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Zhong Lun hires quartet to strengthen three offices

Four partners join Zhong Lun Law Firm, enhancing capital markets, investment, M&A, and dispute resolution in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou

The A-List 2023-24: Rising Stars

When helping clients navigate a complex legal landscape, young elite lawyers have brought fresh ideas and innovative approaches to the table

Quartet acts on Amer Sports’ USD1.37bn NYSE listing

Four firms have advised on Amer Sports’s USD1.37 billion IPO on the NYSE in the largest listing by a Chinese-owned company in the US since ride-hailing app DiDi’s offering in 2021

Quintet acts on Japan chipmaker’s USD5.9bn Australia buyout

Renesas Electronics, a Japanese advanced semiconductor solutions supplier, is set to acquire US electronics design systems company Altium for USD5.9 billion

Jingtian & Gongcheng adds partners to IP, dispute resolution

Ma Qiang and Wang Wei have joined Jingtian & Gongcheng as partners, bolstering the firm's expertise in IP and commercial dispute resolution

ICBC (Macau) issues first public bond under new system

Six firms consulted on ICBC’s issuance of USD2.48 million in senior debenture bonds in the first such public offering

Global Law hires partners to bolster tax, investment services

Global Law Office welcomes partners Ma Xiaoyu and Leo Tian, enhancing the firm's tax and cross-border investment expertise in Shanghai

The A-List 2023-24: Growth Drivers

Following an extensive survey of market opinion and independent editorial research, China Business Law Journal announces the Growth Drivers in China’s legal market.

Zhong Lun hires four partners to boost capital markets, IP

Zhong Lun Law Firm has welcomed four partners to strengthen its capabilities in the capital markets and intellectual property sectors in the Qingdao, Shanghai and Shenzhen offices

Seven firms assist on first humanoid robot maker’s HK listing

Ashurst, King & Wood Mallesons, Bird & Bird, Guangdong Sun Law Firm, Deacons, Dorsey and Zhong Lun Law Firm have advised on Chinese robot maker UBTech Robotics’ IPO

Han Kun expands Beijing office with hiring of crime specialist

Criminal expert Han Yang has joined the Beijing branch of Han Kun Law Offices as a partner

Jia Yuan adds two partners to enhance its Shanghai office

Jia Yuan Law Offices hires partners Zhang Huihui and Fan Junqi in Shanghai to enhance dispute resolution and capital markets practice

China Business Law Awards (Regional Awards) 2023

China Business Law Journal identifies the leading “branch office” and “homegrown” law firms across different regions.

AnJie Broad welcomes three senior partners to Shanghai

AnJie Broad has added three new partners, Li Feng, Yang Tongmei and Pan Weili, to its Shanghai office

TianTong’s ex-head of arbitration, 4 specialists join Global Law

Global Law Office has announced its latest addition of five partners, including Jiang Hong, the former head of the arbitration practice at TianTong Law Firm

KWM, Skadden advise on BYD’s USD2.2bn buy of mobility business

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Skadden have acted on BYD Electronic’s USD2.2 billion acquisition of Jabil’s mobility business

Bain Capital takes private China’s biggest data-centre provider

Seven law firms have assisted Chinese data-centre provider Chindata Group’s privatisation by its holding company Bain Capital, which buys all the outstanding stock at USD4.3 per ordinary share, or USD8.6 per ADS, for USD3.16 billion.

Huatai subsidiary Pioneer Reward issues USD800m in bonds

Huatai International subsidiary Pioneer Reward has successfully established a USD3 billion medium term note programme overseas, issuing bonds

Full speed ahead

India Business Law Journal is pleased to present its selection of the top 15 foreign law firms for India-related work

KWM China closes Europe and Mideast, forms Eversheds alliance

KWM China and Eversheds Sutherland have agreed to cooperate, with KWM China referring all future legal matters in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and South America to Eversheds

Five law firms advise on Kelun-Biotech’s USD174m HK debut

Five law firms counselled parties involved in the HKD1.36 billion (USD174 million) listing of innovative biomedicine company Kelun-Biotech Pharmaceutical in Hong Kong

Quartet acts for China’s first group of REIT expansions

Haiwen & Partners, Han Kun Law Offices, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Zhong Lun Law Firm counselled China’s initial set of four infrastructure real estate investment trust (REIT) expansion projects

Law imitates art

When legal professionals look for inspiration or diversion, where do they turn?

Five law firms sail yacht maker Ferretti to Euronext Milan

Gianni & Origoni, Pedersoli Studio Legale, Shearman & Sterling, KWM and Linklaters advised luxury yacht maker Ferretti Group on its dual listing on the Euronext Milan

China Business Law Awards 2023

China Business Law Journal reveals its top performing law firms of 2022

Trio to boost Merits & Tree’s dispute resolution, restructuring

Merits & Tree Law Offices continues its expansion strategy with the hiring of Gu Jing, Cai Guoqiang and Zhang Jianxin as partners

Amber Group legal head moves to KWM, Law.com reports

Crypto lender Amber Group’s chief legal officer Benjamin Bai has joined King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) as a Shanghai-based partner, providing legal services for both intellectual property and digital assets and fintech, Law.com reports

KWM, Fangda assist Anxin Trust’s RMB9bn private placement

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Fangda Partners assisted in Axin Trust’s restructuring in a USD1.26 billion private placement involving the issue of 4.375 billion shares

