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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 21, 2018

Selected 2018 M&A Transactions

In 2017, we advised clients on more than 75 M&A transactions with an aggregate value of approximately $60 billion, providing guidance in areas including corporate, securities, antitrust and tax. Since 2007, 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 21, 2018

Selected 2018 Public Offerings and Rule 144A Placements

In 2017, we handled more than 40 public offerings and Rule 144A placements raising approximately $18 billion, for leading companies in life sciences, technology, financial services, communications and other industries. Since 2007, we have served as counsel in approximately 400 public offerings and Rule 144A placements with total proceeds in excess of $150 billion.

March 21, 2018

Selected 2018 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2017, we served as counsel in more than 250 venture financings raising over $4.5 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year. Since 2007, we have handled more than 2,800 venture financings with total proceeds in excess of $35 billion.

March 14, 2018

Chinese Government Reorganization

Attention during China's annual lianghui focused on adoption of the constitutional amendment to eliminate term limits on the offices of President and Vice President, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely.

December 20, 2017

Policies and Regulations to Be Made Consistent With Anti-Monopoly Law

When China enacted its Anti-Monopoly Law in 2007, some called it “China's Economic Constitution,” anticipating that it would serve as the statutory basis for fundamental market-based reform of China's economy.

October 31, 2017

Competition Impact Review to Be Required for All New Chinese Regulations

China's three Anti-Monopoly Law enforcement agencies—the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce, and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce—together with the Ministry of Finance and the State Council Legislative Affairs Office, on October 26 jointly published the Rules on Implementation of the Fair Competition Review System (for temporary effect) (Fa Gai Jia Jian [2017] No. 1849).

October 27, 2017

WilmerHale Ranks No. 1 on Global Investigations Review's List of Top Investigations Practices

WilmerHale has climbed to the top of Global Investigations Review's list of the world's 30 leading investigations and compliance practices.

October 24, 2017

China's 19th National Party Congress

Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping opened the Party's quinquennial 19th National Congress on October 18 with a clearly delivered, 86-page, three-and-a-half-hour report.

September 1, 2017

New Policies on China's Overseas Investments

The Opinions divide China's outbound investments by sector into “encouraged,” “restricted” and “prohibited” categories, providing a clearer and more authoritative regulatory framework for regulation of overseas investments by Chinese companies. This WilmerHale Client Alert was also published in Law360 on September 12, 2017.

June 21, 2017

China Relaxes Some Restrictions on Foreign Investment in China's Pilot Free Trade Zones

The General Office of China's State Council posted on June 16 the Special Measures on the Administration of Entry by Foreign Investment in Pilot Free Trade Zones.

  • 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 in the category Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (International Firms).
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012 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 in the category 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 in the category Corporate/M&A: International Law (China).
  • Chambers Global, a guide ranking leading law firms around the world, consistently recognizes WilmerHale's international trade practice.
  • 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 is named to the inaugural 2017 Legal 500 US Hall of Fame list. She is consistently recognized as a leader in the area of international trade, named among the most influential lawyers, and is the recipient of the 2007 Chambers USA Lifetime Achievement award. The award recognizes 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.