Beijing Head OfficeAdd: 19/F, Tower B, Xinsheng Plaza, 5 Finance Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100032, PRCTel: (86-10) 6657 8066Fax: (86-10) 6657 8016Email: Chengdu Office...
  • Release time: 2024 - 03 - 19
    Guantao Shenzhen advises the University of Hong Kong on its investment in Dongguan Qingshuiwan Phase II FundRecently, the University of Hong Kong completed the investment in Dongguan Qingshuiwan Phase II Venture Capital Partnership (Limited Partnership) (“Dongguan Qingshuiwan Phase II Fund”/the “Fund”). Guantao Shenzhen served as the legal advisor to the University of Hong Kong, providing legal services for its investment in this fund.Before this round of capital increase, the shareholders of the Dongguan Qingshuiwan Phase II Fund included Dongguan Industrial Investment Fund Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Tencent Industrial Investment Fund Co., Ltd., Sequoia Jingyao (Xiamen) Equity Investment Partnership (Limited Partnership, and Professor Zexiang Li, who is known as “the Godfather of DJI”, etc. Zexi...
  • Release time: 2024 - 01 - 22
    Guantao advises Jinmao Property on acquisition of entire equity interest in Runwu JiayeJinmao Property Services Co., Limited (00816. HK, "Jinmao Services") announced on January 18, 2024 that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sinochem Jinmao Property Management (Beijing) Co., Ltd. ("Jinmao Property"), acquired the entire  equity interest in Beijing Runwu Jiaye Enterprise Management Co., Ltd. ("Runwu Jiaye") for a total cash consideration of RMB323,800,000 (subject to adjustment). Upon completion of the acquisitions, Runwu Jiaye will become an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Jinmao Services. Jinmao Services is a fast-growing upscale property management and city operation service provider in China. Jinmao Property, as a principal operating wholly-owned s...
  • Release time: 2024 - 01 - 19
    Guantao advises Xianyang Urban Development Group on issuing private placement of corporate bonds (linked to low-carbon transformation) (Phase I) in 2024Recently, Guantao has assisted Xianyang Urban Development Group Co., Ltd. ("Xianyang Urban Development Group") in completing the issuance of private placement of corporate bonds (linked to low-carbon transformation) (Phase I) for professional investors in 2024.  This bond is the first corporate bond linked to low-carbon transformation in Northwest China.  The scale of this issuance by Xianyang Urban Development Group is RMB500 million, and the bond term is five years (3 + 2); the subscription multiple is 4.31 times and the final coupon rate is 3.56%, making its debut in the capital market for the first time and setting t...
  • Release time: 2024 - 01 - 09
    Guantao advises Shanghai Film Group on producing the phenomenal TV Series "Blossoms"The TV series "Blossoms", originally created, shot and produced by Shanghai, has become a hot topic and continues to be the center of attention. The ratings for its premiere of CCTV 8 have exceeded 2%, and its popularity of Tencent Video has exceeded 30,000, making it a phenomenal TV drama at the end of 2023. As the legal counsel of Shanghai Film Group Co., Ltd., one of the producers of Blossoms, Guantao Shanghai Office provided professional legal services for Shanghai Film Group to produce the TV series. Mr. Li Dequan, Senior Partner of Guantao Shanghai Office, as the leading partner for this project, has formed a team comprised of Wang Gang, You Shanghuai, Wu Yufeng and Yang Qifei...
  • Release time: 2023 - 08 - 30
    Guantao advises CRHMS on issuing A-shares to specific investors, successfully registered with CSRCOn August 29, 2023, China Reform Health Management and Services Group Co., Ltd. (stock code: 000503; stock Abbr: CRHMS) obtained the approval of registration from the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) for issuing A-shares to specific investors. CRHMS is deeply rooted in the healthcare information industry, closely orienting towards the national strategy of "Healthy China" and the general requirements of the State for the "Three Coordinated Medical Reforms", and in accordance with the development goals and business directions determined by the Company's strategic plan of "One Body and Two Wings, Two-wheel Drive, Digital Empowerment, and Healthy Ecol...
  • Release time: 2024 - 03 - 28
    Guantao partner Deng Zhe recognised as "The A-List 2023-24: Rising Stars" by CBLJ On March 28, 2024, China Business Law Journal (CBLJ) released "The A-List 2023-24: Rising Stars". Guantao partner Mr. Deng Zhe was recognized as an A-List Rising Star for his outstanding market performance.  A-List Rising Star Deng ZhePartner, Guantao Law Firm, Shanghai OfficePractice Area: Litigation & Arbitration, Financing & Acquisition, Corporate and CommercialEmail: dengz@guantao.comMr. Deng also holds the following positions: Deputy Director of the Mediation Research Committee of Shanghai Bar Association, Pro Bono Expert of Shanghai People's Procuratorate, Part-time Mentor for Juris Master of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Mentor for Employment and...
  • Release time: 2024 - 03 - 19
    Guantao wins CBLJ Deals of the Year 2023On March 19, 2024, China Business Law Journal (CBLJ) officially published the Deals of the Year 2023. Two deals that Guantao has advised won  the "M&A Deal of the Year" and "PE/VC Deal of the Year"respectively.  Deals of the Year:M&A Deal of the YearShanxi Coking Coal Energy buys two coal affiliatesLeading Guantao Partner: Du EnShenzhen-listed Shanxi Coking Coal Energy Group completed the RMB7.04 billion (USD980 million) acquisition of Huajin Coking Coal and Mingzhu Coal.  The acquisition involved cash payment and share issuance, with the buyer acquiring a 51% stake in Huajin Coking Coal and a 49% stake in Mingzhu Coal.  Additionally, Shanxi Coking Coal Energy Group issued RMB4.4bn of shares to a m...
  • Release time: 2024 - 03 - 06
    Guantao wins four awards at Legal Vision 2023 Brand FestivalOn 2 March 2024, the first grand event of the Year of the Dragon in the legal industry -- the 2nd Legal Service Brand Development Forum "To Light Chaser" and Legal Vision 2023 Brand Festival was held in Shanghai. The forum, guided by the China Legal Exchange Foundation and hosted by Legal Vision, attracted more than 300 participants, including well-known experts and scholars, heads of law firms,  in-house general counsels, heads of industry ecological organizations, heads of legal technology companies and media representatives, to discuss in depth the hot issues in the development of the legal service industry and explore new ideas for the development of the industry's branding. Multiple online live platforms at...
  • Release time: 2024 - 02 - 19
    Guantao ranked in Chambers Global Legal Guide 2024 Recently, Chambers and Partners, a leading global legal research and analysis institution, released the Chambers Global Legal Guide 2024. Guantao five practice areas and 4 individuals are ranked among it by virtue of its outstanding legal expertise, remarkable market performance and excellent client reputation. Ranked practice areas are:Capital Markets: Domestic IssuancesCorporate/M&ADispute ResolutionEnergy and Natural ResourcesProjects and InfrastructureRanked individuals are:Huang YapingCapital Market: Debt and EquityJiang WeiProjects and InfrastructureLyu YiDispute resolution: LitigationSun DongyingCorporate/M&AChambers is a leading global legal research and analysis institution, identifying the leading law firms and ...
  • Release time: 2024 - 02 - 01
    Guantao Qingdao awarded "Excellent IP Service Agency"Recently, as recognized by the Shandong Intellectual Property Service Industry Association, Guantao Qingdao office was awarded "Excellent Intellectual Property Service Agency of the Year 2023" and its partner, Ms. Yang Guowei, was identified as "Excellent Intellectual Property Individual of the Year 2023".  Yang Guowei, Partner of Guantao Qingdao office, is recognized as “senior talent in China Trademark Talent Pool”, guidance expert of Shandong Sub-center of China National Overseas Intellectual Property Dispute Response and Guidance Center, legal talent of Shandong Provincial Intellectual Property Protection Center, and one of the first batch of experts in Expert Pool of Shandong Intellectual Prop...
  • Release time: 2024 - 03 - 12
    Guantao partners exclusively contribute to The Legal 500's China Chapter on Insurance DisputesThe Legal 500 recently published its 2024 Country Comparative Guides: Insurance Disputes. Guantao partners, Huang Fulong, Wu Fuhong, Huang Xiaoli and Wu Xuan, exclusively contributed the China chapter under invitation. The Guides address common topics relating to the insurance disputes, such as the dispute-settlement mechanism, information disclosure, insurer's liability exemption, causation and subrogation, as well as the latest development trends in the insurance dispute field.  The Legal 500, a world-renowned legal media, regularly provides the legal industry with the latest developments in the global legal market. The Country Comparative Guides, produced by The Legal 500 in c...
  • Release time: 2024 - 02 - 27
    Guantao 2024 Partners' Annual Meeting held successfully On February 25, 2024, the Guantao 2024 Partners' Annual Meeting was held successfully in China World Hotel Beijing.  More than 200 Guantao partners from offices in and outside China attended the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Cui Liguo, Chairman of the Management Committee. Mr. Cui summarized and reported on the work of the Management Committee for the year 2023. Zhou Zhiming, member of the Management Committee, delivered a report on the proposed absorption and promotion of partners of the firm.   Lai Yunlong, member of the Management Committee, delivered a report on the proposals relating to the financial budget and final accounts.   Sheng Leiming, Chairman of the Partner...
  • Release time: 2024 - 02 - 26
    Guantao 30th anniversary celebration grandly held On February 25, 2024, Guantao held a 30th anniversary celebration party in Beijing.  Nearly 500 people, including all Guantao partners, colleagues from Guantao various domestic and overseas offices, representatives of Ashurst and Gallant, gathered to celebrate Guantao's 30th birthday.  Guantao was founded in February 1994 with originally three founding partners, and after 30 years of trials and hardships, is now a full-service professional law firm in China with offices in 30 major cities in and outside China. At the 30th anniversary celebration, Han Dejing, Director of Guantao, Sheng Leiming, Chairman of the Partners' Meeting, and Cui Liguo, Chairman of the Management Committee, delivered speeches respectiv...
  • Release time: 2024 - 02 - 05
    Guantao Shenzhen foreign-related lawyers continue to grow in numberRecently, the Guangdong Lawyers Association has announced the name list of the fifth batch Foreign-related Law Firms Pool and Foreign-related Lawyers Talent Pool. Tan Yanhua and Zheng Zhifan, partners of Guantao Shenzhen, were selected in the Leading Talent Pool for Foreign-related Lawyers; partners Wu Xuejun and Wu Shuang, as well as senior associates Cai Wei and Liang Yuzhen, were selected in the Emerging Talent Pool for Foreign-related Lawyers. The team of foreign-related lawyers of Guantao Shenzhen continues to grow in number. For many years, Guantao Shenzhen has always attached importance to the building of a team of foreign-related lawyers, and is therefore awarded the title of "Guangdong Foreign-related Law...
  • Release time: 2023 - 12 - 13
    Guantao opened Wenzhou officeThe weight of the state reaches the world, and the law is for the people. Wenzhou in December is still warm as spring, spreading the city's unique vitality and charm.  As a city of innovation and a port of vitality, Wenzhou is world known for its prosperous economy, deep cultural heritage and unique "Wenzhou people’s spirit". On December 10, 2023, the opening ceremony of Guantao Wenzhou Office was held in Wenzhou CBD Runguang Building.  More than 60 Guantao lawyers, guests and peers gathered to witness the opening ceremony of Guantao Wenzhou Office and extend sincere congratulations. Guantao Wenzhou Office, formerly known as ZHEJIANG SHIDAI BUSINESS LAW FIRM, is one of the first batch of "Zhejiang Famous Law Firms" an...
  • Release time: 2024 - 02 - 02
