Gong Chu

Mr. Gong started his lawyer career in 2006 and focuses on foreign investment, cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), major lawsuit/arbitration.

Representative Matters

– Advised Yulin Co. on its investment in Benin, Africa

– Acted as insolvency counsel for CF’s mainland China subsidiary

– Acted as annual/special counsel for transnational enterprises FW/Picasso/GQ/FS

– Advised several international investors for their establishment of business in China

– Acted as attorney for mainland China enterprise in its non-contentious affair against LG

– Acted as attorney for Indian company SR against a Taiwan enterprise in commercial arbitration

Education Background

– PhD. in Law, Renmin University of China (2012)

Professional Qualifications

– Bar admission P.R. China

– Independent director

Recognitions and Affiliations

– Talent lawyer for foreign-related services selected by Chinese Ministry of Justice

– Leading Talent Lawyer for foreign-related services of Guangdong Province

– Leading Talent Lawyer for foreign-related services of Shenzhen City

– Legislation Consultant for Shenzhen City People’s Congress

– Mediator, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

– Mediator, Shenzhen Intermediary People’s Court

– Arbitrator, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration

– Arbitrator, Shantou Arbitration Commission

– Arbitrator, Hainan Arbitration Commission

– Best lawyer in Shenzhen 2018 by Acquisitional Int’l

Selected Publications

– Author, “Study on Transnational Commercial Presence of Chinese Law Firms”, Law Press, Version 1, April 2015

– Author, “Mistake of Solidarism in Its Chinese Naming”, Theory Zone, Volume 4, 2011

– Author, “On Escrow System in Foreign-related Legal Services”, Theory Zone, Volume 7, 2011

– Author, “Guidance of Extraterritorial Service”, Shenzhen Lawyers Journal, June, 2017

 

Luming Chen

Mr. Chen is based in the JunHe Shanghai office. Before that, Mr. Chen was a partner at Jones Day, and was associated with Debevoise & Plimpton and O’Melveny & Myers in the US.

Mr. Chen has broad experience in the resolution of complex international disputes through arbitration, litigation, mediation and negotiation. He has significant experience in project construction disputes, disputes arising under long-term purchase agreements, complex commercial, share and asset acquisition, and joint venture disputes, and disputes involving insurance and insolvency proceedings. In recent years, he has represented clients in a large number of disputes involving assets management contracts and PE investment contracts. Mr. Chen has helped foreign clients in the enforcement proceedings of foreign arbitral awards in Chinese courts under the New York Convention.

Mr. Chen has been on the CIETAC panel as an arbitrator since 1989. Over the years, he has heard a large number of disputes of a varied nature. He has represented clients in arbitration proceedings before the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (KHIAC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC); and is also on the panels of arbitrators for the two arbitration institutions.

Mr. Chen is familiar with US law and litigation rules, and was a member of the defense team involved in the criminal investigation by the US Ministry of Justice on illegal trading of US treasury bonds by an employee of Daiwa Bank. He participated in the whole proceedings of document production in response to a subpoena by the US Ministry of Justice, and in the criminal defense proceedings of the bank employee in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Chen also has extensive experience in representing multinational companies in their investment projects in China on such matters as the establishment of joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, and strategic alliances; real estate, venture capital, private equity, and securities transactions; and intellectual property protection. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, IT, entertainment, technology, chemicals, construction, and transportation. Mr. Chen also has extensive experience in energy projects, including power plants, natural gas pipelines, and wastewater treatment facilities. Mr. Chen advises Chinese companies on outbound investment projects in foreign jurisdictions. He has represented a PRC private company in acquiring a bauxite in Jamaica.

Mr. Chen is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chamber’s Asia-Pacific (Arbitration) and Who’s Who Legal (Litigation). He was selected as one of the “Top 20 client most-favored Lawyers” by ALB.

Education

JD, Harvard Law School, 1995

MA, Fudan University, 1986

BA, Fudan University, 1983

Professional Associations

Mr. Chen is a member of the All-China Bar Association. He is also a member of New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Chen is on the list of arbitrators of CIETAC, SHIAC and SCIA. He is also on the panels of arbitrators of HKIAC, SIAC, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and the Vietnam International arbitration Centre (VIAC). He serves as the deputy director of international trade law committee of the Shanghai Bar Association.

