

    Risen Energy is a leading global manufacturer of new energy equipment and provider of clean energy solutions, with business areas involving solar cell and module manufacturing, investment and construction of photovoltaic power stations, energy storage, wind power and other fields. The company’s legal team is composed of 33 professional lawyers.

    In 2023, under the leadership of its vice-president Li Zhigang, the team achieved excellent performance in the fields of international compliance and sanctions, as well as domestic and foreign investment. By systematically studying the US trade restriction laws and regulations system for photovoltaic products in China, and summarising years of practice in litigation response, the team has established a comprehensive litigation response and relief system, as well as a traceability system for the supply chain of products exported to the US. The team has also set up a pre-warning mechanism for trade relief and route design, which has not only achieved multiple anti-dumping and countervailing duty retrials at record low rates, upholding the theoretical smoothness and industry rights and interests of trade routes, but has also obtained favourable judgment by the US Court of International Trade on the final ruling of a trade retrial, which is expected to achieve considerable economic benefits. Through the establishment of a traceability system, a high gross-profit market share has been maintained, hugely contributing to the company’s revenue and profits. This has further highlighted the company’s business advantage in the new energy field, aiding the completion of investments and implementation of domestic and foreign industrial and commercial rooftop photovoltaic projects as well as household and wind power projects. The system has resulted in compliance, stability and controllable risks, achieving both reputational and economic benefits for the company.

    Risen Energy’s legal team has always been proactive in serving the front line of the company’s business, adhering to the bottom line of compliance, continuously improving the risk control system, providing guidance and improving the quality and efficiency of the company’s operations, demonstrating outstanding performance and uniqueness among peers and legal teams in the region.

  • Industry sectors: Environment & renewable energy
    Highly Commended
    Sembcorp (China)
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Allen Liang
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Environment & renewable energy
    Highly Commended
    SMA Solar Technology Shanghai
    SMA Legal Asia
    Sophie Zhang
    Director of Legal Asia & Finance China
    SMA Solar Technology Shanghai

    As a leading global specialist in photovoltaic systems technology, SMA Solar Technology is helping shape the future of energy supply by setting the standards for decentralised, digital and renewable energy supply. It has gained an outstanding reputation and awards in ESG (environment, social and governance), including ranking 10th in Corporate Knights’ Global 100 of most sustainable companies in 2024, receiving the EcoVadis Gold Medal in 2023, and gaining MSCI ESG’s AAA rating in 2022.

    To meet complex legal and sustainable requirements according to applicable laws in the EU, Germany, China, Japan, India, Australia, the UK and the US, the SMA legal Asia team collaborates with the global sustainability team and other functions, in handling various ESG tasks in Asia. This includes human resources and labour audits, employee handbook production, supplier due diligence, business partner code of conduct, health and safety, environment and governance, making outstanding contributions to the company’s sustainable development.

  • Industry sectors: Fintech
    Winner
    Micro Connect
    Legal & Compliance
    Annie Ling
    General Counsel
    Micro Connect

    The legal and compliance team of Micro Connect Group is comprised of legal compliance professionals with diverse educational and work backgrounds from various jurisdictions. Under the leadership of Annie Ling, partner and general counsel, the team provides comprehensive support for various cross-border legal and compliance matters within the group, meticulously anticipating risks to ensure the group's stable and rapid development.

    Following the establishment of a new revenue-sharing model for investing in micro-enterprises, and driven by its mission to connect big capital with small enterprises, the group established the Micro Connect Macao Financial Assets Exchange (MCEX) to provide online trading services for revenue-sharing financial products to the market. During the licensing process and preparation for the opening of MCEX, Ling led the team in creatively proposing legal and compliance solutions. This involved considering diverse requirements from various jurisdictions both domestically and internationally, including exchange rules, operating models, cross-border products, systems and data, and funding channels. This concerted effort facilitated the implementation of the MCEX model, laying a solid foundation for future development.

  • Industry sectors: Fintech
    Highly Commended
    Credit Card Centre of China Guangfa Bank
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Cui Rihui
    Deputy General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Fintech
    Highly Commended
    Du Xiaoman
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Xing Jing
    General Manager
    Du Xiaoman

    Du Xiaoman is a fintech company, and its legal and compliance department recognises the importance of balancing the company’s business, innovation and compliance needs. To achieve this, the department has set up 14 teams to safeguard the company. Six business teams vertically support the six major business tracks of its mutual fund, while eight functional teams horizontally manage labour administration, investment and financing, consumer rights protection, and actively support the company's business exploration in AI-generated content. The business and functional teams support each other to achieve a matrix management model that balances efficiency and effectiveness. The legal department is a complex team composed of highly professional members. Most of them have master's degrees from first-class universities at home and abroad, and have wide experience working in traditional finance, internet finance, consulting institutions, large multinational companies, colleges and universities. While ensuring the company's compliance operation, they actively participate in the formulation of a number of national and industrial standards, and academic research.

