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

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Biographies were provided and written by the in-house counsel themselves and have not been independently verified.

  • Feng Lin
    Feng Lin
    General Counsel
    China Resources Capital Management

    Feng Lin, the General Counsel of China Resources Capital Management Limited, is the winner of the General Counsel of the Year award.

    China Resources Capital is the asset management arm of China Resources group (with total assets under management of RMB100 billion (USD14.46 billion)). In the past year, Feng has led her legal team to provide professional legal support to more than 20 USD and RMB private equity funds and investment vehicles of China Resources group.

    Feng and her team have assisted in a number of key legal projects, including completion of a RMB4 billion AMC asset restructuring, a RMB2.7 billion equity investment in a project, an exit from a RMB1 billion investment by a China Resources energy fund, as well as formation of a real estate fund with a Hong Kong-listed company. In addition, Feng and her team provided CFIUS and FIRB-related regulatory and compliance support in cross-border transactions and actively engaged in consultations with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on various legal matters including in relation to issuance of RMB-denominated REITs.

    In light of Feng's achievements in the past year, she has also won an individual award in the Private Equity & Venture Capital, Securitisation and Restructuring category, and is highly recommended for Capital Markets (Domestic) and Compliance (Cross-Border) legal matters.

  • Feng Lin
    Feng Lin
    General Counsel
    China Resources Capital Management
  • Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Winner
    Dellen Dai
    Dellen Dai
    Group Ethics & Compliance Director
    Cargill

    Dellen Dai is Group Ethics and Compliance Leader of Cargill China. Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, Cargill helps people thrive by applying their insights and more than 155 years of experience. In China, Cargill’s guiding principles are well implemented through the excellent work of the Ethics & Compliance China team.

    For many years, Dai has been deeply involved in the field of compliance, and has rich experience in system design, policy formulation, risk assessment, investigation and auditing. In China, he serves as an expert advising national compliance thinktanks, and is a standing member of several compliance committees, constantly providing advice and actively organising industry dialogues to promote high-quality enterprise development. Internationally, he has participated in the development of ISO international compliance standards, and has advocated for compliance values, enhancing international mutual trust in compliance.

  • Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Chen Ji
    Chen Ji
    Vice President, Legal & Compliance
    LianBio
  • Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Irene Cheung
    Irene Cheung
    Senior Legal Counsel
    Luk Fook Holdings (International)

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

    The group’s Legal Affairs Department is composed of legal teams from mainland China (including Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Guangzhou) and Hong Kong, established by Irene Cheung, and led by her and other senior in-house lawyers with many years of legal and management experience. It provides various anti-bribery and anti-corruption services for the group’s comprehensive business around the world.

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

  • Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Natalie Li
    Natalie Li
    Legal Counsel
    Alibaba Group
  • Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Pan Zhuqing
    Pan Zhuqing
    Chief Compliance Office, General Counsel
    CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive
  • Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    Tong Jia
    Tong Jia
    General Council
    Li Ning (China) Sports Goods
  • Anti-bribery & anti-corruption
    Highly Commended
    James Yuan
    James Yuan
    Legal Director and Managing Counsel, Global Investigations, Office of General Counsel
    MSD

    James Yuan is a highly skilled New York-licensed attorney with quindecennial experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. He provided strategic legal counsel to clients on matters such as corporate compliance, regulatory issues, and litigation. Currently serving as Legal Director and Managing Counsel of Global Investigations at MSD, Yuan has a proven track record of helping clients navigate complex and highly regulated legal environments.

    Renowned for his in-depth understanding of his fields, Yuan stays abreast of the latest industry trends, regulatory changes, and emerging legal issues. He is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and he is recognised for his strong advocacy skills both inside and outside the legal realm.

    Yuan earned his Juris Doctor cum laude and Master of Public Administration from the US and is known as a trusted adviser for his exceptional legal skills, industry knowledge, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

    James Yuan is a highly skilled New York-licensed attorney with quindecennial experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. He provided strategic legal counsel to clients on matters such as corporate compliance, regulatory issues, and litigation. Currently serving as Legal Director and Managing Counsel of Global Investigations at MSD, Yuan has a proven track record of helping clients navigate complex and highly regulated legal environments.