Firm Description

JunHe, founded in Beijing in 1989, is one of the first private partnership law firms in China. Since its establishment, JunHe has grown to become one of the largest and most recognised Chinese law firms. The firm has 12 offices around the world and a team comprising more than 800 professionals – including over 240 partners and legal counsel, as well as over 560 associates and legal translators.

A solid foundation of delivering premier legal services

JunHe is committed to providing top-tier legal services in commercial transactions and litigation. Our firm is well known as a pioneer, an innovator and a leader in the re-establishment and development of the modern legal profession in China.

Just as each industry requires specialised knowledge, our attorneys are arranged into multidisciplinary practice groups so that they are equipped with deep expertise in market-tailored legal fields and industry sectors. To meet the specific requirements of each client and project, we form project teams across different practice groups to combine the strengths of lawyers with the requisite skills to offer bespoke legal advice. By consistently providing exceptional representation, we have earned our reputation for excellence.

Our network growth is achieved through prudence and independence 

JunHe works towards its goals of independent development and strategic expansion. In addition to our head office in Beijing, the firm operates in offices throughout China – in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dalian, Haikou, Tianjin, Qingdao and Chengdu. Through our network of offices based in China’s political, economic and financial centres, as well as in the economic zones along the east and the south coasts, we serve our clients across the country.

In tandem with our domestic clients’ investments abroad, the firm has opened fully licensed offices in Hong Kong and New York – both international commercial centres – as well as in the high-tech mecca of Silicon Valley. By doing so, leaders in finance and technology have access to our cutting-edge representation in China and abroad.

Adhering to the principle of client-centred services, we are a true and genuine partnership law firm, with our domestic and overseas offices placed under common management and resources pooled and deployed in an integrated manner.

Our relentless power is sourced from attracting talented lawyers worldwide

At JunHe we are keenly aware that our core competitiveness lies in the strength of our collective intelligence. Our attorneys are primarily recruited from the world’s top law schools and law firms, and some have previously served as government officials, judges, accountants, tax analysts and scientists.

While most of our lawyers are licensed in China, many are qualified to practise law in multiple jurisdictions, such as the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Our attorneys are multilingual, with fluency in Chinese as well as English, German, Japanese and several other languages.

In addition to advising clients at JunHe, our lawyers often concurrently hold distinguished posts in international organisations, government agencies, trade associations and arbitration tribunals. They also devote their expertise to contributing to Chinese lawmaking, writing legal publications, organising academic research and seminars, and teaching as guest professors.

Our competitive edge is maintained through constant innovation

From the beginning, our firm has grown by virtue of innovation. At the forefront of great movements, JunHe continues to forge ahead of our peers and continuously innovate, whether by advising on unprecedented foreign investment projects during the initial period of China’s reform-and-open campaign; major transactions during the state-owned enterprise reform in the 1990s; comprehensive debt and equity operations, incorporating onshore and offshore capital markets in the new century; or the continuous development of novel services and products in the internet era.

JunHe is credited with many “firsts” in the Chinese market. Growing with our clients, we have not only been honoured with high praise, but have also achieved a leading position in the Chinese legal industry.

Our global strategy is devoted to collaborating with our peers     

In the context of globalisation, we augment our strengths by collaborating with leading law firms in other jurisdictions. By building such alliances, we overcome cultural differences and knowledge gaps. In turn, our clients benefit from a combination of rich local experience, smooth communication, the full spectrum of practice areas, global coordination and seamless representation in cross-border transactions.

Due to our outstanding client service and excellent reputation, we are the only Chinese law firm to be accepted for membership in Lex Mundi and Multilaw, two leading associations of independent law firms around the world. We have also established “best friend” relationships with many other preeminent local law firms. Through such alliances, we are able to extend our premier legal services efficiently and consistently to every corner of the globe.

Eugene Chen

Eugene Chen is based in Hogan Lovells Shanghai office, and is one of the few US-trained and experienced litigators located full-time in China to advise our Chinese and international clients regarding the advantages and potential liabilities of international dispute resolution. His practice focuses on cross-border disputes and investigations in the United States, China, and elsewhere in Asia.

