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China Best Lawyers
China Best Lawyers

It is braught to you 15 young lawyers from all across China. Their impressive career development points to their potential to make it big in the legal profession in the future. These 15 rising stars, demonstrating great potential and professional excellence, are nominated as the Top 15 Rising Lawyers in recognition of their strong performance, established reputation and expanding client bases.

Selection criteria for rising lawyer candidates: aged under 40 or have been working in the legal profession for no more than 15 years; currently providing legal services in Mainland China; both Chinese and foreign lawyers are eligible.

Simmons & Simmons

JOSEPH CHU

As a dispute resolution partner at Simmons & Simmons, Chu has  13  years’  experience  practicing  commercial  litigation,  in- ternational arbitration and compliance investigation in Main- land China and Hong Kong. He is strong in cross-border arbi- tration and international litigation, in particular the provision of  legal  services  for  disputes  involving  outbound  investments by  Chinese  companies.

 For  example,  Chu  offered  legal  ser- vices  regarding  disputes  over  a  crude  oil  sale  contract between  a  State-owned  oil  company  and  a  Rus-

sian  company,  represented  a  Chinese  engineer- ing company  in  an  EPC  project  dispute in  the Middle  East,  and  provided  legal  services  for  a global bank involved in claims for illegal sales,  fraud,  cross-border  litigation  and regulatory investigation, and for a multi- national company regarding tax disputes with  the  Hong  Kong  Inland  Revenue  De- partment. Chu is one of the few common  law  litigators  who  are  qualified  to  practice

in Mainland China. He is also one of the edi- tors of the Sweet & Maxwell publication Ar- bitration  in  Hong  Kong:  A  Practical  Guide  and was involved in the compilation of Hong Kong Civil Procedure Rules.

JunHe

FENG RUI

Feng Rui has extensive experience in handling com- plex cross-border merger and acquisition (“M&A”) deals and exceptionally large joint venture projects, including equity/asset sales, and corporate consoli- dation and division. Most of his clients are multina- tionals, large State-owned enterprises and local governments. For example, he represented Shell  in restructuring part of its downstream  assets  in  Chi- na, and acted for Dow Chemical in Chinese spin-off restructuring related to many global M&A deals. In addition, Feng has gradually shifted the focus of his practice from traditional manufacturing to life science and healthcare in line with the latest market trends, covering outbound biopharmaceutical M&As, Sino- foreign joint ventures in gene sequencing, establish- ment of first-rate international general hospitals and affiliated medical schools, and compliance consulting for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, in addition to domestic M&As. Feng believes that the real legacy he creates as a practicing lawyer is the reli- ance, trust and respect that he won from clients, and he seeks to contribute to the advancement of society through piecemeal efforts at the micro level.

Allbright Law Office

JOHN LIU

Liu believes that lawyers should always abide by impartiality and justice as the guiding principle in handling highly complicated cases, so that their con- science is clear and their good deeds can be passed on to future generations. Since 2001, he has been focusing on dispute resolution and foreign investment, and has acted in nearly 100 litigation and arbitration cases for numerous Chinese and foreign clients, including Abbott, Lufthansa, Sunway, Eirich, Procter & Gamble, B&Q, Mary Kay, Tektronix, CNPC , CSSC, Sinochem International, Ping An Bank, Lonking, Shimao, Shanshan, Lujiazui, Jinqiao and Zhongtong Bus. Last year, Liu represented Abbott in antitrust civil litigation, Netstal (Germany) in international trade contract disputes, Ceva Sante (France) in joint venture contract disputes, Vopak (the Netherlands) in disputes with shareholders of its Chinese joint venture, and Lonking in claiming debts abroad. In addition, Liu is also de- voted to public and charitable causes.

Global Law Office

MAY LIU

May Liu has provided legal services for a large num- ber of Chinese and foreign companies specializing in  domestic  and  overseas  financing,  direct  foreign investment and capital market activities, covering a wide range of industries from traditional businesses such as banking, trust, real estate, mineral resourc- es, electricity and chemicals to emerging ones such as   telecommunications,   pharmaceutical,   high-tech and new energy. As a lead lawyer, Liu participated in hundreds of financing projects both at home

and abroad, and has provided legal services and assistance for many leading domestic and  foreign  commercial  banks,  invest- ment banks and other financial institu- tions including ICBC (Asia) and Bank

of China (Hong Kong), as well as for large cross-border corporate financing/investment projects. In the M&A field, Liu has offered legal services for many   well-known   listed   companies both in and outside Mainland China for their Chinese asset/equity M&A activities.

