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    • Tony Dong - King & Wood Mallesons
    • David Liu - FuJae Partners
    • Peter Ni - Zhong Lun Law Firm
    • Bill Ye - King & Wood Mallesons

Tax boutique Hwuason Law Firm covers the full range of tax matters for corporate and private clients. Particular areas of strengths include auditing, planning, risk management and dispute resolution. Tianyong liu is ‘a proactive and approachable lawyer’.

JunHe LLP’s team is now led by Julie Cheng, following David Liu’s move to FuJae Partners in December 2015. The team’s recent work includes advice on VAT pilot reforms, Circular 698 filings and tax audits. Cheng advised on PRC tax aspects of an offshore M&A transaction involving indirect transfer of PRC subsidiaries and a VIE structure.

King & Wood Mallesons is praised for its ‘depth of team and responsiveness’. The four-partner team is led by Tony Dong, who has particular expertise in transfer pricing investigations, tax avoidance proceedings, tax appeals and related litigation in China. Yan Zhao acted as the PRC tax counsel for the provincial government of British Columbia (in Canada) regarding a panda bonds issuance and Daisy Duan has been advising China Ming Yang Wind Power on its privatisation, including analysing tax implications, tax optimisation and estimation of potential PRC tax liability. Bill Ye successfully represented China Calxon Group in a tax dispute arising from a share transfer.

Corporate and commercial boutique firm FuJae Partners was formed in December 2015 and the team, which is led by highly regarded tax structuring expert David Liu, is experienced in customs and import-related VAT matters, as well as the representation of clients in administrative and criminal investigations.

Zhong Lun Law Firm’s ‘commercial and responsive’ team is recommended for assisting a broad range of clients on transfer pricing audit, tax planning and restructuring. Peter Ni is regarded by some as being ‘the best tax lawyer in China who understands Western and Chinese business practices’, and Peter Chen has experience of handling tax disputes with tax authorities in the PRC and the US. In 2015, Ni assisted SPX Corporation with the PRC tax aspects of its global spin-off transaction. The team also has expertise in private wealth planning for high-net-worth individuals.

Allbright Law Offices is highly experienced in a range of tax issues, particularly for the tax aspects of investments and M&A. Lianfang Fu and Kevin Wang are recommended.

Jincheng Tongda & Neal’s recent work includes responding to tax authority investigations, handling corporate and individual tax planning, and advising on taxes relating to transactions. Zhaohui Wang is the main contact.

Foreign firms

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  1. China – Leading tax foreign firms
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China - TDH500

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    • Fuli Cao - Jones Day
    • Daniel Chan - DLA Piper
    • Jon Eichelberger - Baker & McKenzie
    • Brendan Kelly - Baker & McKenzie
    • Guo Min - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
    • Larry Sussman - O’Melveny

Baker & McKenzie is well regarded for its strong tax structuring and planning expertise, covering M&A, compliance and transfer pricing. Practice co-head Jon Eichelberger specialises in advising on supply chain structuring and indirect tax matters for TMT companies. He led the team assisting a multinational with indirect share transfer tax issues concerning an exit by a majority shareholder. Brendan Kelly also heads the practice, while Jinghua Liu leads in tax disputes.

O’Melveny provides strategic tax planning for a number of high-profile investors and film studios, including IMAX, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Practice head Larry Sussman specialises in handling the complex tax-related aspects of inbound transactions. Senior consultant Cevela Zhou, who specialises in tax compliance matters, often advises clients on cross-border M&A, private equity investments and foreign direct investments, among others.

DLA Piper’s team, which gives ‘timely and comprehensive advice’, is highly experienced in handling transfer pricing matters and the tax aspects of M&A, including supply chain management, distribution and business process reviews. In Beijing, of counsel Windson Li has a particular expertise in assisting clients with PRC transfer pricing issues, covering corporate tax compliance, incentive applications and tax dispute resolution. Hong Kong-based Daniel Chan leads the department.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. primarily assists multinational clients in the projects and pharmaceutical sectors with inbound investments, and has expertise in tax planning, restructuring and M&A. Group head Guo Min is often instructed by clients on international tax, accounting, customs and foreign exchange control matters. Recommended associate Bin Wu advises foreign and domestic companies on tax and business regulatory matters.

Led by Fuli Cao in Beijing, Jones Day’s tax team has been increasingly handling cross-border M&A and indirect transfer issues. Cao advised Quintiles on the Chinese aspects of its joint venture with Quest Diagnostics, including a direct and indirect transfer of a Chinese subsidiary to the joint venture. Clients include Micron Technology, ConAgra Foods and Honeywell. Shanghai-based Liming Yuan is recommended.

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