Ningning Zhao

EDUCATION

Attorney Zhao graduated from China University of Political Science andLaw, LLM majored in International Law with TEM-8 (Grade 8 in Englis)

EXPERIENCE

ZhaoNingning (Claudia. Zhao),Partner of JINCHENG TONGDA & NEAL Shanghai Office,Fellow of IAML(InternationalAcademy of Matrimonial Lawyers),Fellow of Lawasia, Member of All China Lawyer Association and Shanghai Bar Association(SBA), member of Civil Practice Research Committee of SBA, Director ofHarbin Chamber of Commerce Shanghai Branch,Speciallyinvited Author of Law and Life sponsored by China LawPress,Volunteer lawyer ofShanghai Bar Association,Member of Shanghai Interpreter’s Association (SIA). English and Chineseare Attorney Zhao’s working languages.

Claudia Zhao is committed to foreign-related legal affairs. With over 8 years of experience in international family and marriage law includingbut not limited to marriage, divorce, children maintenance, property division,spousal support, prenuptial, postnuptial and divorce agreements, private legalcounsel. Attorney Zhao provides international private legal assistance for herclients from all walks of life around the world, and keep stable cooperationwith many lawyers all over the world.

AWARDS & ACTIVITIES

Provided Expert Opinionsfor courts in different jurisdictions, consulates in China, as well asattorneys from USA, Canada, England, New Zealand for the instructions in theinternational family cases

Presentation at Macau Symposium on the1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions, LAWASIAFamily Law & Children’s Rights Conference. Initiated andmoderated a webinar about Convention on the Civil Aspects of InternationalChild Abduction and Cross-border Child Abduction and invited lawyers from USA,New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China mainland as well as Chinese professors2014

Invited lectures onChinese family law for consuls from nearly 20 European countries by EuropeanUnion Member States (EUMS) , Legal trainings for lawyers from Taiwan and HongKong, and Macao, invited a representation on lawyers practice in internationalfamily cases by Civil Study Committee of Beijing Bar Association and made manyprofessional speeches at legal conferences nationally and worldly, includingbut not limited to LAWASIA Family Conference, Cross-border Family Law Mattersand Children Well-being, civil procedural law conference and internationalprivate law conference and Anti-domestic Violence Conference, and attended manyactivities invited by many consulates in Shanghai, for example, Argentina,.

Interviewed by Reuters, ChinaRadio International (CRI) , Bloomberg Business week, Outlook Weekly, EveningPost, Law and Life, and other world famous media on hot legal topics.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified PRC lawyer, 2007 – present

 

JINCHENG TONGDA & NEAL Shanghai Office:

We are the professional law team specializing in international family law and private international law.

We have rich experience in international cases. We have the experience inproviding Expert Opinions for courts in other jurisdictions, consulates in China, overseas orgnizations in the international civil cases, our lawyers were interviewed by Reuters, China Radio International (CRI), Outlook Weekly,Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Evening Post and other world famous media on hot legal topics, were invited by European Union Member States (EUMS) to make special reporton Chinese law for consular officers from nearly 20 European countries, make presentation at international conferences and provided legal training for newly practicing lawyers and made many professional speeches at legal conferences,such as International Private Law Conference, Civil Procedural Conference, Lawasia conference. Our lawyers are the contributing writers of LAW AND LIFE, the law magazine hostedby Law Press, the most famous press in law in China; we contributed International Marriage and Divorce, Family Business Succession, Influence of Divorce on IPO, etc.

We have the stable cooperation with law firms and lawyers around the world. Weprovide legal services for our clients from all over the world in divorce,inheritance, division of marital or family assets, stock rights partition incommon company or listed company, employment disputes, corporate law, draw uplegal documents including but not limited to prenuptial agreement, marital agreement, divorce agreement, testament, forward proposals on company operation, immigration, the protection for the rights and interests in family and company, providing legal service for private legal counselor in different legal fields tailored to our clients.

Our professional team is made up of lawyers with higher education degree, professional qualities and creativity. We can provide professional legal service in litigation and non litigation. It is our philosophy to offer the best-qualified legal service for our clients, our eternal aspiration to make concerted efforts to be the best professional lawyers.