Llinks

NICHOLAS LOU

Nicholas Lou has been providing legal services for M&A, private equity (“PE”), real estate and foreign investment for many years. He represented a large number of Chinese and foreign clients in many successful investment and financing projects with major market influence, including SAIC Motor’s acquisition of Nanjing Automotive Corporation, a series of PE financing projects at China Redstar and the joint venture between Shanghai Electric and Bright Source Energy (U.S.A.). In recent years, Lou has also acted for China Urban Realty Association, China Orient Summit Capital, Ping An Real Estate, Go High and Kailong Real Estate in setting up real estate funds, and been involved in the financing and acquisition of relevant projects. He has been a member of the real estate committee of the Shanghai Bar Association since 2010. Lou said that he would continue to pursue a career as a professional lawyer with enthusiasm, embracing opportunities as well as challenges through continuous learning in practice. In addition to personal development, he also hopes to contribute to the rule of law in China.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

SONG MU

During his 14-year legal career, Mu Song mainly spe- cializes in land and real estate investment, disputes related to land and real estate  investment,  land  and real estate project compliance audit, and M&As and business negotiations. Last year, he represented Uni- versal Beijing Theme Park and Resort and CITIC Real Estate, and handled several real estate dispute cases and Lenovo’s real estate investment in Shenzhen. In addition, Mu has been teaching basic legal courses at a charity school, BN Vocational School in Dongcheng District, Beijing, for the past 11 years. Mu states that his practicing philosophy is to provide precise, com- prehensive and creative legal services for clients, and to actively contribute to the rule of law in China.

Zhejiang T&C Law Firm

SHEN HAIQIANG

A former financial practitioner, Shen Haiqiang specializes in capital market, M&A and real estate financing. He has led nearly 30 major capital market projects, including stock issuance and listing in China and abroad, bond issuance, backdoor listing, listed company M&As/major asset restructuring, and pre-IPO corporate listing. Shen has been in charge of, or led, numerous major M&A and investment projects, some of which were extremely complex in terms of deal structure and transaction mechanisms. In addition, he has extensive experience in real estate financing, and has acted for financial institutions or large real estate groups in hundreds of real estate financing projects, with the total amount of investment/financing exceeding RMB 80 bil- lion. The credo long held by Shen is to “deliver valuable legal services aligned to the commercial reality of financial and M&A deals, taking both business and legal factors into account”.

Founded in 1993, Zhong Lun Law Firm is a leading full service law firm, with more than 220 partners and 1100 professionals strategically located in mainland China in the leading economic centers of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Qingdao, as well as Hong Kong and internationally in Tokyo, London, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Zhong Lun professionals work in dedicated teams committed to their specialized practice areas and are able to tap a wide range of expertise across practice groups through close cooperation and cross-team interaction within the firm. Zhong Lun provides high-quality, efficient and practical legal advice on complex business transactions in China and its outstanding work has achieved broad recognition.

Sunshine Law Firm

SONG SHEN

Shen Song was previously the head of the contract management division, dispute management division and overseas M&A division of the legal department at China  National  Offshore  Oil  Corporation  (“CNOOC”), and oversaw the legal work involved in long-term LNG transactions between CNOOC and Total, British Gas and Qatar Gas Corporation as lead counsel. Last year, Shen played a leading role in the contracting of a 2*1000MW coal power plant in Turkey by a large State-owned power enterprise, a photovoltaic power generation investment project proposed by a large State-owned enterprise in Zambia, a similar project proposed by a private Chinese power equipment company in Morocco, the acquisition of a hydropower project in Turkey by a State-owned enterprise and a coal-electricity integration project in Zimbabwe. Shen guides himself during  practice  with the philosophy: “Honoring promises for clients, safe- guarding clients’ interests, assisting clients in fulfilling reasonable business goals, and facilitating successful deal-making”.

Herbert Smith

MONICA SUN

Sun is capable of offering legal services in both Chinese and English for oil and gas, electricity, new energy, min- ing and infrastructure project development and cross- border M&A transactions all around the globe, with a focus on legal assistance for Chinese companies in their outbound investment activities in the energy field. Be- tween 2010 and 2016, the Beijing energy team led by Sun provided legal services for LNG assets acquisition, LNG trading and LNG investment development, including a successful investment in the Yamal project (Russia) on behalf of the Silk Road Fund. The team also assisted Chinese companies in many large-scale LNG projects in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Africa. Furthermore, since 2015, Sun proposed and led the “One Belt, One Road” (“OBOR”) initiatives in her firm, and hosted a series of workshops related to energy and infrastructure investment and construction in OBOR countries. These events have been warmly received by clients as valuable resources helping them discover business opportunities and solve potential legal issues. Sun also leads an increasing number of Chinese companies to participate in infrastructure investments in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Russia, etc. Sun stresses that “Innovation, Competence and Quality is our response to client’s instant message ‘ICQ (I seek you)’”.

Guantao

YANG WANG

During her decade-long legal career, Wang Yang presided over many non-litigation projects, counting large State- owned enterprises  and  listed  companies such  as  Sinopec, Aluminum Corporation of China, State Development & Investment Corporation, ChemChina, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group and BBMG as clients. The convertible merger by absorption between BMMG and Taihang Cement, overseas equity transfer of Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation, Capital Group’s acquisition of a solid waste treatment business in New Zealand, offshore bond issuance by Aluminum Corporation of China – all led  by Wang - have received extensive attention in the legal industry, and  won  awards  from  stock  exchanges  and rating agencies. Within her firm, Wang is responsible for business training and onboarding of new employees. Externally, she is in charge of promoting the firm and managing young lawyers for district- and municipal- level lawyers associa- tions. She believes that enthusiasm about the legal profession, a strong sense of responsibility for clients, commitment to mutual growth with the firm and contributing to the development of the legal profession are the basic qualities that make an outstanding lawyer.

