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About us


Shanghai Pacific Legal is a new and innovative PRC law firm providing business law services across China. We specialize in advising domestic and international corporates, financial institutions and Chinese state-owned entities on investments and financings into and out of China and on the growth, expansion and evolution of their businesses.

Recognised for our expertise in banking and finance, intellectual property, data privacy and cybersecurity, dispute resolution, and debt capital markets, we aim to serve our clients through the adoption of the best international standards for the delivery of high quality legal services. Our practice is made up of partners and lawyers with extensive experience in their specialist areas.  

Going forward, Shanghai Pacific Legal aims to expand in size and service offerings, with a vision to work with, and support, our clients in the development and evolution of their businesses helping them to address the issues they face in an ever changing and more complex world.

Our core areas of services include:

Banking and finance

Banking and finance is one of our core practice areas, and we have capacity and experience in advising both international and local lenders and borrowers on a wide range of China-related financing transactions, including acquisition finance, real estate finance, bilateral and syndicated finance, and corporate lending. We are also well-equipped to provide PRC legal advice in respect of the full spectrum of banking and finance matters, such as financial services regulation, nonperforming loan recovery and enforcement, and debt restructurings.

Intellectual property

Our IP services cover all aspects of patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and domain names in the fields of, in particular, telecommunications, electronics, software, semiconductors, IC design, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, e-business, media as well as other traditional industrial areas. We deliver effective IPR solutions in addition to providing conventional IP services and have accumulated extensive experience in the implementation of such solutions as well as in assisting in taking action regarding infringements.

Data privacy, data compliance and cybersecurity

The regulatory landscape in China concerning data protection, data privacy and cybersecurity has evolved quickly and a complex set of cybersecurity and data protection laws have recently been put in place. We can advise domestic and international clients from a wide range of sectors on privacy and data compliance, privacy regulator investigations, cyber or data incident preparedness and response, data programs and compliance issues arising from the cross-border transfer of data and related projects. We also have industry specific experience with respect to the additional complexities faced by pharmaceutical and life sciences companies handling clinical or research data and patient data. We are committed to helping our clients navigate these compliance challenges and to effectively manage associated regulatory risks.

Dispute resolution

Our dispute resolution practice focuses on commercial litigation before the People’s Courts in China and arbitrations seated in China and across Asia. We have particular expertise in the issues faced by financial institutions in disputes and arbitration and can also advise on the full spectrum of issues relating to financial regulation and compliance.

Bringing together our legal expertise in the trials, appeals and proceedings, as well as our knowledge of a wide range of industry sectors, we can represent Chinese and international financial institutions, domestic and multinational corporations, and professional advisors and aim to resolve their disputes satisfactorily through integrated solutions.

Equity capital markets

Working together with law firms in Hong Kong, we represent both sponsors/underwriters and Chinese issuers across a wide range of industry sectors on IPOs on the Hong Kong Exchange. We have a very strong track record of assisting Chinese companies raising funds on the Hong Kong market.

Debt capital markets

Our team has extensive experience of debt capital markets with a particular focus on offshore bond issuance by PRC enterprises or non-PRC enterprises under “overseas red-chip structures”.

Antitrust and competition

We advise on all aspects of antitrust and PRC antimonopoly law, including mergers and clearances, cartels, abuse of dominance, investigations, compliance and antitrust litigation. We provide commercial solutions that will withstand scrutiny in the PRC and abroad. Our lawyers have experience in handling merger control clearance procedures for multinational clients, often in close coordination with foreign lawyers in matters requiring clearances across several jurisdictions.

Foreign direct investment

We have experience in assisting a variety of international companies, as well as individual business owners, in all aspects of their China operations from the establishment of those operations through to the ongoing operation of the business. We strive to ensure that our clients receive both practical and value-added advice on both the legal and commercial aspects of their proposal.

Private equity

Our team has experience of advising well-known funds and leading companies on fundraising; and investment transactions, both domestically and internationally.