Managing Partner: Philip Qu
Number of partners: 12
Number of lawyers: 35
Languages: Chinese, English
TransAsia Lawyers enjoys a preeminent reputation as a full-service specialist firm in China’s technology, internet, telecoms, media, and entertainment sectors, having worked with many of the most prominent companies in the world on market-entry, regulatory and compliance, corporate and commercial, investment financing and transactional, IP and employment matters. TransAsia also works closely with emerging Chinese new economy companies on crucial growth initiatives, including financing, partnerships, M&A, and IPOs. The firm has continuously topped relevant rankings and has received wide recognition in the industry.
Main Areas of Practice:
TMT (Technology, Media & Telecoms):
As one of the first PRC firms to specialise in TMT law, TransAsia’s expertise in these sectors is unrivaled, including Internet, telecoms, AI, big data, broadcast media, OTT, games, film, print media, music and related areas.
Private Equity & Venture Capital:
TransAsia represents private equity, venture capital and hedge funds, local start-ups, mature companies and entrepreneurs on domestic and cross-border investment activities, exit transactions, recapitalisations and M&A.
TransAsia serves as PRC counsel for issuers in overseas IPOs, regulatory filings, secondary offerings, reverse mergers and special purpose acquisition companies, as well as restructuring for domestic IPO and related alternative arrangements.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
TransAsia structures and supervises major transactions across a range of related industries, including Internet, education, media, technology, and manufacturing, covering both inbound and outbound investments and transactions.
Regulatory & Compliance:
Many of the firm’s specialist sectors are highly regulated, requiring continuous and creative analysis and structuring, unambiguous communication with client stakeholders, and ongoing coordination with relevant regulators. This has been a hallmark of the firm’s practice since its foundation and remains a crucial element.
Corporate & Commercial:
As an integral component of TransAsia’s full-service offering, this practice provides a full suite of services to enable effective, efficient and sustainable operations in China for the firm’s diverse range of local and foreign clients.
Labour & Employment:
This practice is generally regarded as the most authoritative team in its field and has unparalleled experience advising clients on all aspects of employment matters in China, including pre-employment screening, recruitment and hiring, compliance, employment contracts and handbooks, IP protection, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, stock options, termination and mass retrenchment, dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration and litigation), collective action and crisis management, and expat working arrangements in China.
TransAsia represents some of the most active investors in the PRC education service sector, including for kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, higher education, language training, long distance learning and vocational training.
Entertainment & Sports:
TransAsia offers 360-degree coverage for content, talent, production, partnerships, financing, distribution, dispute resolution, film and TV investing, licensing, co-production and collaboration projects, representing leading film and animation studios, game companies, and media-focused VC and PE firms. TransAsia also operates in the rapidly growing sports and e-sports sectors, representing TV channels, global leagues, sports agencies and federations.
Healthcare & Life Science:
China’s healthcare industry is undergoing tremendous growth and diversification. TransAsia advises on many aspects of the healthcare sector with clients including investors, clinical and diagnostic service providers, telemedicine, interactive health, medical equipment and device companies, innovative drug discovery, private hospitals and clinics, check-up centres, nursing homes and elder care services.
As a pioneer in advertising advisory in China, the firm routinely advises on both traditional and new media ad issues across a wide range of highly regulated industries, including media, IT, telecoms, and consumer products. TransAsia is the sole PRC member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA).
Privacy, Data Protection & Cybersecurity:
A perennial concern for TransAsia’s technology and service clients, the firm’s practice encompasses the full range of data law issues, including data creation, transmission, storage, analysis, censorship, security, protection and privacy in this rapidly evolving subject area.
The practice parallels the firm’s work in technology and media, covering trademark, copyright, industrial design, domain name etc, along with advance planning, contracting and rights management issues, monitoring, and dispute resolution, including comprehensive infringement procedures as well as litigation, negotiation and lobbying.