Eugene has experience in representing Asian and Western companies in all matters of litigation, international arbitration, and dispute resolution. His disputes practice includes compliance and FCPA investigations, large and small scale product liability suits, patent infringement litigation, trademark and copyright issues, commercial contract and unfair competition disputes, and U.S. consumer class action lawsuits.

He is experienced in handling every phase of a dispute, from pre-suit investigation to the filing of a complaint or arbitration demand to judgment or other successful conclusion.

Eugene received his B.A., summa cum laude from Columbia University (1995), and his J.D. from Stanford Law School (1998). He is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.

Product Liability Law Practice:

Lawyers working within Hogan Lovells’ Product Liability practice combine technical and scientific knowledge with a firm grasp of today’s commercial environment. They understand your products and commercial concerns, and draw on years of experience of dealing with product liability issues in over 30 counties around the world.

Over the past decade, we have been involved in many of the world’s high-profile product liability controversies, acting on behalf of manufacturers from the consumer goods, automotive, electronics, food, aviation, tobacco, and life sciences industries, among many others.

The practice covers all aspects of product liability, including risk prevention and risk management, compliance with product safety regulations, labeling, product recalls, and the defense of unitary, cross-border and multi-party personal injury claims. We place particular emphasis on effective risk management as the key to reducing exposure to civil and criminal liabilities.

Our innovative International Product Liability Network enables us to assist clients to manage product liability risks globally. The Network comprises our leading product liability lawyers in all major markets and experienced local lawyers, who work together to solve whatever problems our clients face anywhere in the world.

Hogan Lovells:

Hogan Lovells is a global legal practice that helps corporations, financial institutions, and governmental entities across the spectrum of their critical business and legal issues globally and locally. We have over 2,500 lawyers operating out of more than 45 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.

Our practice breadth, geographical reach, and industry knowledge provide us with insights into the issues that affect our clients most deeply and enable us to provide high quality business-oriented legal advice to assist them in achieving their commercial goals.

Hogan Lovells is distinguished by a highly collaborative culture which values the contribution of our diverse team both within Hogan Lovells and in the wider community. Our style is open, service focused, and friendly. We believe that our commitment to client service, commerciality, and teamwork provides benefits to our clients and enhances effective business relationships.

Alan Zhou

Alan Zhou’s practice is focused in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, private equity/venture capital, regulatory compliance, and general corporate. Mr. Zhou has a particularly strong background in pharmaceutical and healthcare, and TMT industrial sectors.

Mr. Zhou has represented many multinational corporations, reputable Chinese state owned and private corporations, and private equity/venture capital funds. He has routinely represented such multinational corporations as Sanofi, Schlumberger, Siemens, Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis, Aon, Bureau Veritas, Catalent, Terumo, Tosoh, Barclays, Societe Generale Bank, Samsung and SK Telecom. Mr. Zhou has not only worked for reputable Chinese private companies such as Focus Media, VIPShop, Acorn International, Hisoar Pharmaceutical, Tianyuan Biopharm, and GeneScience Pharma, he has also advised PRC state owned companies such as Shanghai Dasheng, Shanghai Industrial and Shanghai Airport Authority. In the area of PE/VC, Mr. Zhou has acted for CBRE Investors, Colony Capital, Navis Capital, Lightspeed Ventures, Qiming Ventures, DT Capital, NEA, New Alliance Capital, Warden International, WINS and other international and local PE/VC funds.

Mr. Zhou has been seconded as general counsel for China operations of Boehringer Ingelheim, a leading multinational pharmaceutical company, for more than nine years, and is responsible for various legal matters including general corporate, acquisitions and joint venture formation, compliance and regulatory, intellectual property and corporate restructuring.

Healthcare Law Practice:

Our Pharmaceutical and Healthcare (P&H) practice group is one of the leading advisers in China as this group not only has premium knowledge but also thorough understanding of the practice of P&H industry. We have provided ‘one-stop’ legal services for every area of the P&H industry, including drug R&D, clinical research organizations (CRO), pharmaceuticals, life sciences, biotechnology, medical devices, supply producers and distributors, hospitals and other healthcare providers, as well as various investment funds in the P&H sector.

Global advises clients on challenging P&H legal issues such as regulatory compliance, structuring transactions and contractual arrangements, realization of pipeline and geographic expansions, capital raising and project financing, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, IP protection, licensing and distribution arrangements, settlement of disputes involving adverse effects in clinical trials and medical treatment, etc.

