Global Law Office

China

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Global Law Office is an independent Chinese law firm that was established in 1984. The firm has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu.

The firm is strong in finance, projects and equity and debt capital markets work. It also has a robust structured finance and securitisation practice and has recently become more visible in private equity and funds work. 

Key clients of the firm include Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Primavera Capital, New Frontier Corporation, China Construction Bank, China Resources Microelectronics, CITIC, SK Hynix System Ic and Asian Development Bank.

During the research period, the firm’s capital markets team was busy assisting clients with a range of domestic, Hong Kong and US IPOs alongside issuances of dim sum bonds, anti-COVID-19 bonds and other corporate bonds and securitisation mandates. 

Its M&A team acted in joint ventures alongside acquisitions in the healthcare, medical devices, real estate, dairy, retail, automotive and telecommunications industries; while the projects practice picked up construction, transport, real estate, oil and biomass mandates. 

In private equity and venture capital, the firm assisted clients in various funding rounds and helped setup and raise funds in real estate, private equity, healthcare and technology. 

The firm has bolstered its private equity and funds offering with the hires of partners Yuan Yuan, Xianlai Liu, Huijie Xu, Jinghe Wang and Zhihong Jian from Dentons China. It also brought in finance partner Lingjie Zhang from Zhong Lun Law Firm and securitisation specialist Jieyi Chen in December 2019. 

Global Law Office opened its fourth overall office in Chengdu in March 2020. 

Deal highlights

-Chengdu Navigation Commercial Management Rmb760 million acquisition financing

-China Construction Bank Astana Branch Rmb1 billion 2.950% dim sum bond issue 

-Citic Healthcare Fund II

-ESR HKSE IPO

-New Frontier Corporation $1.4 billion acquisition of United Family Healthcare

-Puxin Series 1 2019 Rmb2 billion credit card securitisation 

-Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset $1.3 billion series C financing 

-Wuhan Oil Depot construction project 

Client feedback

Banking

“Always renders useful and constructive advice on the complex structure of financing pointing out those legal and operational risks pertaining to the proposed deal structure, and more importantly, protecting the interests of our bank without blocking or deferring the deal.”

“They are responsive and supportive.”

Financial services regulatory

“Very professional with a fast-growing mindset.” 

Investment funds 

“The firm did well to identify the key issues for us and provide practical solution to protect us in the legal documents.” 

Project development 

“The firm is very proactive and innovative for providing legal services, especially when dealing with a new project involving new technologies. The firm could offer practical opinions for the company to apply.” 

“Fast reactions and professional insights.” 

Ben Zhong 

“He is responsive and provides good solutions to resolve problems.” 

Jian Zhihong 

“Good at communication, key issue identification and industrial knowledge.” 

Jie Meng 

“Maggie and her team are very diligent in doing their work and always endeavour to provide cost-effective yet feasible methods and guidelines for the company to follow.” 

“Good listener, innovative solutions and excellent problem solving skills.” 

“Lawyer Meng Jie is professional with an ambitious attitude. She has good and practical experience on data protection and the internet industry.” 

May Liu 

“May Liu is capable of tight binding up with the customer, our bank and other external parties (e.g. borrower's solicitor) and strike to balance the interests of all parties involved in each transaction with an aim to close the deal before the timeframe.”