Chambers China Awards for Excellence 2013
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The Chambers China Awards 2013 was held on February 28th 2013 in Beijing, at the China World Hotel. This event honours pre-eminent PRC and International firms in China. It recognises their notable achievements in key practice areas, in the form of outstanding work, entrepreneurial spirit, and significant expansion during the preceding year.
Our decisions in relation to the shortlisting and the eventual selection of winners have been strongly directed by the extensive research that drives the Chambers Asia Pacific guide.
2013 Categories and Winners
PRC Law Firm of the Year - Jun He Law Offices
This firm stands out for its depth of resources, substantial cross-border experience together with a strong focus on client service. It excels in the corporate/M&A arena and is particularly active in the energy and natural resources sectors, most recently assisting Hudson Clean Energy on its USD55 million acquisition of a shareholding in Golden State Environment Investment. The banking and finance team is especially noted for large-scale project finance.
Regional PRC Law Firm of the Year - Winners Law Firm (Tianjin)
This dynamic firm continues to build on its already solid client base in Tianjin, as well as from its newer Beijing office. It handles a range of banking and finance, investment and private equity matters, and also has particular specialism in environmental law. In a recent headline-grabbing matter it advised Olympic judo champion Tong Wen in her appeal against her suspension following a drug test.
Boutique PRC Law Firm of the Year - Tiantong & Partners
Litigation continues to be a major forte of Tiantong & Partners, fielding a well-respected team of dispute resolution lawyers led by former Supreme Court judge Jiang Yong. The firm handles many high-profile financial and commercial disputes, and is particularly singled out for its work on appeals and re-trials before the Supreme Court and High Court in Beijing.
Outstanding Contribution Awards
Jiang Weibo - Haiwen & Partners
Jiang Weibo excels at handling high-level M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions. He has previously practised at USA-headquartered firms, an experience which adds much value to his counsel. Interviewees explain: “He has helped me get through the toughest of deals with his deep PRC and international experience.” Sources also single out his comprehensive advice, saying “he is very good at digging into the fundamentals of the issue and producing high-quality work.”
Zhang Hongjiu - Jingtian & Gongcheng
Zhang Hongjiu is the managing partner at Jingtian & Gongcheng. He has a broad practice which encompasses securities, M&A and restructuring, but is best known for his excellence in the area of banking and finance. He is described as “one of the most experienced finance lawyers, with many top clients,” and as a counsel who is “very accomplished at working with large international clients.” Zhong Hongjiu is also praised for his commitment to the development of banking laws and regulations, with market commentators saying: “He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience.” Additionally, he is a frequently published author of legal text.
客户，”也是一位“能为重大国际客户提供完善法律服务”的律师 。张律师对银行法律法规发展的重大贡献，令受访者深表敬佩，赞扬他 “经常热心与人分享专业知识和经验。”此外，他还发表了多部。
Banking & Finance - King & Wood Mallesons
With one of the largest dedicated banking and finance teams, the firm has a strong track record in this area. It is a key player in the project financing space, and is also handling an increasing amount of cross-border M&A financing. The team recently advised Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on a CNY1.3 billion syndicated loan to an auto financing company.
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity - Commerce & Finance Law Offices (Tongshang)
This firm has a stand out reputation for overseas listings, acting both for underwriters and issuers. In a recent highlight it acted as PRC counsel for the joint lead managers of CNOOC Finance’s USD2 billion guaranteed bond offering.
Capital Markets: Securitisation, Derivatives & Structured Products - Zhong Yin Law Firm
This firm has a highly regarded securitisation and derivatives practice. It continues to play a key role in shaping the development of the practice in the PRC and has advised on the drafting of master agreements. For example, it advised NAFMII on the revision of the definition document of the 2009 NAFMII master agreement.
Competition/Antitrust - T&D Associates
This specialist antitrust and international trade/WTO practice advises some of the largest multinational corporates and state-owned entities. The team offers long-standing experience on issues relating to market dominance and price fixing, and is also mandated to advise on merger control issues.
Construction - City Development Law Firm
This boutique firm is widely considered to be a top competitor in the construction sector. The firm’s seven offices across the PRC provide clients with extensive geographical coverage, while its involvement in landmark projects such as the China Telecom Information Park and the Shanghai Pudong International Airport demonstrate its ability to attract high-end mandates.
Corporate/M&A - Jun He Law Offices
This prestigious firm is instructed by an impressive roster of international clients on high-end M&A and FDI. The team stands out for its deep bench strength and illustrious track record on large cross-border deals. It was instructed as PRC counsel by Cathay Pacific Airways on its equity investment in Air China Cargo.