Reed Smith beefs up Asian regulatory team with Hong Kong hire

Reed Smith enlarged its Asian regulatory team with the hiring of Hong Kong-based partner Jill Wong

KWM sets up China’s first semiconductor IP centre in Wuxi

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Yangtze River Delta IP Centre, in partnership with the Wuxi government, unveiled China’s first semiconductor IP operation centre on 26 March in Jiangsu province

Deal highlights

Notable IPOs, De-SPAC, bond issuance, joint venture, license agreement, and loans in March and their legal advisors

On the money

As part of our annual exploration of billing rates, we decided to begin analysing specific sectors for an insight into how fee practices vary

Deals of the year 2022

China Business Law Journal announces the most exciting China-related legal transactions and disputes of 2022

Success stress

Stressful competition behind the hustle of Guangdong’s legal landscape

Zhong Lun hires trio to strengthen Beijing and Chengdu teams

Three new lawyers – Lu Qunwei, Ricky Zhou and Wang Feng – have joined Zhong Lun Law Firm to bolster services in its Beijing and Chengdu offices

Law firm trio advise ECARX on Nasdaq listing via SPAC merger

Three law firms advised automotive technology company ECARX on its Nasdaq listing via a merger with US special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)

Crisis innovation

Small wonder that the past couple of years have spawned an exciting amount of tech-related reform in China’s courts and arbitration institutions

INEOS signs fourth major joint venture with Sinopec

INEOS, the world's fourth largest petrochemicals group, acquired a 50% stake in Sinopec's Tianjin Nangang Ethylene Project. JunHe and Slaughter and May advised INEOS

China’s second largest streaming platform Huafang lists in Hong Kong

Huafang Group, the second largest online entertainment streaming platform in China, raised HKD129 million (USD16.56 million) on its HKEX listing, offering 46 million shares at HKD2.8 each

Han Kun and King & Wood Mallesons help crossing-border financing between Micro Connect and HSBC

Micro Connect, a financial platform founded by former HKEX CEO Charles Li, signed a USD25 million asset-backed loan with HSBC

Sunshine Insurance raises HKD6.7bn in Hong Kong H-share listing

Sunshine Insurance, a leading private insurance group in China, issued H shares for the first time in an HKEX IPO, raising USD861.4 million and becoming the fourth largest listing on the city’s bourse in 2022

Counting blessings

China Business Law Journal conducted its annual legal market survey for 2021 with 94 leading law firms to seek their views on trends of the past year

Merits & Tree hires six partners to strengthen Bejing and Shenzhen offices

Merits & Tree Law Offices has appointed Wang Tingru, Diao Shengyan and Ren Gulong as Beijing-based partners, while Wang Wenchao, Huang Guangde and Gao Songsong were hired as Shenzhen-based partners

China Business Law Awards (Regional Awards) 2022

China Business Law Journal identify the leading “branch office” and “homegrown” law firms across different regions

JunHe strengthens restructuring capability

JunHe has hired Gai Bingbing, who formerly practiced at King & Wood Mallesons, as a Beijing-based partner

KWM guides Empyrean’s IPO amid China chip boost

Chip design software vendor Empyrean has raised RMB3.55 billion (USD522.95 million) through a listing on the ChiNext of the SZSE

Bright future

Why the new Futures and Derivatives Law is a boost for China towards aligning with international practice?

JunHe expands Beijing and Chengdu offices

Han Zhen, Lin Zhijun and Kou Chunyan have joined JunHe to strengthen the firm’s restructuring and M&A, capital markets and environmental law practices

Mega Genomics raises HKD215.3m on debut

China’s largest consumer genetic testing platform Mega Genomics raised HKD215.3 million (USD27.6 million) from its IPO on the HKEX

NaaS charges into Nasdaq on short-cut

NaaS Technology has been listed on Nasdaq through a merger with US company RISE Education Cayman in a deal that makes NaaS the third China concepts stock to go public in the US this year and the first IPO for an electric-vehicle charging-services provider

Watching the watchers

New roles of intermediaries place them under the microscope of capital market regulation

HK sees landmark catastrophe bond

King & Wood Mallesons acted as Hong Kong counsel with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft providing international counsel on the city’s first 144A catastrophe bond and only its second insurance-linked securities (ILS)

China Business Law Awards 2022

China Business Law Journal reveals the law firms that have excelled in the past year

Famed IP litigator Gao brings team to KWM

Intellectual property specialist Gordon Gao brought colleagues Sherry Yao, Zhang Xuting and Cassidy Guo with him from Fangda Partners to join King & Wood Mallesons as partners

In-house Counsel Awards revealed

After months of intensive surveys, we reveal the winners of our In-house Counsel Awards 2021-22

Towards the light

Easing of regulations on offshore listing brings hope for an end to a long-running Sino-US dispute

Deal highlights

Aquila Acquisition Corporation became the first special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to list in Hong Kong

Deals of the year 2021

We look back at the most significant transactions and disputes of last year as we ring in the year of the tiger

Open sesame


Shared justice

Yin v Yang


Compliance strategy

How consumer, retail companies can capture compliance and profits

By Quan Kaiming and Yuan Wei, AllBright Law Offices

Product-by-process claim lesson in appeal judgment

By Pravin Anand, Vaishali Mittal, and Siddhant Chamola, Anand and Anand
DSO criminal compliance obligations

New laws tighten DSOs’ criminal compliance obligations

By Ekin Zeng and Chen Yitao, AllBright Law Offices

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