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:
"Their ability and propensity to provide advice and creative solutions is what sets them apart from their competitors."

Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Banking & Finance (International Firms): China

"They're very responsive to queries and able to think ahead of the issues. The team is organised and the division of work is clear. They are well aware of the commercial concerns and work hard to navigate to achieve the commercial goal."

Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Capital Markets – Debt (International Firms): China

"They're very good, proactive in identifying issues, and very commercially aware of our restrictions and requirements. They are particularly good on China cross-border work."

Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Capital Markets – Derivatives & Structured Products (International Firms): China

"Linklaters is very helpful to us, as we are largely involved in cross-border transactions."

Band 2 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Corporate/ M&A: The Elite (International Firms): China

"Linklaters is a firm who really sees the bigger picture and aren't put off by a challenge."

Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Competition/Antitrust (International Firms): China

"They're very efficient, practical and understand the client's core business concerns."

Band 2 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Dispute Resolution – Litigation (International Firms): China

"The team has great depth and a solid understanding of the types of energy projects we work on and goes to extreme lengths to meet tight timelines while maintaining quality and offering user-friendly, practical legal advice."

Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms): China