 

Wang Zhengyang

Attorney Wang Zhengyang has very broad practice experiences in Chinese law as both a judge and a lawyer. He had worked at People’s Court for five years from 1987 to 1992, presiding hearings and making judgments of more than 150 cases concerning various disputes, including but not limited to contracts, real estate, personal injuriesfamily law, and employment. After graduation from Beijing University in 1995 he began to practice in law firms. He has handled more than 300 civil cases, including tens of important and complex cases, and accumulated abundant experience in litigation and arbitration. His practice areas also include non-contentious cases. He has been the legal counsel for more than 30 companies and has provided contentious and non-contentious legal services to domestic financial organizations and large state-owned corporations. His working languages are English and Chinese. He is the legal counsel for many multinational companies in China, such as C.P. Shanghai Jingcheng Co. of Thailand, Orient International Investment Co. of Canada, Korean Small Business Development Co. etc. Particularly, he advises foreign investors, mainly manufacturing, consulting and trading companies, in regard of business setup, corporate governance, financing and tax issues, employment disputes, etc. and dedicates to their business success in China.

Education Background:

– LL. M from Victoria University (Wellington New Zealand), 2005

– LL.M from Beijing University, 1995

– LL. B from South-West Politics and Law University, 1987

Working Experience:

– JunZeJun Law Firm, Attorney-at-lawJanuary 2006 to present

– Guangdong Dongfangze Law Firm, Partner and Attorney-at-lawFebruary 2000 to November 2004

– Zhuhai Golden Coast Law Firm, Attorney-at-law, August 1995 to January 2000;

– The People’s Court of Yaan City, Judge, August 1987 to August 1992.

Language:

– Chinese (Mandarin)

– English

Practices:

– International Trade Remedy & WTO

– Corporate

– Litigation & Arbitration

 

Michael Gu

Michael Gu is a founding partner of AnJie Law Firm based in Beijing, having previously been a principal competition partner at another leading PRC firm. Michael also spent five years at the competition practices of Linklaters and Allen & Overy. His work covers all types of antitrust matters in China, including merger filings, antitrust investigations, antitrust civil litigations and compliance audit and trainings.

Michael Gu studied EU competition law under the EU–China legal and judicial co-operation programme, sponsored by the PRC Ministry of Justice and the European Commission, from 2002 to 2003. He has a master’s degree from the China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University.

As a competition law pioneer in China, Michael has secured merger clearance from the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC (MOFCOM) for more than 50 merger transactions. Michael has also represented clients in high-profile antitrust investigation proceedings, antitrust civil litigations and leniency programmes. In addition, Michael frequently provides strategic preventive advices to clients with respect to the potential antitrust risks associated with distribution agreements, IP licensing, restrictive measures, marketing events, pricing and bidding process, etc.

Michael mainly serves Fortune 500 companies, large state-owned enterprises and leading equity funds.

Michael has actively participated in the drafting process of the PRC Anti-monopoly Law and its implementing rules.

Michael has been recognised as a leading lawyer in antitrust/competition by many international guides including AsiaLaw, Expert Guides and Global Competition Review.

Michael has authored the China chapter of The Public Competition Enforcement Review for more than seven years. He is a frequent contributor to Competition Policy International, China Business Law Journal, Asia Law Business and leading finance magazine Cai Xin. Michael is also an expert engaged by LexisNexis and Law Business Research.

 

Linda Chang

Linda is based in Shanghai and manages our operations in China. As an English language and law graduate, Linda began her professional career as a trade mark agent in 1994. In 1995, she was one of the first trade mark agents to qualify under China’s emerging IP regulatory system. She joined Rouse in 1999 to establish one of the first licensed privately-owned trade mark agencies in China. She has been a partner of Rouse since 2004.

Linda has handled trade mark cases of all types, and has a reputation for the aggressive interpretation of both regulation and practice. Among her wins, she counts registering the ‘Burberry check’; GlaxoSmithKline’s well-known ‘S-bend’ toothbrush shape (one of China’s first three-dimensional trade marks); and Johnnie Walker’s 3D bottle shape; and securing ‘well-known’ trade mark status for JAGUAR (cars), DOVE (chocolate), Zwilling (cutlery), Castrol (lubricant) and Mr. Muscle (a household cleaning product).

Another milestone case was the ‘Thermo & logo’ case, in which the Trade Mark Review & Adjudication Board’s expedited procedure was used to cancel a wrongful registration within four months (the usual time being three to four years), enabling the client to win a civil action against the registrant.

Linda is also experienced in the resolution of domain name disputes and has acted as a UDRP panellist since 2006. She is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and publishes widely on trade mark and related issues.