  • Industry sectors: Fintech
    Highly Commended
    Futu
    Legal Department
    Mark Yu
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Fintech
    Highly Commended
    Minsheng Fintech
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Zhu Jiang
    Legal and Compliance Officer
Food & beverage
  • Industry sectors: Food & beverage
    Winner
    PepsiCo (China)
    GCR Legal
    Daniel Shih
    VP, General Counsel
    PepsiCo (China)

    PepsiCo’s Greater China Legal Division (GCR Legal) is comprised of 14 legal counsels and professionals assigned to three teams: food, beverage and corporate. GCR Legal provides end-to-end legal support to PepsiCo GCR, one of the fastest growth engines for PepsiCo. The team has shown great agility in adapting to the fast-changing and highly competitive food and beverage industry, and works alongside business units to navigate the increasingly complex and multi-dimensional regulatory environment of the region. GCR Legal endeavors to implement a dynamic and project-driven staffing approach to ensure that legal resources are deployed in an optimal manner to support the business, adhering to the “agile way of working”.

  • Industry sectors: Food & beverage
    Highly Commended
    Dah Chong Hong
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Rachel Leung
    Head of Legal
  • Industry sectors: Food & beverage
    Highly Commended
    Edrington Shanghai
    Edrington China Legal Team
    Stacy Yuan
    Chief Legal Officer, APAC and China
    Edrington Shanghai

    Headquartered in Scotland, Edrington distributes spirit brands to more than 100 countries. The Macallan is its core brand, supported by Highland Park and The Glenrothes in the fast-growing single malt category. Its APAC and China legal team was established in 2021 under the leadership of Stacy Yuan. Strategically based in Shanghai and Singapore, the team has been serving 14 countries and regions across APAC. The team adeptly handles general legal affairs, risk management, corporate governance, dispute resolution, and digitalised contract lifecycle management. It also specialises in critical areas such as data compliance, personal information protection, regulatory compliance, IP and e-commerce, and has aligned its structure with Edrington’s strategic growth plan.

    Through the use of legal tech, the team has pioneered the design and implementation of the Contract Management System. This system has revolutionised the management of more than a thousand business contracts for Edrington China, enabling systematical full-lifecycle management under a visualised management process. By employing digital solutions to address the challenges of compliance and contract management, the company has harmonised the contract processes between its business units and legal teams, strongly and efficiently safeguarding the rapid growth of its business in China.

    The APAC region is one of Edrington’s most dynamic markets for business model innovation and digital transformation, and its alcohol industry has a complex regulatory and compliance environment. With a highly professional approach, the legal team actively participates in business development activities, providing efficient support for the group's strategic goals with complex regulatory characteristics. This empowerment has enabled the business teams in China to consistently innovate and elevate its brand equity.

  • Industry sectors: Food & beverage
    Highly Commended
    Hongjiu Fruit
    Legal Centre
    Huang Hua
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Food & beverage
    Highly Commended
    Nestle (China)
    Legal & Intellectual Property Team
    Dennis Wu
    Head of Intellectual Property
Healthcare & pharmaceutical
  • Industry sectors: Healthcare & pharmaceutical
    Winner
    Abbott
    Greater China Legal Team
    Aaron Shao
    Head of Legal, Greater China
  • Industry sectors: Healthcare & pharmaceutical
    Highly Commended
    China Resources Healthcare Group
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Meng Yongle
    Deputy General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Healthcare & pharmaceutical
    Highly Commended
    CQ Pharmaceutical
    Legal Compliance Department
    Zhang Shun
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Healthcare & pharmaceutical
    Highly Commended
    CStone Pharmaceuticals
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Shi Yang
    Head of Legal and Compliance
  • Industry sectors: Healthcare & pharmaceutical
    Highly Commended
    Langdi Pharmaceutical
    Legal Team, Group Integrated Management Department
    Pu Jin
    Senior Legal Manager
    Langdi Pharmaceutical

    Langdi Pharmaceutical’s legal team was established by its head, Pu Jin, in 2022. In a short period, the team has developed from a basic contract audit to a comprehensive legal support team that integrates five modules: contract management, trademark and IP rights protection/investigation, litigation/arbitration management, compliance training, as well as seal and license management.

    While providing daily legal and compliance support, litigation and arbitration handling, and other risk-prevention work for the company, the team actively investigates trademark infringement and protects trademark rights, safeguarding the company’s interests and core assets, and contributing to the preservation and enhancement of the company's brands.

  • Industry sectors: Healthcare & pharmaceutical
    Highly Commended
    Shanghai Pharmaceuticals
    SPH LEGAL
    Ivon Gan
    General Manager of Legal Department
  • Industry sectors: Healthcare & pharmaceutical
    Highly Commended
    Sumitomo Pharma
    China Legal Team
    Tina Liu
    Vice President & General Counsel
    Sumitomo Pharma

    Established in 2014, Sumitomo Pharma China’s legal team consists of six members, including senior legal experts in charge of corporate legal affairs, IP and other fields. The team has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and teamwork in providing legal support to the company’s business.