    Guantao Fuzhou organized "Welcome the New Year and Send Love" activity for the Welfare InstituteOn January 31, 2024, Guantao Fuzhou Youth Work Committee, organized volunteers, mainly comprised of Guantao young lawyers and employees, to carry out a meaningful activity: entering the welfare institute, to "Welcome the New Year and Send Love".  In our philosophy, the first prerequisite to be a good lawyer is to be a kind and warm person.  The bigger the brand, the more it should take the initiative to shoulder its social responsibility and participate in the pro bono. Our target, Fuzhou Second Social Welfare Institute, is the only social welfare institution in Fujian Province that mainly adopts orphans, disabled, mentally retarded people, mainly adopts especi...
  • Release time: 2023 - 12 - 06
    Guantao partner Li Wenjie awarded as National Outstanding Pro Bono Mediator by China Securities Capital Market Legal Service CentreRecently, China Securities Capital Market Legal Service Centre ("China Securities Center") organized a national outstanding pro bono mediator competition, and Mr. Li Wenjie, partner of Guantao Shenzhen, was awarded "Outstanding Mediator" in recognition of Mr. Li Wenjie's outstanding performance in mediation of securities and futures disputes and his exemplary role among mediators. China Securities Center is the only cross-regional and cross-market nation-wide pro bono mediation institution in China for securities and futures disputes established under the approval of the CSRC.  By adhering to the principles of "complying w...
  • Release time: 2023 - 10 - 23
    Guantao Nanchang invited to Nanpu Subdistrict to carry out legal pro bono consulting activity for Double Ninth FestivalOctober in autumn, when the fragrance of cinnamon osmanthus wafts in the air, the Double Ninth Festival is marked by care and respect for the elderly. Before the Double Ninth Festival was around the corner, the Nanchang Women's Union and the Nanchang Women and Children Activity Center, together with the Nanpu Subdistrict and other relevant entities, jointly carried out the 2023 Activity with the theme of "Grey Hair United as One Heart, Walk with the Party, and Join Hands to Paint a Red Sunset" on the afternoon of October 22, 2023.  Guantao Nanchang Partners, led by Wang Yaping, carried out the "Pro Bono Legal Consulting Activity for Double Ninth Fes...
  • Release time: 2017 - 03 - 06
    Sponsored by Guantao Law Firm in 2016, Guantao lawyers actively participated in donating for charities to Guantao Ganlin Class. 50 students of Dali Weishan No.1 Middle School joined Guantao family. The students' thirst for knowledge, enthusiasm for learning and wish for changing destiny deeply impressed us.When the new year begins, Guantao proposed an initiative again. In order to prepare a significant gift for Guantao Ganlin students, Guantao lawyers decided to donate a book corner, so that the children could know a wider world.Liu, teacher of Weishan No.1 Middle School, expressed appreciation for Guantao when receiving the books. Liu said: “Students like the books. They need spiritual wealth. These books are the best new year gifts for them. Reading will benefit the children in the w...
  • Release time: 2016 - 11 - 29
    To celebrate the Party's birthday, Party Branch of the Guantao Xi'an Office set up a series of bono activities. On 25 June, lawyer Li Wenhui, secretary of the Party Branch of Guantao Xi'an Office, senior partner Sun Dongfeng, young lawyers and staffs of administrative departments arrived at Shaanxi Aiding Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents and presented the children with food such as rice, flour, edible oil, milk, oatmeal, beans etc. and cash.This center, founded in 1996, works as a non-profit charity organization for the minor children of incarcerated parents. It has helped more than 600 minor children of prisoners get through their most difficult days, find jobs and earn their own livings. Guantao Xi'an Office will carry out "Legal Classroom" at the cen...
MMC-ST series, make flying easier.
MMC-ST series, make flying easier.
MMC-ST series, make flying easier.
MMC-ST series, make flying easier.
  • Release time: 2016 - 06 - 11
    Guantao Law firm (“Guantao”) is one of the earliest law firms in China to obtain the qualification of practicing securities, and also one of the earliest batches of law firms engaging in securities business. In the field of domestic capital market, Guantao has set up an organizational structure with Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Shenzhen as the core and radiates across the country. In the field of overseas capital market, Guantao has set up Guantao Hong Kong office to mainly undertake overseas capital market business. Meanwhile, Guantao focuses on strengthening the cooperation and connection with other overseas law firms, forming an institutional pattern which is ”omni-directional, inter-jurisdictional and systematic“.Over the past twenty years, Guantao has fully grasped the opportunity...
  • Release time: 2016 - 06 - 11
    Corporate and M&A is one of Guantao’s core practice areas, in which it has been a market leader and is widely recognized for many years.  It has received rankings and recommendations from globally renowned legal rating agencies such as Chambers Global, Chambers Greater China Region, ALB, The Legal 500, IFLR1000, China Business Law Journal, LEGALBAND and Asialaw Profiles for a number of consecutive years. Guantao's Corporate and M&A team covers multiple jurisdictions, languages and cultures.  In recent years, Guantao has represented numerous domestic and foreign multinational corporations, funds and public companies on a number of well-known and complex M&A transactions.  The services cover all stages of transactions: from industry access laws and policie...
  • Release time: 2016 - 06 - 11
    Guantao provides high-quality legal services to banking and non-bank financial institutions, including central bank and commercial banks, policy banks, cooperative banks, joint stock banks, foreign-invested banks, trust investment companies, asset management companies, securities companies, insurance companies, fund management companies, futures companies, guaranty companies, leasing companies and other financial institutions. Guantao’s services in this area include but are not limited to: • equity participation in Chinese banks by foreign banks• formation of banking and non-bank financial institutions• Sino-foreign finance cooperation projects• foreign financial institutions access to the PRC market• risk management, liquidation and exit strategies for financial institutions• export credi...
  • Release time: 2016 - 06 - 11
    Guantao is one of the earliest law firms that established real estate department, could provide full and whole industry legal services to all kinds of clients, including government agencies, development enterprises, construction groups, financial institutions, real estate REITs, etc. Legal services of Guantao team not only contain traditional real estate development projects, such as land development (land first-level development, land use right transfer and land comprehensive development), M&A and restructuring of real estate projects, construction projects management (contracting and subcontracting, design and performance of construction contracts, final acceptance of construction projects, settlement of construction payment, etc.), sale and leasing of commercial properties, property...
  • Release time: 2016 - 06 - 11
    Adhering to the client-centric philosophy and advocating the spirit of teamwork, Guantao has been deeply involved in the field of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for decades, and is particularly skilled in handling major and high profile cases.Our lawyers across the world are well-versed in legal theory, diligent, service-oriented and dedicated to pursuing excellence. In recent years, we handle more than 30 cases per working day on average. We have a deep understanding of client needs as well as the insight into legal trends, clear case strategies, and proficient litigation skills. We are confident that our experience as courtroom advocates on both sides for plaintiffs and defendants can bring to bear our unique insight i...
  • Release time: 2016 - 06 - 11
    In the field of Restructuring/Insolvency, Guantao has outstanding performance and has been ranked among the top law firms in China in terms of overall strength and has gained a good reputation in the industry. Therefore, Guantao has been ranked and recommended by Chambers, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Asialaw Profiles, ALB and other globally renowned legal rating agencies for many years.One of the First Leading Law Firms to Enter the Chinese Insolvency Industry, with a Strong Track Record of Success across ChinaGuantao was one of the first law firms in China to engage in corporate liquidation or restructuring.  Since 2002, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has been focusing on the rectification of illegal securities companies, and Guantao was entrusted by the CSRC to part...
  • Release time: 2017 - 08 - 03
    Guantao's legal services in the field of infrastructure and projects including but not limited to:  • representing and advising clients in the approval stage of infrastructure investment projects such as power, oil, gas, new energy, and environment protection in respect of the project examination and approval, verification and approval, filing or other mandatory or referenced prepositional procedures• advising on the land use rights, sea areas use rights, construction planning, building property rights and other relevant legal matters involved in infrastructure and construction projects• providing legal services for various PPP projects (including BOT, BOOT, BOO, etc.)• providing legal services for various contracts of construction project (including EPC, EPCM, PMC, etc.)• advisin...
  • Release time: 2017 - 02 - 05
    Intellectual property has been a long-time core practice and research area for Guantao, and it has successfully represented clients on a number of cases in matters including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, proprietary technology, integrated circuit, computer software, database protection, new plant type, the design and implementation of protection programs for the copy right / trade mark / franchise right, etc.Also, Guantao has extensive experience in the field of telecommunication and media, and provides legal services for companies' M&A, general telecommunication services, value-added telecommunication services, internet services, etc.Guantao's services include but are not limited to:• information search• application and registration of IP rights (including comput...
  • Release time: 2016 - 11 - 26
    Guantao is one of the very few Chinese law firms with substantial experiences in representing both domestic and foreign clients in merger clearance, antitrust litigation, government investigations, compliance program and counseling projects.Our antitrust lawyers have extensive and in-depth cooperation with international law firms and economic experts in order to provide our clients with high quality legal support to meet their needs in various antitrust matters.Meanwhile, the consistent communications between Guantao lawyers and the Chinese antitrust authorities, including the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”), the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”), have also enabled Guantao lawyers to serve the clients with th...
  • Release time: 2016 - 06 - 11
    Guantao has rich knowledge and experience in international commerce, with outstanding legal team. Guantao has provided legal services on remedy in international commerce for many large-scale enterprises, corporations and government agencies. Guantao has rich experience in anti-dumping investigation, anti-subsidy, safeguard measure, trade remedy, WTO rules on goods, service, investment and IP, as well as WTO dispute settlement procedure, custom’s classification, valuation and appellations of origin. Based on these, with a thorough understanding of Chinese substantive and procedural law, we are able to provide comprehensive high-quality legal service on for anti-dumping investigation, anti-subsidy investigation and safeguard measure of our clients. Meanwhile, Guantao has served as legal coun...
MMC-ST series, make flying easier.
Contact us / Expert team more
  • Beijing Head Office
  • Chengdu Office
  • Dalian Office
  • Guangzhou Office
  • Hangzhou Office
  • Hong Kong Office
  • Ji'nan Office
  • Shanghai Office
  • Shenzhen Office
  • Suzhou Office
  • Sydney Office
  • Tianjin Office
  • Xiamen Office
  • Xi'an Office
  • Wuhan Office
  • Nanjing Office
  • New York
  • Qingdao Office
  • Chongqing Office
  • Luolong Office
  • Hefei Office
  • Haikou
  • Zhengzhou Office
  • Fuzhou Office
  • Toronto Office
  • Updated: 2015 - 01 - 22

