We have a truly integrated team of over 200 lawyers working across China’s three major business centres: Beijing, Hong Kong SAR and Shanghai. We are not only able to call on the expertise of lawyers from the firm’s other offices in Asia and our network of 30 offices globally, but with our Shanghai Free Trade Zone Joint Operation with Zhao Sheng Law Firm, we can also provide seamless international and Chinese legal advice on joint matters, to help our clients achieve their China inbound and outbound strategic objectives.

Our many years of experience in China, and our track record on numerous complex international investments into China, have provided us with an exceptional understanding of the local legal and economic landscape. With around 100 Chinese-speaking lawyers, we know how best to negotiate and conclude deals in China. Our deep understanding of the culture and language, combined with our cross-practice strength and sector knowledge, mean clients can rely on Linklaters to achieve their commercial objectives while effectively managing risk.

Our expertise

Antitrust & Foreign Investment

Our Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group offers a sophisticated approach combining international experience with local presence and expertise to deliver commercial, expert advice to clients on merger control and enforcement in China and other competition jurisdictions in the region.

Our track record includes advising:

  • Intel on the China merger filing of its US$9bn sale of NAND and SSD businesses to SK Hynix.
  • QIAGEN N.V.’s US$11.5bn transformational acquisition by Thermo Fisher Life Scientific.
  • Dialog on the China merger filing of its US$5.6bn acquisition by Renesas.
  • Jingye Group’s historic acquisition of British Steel, the UK’s second largest steelmaker.
Our renowned experience is recognised by the market:
“They have extensive knowledge on both straight and hybrid bond offerings. They’re also increasingly prominent in handling complex high-yield note offerings, in addition to their notable experience in equity practice that handles significant IPOs, follow-on offerings and block trades.”

Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, Capital Markets – Debt (International Firms): China

"Linklaters has a very capable and strong team in the equity derivatives and financing space and is able to dedicate large teams to manage hugely complex and highly visible deals"

Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, Capital Markets – Derivatives & Structured Products (International Firms): China

“They take initiatives to go the extra mile to protect and promote their client's interests. They are particularly efficient and diligent for handling transactions in the financial services and insurance sectors.”

Band 2 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, Corporate/ M&A: The Elite (International Firms): China

“They demonstrate their insights into future trends and a high level of expertise across the full range of competition issues, including merger control, behavioural issues and enforcement. They’re also an excellent choice for multi-jurisdictional merger filings with their experience in leveraging the strength of its offices in key European markets.”

Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, Competition/Antitrust (International Firms): China

“They’re responsive and forward-thinking as they’re able to identify and prepare for issues before they occur, using and executing a well thought out strategy.”

Band 2 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, Dispute Resolution – Litigation (International Firms): China

“They have an extensive international network that enables them to advise on complex cross-border transactions. They also demonstrate additional strength handling the development of international projects in the resorts and entertainment sphere.”

Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms): China