    The team has provided a full range of professional services to the company and has actively empowered the business in major commercial projects, internal policy and system development, and corporate legal training under Tina Liu’s leadership. In 2023, the team assisted in promoting the launch of innovative pharmaceutical products, provided compliance support for clinical trials of multiple products in China, participated in the acquisition of major innovative pharmaceutical products, led and implemented the company's patent protection programme for all its products in China, assisted in launching a programme for the protection of personal information, and fully supported the company’s strategic upgrade in China, among others.

Industrials & chemicals
  • Industry sectors: Industrials & chemicals
    Winner
    Lingong Heavy Machinery
    Legal & Risk Management Department
    Leo Li
    GM Assistant & Chief Compliance Officer
    Lingong Heavy Machinery

    The legal and risk management department of Lingong Heavy Machinery is comprised of domestic and overseas divisions. The department has 12 members, many of whom have been educated abroad, have overseas work experience and law firm practice experience. The department undertakes tasks in the company's legal affairs, risk control and compliance management, covering more than 10 subsidiaries at home and abroad, to serve the company’s global development strategy.

    In the past year, the department made remarkable achievements in areas such as dispute resolution, trademark management, labour and employment, anti-fraud compliance, trade sanctions compliance and overseas operation support. For instance, the completion rate of litigation cases reached 80%, with a 100% success rate. The department standardised the company's trademark management and launched the company's global trademark protection project. It has built up an anti-fraud management system and conducted over 10 anti-fraud special investigations. The department has also built up the company’s trade sanctions compliance system, and has since focused on promoting the digitalisation of legal work in order to better protect and serve the company.

  • Industry sectors: Employment & labour
    Highly Commended
    CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Pan Zhuqing
    Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
    CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive

    The CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive's legal and compliance department is a robust team of 148, tasked with upholding corporate legal order and managing compliance risks. The department comprises four subgroups covering compliance management, general legal affairs, international business and litigation.

    The compliance management team, led by Liu Yiwan with 86 professionals, is responsible for building and maintaining the compliance framework, planning and executing compliance activities, as well as monitoring and assessing compliance across business lines. The team also focuses on compliance risk control, assessments, training and culture development.

    The international legal affairs team, under Yan Haiyang and consisting of 28 members, specialises in legal risk prevention and professional legal support for overseas operations. This includes researching international and local laws and regulations, ensuring legal compliance of the company's international activities.

    The general legal affairs team, led by Yuan Danhong with 30 members, handles major company projects such as the acquisition of Vossloh by CRRC Zhuzhou, alongside core legal tasks like licensing management, legal consulting, and contract management.

    Comprised of only four members, the litigation team, led by Lin Zifei, focuses on managing domestic and international litigation and disputes to protect the company's rights.

    Overall, the legal and compliance department acts as a guardian for China Railway Construction Corporation's Belt and Road initiative, ensuring stable and lawful operations and providing solid legal support for the company's sustainable development.

  • Industry sectors: Industrials & chemicals
    Highly Commended
    Ecolab
    Legal Affairs
    Ryan Zhang
    Chief Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Industrials & chemicals
    Highly Commended
    Festo (China)
    Legal & Compliance Department of Greater China
    Tony Dong
    Gernal Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Greater China
  • Industry sectors: Industrials & chemicals
    Highly Commended
    Flender China
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Lun Xiaojian
    Head of Legal & Compliance Department

    The legal and compliance department of Flender China is a five-member professional team consisting of the department manager, a compliance officer, the export control and customs (ECC) compliance officer, and business specialists. Since its establishment, the team has actively learned from the headquarters’ experiences, optimising local functions and providing protection for the healthy development of the company through professional legal services and strict compliance management.

    The department's main duties cover legal affairs, export compliance, and compliance review. The team deeply participates in the company's operation, provides comprehensive legal support including contract review, trademark management, management of external lawyers, claims, disputes and other matters, and concurrently performs comprehensive functions such as the social credit system and seal management. The team ensures effective implementation, maintenance and monitoring of the ECC compliance of the company's internal control projects. It also promotes the culture of compliance, and supports the company‘s stable operation in key areas such as anti-corruption, anti-trust, privacy protection, and business partner (BP) compliance management.

  • Industry sectors: Industrials & chemicals
    Highly Commended
    Kemira Group
    APAC Legal Team
    Len Ding
    General Counsel, APAC
    Kemira Group

    Kemira Group’s APAC legal team is a lean team that leverages its own dynamics while efficiently managing the services of external lawyers. The team provides efficient and comprehensive legal support to Kemira Group's business, covering 19 legal entities in the APAC region. In response to the group’s strategy to further expand in the region, the team strives to contribute to the growth acceleration by providing full legal support to greenfield and M&A projects in APAC. The team also actively addresses ethical and corporate compliance management challenges, and endeavours to enhace and implement best practices.

  • Industry sectors: Industrials & chemicals
    Highly Commended
    Nanshan Group
    Legal Department
    Cheng Guangdong
    General Counsel
    Nanshan Group

    The legal department of Nanshan Group consists of professionals from China, the US, Singapore and the UK. The multinational team navigated complex legal frameworks to facilitate a successful investment in Indonesia, showcasing remarkable leadership and innovative legal strategies. Its work significantly contributed to enhancing corporate governance, facilitating international investment, developing a strategic economic zone, enhancing community infrastructure, and creating job opportunities. Its efforts advanced Nanshan Group's global presence and fostered community development and international collaboration.