    Beijing Head Office


    Add: 19/F, Tower B, Xinsheng Plaza, 5 Finance Street, Xicheng

    District, Beijing 100032, PRC

    Tel: (86-10) 6657 8066

    Fax: (86-10) 6657 8016



    Beijing Head Office

    Located in the heart of Beijing's financial district, our head office was established in 1994 and has become a leading law firm in China. With more than 80 partners and 190 lawyers, Beijing Office serves as the gateway to our extensive PRC network of unparalleled expertise and long-standing client relationship. The head office has the experience spanning a broad range of sectors, including banking, securities, insurance, large-scale infrastructure projects, real estate, manufacturing, transportation, energy and natural resources, environmental protection, research and development, chemical, pharmaceutical and service industry. We provide a full range of legal services including:

    • International trade and foreign direct investments;

    • Mergers, acquisitions and dispositions;

    • Venture capital and private equity transactions;

    • Capital markets and corporate finance (public and private);

    • Joint ventures and cooperation agreements;

    • Debt restructurings and insolvencies;

    • Corporate reorganizations and commercial contracts;

    • Administrative compliance and corporate governance;

    • Intellectual property and new- and high-tech;

    • Bidding and tendering;

    • Commercial litigation and arbitration.

    With legal expertise in virtually every area of law, Guantao has the scope and flexibility to meet the demands of today's most sophisticated clients. Our domestic and international clients rely on Guantao to provide strategic, innovative advice on the most complex corporate transactions, significant banking and securities developments, intricate financing issues and high profile litigation matters. Equipped with solid legal theory and skills, our superior team of lawyers and legal experts are diligent and trustworthy, with proven track record of excellent performance. This ensures our clients receive the most reliable and comprehensive legal advice in the rapid changing economy in China and around the world.


  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11



    Add: Room 702, 7/F, Western Tower, 19, 4th Section, Renminnan

    Avenue, Chengdu 610041, PRC

    Tel: (86-28) 6829 9886

    Fax: (86-28) 6829 9899




    Chengdu Office

    Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, is at the forefront and key region in China's western region development strategy. As the hub for finance, commerce, transportation as well as science and technology, Chengdu has become the hotspot for international investment. Located in the central business district of Chengdu, Chengdu Office was established in 2001 with 9 partners and over 32 associates and paralegals.

    International investment is a core practice area for our Sichuan office, attributing to rapid economic growth in the western region of China. The Sichuan office's other core practice areas include acquisition of domestic equity / assets by overseas enterprises, setting up joint ventures or wholly-owned foreign enterprises or branch operation in China on behalf of foreign entities; Additionally, Sichuan Office has accumulated extensive experience in fields including real estate, securities, corporate asset restructuring, and administrative laws.

  • Updated: 2016 - 11 - 24



    Add: Room 1109, 11/F, Renshou Tower, Renmin Road,

    Zhongshan District, Dalian 116001, PRC

    Tel: (86-411) 8282 9601

    Fax: (86-411) 8282 9901





    Dalian Office

    Guantao Dalian Office was established in April 2002 with 4 partners and 12 associates and paralegals.

    It is pleased to make Guantao's broad legal expertise available to northeast China from Dalian, a dynamic and vibrant port and high-tech city serving as a gateway to Korea and Japan. Dalian Office offers the extensive resources of a large firm with legal services ranging from securities, banking, reorganization and listing, real estate, to commercial litigation and arbitration.

    Increasingly, Dalian Office is working with clients in new sectors of Dalian's rich and diverse economy. As with all Guantao offices we work as a cohesive PRC legal team to deliver integrated service of the highest caliber in areas of compliance, M&A and restructuring, equity incentives, issuance of stocks and bonds, litigation and arbitration to our domestic and overseas clients.

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11

    Guangzhou Office


    Add: Suites 1703-04, R&F Yingxin Tower, 28 Huaxia Road,

    Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510623, PRC

    Tel: (86-20) 38398787

    Fax: (86-20) 38398331





    Guangzhou Office

    Guantao Guangzhou Office was established in December 2012. It is staffed by an excellent team of 4 partners and over 50 associates and paralegals, who are recognized leaders in their fields of expertise.

    Guangzhou is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province, People's Republic of China. Located on the Pearl River, about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and north-northeast of Macau, Guangzhou is the third largest Chinese city and southern China's largest city. Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port. One of the five National Central Cities, it holds sub-provincial administrative status.

