Guantao Law Firm


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Financial and corporate

Guantao Law Firm was established in 1994 following a series of mergers. The firm has since grown to comprise of 600 lawyers, including over 150 partners, across 13 offices in China. It also has a strategic alliance with the UK-based international law firm Ashurst.

The firm is best known for private equity and project development. It handles a variety of private funds, such as private equity, hedge, real estate, venture capital, and fund-of-funds funds, while its projects practice is adept at approvals, contracts management, advice on rights, and legal services for PPP and construction projects.

Key clients of the firm include China Life Investment Holding Company, CMGE Technology Group, Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group, Henan Lingcheng Private Equity Fund Management, Zhongce Rubber Group, IReader Technology and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation. 

Over the research period, the firm has been busy with railway, irrigation and battery projects, while handling debt issuances and IPOs in Hong Kong and China. 

The firm has also been busy recruiting, bringing in finance partners Lu Dagang, Guo Haizhen, Xu Xiuzhu, Sun Yuxiao, Liu Jiansheng, Ma Laing and Chen Yang from China Huaxin Trust, King & Wood Mallesons, Fujian Junli Law Firm, Fujian Zhili Law Firm, and King Bird Law Firm respectively.

Furthermore, capital markets partner Huang Yan and Liu Kai joined from Commerce & Finance and Fujian Zhili Law Firm, while private equity partners Yang Yang and Xiong Huibin arrived from East & Concord Partners and Zhejiang Zehou Law Firm.

The M&A team was boosted by the arrival of partners Li Xiaohao from Hogan Lovells and partners Jin Jie, Ruan Chao, Yuan Junfang and Liu Guo from Henan Luda Law Firm.  

Deal highlights


-Meulaboh/Nagan Raya 2*200MW coal-fired steam power plant

-Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group SSE IPO