    Under Cheng Guangdong's guidance, the legal department has been instrumental in a RMB10 billion (USD1.38bn) petrochemical project, guiding Nanshan Group, the largest shareholder, through complex legal landscapes. In 2023, the team skillfully navigated billions of renminbi syndicated loans, enhanced corporate governance, and attracted significant domestic and international investments.

  • Industry sectors: Industrials & chemicals
    Highly Commended
    Schaeffler Greater China
    Legal Department
    Richard Nie
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Industrials & chemicals
    Highly Commended
    SKF (China)
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Thomas Zhao
    Director of Legal and Compliance Department
Insurance & Trust
  • Industry sectors: Insurance & Trust
    Winner
    China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation
    Internal Control, Compliance and Legal Affairs Department
    Cao Shunming
    Assistant President, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officer
  • Industry sectors: Insurance & Trust
    Highly Commended
    China Property & Casualty Reinsurance
    Legal Compliance Department
    Yu Huicong
    Deputy General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Insurance & Trust
    Highly Commended
    Futu
    Legal Department
    Mark Yu
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Insurance & Trust
    Highly Commended
    Manulife-Sinochem Life
    Legal & Compliance, Investment Department
    Gu Xiaodong
    Head of Investment
  • Industry sectors: Insurance & Trust
    Highly Commended
    Taikang Insurance Group
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Jin Yi
    Management Committee Member & Chief Compliance Officer
Investment banking
  • Industry sectors: Investment banking
    Winner
    CITIC CLSA
    Legal Team
    Marco Chung
    Group Head of Legal
  • Industry sectors: Investment banking
    Highly Commended
    CCB International
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Yu Shixuan
    Head of Legal & Compliance
  • Industry sectors: Investment banking
    Highly Commended
    China International Capital Corporation
    Legal Team
    Joe Zhou
    Head of Legal and Compliance Department, Compliance Director
  • Industry sectors: Investment banking
    Highly Commended
    Futu
    Legal Department
    Mark Yu
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Investment banking
    Highly Commended
    Huatai International
    Legal Team
    Jin Ning
    General Counsel
    Huatai International

    The legal team at Huatai International consists of five lawyers who are either qualified in Hong Kong or in other major jurisdictions, two paralegals and one company secretary. The team provides legal support to all business units, including asset management, cross-border finance, capital markets, equity derivatives, equities sale and trading, fintech and retail, FICC (fixed income, currencies and commodities), investment banking, private wealth management, as well as structured finance and principal investments. It also assists all middle and back offices on legal matters.

    Despite a challenging market environment, the team has assisted Huatai’s capital markets teams in a remarkable amount of work on IPOs, debt and equity underwriting, and M&A, among others. In each transaction, the team has provided professional services at every stage of the deal cycle and has worked closely with the deal team to provide full legal support through the whole process.

Internet & e‐commerce
  • Industry sectors: Internet & e‐commerce
    Winner
    Alibaba Group
    Listing Compliance & Corporate Governance
    Kevin Zhang
    Vice President, Company Secretary
    Alibaba Group

    As a large US- and Hong Kong-listed company with more than 200,000 employees, engaged in a wide range of businesses in the PRC and overseas, Alibaba Group is subject to a variety of domestic and international laws, rules and regulations across a number of aspects of its business and in relation to the group’s and its subsidiaries’ publicly traded securities. In a growing and rapidly changing technology sector, the listing compliance and corporate governance team is well recognised within Alibaba Group for its agile, efficient and innovative approach in handling changes. Lawyers on the team possess extensive years of legal and compliance experience with strong expertise in corporate governance, Hong Kong and US securities laws, company law, contract law, banking and finance law, listing rules as well as board secretarial matters. The team provides diversified and comprehensive overseas legal support to Alibaba Group in the areas of capital markets, corporate governance, listing compliance, corporate and commercial, international compliance, treasury compliance, contract management as well as related party transaction compliance. The team is well versed in providing sound legal and compliance advice to address management as well as stakeholder concerns, and in developing solutions to complex legal and regulatory issues.

  • Industry sectors: Internet & e‐commerce
    Highly Commended
    AliExpress
    Legal Team for Product Compliance, IPR, Marketing, US and Latin America
    Mah Soon Sin
    Head of Legal
  • Industry sectors: Internet & e‐commerce
    Highly Commended
    Autohome
    Legal Department
    Li Yuan
    Legal Director
    Autohome

    As the core team responsible for fulfilling the company's compliance function, Autohome’s legal department has always upheld the spirit of the rule of law, and is committed to safeguarding the company's legal rights and interests. The department consists of legal experts with extensive legal knowledge and practical experience, providing professional, efficient and pragmatic legal protection for the company's various businesses.

    The department actively promotes the establishment of a business compliance culture. It undertakes responsibilities such as contract review, risk management, protection of IP rights, and dispute resolution. The department supports compliance in all business aspects to ensure the company's sound development. It maintains good relationships with external counsel to stay updated on regulatory developments, ensuring compliance in the company’s operations.