    We can offer efficient and high-quality legal services especially in areas of banking & finance, capital markets, corporate / M&A, private equity and funds, state-owned enterprise reform and property right transfer, non-performing asset, foreign direct investment, intellectual property, real estate & construction and litigation & arbitration. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, our Guangzhou team has achieved high level of success and built a good reputation.

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11



    Add: Room 1803, South Tower, Anno Domini Mansion, 8 Qiushi

    Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310013, PRC

    Tel: (86-571) 89939691

    Fax: (86-571) 89939620





    Hangzhou Office

    Guantao Hangzhou Office was established in January 2014. It's staffed by 21 partners and over 40 associates and paralegals.

    Hangzhou, the capital and most populous city of Zhejiang Province in east China, is the sub-center city of Yangtze River Delta.

    Hangzhou Office provides all-around and high-quality legal services in areas of cross-border investment and trade, corporate securities, intellectual property, dispute resolution, family wealth management, infrastructure and real estate.

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11

    Hong Kong Office


    Add:Suites 1801-3, 18th Floor, One Taikoo Place,

    Quarry Bay, 979 King’s Road, Hong Kong

    Tel: (852) 2878 1130

    Fax: (852) 2878 1360




    Hong Kong Office

    Guantao Hong Kong Office, established in December 2008,  After the three-year association with Peter C. Wong, Chow & Chow and approved by the Law Society of Hong Kong, our Hong Kong Office was localized as a Hong Kong solicitor firm with effect from 1 February 2016 under the name of Guantao & Chow, providing clients with the laws of Hong Kong and mainland China.  With effective on 1 April 2024, Guantao Hong Kong Office enters into association with Gallant (  In the meantime, Mr. Philip Wong, managing partner of Gallant, joins Guantao HK as consultant.

    Guantao & Chow currently has five partners Ms. Grace Pengpeng Yan, Ms. Clara C.Y. Ngo, Mr. George K.H. Lee, Mr. Albert G.M. Lam, Mr. Lam Sek Kong and five consultants Mr. Anthony W.K. Chow, Ms. Anna S.H. Chow, Mr. Jackson K.B. Woo, Mr. Alfred C. K. Chan and Mr. Philip Wong.  Mr. Chow, founding partner of PCWCC, former chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and former chairman of The Law Society of Hong Kong, serves as Guantao global chairman and Ms. Yan as the managing partner of Guantao & Chow.

    Our practice covers corporate & financing, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, FDI, intellectual property, litigation & arbitration, sale and purchase of house, company secretary service, China-appointed attesting officer and notary public with special focus on cross-border transactions.

    We have an alliance with Ashurst LLP ( ) for over 10 years. Ashurst LLP is a leading international law firm with 29 offices in 17 countries. By working closely with Ashurst, we serve our clients on a global basis.

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11

    Ji'nan Office


    Add: 19/F, Zhongyin Plaza, 26 Luoyuan Avenue, Lixia District, Jinan

    250011, PRC

    Tel: (86-531) 6788 5166

    Fax: (86-531) 6788 7166





    Ji'nan Office

    Guantao Jinan Office was established in March 2007 with 9 partner and a strong team of 45 associates and paralegals, who have the depth, experience and resources to provide timely strategic legal services for all types of business transactions and disputes in Shandong Province, an economic powerhouse on China's east coast.

    Jinan Office provides a full range of legal services, including acquisition and disposition of corporate assets, corporate restructuring and liquidation, venture capital investment, large-scale land development, municipal planning and construction, as well as corporate general legal counsel and other non-litigation legal services. We are also known for our highly specialized expertise in taking on high profile litigation cases.

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11

    Shanghai Office


    Add: 12F/22F, L'Avenue No.99 Xianxia Road, Changning District, Shanghai.

    Tel: 021-23563298

    Fax: 021-23563299





    Shanghai Office

    Guantao Shanghai Office, honored as 'China Law Firm of the Year', was established in March 2001. After merging with Shanghai Zhongmao Law Firm and Shenda Partners in 2016, now it is staffed by an excellent team of 69 partners and consultants along with over 260 associates and paralegals, who are recognized leaders respectively.

    Advantage practice areas of Shanghai Office include infrastructure & real estate, mergers & acquisitions, private equity & venture capital, foreign investment, banking & finance, bankruptcy & liquidation, delimitation of property rights, issuance of stocks and bonds, intellectual property, bidding & tendering. It also has outstanding performance on commercial litigation and arbitration, and criminal defense.

    Shanghai Office provides full legal services for numerous major projects, such as Expo 2010 Shanghai China, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai Disney Resort, Shanghai Middle Ring Road Project, Hongqiao Transportation Hub, National Exhibition and Convention Center and Xuhui Binjiang Area Development. Shanghai Office also acts as legal counsel for a number of government agencies, enterprises and institutions, such as China Eastern, Jinmao Group, Shimao Group, Bank of China, Bank of Communications, SPD Bank, Minsheng Bank, BEA, State Grid East China Grid Company, Shanghai Film Co., Ltd., Lujiazui Co., Ltd., Shanghai Municipal Investment, INESA, Shanghai Rainbow Group, Shanghai Shendi Group, ROCKBUND, Mitsubishi Electric etc.

    Shanghai is the largest and most economically developed city in China. Shanghai Office is committed to providing comprehensive and high-quality legal services to clients in all industries.

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11

    Shenzhen Office


    Add:56/F Tower 1, Excellence Century Centre, Jintian Road, 

    Futian District, Shenzhen 518048, P.R.China

    Tel: (86-755) 2598 0899

    Fax: (86-755) 2598 0259





    Shenzhen Office

    Shenzhen is the fastest developing city in China and one of the core cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Shenzhen is also the centre of technology, finance, international business and shipping industries in China. Shenzhen is the home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies, insurance companies and banks.

    We established our Shenzhen office as early as in 2003, and now have more than 20 partners and 60 fee earners. We have an excellent reputation for top quality advice and good service on both contentious and non-contentious matters. We offer a full range of services covering corporate, capital market, private investment funds, asset-backed securities, real estate, employment, intellectual property, insurance and shipping as well as all forms of dispute resolution including commercial litigation and arbitration and white-collar crime.

    We act for clients locally, in Shenzhen, and we work closely with our Hong Kong and Guangzhou offices so that we are able to provide service to our clients across the Greater Bay Area.


  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11

    Suzhou Office


    Add: Rooms 1804-1806, South Building, Tiandu Building, No. 211 Changjiang Road, Suzhou High tech Zone

    Tel: (86-512)  6606 0898

    Fax: (86-512) 6591 9057





    Suzhou Office

    Guantao Suzhou Office, located in Harmony City in the CBD of Suzhou next to Jinji Lake, possesses 4 partners among almost 30 associates and supporting staff. Core team members have more than ten years of practice experience in Suzhou.

    Suzhou Office focuses on core business areas of real estate & construction, corporate perennial legal services and capital markets, acting as legal counsel to more than 500 enterprises, representing thousands of litigation and arbitration cases and earning a good reputation from the clients. To guarantee the efficient and high-quality services, Suzhou Office has set up different departments, including Labor Department, Corporate Department, Foreign Affairs Department (working languages: Chinese Mandarin, English and German), Litigation Department, Securities Department and Real Estate Department. To meet client requirements, Guantao teams composed of professional lawyers safeguard the clients against legal risks in a comprehensive manner. With regards to important and complicated legal affairs that involve multi-departments, relevant departments and other Guantao offices will work together in order to ensure the service efficiency and quality.

    Guantao Law Firm's Annual Legal Counsel Service Center is based in Suzhou Office as the back-end processing center for Guantao's annual legal counsel services across the country to centralize and take care of matters for perennial clients such as contract review and emails reply.

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11

    Sydney Office


    Add: Suite 6, Level 7, 66 Hunter Street, Sydney NSW 2000

    Tel: +(612) 9002 0999

    Fax: +(612) 9283 3567





    Sydney Office

    Guantao Sydney Office was officially established on 18 May 2015.

    Sydney Office will develop the Australian investment market based on offering service for Chinese clients, keep the alliance partnership with world's top law firm Ashurst and provide the most humanized and commercialized investment solutions for clients.

    The focus of Sydney Office legal services includes, in particular, the following issues:

    • To assist M&A of Chinese enterprises in Australia

    • To assist financing of Chinese enterprises on ASX

    • To support funds and investment projects of Chinese funds, PE, VC in Australia

    • To support Australian investment in China

    The expertise of Sydney Office extends to the following practice areas:

    • Agriculture

    • Real Estate & Construction

    • Mining, Energy & Natural Resources

    • Project & Infrastructure

    • High and New Technology

    • Funds, Bonds, Securities and Financing

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11

    Tianjin Office


    Add: Room 609-611, 6/F, Vantone Center Tianjin, the 

    intersection of Dagu North Road and Xuzhou Road, Heping

    District, Tianjin 300042, PRC

    Tel: (86-22) 58299677 58299678

    Fax: (86-22) 58299679




    Tianjin Office

    Our Tianjin Office was established in April 2009.

