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WilmerHale's Beijing office was established in 2004. It offers a unique combination of services bringing together premier in-country, transactional and intellectual property experience with outstanding policy, regulatory and government relations capabilities. This combination allows the China team to offer clients an exceptional depth and scope of service, and the firm's hallmark of sophisticated problem solving and strategies at the intersection of business, government and regulation.

Lester Ross serves as Partner-in-Charge of the Beijing office. He leads a group of Chinese-speaking lawyers and staff who are widely recognized as comprising one of the strongest legal teams based in China for corporate, financial services and intellectual property work, including M&A, private equity, venture capital, foreign direct investment, financial services, telecommunications and technology. Mr. Ross is former General Counsel of the American Chamber of Commerce—People's Republic of China.

The China team provides critical policy, regulatory and government relations advice that complements our clients' commercial objectives.

We have represented clients across a broad range of industries in all aspects of their business dealings across China, including structuring, negotiating and documenting business transactions, as well as involvement in precedent-setting foreign investment transactions. Among the China practice's recent triumphs on behalf of its clients are the execution of copyright cooperation agreements for the publication of local editions of several of the world's leading magazines; assistance in securing approvals for several of the largest and most novel foreign investments in China; favorable outcomes for Chinese producers in anti-dumping investigations in the United States; and successful litigations and investigations of intellectual property infringements.

With the depth and breadth of our US and European offices, we have also advised Chinese entities on their outbound commercial and trade relations, particularly in obtaining regulatory approvals, structuring transactions and defending against trade actions.

Our Beijing team was established by Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former United States Trade Representative, and Robert Novick, former USTR General Counsel. Members of the team structured, negotiated and concluded a range of landmark agreements with China, most notably China's intellectual property rights agreements, market access agreements, and the comprehensive US-China bilateral agreement that paved the way for China's WTO membership, covering all goods, services and agriculture in the Chinese economy.

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Novick, Robert T.

Robert T. Novick


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Ross, Lester

Lester Ross


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Zhou, Kenneth

Kenneth Zhou


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Lance Jiang

Senior Associate

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Liu, Tingting

Tingting Liu


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Xu, Tao

Tao Xu

Senior Staff Attorney

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Publications & News


April 21, 2014

MOFCOM to Publicize Administrative Penalties for Illegal Implementation of Concentrations

To increase the incentives for compliance in the name of transparency of law enforcement, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) has decided to publicize its decisions to penalize companies which fail to notify concentrations that meet the regulatory thresholds for notifications under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (the “AML”).

April 4, 2014

Reforms to China's Company Registration Law

Both the amended Company Law and the amended Registration Regulations took effect on March 1, 2014. These reforms create a simplified and more capital-efficient registration system with respect to registered capital and regulatory requirements for companies in China.

March 28, 2014

SAIC Announces Beginning of Revision Process to Anti-Unfair Competition Law

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has announced that it has formally begun the task of revising the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL). SAIC's Anti-Monopoly and Anti-Unfair Competition Enforcement Bureau held the first revision session in Beijing on February 28.

March 27, 2014

Lester Ross Elected as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of AmCham China

Lester Ross, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Beijing office, has been elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China (AmCham China).

March 3, 2014

Selected 2014 Public Offerings and Rule 144A Placements

In 2013, we handled more than 40 public offerings and Rule 144A placements raising approximately $20 billion, for leading companies in life sciences, technology, financial services, communications and other industries.

March 3, 2014

Selected 2014 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2013, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising approximately $2.5 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

March 3, 2014

Selected 2014 M&A Transactions

In 2013, we advised clients throughout the United States and Europe on more than 75 M&A transactions, providing guidance in areas including corporate, securities, antitrust and tax.

February 20, 2014

China Establishes Expedited Preliminary Merger Review Procedure

Companies subject to a merger notification obligation in China have long been frustrated by the extensive delays beyond the 30-day Phase 1 period even for simple, non-controversial transactions.

January 14, 2014

Focusing on Intellectual Property in China at Beijing IP Institute Seminar

On December 14, Boston-based Senior Counsel Arthur Gajarsa, a former US Federal Circuit judge, attended the Beijing Intellectual Property Institute's (BIPI) Seminar on Functional Claiming.

January 9, 2014

China’s New Anti-Corruption Policies in the Health Care Industry

  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 recognized Lester Ross and Tao Xu for the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China). Along with these individual rankings, WilmerHale is also recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific in the practice of Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (International Firms).
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2012, a guide to leading lawyers and law firms in Asia, acknowledged Lester Ross and Tao Xu for the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China). Chambers said Ross is described as "'the go-to lawyer' for PRC corporate matters” and Xu is recognized as an associate to watch, being praised for her "timely advice and solid local know-how." Along with these individual rankings, WilmerHale is also recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific in the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China).
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 acknowledged Lester Ross and Tao Xu for the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China). Along with these individual rankings, WilmerHale is also recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific in the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China).
  • The Lawyer ranked WilmerHale among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in the 2013 list of the Global Litigation Top 50.
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 named WilmerHale a recommended firm in the area of Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms.
  • Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence ceremony in 2007. The award recognized Ambassador Barshefsky for her success as a central figure for international business and international economic trade issues and for serving as a model of technical skill and personal integrity for the profession.