WHO IS BEHIND US?

WHO IS BEHIND US?

A&Z is a firm of experts consisting of attorneys, legal assistants, Japanese translators, client managers, and business specialists. Together, we form a strong and powerful team able to pursue your interests innovatively.

Dr. Sophie An

Dr. Sophie An

Principal Partner

 
Language:
Chinese, Japanese, English
  • Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Shanghai Committee (Shanghai CPPCC), deputy convener of the social sciences sector of the Shanghai CPPCC and member of the Shanghai Committee for Friendship with Foreign Countries of the Shanghai CPPCC
  • The Legal Adviser of Shanghai Municipal Administration of Market Regulation 
  • Researcher of the Chahar Institute and director of its Shanghai Office
  • Vice President and Secretary General of the Professional Branch of Shanghai Young and Middle-aged Intellectuals Federation
  • Council Member of the Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association
  • Standing Council Member of the Competition Law Research Group of Shanghai Law Society
  • Standing Council Member of the Shanghai Overseas Friendship Association and President of its China-Japan Branch
  • Vice President of the Shanghai Municipal Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese Youth Commission and Member of the Shanghai Municipal Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese Legal Counsel Commission
  • Council member of the Shanghai Overseas Chinese Foundation
  • Lawyer of the Shanghai Japanese Commerce and Industry Club Legal Advisory Commission
  • Long-term legal adviser of JETRO Shanghai Office


Practice Areas and Major Cases

  • Foreign Investment

Investigating investment environment; studying investment feasibility; performing due diligence of involved parties; negotiating with government agencies; directing investment programmes to China and processing strategic negotiation.

  • Labour/Social Security

Lecturing and researching on labour issues, social insurance, labour disputes settlement and personnel management; formulating and reviewing labour and personnel management systems; advising on labour and personnel management; mediating and settling labour and personnel disputes; assisting with competent authorities in mediating labour and personnel disputes.

  • Competition and Antitrust

Providing antitrust compliance plans and countermeasures; leading antitrust investigations; filing of concentration of business operators and the corresponding counterclaims; providing competition law compliance plans and countermeasures;representing competition law litigation cases and negotiating with competition and antitrust authorities.

  • Compliance and CSR

Lecturing on the system of corporate compliance; establishing and reviewing compliance; overseeing corporate compliance as an independent supervisor.


Experience

  • Sophie An was admitted to the Chinese Bar in 1996 after which she worked in prestigious law firms including but not reserved to; Shanghai Yi Shi Law Firm and the Shanghai Office of UK Sinclair Roche & Temperley Law firm.
  • In 2003, she founded the Shanghai branch of the law firm Tianlun & Partners, the predecessor of A&Z.
  • In 2004, she established A&Z Law Firm in Shanghai.


Achievements

Sophie An and her team provide professional legal services for over 100 Japanese multinational companies in various industries, including Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Dentsu Advertising, and Nippon Express. Their services for these companies include legal advice, investigation, negotiation and contract review relating to drug registration, reform of corporate organisation, mergers and other affairs. Sophie also serves as a legal adviser to the JETRO Shanghai Office. She has conducted more than 80 legal seminars to senior managers of Japanese corporations covering investment, labour, intellectual property and international trade. She also assists LeTV, China Pacific Insurance Group (CPIC) and other Chinese corporations through legal services in investment and financing, antitrust, compliance and intellectual property.


Honours and Academic Achievements

  • One of the top 30 attorneys in Shanghai 2007 (A list rated by the Shanghai Bureau of Justice, media, Shanghai Bar Association, etc.);
  • One of the best 10 attorneys in Shanghai (Listed by Hong Kong Wen Wei Po in December, 2007);
  • Honorary title of Shanghai “Excellent Female Lawyer” in 2008;
  • Honorary title of “Excellent Lawyer Serving Expo 2010” in 2011;
  • “Excellent Individual for 2010 to 2014” rated by the Shanghai Municipal Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese in 2015; and “Excellent ODI Corporate Manager”;
  • Interviewed by Fuji Television of Japan;
  • She has published articles and academic papers in academic journals, such as Politics and Law and Journal of Shanghai Institute of Socialism, as well as newspapers and magazines, including Dushu, CPPCC News, Times-Union of Shanghai, News of Shanghai Japanese Commerce & Industry Club, Shanghai Tomorrow, Week News of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Current Affairs Press.


Principal Partner

Dr. Sophie An

Principal Partner

 
Language:
Chinese, Japanese, English
  • Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Shanghai Committee (Shanghai CPPCC), deputy convener of the social sciences sector of the Shanghai CPPCC and member of the Shanghai Committee for Friendship with Foreign Countries of the Shanghai CPPCC
  • The Legal Adviser of Shanghai Municipal Administration of Market Regulation 
  • Researcher of the Chahar Institute and director of its Shanghai Office
  • Vice President and Secretary General of the Professional Branch of Shanghai Young and Middle-aged Intellectuals Federation
  • Council Member of the Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association
  • Standing Council Member of the Competition Law Research Group of Shanghai Law Society
  • Standing Council Member of the Shanghai Overseas Friendship Association and President of its China-Japan Branch
  • Vice President of the Shanghai Municipal Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese Youth Commission and Member of the Shanghai Municipal Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese Legal Counsel Commission
  • Council member of the Shanghai Overseas Chinese Foundation
  • Lawyer of the Shanghai Japanese Commerce and Industry Club Legal Advisory Commission
  • Long-term legal adviser of JETRO Shanghai Office


Practice Areas and Major Cases

  • Foreign Investment

Investigating investment environment; studying investment feasibility; performing due diligence of involved parties; negotiating with government agencies; directing investment programmes to China and processing strategic negotiation.

  • Labour/Social Security

Lecturing and researching on labour issues, social insurance, labour disputes settlement and personnel management; formulating and reviewing labour and personnel management systems; advising on labour and personnel management; mediating and settling labour and personnel disputes; assisting with competent authorities in mediating labour and personnel disputes.

