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DeHeng Law Offices

International & Cross-Border Capabilities

Band 3ChinaGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Beijing-headquartered firm with extensive domestic office coverage, including additional offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hangzhou. Also boasts an impressive global footprint, with teams in Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Brussels and The Hague. For multi-jurisdictional transactions beyond its reach, the firm can draw upon a vast network of relationship firms across the world, working as co-counsel to deliver a cross-border service for its domestic and multinational client base.

A recognised presence in the cross-border transactional market, led by an M&A team seasoned in privatisation and restructuring work and popular among large SOEs. Also features a proficient capital markets team routinely instructed on IPOs and particularly skilled in advice on Shari'a-compliant bonds. Its transactional offering also includes a solid competition practice well-versed in merger filings and antitrust investigations for its corporate client base. The firm's banking team regularly advises a broad range of financial institutions on acquisition, project and aviation finance matters. The group is noted for its representation of foreign banks in establishing operations in China.

Strengths

Sources admire the firm's ability to advise non-Chinese clients on the PRC components of international M&A deals. One commentator enthuses: "They have always been very efficient and professional and their technical knowledge on PRC laws is superb, even in areas where there are no clear laws. Their experience and judgement calls very often provide invaluable advice to clients, especially foreign clients investing in China. The lawyers at DeHeng are also very connected in various industries, as well as governmental authorities - and that has also been very helpful to foreign clients as well."

A client says: "We need lawyers who have a strong basis and background in China, plus the quality of global insights and knowledge. So we must have lawyers who are both local and international." The interviewee adds that the team at DeHeng "provides customers with the best proposals and feasibilities." Another source reveals: "What's most impressive is, when negotiating with the counterparty, the team is able to express our views and points very clearly in both English and Chinese."

Another client remarks: "Our company is doing businesses in over 70 countries across the world, including the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia. DeHeng has been providing services for our international business. The best capability of the team is that they could deal with our cases creatively. Their thinking is very divergent and deep."

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