With more than 40 lawyers and consultants in our China and Hong Kong group, our International practice has extensive experience in the region. We also have formed a strategic alliance with Shanghai-based law firm FuJae Partners, under which we work closely with each other to serve our clients’ interests in strategic international markets, including the People’s Republic of China.
A number of our lawyers, consultants and staff interested in the group speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Mongolian and Yunanese. Firmwide our lawyers, consultants and staff speak more than 40 languages.
We offer unrivalled experience for clients wishing to do business in China, as well as for Chinese companies doing cross-border business throughout the world and investing in numerous countries, particularly in Africa and Latin America. In order to achieve this we work with local counsel, including our fellow members of legal networks LNI and Lex Mundi, who have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian, Haikou and Hong Kong.
The majority of the work we undertake relating to China corresponds with our principal activities throughout the rest of the world. We represent public and private businesses engaged in day to day corporate activity, conducting banking and finance activities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial transactions, fund development, corporate finance, commercial contracts, cross border sales and tax advice.
Our capital markets and finance team assists with advice on private equity, IPOs, debt finance and project finance needs, drawing upon especially deep resources in the US, Europe, Latin America and Africa. In particular, our teams in the US, London and Brussels offer insight and depth in financing and floating companies, acting for investment banks, syndicated and asset based lenders, nomads, brokers and sponsors, as well as market entrants. For equity capital markets, we focus on the NYSE and NASDAQ, as well as on the London Stock Exchange, AIM, PLUS, GXG, JSE, NSE, SGX and a variety of international and regional exchanges.
Of particular interest to those doing business in China and Chinese companies doing business outside China, are our special areas of experience, which include overseas real property investment, M&A, private equity and corporate investment, intellectual property (filings and enforcement of rights), tax, finance, the establishment of wholly foreign-owned entities, and the creation of joint ventures.
Oil, Gas, Mining and other Natural Resources
McGuireWoods brings deep legal background in the extractive industries. Our Mining Industry practice includes activities related to base-metal, precious metals, rare earth minerals, coal, uranium, and construction aggregates industries. Our oil and gas team brings substantial upstream and downstream experience supporting majors and independent extractors, transportation, commodities and distribution industries in critically endowed regions, including in the Shale O&G Industry, where our team is led from our Pittsburgh office. This, combined with our US mining capability, gives our team deep technical and sector expertise.
McGuireWoods’ Energy Industry practice focuses on regulation, deregulation and restructuring of public and private utilities; on the development, acquisition, sale and financing of natural gas, power generation and other energy facilities; and on the marketing and trading of energy commodities. We represent governments, utilities, industrial energy consumers, in project development and finance, international energy development, environmental, land use, contract negotiation, taxation and privatization matters.
McGuireWoods lawyers also advise on multinational litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution. Our dispute resolution practitioners are experienced in project managing litigation in multiple jurisdictions.
Corporate Social Responsibility and International Anticorruption
McGuireWoods brings core capability in navigating complexities of state of the art corporate compliance programmes setting paradigms for emerging standards of corporate social responsibility as evolving from the UN, US, EU, as well as international donors, trade association standards and NGOs. We regularly advise on global fraud and corruption issues, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act 2010 (UKBA), UN, EU and US economic and trade sanction penalties.
Firm partner, Vivian Robinson QC, based in London, previously served as first general counsel at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) where he spearheaded development of the SFO’s enforcement policy under the UKBA and acted as primary liaison to the public and business communities.
McGuireWoods lawyers offer the experience and knowledge of China as well as connections and contacts, together with the expertise and resources of an international law practice, to provide a seamless and cost-effective full range of legal services to our clients, where appropriate, with the assistance of local law firms.