  • Competition and Antitrust

Providing antitrust compliance plans and countermeasures; leading antitrust investigations; filing of concentration of business operators and the corresponding counterclaims; providing competition law compliance plans and countermeasures;representing competition law litigation cases and negotiating with competition and antitrust authorities.

  • Compliance and CSR

Lecturing on the system of corporate compliance; establishing and reviewing compliance; overseeing corporate compliance as an independent supervisor.


Experience

  • Sophie An was admitted to the Chinese Bar in 1996 after which she worked in prestigious law firms including but not reserved to; Shanghai Yi Shi Law Firm and the Shanghai Office of UK Sinclair Roche & Temperley Law firm.
  • In 2003, she founded the Shanghai branch of the law firm Tianlun & Partners, the predecessor of A&Z.
  • In 2004, she established A&Z Law Firm in Shanghai.


Achievements

Sophie An and her team provide professional legal services for over 100 Japanese multinational companies in various industries, including Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Dentsu Advertising, and Nippon Express. Their services for these companies include legal advice, investigation, negotiation and contract review relating to drug registration, reform of corporate organisation, mergers and other affairs. Sophie also serves as a legal adviser to the JETRO Shanghai Office. She has conducted more than 80 legal seminars to senior managers of Japanese corporations covering investment, labour, intellectual property and international trade. She also assists LeTV, China Pacific Insurance Group (CPIC) and other Chinese corporations through legal services in investment and financing, antitrust, compliance and intellectual property.


Honours and Academic Achievements

  • One of the top 30 attorneys in Shanghai 2007 (A list rated by the Shanghai Bureau of Justice, media, Shanghai Bar Association, etc.);
  • One of the best 10 attorneys in Shanghai (Listed by Hong Kong Wen Wei Po in December, 2007);
  • Honorary title of Shanghai “Excellent Female Lawyer” in 2008;
  • Honorary title of “Excellent Lawyer Serving Expo 2010” in 2011;
  • “Excellent Individual for 2010 to 2014” rated by the Shanghai Municipal Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese in 2015; and “Excellent ODI Corporate Manager”;
  • Interviewed by Fuji Television of Japan;
  • She has published articles and academic papers in academic journals, such as Politics and Law and Journal of Shanghai Institute of Socialism, as well as newspapers and magazines, including Dushu, CPPCC News, Times-Union of Shanghai, News of Shanghai Japanese Commerce & Industry Club, Shanghai Tomorrow, Week News of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Current Affairs Press.


Language:  
Chinese, Japanese, English
Vincent Zhu

Vincent Zhu

Director of the Firm and Senior Partner

 
Language:
Chinese and English
  • Member of the Shanghai Bar Association Health and Pharmaceutical Research Commission


Practice areas and Major Cases

  • M&A and Foreign Investment

Planning, formulating and reviewing (including feasibility investigating and compliance review) acquisition and assets-related cases for foreign investors; formulating and reviewing (including feasibility investigating and compliance review) plans for foreign investors to acquire special operating qualifications; negotiating with governmental authorities on investment matters, directing investment programmes to China and processing strategic negotiation; planning and reviewing of various special foreign investment programmes for foreign multinational companies, companies controlled by foreign investment, research and development agencies and foundations.

  • Dispute Resolution

Experienced in major economic and business contract disputes, litigation, and arbitration.

  • Pharmaceutical Area

Planning commercial investment models for pharmaceutical companies; planning and implementing business models for market promotion; communicating and negotiating with competent pharmaceutical authorities; providing consultation and advice on required licenses (such as IDL, DMP, DDP, GMP, GSP) in drug and medical apparatus imports and exports, production and operation; handling disputes with patients and adverse drug reaction during clinical pharmaceutical research on behalf of pharmaceutical companies.

  • Areas Involved with Government

Dealing, consulting, communicating and negotiating with industry and business administrative departments on the treatment of cases concerning commercial bribery, illegal advertising, unauthorised operation, annual inspection and other cases; dealing, consulting, communicating and negotiating with quality and technology supervision agencies on the treatment of cases concerning quality dissatisfaction, product marking, food production, additive production and other; dealing, consulting, communicating and negotiating with authorities on counterfeit banning; providing plans, assistance and advisory services in dealing with other government agencies.


Experience

  • In 1998, Vincent Zhu obtained his degree in International Law from the East China College of Political Science and Law.
  • In 1999, he was admitted to Chinese Bar after which he worked in the Shanghai Yi Shi Law Firm, and Shanghai Shiji Law Firm.
  • In 2003, he participated in the formation of the Shanghai branch of the law firm Tianlun & Partners (the predecessor of A&Z).
  • In 2004, he participated in the establishment of A&Z Law Firm.


Achievements

Vincent Zhu is skilled in legal services for foreign corporate investment in China. He has significant experience in providing legal services to many global corporations in their acquisitions of Chinese enterprises and the establishment and management of their Chinese branches. He has also assisted many corporations in developing positive working relationships with government agencies and has provided many foreign-funded pharmaceutical companies with services in the settlement of compliance cases, clinical trial disputes and affairs involving the government.


Director of the Firm and Senior Partner

Vincent Zhu

Director of the Firm and Senior Partner

 
Language:
Chinese and English
  • Member of the Shanghai Bar Association Health and Pharmaceutical Research Commission


Practice areas and Major Cases

  • M&A and Foreign Investment

Planning, formulating and reviewing (including feasibility investigating and compliance review) acquisition and assets-related cases for foreign investors; formulating and reviewing (including feasibility investigating and compliance review) plans for foreign investors to acquire special operating qualifications; negotiating with governmental authorities on investment matters, directing investment programmes to China and processing strategic negotiation; planning and reviewing of various special foreign investment programmes for foreign multinational companies, companies controlled by foreign investment, research and development agencies and foundations.

  • Dispute Resolution

Experienced in major economic and business contract disputes, litigation, and arbitration.

  • Pharmaceutical Area

Planning commercial investment models for pharmaceutical companies; planning and implementing business models for market promotion; communicating and negotiating with competent pharmaceutical authorities; providing consultation and advice on required licenses (such as IDL, DMP, DDP, GMP, GSP) in drug and medical apparatus imports and exports, production and operation; handling disputes with patients and adverse drug reaction during clinical pharmaceutical research on behalf of pharmaceutical companies.

