Offices

Beijing

1206 North Tower, Beijing Kerry Center 1 Guanghua Road Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100020 China  Map
+86 10 5901 6588 (t)
+86 10 8529 7566 (f)

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

Partner

+1 202 663 6140 (t)

robert.novick@wilmerhale.com

Ross, Lester

Lester Ross

Partner

+86 10 5901 6588 (t)

lester.ross@wilmerhale.com

Zhou, Kenneth

Kenneth Zhou

Partner

+86 10 5901 6588 (t)

kenneth.zhou@wilmerhale.com

Liu, Tingting

Tingting Liu

Senior Associate

+86 10 5901 6588 (t)

tingting.liu@wilmerhale.com

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Jennifer Zhao

Associate

+86 10 5901 6360 (t)

jennifer.zhao@wilmerhale.com

Xu, Tao

Tao Xu

Senior Staff Attorney

+86 10 5901 6588 (t)

tao.xu@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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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.

June 8, 2017

Cross-Border Data Flows Security Assessments in China

China has issued for public comment draft standard-like guidelines to govern cross-border data flows to further implement China's heightened concern over national security and cybersecurity, as embodied in the National Security Law (2015), Cybersecurity Law (effective June 1, 2017) and related laws and regulations.

June 7, 2017

Selected 2017 Life Sciences Transactions

Recognized both globally and nationally for its leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has more than four decades of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies at all stages of growth, as well as venture capitalists and investment banks.

June 7, 2017

Selected 2017 Strategic Alliances, Joint Venture and Licensing Transactions

Our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and regulatory lawyers regularly handle a broad range of strategic alliance, joint venture, licensing,
collaboration, product development, outsourcing, manufacturing, distribution and similar agreements, including many significant deals that are helping to shape the future of science, technology and commerce.

June 7, 2017

Selected 2017 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution, portfolio development and litigation; defended their interests in enterprise-critical litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

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.

  • 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.