Global also has close links to industrial associations and is involved in making recommendations on industry codes of conduct.

Global Law Office:

The history of Global Law Office dates back to 1984, when it became the first law firm in the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) to take an international perspective on its business, fully embracing the outside world.

In today’s global economy, we continue to set the pace as the PRC’s most innovative and progressive law firm. In doing so, we build on the energy and creativity of our highly qualified professionals, most of whom have gained qualifications and hands-on experience in law schools and firms throughout Asia, North America, Europe and Australia.

Our clients are the most important part of our business. We have attracted clients from all parts of the world, working in countless industries and market areas.

Our value is delivered to our international and domestic clients through our deep knowledge and experience across the full range of practice areas and industries affected by Chinese law. As one of the country’s most well-established and respected firms, we can bring our clients the legal and cultural understanding needed for long-term success in the PRC.

Jeffrey A. Rinde

Jeffrey A. Rinde is the Managing Partner in the New York City office. Mr. Rinde primerly specializes in the areas of corporate, securities and other regulatory aspects of global business ventures across a diverse array of industries between companies in the U.S. and Europe with Asia, Central and South America, Russia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.

With over twenty-five years of global legal, corporate and investment banking experience, Mr. Rinde represents both U.S. and foreign corporations across a wide range of industries. His broad experience includes public and private equity and debt security financings, blockchain technology & digital currency, international mergers and acquisitions, angel, venture capital and private equity financings, project finance, banking and financial instruments, secured debt transactions, going private transactions, foreign direct investment and corporate law and governance. Mr. Rinde regularly assists his clients with overcoming challenging government and regulatory issues confronting them in global emerging markets, including developing and implementing strategies to maximize opportunities, minimize risks, and accomplish their strategic goals.

Mr. Rinde has particular and distinctive skill in representing Chinese and other Asian-based companies in complex transactions to help expand their overseas business, access capital and list overseas, including the United States, Hong Kong and London, and representing foreign companies in all facets of business activities in mainland China.

Prior to establishing CKR, Mr. Rinde was Chief Representative of Blank Rome’s Shanghai office whose primary responsibility was overseeing the firm’s Asia-based client matters. Earlier in his career, he was the head of the corporate department of Hodgson Russ’ New York office and established the firm’s Asian practice.

Publications: 

About CKR Law: 

CKR is a full-service global firm of experienced lawyers with diverse international practices. We have locations throughout the world, including North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East. The firm has particular and distinctive strengths, both domestically and globally, in the areas of corporate, finance, capital markets, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, government advocacy, litigation and international arbitration, and intellectual property.

 

Dr. Xu Guojian

Born in Jiangsu Province, China,1962. Dr. Xu Guojian studied law at Southwest China University of Politics and Law, Chongqing, China and Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, consecutively, before going to Europe in 1988 to pursue further legal education.

Dr. Xu has pursued advanced studies at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Academy of International Law, International Court of Justice, the Hague, Netherlands; the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany; and Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg i.Br., Germany. He concluded his doctoral studies at Hamburg University, and was awarded the title Dr. Juris in 1994.

Dr. Xu also has extensive experience as a practicing attorney. In 1989 he worked as an assistant lawyer in Dusseldorf, Germany, and from 1991 until 1994 was employed at a firm in Hamburg. At the beginning of 1995 he returned to China to establish a representative office for a German law firm, where he subsequently worked until the end of 1997. During this period, he provided legal services for many foreign enterprises, especially enterprises from Germany or other German-speaking countries, for their investments in and trade with China. From January to December 1998 he practiced at a Chinese law firm in Shanghai, China. At the end of 1998, he initiated the establishment of Boss & Young.

In recent years, Dr. Xu has led and been responsible for the completion of a number of projects that have had significant impact in legal circles, both domestically as well as internationally. For example, in 2001, he successfully completed a RMB4 billion RMB-USD joint bank loan project for SMIC, and in mid-2001, he successfully completed the legal service relating to first open fund in China.