  • Areas Involved with Government

Dealing, consulting, communicating and negotiating with industry and business administrative departments on the treatment of cases concerning commercial bribery, illegal advertising, unauthorised operation, annual inspection and other cases; dealing, consulting, communicating and negotiating with quality and technology supervision agencies on the treatment of cases concerning quality dissatisfaction, product marking, food production, additive production and other; dealing, consulting, communicating and negotiating with authorities on counterfeit banning; providing plans, assistance and advisory services in dealing with other government agencies.


Experience

  • In 1998, Vincent Zhu obtained his degree in International Law from the East China College of Political Science and Law.
  • In 1999, he was admitted to Chinese Bar after which he worked in the Shanghai Yi Shi Law Firm, and Shanghai Shiji Law Firm.
  • In 2003, he participated in the formation of the Shanghai branch of the law firm Tianlun & Partners (the predecessor of A&Z).
  • In 2004, he participated in the establishment of A&Z Law Firm.


Achievements

Vincent Zhu is skilled in legal services for foreign corporate investment in China. He has significant experience in providing legal services to many global corporations in their acquisitions of Chinese enterprises and the establishment and management of their Chinese branches. He has also assisted many corporations in developing positive working relationships with government agencies and has provided many foreign-funded pharmaceutical companies with services in the settlement of compliance cases, clinical trial disputes and affairs involving the government.


Language:  
Chinese and English
Eric Zhang

Eric Zhang

Vice Director and Senior Partner

 
Language:
Chinese and English
  • Member of the Shanghai Bar Association Intellectual Property Research Commission


Practice Areas and Major Cases

  • Foreign Investment

Various foreign direct investment projects; designing investment plans; demonstration of legal feasibility; advising on industrial policies and market entry of foreign investment; establishment, change, liquidation, and deregistration of foreign investment enterprises; advising on and disposing of investment disputes of foreign investment enterprises.

  • Corporate Law Affairs

M&A and corporate re-structuring; establishment, change and liquidation of corporations; production, review and implementation of investment plans; structure and formulation of corporate governance plans; compliance of the behaviour of corporate directors, supervisors and officers; advising on and discharging of corporate disputes.

  • Intellectual Property

Creating plans for counterfeit investigation and treatment; advising on counterfeit cases and technology import and export issues; lecturing on technology imports and exports; lecturing on commercial trade secret protection; advising on and disposing of disputes in relation to commercial trade secret protection.

  • Miscellaneous

Provision of other services including but not reserved to; advising on general legal affairs and reviewing ordinary commercial contracts.


Experience

  • In 1998, Eric Zhang graduated in International Law from the East China College of Political Science and Law.
  • In 1999, he was admitted to Chinese Bar after which he worked in the Shanghai Yi Shi Law Firm, and Shanghai Delson Law Firm.
  • In 2006, he joined A&Z as a Partner.


Performances

  • Since becoming legally qualified in 1999, Eric has been engaged in the legal practice of companies and foreign investment enterprises for years and has furnished legal services for many large Japanese-owned, and American-owned enterprises as well as multinational companies such as Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Sony, Daiichi-Sankyo, House Food, and Kimberly-Clark.
  • Eric has provided domestic and foreign enterprises with dozens of lectures related to legal professional content such as company law, commercial secret protection, Chinese patent systems, and administrative punishment of trademark infringement.
  • He has published various thematic study reports such as Study Report on Intellectual Property Practical Issues Arising from Collaborate Research on Technology and Investigation and Study Report on Intellectual Property Protection Act of Six Provinces and Cities.
  • In 2011 and 2015, Eric served as member of the Shanghai Bar Association Intellectual Property Research Commission. In 2014 and 2015, he also served as cooperative legal counsel of the China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair.


Honours

  • Excellent Non-litigation Lawyer of Jing’an District in 2014


Vice Director and Senior Partner

Eric Zhang

Vice Director and Senior Partner

 
Language:
Chinese and English
  • Member of the Shanghai Bar Association Intellectual Property Research Commission


Practice Areas and Major Cases

  • Foreign Investment

Various foreign direct investment projects; designing investment plans; demonstration of legal feasibility; advising on industrial policies and market entry of foreign investment; establishment, change, liquidation, and deregistration of foreign investment enterprises; advising on and disposing of investment disputes of foreign investment enterprises.

  • Corporate Law Affairs

M&A and corporate re-structuring; establishment, change and liquidation of corporations; production, review and implementation of investment plans; structure and formulation of corporate governance plans; compliance of the behaviour of corporate directors, supervisors and officers; advising on and discharging of corporate disputes.

  • Intellectual Property

Creating plans for counterfeit investigation and treatment; advising on counterfeit cases and technology import and export issues; lecturing on technology imports and exports; lecturing on commercial trade secret protection; advising on and disposing of disputes in relation to commercial trade secret protection.

  • Miscellaneous

Provision of other services including but not reserved to; advising on general legal affairs and reviewing ordinary commercial contracts.


Experience

  • In 1998, Eric Zhang graduated in International Law from the East China College of Political Science and Law.
  • In 1999, he was admitted to Chinese Bar after which he worked in the Shanghai Yi Shi Law Firm, and Shanghai Delson Law Firm.
  • In 2006, he joined A&Z as a Partner.


Performances

  • Since becoming legally qualified in 1999, Eric has been engaged in the legal practice of companies and foreign investment enterprises for years and has furnished legal services for many large Japanese-owned, and American-owned enterprises as well as multinational companies such as Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Sony, Daiichi-Sankyo, House Food, and Kimberly-Clark.
  • Eric has provided domestic and foreign enterprises with dozens of lectures related to legal professional content such as company law, commercial secret protection, Chinese patent systems, and administrative punishment of trademark infringement.
  • He has published various thematic study reports such as Study Report on Intellectual Property Practical Issues Arising from Collaborate Research on Technology and Investigation and Study Report on Intellectual Property Protection Act of Six Provinces and Cities.
  • In 2011 and 2015, Eric served as member of the Shanghai Bar Association Intellectual Property Research Commission. In 2014 and 2015, he also served as cooperative legal counsel of the China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair.