  • Industry sectors: Internet & e‐commerce
    Highly Commended
    Baidu
    Transaction and Compliance Legal Department
    Wu Mengyi
    Vice President (Legal)
  • Industry sectors: Internet & e‐commerce
    Highly Commended
    Douyin Group
    IP Legal
    Wu Lin
    Chief IP Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Internet & e‐commerce
    Highly Commended
    Sina Corporation
    合规团队
    Ma Xiaoyue
    Legal Director

    Sina Group’s legal team is a dynamic and enthusiastic professional team dedicated to serving the steadily growing company. Though the team consists of no more than 10 members, each hails from top domestic law schools and boasts years of experience in legal services at law firms or large corporations.

    To address emerging internet compliance challenges, the legal team closely co-operates with the business team, adhering to the fundamental principles of delving into, understanding, researching and empowering the business. It persists in taking proactive measures and means to provide full-process, full-cycle compliance services for each product, including comprehensive updates and improvement of data classification and grading systems; comprehensive collection, sorting and interpretation of policies and cases; active participation in academic conferences to convey Sina's voice; and emphasis on internal and external training.

    In 2023, the legal team accomplished almost 200 online compliance reviews, ensuring that business operations remained firmly on the track of legality and compliance. There has been no significant negative impact due to compliance issues with products, demonstrating the team's effectiveness in ensuring compliance. It organised more than ten sessions to interpret laws, regulations and policies based on the practical needs of the business, deeply instilling the concept of compliant operations and management. The team emphasised regular collection of feedback from the business side during daily work, summarising, organising and distilling this feedback to continuously improve their processes.

  • Industry sectors: Internet & e‐commerce
    Highly Commended
    Sohu Group
    Legal Affair Centre
    May Pang
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Internet & e‐commerce
    Highly Commended
    Soulgate Technology
    Intellectual Property Team, Legal Department, Soul APP
    Ma Qiwen
    Senior Legal Manager
  • Industry sectors: Internet & e‐commerce
    Highly Commended
    Weibo Corporation
    Weibo Legal Team
    Fan Ye
    Legal Director
    Weibo Corporation

    Founded in 2009, Weibo is the leading social media platform in China. Its legal team has grown and expanded with the business. It provides a full range of legal services in such areas as product risk control, data security, personal information protection, capital market operations and policy research. The team is also responsibile for the company’s overall IP protection, 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. lt has also firmly grasped the balance between commercial demands and legal risks to support the company's innovative business model and operational ecology development.

Media, entertainment & sports
  • Industry sectors: Media, entertainment & sports
    Winner
    Sina Corporation
    Litigation Team
    Zhang Zhe
    Legal Manager
    Sina Corporation

    The litigation team of Sina Group directs and is responsible for all the dispute resolution cases of Sina, Weibo, the group’s subsidiaries and invested companies, in multiple jurisdictions in China, the US and Europe. The team has attained remarkable achievements in IP rights and data protection in legal issues involving various professional areas, such as entertainment and sports, as well as in data protection cases and cybercrime.

    The team successfully handles thousands of proceedings every year, and has made innovations in the IP rights protection system within the group, generating a remarkable amount of revenue. It has contributed to landmark cases such as copyright disputes relating to the live streaming of the Chinese Super League. In the past few years, the team has also contributed a number of model cases in data protection. As a pioneer in data laws, it is committed to promoting fair and orderly data flow and protection through established rules.

  • Industry sectors: Media, entertainment & sports
    Highly Commended
    Alibaba Group
    Listing Compliance & Corporate Governance
    Kevin Zhang
    Vice President, Company Secretary
  • Industry sectors: Media, entertainment & sports
    Highly Commended
    Douyin Group
    IP Legal
    Wu Lin
    Chief IP Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Media, entertainment & sports
    Highly Commended
    Future TV
    Intellectual Property and Legal Team
    Yang Xingfeng
    Chief Legal Offier/Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs General Manger
  • Industry sectors: Media, entertainment & sports
    Highly Commended
    Huayi Brothers Media Corporation
    Legal Department
    Li Jingjue
    Legal Director
    3D-Gold Jewellery (HK)

    The legal department of Huayi Brothers Media provides legal solutions to the corporation and its affiliates throughout mainland China, Hong Kong and the US across a broad range of areas in the pan-entertainment industry, including investment and finance, production, advertising and distribution, derivative products, IP licensing, as well as corporate governance and compliance.

    In the past year, the team added to its wealth of experience in handling litigation and non-litigation issues. It collaborated with lawyers in different practice areas such as non-public offering of stocks, debt restructuring and non-performing assets, bankruptcy-insolvency and reorganisation, IP licensing and enforcement, as well as civil and commercial disputes resolution, with outstanding performance. The team has also endeavoured to embrace new challenges, and promote talent optimisation and development.

