China has continued to grow at a dynamic and rapid pace, steadily expanding its influence in key markets and economies around the world. It's a country that offers many opportunities to both inward and outward investors - but how do you make the most of these opportunities?

Engaging a law firm that understands these opportunities is a big step in the right direction. Whether you're a China-based company that needs assistance on offshore transactions, or an entity doing business in China, Gowling WLG can help you succeed.

With a Representative Office in Guangzhou and Corporate Representative Offices in Beijing and Shanghai - as well as an established market presence and connections in Hong Kong SAR - Gowling WLG offers a crucial combination of legal expertise and cultural awareness through our dedicated China practice team, with members who:

  • Hold expertise in various industries, including technology, advanced manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, energy, natural resources, life sciences, finance and real estate
  • Have extensive experience in and knowledge of Chinese law and customs
  • Are fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and other languages

Our connection with China is further enhanced by the successful and longstanding relationships we hold with many of China's top corporations, government entities, professional service firms and associations that promote cross-border trade and investment.

From China to the world

We offer our China-based clients assistance on outbound legal and commercial matters through our global network of offices, which have proven experience in advising Chinese companies on their investments and transactions in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.

Our lawyers regularly advise Chinese clients in the following areas:

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Corporate finance & securities
  • Company incorporation & corporate
  • Secretarial services
  • Commercial transactions
  • Tax
  • Real estate
  • Private equity & venture capital
  • Employment & labour
  • Regulatory
  • Intellectual property

Doing business in China

Whether you're an SME about to enter the market or a multinational corporation with existing operations in the country, Gowling WLG offers assistance to clients with business interests in mainland China.

Our China team speaks English as well as Mandarin, Cantonese and French, and holds experience in providing strategic, in-country advice in areas that include:

  • Intellectual property (IP) filing
  • Prosecution, enforcement & litigation
  • Company incorporation & corporate
  • Secretarial services
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Commercial transactions
  • Regulatory
  • Employment & labour

Our trusted and reputable network of local Chinese law firms, private investigators and other specialised agents help us ensure the best and most efficient results for our clients, wherever the issue may be within mainland China.

Intellectual property services in China

China is home to the world's fastest growing market for IP registrations, with over one million new patent applications and over seven million new trademark applications filed in 2018. For businesses looking to mitigate risk and realize new opportunities, the protection of IP assets in China should be an essential part of any strategy.

That's why Gowling WLG is pleased to offer clients an advanced suite of IP services from its offices in Beijing and Guangzhou covering filing and prosecution, licensing and enforcement. Our internationally acclaimed IP team has the knowledge and resources needed to support you throughout the entire lifecycle of your IP portfolio.

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No matter what your business dealings are with China or what your needs are when venturing outside of China, you'll receive the same high level of service, value and expertise from Gowling WLG.

To learn how we can help you succeed, please contact any member of our China team.