    Renowned for his in-depth understanding of his fields, Yuan stays abreast of the latest industry trends, regulatory changes, and emerging legal issues. He is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and he is recognised for his strong advocacy skills both inside and outside the legal realm.

    Yuan earned his Juris Doctor cum laude and Master of Public Administration from the US and is known as a trusted adviser for his exceptional legal skills, industry knowledge, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

  • Capital markets (Domestic)
    Winner
    Ivon Gan
    Ivon Gan
    General Manager of Legal Department
    Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding
  • Capital markets (Domestic)
    Highly Commended
    Feng Lin
    Feng Lin
    General Counsel
    China Resources Capital Management
  • Asset management
    Winner
    Zhou Feng
    Zhou Feng
    Chief Compliance Officer
    Taikang Asset Management
  • Asset management
    Highly Commended
    Andrew Ning
    Andrew Ning
    Head of Legal and Compliance
    Greater Bay Area Homeland Investments
  • Asset management
    Highly Commended
    Anny Zheng
    Anny Zheng
    General Counsel, Legal & Compliance Department
    China Huarong International Holdings
  • Chen Yifu
    Chen Yifu
    Senior Legal Director
    Xiaomi Group

    Chen Yifu graduated from Wuhan University and currently serves as the Senior Legal Director at Xiaomi Legal Department. He has switched different professional roles including engineer, entrepreneur, lawyer and legal counsel in his career, providing a fusion perspective and insights into technology, business and legal.

    He delivers interdisciplinary practical experience in dispute resolution, consumer rights, intellectual property, data and privacy compliance, labour and employment to support Xiaomi’s business achievements. He also makes legislative suggestions, and participates in the drafting of professional standards.

    Besides his legal profession, Chen also focuses on team building and career development of employees, teaching legal compliance and leadership courses in Xiaomi’s internal training programme, and he is rated as a popular internal training lecturer by Xiaomi employees.

  • Gao Yingze
    Gao Yingze
    Senior Legal Manager
    Bluepha

    Gao Yingze, who graduated from the Law School of Renmin University of China, has been engaged in litigation and compliance consulting practice in law firms since 2017. She joined Bluepha in 2022, and is mainly responsible for daily compliance management and providing full legal support for Bluepha’s major projects. Since joining the company, Gao has established a comprehensive system to implement compliance management and provide legal support for daily business operations. With her experience in dispute handling and business negotiation skills accumulated during her practice as a lawyer, she has played an important role in the negotiation process of several major contracts and effectively safeguarded Bluepha’s interests.

  • Jiang Zhaomeng
    Jiang Zhaomeng
    Deputy Mananger, Legal & Compliance Office
    China Nonferrous Mining Corporation
  • Joey He
    Joey He
    Deputy General Counsel, China
    Veolia (China) Environment Services
  • William Kong
    William Kong
    General Counsel
    J&T Express
  • William Kong
    William Kong
    General Counsel
    J&T Express
  • Catherine Liu
    Catherine Liu
    General Counsel
    Princeton Digital Group

    Catherine Liu is General Counsel at Princeton Digital Group (PDG), a leading pan-Asian developer and operator of internet infrastructure in 14 cities across five countries. Headquartered in Singapore with a presence and operations in China, Singapore, India, Indonesia and Japan, its portfolio of data centres powers the expansion of hyperscalers and enterprises in the fastest-growing digital economies across Asia.

    With 20 data centre projects in different stages across five markets, and dealing with even more legal jurisdictions, Liu has built a high-impact team that navigates complex issues across multiple legal systems and disciplines. As the first general counsel of the group, Liu oversees all aspects of the legal function at PDG, including M&A, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, construction and projects, corporate governance and compliance, commercial and operational contracts, and stakeholder management across all areas. Prior to joining PDG, Liu was a seasoned private equity and M&A attorney specialising in high-value cross-border transactions in the technology and real estate sectors, practising with Morrison & Foerster and Allen & Overy.

  • William Kong
    William Kong
    General Counsel
    J&T Express
  • William Kong
    William Kong
    General Counsel
    J&T Express
  • William Kong
    William Kong
    General Counsel
    J&T Express
  • William Kong
    William Kong
    General Counsel
    J&T Express
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