Rouse Law Firm:

Our trade mark professionals work together as one integrated team, so no matter where you are, or where you need trade mark support we can put together the right team with the right local experience and appropriate industry knowledge for your needs. The vast majority of our trade mark professionals have both in-house and private practice experience, which we see as a major advantage.

Unlike most trade mark attorney practices, we work in client teams, each one made up of a senior attorney who oversees your work, as well as a managing attorney and a paralegal. This team looks after all aspects of your portfolio including renewals and assignments. Whether you’re an SME or a multinational, there will always be three people fully aware of your matters: everything that is done will be done by someone with an understanding of you and your requirements.

We provide a full range of IP services from registration and management to enforcement and commercialisation for a range of clients from start ups to some of the world’s largest owners of IP rights. Whatever your IP needs, we can help with experts in 16 offices across the globe working as one integrated team.

 

Chaoyang Wang

Starting his career in intellectual property law in 1992, Chaoyang Wang has extensive experience in trademark, copyright, design, domain name and anti-unfair competition. His spectrum of practice includes IP related counseling, prosecution and litigation. He advises and assists clients for shaping and implementing trademark protection strategy, including adopting marks and clearance search, filing and disputing trademarks, copyright, design patent and domain name registration, and enforcing their trademark rights through administrative and judicial measures.  His practice also encompasses IP related licensing and transaction, product labeling, advertising, trade secret, compliance, publicity, privacy protection and consumer protection, etc. He has  handled numerous cases involving trademark oppositions and cancellations, including the related administrative court proceedings.  He also works with the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center under CIETAC, and handles negotiations involving co-existence agreements for trademarks, licensing agreements and registration of the same at the China Trademark Office.

Before establishing Altius IP Law Services LLC, Chaoyang Wang was the head of IP prosecution practice group at Fangda Partners for 10 years.  Before practicing in law firms, he worked with a  top PRC IP agency firm for a long time.  Chaoyang Wang also spent a short period of time in the Philadelphia Office of an international firm as a visiting attorney in 2010.

Awards

Chaoyang Wang has been repeatedly recognized as a top ranking PRC IP/trademark lawyer by well-known international legal journals or legal ranking institutes inclusive of Managing Intellectual Property, Chambers & Partners, World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR1000), China Law & Practice and Asia IP.  Ranked as a top 15 trademark lawyer in China by 2011 WTR1000, Chaoyang Wang was referred to as “goes the extra mile for the value added for his clients”.

In recently released 2015 Chambers Asia Pacific and 2015 WTR1000, Chaoyang Wang was once again ranked as a leading IPR lawyer and trademark lawyer in China respectively.

Education

– University of International Relations, LLB – 1989

– China University of Political Science and Law, Graduates Program graduate for Business Laws – 2004

Professional Qualification

– Admitted to practice in the PRC

– Trademark Agent, registered at China State Administration for Industry and Commerce (invalid due to change of law).

Publications

–  “Protection of Copyright on the Internet in China: Administrative or Judicial?” – The Asia Law, IP Review, July 2005;

–  World Trade Mark Laws and Practices (book)- co-author, China Industry and Commerce Press, March 2006

–  “The Necessity of Simplification of Procedures of Recordal of Trademark License- China”, Trade Mark Monthly, November 2006

–  “The Importance and Limitation of Trademark Search”, China Trade Mark Monthly, June 1997

–  “The Necessity of Introduction of Court Procedure into Trademark Disputes and Invalidation”, Intellectual Property, July 1997

Language: Mandarin Chinese; English

 

Richard Bird

Richard is head of Freshfields IP/ Commercial practice group in Asia and advises clients in standalone commercial and transactional projects, and contentious intellectual property matters. He has a particular focus on China, but works regionally in Asia.

His experience is wide-ranging extending from R&D collaborations, licensing and distribution/ supply arrangements to advice in the TMT space, including e-commerce, internet, media and e-health matters, and advice on data privacy and cyber security, encryption, advertising, labelling and consumer protection laws and regulations, in addition to his core practice in intellectual property. He is recognised as a skilled patent and trade mark litigator in Hong Kong and China.

He advises clients in the consumer goods/ retail, healthcare, automotive and TMT sectors in particular.

Firm Overview:

We want to be the law firm that clients turn to for help on the mandates that matter most to them, wherever in the world that may be.

To succeed, we must be widely recognised as standing apart from other firms because our people are exceptional and because we are international and integrated in the way we work, we add value in everything we do and we are uncompromisingly committed to our values.