Dispute Resolution - King & Wood Mallesons
This firm stands out for the depth and breadth of its dispute resolution practice. The group once again proved its ability to take on complex cases when it successfully represented Apple against Proview Technology in an IP dispute before the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong.
Employment - TransAsia Lawyers
TransAsia Lawyers fields one of the market’s most prestigious employment law teams in the PRC. It is frequently instructed by big-names clients, and covers a spectrum of work from labour disputes and strikes to employee hires and transfers, as well as corporate training programmes. In one notable mandate, it advised Accenture in relation to the PRC aspects of a global-wide matter, which included transferring employees from Nokia.
Energy And Projects & Infrastructure - Sunshine Law Firm
This impressive boutique attracts particular praise for its deep knowledge base in the electricity sector. The firm’s deep understanding of the market is underscored by a large number of its lawyers having prior in-house expertise in the energy sector. It continues to handle domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and infrastructure projects. Among its most impressive recent work, it advised CNNC Sanmen Nuclear Power Company on the development of a CNY40 billion nuclear power plant.
Intellectual Property - CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office
This group continues to be one of the dominant forces in the Chinese IP market. It provides a full range of non- contentious and contentious services, and has enjoyed a successful year, particularly with regard to high-end IP litigation. Notable highlights include representing Beijing Double-Crine Pharmaceutical in lengthy patent litigation against Xiangbei Welman Pharmaceutical which reached the Supreme Court.
该大牌律所一直保持在知识产权领域里的领先地位， 其团队擅长处理专利、商标和版权诉讼及保护。上一年度代理了多数高端诉讼案件。近期业务包括代表华润双鹤因侵权专利诉讼湘北威尔曼，此案已上诉到 最高人民法院。
International Trade - AllBright Law Offices
This firm stands out for its exceptionally deep bench and broad-based practice. It has a strong track record in trade remedies work and has also become a key player for WTO disputes. It hit the headlines in 2012 when it successfully acted for China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Textiles (CCCT) in a dispute with the EU relating to the importation of polyester stable fibre products from China.
Investment Funds and Private Equity - Fangda Partners
With an impressive market share across investment funds and private equity work, this top-notch practice is singled out for its long-standing expertise and sterling client list. It has recently received instructions from The Carlyle Group, The Blackstone Group and Morgan Stanley, among others. In one highlight, it acted for Hony Capital on the formation of a CNY10 billion renminbi fund which was funded by an insurance company.
Real Estate - Zhong Lun Law Firm
Real estate is one of the core strengths of this firm, which fields a dominant team of specialists in the sector for both transactional and non-transactional matters. The last year has been a continued growth story for Zhong Lun, which has expanded its international capabilities through the opening of a new office based in London, and has meanwhile also continued to build on its existing team in the PRC. The firm attracts many of the biggest clients, including the likes of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and SOCAM.
Restructuring/Insolvency - King & Wood Mallesons
This firm is one of the top names for insolvency and corporate restructuring in the PRC, leveraging off its excellent corporate credentials. It is instructed by a range of financial institutions, multinationals and state- owned entities on a range of complex cross-border issues. Its extensive network is a major strength in this regard, with experienced practitioners based across a number of offices. Last year, it advised Sichuan Golden Summit in relation to a bankruptcy and restructuring matter.
Shipping - Wintell & Co
This highly-regarded practice is instructed by a large number of P&I clubs and shipping companies. Its top- notch Shanghai team works together with lawyers from across its national network; in 2012 it further grew its reach following the opening of a new office in Ningbo. It advised the State Oceanic Administration of the PRC in the Bohai Penglai 19-3 oil spill case.
Tax - Jun He Law Offices
Jun He’s celebrated tax team stands out for its long-standing expertise and illustrious client base. It is especially strong on tax issues relating to cross-border M&A and foreign direct investment transactions, as well as corporate advisory work. Sources single out the firm’s ability to combine strong technical knowledge with a commercial outlook.
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - TransAsia Lawyers
This firm is highly regarded for its dedicated TMT practice. The team tackles some of the largest TMT-related corporate deals as well as complex regulatory matters, with representative work including advising Youku on its blockbuster merger with Tudou, forming China’s market-leading internet video company Youku Tudou. Some of its other significant clients include Google, Nokia and The New York Times.
China International Law Firm of the Year - Clifford Chance LLP
This well-established firm continues to offer a pre-eminent blend of banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and funds expertise. It also excels in regulatory and contentious matters, fielding a top-tier disputes resolution team. Notably, it advised Citi as the financiers of the HKD2.65 billion take-private acquisition of Hang Ten Group by Li & Fung, and CVC Asia in a joint venture dispute involving allegations of fraud and oppression of minority shareholders, among other claims.