Honours

  • Excellent Non-litigation Lawyer of Jing’an District in 2014


Language:  
Chinese and English
Peter Zeng

Peter Zeng

Executive Director and Senior Partner

 
Language:
Chinese
  • Member of Shanghai Bar Association Labor Law Committee


Practice areas and Major Cases

  • Labour /Social Security

Providing daily legal support to labour and personnel management; lecturing and training on labour and personnel management; formulating and reviewing labour and personnel management systems and plans; guiding and supervising the execution of labour and personnel management systems; consulting and assisting in settling disputes of labor personnel; taking part in reconciliation and negotiation of individual disputes or multi-party disputes; offering other consulting service on labour and personnel management.

  • Compliance and CSR

Lecturing and training on company compliance; formulating/reviewing/modifying compliance plans or systems; performing external supervision of company compliance systems; investigating and providing solutions on company compliance cases, providing legal opinions and solutions.

  • Dispute Resolution

Handling litigation and arbitration cases of labour disputes.

  • Foreign Investment

Formulating and executing plans for foreign investors to acquire domestic companies or assets; formulating and executing plans to acquire special operating qualifications; planning/reviewing/implementing foreign investment projects (i.e. foreign-funded enterprises’ regional headquarters, investment companies, research and development agencies and foundations); providing legal services on foreign equity transfers and liquidation and consulting services on foreign direct investment policies.


Experience

  • Peter joined A&Z Law firm immediately after graduation from East China University of Political Science and Law with a major in International Law.
  • In 2005, he was admitted to Chinese bar.
  • From 2008 to 2010, Peter served as a third-level partner of A&Z Law firm and was placed as head of the Labour and Social Security Team.
  • From 2011 until now, he has served as second-level partner of A&Z Law firm heading the Labour and Social Security/Company Compliance Team.


Achievements

  • Peter’s legal focus is on regulations, and practice and theory regarding Labour Law in Shanghai and the PRC. Since joining A&Z in 2014, he has handled numerous cases for several Japanese companies. Peter is an expert in Labour Law and company compliance issues in both theory and in practice. As the director of the Labour and Social Security/Company Compliance team, he has provided professional advice on labour, as well as personnel and company compliance for companies, institutions, and investors. The excellent services provided by Peter and his team has allowed their client base to grow and to include top-500 multinational companies or their Chinese subsidiaries such as ASICS, NITTO, KURARAY and NSK, covering industries relating to pharmaceuticals, electronics, trade, papermaking, and advertising.
  • He has also published theoretical and practical papers in both internal and public magazines on Japanese industries or organisations. Moreover, with the help of A&Z, Peter has delivered many thematic lectures to primarily Japanese companies organised by A&Z or the Shanghai Representative Office of JETRO and the Shanghai Japanese Commerce and Industry Club (JPCIC-SH) on topics such as recent developments and solutions to labour-related laws and regulations, company compliance, and intellectual property.


Honours

  • In 2012, Peter was awarded with the prestigious title of “Excellent Young Lawyer of Jing’an District for the year 2009 to 2011”.
  • In 2015, Peter was nominated as Second Batch of Excellent Practitioners in Jing’an District.


Executive Director and Senior Partner

Peter Zeng

Executive Director and Senior Partner

 
Language:
Chinese
  • Member of Shanghai Bar Association Labor Law Committee


Practice areas and Major Cases

  • Labour /Social Security

Providing daily legal support to labour and personnel management; lecturing and training on labour and personnel management; formulating and reviewing labour and personnel management systems and plans; guiding and supervising the execution of labour and personnel management systems; consulting and assisting in settling disputes of labor personnel; taking part in reconciliation and negotiation of individual disputes or multi-party disputes; offering other consulting service on labour and personnel management.

  • Compliance and CSR

Lecturing and training on company compliance; formulating/reviewing/modifying compliance plans or systems; performing external supervision of company compliance systems; investigating and providing solutions on company compliance cases, providing legal opinions and solutions.

  • Dispute Resolution

Handling litigation and arbitration cases of labour disputes.

  • Foreign Investment

Formulating and executing plans for foreign investors to acquire domestic companies or assets; formulating and executing plans to acquire special operating qualifications; planning/reviewing/implementing foreign investment projects (i.e. foreign-funded enterprises’ regional headquarters, investment companies, research and development agencies and foundations); providing legal services on foreign equity transfers and liquidation and consulting services on foreign direct investment policies.


Experience

  • Peter joined A&Z Law firm immediately after graduation from East China University of Political Science and Law with a major in International Law.
  • In 2005, he was admitted to Chinese bar.
  • From 2008 to 2010, Peter served as a third-level partner of A&Z Law firm and was placed as head of the Labour and Social Security Team.
  • From 2011 until now, he has served as second-level partner of A&Z Law firm heading the Labour and Social Security/Company Compliance Team.


Achievements

  • Peter’s legal focus is on regulations, and practice and theory regarding Labour Law in Shanghai and the PRC. Since joining A&Z in 2014, he has handled numerous cases for several Japanese companies. Peter is an expert in Labour Law and company compliance issues in both theory and in practice. As the director of the Labour and Social Security/Company Compliance team, he has provided professional advice on labour, as well as personnel and company compliance for companies, institutions, and investors. The excellent services provided by Peter and his team has allowed their client base to grow and to include top-500 multinational companies or their Chinese subsidiaries such as ASICS, NITTO, KURARAY and NSK, covering industries relating to pharmaceuticals, electronics, trade, papermaking, and advertising.
  • He has also published theoretical and practical papers in both internal and public magazines on Japanese industries or organisations. Moreover, with the help of A&Z, Peter has delivered many thematic lectures to primarily Japanese companies organised by A&Z or the Shanghai Representative Office of JETRO and the Shanghai Japanese Commerce and Industry Club (JPCIC-SH) on topics such as recent developments and solutions to labour-related laws and regulations, company compliance, and intellectual property.