    Lying in the center of circum-Bohai region, Tianjin has been recognized as one of the largest industrial centers in Northern China. Now with the construction and opening-up of its Binhai New Area, Tianjin is embracing a new significant historical opportunity of development.

    Our Tianjin office, located in Central Plaza, the landmark building of the city, is staffed by experience lawyers competent to provide efficient and quality legal services to clients in different industries, with emphasis on foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, real estate, and intellectual property.

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11



    Add: 23/F, Qixing Tower, 178 Qixing West Road, Siming District, Xiamen 

    361012, PRC

    Tel: (86-592) 5205 899

    Fax: (86-592) 5202 133





    Xiamen Office

    Guantao Xiamen Office set up since March 2008. In September 2015, the elite teams of two local law firms, i.e. Fujian Jianchang Law Firm and Fujian Dadao Law Firm wholly joined Guantao Xiamen Office. Currently, Xiamen Office have 5 partners and over 60 associates, trainee and supporting staffs.

    Xiamen locates across the strait from Taiwan, the dynamic markets of Xiamen and Fujian Province together with Xiamen's strategic geo-economic location, as the Special Economic Zone, national comprehensive matched reform experiment zone, Fujian Pilot Free Trade Zone, Xiamen currently become the Model Area of Cross strait cooperation in new industries and modern service industry, shipping center of South-eastern China, Finance Service Center of Cross Strait, Trade Center of Cross Strait. Guantao Xiamen Office focuses on to provide with the excellent, comprehensive and effective legal service and legal resolution for clients.

    Guantao Xiamen Office offers a variety of legal services in the fieldsof cooperate, banking, IPO, M&A, PE and Finance, real estate projects, bankruptcy, shipping and maritime, international trade, sports and projects, litigation and arbitration. We are also dedicated to providing legal services of high quality in the fields of criminal and IP rights.

  • Updated: 2016 - 06 - 11



    Add: Room 713, Shang Center, 51 Gaoxin Road, Xi'an 710075,


    Tel: (86-29) 8842 2608

    Fax: (86-29) 8842 0929





    Xi'an Office

    Our Xi'an Office was established in July 2001 with 17 partners. Situated in the historic but modern metropolis of Xi'an, our Xi'an Office is best known for its strength in advising corporate clients on securities and investment projects. The expertise of our Xi'an Office professionals extends to corporate reorganization, asset restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, stocks offering and listing, bankruptcy and insolvency, and real estate development. Additionally, Xi'an Office is well known for success in the traditional field of commercial litigations and arbitrations.

    To promote the public welfare, our Xi'an Office has set up a blog, through which our legal professionals provide pro bono services to the public.

  • Updated: 2017 - 09 - 29

    Wuhan Office


    Add: 16/F, CRCC 1818 Center Tower, 109 Middle North Road, Wuchang 

    District, Wuhan 430061, PRC 

    North Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430061, PRC

    Tel: (86-27) 8789 8080

    Fax: (86-27) 8789 8180




    Wuhan Office

    Founded on the basis of Hubei Dongzifeng Law Firm on 18 June 2017, Wuhan office of Guantao has 13 partners, 44 lawyers and administrative staff, all of whom has practiced law in Wuhan for many years.

    Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei province, the only sub-provincial-level city of central region and a major industrial, scientific and traffic hub. Wuhan Optics Valley boasts two trophy cups: free trade pilot zone and national innovation model zone. Blessed with superb location, Wuhan office is devoted to provide quality legal services for clients.

    Covering construction, real estate, M&A, banking, finance, litigation and arbitration, Wuhan office’s main clients includes car manufacturers, construction companies, real estate companies, commercial banks and AMC. In the foregoing industries, these battle-hardened lawyers all have extensive experiences, skill and connections.


  • Updated: 2018 - 07 - 04

    Nanjing Office

    Add: 10/F Xinlihua Center, 151 Taishan Road, Jianye District, Nanjing, PRC

    Tel: (86-25) 5779 3566

    Nanjing Office

    Guantao Nanjing Office, based on the reorganization of JiangSu SuYuan Law Firm which was founded in June 1993, possesses 61 partners, 135 associates and paralegals, covering an area of 2000 square meters in 3 stories.

    Guantao Nanjing Office was recognized as Excellent Law Firm by Jiangsu Provincial Department of Justice and Jiangsu Lawyers Association for many years, honored as Provincial Civilized Unit by Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government for 3 times and awarded twice as Second-Class Collective Merit.

    Successively, numerous lawyers of Guantao Nanjing Office act as chairman, deputy chairman and director of Jiangsu Lawyers Association, director, vice-director and member of specialized committee in Jiangsu Lawyers Association, WTO legal service counsel in Jiangsu, arbitrator of arbitration commission in Jiangsu and Anhui, etc.

    Guantao Nanjing Office insists on specialization and teamwork, consisting of specialized departments, including Corporate Department, Finance & Securities Department, Infrastructure Department, Construction & Real Estate Department, Intellectual Property Department, International Business Department, Shipping and Maritime Department, Marriage and Family Affairs Department, Criminal Defense Department, Litigation & Arbitration Department, Legal Research Office, Adminsitrative Management Department and Business Development Department.

    Guantao Nanjing Office will work together with Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and other offices, providing domestic and overseas clients with high-quality and efficient legal services in the fields of litigation and arbitration, corporate restructuring and insolvency, capital operation, real estate and construction, finance, insurance, intellectual property, shipping and maritime, etc.


  • Updated: 2023 - 09 - 26

    New York


    New York Office

    Guantao opened its New York office in August 2016. As one of the windows of Guantao in North America, the New York office is based in the United States, and connects Guantao’s service network at home and abroad, providing high-quality U.S. and Chinese legal services for Chinese enterprises’ investment and operation in the U.S. Currently, the NY team has 1 managing partner and 1 consultant. 

    Guantao New York office focuses on the following practice areas: Chinese enterprises’ access to the U.S. capital markets, M&A, and real estate investments. 

  • Updated: 2023 - 06 - 16


        Address: 10th Floor, T2 Building, Guoxin Financial Center, No. 31 Xianxialing Road,

        Laoshan District, Qingdao, Shandong


        Tel: (86-532) 8581 1717

        Fax: (86-532) 8262 0066

    Qingdao Office

    The Qingdao Office of Guantao Law Firm has attracted many professionals who specialize in economy, finance and securities, technology, and foreign language, as well as have rich experience, interdisciplinary knowledge, and broad networking. With expertise, experience, and resources, we can provide the best solutions to our clients, helping them avoid business risks with value-added service. Half of our attorneys at the office have been selected as “Excellent Lawyer in Shandong”, “Top 10 Young Lawyers in Qingdao”, “Nomination of the Top 10 Young Lawyers in Qingdao”, “Outstanding Lawyers in Qingdao” and so on. We have dealt with many influential cases relating to foreign trades, finance and crimes in Qingdao city and Shandong province and our work is highly recognized. 

    Following the principles of “honesty and diligence, efficiency and quality”, we adopt strict management and rigorous practice. With respect to our people, good teamwork, quality service and pursuit of excellence, we are committed to delivering professional service, building our brand, and keeping up with international standards. We have been awarded as “Excellent Law Firm in Qingdao”, “Exemplary Team” and so on .


    Our team specialized in a range of areas including finance, real estate and construction, intellectual property, corporate business, civil and commercial business, crime, insolvency and tax collection, providing comprehensive legal service to meet the needs of our clients. 

  • Updated: 2023 - 06 - 16



        Address: Room 3307, T1 Building, International Finance Square, No. 1 Qingyun

        Road, Jiangbei District, Chongqing 


        Tel: (86-23)6762 9387

    Chongqign Office

    Chongqing is the biggest industrial and commercial city in southwestern China, the economic center of upstream Yangtze River, and a core city in the economic zone of Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle. It serves as a key manufacturing center in China, financial hub in the western China, and home to the Chengdu-Chongqing Financial Court. 

    The Chongqing Office of Guantao Law Firm was founded in February 2021 and located in the Jiangbeizui CBD with over 10 partners and 30 attorneys. Since its foundation, it upholds the headquarters’ principles of “honesty and diligence, efficiency and quality”, striving to be a new reference for legal firms in southwestern China. Its practice areas include capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and financing, real estate and construction, insolvency and restructuring, dispute resolution, private equity and venture capital, project and infrastructure, intellectual property, telecommunication, media and technology, administrative law, criminal defense, etc. It provides legal service for various industries such as banking, securities, insurance, telecommunication, technology, infrastructure, real estate, mechanical manufacturing, education, transportation, energy, mineral resources, environmental protection, chemistry, medicine, scientific research, and services. 

