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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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Liu, Tingting

Tingting Liu

Senior Associate

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Jennifer Zhao


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Xu, Tao

Tao Xu

Senior Staff Attorney

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Publications & News


March 14, 2017

NDRC’s Briefing Meeting on Increased Openness to Foreign Investment

Deputy Director General Liu Hongkuan and senior officer Guo Rui briefed USCBC members on the Notice on Several Measures on Increasing Openness to Foreign Investment and Active Use of Foreign Investment, published by the State Council on January 17, 2017.

March 1, 2017

Selected 2017 M&A Transactions

In 2016, we advised clients on more than 75 M&A transactions with an aggregate value of approximately $50 billion, providing guidance in areas including corporate, securities, antitrust and tax. Since 2006, we have participated in more than 1,000 mergers and acquisitions with a total value in excess of $400 billion, ranging from sales of VC-backed companies to multibillion-dollar global mergers.

March 1, 2017

Selected 2017 Public Offerings and Rule 144A Placements

In 2016, we handled more than 35 public offerings and Rule 144A placements raising approximately $25 billion, for leading companies in life sciences, technology, financial services, communications and other industries.

March 1, 2017

Selected 2017 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2016, we served as counsel in approximately 250 venture financings raising nearly $3 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

February 13, 2017

WilmerHale 2016 in Review

As we look back on 2016, we thank you for another successful year in which we were privileged to represent an extraordinary lineup of innovators, institutions and industry leaders.

January 24, 2017

China’s State Council Announces Expanded Opening to Foreign Investment

On January 17, China's State Council published the Notice on Several Measures on Increasing of Openness to Foreign Investment and Active Use of Foreign Investment. The notice is intended to expand China's openness to foreign investment into China.

January 20, 2017

China Requires Registration of App Stores

The Cyberspace Administration of China on January 13, 2017 issued a notice concerning registration of Internet app stores. The notice requires that, effective January 16, all app stores must register with the provincial-level cyberspace authority.

October 14, 2016

China Reforms Its Registration System for Foreign Investment

On October 8, the Ministry of Commerce issued the Provisional Measures for Filing Administration of Establishment and Changes of Foreign-Invested Enterprises. The Filing Administration Measures are based on the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on the Revision of Four Laws Including the Law on Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprises issued on September 3. This WilmerHale Client Alert was also published in Law360 on November 10, 2016.

September 30, 2016

China’s Emerging Social Credit System and the Role of the Courts

Persons (both individuals and companies) who are determined in a judicial administrative law proceeding to be socially uncreditworthy will be subject to prohibitions and other restrictions on their commercial, residential and family activities. This WilmerHale Client Alert was also published in Law360 on October 27, 2016.

September 16, 2016

WilmerHale Named Industry's Most Impressive Investigations Practice by GIR

WilmerHale has been named the Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year by Global Investigations Review for its cross-border work in both high-profile internal and government-led investigations.

  • 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.