In addition, in 2003, he led the team to completed the acquisition of Shandong Airlines by Air China Group. Further, in 2004, he has been involved in many significant projects such as The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporations purchase of shares in the Bank of Communications, the issue of RMB12 billion subordinate debt by the Bank of Communications, as well as the establishment of two Sino-foreign joint venture life insurance companies in Beijing and Chongqing respectively. Early in 2006, he was appointed by Chinas Securities Regulatory Commission, as Consolidation Work Group leader and the legal representative of Hebei Securities Corporation.

Dr. Xu has been appointed a legislative and consultative expert to the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Shanghai. He is also the Vice Chairman of the China International Private Law Association, and an initiating member of the WTO Sub-committee of the National Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of the China Law Association and the Sino-German Jurists Association. Further, he has been appointed an arbitrator of CIETAC, the Shanghai Arbitration Commission and the Nantong Arbitration Commission. He is also a guest professor of law at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, Hunan Normal University, and other institutions of higher learning.

Dr. Xus main fields of practice include foreign direct investment in China, overseas investment by Chinese companies, corporate law, international trading law, insurance law, international merger & acquisition, real estate law, international commercial and financial law, technology transfer, intellectual property law, construction law, international arbitration and maritime law.

Dr. Xu is fluent in German and English, as well as having a grounding in French and Japanese. He is a member of the Shanghai Interpreters’ Association and is a qualified translator of both English and German.

 

Nancy Ao

Nancy Ao specialises in construction law and advises on both contentious and transactional matters, with a focus on disputes and project life advice. She has considerable experience advising Chinese construction companies undertaking projects overseas and international contractors doing business in China. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Nancy is dual qualified in China and England and Wales. She has worked in Pinsent Masons’ Shanghai, Hong Kong, London and Beijing offices over the years. Nancy speaks native Mandarin and is fluent in English.

Education:

  • LLB – East China Normal University
  • LLM -East China University of Politics and Law

Firm Overview:

Without clients, we do not exist.

Our biased view is that legal services at all times should underpin the clients’ needs and business objectives. We are dedicated to tipping the scales in your favour. Making sure you win – whether that’s in Court or in your marketplace.

Helping you achieve transformational change

We guide a diverse range of multi-national clients through transformational change. So when you need to know whether to press ahead with major change, we’ll give you an answer, not a 15-page note. Our lawyers don’t need to sit on the fence. They know the answer and they’ll tell you.

You’ll get the best advice on project structuring and procurement to attract the best bids, achieve value for money, and ensure your project is delivered on time. We’ll give you the edge if you’re bidding.

When you’re buying, selling or investing, we’ll help you finance for growth and create value. This includes introducing you to influential and helpful funders. When you’re closing the deal, we’ll be fighting in your corner with you.

Should relationships with your customers, suppliers or business partners not go as well as planned, our substantial litigation team is on hand to help you resolve matters and protect your business interests – through mediation, arbitration and the Courts.

In the minefield that is today’s regulatory environment, we’re out in front of you, assisting you in sorting out the risks from the opportunities.

Consistency and innovation in your day-to-day business development

We’re constantly monitoring your sector. So in matters like corporate governance issues and pensions, you can rely on us to get things consistently right. You’ll benefit from our accumulated research into your sector and regulatory environment.

If you have a multi-jurisdictional matter to deal with, you’ll benefit from our international reach. We share our knowledge with clients on a continual basis through regular reporting, seminars, bespoke in-house training, and public courses.

When you’re looking to save money (who isn’t?), we lead the field in cost-cutting innovation.

Wang Junfeng

Wang Junfeng is the principal founding partner of King & Wood Mallesons (China) and is currently Chairman of the firm’s Management Committee.

Mr. Wang has over 30 years of legal practice experience. His areas of practice have included securities, finance, mergers & acquisitions, international commerce, foreign investment, and international arbitration. Mr. Wang has also served on the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, the Shenzhen Arbitration Commission, and has been appointed the legal counsel of Beijing National People’s Congress.

Mr. Wang is one of the first lawyers licensed to practice securities law in China and has advised on numerous private and major state-owned enterprises focusing on restructuring and IPO transactions as well as ground-breaking infrastructure projects. He has been widely recognized for his role in complex transactions as well as his overall expertise in corporate and commercial matters.

As the firm’s visionary leader, Mr. Wang leads the management committee in developing policies, long term strategy and oversight of the firm. He cultivates a firm culture of dedication, teamwork, public-interest advocacy, practical solutions and excellence.