  • Industry sectors: Media, entertainment & sports
    Highly Commended
    Skechers China
    Legal Department
    Richard Tian
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Media, entertainment & sports
    Highly Commended
    Weibo Corporation
    Weibo Legal Team
    Fan Ye
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Medtech
    Winner
    Danaher China
    Legal & Compliance Team
    Qiao Gangliang
    VP & General Counsel
    Danaher China

    Danaher Corporation is a global science and technology innovator. Its family of world-class brands has leadership positions in diagnostics, life sciences and biotechnology. Led by Gangliang Qiao, vice president and general counsel, Danaher China’s legal and compliance team has nearly 30 associates who are qualified or have experience in multiple jurisdictions, including mainland China, Hong Kong and the US.

    With its diverse expertise and in-depth knowledge of business and strategic thinking, the team provides efficient legal support for the strategic development, operation and localisation of Danaher China’s three business platforms and nearly 20 operating companies in the areas of compliance, corporate governance, business law, IP protection, data protection, M&A, and others. 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.

  • Industry sectors: Medtech
    Highly Commended
    Align Technology
    APAC Legal Team
    Sun Ning
    VP and Regional General Counsel, APAC
    Align Technology

    Align Technology is a global medical device company that is changing lives through better smiles. Align reimagines and reinvents the way orthodontic and restorative treatment is presented and delivered to millions of people around the world through a digital workflow powered by the Invisalign system of clear aligners, iTero intraoral scanners, and Exocad CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) software.

    As a trusted legal guardian and strategic business partner, Align’s APAC legal team works proactively to provide legal advice on strategic decisions and navigate through complex risk factors, and endeavors to improve process efficiency to drive continuous business and organisational growth. The team is relatively lean with each team member playing a critical role to cover a broad geographic area including more than 18 markets in APAC, with diversities in language, culture and legal systems.

    While having highly capable lawyers support daily operations at each local market, the team has also set up regional centres of excellence in data privacy, intellectual property and competition law, led by experts, to build and manage knowledge, as well as stay updated on legal developments, guiding the company in making sound plans and avoiding risks. With the vision of becoming the most influential legal department(s) in the world, the team keeps up with new trends and builds forward-looking capabilities to explore risk-balanced solutions to achieve business objectives, while adhering to high standards of compliance.

  • Industry sectors: Medtech
    Highly Commended
    BOE Technology Group
    Legal Department of Smart Engineering Medicine Affairs
    Ma Ju
    Legal Director
    BOE Technology Group

    BOE’s legal department for smart engineering medicine is a specialised department within the BOE Group, dedicated to handling legal affairs related to the company’s smart engineering medicine business. It adheres to the working philosophy of “integration of medical, legal and commercial practices” in providing efficient and professional legal services to ensure lawful and compliant implementation of innovative business models, empowering high-quality business growth, and preventing legal and compliance risks.

    The team consists of more than 10 members, located in various cities such as Beijing, Hefei, Chengdu and Suzhou. Its service scope includes the development of dozens of cutting-edge life science products, the operation of four digital hospitals with JCI (Joint Commission International) standards, the construction of a flagship hospital, the setting up of an internet hospital platform, and several ongoing smart medical and elderly care communities. The team also offers comprehensive services including contract, compliance and dispute litigation management, risk prevention and control, as well as construction of intellectual capital.

  • Industry sectors: Medtech
    Highly Commended
    Ping An Healthcare Diagnostics Centre
    Legal Compliance and Commercial Team
    Zeng Ni
    Director
    Ping An Healthcare Diagnostics Centre

    The core members of Ping An Healthcare and Technology’s legal and compliance department are from first-tier domestic and international companies, law firms, accounting firms and government departments, with solid professional skills, broad industry perspective, diverse backgrounds, and rich practice experience. The department has a broad range of responsibilities including business support, M&A financing, IP protection, compliance system construction, compliance review, prospective research, and technology application, which covers all of the company’s business sectors.

    With regard to legal support, the department has efficiently co-ordinated systematic construction and ad hoc support, and promoted close integration of streamlined processes with key risk management and control. In constructing its compliance system, the team has established a “three-layer defense mechanism” to recognise risks. The system’s internal compliance management and audit inspection are integrated in a “two-wheel drive” mode.

  • Industry sectors: Medtech
    Highly Commended
    Siemens Healthineers
    Legal Department (China Region)
    Gu Miao
    Head of Legal and Compliance
    Siemens Healthineers

    The legal and compliance team of Siemens Healthineers China provides full-scale legal, compliance and IP advice, as well as governance guidance for the company. The team’s head, Gu Miao, and the more than 30 professionals in the team, have a wealth of expertise, international perspective and diversified backgrounds. They have actively participated in policy shaping and have promoted exchanges within the industry. As a trusted business partner, the team has enabled company innovations in China, expanding localisation initiatives and improving access to care.

Private equity & venture capital
  • Industry sectors: Private equity & venture capital
    Winner
    Chenxi Investment
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Zhao Li
    Deputy General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Private equity & venture capital
    Highly Commended
    CS Capital
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Zhao Yan
    General Manager
    CS Capital

    CS Capital is a leading private equity investment firm in China with RMB100 billion (USD13.8bn) of assets under management, focusing on investments in smart EV, intelligent manufacturing, life sciences, as well as information and communications technology. Members of CS Capital’s legal and compliance department are graduates of well-known domestic or international law schools, have previously worked at prominent law firms or investment institutions, with rich experience in private equity investment, and a knack for identifying issues and proposing solutions.