    The legal team at the Chongqing Office is consisted of excellent people graduated from domestic and overseas prestigious universities, many of which had worked in various industries with interdisciplinary background. The team enjoys broad networking and enables its members to fulfill their potential. It provides tailored legal service catering to the needs of our clients. 

  • Updated: 2023 - 05 - 09

    Luolong Office

    Address: Luolong County, Tibet Autonomous Region

    Zip code: 855400

    In July 2022, the Guantao Luolong Office was established. Luolong was once a typical 'lawyer-free county'. Currently, Luolong Office is the first law firm established, and Yin Linyan became the first registered practising lawyer in the history of Luolong County, Tibet.

    The establishment of the Luolong Office is a concentrated reflection of Guantao Law Firm's high political consciousness and social responsibility. Luolong is located at the junction of Tibet Autonomous Region, Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces, with a sparse population of less than 60,000 and a backward social, economic, and cultural development. The legal service market is a gap to be filled, and it is a typical 'lawyer-free county'. In 2022, in order to solve the problem of 'lawyer-free counties', under the unified deployment of the Ministry of Justice, 30 law firms from all over the country established new offices in 30 'lawyer-free counties' in Tibet, that is how the Luolong Office was born.

    The Luolong Office is responsible for providing high-quality legal services to the Luolong 's Government and the general public. Its establishment is not only a landmark event for Guantao  to fulfill its social responsibilities, but also an important milestone to promote law-based governance in Luolong. Therefore, Guantao has selected lawyers with excellent professional skills, outstanding comprehensive abilities, and rich business experience from its offices across the country to be based in Luolong.

    As the pioneer, the lawyer base in Luolong Office has now become the legal advisor for the local government and has played an important role in the handling of major local legal events. In addition, the layer shoulders the heavy responsibility of legal aid in Luolong, and has been widely praised for providing legal aid services to the local people.

  • Updated: 2022 - 02 - 11

    Toronto Office


      Address: 33/F, Tower A, Landmark, No. 228 Huaining Road, Hefei, China

      Tel. 0551-62806616

      Fax: 0551-62806618

      Postcode: 230031

    Hefei Office

    Guantao Hefei office was established on 24 August 2021, with more than 70 lawyers and and paralegals.

    Hefei is a sub-centre city of the Yangtze River Delta City Cluster in China as approved by the State Council, and is an important national research and education base, modern manufacturing base and comprehensive transportation hub. Advantage practice areas of Guantao Hefei office include capital market, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate development, restructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution, private equity and venture capital, engineering and infrastructure, intellectual property, financial innovation and structured products, administrative laws, and criminal defense. Guantao Hefei office provides legal services covering a variety of industries including  banking, securities, insurance, technology, import and export, large-scale capital construction, real estate, machinery manufacturing, transportation, environmental protection and other service industries.

    Guantao Hefei office has a team of lawyers with profound theories, rich experience, diligence, integrity of service, good performance and pursuit of excellence, who are able to provide comprehensive legal services for different industries and clients in the whole process.

  • Updated: 2021 - 11 - 29



    Address: 23/F Unit A-B, Peng Hui International Building, No. 20 Heping Avenue, Meilan District, Haikou City, Hainan Province

    Tel: (0898)-66281620



    Guantao Haikou Office was established in October 2020, with 3 partners and more than 30 lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff. It is located on the 23rd floor Unit A-B of Penghui International Building, No. 20 Heping Avenue, Meilan District, with offices for lawyers, cubicles, lawyers' meeting rooms, medium-sized meeting rooms, large multimedia conference rooms, coffee rooms and other office facilities, creating an elegant office and reception environment for lawyers and clients.


    Haikou is the provincial capital of Hainan, located in the northern part of the province, and is the political, economic, scientific, cultural and comprehensive transportation hub of Hainan Province. Based on the advantages of Haikou's provincial capital location, Guantao Haikou Office has actively developed and expanded its strength by seizing the opportunity of the development of the free trade port construction on Hainan Island. Guantao Haikou Office provides legal services covering a variety of industries including government legal services, banking, securities, insurance, TMT, large-scale capital construction, real estate, machinery manufacturing, education, life sciences and health care, transportation, energy, mineral resources, environmental protection, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, scientific research and other service industries.


    Guantao Haikou Office has a team of lawyers with profound theories, rich experience, diligence, service integrity, outstanding performance and pursuit of excellence, as well as a number of legal experts in related professions, which can provide comprehensive legal services for various industries and clients in the whole process.

  • Updated: 2021 - 11 - 29

    Zhengzhou Office

    Zhengzhou Office

    Address: 11-12/F, Kinglan Chuangke Centre, No.17 Chongde Street, Longzi Lake, Jinshui District, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China


    Tel: (86-371) 8891 7800

    Fax: (86-371) 8891 7822


    Established in October 2019, Guantao Zhengzhou Office has 11 partners and more than 80 lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff. It is located on the 11th and 12th floors of Kinglan Chuangke Center on Longzi Lake in Zhengdong New District. It is equipped with offices for lawyers, cubicles, lawyers' consultation rooms, medium-sized meeting rooms, large multimedia conference rooms, client service centres and other office facilities to create the best office and meeting environment for lawyers and clients.

    Zhengzhou is located in the geographical centre of China and is a major hub city for railways, airlines, highways, electricity, postal services and telecommunications, as well as an important industrial city in central China. Guantao Zhengzhou Office takes 'helping clients to protect interests and helping partners to succeed' as its mission, bearing in mind the values of 'perfection, warmth and win-win', providing clients with professional and efficient legal services with outstanding skills, treating companions with respect, tolerance and support. Guantao Zhengzhou Office aims for a win-win situation for lawyers and clients, lawyers and colleagues, and lawyers and the legal profession, and provide clients with professional and efficient legal services in the practice areas of capital markets, corporate and M&A, real estate and construction, criminal defence, intellectual property, corporate liquidation, restructuring and insolvency, banking and finance, energy and natural resources, private equity and venture capital, antitrust, administrative law, labour law, dispute resolution, infrastructure investment, TMT, with “professional, effective, and timely” attitude of work.

    Guantao Zhengzhou Office will also bring a more outstanding team of professional lawyers to the Central Plains region; build a legal service team with scale, professionalism, reputation and internationalization; build a more comprehensive legal resource integration platform, a stronger law firm brand and a wider global legal service network to help the development of the Central Plains Economic Zone and provide legal protection for the economic development of Henan Province.

  • Updated: 2021 - 11 - 29

    Fuzhou Office

    Fuzhou Office

    Address: 46/F, Fusheng Qianlong Plaza, No.70 Zhenwu Road, Taijiang District, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China


    Tel: (86-591) 87311996

    Fax: (86-591) 87311995


    Guantao Fuzhou Office was established in September 2019 and currently has 95 lawyers and paralegals, of which 20 are partners.

    Fuzhou is the political, cultural and economic centre of Fujian Province, and Taijiang District has been the financial and commercial centre of Fuzhou since its establishment. Located on Jiangbin West Avenue in Taijiang District, Guantao Fuzhou Office will shine in the West Coast Economic Zone, excelling in legal services and aspiring to become an outstanding law firm in Fujian.

    Guantao Fuzhou Office provides a full range of legal services covering banking and finance, real estate and engineering and capital construction, maritime and shipping, capital market, corporate and M&A, restructuring and insolvency, private equity and venture capital, dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration, intellectual property and many other areas. In particular, our Fuzhou team has a good reputation in the practice areas of banking and finance, intellectual property, dispute resolution and civil and commercial litigation and arbitration.  

    Guantao Fuzhou Office has a team of lawyers with profound theories, rich experience, diligence, service integrity, good performance and pursuit of excellence, as well as a number of legal experts in related professions, which can provide comprehensive legal services for various industries and clients in the whole process.

  • Updated: 2019 - 01 - 04

    Toronto Office

    Add:100 King Street West, Suite 5600, Toronto, ON M5X 1C9 Canada

     Tel: +1 (416) 847-1868

     Fax: +1 (866) 288 -1166

    Toronto Office

    Serving as the window office targeting in North America market, Guantao Toronto Office is based in Canada and also works closely with other 17 domestic and overseas offices in a shared manner in terms of investment opportunities, resources, clients and legal talents. We are bringing legal talents together and making joint efforts to the promote business communication and investment that flow between China and Canada.

    Since establishment, Toronto Office has maintained a close cooperative relationship with such numerous top international law firms as BLG (Borden Ladner Gervais), Gowling WLG, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Cox & Palmer and Minden Gross LLP. Our work has been acknowledged round the world and we keep offering clients with tailored legal advice and customized business solutions.


    Guantao Toronto Office provides a full range of legal services, including but are not limited to the following core practice areas:

    To assist domestic businesses:

    • To assist M&A of Chinese enterprises in Canada;

    • To assist financing of Chinese enterprises on CSE;

    • To support funds and investment projects of Chinese funds, PE, VC in Canada;

    • To provide review of overseas loan;

    • To assist HNWI on their investment, property and trust businesses in Canada.