Set out below is our statement of who we are. It embodies our ambition to be exceptional, our culture and our absolute determination that all of us will work with each other, our clients and our other stakeholders, day in day out, in the way we describe to ensure we achieve our long-term aim.

We enjoy our work and are determined to do an outstanding job, whatever our role in the firm. We observe the highest personal, ethical and professional standards in everything we do and operate with integrity at all times. We recognise that the reputation of our firm is vital to our success and we all have a duty to preserve and grow it for the long term.

We are a people business. We see diversity as a strength and value the fresh perspectives, creative ideas and connections that flow from bringing together people with different backgrounds. We want to create a welcoming, supportive environment in which all can flourish. No matter how challenging a matter or heavy our workload, in our daily interaction we must never lose sight of the essential human qualities that we prize.

We know we deliver best when working as a team rather than as individuals operating alone. Being a great colleague and working efficiently and effectively with our clients and other stakeholders around the world to achieve the right outcome is crucial to our success. We welcome feedback from others on how we are doing.

 

 

Benedict Tai

Ben Tai has many years of experience working in corporate, banking, and custom financing. While practicing in New York from 1986 to 1993, he represented the bank advisory group in the restructuring of the sovereign commercial debt of various developing countries, issuers, and investment banks in the underwriting of debt and equity securities, including the creation of new synthetic securities, and merger and acquisition and leveraged buyout transactions for numerous clients.

In 1993, Ben relocated to Hong Kong where he was involved in corporate financing transactions in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. These matters included various types of debt and equity securities issuances pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S, including, among others, the largest GDR offering from India, the largest Rule 144A debt offering, and the debt offering with the longest tenor by a foreign issuer, as well as one of the largest medium-term note programs by an Asian issuer. He has represented numerous Hong Kong-based companies in their U.S. securities offerings as well as issues and underwriters in Hong Kong listings.

Ben also has represented U.S. and European clients in cross-border investment matters in Asia involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, distribution arrangements, and other commercial transactions.

In recent years, his practice has focused on representing numerous Chinese IT, technology, communications, media, and Internet companies seeking to raise funds in the public and private markets as well as multinational clients seeking platform acquisitions in China.

Jones Day Beijing:

Opened in 2003, the Beijing Office is the Firm’s second office in Mainland China, and today numbers approximately 20 lawyers. Jones Day is one of few integrated international law firms with offices in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Many of our lawyers are PRC natives who bring invaluable local knowledge and understanding, as well as long-standing relationships with many key governmental bodies, to the service of our clients.

Jones Day recognizes the increasing sophistication of deals being carried out in China, and our Beijing lawyers are experienced in advising foreign investors in the areas of dispute resolution, antitrust, and WTO issues; energy and projects; intellectual property; tax; venture capital and other corporate and finance matters, as well as traditional foreign direct investment work. Jones Day also represents Chinese corporations and institutions with respect to their investments and activities in the United States, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific.

Jones Day Beijing is fully integrated into the Firm’s global network of more than 2,500 lawyers and affords our clients seamless access to substantial legal resources wherever needed, whether in China or around the world.

Ing Loong Yang

Ing Loong Yang is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation Department.

Mr. Yang’s practice focuses on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation in Asia, particularly on cross-border disputes involving Greater China. Mr. Yang has extensive experience acting for corporate clients, including:

  • International arbitration
  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Shareholders’ disputes
  • Joint venture and technology licensing disputes
  • FCPA investigation and compliance
  • Regulatory issues

He has represented clients in numerous international arbitrations under the rules of CIETAC, SIAC, ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL, as well as in the Hong Kong Courts. Mr. Yang is a Solicitor-Advocate of the Hong Kong Courts, with full rights of audience in the Hong Kong Courts.

Mr. Yang also has much experience sitting as Arbitrator. He is a qualified Chartered Arbitrator, with appointments to many panels of international arbitral institutions, including HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, BAC, SHIAC, SCIA and KLRCA. He has sat as arbitrator (either as Sole Arbitrator, Chair of Tribunal or party-appointed arbitrator) in numerous arbitrations seated in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul.

In terms of public service, Mr. Yang:

  • Currently serves as a Director of Maxwell Chambers, Singapore
  • Served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor with the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers
  • Served as a Member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Mr. Yang’s wide-ranging industry expertise includes online game software, automotive, clean technology, banking and finance, road-recycling, agriculture, energy, OEM manufacturing and private equity.

Besides English, he speaks a number of Asian languages fluently, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Chiuchow, Fujianese, Malay and Bahasa Indonesia.