News Update

 

The Yangtze Valley continues to be one of the main areas of growth in the Chinese economy. The major cities of Wuhan in Hubei and Chengdu in Sichuan, and the conglomeration of Chongqing, are attracting increasing attention from investors seeking expansion away from the coastal regions. Local law firms in this region are increasingly geared towards international business.

 

Afor Law Firm Sichuan in Chengdu retains its position as one of the leading firms in the city its key strength being in commercial matters, including international trade and investment, finance and securities. The firm has recently been working on the restructuring of Sichuan Telecommunications Industry Group prior to the listing and restructuring of Fujiang Cement. The firm is headed by Xu Qiaorong, who is very experienced in commercial matters. The corporate and commercial department is headed by Ling Lang, who has acted in a number of major investments for domestic and foreign companies.

 

Chaoyue Law Office in Chengdu is a commercially focused law firm that has a practice covering corporate law, securities, tenders, real estate and foreign trade and investment. The firm is headed by Cao Mingjiang, who has an extensive practice in corporate and commercial matters, including foreign investment, with Great Wall Asset Management and Sichuan Airlines among his clients. Wu Yaling specialises in economic disputes and foreign investment.

 

Chongqing East United Law Firm has a broad practice with strength in corporate matters, finance, real estate and foreign investment. The firm is headed by Yang Sulai, who specialises in company and commercial matters, and advises several major local companies, including Chongqing Zhujiang Industry, Chongqing Jiulong and Chongqing Olympic. Yang Anguo specialises in company and finance matters, and advises the Sino-Japanese Sanhe Auto group and Kaiwei Internal Combustion Engine, a US-China joint venture.

 

Chongqing Overseas Law Firm maintains a practice centered on international clients and covering corporate law, real estate, finance and insurance, securities and foreign investment. Li Yun leads the firm, and is known for acting in acquisitions, restructurings, international investment and finance; he has advised on a number of major BOT and TOT projects. Wu Qiang is one of the senior partners in firm, and specialises in contentious and non-contentious matters relating to finance, real estate and foreign investment.

 

Chongqing Zhibo Law Firm is among the busiest in the city, and has a good reputation. The firm’s practice covers corporate, finance and insurance, real estate and intellectual property. Wang Qiang heads the firm, and is well reputed in corporate matters, his clients including the Agricultural Bank of China, Chongqing Iron & Steel and Sichuan Automobile Industry Group. Sheng Xuejun also advises many domestic and international firms, including the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the Agricultural Bank of China and Air Liquide.

 

Dacheng Law Office has an extensive network throughout China, including in Wuhan, Chongqing and Chengdu. The firm handles a wide range of commercial law, including banking and finance, capital markets and securities, foreign investment, M&A, project finance and restructuring of state-owned enterprises. In Wuhan, partner Zhang Yaqing handles investment, M&A, project finance and corporate work. Chen Jihong covers corporate, M&A, restructuring and investment. In Chongqing, Hu Shidong has acted in many cases involving foreign investment.

 

Exceedon & Partners continues to hold its position as one of the leading firms in Chongqing, with particular emphasis on serving international clients. Its practice covers, corporate, finance, insurance, securities, infrastructure and real estate, and international investment. The firm advises numerous industrial companies, including Chongqing Dajiang Motorcycle Manufacturing, and Southwest Aluminium (Group), as well as financial institutions such as CITIC Industrial Bank, China Orient Asset Management and Cinda Asset Management. Senior partner Yang Zewen has a successful practice covering company, real estate and infrastructure, and international investment. Wang Hongxing also specialises in investment, M&A, finance and securities.

 

Hubei Puming Law Office is a mid-sized, 30-lawyer firm in Wuhan. Its practice includes finance, securities, insurance, corporate and foreign trade and investment. Chen Min has strong experience in investment and other corporate matters, with clients including Hubei Automotive and Caterpillar. Zhang Renqing has acted in negotiations on several investments, including the recent China Chang Jiang Energy Corp joint venture with Siemens.

 

Thirty-partner Hubei Ruitong Tianyuan Law Firm in Wuhan has a broad practice that includes commercial matters, as well as foreign trade and investment. Wu Heping focuses on corporate, securities and foreign investment law and recent deals have included the acquisition by Sumitomo Electronic Industries of Wuhan Guangwang Co Ltd, and the acquisition by Mecaplast of its joint venture in Wuhan. Gu Fei also has considerable experience in foreign investment, real estate and construction. Wei Nangui has many years of experience in commercial practice, and has advised Wuhan Coca-Cola and Yangtze Communications Industry Group.

 

Located in Wuhan with 22 partners, Hubei Today Lawyer Office is one of the larger firms in the province, with a practice that covers finance and insurance, company, real estate and foreign investment and government purchases. Yang Yi has extensive experience in corporate matters, and advises Dongfeng Auto, China Great Wall Asset Management, and Wall’s (China) Co Ltd. Huang Chengze also has extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious corporate and investment matters.

 

Sichuan Chengdu Shizheng Law Firm has 33 lawyers, in a practice focused on business law that includes corporate matters, real estate, banking, securities and insurance, and is also known for handling international investment. Clients include Dongfang Electric, Caihong Electric, Itochu and Westech. Senior partner Xiong Siping is a leading practitioner in finance, corporate law and international business, while Lei Daning is recognised for his expertise in corporate law, real estate and investment. Yao Ping is highly experienced in commercial and company law as well as taxation.

 

Sichuan Dingli Law Firm in Chengdu remains one of the largest in the province, with over 80 lawyers and assistants. The firm has a broad practice covering real estate and construction, finance and securities, corporate, and international matters. The firm is headed by Shi Jie, who is ranked as one of leading lawyers in Chengdu, and advises numerous companies. The international department is headed by Xiao Dengguo, who has extensive experience in foreign investment matters, including overseas financing, listing and M&A activities involving foreign investment, with clients including Purina, Shell, Lafarge and Ubisoft Entertainment.

 

Sichuan Showme Law Firm in Chengdu has over 70 lawyers, and covers corporate law, real estate, infrastructure, finance and securities. The firm is headed by Liu Shoumin, who has a strong reputation in the province for dispute resolution, including litigation involving foreign parties. The 12-person corporate department, is headed by Zhou Jianchun who is highly regarded for corporate matters. Li Jianzhi heads the international department and has recently worked on projects involving investment by Henkel Loctite and also by Sagent Pharmaceuticals. Li Nong specialises in corporate matters, and also has considerable experience in BOT projects.

 

Solton & Partners in Chongqing retains its position as one of the top firms in the city, handling commercial matters, especially foreign investment. Clients include Hutchison, Mitsui and Ericsson. Han Deyun continues to be one of the firm’s outstanding lawyers, handling foreign investment as well as finance leasing, M&A and restructuring. Wu Jialing also has a strong practice covering investment and corporate matters. Zhang Tao specialises in foreign investment, trade, including arbitration and litigation, and has advised many major local companies as well as foreign investors.

 

Zhonghao Law Firm is one of the biggest in the region, with offices in both Chengdu and Chongqing. The practice covers finance and insurance, company and securities, construction and real estate, as well as international matters. Yuan Xiaobin, who heads the firm in Chongqing, is one of the leading lawyers in the city, specialising in finance, securities and corporate matters. Zhang Yong is known for handling corporate and finance matters. Qi Fei also focuses on corporate as well as international matters. Zhang Mingjie focuses on foreign investment and real estate. The Chengdu office is headed by Huang Xingwang, who is well regarded for handling corporate restructuring, listings and venture capital. Kong Jianhui specialises in finance and corporate. The firm also has offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

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