Experienced team dedicated to China-related matters.

Meet the team

Locke Lord’s China practice offers an experienced team of legal professionals dedicated to helping international companies carry on business in China as well as advising Chinese companies on their international operations and outbound investments. We represent clients ranging from state-owned enterprises to public and private companies in high-profile industry sectors, such as automotive, aviation, energy and real estate.

Firm lawyers travel extensively throughout China in order to meet with and represent our clients as they pursue their business expansion plans and maintain their competitive edge. Our established network of experienced and reliable China-based service providers, including Chinese law firms able to serve as local counsel, if necessary, enables us to help produce complete Chinese business and legal solutions.

Outbound China Practice

Locke Lord offers its Chinese clients a multidisciplinary team with qualifications from a number of different jurisdictions and broad and deep experience in handling legal issues arising in China-U.S. and China-UK cross-border transactions. This experience includes crafting solutions for our Chinese clients in:

  • Capital markets (going public, going private and capital raising) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement and compliance
  • Commercial litigation and arbitration
  • Energy
  • Government relations
  • Immigration and employment-based visas
  • Intellectual property, technology and export and import control regulations
  • Mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate transactions
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Real estate and real estate investment trusts
  • Tax planning

We provide our services to Chinese clients with the bilingual capabilities of native Chinese speakers and a deep, personal knowledge and understanding of the important cultural factors that can lead to the desired results in international transactions.

Inbound China Practice

We help international companies in China as they:

  • Establish strategic alliances and joint ventures for manufacturing, distribution and other purposes
  • Form wholly-owned manufacturing or other business operations
  • Engage in merger and acquisition transactions
  • Dissolve and liquidate China-based subsidiaries
  • Structure debt and equity financings
  • Negotiate land use right purchase transactions and engage in construction-related arrangements
  • Deal with various government agencies in connection with operationally related legal and business issues
  • Address product import, export and customs-related issues
  • Obtain local product registrations and certifications for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food products and electro-mechanical devices
  • Formulate and implement intellectual property protection strategies as well as deal with trademark, patent applications, copyright (including software) registrations and domain name registrations
  • Enter into transactional IP agreements, including assignments, licences, advertising agreements, website agreements, technology transfer and franchising arrangements
  • Deal with foreign exchange control issues, including repatriation of profits, expense reimbursement and payments of royalties and other fees
  • Address the transportation, logistics and other legal aspects of sourcing-related matters
  • Implement their arbitration and litigation strategies (with the assistance of local Chinese law firms)