    To develop Canadian businesses:

    • Investment and trading cooperation in Atlantic Provinces, covering industries of mining, energy and natural resources, infrastructure;

    • Funds, bonds, securities and financing;

    • High technology and blockchain;

    • Legal advisor to Chinese enterprises;

    • Immigration, real estate and marriage ;

    • Commercial litigation;

    • International trade;

  • Release time: 2016 - 11 - 25
    Our WishGuantao Law Firm, headquartered in Beijing, is a one of the pioneer law firms with a reputation for high performance and extensive experience in China. To build a platform with global strategy and core competitiveness, which could create value for the clients and be recognized by the clients, is our wish.Our AttitudeWorking with Guantao colleagues and partners could be professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling. We shall insist on entrepreneurial culture, provide diverse education mechanism and you will get access to robust training along with professional development opportunities. Join us and launch your career with Guantao!
MMC-ST series, make flying easier.
Our WishGuantao Law Firm, headquartered in Beijing, is a one of the pioneer law firms with a reputation for high performance and extensive experience in China. To build a platform with global strategy...
MMC-ST series, make flying easier.
MMC-ST series, make flying easier.

Foreign Investment Controls in Europe: Germany

Time: 2020-05-25
Views: 61
Share to:

Foreign Investment Controls in Europe: Germany



The European Union ('EU') has one of the world's most open investment regimes. Nevertheless, there have been growing concerns in recent years about the impact of certain foreign investments on security and public order. A key issue has been the increasing level of Chinese foreign investment that takes place in the technology sector, with prominent examples in Europe including the takeover of the German robotics manufacturer Kuka by Midea and the attempted takeover of the chip equipment manufacturer Aixtron by Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund.

Partly as a result of such acquisitions, member states of the European Union (the 'Member States') and EU decision-makers have become increasingly concerned about European know-how and consumer data being transferred to China and related security issues. In early 2017, Germany, France and Italy proposed in a letter to the EU Trade Commissioner that the Member States should be able to block investments from non-EU countries. At the same time, several Member States, including Germany and Italy, tightened or considered tightening their national investment control regimes. As of April 2020, 14 Member States[1] have national screening mechanisms in place aimed at preserving security and public order at national level. In November 2018, a political agreement was reached by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on an EU framework for screening foreign direct investment into the European Union and in March 2019 a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into EU was adopted. In March 2020, as part of the overall response to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission issued guidance to the Member States concerning foreign direct investment and the protection of EU's strategic assets, in particular in healthcare-related industries.

Against this background, Ashurst Guantao (FTZ) Joint Operation Office seeks to give general insights into the foreign investment control regimes in the European Union and in the major European jurisdictions, including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Please feel free to contact any of your Ashurst contacts in case of any questions.

The Ashurst Team



While Germany generally maintains a liberal policy with respect to foreign investments, there are review mechanisms in place which allow the government to scrutinise such investments for national security concerns. The applicable review mechanism depends on the industry sector in which the target company is active. Under the so-called 'cross-sectoral review', German authorities may examine corporate acquisitions in any industry sector if there is a danger to the public order or security of the Federal Republic of Germany. The so-called 'sector-specific review' applies to corporate acquistions in certain sensitive sectors (e.g. defence or IT security) which can endanger material security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.

What are the key laws and regulations governing restrictions and controls of foreign investments?

The key laws that regulate foreign investments in Germany are the German Foreign Trade and Payments Act (Außenwirtschaftsgesetz, 'AWG') and the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung, 'AWV') that govern the control of corporate acquisitions by non-EU/EEA residents. There are no laws that would impose currency or exchange restrictions on foreign investors, except for certain notification requirements. There are also no laws restricting acquisition of real estate by foreign investors.

In addition to the general controls of foreign investments some specific restrictions may apply to acquisitions in specific sectors, for example acquisitions of qualified holdings in credit institutions.

How is a foreign investor defined?

Neither AWG nor AWV contain a definition of a foreign investor. The AWV provisions on cross-sectoral review refer to 'non-EU residents', meaning all natural and legal persons which are not EU residents. AWG defines EU residents as (i) natural persons resident or habitually resident in the European Union, (ii) legal persons or partnerships based or headquartered in the European Union, (iii) branches of legal persons based or headquartered in a third country if the headquarters of the branch are in the European Union and separate accounts are kept for them, and (iv) permanent establishments of legal persons from third countries if the permanent establishments are administered in the European Union. Investors from member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) are equivalent to EU residents. Corporate acquisitions by EU residents are subject to cross-sector examination if there are indications of an abusive approach or a circumvention transaction which has been undertaken in order to avoid an examination. Such indications could exist in particular if the direct acquirer does not have notable own economic activities with the exception of the acquisition, or the direct acquirer has no permanent presence (premises,workforce or equipment) in the EU. Branches and permanent establishments of a non-EU buyer are not regarded as EU-residents.

The AWV provisions on sector-specific review refer to'foreigners', who are defined as any persons and partnerships who are not (i) natural persons resident or habitually resident in Germany or (ii) legal persons and partnerships based or headquartered in Germany. German branches and permanent establishments of foreign acquirers in Germany are also treated as foreigners. Also subject to examination are acquisitions by German residents where there are signs of an abusive structure or circumventing transaction applied in order to avoid scrutiny. Such signs may exist in particular if the direct acquirer does not have considerable independent economic activity or permanent presence (premises, personnel or equipment) in Germany.

Neither AWG nor AWV contain any special rules or restrictions with respect to investments made by foreign state-owned enterprises. However, in practice, this factor will likely be taken into consideration during the examination of the level of 'threat' of the investment.

Which transactions are scrutinised and which sectors are affected?

Subject to foreign investment control are acquisitions of direct or indirect shareholdings amounting to at least

•  10 per cent of voting rights in a German company being a Critical Infrastructure Company (as defined below under 'What are the assessment criteria?') or a Security-critical Company (as defined below); or

•  25 per cent of voting rights in other German companies.

Voting rights of third parties in the target company are attributed to the acquirer in calculating whether the above threshold requirements are fulfilled, if (i) the acquirer holds at least 10 percent (in case of Critical Infrastructure Companies or Security-critical Companies) or 25 per cent (in case of other companies) of voting rights in such third party In case of an indirect acquisition, the voting rights of the acquirer in the target company would amount to at least 10 per cent (in case of Critical Infrastructure Companies or Security-critical Companies) or 25 per cent (in case of other companies), if the acquirer and the respective intermediate shareholder hold, respectively, at least 10 per cent or 25 per cent of the voting rights in the respective subsidiary in accordance with the attribution principles described above.

In general, companies from all sectors are affected. The cross-sector investment review procedure applies in principle to all companies from all sectors regardless of their size. Specific rules apply to so-called Critical Infrastructure Companies.

The sector-specific review procedure applies to acquisitions of certain defence and IT security companies, including:

•  Manufacturers and developers of weapons and certain other military technologies or specially designed engines and gearboxes for military tracked armoured vehicles; and

•  Companies that manufacture or have manufactured and still hold such technology in relation to (i) products with IT security features that are used for processing classified government information or (ii) essential components for such products, if the entire product – with the knowledge of the company •  has been approved by the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamtfür Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik),

(such companies being 'Security-critical Companies').

Who is the decision-maker?

The review procedure is conducted by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministeriumfür Wirtschaft und Energie, 'BMWi'). When reviewing an acquisition BMWi involve other federal ministries within the scope of the irrespective competences on a case-by-case basis. Prohibition of an acquisition requires the approval of the German government.

Is filing or approval mandatory?

Filing is mandatory with respect to corporate acquisitions falling within the scope of the sector-specific review. The notification must be made to BMWi in writing and must include basic information regarding the acquisition, the acquirer, the target company and the respective fields of business of the acquirer and the target company. The notification must be submitted by the direct acquirer.

With respect to corporate acquisitions falling within the cross-sector review filing is generally voluntary, except for acquisitions of Critical Infrastructure Companies (as defined below under 'What are the assessment criteria?'), in which case the conclusion of the acquisition agreement must be notified to the BMWi in writing by one of the parties. Moreover, BMWi may launch the review process on its own initiative by notifying the direct acquirer and the target company within three months after obtaining knowledge of the conclusion of the acquisition agreement and no longer however than five years following the conclusion of the respective agreement.

In order to obtain legal certainty at an early stage of the transaction, the acquirer may, prior to the planned acquisition, request BMWi to provide a certificate of non-objection confirming that the acquisition does not raise any concerns related to the public order or security. The written application for such a certificate must include basic information on the planned acquisition, the target, and the respective fields of businesses of the target company and of the investor. The certificate of non-objection is deemed to have been issued if the BMWi does not initiate a formal review procedure within two months from the receipt of the complete application.