该所一直在银行与金融、资本市场、并购和基金领域提供优质服务，其规管和诉讼业务也是一枝独秀，拥有顶尖的诉讼团队。业务亮点包括代表花旗作为出资人发起对利丰集团的HangTen集团作港币26.5 亿的私有化收购； 又协助CVC亚洲处理其涉嫌诈骗~和抑压小数股东及其他纷争的合资经营争议。
Hong Kong National Law Firm of the Year - Deacons
This full-service practice is one of oldest and most prominent independent firms in Hong Kong. It maintains an excellent reputation in the Hong Kong market, and has additional licensed offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. It is especially highlighted for its prowess in investment funds, corporate M&A and intellectual property, and has continued to perform well in the area of financial regulation.
Competition - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
This powerhouse team tackles a range of large-scale and complex matters such as cartel investigations. It boasts both extensive MOFCOM and multi-jurisdictional expertise, and is especially prized by national and international corporates for its ability to advise on the competition law aspects of acquisitions and restructurings in China.
Corporate - Clifford Chance LLP
This outstanding firm maintains its excellent reputation across a range of M&A work, particularly in the financial services sector. As well as banking, securities and asset management clients, it has considerable experience acting on funds and investment management matters, including onshore and offshore formation for private equity funds. Recent standout matters include advising HSBC Group on the Asia and Latin America sales of general insurance business and distribution arrangements.
Dispute Resolution - Herbert Smith Freehills
This heavyweight practice is one of the leading names for dispute resolution in the greater China region and beyond. It advises on a wide spectrum of contentious matters, including banking and regulatory disputes, insurance and commercial litigation, as well as private client disputes and investigations. The group also fields an excellent international arbitration team, which has further grown last year following the addition of two partners.
Energy And Natural Resources - Vinson & Elkins LLP
This practice is esteemed in the market, boasting a thriving practice in Greater China. The team regularly acts for Sinopec on outbound investments and is very active in energy M&A transactions. Highlight deals include advising Reliance Industries on its sale of a 30% stake in 23 India-based oil and gas production contracts to BP for USD7.2 billion. Its clientele includes CNOOC, CNPC, Oman Oil Company and Century Bridge Capital.
Finance - Linklaters
This group is much admired for its expertise in handling complex, high-value matters in China and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Its proficiency spans all aspects of banking and finance, capital markets as well as project and infrastructure financings. The scale of its capabilities is demonstrated by its client roster which includes energy giants such as State Grid and Total. The skilled capital markets team represented the PRC’s Ministry of Finance in its CNY20 billion sale of sovereign bonds in Hong Kong, and also advises on an impressive range of OTC derivatives and varied RMB products.
Insurance - Clyde & Co
This team maintains its leading position in both contentious and non-contentious matters. It has a diverse practice, handling public liability, professional indemnity, healthcare, corporate and marine insurance. It successfully defended leading insurers in a number of highlypublicised subrogation claims.
Intellectual Property - Hogan Lovells International LLP
This team is regarded as a major force in the China market. The group attracts major corporate clients and handles all manner of contentious, non-contentious and transactional work. Recent highlights include assisting Alibaba on a range of IP matters including passing-off, multi-jurisdictional e-commerce issues and domain name work.
International Trade - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
This stand out practice maintains a dominant presence within the international trade arena globally and in China. The team continues to defend high-profile Chinese clients in international disputes, and has advised a number of major US corporates on remedy proceedings. It also represents international clients in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations relating to their Chinese operations.
Real Estate - Mayer Brown JSM
This practice fields a 22-partner team across Greater China that handles a comprehensive range of complex, high- value real estate matters. It serves international clients such as Hong Kong Land, AEW Value Investors and LaSalle Investment Management. Recent work highlights include advising Hong Kong Land on the redevelopment of the Forum at Exchange Square.
该律所在大中华有22名合伙人就复杂高端的房地产事宜提供全面的服务，其国际客户有香港置地、AEW Value Investors 领盛投资管理，近期业务亮点包括向香港置地就交易广场富临阁重建计划 提供法律意见。
Shipping - Ince & Co
Part of an internationally renowned group, this 12-partner team excels in both wet and dry work including ship finance, marine insurance and international trade. Thanks to its extensive network of resources, the team here is also able to advise on complex matters such as piracy. Notable work includes successfully representing the shipowner of the ‘Pontodamon’ in an allocation of liability against the ‘He Da 98’ following a collision between the two vessels.
作为该国际知名律师行的一支劲旅，由12名合伙人组成的团队在陆上和海上两方面都表现卓越，擅长船舶融资、海商保险和国际贸易。该团队得益于其雄厚的网络资源，能够就复杂的海盗问题提供法律意见。主 要业绩包括成功代理 Pontodamon 轮船东解决其与HeDa 98轮碰撞后的责任认定。