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Clifford Chance

China

We have been in China for more than three decades. We use our know-how, experience, and full-service capability to get the best possible results for clients.

Our view has always been that if you want to succeed in China then you have to know China well. We've had a Hong Kong office since 1980 and we were the first international law firm to open an office in Beijing in 1985, followed by our Shanghai office in 1993. We have since built a full-service capability - our team includes lawyers in corporate/M&A, capital markets, banking and finance, real estate, employment, intellectual property, competition/antitrust, anti-corruption, dispute resolution and financial regulatory. We find that international and Chinese clients value this on the ground commitment because it delivers results. They can see that our in-China capability is built on the solid know-how that comes from more than three decades of experience.

We work with international and Chinese clients

Chinese clients know that we understand their business culture and that our international network gives them the reach and depth to make the most of international opportunities, whether it's an investment in a new energy project, expanding into a new market, or raising capital in foreign markets.

Greater China and beyond – China Desks

All three of our Greater China offices (Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai) often work together on inbound and outbound deals, and our Hong Kong office has a dedicated mainland China team.

We have also established the China Desks, a cross-practice network of over 60 lawyers with mainland China experience within the firm, to make sure that Chinese clients get the full benefit of our global network. These China Desk lawyers give clients a first point of contact in their own jurisdictions. We have desks in Africa, the Americas, the Asia Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East.

Directory and client comments

Chambers & Partners, Greater China Region 2022

  • Band 1 in Aviation: Finance (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Banking & Finance (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Competition/Antitrust (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Financial Services (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Investment Funds: Hedge funds (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms)
  • Band 1 in Restructuring/ Insolvency (International Firms)

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022, China

  • Tier 1 in Antitrust and Competition: Foreign Firms
  • Tier 1 in Banking and finance: Foreign Firms
  • Tier 1 in Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms
  • Tier 1 in Investment Funds: Foregin Firms
  • Tier 1 in Private Equity: Foreign Firms
  • Tier 1 in Projects and energy: Foreign Firms

IFLR 1000 Asia Pacific, 31st edition (2020/2021), China

  • Tier 1 in Banking: Foreign Firms
  • Tier 1 in Capital markets: Foreign Firms
  • Tier 1 in Private Equity: Foreign Firms
  • Tier 1 in Project Development: Foreign Firms
  • Tier 1 in Project Finance: Foreign Firms
  • Tier 1 in M&A (including Private Equity): Foreign Firms

Client comments

  • "Their expertise is second to none"

Chambers & Partners, Greater China Region 2022 – Aviation: Finance (International Firms)

  • "able to deliver legal services and advice in a highly professional and stable manner."

Chambers & Partners, Greater China Region 2022 – Banking & Finance (International Firms)

  • "Generally speaking, Clifford Chance outperforms others significantly in terms of acting as either issuer's or underwriters’ counsel, execution and maintenance of the deal timetable, handling sophisticated structures and restrictions from regulators and liaising with different counterparties smoothly."

Chambers & Partners, Greater China Region 2022 – Capital Markets (International Firms)

  • "they can fully explore the logic behind the case, and the client's needs, and customise their legal services accordingly."

Chambers & Partners, Greater China Region 2022 – Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)

  • "The team has been very responsive, professional and cost-efficient, advising on key legal documents, strategic moves and possible solutions."

Chamber & Partners, Greater China Region 2022 – Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms)

  • "As the leading firm in the industry, they are experienced and professional, which helps expedite the legal process."

Chambers  & Partners, Greater China Region 2022 – Financial Services (International Firms)

  • "Clifford Chance has always delivered exceptional client service,"

Chambers & Partners, Greater China Region 2022 – Real Estate (International Firms)

  • "Clifford Chance are renowned for bank-led restructuring." 

Chambers & Partner, Greater China Region 2022 – Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms)

Awards

Our China practice frequently wins industry awards from various independent legal publications for its extensive experience and ever-growing prominence.

As an acknowledgement of our market-leading position in China, we have been awarded:

  • Banking Law Firm of the Year
    Asian Legal Business China Law Awards 2021
  • International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
    Asian Legal Business China Law Awards 2021
  • International Law Firm of the Year
    Asian Legal Business China Law Awards 2021
  • Asia Pacifc Law Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2020
  • China (International Firms) Corporate & Finance Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2021, 2020
  • China practice of the year - International law firm
    IFLR Asia Pacific Awards 2020
  • International Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Asia Awards 2019
  • International Law Firm of the Year
    Asia Legal Awards 2019

Responsible Business Report

As we try to build a better, more sustainable future, it is the fundamental principles of the law that guide us, as a responsible business: equality and fairness, access to justice, effective regulation and government, and the promotion and protection of human rights.

Our 2020 report demonstrates our commitment to sustainable growth and how it has endured and been strengthened during a period of uncertainty and change.

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