Zhong Lun Law Firm

China

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Zhong Lun Law Firm was established in 1993 and was among the first private law partnerships in China. It has since grown to become one of the largest firms in the jurisdiction with 2100 professionals including 340 partners. The firm has domestic offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Haikou and overseas offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Almaty. 

The firm excels in aviation and project finance with additional strength in private equity, securitisation matters, and in the equity capital markets where it advises Chinese companies on offerings and listings of A-shares, H-shares, and other equity shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and overseas exchanges.

Key clients of the firm include Ascent Real Estate Investors, Laos-China Railway Company, Pfizer, China Railway Signal and Communication Corporation, Ascendent Capital Partners and PowerChina RoadBridge Group.

The firm’s projects practice was busy during the research period advising on PPPs and road, rail, real estate, industrials, power and social infrastructure mandates. The M&A team was preoccupied with joint ventures, corporate restructuring mandates and acquisitions in the technology, real estate, healthcare, solar, construction, logistics and manufacturing sectors.

The capital markets practice handled IPOs in China, Hong Kong and the US alongside large corporate bond issues, while the finance practice advised on acquisition and leveraged finance mandates, and outbound project finance. In private equity, the firm assisted its clients in various funding rounds and investments.  

Deal highlights

-China Railway Signal and Communication Corporation SSE STAR Market IPO

-Dinghao Electronics Plaza $1.34 billion acquisition financing

-Hunliji $70 million series D financing 

-NXP Semiconductors $1.76 billion acquisition of Marvell’s wireless connectivity portfolio assets

-Wuxi to Jiangyin intercity rail transport PPP

Client feedback 

Financial services regulatory 

“Efficient and constructive advice on risk control.” 

“Efficient and constructive legal service.” 

“The law firm provides a very good service and professional skills.” 

M&A 

“Assisted in the whole process of the acquisition, from due diligence, SPA negotiation to deal completion. The work Zhong Lun’s team did was beyond our expectations in their consistent high work quality and patience shown during the long transaction period.” 

“Leading partner, Mr Zhe, led his team to provide quality legal services to us. Zhe is a very hands-on partner with sound legal background and strong legal technicality. He always thinks ahead of us and prepares different options for us to consider in advance.” 

Real estate 

“While we designed the transaction structure, Zhong Lun's lawyer helped us. In this deal, we had some legal points to break through, and they recommended that we break the deal into two steps, so that finally it came through.” 

Lefan Gong 

“He not only has good experience, but also has professional skills.” 

Liu Xinyu 

“Provided up to date advice on financial regulatory change.” 

“Constructive, efficient advice on the recent financing supervisory regulations.” 

Yi Shi and Peng Mi 

“They are responsive and responsible when we have any problems to solve.” 

Zhang Yijao 

“She assisted in the whole transaction and was able to provide prompt responses.”