Setting the standards

Eversheds is a progressive international law firm that sets the standards for others to follow. Over the years, we have led the way in changing the face of legal services and providing a service that meets the needs of contemporary globalised businesses. In China, Eversheds is able to unlock your ambitions and deliver you a total solution to your legal requirements in one of the most challenging world markets.

Our global operation has been grown carefully so we can offer consistent quality to our clients, wherever they are.

We embrace commercial principles such as being measurable in the work we do, predictable in the costs we provide and efficient in the way we deliver results. We train our people to think strategically as well as legally and immerse themselves in the world of our clients. We use technology to deliver smart approaches to a range of issues from complex multinational projects to high volume work where standardisation can create real savings.


Achieving your goals

We have a clear focus on unlocking our clients ambitions. In relation to your China business we will understand who you are and what you want to achieve. That means developing relationships that really matter, where we are fully in tune with you, your business and the issues you face.

We act as trusted advisor to major MNCs, state-owned and private PRC companies, international banks and financial institutions, professional services companies, government and regulatory bodies.

Eversheds philosophy is to put our clients at the centre of all we do – we are relationship lawyers, trusted advisors who take a forward thinking approach to service delivery. We can join up your international projects, advise on local laws and customs and act as your guide through challenging markets.

Our ability to deliver a high standard of integrated service across all jurisdictions has been tested and proven to work. In China, we deal constantly with large scale projects that might involve multiple jurisdictions as well as countless day-to-day activities that help our clients manage their operations in a complex and developing market. Our local knowledge, combined with an international overview, has proved invaluable in helping them to achieve their goals. We can help you to achieve yours.


Our China practice

Whether you are investing or doing business in another country, it is essential to have lawyers who have international experience yet possess in-depth, local knowledge of the jurisdiction in question. This is especially true in China given its history, culture and business environment.   We have experts with abundant wealth of on-the-ground experience to help you to understand the intricacies of Chinese culture, navigate business obstacles and avoid common pitfalls.  We are proud of ourselves for delivering our advice to our clients in the most practical and commercially sensible manner possible.


How we can help you

Through our offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong (together with experts on China based in our London and Paris offices), working together as one integrated team, we will deliver a total solution to all your legal needs. And every one of those solutions will be delivered by leading people who never stop trying to achieve more on your behalf and want to develop a long lasting relationship with you that benefits all parties.

Our lawyers speak your language and a variety of Chinese local dialects, helping you cross any language divide. Local contacts facilitate business on the ground and commercial awareness, giving you the best competitive advantage. We have the experience to avoid common pitfalls and a keen practical sense of what works in the local context.

Our commercial outlook and excellent understanding of the global context in which businesses now operate, enables us to guide you through to a successful resolution of any transaction or dispute.


Our expertise

Your operations in China can benefit from local expertise and global presence.

Our wealth of experience of practising in China and commerciality in such complex jurisdictions enables us to provide cross-border advice on regional or global matters. We understand local laws, business culture, customs and languages, whilst not losing sight of international considerations.

Whilst we have capability across a wide range of sectors we take pride in being leaders in7. Image

  • energy and natural resources;

  • transport and logistics;

  • diversified industries;

  • financial institutions;

  • hospitality and leisure;

  • technology and telecoms;

  • consumer and retail;

  • food and drink; and

  • dispute resolution.

Our China practice covers the full range of legal services including:

  • Corporate and M&A: we advise on all aspects of M&A projects (from deal structuring to deal exiting), corporate matters, direct foreign investment projects (FDI), joint ventures and private equity deals

  • Commercial: we advise on joint ventures, commercial contracts, sales and distribution agreements, intellectual property and technology

  • Capital Markets: we have extensive experience of equity and debt capital markets transactions acting for both issuers and sponsors

  • Financing: we act for lenders, borrowers and sponsors across a wide range of financing transactions

  • Competition and anti-trust: we have a long standing track record of advising on all aspects of anti-trust, merger control and merger clearance

  • Dispute resolution: we advise on a wide range of matters, including litigations, arbitrations and regulatory enquiries and investigations

  • Compliance and anti-bribery:  we advise clients in respect of the full spectrum of compliance issues, including anti-bribery matters. We assist clients who are facing compliance issues and also help clients to prevent such issues occurring

  • Human resources: we advise on a range of issues from routine employment matters to strategic workforce planning for multinational corporations.

Our lawyers are fluent in both English and Mandarin and able to draft, negotiate and advise in a dual language environment. In short, we know how to get the job done by the best people - on time and on budget.


Examples of our China work

  • Representing a utility company in the proposed acquisition of a waste-to-energy plant unit in southern China

  • Advising a top UK retailer on their operations in China, including IP, regulatory, joint venture and compliance issues

  • Representing world leading international insurance company in the acquisition of a minority interest in a Chinese property insurance company

  • Advising on two major CIETAC arbitrations on behalf of a European company claiming damages against Mainland Chinese suppliers for poor product quality

  • Advising a leading European green products certification institute on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in a PRC food-products certification company

  • Representing an automobile manufacturer in the acquisition of a passenger car and light truck manufacturing company

  • Advising on PRC anti-trust clearance on behalf of an international consortium on a proposed nuclear power project

  • Representing a petroleum company in the acquisition of shares in a refinery joint venture

  • Providing PRC anti-bribery and directors’ trainings to MNC clients

  • Representing a major advertising group for the acquisition of the foreign participation in a number of advertising companies

  • Advising a global crop seed company in the acquisition of a strategic interest in a prominent listed PRC company

  • Advising a world leader in the wine and spirit industry in the acquisition of a controlling interest in various Chinese wine and spirit producers

  • Advising a large UK company on a long term logistic services agreement with a Chinese party

  • Advising a UK life science company on the establishment of a presence in China

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