Based on extensive editorial research, China Business Law Journal has compiled a definitive list of the top private practice lawyers for the china market.
Leo Long reports
In August, the huge merger of Uber China with its Chinese peer Didi Chuxing shocked many industry observers. Later, in mid-September, the Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) launched the year’s biggest IPO, worth US$7.4 billion, in Hong Kong. Despite its economic slowdown, China keeps surprising the world with its still impressive growth, and, as usual, Chinese lawyers and their foreign counterparts have played an important role in securing the smoothness of these significant deals. Han Kun Law Offices, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Walkers took part in the landmark merger between the two huge ride-hailing service providers, while Clifford Chance, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Haiwen & Partners, and King & Wood Mallesons assisted in the PSBC’s colossal IPO.
Under a volatile regulatory environment, locating the best legal partners to handle significant transactions is a key issue for many in-house counsel or decision-makers in China-related businesses.
So, what does it take to be one of the top lawyers in China-related businesses? To gain a better understanding of the in-house community’s ideas about determining the best lawyers, we sought answers from a large number of legal professionals, mainly experienced in-house counsel.
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The A-List is based on extensive research conducted by China Business Law Journal. To identify the top 100 lawyers for China practice, we turned to thousands of in-house counsel in China and around the world, as well as partners at Chinese and international law firms, and asked them to tell us which lawyers should make the cut.
Nominations were received from professionals at a wide range of Chinese and international companies, law firms and other organizations. The final list reflects the nominations received combined with the China Business Law Journal editorial team’s years of collective experience in documenting and analyzing China’s legal market.
All private practice lawyers for the China market were automatically eligible for inclusion in the nomination process, and there were no fees or any other requirements for entry into that process. The names and photographs of all A-List lawyers are published on the pages that follow.
In addition, each A-List lawyer was given the opportunity to include their biography and contact details, for which a publishing fee was charged.
It is important to note that the compilation of The A-List and the list of recommended practice areas for each A-List lawyer are based solely on independent editorial research, whereas the biographies and contact details that appear alongside many of the listings have been written by the participating lawyers and the content has not been independently verified by China Business Law Journal.