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Managing Partner: Dajin Li
Number of partners: 143
Number of lawyers (partners, associates and trainee lawyers): over 400
Languages: Chinese, English, French, Japanese

Firm Overview:
The merger between East Associates Law Firm and Concord & Partners in 2014 brought into being East & Concord Partners, one of the largest and the most comprehensive law firms in China. Briefly, East Associates Law Firm and Concord & Partners were established in 1993 and 1995 respectively, are among the earliest established law firms in China and both have nationwide influence and reputation. The firm is headquartered in Beijing and has branches in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Hangzhou Chengdu and Nanjing. The firm has over 400 professionals. In addition to experienced partners and consultants who have practiced law for more than 30 years, the firm comprises legal experts who have years of working experience in national ministries, courts, procuratorate, international arbitration institutions and prestigious law firms. Most partners and attorneys have gained qualifications and hands-on experience in law schools and firms throughout United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, Singapore etc.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate and M&A
Securities & Capital Markets
Dispute Resolution
Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations
Banking and Finance
Financial Lease & Commercial Factoring
Anti-Dumping & Countervailing
Antitrust and Competition
Intellectual Property
Private Equity & Industrial Funds
Entertainment & Sports
Infrastructure & Project Financing
Real Estate & Construction
Energy & Natural Resources
Network Security and Data Protection
Labour Law
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Government Law & Policy
Corporate Compliance
Family and Wealth Management
Japan Practice
Maritime Affairs

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Based on the client’s needs, the firm provides professional services including, but not limited to the following:
■Direct investment or merger in a large variety of businesses
■Enterprise or company restructuring
■Equity acquisitions, transfer, corporate additional investments
■Asset and business acquisition and transfer
■Corporate division/merger
■Equity and debt financing

Securities & Capital Markets:
Professional services that the firm provides mainly include:
■Initial offering and listing of securities
■Establishment and sale of funds
■Issuance of corporate bonds and financial bonds and notes
■Listed Companies’ reorganisation of major assets
■Listed Companies’ re-financing

Banking & Finance:
Professional services that the firm provides in this field mainly involve:
■Advising banks and other financial institutions on all types of domestic and international financing transactions
■Establishment and reorganisation of insurance companies, public or private funds, asset management companies, financial leasing companies/commercial factoring companies
■Advising on and assisting in designing structures of products or transactions for trust companies, public or private funds, asset management companies and financial leasing/commercial factoring companies
■Due diligence on target projects, preparation of transaction documents, compliance and risk management for trust companies, insurance companies and public or private funds
■Various financial derivative products, margin trading, channel services for asset management and credit assets securitisation business
■Internet finance, P2P, crowd-funding, and petty loan businesses
■Advising on financial leasing/commercial factoring transaction contracts and relevant legal documents
■Providing legal opinions in respect of financial leasing/ commercial factoring projects
■Dispute resolutions for banks, trust companies, public or private funds, asset management companies, financial leasing companies/commercial factoring companies

Dispute Resolution:
In the field of commercial arbitration, the firm handles domestic and foreign cases related to:
■Disputes regarding sales contracts
■Contract disputes regarding foreign investments
■Disputes regarding real estate development contracts
■Disputes regarding engineering contracts
■Contract disputes regarding finance and insurance

Intellectual Property:
Areas of expertise include:
■Investment in patent and know-how
■Transfer and trading of patent licensing right and know-how
■Investigation and administrative actions against infringements
■Patent review and dispute resolution regarding invalid patent claims
■Patent litigation
■Application for trademarks
■Contribution in trademarks, license and transfer
■Commercial license and trademark interest arrangement in franchise
■Administrative objection of trademark dispute
■Civil and administrative litigation of trademark dispute
■Trademark inquiries and trademark surveillance
■Customs Administrative Protection of Trademark Right