ChiNext and the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Board have given many law firms their first experience of the securities market. But could stiff competition and high professional standards put an end to their dreams of dancing breezily through this market? By Raymond Yang

Securities lawyers have grown in both number and ability with the growth of China’s capital markets. But companies that are planning to list need to understand more of the role securities lawyers play in IPOs and other securities-related business. What should a good securities lawyer bring to the table?

Many people view being a securities lawyer as a licence to print money. The fees such lawyers charge are certainly at the top end of the range of lawyers’ fees. But how transparent are their fee structures, and how much do they really cost? When a company hires legal counsel for a listing, how can they ensure that the legal fees incurred remain reasonable?

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