K&L Gates has been active in Greater China for more than a decade and has one of the largest presences of any international law firm in China. Our Beijing representative office provides on-site support for our clients' activities in China. Located in the heart of the capital city, the office provides legal services and advice for a wide range of business transactions throughout China and strategic counsel for clients' relationships with governmental bodies in Beijing.
We advise on a broad array of transactions including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, direct investments in China, corporate structure and tax planning for multinational corporations, setting up non-government organizations, international trade, intellectual property, and contract manufacturing and sourcing. Our location in the capital allows us to develop contacts and relationships to help clients obtain regulatory approvals and licenses; advise on matters dealing with government ministries and state-owned enterprises; and work with our clients to solve issues involving regulatory approval, foreign ownership restrictions, foreign exchange controls, protection of intellectual property, and repatriation of capital and profits.
Our corporate and securities experience in Beijing is focused on working with businesses in China to tap overseas markets in Continental Europe, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, we also provide counsel to multinational institutions operating in China. Working with our offices around the world, the Beijing office is uniquely poised to act on listings of Chinese companies in international markets and provide continuing regulatory and other securities advice and support. Among our many “firsts” in China, we acted for the first Chinese business with a primary listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. We also acted for the first non-financial institution in obtaining the coveted qualified foreign institutional investor (QFII) status allowing it to invest in the domestic stock market generally reserved for domestic investors.
For cross-border investments, K&L Gates Beijing helps our clients devise and execute structures to facilitate inbound investments into China and manage relationships with Chinese partners. We also counsel Chinese clients in their outbound investments from China. For financial investors and founders, we often advise on exits in a wide array of sectors. Our depth in China combined with our network of offices provides unparalleled coverage for a coordinated approach to deals across the region and around the world.
K&L Gates lawyers in Beijing have substantial hands-on experience advising clients on issues involving Sarbanes-Oxley and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), performing compliance reviews, preparing comprehensive compliance policies, advising on rectification plans and representing clients in related government investigations. For investments outbound from Greater China to the United States, we advise clients on issues and strategy related to foreign ownership including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Our lawyers in Beijing assist clients in managing their intellectual property rights on issues from counseling, licensing, due diligence, and registration to litigation and prosecution. Our Beijing team is supported by IP attorneys and registered patent attorneys in our offices around the world to provide counsel to optimize clients’ global IP strategies. This international resource offers clients the seamless integration of local experience and effective protection of their intellectual property rights.