Honours

  • In 2012, Peter was awarded with the prestigious title of “Excellent Young Lawyer of Jing’an District for the year 2009 to 2011”.
  • In 2015, Peter was nominated as Second Batch of Excellent Practitioners in Jing’an District.


Language:  
Chinese
Haiying Xian

Haiying Xian

Head of A&Z's Dalian office

 
Language:
Chinese, Japanese, Korean

Practice Areas and Major cases

  • Foreign Investment

Advising on policy and market entry of foreign investment industries; planning/reviewing/implementing foreign investment projects; providing legal feasibility arguments and analysis; counselling on the establishment and changes of foreign investment companies and other foreign direct investment policies.

  • M&A

Formulating and designing M&A plans; conducting due diligence; negotiation, mediation and communication in projects; formulating and implementing documents for the entire operation.

  • Company withdrawal (equity transfer / liquidation)

Formulation, execution of equity transfer or liquidation plans, staff placement plans and emergency treatment

  • Labor and personnel management

Providing daily legal support to labour and personnel management, such as formulating and reviewing labour and personnel management systems and plans; supervising the execution and implementation of the labour and personnel management system.


Experience

  • In 1996, Law School of Shandong University and obtained the BAR license.
  • In 2002, Haiying Xian graduated from School of Law of Chuo University, and started to work at Soga Law Office and, later at Kuroda Law Offices.
  • Haiying Xian joined A&Z Law Firm in 2009.
  • From 2012 until 2013, she was responsible for the establishment of A&Z Dalian office. Since 2013 until now, she has been in charge of the office and has been placed as head of this office.


Achievements

  • Haiying serves as a legal adviser to the JETRO Dalian Office.
  • Haiying has delivered many thematic seminars and lectures to primary Japanese companies and organisations such as the Dalian Representative Office of JETRO, Shenyang Japanese Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Japan's Finance Corporation Shanghai Office, etc. on topics such as recent developments and solutions to company law, labor law, environmental protection, trade secrets, unfair competition cases, and other matters, and has received wide acclaim from her audience.
  • Haiying provides professional daily legal services for a large number of foreign invested enterprises on multiple topics such as labor and personnel management, revision of contracts, customs, foreign exchange, and dispute resolution, among many others.


Head of A&Z's Dalian office

Haiying Xian

Head of A&Z's Dalian office

 
Language:
Chinese, Japanese, Korean

Practice Areas and Major cases

  • Foreign Investment

Advising on policy and market entry of foreign investment industries; planning/reviewing/implementing foreign investment projects; providing legal feasibility arguments and analysis; counselling on the establishment and changes of foreign investment companies and other foreign direct investment policies.

  • M&A

Formulating and designing M&A plans; conducting due diligence; negotiation, mediation and communication in projects; formulating and implementing documents for the entire operation.

  • Company withdrawal (equity transfer / liquidation)

Formulation, execution of equity transfer or liquidation plans, staff placement plans and emergency treatment

  • Labor and personnel management

Providing daily legal support to labour and personnel management, such as formulating and reviewing labour and personnel management systems and plans; supervising the execution and implementation of the labour and personnel management system.


Experience

  • In 1996, Law School of Shandong University and obtained the BAR license.
  • In 2002, Haiying Xian graduated from School of Law of Chuo University, and started to work at Soga Law Office and, later at Kuroda Law Offices.
  • Haiying Xian joined A&Z Law Firm in 2009.
  • From 2012 until 2013, she was responsible for the establishment of A&Z Dalian office. Since 2013 until now, she has been in charge of the office and has been placed as head of this office.


Achievements

  • Haiying serves as a legal adviser to the JETRO Dalian Office.
  • Haiying has delivered many thematic seminars and lectures to primary Japanese companies and organisations such as the Dalian Representative Office of JETRO, Shenyang Japanese Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Japan's Finance Corporation Shanghai Office, etc. on topics such as recent developments and solutions to company law, labor law, environmental protection, trade secrets, unfair competition cases, and other matters, and has received wide acclaim from her audience.
  • Haiying provides professional daily legal services for a large number of foreign invested enterprises on multiple topics such as labor and personnel management, revision of contracts, customs, foreign exchange, and dispute resolution, among many others.


Language:  
Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Andrew Zhang

Andrew Zhang

Senior Partner

 
Language:
Chinese and English
  • Member of Shanghai Bar Association Modern Logistics Research Commission


Practice Areas and Major Cases

  • Customs Logistics/Maritime Commerce

Consulting regarding customs commodity classification; formulating and reviewing contracts for general international trade or import and export, and resolving related disputes; designing the processes of trade modes; reviewing logistics contracts and consulting on special district policies like bonded zones; providing solutions for inspection of commodities to be imported or exported; consulting on export tax rebates; providing solutions to customs’ administrative penalties; providing legal advice regarding customs IP protection; engaging in experience with legal practice regarding foreign exchange payment and collection.

  • M&A/ Corporate Restructuring

Formulating and reviewing investment plans (including feasibility investigating and compliance review); share transfer and acquisition plans (including feasibility investigating and compliance review); formulating/executing/consulting regarding company liquidation plans; establishing a company’s management system and formulating plans to define managerial power; consulting on the corporate behaviour of company directors, supervisors and senior executives duties and responsibilities and related disputes.

  • Dispute Resolution

Handling criminal lawsuits, realty disputes, international commercial arbitration and litigation, and administrative litigation.


Experience

  • In 2000, Andrew Zhang graduated from Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade with a major in International Economic Law, after which he worked in the Logistics Department of the Shanghai Jinghong Group, and Angela Luo & Co., Lawyers.
  • In 2007, Andrew was admitted to Chinese Bar.
  • In 2009, he joined A&Z Law Firm.
  • In 2011, Andrew obtained a Master’s Degree in Economic Law from East China University of Political Science and Law.
  • In 2011, Andrew was promoted to a partner of A&Z Law Firm.


