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WilmerHale's Beijing office was established in 2004. It offers a unique combination of services bringing together premier in-country, transactional and intellectual property experience with outstanding policy, regulatory and government relations capabilities. This combination allows the China team to offer clients an exceptional depth and scope of service, and the firm's hallmark of sophisticated problem solving and strategies at the intersection of business, government and regulation.

Lester Ross serves as Partner-in-Charge of the Beijing office. He leads a group of Chinese-speaking lawyers and staff who are widely recognized as comprising one of the strongest legal teams based in China for corporate, financial services and intellectual property work, including M&A, private equity, venture capital, foreign direct investment, financial services, telecommunications and technology. Mr. Ross is former General Counsel of the American Chamber of Commerce—People's Republic of China.

The China team provides critical policy, regulatory and government relations advice that complements our clients' commercial objectives.

We have represented clients across a broad range of industries in all aspects of their business dealings across China, including structuring, negotiating and documenting business transactions, as well as involvement in precedent-setting foreign investment transactions. Among the China practice's recent triumphs on behalf of its clients are the execution of copyright cooperation agreements for the publication of local editions of several of the world's leading magazines; assistance in securing approvals for several of the largest and most novel foreign investments in China; favorable outcomes for Chinese producers in anti-dumping investigations in the United States; and successful litigations and investigations of intellectual property infringements.

With the depth and breadth of our US and European offices, we have also advised Chinese entities on their outbound commercial and trade relations, particularly in obtaining regulatory approvals, structuring transactions and defending against trade actions.

Our Beijing team was established by Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former United States Trade Representative, and Robert Novick, former USTR General Counsel. Members of the team structured, negotiated and concluded a range of landmark agreements with China, most notably China's intellectual property rights agreements, market access agreements, and the comprehensive US-China bilateral agreement that paved the way for China's WTO membership, covering all goods, services and agriculture in the Chinese economy.

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Novick, Robert T.

Robert T. Novick


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Ross, Lester

Lester Ross


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Zhou, Kenneth

Kenneth Zhou


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Zhu, Song

Song Zhu, Ph.D.


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Lance Jiang

Senior Associate

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Liu, Tingting

Tingting Liu


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Xu, Tao

Tao Xu

Senior Staff Attorney

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Publications & News


November 19, 2014

WilmerHale Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index for Seventh Consecutive Year

For the seventh consecutive year, WilmerHale has earned a 100 percent rating in the annual Corporate Equality Index.

September 4, 2014

Provisional Rules on Enterprise Information Disclosure and Their Implications

China's State Council approved the Provisional Rules on Enterprise Information Disclosure (企业信息公示暂行条例) (the Disclosure Rules) on July 23, 2014, which take effect on October 1, 2014.

August 26, 2014

WilmerHale Among China's Top Firms for Antitrust and Competition

Each year the China Business Law Journal ranks the top law firms in numerous practices. This year WilmerHale ranked under the Competition & Antitrust category. In Beijing, work specifically includes advising healthcare providers and payers on the full spectrum of antitrust jurisdictions where they do business.

June 1, 2014

Business Documents in U.S. Merger Review: Why Are They So Important And What Are the Risks?

An article by Hartmut Schneider and Takeshige Sugimoto, published in the June 2014 edition of Japanese Fair Trade Journal, Vol. 6, No. 764.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Strategic Alliances, Joint Venture and Licensing Transactions

Our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and regulatory lawyers have recently handled numerous strategic alliance, joint venture, licensing, collaboration, product development, outsourcing, manufacturing, distribution and similar agreements, including many significant deals that are helping to shape the future of science and technology.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Life Sciences Transactions

Recognized both globally and nationally as a leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has four decades of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies at all stages of growth, as well as venture capitalists and investment banks.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; defended their interests in enterprise-critical patent litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

April 21, 2014

MOFCOM to Publicize Administrative Penalties for Illegal Implementation of Concentrations

To increase the incentives for compliance in the name of transparency of law enforcement, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) has decided to publicize its decisions to penalize companies which fail to notify concentrations that meet the regulatory thresholds for notifications under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (the “AML”).

April 4, 2014

Reforms to China's Company Registration Law

Both the amended Company Law and the amended Registration Regulations took effect on March 1, 2014. These reforms create a simplified and more capital-efficient registration system with respect to registered capital and regulatory requirements for companies in China.

March 28, 2014

SAIC Announces Beginning of Revision Process to Anti-Unfair Competition Law

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has announced that it has formally begun the task of revising the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL). SAIC's Anti-Monopoly and Anti-Unfair Competition Enforcement Bureau held the first revision session in Beijing on February 28.

  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 recognized Lester Ross and Tao Xu for the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China). Along with these individual rankings, WilmerHale is also recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific in the practice of Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (International Firms).
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2012, a guide to leading lawyers and law firms in Asia, acknowledged Lester Ross and Tao Xu for the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China). Chambers said Ross is described as "'the go-to lawyer' for PRC corporate matters” and Xu is recognized as an associate to watch, being praised for her "timely advice and solid local know-how." Along with these individual rankings, WilmerHale is also recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific in the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China).
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 acknowledged Lester Ross and Tao Xu for the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China). Along with these individual rankings, WilmerHale is also recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific in the practice of Corporate/M&A: International Law (China).
  • The Lawyer ranked WilmerHale among the top 10 litigation practices in the world in the 2013 list of the Global Litigation Top 50.
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 named WilmerHale a recommended firm in the area of Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms.
  • Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence ceremony in 2007. The award recognized Ambassador Barshefsky for her success as a central figure for international business and international economic trade issues and for serving as a model of technical skill and personal integrity for the profession.