Firm Overview:

Recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience. With access to a global platform, a team of over 2000 lawyers in 27 locations around the world works with clients to help them understand local challenges, navigate through regional complexity, and to find commercial solutions that deliver a competitive advantage for our clients.

As a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia, we help clients to open doors and unlock opportunities as they look to Asian markets to unleash their full potential. Combining an unrivalled depth of expertise and breadth of relationships in our core markets, we are connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia.

We take a partnership approach in working with clients, focusing not just on what they want, but how they want it. Always pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved, we are reshaping the legal market and challenging our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be.

Fang Xue

Fang Xue is Chief Representative of the Beijing office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and its Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practice groups.

Ms. Xue has broad-based corporate and commercial experience. She has represented Chinese and international corporations and private equity funds in cross-border acquisitions, private equity transactions, stock and asset transactions, joint ventures, going private transactions, tender offers and venture capital transactions, including many landmark deals among those.

Ms. Xue previously worked at Shearman & Sterling LLP where she spent four years in the New York office and two years in the Hong Kong office, prior to moving to Beijing in 2009.

Ms. Xue is a frequent speaker on topics relating to cross-border and going private transactions, and is regularly interviewed and quoted by main-stream business publications. She is fluent in English and a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

Ms. Xue received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where she served as Research Editor of the Law and Contemporary Problems and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She was also the recipient of 2003 Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Organization and Finance. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Business, magna cum laude, from Ocean University of Qingdao, and her L.L.M degree from University of International Business and Economics. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is qualified to practice in China.

Ms. Xue was named to the shortlist for the “Best in M&A and Private Equity” category of the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Woman in Business Law Awards 2016. She has been recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Euromoney’s IFLR1000 financial & corporate legal rankings. She is also listed as a “Recognized Lawyer” in the 2019 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Ms. Xue published an article “Recent Trends and Issues in Outbound Acquisitions by Chinese Companies” in December 2016, on Thomson Reuters’ The M&A Lawyer, a monthly newsletter specializing in mergers/acquisitions law, corporate governance and antitrust issues.

Firm Overview:

In May 1872, a tall, 34-year-old, red-bearded lawyer stepped down from the stagecoach at the Plaza of Los Angeles. Corporate attorney John Bicknell had his sights on building a law practice. What greeted him at the stage was a humble little pueblo with dusty unpaved streets, no industry and scant business.

The narrow streets and alleys ran between decrepit adobe buildings roofed with “brea” from tar pits west of the city. Bicknell had summed up his philosophy this way when counselling a younger lawyer: “The safe way is to select a business that you will be satisfied to follow and build up a business of your own.” He began to follow his own advice. By the 1880s, he had attracted one of the region’s most important clients, the Southern Pacific Railroad.

It took time to select a quality partner. But in 1890, Bicknell, a Republican, teamed with Walter Trask, a Democratic litigator, thus launching the unbroken chain of partnership that today is Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Also launched was a set of unique firm attributes. Those included selecting only quality lawyers; balancing ideas across the political spectrum; and providing powerful resources in both transactional and litigation-related legal services. More than a century later, these attributes still define today’s Gibson Dunn.

In 1897 Judge James Gibson joined the firm, thus instituting another Gibson Dunn tradition – hiring lawyers who make an impact in their communities. In 1903, in a move that created the largest firm in Los Angeles, Bicknell, Trask and Gibson merged their practice with that of former Los Angeles City Attorney William Dunn and former Assistant City Attorney Albert Crutcher. Carried out at the behest of a client in order to create a “full-service” firm, the combination was called an “experiment” in the local press. It has worked ever since. Nearly 100 years later, the press would dub the firm “The Rescue Squad” for its response and service to clients in legal need. Another article remarked that it remains easier to get into the CIA than to become a lawyer at Gibson Dunn.

The firm grew as the region grew, into both Northern and Southern California, and both nationally and internationally. By the 1970s, Gibson Dunn had offices in London and Paris. Shortly thereafter, the firm took the bold step of launching its practice in the nation’s capital and New York. Since 2000, the firm has further expanded in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. As John Bicknell might say, the firm has “built up a business,” based on those attributes of quality, balance and impact and on an unrelenting mission of achieving success for clients – a mission shared today by more than 1,200 lawyers worldwide.

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.