Achievements

  • Since becoming a practicing attorney in 2006, Andrew has been providing legal services for European and American multinational companies such as Philips in relation to their Chinese investments. In addition, Andrew has worked in complete legal services for Chinese Electronics Corporation’s acquisition of Royal Philip’s global mobile phone services.
  • Since joining A&Z, Andrew has provided legal services for numerous Japanese logistics companies such as Mitsubishi Logistics, Alps Logistics, and NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN LOGISTICS. His specialty also includes M&A and company restructuring. He is committed to providing various legal services including company reorganisation and acquisition in China, to which Japanese multinational companies such as Sumitomo and NIHON DENGYO KOSAKU have been beneficiaries.
  • Andrew has also spearheaded various important projects such as the research project of “Shanghai Medium and Long-term Development Strategy” entrusted by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.


Senior Partner

Andrew Zhang

Senior Partner

 
Language:
Chinese and English
  • Member of Shanghai Bar Association Modern Logistics Research Commission


Practice Areas and Major Cases

  • Customs Logistics/Maritime Commerce

Consulting regarding customs commodity classification; formulating and reviewing contracts for general international trade or import and export, and resolving related disputes; designing the processes of trade modes; reviewing logistics contracts and consulting on special district policies like bonded zones; providing solutions for inspection of commodities to be imported or exported; consulting on export tax rebates; providing solutions to customs’ administrative penalties; providing legal advice regarding customs IP protection; engaging in experience with legal practice regarding foreign exchange payment and collection.

  • M&A/ Corporate Restructuring

Formulating and reviewing investment plans (including feasibility investigating and compliance review); share transfer and acquisition plans (including feasibility investigating and compliance review); formulating/executing/consulting regarding company liquidation plans; establishing a company’s management system and formulating plans to define managerial power; consulting on the corporate behaviour of company directors, supervisors and senior executives duties and responsibilities and related disputes.

  • Dispute Resolution

Handling criminal lawsuits, realty disputes, international commercial arbitration and litigation, and administrative litigation.


Experience

  • In 2000, Andrew Zhang graduated from Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade with a major in International Economic Law, after which he worked in the Logistics Department of the Shanghai Jinghong Group, and Angela Luo & Co., Lawyers.
  • In 2007, Andrew was admitted to Chinese Bar.
  • In 2009, he joined A&Z Law Firm.
  • In 2011, Andrew obtained a Master’s Degree in Economic Law from East China University of Political Science and Law.
  • In 2011, Andrew was promoted to a partner of A&Z Law Firm.


Achievements

  • Since becoming a practicing attorney in 2006, Andrew has been providing legal services for European and American multinational companies such as Philips in relation to their Chinese investments. In addition, Andrew has worked in complete legal services for Chinese Electronics Corporation’s acquisition of Royal Philip’s global mobile phone services.
  • Since joining A&Z, Andrew has provided legal services for numerous Japanese logistics companies such as Mitsubishi Logistics, Alps Logistics, and NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN LOGISTICS. His specialty also includes M&A and company restructuring. He is committed to providing various legal services including company reorganisation and acquisition in China, to which Japanese multinational companies such as Sumitomo and NIHON DENGYO KOSAKU have been beneficiaries.
  • Andrew has also spearheaded various important projects such as the research project of “Shanghai Medium and Long-term Development Strategy” entrusted by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.


Language:  
Chinese and English

Attorneys/Professionals

Daniel Z. Yang

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese and English
Attorney at Law
Member of Medical and Health Research Committee of Shanghai Bar Association
Part-time Mediator of Shanghai Jing 'an District Medical Dispute Mediation Committee
Practice Area
  • Intellectual Property
  • Medicine & Health
  • General Corporate
  • Labor
Professional Background
1997  Shanghai Second Medical University (now Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine)   Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Medicine
2013 School of Network Education, Shandong University   Bachelor of Science in Chemical engineering and technology,
2013   East China University of Political Science and Law   LLM in Intellectual Property Law
2003   Qualified as a Chinese Patent Agent
2009   Admitted to practice law in PRC
From 1997 to 2013  Worked in Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, United Gene Technology (Group) Co., Ltd., Hutchison MediPharma (Shanghai) Co., LTD., 3M China Co., Ltd., Fudan University and other institutions.
From 2013 to 2019  Worked as an attorney at Shanghai Tairuiyang Law Firm, Shanghai Liuchunlei Law Firm and Shanghai Kangzheng Law Firm
From Mar.2019 to Now Shanghai A&Z Law Firm

Daniel Z. Yang
Attorney at Law
Intellectual Property、Medicine & Health、General Corporate、Labor

Jim Weng

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese English
Attorney at Law
Member of Research Committee on Competition and Antitrust of Shanghai Bar Association
Practice Area
  • Labor &Employment
  • Foreign Investment
  • General Corporate
Professional Background
From 2012 to Now, Shanghai A&Z Law Firm
PRC Lawyer’s License in 2013

Jim Weng
Attorney at Law
Labor and Compliance, Foreign Investment, Contract Related Legal Affairs

Judy Zhu

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese English Japanese
Attorney at Law
Practice Area
  • Foreign Investment
  • Outward Direct Investment
  • General Corporate
  • Compliance and Risk Management
Professional Background
Before joining A&Z Law Firm, Ms. Zhu worked as a legal adviser in a foreign law firm and a multinational company, during which period she gained rich experience in area of foreign investment, corporate and commercial business.
Judy Zhu
Attorney at Law
Corporate Law, FDI, Compliance, M&A, International Trade, Environmental Protection Laws

Karl Zhang

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese
Attorney at Law
Practice Area
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Investment and Financing
  • Contract Dispute
  • Tort
Representative Matters and Cases
Mr. Zhang has been providing due diligence research, M&A services, and issuing multiple types of legal opinion and other legal services for a number of real estate companies.