What are the assessment criteria?

The assessment criteria depend on the type of the review procedure.

Cross-sector review procedure 

In the cross-sector review procedure the BMWi evaluates whether the acquisition poses a threat to the public order or security of the Federal Republic of Germany, i.e. whether the acquisition represents a sufficiently serious and present threat which affects the fundamental interests of the society.

A threat to the public order or security may exist in particular if the domestic target company:

•  Operates certain critical infrastructure which is of particular importance for the functioning of the community (in particular, energy, IT, telecommunications, finance, insurance, transport, health and water supply);

•  Specially develops or modifies software which is used for the operation of critical infrastructure;

•  Is responsible for certain organisational measures in the area of telecommunications surveillance;

•  Manufacture or has manufactured technical installations for the implementation of telecommunications surveillance and has knowledge of such technologies;

•  Provides cloud computing services and the infrastructure used for such services which qualifies as critical infrastructure in accordance with statutory law;

•  Holds certain approvals for components or services in the area of telematics infrastructure; or

•  Is active in the media industry and contributes to the formation of public opinion through broadcasting, telemedia or print and is distinguished by its particular topicality and broad impact,

(such company being a 'Critical Infrastructure Company').

The above catalogue is not conclusive, meaning that BMWi retains discretionary power to decide if a transaction constitutes a threat to the public order or security.

Sector-specific review procedure 

The procedure evaluates whether the acquisition of certain defence and IT security companies poses a threat to the essential security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.

What does the review process look like?

The review process varies depending on the sector in which the target company is active. The graphic below provides a simplified overview of the review process:

Foreign Investment Controls in Europe: Germany

Cross-sector review 

The BMWi may ex officio conduct a review if it notifies the direct acquirer and the domestic target company in writing of the initiation of a review procedure within three months from gaining knowledge of the conclusion of the acquisition agreement. In the case of an offer within the meaning of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act (Wertpapiererwerbs- und Übernahmegesetz),the three-month deadline starts after obtaining knowledge of the publication of the decision to submit an offer or publication of the acquisition of control.The initiation of a review procedure is inadmissible after five years have passed since the conclusion of the acquisition agreement.

If a review procedure has been opened, the BMWi may, with the consent of the German government, prohibit the acquisition or make appropriate orders to ensure the public order and security of the Federal Republic of Germany within four months from presentation of the full set of documents. If and so long as the BMWi, as part of the review procedure, negotiates the contractual conditions for the acquisition with the parties involved in order to ensure the public order and security of the Federal Republic of Germany, the running of the four-month deadline is suspended.

Sector-specific review 

The BMWi issues a clearance decision to the direct acquirer if there are no objections to the acquisition in terms of essential security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany. The clearance shall be deemed to have been issued if the BMWi does not launch a review procedure within three months from receipt of the notification.

If the BMWi launches a review procedure, it may request information and documents from the direct acquirer and from all parties directly or indirectly involved in the transaction. The required documents are specified in a general order (Allgemeinverfügung) of the BMWi and include, for example, information on the business and places of business of the target and of the investor, shareholder structure of the target and of the investor, consolidated annual financial statements of the target and of the investor for the last three years, business contacts with customers from the public sector over the past five years, the acquisition agreement and information on the short-, mid- and long-term commercial strategy of the target after completion.

After presentation of the full set of documents, the BMWi may prohibit the acquisition or make appropriate orders to secure the essential security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany within three months following receipt of the complete documentation. If and so long as the BMWi, as part of the review procedure, negotiates the contractual conditions for the acquisition with the parties involved in order to secure the essential security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany, the running of the three-month deadline is suspended.

What are the powers of the competent authorities and can they prohibit or otherwise interfere with a transaction?

In a cross-sector review procedure, the BMWi may either prohibit the acquisition or issue appropriate orders to ensure the public order and security of the Federal Republic of Germany. The issuance of orders or prohibitions requires the consent of the German Federal Government.

In order to enforce a prohibition, the BMWi may in particular:

•  prohibit or restrict the exercise of voting rights in the target company which are owned by, or attributable to, the foreign investor; or

•  appoint a trustee at the acquirer's expense, with the trustee being responsible for the rescission of an implemented acquisition.

In a sector-specific investment review procedure, the BMWi may, with the consent of the German Federal Government, prohibit the acquisition or make appropriate orders to secure the essential security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.

How long does the review process take?

Cross-sector review 

The period for issuing a certificate of non-objection upon application of the investor is two months following the receipt of a complete application. Following the lapse of this deadline the certificate of non-objection is then deemed to have been issued if the BMWi does not initiate a formal review procedure.

If no clearance certificate was applied for and BMWi determines that the acquisition may pose a threat to public security or order, it may initiate a formal review within three months after obtaining knowledge of the conclusion of the acquisition agreement and no longer than five years following the conclusion of the respective agreement. The formal review needs to be completed within four months following receipt of complete documentation.

Sector-specific review

Clearance is deemed to have been issued if the BMWi does not initiate a formal review within three months after obtaining a (mandatory) notification. If a formal review is initiated BMWi has three months following receipt of the complete notification to prohibit the transaction or impose mitigation measures.

The review period is suspended for the term of negotiations between BMWi and the parties of the transaction on regulatory conditions or mitigation measures.

How much does the review process cost?

There are no filing fees or charges.

What is the degree of transparency?

Generally, the BMWi has to treat any information received as strictly confidential. However, there is a cooperation mechanism at the EU level that requires EU members states to share information with the EU Commission and other EU Member States.

What are the consequences of the lack of clearance?

No sanctions are foreseen with respect to the failure to notify the BMWi of the acquisition. The parties are in principle free to close the transaction before obtaining the clearance from the BMWi. However, this would result in a legal uncertainty regarding the transaction. Therefore, clearance by BMWi is usually a closing condition.

Intentional or negligent non-compliance with prohibitions or orders issued by the BMWi may be sanctioned as an administrative offence and lead to an administrative penalty.

Is there a right to challenge?

Any decisions taken by BMWi/German Federal Government are subject to judicial review by a competent administrative court on the grounds of an inadmissibility or unlawfulness of the decision.

Are any significant changes planned?

On 31 January 2020, BMWi published the draft amendment to AWG. The planned changes aim at strengthening the foreign investment review in order to better protect German and European security interests and implementing the EU Screening Regulation. In particular, the screening standard shall be changed and the examination will depend on whether an acquisition leads to an 'expected impairment' rather than an 'actual threat'. In addition to the effects of an acquisition in Germany, the examination shall also focus more strongly on effects on other EU member states as well as on EU programmes and projects. Furthermore, closing of an acquisition subject to reporting requirements shall be suspended for the duration of the examination. In the second step, the AWV shall also be amended, including in particular a definition of the catalogue of critical technologies.

The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has not (yet) resulted in any proposals of further legislative changes to the German foreign screening regime [2]. However, it is likely that Germany will follow the FDI Guidance. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic may result in a more extensive interpretation of the existing legal framework, in particular with regard to the understanding of the concept of 'public order and safety' and result in more restrictive controls of investments in companies from the pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical protective equipment industry. 

[1] According to the List of screening mechanisms notified by Member States, dated 12 December 2019: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain. The United Kingdom is technically no longer an EU Member State following its decision to exit the EU, although it remains subject to EU rules for a transitional period, which currently lasts until 31 December 2020. The UK does have a national screening mechanism, although there have been proposals to strengthen it.

[2] However, in its meeting on 31 March 2020, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic the Bavarian government decided to request that the German Federal Government takes certain measures to further restrict the foreign investment review by, among others, extending the review process to acquisitions of at least 10 per cent of shares in medical technology, pharmaceuticals and critical raw materials companies and lowering the review threshold for all industries to 10 per cent for a limited period of time.


Key Contacts


Foreign Investment Controls in Europe Comparative Overview: EU

David Du Pont


T +32 2 626 1923

M +32 471 129987



Foreign Investment Controls in Europe Comparative Overview: EU

Anne Reffay

Partner, Avocat à la Cour

T +33 1 53 53 54 99

M +33 6 11 49 04 71



Foreign Investment Controls in Europe Comparative Overview: EU

Matthias von Oppen, LL.M.


T +49 (0)69 97 11 28 32

M +49 (0)170 63 26 165



Foreign Investment Controls in Europe Comparative Overview: EU

Isabelle Lentz

Partner, Avocat à la Cour (Luxembourg)

T +352 2813 3222

M +352 621 798357



Foreign Investment Controls in Europe Comparative Overview: EU

Jorge Vázquez


T +34 91 364 9899

M +34 676 622 948


United Kingdom

Foreign Investment Controls in Europe Comparative Overview: EU

Neil Cuninghame


T +44 20 7859 1147

M +44 7917 064 750

Copyright ©2017 - 2020 Beijing Guantao Law Firm 京ICP备05021974号  京公网安备110102004863