Managing Partner: Xiao Wei
Number of partners: 220
Number of lawyers: 730+
Languages: Chinese, English, Japanese
JunHe, founded in Beijing in 1989, is one of the first private partnership law firms in China. Since its establishment, JunHe has grown to be one of the largest and most recognised Chinese law firms. The firm has 12 offices around the world and a team comprised of more than 730 professionals, including over 220 partners and legal counsel, as well as over 510 associates and legal translators.
JunHe’s solid foundation is built upon delivering premier legal services.
JunHe is committed to providing top-tier legal services in commercial transactions and litigation. The firm is well-known for being a pioneer, an innovator and a leader in the reestablishment and development of the modern legal profession in China. Just as each industry requires specialised knowledge, attorneys are organised in 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, JunHe forms 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, the firm has earned its reputation for excellence.
JunHe’s relentless power is sourced from attracting talented lawyers worldwide.
JunHe is keenly aware that the firm’s core competitiveness lies in the strength of its collective intelligence. Attorneys are primarily recruited from the top law schools and law firms in the world and some have in their previous careers served as government officials, judges, accountants, tax analysts and scientists. While most lawyers are licensed in China, many are qualified to practice law in multiple jurisdictions, such as the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Attorneys are multilingual, with fluency in Chinese as well as English, German, Japanese and several other languages.
In addition to advising clients at JunHe, the firm’s 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.
JunHe’s competitive edge is maintained through constant innovation.
From the beginning, the firm has grown by virtue of innovation. At the forefront of great movements, JunHe continues to forge ahead of its peers and continuously innovate, whether by advising on unprecedented foreign investment projects during the initial period of China’s Reform and Open Campaign, on major transactions during the State-owned Enterprise Reform in the 1990s, on comprehensive debt and equity operations incorporating onshore and offshore capital markets in the new century, or on the continuous development of novel services and products in the Internet era. JunHe is credited with many ‘firsts’ in the Chinese market. Growing with its clients, the firm has not only been honoured with high praise, but have also achieved a leading position in the Chinese legal industry.
Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust & Competition:
JunHe has advised international and domestic clients in PRC antitrust and competition law.
Banking & Finance:
JunHe has advised many top-ranking commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, trust companies, private equity funds and hedge funds from both inside and outside of China. The firm has provided comprehensive legal services in many landmark financing transactions and have contributed to the financing components of numerous domestic and international capital market transactions.
JunHe is qualified to practice in courts of all levels and their lawyers regularly appear before arbitration institutions or tribunals both inside and outside of China as counsels or legal experts.
Foreign Direct Investment:
JunHe has over the years successfully advised a significant number of domestic and foreign clients with their FDI projects in a wide range of industries across China.
Infrastructure & Project Financing:
JunHe has represented a significant number of international and domestic sponsors, project companies, international and domestic lenders and international financial institutions, domestic and foreign governmental agencies and other project participants in the development construction, financing and M&A of infrastructure and industrial project of all sizes in China.
JunHe has advised clients on legal issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition in a wide range of industries such as telecommunications software, semiconductors, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics, media and other traditional industries.
JunHe has dealt with a large number of legal issues in international trade since its establishment. In recent years, the international trade team has been especially active in anti-dumping, trade financing and international trade dispute settlement.
Labour & Employment:
JunHe maintains a top-tier team of labour lawyers who have extensive knowledge and experience in handling all types of labour issues. They assist clients not only in establishing labour management systems and handling human resources problems, but also in settling complicated employment disputes in the FIE settings.
Media & Entertainment:
JunHe has continued to accumulate experience in different media and entertainment industries such as film and video, publishing, and sports. JunHe has newly established this practice group to consolidate the firm’s expertise in this area and to support the swiftly growing demand in the market.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
JunHe has advised on transactions relating to both listed and privately-held companies, on both domestic and cross-border transactions, and in a wide range of industrial sectors.
Real Estate & Construction:
JunHe has advised a large number of domestic property developers, foreign investors and their project companies on their real estate development, construction and investment projects in China.
Securities & Capital Markets:
JunHe has advised issuers and underwriters on numerous IPOs and refinancing projects both inside and outside of China. The firm advises clients in the restructurings of state-owned enterprises and private companies, domestic and overseas private placement, sale of material assets of domestic and foreign-listed companies and other securities-related transactions.
Tax & Customs Practice:
JunHe has a leading tax practice among Chinese Law firms. They advise clients on Pre-investment and post-investment tax structuring, including issues relating to applicable bilateral tax treaties and domestic Chinese tax and customs counselling to clients in respect of their inbound mergers and acquisitions and their day-to-day business operations in China.