Karl Zhang
Attorney at Law
Dispute Resolution and Litigation,Unfair Competition,Property Protection
Louis Luo
Attorney at Law
Foreigh Investment, Corporate Daily Legal Affairs

Melody Shang

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese
Attorney at Law
Practice Area
  • Foreign Investment
  • Dispute Resolution
  • General Corporate
  • Labor
Professional Background
2013   East China University of Political Science and Law   Bachelor of Sociology
2016   Fudan University   Juris Master


Melody Shang
Attorney at Law
Corporate Law、FDI
Nico X.Xin
Attorney at Law
Contract Related Legal Affairs

Attorney at Law

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese and Japanese
Attorney at Law
Practice Area
  • Foreign Investment
  • Merger & Acquisition, Liquidation
  • General Corporate
  • Labor & Compliance
Representative Matters and Cases
Mr. An has more than 10 years experiences in area of foreign investment, M&A, corporate restructuring and liquidation, general corporate and compliance etc. and participated in multiple programs; Mr. An participated in the research and discussion on the investment feasibility and investment mode of the initial stage of the aforementioned programs, drafting and revising various contracts and legal documents; as well as participated in the project negotiation, the construction of labor and personnel and compliance system of multiple companies.

Attorney at Law
Attorney at Law
Tao Yang
Attorney at Law

William Qian

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese, Japanese, English
Attorney at Law
Practice Area
  • Foreign Investment
  • Merger & Acquisition
  • Company De-registration
  • Employment Management
  • International Trade
  • Dispute Resolution

Professional Background

1995 Master of Law from City University of Osaka, Japan


1999 Registered as Chinese Lawyer

1998-2000 Yishi Law Firm(Shanghai)

2004- League Law Firm(Shanghai)


William Qian
Attorney at Law
Foreigh Investment, Corporate Daily Legal Affairs

Yuna Chen

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese and Japanese
Attorney at Law
Practice Area
  • Labor Compliance
  • Foreign Investment
  • Taxation
  • Corporate Daily Legal Affairs
Representative Matters and Cases
Ms. Chen has been practicing in the field of labor law, and is experienced in company's daily labor and personnel consulting, producing and reviewing labor and personnel related legal instruments, handling properly of special problems staff, representing labor arbitrations and litigations etc.; as well as assisting enterprises to develop treatment and response programs in enterprise relocation, closure, career transfer and other projects and providing guidance and support for companies to staff properly.
Professional Background
Juris Master of East China University of Political Science and Law
2015 to Now   Shanghai A&Z Law Firm

Yuna Chen
Attorney at Law
Compliance with Labour Law,FDI,Tax Law、Corporate Daily Legal Affairs

Sharon He

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese and Japanese

Practice Area
· Foreign Investment
· M&A
· Corporate Daily Legal Affairs
· Pharmaceutical industry related legal services

Professional Background
Juris Master of Sun Yat-sen University, School of Law
Juris Doctor of Doshisha University, Law School


Sharon He
Attorney at Law

Cheryl Xu

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese
Trainee Lawyer
Practice Area
  • General Corporate
  • Compliance
  • Foreign Investment
Professional Background
From 2018 to Now   Shanghai A&Z Law Firm

Cheryl Xu
Attorney at Law
General Corporate、Compliance、Foreign Investment

Tim Feng

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese and English

Professional Background

In 2013, Tim Feng obtained the Legal Professional Qualification in China

In 2014, Tim Feng graduated from East China University of Political Science and Law with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law

In 2016, Tim Feng was admitted to Chinese Bar.

In 2018, Tim Feng graduated from Leeds University with a Master’s Degree in Law

In 2019, Tim joined A&Z Law Firm

Tim Feng
Attorney at Law

Paul Gao

Attorney at law

 
Language:
Chinese
Social Position
Deputy Head of Shanghai Lawyers Chorus

Business Area
Contract Dispute Resolution
In the process of contract conclusion, performance, modification, and termination, the parties to the contract have differences on the facts of the formation, modification and elimination of the contractual relationship and the content of rights and obligations, relying on practical experience in litigation to provide customers with legal opinions that conform to the tendency of judicial practice and judgment to help customers protect their rights and pre-judge the risks.

Construction Engineering, Maritime Engineering
Handle the litigation jurisdiction disputes arising in engineering projects and the settlement of disputes involving project quality, breach of contract, acceptance and settlement, and the preferential right of payment of project fund.

Intellectual Property Right
Precaution and protection of related rights such as intellectual property transfer, authorized use, intellectual property protection, and artist performer rights in the fields of copyright and trade secrets.

Experience
Graduated from the Vocal Opera Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2011;
In July 2011, worked in the Financial Investment Department of Shanghai Jing'an State-owned Assets Management Co., Ltd.;
Obtained legal practice qualification in 2014;
Since 2015, has worked in Shanghai Haoxin Law Firm, Shanghai Youhe Law Firm, and A&Z Law Firm.

Main achievement
After graduating from the music performance major, he obtained legal qualifications, state-owned property rights broker qualifications, and accounting qualifications by self-study. Since 2015, he has participated in the drafting and review of a large number of Chinese and Korean artists’ film, music, e-sports, and brokerage contracts. In 2019, he represented nearly 20 litigations involving maritime engineering disputes such as terminal construction and channel dredging for the central enterprises of China Communications System. He is good at dispute resolution, company legal affairs consulting, and contract review.

Honor
In 2020, the first prize of the Shanghai Division of Selection of keynote speakers for the column "Legal Lectures" of CCTV Social and Law Channel
Paul Gao
Attorney at law

Mika Pan

Attorney at Law

 
Language:
Chinese and Japanese
Practice Area
· Foreign Investment
· M&A
· Corporate Daily Legal Affairs
· Pharmaceutical industry related legal services
Mika Pan
Attorney at Law
Candice Han
Client Manager

Demi Nan

Client Manager

 
Language:
Chinese and Japanese
Client Manager
Practice Area
  • Assisting lawyers to solve daily legal affairs of Japanese companies
  • Participating in various business negotiations.
Representative Matters and Cases
Ms. Nan has been providing general corporate, compliance and dispute resolution advices for a number of Japanese companies.
Professional Background
From 2015 to Now   Shanghai A&Z Law Firm