    The department is responsible for conducting compliance reviews, risk control and legal support throughout the entire process of investment business, as well as handling compliance management and daily operational legal affairs. The team emphasises individual growth aspirations, values internal knowledge accumulation, enhances comprehensive abilities of team members, and cultivates versatile and well-rounded professionals. The department is dedicated to safeguarding the company's business development, continuously empowering and creating value.

  • Industry sectors: Private equity & venture capital
    Highly Commended
    CBC Group
    CBC Legal Team
    Oak Ma
    Managing Director
  • Industry sectors: Private equity & venture capital
    Highly Commended
    China Recources Capital Management
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Feng Lin
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Industry sectors: Private equity & venture capital
    Highly Commended
    Greater Bay Area Homeland Investments
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Andrew Ning
    Head of Legal and Compliance
  • Industry sectors: Private equity & venture capital
    Highly Commended
    Lingfeng Capital
    Legal and Compliance
    Gao Yuan
    Head of China Business, General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Private equity & venture capital
    Highly Commended
    Primavera Capital
    Legal and Compliance Team
    Chen Xu
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Private equity & venture capital
    Highly Commended
    Sinopec Capital
    Risk Control & Compliance Department
    He Yinsheng
    Managing Director
  • Industry sectors: Private equity & venture capital
    Highly Commended
    Top Kingwin
    Legal Team
    Wu Daibin
    Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
  • Industry sectors: Real estate
    Winner
    Midea Real Estate
    Legal Platform
    Shang Dongning
    Director of Legal Management
    Midea Real Estate

    The Midea Real Estate legal sharing centre is an integrated management team mainly responsible for the legal work of Midea Real Estate Group and its subsidiaries. The centre's headquarters manages all litigation cases, non-litigation business such as investment and financing, the employment of external lawyers, and guides the work of the legal teams of each subordinate unit. The centre has despatched legal leaders and teams to 12 subordinate units and professional subsidiaries to coordinate and manage daily legal affairs, case handling, risk prevention and control, and other affairs. It is independent of other business departments, reporting directly to the group president, and handles legal work independently.

    Comprised of 37 senior legal employees, the legal sharing centre covers eight industries and legal fields, namely real estate development, property management, business operations, tourism operations, prefabricated buildings, smart home decoration, as well as VC and IP.

  • Industry sectors: Real estate
    Highly Commended
    CSCEC Dongfu Investment Development
    Legal and Compliance Management Department
    Sun Xiaohua
    Director of Law Department
  • Industry sectors: Real estate
    Highly Commended
    Cinda Real Estate
    Legal Compliance Department
    He Wei
    General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Real estate
    Highly Commended
    Hisense Real Estate
    Legal Department
    Shao Mingzhi
    Legal Expert at Hisense, Legal Director at Hisense Real Estate
  • Industry sectors: Real estate
    Highly Commended
    Link REIT
    Mainland China Legal Team
    Julia Shen
    General Manager - Legal (MLC)
    Link REIT

    Link REIT’s mainland China legal team was established in 2015, and has since grown alongside the company’s expansion in the region. The team consists of nine experienced members, providing a full spectrum of legal services and support to projects and headquarters’ affairs relating to businesses in mainland China, covering real estate M&A, investment and finance, development and redevelopment, project operation and management, development of corporate compliance systems, employment and dispute resolution. Since its establishment, the team has made outstanding contributions in safeguarding the smooth development of the company’s businesses in the region, ensuring profitability and minimising exposure to legal risks.

  • Industry sectors: Real estate
    Highly Commended
    Logan Group
    Risk Control Department
    Yang Xiaolan
    General Manager
  • Industry sectors: Real estate
    Highly Commended
    Poly Group Corporation
    Department for Risk Management and Legal Compliance
    An Jingjing
    Director
    Poly Group Corporation

    Bearing in mind the development strategy of China Poly Group, its legal team has co-ordinated and co-operated with related departments in a task-centred way, jointly dealing with corporate governance, decision-making and business synergy. The team strives to enhance the state-owned enterprise’s sound governance, standardised management and integrity. It effectively makes decisions in accordance with the law, adheres to the principle of having compliant operations as the bottom line, manages and controls risks, actively strengthens the protection of rights, and creates value for the group. The team continuously enhances these areas through legal work to contribute to the group’s advancement, and uphold its high standards.

