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China

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

We have been calling China our home for more than three decades

Our view has always been that if you want to succeed in China then you have to know China well. We were the first international law firm to open an office in Beijing in 1985 (our Shanghai office followed in 1993 and our Hong Kong office has been open since 1980). We have built a full-service capability in mainland China - 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.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

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:

  • 2017: China International Law Firm of the Year (Asian Legal Business China Law Awards, since 2012)
  • 2016: International Law Firm of the Year (IFLR Asia Awards 2016)
  • 2016: International Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2016)

Recent assignments

Directory listings and client comments

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018

  • Tier One in Aviation: Finance (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Financial Services (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Investment Funds (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Restructuring/ Insolvency (International Firms)

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

  • Tier One in Aviation: Finance (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Financial Services (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Investment Funds (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms)
  • Tier One in Restructuring/ Insolvency (International Firms)

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

  • Tier One in Banking and finance: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Private equity/venture capital: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Projects and energy: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Regulatory/compliance: Foreign Firms

IFLR 1000 (2018)

  • Tier One in Banking and finance: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Capital markets: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Project finance: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Competition: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Project development: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in M&A (including Private Equity): Foreign Firms

Client comments

  • "Clifford Chance is known for its internal collaboration across the world. The team managed to help us do legal analysis from the perspectives of both lessor and lessee, who were located in different jurisdictions"
    "very strong regional presence"
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Aviation: Finance (International Firms)
  • "They are very timely and diligent. They are able to think of the things we can't think of"
    "technically very sound and incredibly reliable in execution"
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Banking & Finance (International Firms)
  • "Clifford Chance has inside-out knowledge about the case law. For example, whenever I asked them anything, they could always dig out the case laws or the past year's precedents immediately. They were very knowledgeable and had the depth and breadth"
    "They are professional, and their advice is constructive."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Capital Markets: Debt and Equity (International Firms)
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  • "Clifford Chance seem to have the most user-friendly, comprehensive, one-firm offer."
    "The firm is one of the best M&A international law firms I have ever worked with. Clifford Chance was able to bring lawyers from its different branch offices to cover almost all the needed jurisdictions. In my opinion, this is a great strength of Clifford Chance - it has the ability to mobilise and manage all the legal resources needed to get a deal through."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
  • "They are extremely thorough and very good at managing clients. They have a well thought-out position and are always very helpful."
    "The advice is technically excellent but they frame it in a practical context."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Dispute Resolution (International Firms)
  • "Clifford Chance is one of the best, if not the best firm to go to in case of complex issues in this area. Their global reach helps a lot where advice from multiple jurisdictions is needed."
    "Reach out to clients and provide interesting and innovative ways to connect in the market."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Financial Services (International Firms)
  • "The most impressive thing about Clifford Chance is their international perspective, with their private funds team spanning the globe and producing top level thought leadership on many key issues. When dealing with Clifford Chance, we can rest assured that we are getting the latest information on regulatory developments."
    "In addition to their solid knowledge and the extensive experience they possess, we are impressed by their efficient response."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Investment Funds (International Firms)
  • "They have done excellent work and are very familiar with us. They provide good and high-quality work and a well-rounded service."  
    "They are very experienced on large, cross-border transactions."  
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms)
  • "Thanks to their excellent team and unbeatable network, Clifford Chance could always identify the 'hidden risk' which often leads to a bigger problem. The great sense of responsibility revealed by the whole team left a lasting impression on me as a client." 
    "Very diligent and giving a very high-quality service." 
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms)

  • "They are an absolute stellar team." 
    "Very hands-on and practical. They spotted issues we hadn't so they were very good overall." 
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 – Restructuring/ Insolvency (International Firms)

China

高伟绅律师事务所扎根于中国大陆超过三十年,凭着专业知识、经验和全面的实力,为客户创造最大可能的佳绩。

三十余载情,同一中国梦

“要在中国有所成,必先了解其国情”,这是我们一路走来深信的道理。早在1985年,我们便开始在北京执业,随后于1993年开设了上海办公室(香港办公室设立于1980年)。我们在中国大陆建立了全面的实力,网罗公司事务/并购、资本市场、银行与金融、基金和投资管理、房地产、雇用、知识产权、竞争/反垄断、反腐败、争议解决和金融监管融资、资本市场、公司事务/并购、诉讼和争议解决等领域的法律专才。客户不论中外,同样重视地利的把握,这样才能取得佳绩。经过实战三十多年厚积薄发的经验和知识,我们在中国的实力,正好是客户看准的合作对象。

中外客户,国际业务并肩同行

我们既了解中国企业文化,又有完善的国际网络,客户知道这样的国际优势是他们赖以充分抓住和深挖国际商机的要素,不论是投资新的能源项目、拓展新的市场,还是在海外市场募集资金等,这都是不可或缺的条件。

立足大中华,放眼看世界 – 海外中国业务部

我们在大中华区的三个办公室(北京、香港、上海),经常在各类中国境内外的交易中协同合作,其中香港办公室也设有专门负责中国大陆相关交易的律师团队。

此外,我们还在全球多个办公室分别设立了专门的中国业务部,由擅长不同法律专业领域的60多位律师组成,大多数成员都具备参与中国大陆交易的经验。目前我们已在非洲、北美、南美、亚太、欧洲和中东地区的办公室设立中国业务部,以便中国客户及时地联络常驻这些海外司法辖区的中国业务部的律师,确保中国客户能充分利用高伟绅覆盖全球的业务网络。