IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Dentons China was formerly known as Dacheng Law Offices but is now structured as a Swiss Verein since international firms cannot practice PRC law. In fact, in China the firm is still known as Dacheng and has 47 offices including in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenzhen.

The firm is strongest in private equity and investment funds and has a highly active restructuring practice. Its capital markets practice has had a mixture of Hong Kong IPO and bond work, including corporate and convertible issuances. 

Key clients include IQiyi, BYD Auto, Export-Import Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Beijing Jingdong Century Trading.

In 2019 its private equity team kept busy with transactions at different stages of funding, and its corporate team acted in insurance, energy, technology and real estate related deals.

During the research period, its Shanghai office hired several M&A partners, including Ni Jianlin from SG & Co Lawyers and Wu Junjie from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Deal highlights

-          Beijing Compass Technology Development SZSE IPO

-          China National Nuclear Corporation Capital Holding acquisition of Tongfang

-          Dandong Harbor Group restructuring

-          Sinar Mas Group acquisition of Shandong Bohui Group

-          Zhejiang Feiyang International Tourism HKSE IPO

Client feedback

“Professional legal services at a reasonable price.” —Investment funds

“The firm offers professional services and is easy to communicate with.”— M&A

Wu Jingjing

“Ms Wu cooperated with our bank in various cross-border investment and financing projects. She carried out detailed work according to the requirements of our bank. For various transactions, Ms Wu actively coordinated and assisted our bank in communicating with all parties and the government, providing professional legal advice and efficient legal services. As our bank cooperates with various large state-owned enterprises, central enterprises and listed companies, Ms Wu devotes time to each case and keeps good communication. She has a precise grasp of her professional skills and a flexible application on the basis of maintaining principles, effectively protecting the legitimate rights and interests of our bank. Ms Wu 's efficient and innovative work attitude has left a deep impression on our bank.”

East & Concord Partners

East & Concord Partners is one of the largest full-service partnership law firms in China, covering over 20 practice areas. The firm is headquartered in Beijing, with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Hangzhou.

East & Concord specialises in banking and finance and capital markets. In the research period, the firm paid attention to the fast-growing industries of healthcare, sports and data protection. It has been actively participating in investments, financings and M&A related to these industries.

In 2019, the firm bolstered its bankruptcy and reorganisation practice with the hire of Du Hongbo from China International Capital Corporation.


Deal highlights

-          Beijing Enterprises Group Rmb15 billion bond issue

-          Beijing Gas Group $250 million financing

-          Jiangsu Lianyungang Port Rmb1 billion debt-to-equity project

-          Yinji Entertainment and Media insolvency

Tahota Law Firm

Tahota Law Firm was established in 2000 and is a full-service law firm in China. Tahota initially developed in western China and has grown to have offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guiyang, Jinan, Kunming, Lhasa, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Xi’an, Taiyuan, Xining, Nanjing, Wuhan, Haikou, Washington, Sydney, Kathmandu and Nepal.

Tahota’s traditional strength is in banking and finance, M&A, capital markets, cross-border investment and financing, dispute resolution, government legal affairs, and restructuring and insolvency.

In recent years the firm has sought to develop its corporate compliance, internet finance, competition, non-performing asset disposal, asset securitisation, family wealth management and blockchain businesses.

Key clients include Yunnan Hongta Bank, Sichuan Cable Broadcasting Network, Tiansheng Securities, Development Bank of Singapore, Zhongtai International Securities and ICBC International.

In 2019 Tahota opened up new offices in Taiyuan, Xining, Nanjing and Kathmandu.


Deal highlights

-          Chengdu Tianfu New Area Investment Group $300 million bond issue

-          Doof International Holding Group acquisition of Zhongdihebang Group

-          Maoye Commercial Corporation acquisition of Qin Huangdao Maoye Department Store

-          Yunnan Provincial Government Rmb19 billion 3.47% bond issue

DeHeng Law Offices

DeHeng Law Offices is a corporate law firm that offers legal services in a number of practice areas. Based in Beijing, the firm has 36 offices in mainland China and is strongest in capital markets, M&A and banking.

In the past 12 months, the firm kept busy advising on domestic and cross-border M&A mandates. For example, it represented Shenzhen Qianhai Development Investment in its joint venture project with China Merchants in Shenzhen, and in finance it advised ICBC on the Turkey Hunutlu bridge loan.

Key clients include China CITIC Bank International, Export-Import Bank of China, BOCOM International Universal Investment, HSBC, China Gold and Qingdao Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute.

During 2019, the firm welcomed M&A partner Li Hua to its Beijing headquarters from China Petrochemical International.


Deal highlights

-          China Three Gorges Corporation Rmb20 billion green exchangeable bonds

-          Chengdu Global Century acquisition of Yunnan Metropolitan Real Estate Development

-          ICBC Turkey Hunutlu bridge loan

-          Shanghai Kindly Medical Instruments HKSE IPO


Client feedback

“Professional, quick response times, and meticulous work”— Project development
Li Hongyuan

“Li Hongyuan has the foundations for construction project management. He is familiar with bidding and is conscientious and meticulous.”

“Li Hongyuan has rich comprehensive knowledge of construction project management, bidding, legal services, investment and financing. He is professional, meticulous and efficient.”

Grandall Law Firm

Grandall is a leading full-service corporate and commercial Chinese law firm. It has offices in 28 Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Kunming, Tianjin, Chengdu and Ningbo, and has a further five offices globally. 

Traditionally Grandall is known for its capital markets practice where it has been dominant in the A-share market, and has more recently made a push to strengthen its overseas listing practice.

The firm’s M&A team was busy advising on mandates in the food and beverage, technology, automotive and biotech sectors, while its projects practice continued to gain traction.

Client feedback

"Its capital markets practice is professional, and has a clear understanding of the requirements and trends in the A-share market." - Capital markets

Wu Gang

"He has professional abilities and carried a strong sense of responsibility for the project."