White & Case has a long history in China, having established its first office in Hong Kong in 1978, and has been practicing in China for 40 years; the Firm now has more than 70 lawyers and legal professionals based in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Our China team is led by seasoned international and Chinese lawyers who are recognized leaders in the legal and business community. Our focus is on assisting clients as they navigate the legal issues and practicalities of inbound business to China and on Chinese corporations' outbound investments worldwide.
White & Case has one of the largest teams among international law firms in China. Our extensive experience on the ground in China gives us an active business network and the ability to execute transactions effectively.
Our Mainland China practice team is composed of English, Hong Kong and US-qualified lawyers, as well as lawyers trained in PRC law. This combination of qualifications ensures we are deeply connected to the local business community, and our deal experience over many years means we understand how to help our clients achieve their strategic objectives in Chinese and foreign markets. The majority of our lawyers are fluent in Mandarin and English.
We work with an almost equal balance of local and multinational corporations in China in their business and transactional activities across a broad spectrum of industries, including those which are highly regulated.
Our Mainland China Practice team advises on market-leading transactions, demonstrating experience in banking and capital markets, corporate/M&A, white collar/investigation, complemented by capabilities in restructuring & insolvency, antitrust/competition, disputes, litigation, international arbitration, private equity, project finance, international trade and investment funds.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Cross Border M&A Legal Adviser of the Year
Mergermarket China M&A 2019 Awards
The Elite: International Firms: China—Corporate/M&A
Band 1: Banking/Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms), China
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 & 2018
Band 1: Hong Kong Banking & Finance
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2013 – 2019
International Trade Firm of the Year 2017
China Business Law Awards
China Business Law Journal 2018
Leading Investment Funds: Private Equity (International Firms), China
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018
Leading Capital Market, Restructuring & Insolvency, Hong Kong
Leading Project & Energy (Foreign Firms), China
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018
"We are very impressed with their local and international expertise, their professional knowledge, efficiency, and the satisfactory quality of final deliveries."
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018
TMT Deal of the Year—Tencent's US$8.6 billion acquisition of Supercell
China Law and Practice Awards 2017
Cross-border M&A Deal of the Year—Hai'er acquisition of GE's home appliance branch
M&A Advisor Awards 2017
Acquisition of GE Appliances unit
Haier Group in its US$5.4 billion acquisition of GE Appliances unit from GE through an auction process. This is one of the largest acquisitions of a US company by a Chinese entity to date. We also advised on the US$3.3 billion financing from China Development Bank for the acquisition, and provided key regulatory advice in multiple jurisdictions including antitrust and CFIUS in the United States.
Acquisition of Mankattan Group
Grupo Bimbo, the largest baking company in the world and producer and distributor of baked goods in 22 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, in the acquisition of the Mankattan Group, a key player in the baking industry in China.
Financing acquisition of a portfolio of 17 retail shopping malls
Representation of a consortium led by Gaw Capital Partners in relation to its HK$13.8 billion term and revolving loan facilities and HK$937 million term and revolving loan facilities arranged by United Overseas Bank Limited, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and Standard Chartered Bank for the acquisition of a portfolio of 17 retail shopping malls in Hong Kong from the Link Real Estate Investment Trust.
Financing acquisition of Radisson
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in its financing of the acquisition of Radisson Hospitality AB and Radisson Holdings Inc. from HNA Group by a consortium led by Jin Jiang International Holdings Co.
Greentown China Holdings Ltd on US$500 million private placement of perpetual securities
Greentown China Holdings Limited, a Chinese luxury residential property developer, on its subsidiary's private placement of unlisted US$500 million senior perpetual capital securities callable 2021.
Significant structured equity-linked debt investment in gategroup and Avolon
RRJ Capital as lead investor on the private placement of senior secured guaranteed exchangeable bonds in HNA Aviation (Hong Kong) Air Catering Holding Co., Limited, the sole shareholder of gategroup Holding AG, an airline catering company, and Global Aviation Leasing Co., Ltd., the controlling shareholder of Avolon Holdings Limited, an aircraft leasing company.