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Corporate/M&A

China

Whether you are planning an acquisition as part of your growth strategy, looking for greenfield investment or thinking about diversifying into new sectors, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and tax advice. Having lawyers who think and act beyond their traditional role and seek to add value can help you secure the competitive edge you need in an ever-changing business environment. Being part of an international team of more than 700 corporate lawyers in over 34 countries, our team in China can assist you in all aspects of corporate law and M&A, both domestically and internationally.

Our Awards:

  • Ranked Law Firm for Corporate and M&A in China: Foreign Firms by Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2018, 2019
  • Notable Firm for M&A – Foreign Firms by IFLR 1000, 2017 - 2019
  • Notable Firm for M&A in China (International) by Thomson Reuters Asian Legal Business (ALB), 2018
  • Law Firm of the Year - M&A by China Business Law Journal (CBLJ), 2013
  • M&A Deal of the Year by China Business Law Journal (CBLJ), 2013

Whatever your size, a large publicly listed company or a small privately owned business, our team of more than 30 legal experts in China can deliver a tailored, commercially valued and cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, establishment of joint ventures, wholly owned foreign enterprises and holding companies, legal due diligence, restructuring, corporate finance, corporate governance and compliance, spin-offs and liquidations as well as IPOs. Our team consists of experts from all practice areas and sectors such as automotive, banking and finance, chemicals, consumer goods, energy, engineering and manufacturing, environmental protection and new energies, hotels and leisure, lifesciences, service industries, technology, media and communications and trading industries. This allows us to understand your specific issues for a transaction and provide you with advice within context, saving time and money. It also allows us to pinpoint your real commercial issues and risks in a transaction. Our long-standing experience in China in dealing with government bodies ensures our ability to support you throughout the often complex regulatory approvals.

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03/05/2016
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29/03/2016
Fur­ther Re­lax­a­tion of Re­gistered Cap­it­al Re­quire­ments...
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Iain Batty
08/05/2018
Green­field In­vest­ments in CEE 2018
04/07/2019
China en­acts New Neg­at­ive Lists and New Cata­logue of In­dus­tries for...
For dec­ades for­eign in­vest­ment in­to China has been sub­ject to ap­prov­al by the com­pet­ent Au­thor­ity of Com­merce (“AoC”) and re­gis­tra­tion with the com­pet­ent Mar­ket Su­per­vi­sion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (“MSA” – formerly known as Ad­min­is­tra­tion for In­dustry and Com­merce).
18/03/2013
CMS European M&A Study 2013
22/05/2019
PRC Su­preme People's Court is­sued Pro­vi­sions on Sev­er­al Is­sues Con­cern­ing...
In China, the PRC Su­preme People’s Court (“SPC”) has the power to is­sue in­ter­pret­a­tions of PRC stat­utory laws which are bind­ing on oth­er courts. In the past, the SPC has already re­leased four set of pro­vi­sions on is­sues con­cern­ing the ap­plic­a­tion of the PRC.
27/04/2010
Ex­clus­ive CMS M&A Re­search: Europe Sta­bil­izes post-Leh­man
30/04/2019
China re­vises the rules on trade secrets in the Anti-Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion...
On 23 April, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tion­al People’s Con­gress is­sued the Amend­ment of the Anti-Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion Law (“Amend­ment”). The Amend­ment mainly ad­dresses the pro­tec­tion of trade secrets.
19/01/2010
CMS Cor­por­ate Wins Top Hon­ours
19/03/2019
In­tro­duc­tion to the For­eign In­vest­ment Law
On 15 March 2019, the Na­tion­al People’s Con­gress of the People's Re­pub­lic of China (the “PRC”) pro­mul­gated the PRC For­eign In­vest­ment Law (the “FIL”). The FIL will come in­to ef­fect on 1 Janu­ary 2020.
22/11/2018
New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
22/01/2018
In­nov­ate or your deal could die
Any com­pany or law­yer that has ever been in­volved in any kind of mer­ger or ac­quis­i­tion trans­ac­tion will know one thing for sure – a deal typ­ic­ally in­volve hours of leg­al work, in­clud­ing of­ten mundane, but es­sen­tial tasks.
13/11/2017
PRC Su­preme People's Court cla­ri­fies cer­tain as­pects of Share­hold­er­s'...
On 25 Au­gust 2017 the Su­preme People’s Court (“SPC”) of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) pro­mul­gated the Pro­vi­sions of the Su­preme People's Court on Sev­er­al Is­sues Re­lat­ing to Ap­plic­a­tion of the PRC Com­pany Law (IV) (“In­ter­pret­a­tion IV”).
10/11/2017
China’s NDRC seeks pub­lic com­ments on im­port­ant out­bound in­vest­ment...
On 3 Novem­ber 2017, the Na­tion­al De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion (“NDRC”), one of China’s key out­bound in­vest­ment reg­u­lat­ory bod­ies, has is­sued the An­nounce­ment on Seek­ing Pub­lic Com­ments on the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Meas­ures for Out­bound In­vest­ment of En­ter­prises.