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Linklaters in Mainland China 


Being one of the leading international law firms, Linklaters is the firm of choice for the world’s top business leaders. With 38-years leading practice in the Greater China region, our team offers high-quality legal service and works closely with both multi-nationals and PRC companies to help them achieve their cross-border and global strategic investment goals.

In China, our integrated China team is made up of nearly 200 lawyers, half of whom speak Chinese, working across three major business centres: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Each of our lawyers has his or her own specialisation in M&A and strategic investment both in and out of China, competition and regulatory, private equity, banking and projects, capital markets and dispute resolution.

Deals:

An innovative team – having worked on more ‘firsts’ in this market than any other firm:

  • Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect – establishing mutual stock access between mainland China and Hong Kong
  • the first acquisition of shares in a PRC listed bank by a foreign bank – Citibank on the acquisition of a strategic interest in Shanghai Pudong Development Bank
  • the first time a privately owned Chinese company has been successful in a competitive public markets transaction in Australia (or any other English speaking market) – Sichuan Tianqi Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. on the CAD 848m takeover of Talison
  • the first acquisition by a Chinese company in a European national grid company – State Grid on the acquisition of 25% of Portugal’s state grid operator’s (REN) share capital
  • the first concurrent A share/H share rights issue – the US$2.7bn issue by Angang Steel
  • the first listing of sovereign debt by the Ministry of Finance of the PRC (MOF) – MOF in relation to its RMB 23bn sovereign bond offering in Hong Kong which was also the largest-ever offshore RMB bond transaction
  • the first ever RMB bond financing – Hopewell Highway Infrastructure Limited’s RMB bond issue
  • the first project financing led by a Chinese Bank in Europe – China Development Bank on its €350m project financing of a 300MW mine mouth coal fired power plant in Stanari, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Awards:

Antitrust law firm of the year (cartels): China
ACQ5 Law Awards 2016

M&A Deal of the Year – CSR Corporation Limited and China CNR Corporation Limited Merged into CRRC Corporation Limited 
ALB China Awards 2016

China Employer of Choice 2016
Asian Legal Business

Competition Firm of the Year
China Law and Practice Awards 2016

China International Law Firm of the Year
Finance
Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2015

International Law Firm of the Year
IFLR Asia Awards 2015 (8 out of 13 years)

Debt and Equity-Linked Team of the Year
IFLR Asia Awards 2015 (12 out of 13 years)

China Practice of the Year
IFLR Asia Awards 2015

Best Overall International Law Firm for China Work
China Business Law Journal 2015

Best International Law Firm for Banking & finance
China Business Law Journal Awards 2015

Best International Law Firm for Structured finance & securitisation
China Business Law Journal Awards 2015

Finance – China International Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2015

Competition Firm of the Year
China Law and Practice Awards 2015

Debt & Equity Linked Deal of the Year – ICBC’s triple currency AT1 preference shares offering
China Law and Practice Awards 2015

M&A Deal of the Year – CSR and China CNR’s US$26 billion merger
China Law and Practice Awards 2015

Outbound Deal of the Year – COFCO’s acquisition of Noble Agri and Nidera
China Law and Practice Awards 2015

Best Green Bond - Agricultural Bank of China US$1bn green bond
FinanceAsia 2015

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Offices

  • Beijing
    Linklaters LLP

    25th Floor China World Office 1
    No. 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
    Beijing 100004 China

    Telephone: (86 10) 6505 8590

    Fax (86 10) 6505 8582

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  • Shanghai
    Linklaters LLP 

    29th Floor, Mirae Asset Tower

    166 Lu Jia Zui Ring Road

    Shanghai

    200120 China

    Telephone: (86 21) 2891 1888

    Fax (86 21) 2891 1818

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Contacts

Fang Jian
Partner, Shanghai
(86 21) 2891 1858 
(86 10) 6535 0658
jian.fang@linklaters.com

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