Managing Partner: Ning Fei
Number of partners: 12
Number of senior consultants: 3
Number of lawyers: 30
Languages: English, Chinese
Based in China, with two offices in Beijing and Shanghai respectively, Hui Zhong Law Firm is a boutique law firm specializing in domestic and international dispute resolution.
Hui Zhong maintains a team of passionate, highly skilled and experienced dispute resolution specialists. Hui Zhong’s lawyers have served as legal counsel, co-counsel, arbitrators and mediators in hundreds of significant and complex cross-border commercial disputes. With its commitment to professionalism, efficiency, responsiveness and excellence, Hui Zhong aims to assist clients in dealing with the entire range of issues encountered when resolving legal disputes, including strategic planning, negotiation, document preparation, proceedings conducting and enforcement.
Hui Zhong has earned an established reputation for dispute resolution. Hui Zhong has been listed, recommended or highly ranked by numerous independent research institutes such as GAR 100 (20162020), The Lawyers, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Asialaw Profiles, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legalband, Benchmark Litigation, Corporate Intl and China Business Law. They describe Hui Zhong as an “elite Chinese law firm”, “leading Chinese law firm”, “top 100 arbitration firm”, “highly recommended dispute resolution and litigation firm” or “arbitration law firm of the year”.
Main Areas of Practice:
Focusing on dispute resolution, Hui Zhong Lawyers expertise a wide range of areas, including energy & resources, finance, real estate, joint ventures, M&A, engineering and construction, sales and purchasing agreements, intellectual property, technology transfer, employment law, social security law, investor-state dispute, and others.
Representative cases in recent years:
■ Hui Zhong represented the foreign shareholder of the joint venture in a dispute arising over the validity of a share transfer agreement and the performance of a joint venture agreement. The cases involved PRC’s legislative restraints on foreign investments in the drug retail market, which was a subject that aroused heated debates both academically and in practice. The case was eventually settled in a manner that satisfied the client
■ Hui Zhong represented the underwriter of the bond in response to the investor’s arbitration claims in a dispute arising out of the underwriter’s alleged misrepresentation in the process of issuance of a bond, of which the disputed amount reached approximately 150 million RMB. This was the first PRC case where the investors have brought lawsuit against the underwriter on the basis of misrepresentation. Eventually the Arbitral Tribunal rejected all of the claimant’s arbitration claims. The result of the case had significant impact on the scope of underwriters’ due diligence obligation in security transactions
■ Hui Zhong is representing the client in a dispute in relation to a famous real estate development project in Beijing. This multilateral dispute among the assignor, assignee and the foreign loan bank involved over 40 cases, of which approximately 20 were tried before different levels of the People’s Courts, 1 in a Chinese arbitration institution, about 10 in Korean courts and 10 in Barbados courts. The amount in dispute is over RMB 2 billion
■ Hui Zhong represented a famous international construction company (owner) in the Supreme People’s Court in an infringement dispute caused by the termination of contract against the domestic construction company (contractor). The case involved complex factual and legal issues, which was held before the Supreme People’s Court in the supervision proceeding after the final judgment being rendered. After the trial, the Supreme People’s Court finally decided that the international construction company represented by Hui Zhong won the case. The case was over 200 million yuan
■ Hui Zhong is representing an international leading bio-technology corporation in a patent infringement case against two Chinese bio-technology companies before the Beijing IP Court
■ Hui Zhong is representing the licensee as the appellant before the High Court of Beijing. The dispute is in relation to the licensor’s request for license fee under the Technology Cooperation Agreement for TD-SCDMA chips. Both the licensor and licensee are high-profile industry leaders. The amount in dispute exceeds RMB 550 million