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Chambers China Awards for Excellence 2013

In association with Lex Mundi, and sponsored by SynMax Translation

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.


该所以其充足的资源、丰富的跨境业务经验与以客为本的服务见称,在公司/并购领域特别突出,活跃于能源行业,最近协助Hudson清洁能源公司收购金州环境集团有限公司的股权。另外该所的银行与金融 团队也在大型项目融资方面久负盛名。

Jun He Law Offices

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.


该所活力四射,在天津持续建设其已有的稳固客户基础,其北京新设分所也不断在市场扩张。其业务范围包括银行金融、投资和私募股权投资事宜,并且尤其擅长环境法律业务。其团队近期代理了奥运柔道冠军 佟文上诉抗议她药检后被停赛的决定,成为新闻头条事件。

Winners Law Firm (Tianjin)

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.



Tiantong & Partners

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.”

江惟博处理高端并购、私人股权和资本市场交易,表现出众,并且曾在美国律所工作,该经历为其服务增添额外的价值。受访 者说:“他以丰富的国内和国际经验帮助我完成最难最复杂的项目。”他全面的法律意见也备受称赞,“特别擅长找出事情的根本并提供高质服务。”

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.

张宏久律师是竞天公诚律师事务所的管理合伙人,他除了拥有证券、并购和重组等多方面的法律知识以外,最广为 人知的莫过于他优秀的银行与金融业务。市场评价“他是最资深的金融律师之一,代理无数顶尖
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。

Zhang Hongjiu

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.


该所具有庞大的银行融资专业团队,在这方面取得优越的成就,在项目融资法律领域内担当重要的角色,亦处理越来越多的跨境并购融资交易。该团队最近为三菱东京日联银行对一家汽车金融公司作出十三亿人 民币的银团贷款提供法律意见。

King & Wood Mallesons

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.



Commerce & Finance Law Offices (Tongshang)

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.



Zhong Yin Law Firm

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.



T&D Associates

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.



City Development Law Firm

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.


该所名声鼎盛,获得极多国际客户青睐,委托它处理并购和对外直接投资。该所以其强大阵容见称,其大型跨境并购的实践经验也不容忽视。它为国泰航空的中国律师就其对中国航空货运的股权投资提供法律意 见。

Jun He Law Offices

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.



King & Wood Mallesons

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.


权亚拥有中国大陆市场中最优秀的劳动法团队之一,经常获知名客户委托,业务范围涵盖劳工纠纷、罢工、员工雇佣和转岗,以及企业培训项目。近期业绩包括向埃森哲就其一项全球运作的中国部分提供法律意 见,包括转移诺基亚雇员。

TransAsia Lawyers

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.


该精品所对电力工业的深入认识备受称赞,其中数位律师更因为有公司法务的经验深得客户青睐。该所继续处理境内和跨境并购交易和基础建设项目,重点业务包括为中核集团三门核电在400亿人民币的核电 厂发展项目上担任法律顾问。

Sunshine Law Firm

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.



AllBright Law Offices

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.


该所在投资基金与私人股权业务在市场占有相当可观的份额,并因其积累的经验和顶尖的客户极受推崇,获得凯雷集团、黑石集团和摩根士丹利等的青睐。最近该所就由一家保险公司资助宏毅投资成立的一 100亿人民币基金提供法律意见。

Fangda Partners

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.


房地产是该所最强的领域之一,该团队有出色的专业人员处理交易和其他方面的事务,去年继续发展,通过开设伦敦分所,不断拓展国际业务能力,同时也增强中国本土团队。该所吸引不同的大客户,包括麦格理 集团和瑞安建业。

Zhong Lun Law Firm

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.


该所凭其优秀的公司业绩,是中国市场顶级的品牌之一。它获无数金融机构、跨国公司和国企委托处理复杂的跨境问题。其广泛的网络是一大优势,另外其不同分所均拥有经验丰富的律师。去年该公司向四川金 顶集团就破产和重组问题提供法律意见。

King & Wood Mallesons

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.


该所的海事业务享有很高声誉,受到大量船东保赔协会和海运公司的信任和委托,其一流上海团队与其全国律师团队合作,于2012年在宁波开设新所进一步扩展了版图,在渤海蓬莱193油田漏油事故中代理 了国家海洋局。

Wintell & Co

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.


拥有坚实的专业能力和杰出的顾客基础,君合所的税务团队远近驰名,善于处理跨境并购和外商直接投资交易相关的税务问题,以及为公司客户提供咨询。受访者特别佩服其律师在提供意见时能够融入专业知识 与商业观点。

Jun He Law Offices

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.


该所的通讯媒体团队享有良好的信誉,能应付业内最大的交易以及复杂的监管事务,具代表性的业务包括为优酷在其与土豆划时代的合并中提供法律意见,从此创立了领先中国市场的网络视频公司优酷土豆。谷 歌、诺基亚和纽约时报亦为其他主要客户。

TransAsia Lawyers


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。

Clifford Chance LLP

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.



Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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.


该顶尖律所在不同并购项目上均享有盛名,尤其在金融服务领域。除了银行、证券和资产管理客户以外,该团队在代表基金和投资管理事宜上也有丰富经验,包括为私人股权客户成立境内和离岸基金。其业务亮 点包括为汇丰银行集团就其出售亚洲和拉丁美洲的一般保险业务和发放合同提供法律意见。

Clifford Chance LLP

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.


该重量级律所是大中华以及其他地区争议解决领域的知名品牌之一,承办非常广泛的争议纠纷业务,包括银行和合规争议、保险和商业诉讼以及私人客户的争议和调查。其优秀的国际仲裁团队也在业内有口皆碑 ,随着去年两名新合伙人的加入更是如虎添翼。

Herbert Smith Freehills

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.


该所在市场中大受欢迎,而在大中华区有蓬勃的发展。其团队通常為中国石化提供境外投资法律意见,而在能源併购项目很有深刻经验。突出项目為代信实工业公司关以72亿美元向BP出售二十三份印度油气 合同的30%股份。其客户包括中国海洋石油总公司、中国石油天然气集团公司、阿曼石油公司和世纪大桥资本公司。

Vinson & Elkins LLP

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.


该所在中国和亚太区处理复杂和高额法律业务出众,专业能力包括银行融资、资本市场以及项目和基础建设融资事务。当中包括国家电网和道达尔等庞大能源企业的顾客基础充分表现到年利达的市场地位。其在 行的资本市场团队曾代表中华人民共和国财政部处理其在香港的200亿人民币主权债券发售,并能提供关于各种场外衍生产品和人民币产品的法律咨询。

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.



Clyde & Co

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.



Hogan Lovells International LLP

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.


该团队脱颖而出,在全球和中国保持了在国际贸易舞台上的主导地位。该团队继续在国际争端中捍卫其高端中国客户,并向一些主要的美国企业就救济程序提供法律意见。他们也代表国际客户就外国腐败行为法 案(FCPA)调查其中国业务。

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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。

Mayer Brown JSM

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。

Ince & Co