  • Industry sectors: Real estate
    Highly Commended
    Vanke Group
    Legal and Compliance Department
    Huang Yiyu
    Group General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Real estate
    Highly Commended
    Zhenro Group
    Department of Legal Affairs
    Li Jianhua
    Legal Director
Technology & telecoms
  • Industry sectors: Technology & telecoms
    Winner
    Microsoft China
    Corporate External and Legal Affairs Team (Greater China)
    Winnie Yeung
    Chief Legal Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Technology & telecoms
    Highly Commended
    Accenture (China)
    Greater China Legal Team
    Allen Gao
    Managing Director, Legal & Government Relations Lead
  • Industry sectors: Technology & telecoms
    Highly Commended
    CXMT
    Legal Compliance
    Robin Wang
    Director
  • Industry sectors: Technology & telecoms
    Highly Commended
    Foxconn Industrial Internet
    Legal & IP Department
    Xie Chenyang
    Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
  • Industry sectors: Technology & telecoms
    Highly Commended
    Shining 3D Tech
    IP & Legal Compliance Department
    Shu Xin
    General Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Technology & telecoms
    Highly Commended
    Talking Data
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Ge Mengying
    General Counsel & Data Compliance Officer
  • Industry sectors: Technology & telecoms
    Highly Commended
    Thunder Software Technology
    Legal Compliance Intellectual Property Department
    Liu Li
    Legal Compliance Intellectual Property Director
  • Industry sectors: Technology & telecoms
    Highly Commended
    Triumph Science & Technology
    Legal & Compliance Department
    Wu Dan
    Deputy Director
  • Industry sectors: Technology & telecoms
    Highly Commended
    Xiaomi Corporation
    Industrial Investment Legal Team
    Wei Ranying
    Legal Director
Tourism & hospitality
  • Industry sectors: Tourism & hospitality
    Winner
    IHG Hotels & Resorts
    Business Reputation and Responsibility
    Wang Weiwen
    Vice President & General Counsel, Greater China
    IHG Hotels & Resorts

    The business reputation and responsibility department of IHG in Greater China is a diverse legal department, composed of 29 professionals. As vice president and general counsel, Wang Weiwen supervises all department operations across the region. She is also a member of the Greater China leadership team, participating in all material decisions and strategies.

    The department includes three legal teams comprised of lawyers (contracted lawyers, special affairs experts, and digital, privacy and IP lawyers) assigned by business sectors. It also has a unique quality and risk management team. The department offers full-scale legal and risk management support for all business operations in Greater China, and leads regulatory compliance across the region.

  • Industry sectors: Tourism & hospitality
    Highly Commended
    Tongcheng Travel
    Legal Centre
    Mary Ma
    Assistant Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
    Tongcheng Travel

    Tongcheng Travel’s legal centre has undertaken the valuable responsibility of providing comprehensive legal support and professional compliance guidance for all of the company’s business segments.

    The team, under the leadership of Mary Ma, consists of experienced compliance legal experts who are not only proficient in laws and regulations in multiple fields such as tourism, e-commerce and data protection, but also have a strong ability to deeply understand and analyse the characteristics and needs of the online travel industry.

    The team is committed to safeguarding the rapid development of Tongcheng Travel by developing professional legal systems, optimising management processes, and assessing compliance risks, while actively promoting ESG (environmental, social and governance), contributing to the company's sustainable development and the enhancement of shareholder value.

  • Industry sectors: Tourism & hospitality
    Highly Commended
    Trip.com Group
    Legal Team
    Ni Ting
    General Legal Manager
Video game & e-sports
  • Industry sectors: Video games & e-sports
    Winner
    Riot China (Shanghai)
    China Legal team
    Emi Zhao
    Legal Director
  • Industry sectors: Video games & e-sports
    Highly Commended
    Lingxi Games
    Legal Department
    Tang Di
    General Counsel
    Lingxi Games

    Lingxi Games, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, is a leading digital entertainment developer in China, devoted to game development, publishing, and platform operation. It focuses on independent R&D and the long-term operation of high-quality games, and is committed to building a healthy game ecosystem as well as promoting the social and cultural value of games.

    The legal department of Lingxi Games covers compliance, litigation, rights protection, investment, corporate governance and other functions, providing professional support in safeguarding the company's operations in China, Europe, the US, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia and other countries or regions. The team has been deeply involved in the legal issues of the games industry’s various aspects, cultivating a group of senior legal experts specialising in the industry, and setting up a game rights protection team with its unique characteristic of providing one-stop services for the discovery of and crackdown on game infringement.

  • Industry sectors: Video games & e-sports
    Highly Commended
    Microsoft China
    Corporate External and Legal Affairs Team (Greater China)
    Winnie Yeung
    Chief Legal Counsel
  • Industry sectors: Video games & e-sports
    Highly Commended
    Sina Corporation
    Litigation Team
    Zhang Zhe
    Legal Manager
    Sina Corporation

    The litigation team of Sina Group directs and is responsible for all the dispute resolution cases of Sina, Weibo, the group’s subsidiaries and invested companies, in multiple jurisdictions in China, the US and Europe. The team has attained remarkable achievements in IP rights and data protection in legal issues involving various professional areas, such as entertainment and sports, as well as in data protection cases and cybercrime.

    The team successfully handles thousands of proceedings every year, and has made innovations in the IP rights protection system within the group, generating a remarkable amount of revenue. It has contributed to landmark cases such as copyright disputes relating to the live streaming of the Chinese Super League. In the past few years, the team has also contributed a number of model cases in data protection. As a pioneer in data laws, it is committed to promoting fair and orderly data flow and protection through established rules.

  • Industry sectors: Video games & e-sports
    Highly Commended
    Weibo Corporation
    Weibo Legal Team
    Fan Ye
    Legal Director

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