Simpson Thacher& Bartlett

YANG WANG

For Wang Yang, the practice of an M&A lawyer can be understood as a continuous effort to strike the right balance in multiple dimensions – between zealously advocating for the client and being mindful of the give-and-take nature of deal-making; between adhering to market precedents and being creative in addressing new issues; and between specializing in certain practice areas and acquiring general knowledge in others. During his seven-year career as a legal professional, Wang has provided legal services for many PE funds and corporate clients in M&A, PE investment and corporate law fields. Last year, he was involved in the acquisition of Syngenta by China National Chemical Corporation, Alibaba’s investment in Suning Commerce, the merger between Mogujie and Meilishuo and post-merger equity financing, and joint investment in DiDi by Alibaba and Ant Financial.

Eversheds LLP

JAY ZE

“Providing clients with super-class value-added services, assisting them in seizing business opportunities and con- trolling risks – in particular, offering decisive advice to cli- ents in making “’life and death’” decisions and most im- portant strategic decisions, thereby establishing oneself as a truly trustworthy advisor for clients” – this is the philoso- phy guiding Ze in his legal practice. As Eversheds’s Partner in China, Ze’s team has handled transactions and proj- ects with a combined value of over USD 50 billion all around the globe. Under his leadership, the team provides legal services for major and strategic

energy investment projects worldwide, servicing clients including government agencies, State-owned enterprises, regulatory authorities, State-owned institutions and corporate clients. Drawing on his capital operation expertise and extensive experiences in energy and natural resources fields,  Ze  has  represented  clients  in  a series of major deals including the equity investment by China National Nuclear Corporation in Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant.

JTN

XIAODONG ZHENG

Zheng has extensive experience in capital market, in- vestment and financing, M&A and PE practices.  In  re- cent years, he has devoted most of his time to M&A and capital market practices, and took part in numerous high-profile M&A and listing restructuring deals – Zheng acted as the lead counsel of HBIS for a series of overseas acquisitions and joint ventures (with a combined trans- action value of several billions of dollars), and led the company’s global legal teams; participated in the major assets restructuring at Tonghua Golden-Horse Pharmaceutical Industry; and was involved in the H-share listing of the Bank of Zhengzhou. Many of the projects that he acted for have been listed as key projects for the “going global” campaign or the “OBOR” initiative by State ministries and commissions. As his motto, Zheng has dedicated himself to “safeguarding clients’ interests through effective risk identification and management; helping companies fulfill their commercial value through practical efforts and innovation; promoting the internationalization of legal services with a global vision and ‘craftsmanship’; and, adhering to the rule of law with a strong commitment to social responsibilities”.

KWM

STANLEY ZHOU

A banking and financing partner at King & Wood Mallesons (“KWM”), Zhou specializes in highly complex cross-border M&A and financing deals, such as pre-IPO financing and privatization financing, real estate financing, bankcard and payment businesses and financial activities in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, having over ten years’ experience in relevant practices. Last year, he represented Jinjiang Group in financing the acquisitions of Louvre Hotels and 7 Days Inn, acted for China Union- Pay in cooperation with ApplePay in China, and assisted Shanghai Gold Exchange in setting up the international gold trading center in the free trade zone. In addition, he has been providing professional legal training and lectures to industry and professional associations/organizations, government agencies and institutions of higher learning both at home and abroad on topics such as free trade zones, cross-border financing, Internet finance and e-payment, contributing to legal research at research institutes and institutions of higher learning as well as the formulation of relevant laws and regulations. Through- out his career, Zhou has always committed himself to helping clients gain an in-depth understanding of, and overcome, legal, cultural  and  geographical  differences by leveraging the global and integrated platform offered by KWM, thereby laying the groundwork for commercial success. Zhou also aims to introduce China to clients all around the world, assisting Chinese clients in business expansion in overseas markets.

HanKun

TRACY ZHOU

Zhou has 11 years of professional experience in investment, financing, M&A and capital market practices, with a focus on   TMT   (Technology,   Media   and   Telecommunications). She represented many companies in the entire process from  series-A  financing  all  the  way  to  IPO/M&A  completion,  providing  them  with  capital  operation,  legal  compliance and other services at all stages. She was involved in many  major  and  innovative  M&A  deals  in  the  TMT  market,  where  she  demonstrated  a  gift  in  structuring  highly complex  transactions.  She  also  acted  for  financial  and strategic investors in numerous PE investments, and acquired extensive experiences in providing legal

services for financial and strategic investment. Last year, deals participated by Zhou include JD’s  acquisition  of  Yihaodian,  merger  be- tween  Dada  and  Daojia,  merger  between Baidu  Music  and  Taihe  Music,  equity  swap between   Baidu   and   Qunar   under   Ctrip, Baidu’s offshore bond issuance and Ganji’s equity acquisition by 58.com. Zhou adheres to legal thinking, professionalism, business wisdom and service prioritization as the principles guiding her legal practice.

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