Demi Nan
Client Manager

Miffy Li

Client Manager

 
Language:
Chinese, Japanese, English
Manager of Legal Department of Medicine & Health
Practice Area
Medicine & Health
Representative Matters and Cases
Ms. Li has been providing legal advices for a number of domestic and foreign enterprises.
Professional Background
From 2018 to Now   Shanghai A&Z Law Firm

Miffy Li
Client Manager

Shirley Zhang

Paralegal

 
Language:
Chinese and Japanese
Paralegal
Professional Background
2014   East China University of Political Science and Law LLB
From 2014 to Now  Shanghai A&Z Law Firm

Shirley Zhang
Paralegal

Mireia Paulo

Senior Consultant

 
Language:
Chinese English Spanish French Catalan

Main duties

· Supports international SME’s, multinationals and groups with their China market-entry and expansion, as well as assisting Chinese companies that wish to internationalize their businesses

· Government relationships and Public Relations: building, leveraging, and maintaining strong relationships with key decision makers; participating in both Firm and outside events; cross-cultural mediator figure


Practice Area

· Accomplished multicultural manager with many years of experience in business expansion, investments, market research, marketing and communication, and government relationships between China and Europe/America

· Sinologist with a wealth of experience (15 years) in the Chinese culture, business and politics. A “Bridge Figure” between China and World

· Regular speaker at events, tailor training for companies and public agencies, and lecturer for universities courses



Membership

· European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS), member, 2014 – present

· Cátedra China, member, 2011 – present

· College of Europe Alumni, member, 2010 – present

· Spanish United Nations Association, Regular Member, 2004 – present


Honours and Academic Achievements

· Author more than 30 publications (articles, academic papers, and book chapters), in addition to participant of about 100 both national and international conferences, round tables, seminars, and trainings

· Fellowship of the Ministry of Education of the PRC. "EU Windows' Programme" at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. September 2013 – June 2014

· Fellowship of the Spanish Foreign Ministry and the Spanish Development Cooperation Agency. Master Degree at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. Awarded for the best master thesis on EU-China Relations by InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations, College of Europe. September 2009 – September 2010

· Fellowship of the Institute of Official Credit from Spain. Peking University, Chinese Language Department, Beijing, China. September 2007 – July 2009

· Fellowship of the First ASEFUAN Dialogue on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. ASEFUAN y Casa Asia, Barcelona y Madrid, November 2009

· Fellowship of the Marie Curie Programme. China in the World: Postgraduate Research Summer School, Chinese politics, and international relations. Bristol University, United Kingdom, July 2007

· Fellowship of the Marie Curie Programme. China in the World: Postgraduate Research Summer School, China, Globalisation and Social Stratification. Leeds University, United Kingdom, July 2006

· Selected candidate to represent China at the United Nations Model (C'MUN), Spanish United Nations Association Barcelona, May 2005

Mireia Paulo
Senior Consultant

Elena Gómez

European and American CRM

 
Language:
English, Spanish, Galician

CRM Manager of the European and American Market


CRM Manager of the European-American Market and Overseas Investment Projects

Practice Area

Elena Gómez is a highly committed and versatile manager with a reputable working experience of 10 years in multidisciplinary environments at EY, KPMG and EDF Group. Specialized in accounting, finance auditing, became member of the Spanish Official Registry of Auditors (ROAC) after passing national official exam.


Representative Matters and Cases

Comprehensive customer relation management manager for European and American market, providing a customer relations service, supporting a wide spectrum of clients on legal requested services over the process to enter or expand into Chinese market as well as building and maintaining strong and lasting collaboration relationships with business partners.



Professional Background

From 2019 to Now      A&Z Law Firm, Shanghai, China

From 2014    EDF Group

From 2012    KPMG

Form 2007    EY LLP


Bachelor´s degree in Business Administration with Specialization in Management & Marketing

Master’s degree in Audit & Account

Master´s degree in Coaching and Emotional Intelligence






Elena Gómez
European and American CRM

Anna Lukina

BD and Marketing Director

 
Language:
英语、法语、拉丁语、俄罗斯语

Practice Areas

Anna’s expertise in business development, marketing, communications and public relations have led her to a career both in key positions in corporate law firms, and in-house in leading FMCG companies.

She is fluent in four languages, and the last five years that she has spent in China have enabled her to focus on crucial aspects of building a successful international business and the framework to support it.

Passionate about helping companies thrive in China, she specializes in China market entry strategy, investment strategy, market research, digital marketing and branding, as well as cross-cultural communication.


Representative Matters and Cases

Supporting international SMEs, multinationals and groups to enter and expand in the Chinese market;

Responsible for the European and American market development plan: making an annual business strategy, directing and successfully implementing objectives and promotion activities; connecting and guiding companies through their China business plan and creating opportunities for development; acting as a cross-cultural communicator and facilitator.

Responsible for the European and American market marketing plan: planning online and offline brand and marketing strategy; directing and successfully implementing marketing plans and objectives; supervising and participating in communication material creation; organizing and taking part in promotional events, seminars, webinars and related activities.

Responsible for government and public relations for the European and American market: building and consolidating relationships with key decision makers, attending activities as a representative or a speaker.

Professional Background

From 2020 to Now: BD and Marketing Director, European-American Desk at A&Z Law Firm, Shanghai China

From 2019 to 2020:  Head of Branding and PR, Epermarket E-commerce, Shanghai, China

From 2017 to 2019:  Communications and BD Manager, Epermarket E-commerce, Shanghai, China

From 2015 to 2017:   Business Development, International, Zhong Lun Law Firm, Shanghai, China

From 2013 to 2015: Marketing and BD Manager, Savencia FMCG Group Company, Bordeaux, France

Board of Directors

2019 to Now:  IPWS (International Professional Women’s Society), Marketing and Communications Executive, Shanghai, China


Education

From 2008 to 2012:  BA French Literature and European Cinema, St John’s College, Oxford University, UK

From 2007 to 2008:  CPGE / Liberal Arts Degree, Specializing in Philosophy, Montaigne, Bordeaux, France

Anna Lukina
BD and Marketing Director