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Alpha & Leader Law Firm managing partner Wesley Pan leads an experienced team with a good reputation for finance work. In 2007 the firm formed a strategic alliance with US Bryan Cave LLP, aimed at expanding the current service areas, which include foreign investment, corporate financing, asset management and corporate services. The group’s clients include several large international banks and foreign investment vehicles, such as Société Générale Group, KAMCO Asset Management Corporation, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, GE Capital, Cargill Investment, Deutsche Bank. Watson Li and Ricky Li are highly thought of in the market.


C & I Partners (Guangdong), a partnership formed out of the MoJ-controlled China Legal Affairs Center in the mid-90s, has developed a deep presence across many of the country’s key regions with offices in Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin and Shijiazhuang. The Guangdong team consists of 30 professionals and commands a presence in finance, IP, corporate, dispute resolution and international trade. Director and chief partner Catherine Miao is recommended in the market.


China Commercial Law Co has doubled its partner count in the last four years, and has developed services that stretch beyond the firm’s core finance practice to encompass securities, litigation, M&A, maritime and international trade. The hire of Yang Sun has added ballast to the firm’s corporate offering, whilst Zhiyong Huang’s IP expertise continues to attract Chinese clients. Director Shu Gao has a strong reputation in the market.


GFE Law Office boasts particular expertise in both M&A and dispute resolution, and acts as legal advisor to several leading domestic corporations with local interests, including Guangzhou Hino Motor, Foshan Municipal Government, Embry Holdings and Magician Industries. Zhou Qinghua, promoted to partner in 2008, brings the team’s headcount up to 22 partners.


Market sources highlight Guangda Law Firm’s prowess in the real estate sector, which, combined with a strong offering in the corporate and commercial sphere, has seen the firm grow beyond its traditional focus on litigation. The firm’s clients include CITIC South China Group, Hong Kong Hutchison Whampoa, Eagle Brand and Guangzhou Ever Bright Development. Executive partner Peter Zhang is recommended as an individual whose breadth of talent has been important to the firm’s development.


Shipping boutique Henry & Co advises a portfolio of P&I clubs and corporations with corporate and maritime needs.


Jing Tian Law Firm’s primary experience is in corporate finance and securities. Market sources highlight senior partner Chen Xueming, who counts Forum Hotel, Shenzhen Government and R.G. Barry Corp. as clients, as having notable expertise in this area.


Nine-partner Trust Law Firm has built a strong reputation off the back of a core of FDI work and secured a portfolio of international corporate clients, including Nestlé, Sire, Coca Cola, Shell and Tyco. Amongst a host of mandates for international companies investing in the region, the firm recently represented Kaemingk B.V. on the acquisition of a PRC tech group. Clients say James Chen, head of the firm’s foreign affairs department, is 'someone who we’ve been very happy with and recommend wholeheartedly’.


Led by firm founder Wang Jing, Wang Jing & Co’s Guangzhou headquarters is supported by an impressive network of offices and is thus able to cater for local clients’ domestic needs in a range of locations. The focus on shipping and insurance, for which the firm is well known in the market, is key to the practice, whilst being matched by a vein of corporate expertise that runs through the office’s six partners.

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