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Linklaters in Mainland China 


Linklaters LLP is a leading global law firm, providing the highest quality legal advice to the world’s corporations, governments and financial institutions, supporting them to navigate the most critical situations they face. Built on an international footprint that makes sense for our clients, we have developed an excellence in doing business across borders.

Linklaters has unparalleled insight into China’s legal framework, having advised clients in China for over 40 years. Our market-leading practice is unique in having a truly integrated team of over 200 lawyers in Beijing and Shanghai who work closely with teams in Hong Kong.

Each of our lawyers has their own specialisation in M&A and strategic investment, both in and out of China, capital markets, competition and regulatory advice, private equity, banking and projects, and dispute resolution.

Our team offers a balanced mix of local knowledge and international expertise, backed by the high quality standards and systems of a robust global law firm.

Our offices

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai


    Our expertise

    • M&A and strategic investment
    • Competition and regulatory advice
    • Private equity
    • Banking and projects
    • Capital markets
    • Dispute resolution

    Major deal highlights

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

    • the largest acquisition financing in the history of China's banking sector – the HK$39bn term loan facility for China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd. to acquire Nanyang Commercial Bank Limited
    • the establishment and network expansion of the landmark Stock Connect Programme including Shanghai-Hong Kong and Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect Programmes
    • the first PRC commercial bank to list in Hong Kong – Bank of Communications IPO
    • 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

    China Practice of the Year
    IFLR Asia Law Awards 2017 

    Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year - Bank of China green covered notes
    IFLR Asia Law Awards 2017

    Debt and equity-linked deal of the year - China Yangtze Power dual currency exchangeable bonds
    IFLR Asia Law Awards 2017

    Asia Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisitions: ChemChina-Syngenta financing The Asia Legal Awards 2017

    M&A Deal of the Year and China 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

    Deal of the Year: Top Spring issues two tranches of convertible bonds
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Banking and Finance Law Firm of the Year
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Energy and Natural Resources Law Firm of the Year
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Best Overall International Law Firm for China Work
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Competition and Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Deal of the Year: CRRC Corporation issues H-share convertible bonds
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Deal of the Year: Financing for the China-Russia LNG project in Yamal Peninsula
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Deal of the Year: South Korea issues first Panda bonds by overseas governments in China
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Deal of the Year: Development of the Thar Block II coal mine in Pakistan
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Deal of the Year: Top Spring issues two tranches of convertible bonds
    China Business Law Journal Awards 2016

    Securities Deal of the Year: Debt: Bank of China four currency six tranche US$3.5bn One belt, One Road bond
    The Asian Legal Awards 2016

    Debt Market Deal of the Year: Abu Dhabi, Hungary, Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong Branches of Bank of China Issued Bonds
    ALB China Awards 2016

    SRI bond - Bank of China's US$3.03bn multi-currency Green bond
    IFR Asia Awards 2016

    Independent recognition in China

    • Chambers 2017 rankings
    • Legal 500 2017 rankings
    • IFLR 1000 2016 rankings

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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
    Managing Partner - China
    (86 21) 2891 1858 
    jian.fang@linklaters.com

     

    Richard Gu

    Senior Consultant, Shanghai

    (86 21) 2891 1839

    richard.gu@linklaters.com

     

    Xiaohui Ji

    Partner, Beijing

    (86 10) 6535 0621

    xiaohui.ji@linklaters.com

     

    Fay Zhou

    Partner, Beijing

    (86 10) 6535 0686

    fay.zhou@linklaters.com

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