Your China experts locally and on the ground

China is the world's most populous nation and largest economy. Despite the fact that levels of growth have decreased from their peak, China still remains one of world's fastest growing nations. Whilst levels of inbound investment have decreased, the volume of investment still remains very significant.

China has also become one of the world's biggest investors, with levels of Chinese outbound activity increasing year on year, and hitting record highs in the first quarter of 2016.

Our China Business Group acts for foreign companies doing business in China and Chinese companies doing business globally. Our dedicated London-based China desk and our Hong Kong office lead the group.  However, the China Business Group has members located in all our offices, who collectively  represent significant experience of acting for and against Chinese organisations. The majority of our Hong Kong office speak Putonghua (including local dialects) and read and write Chinese and we also have native Chinese speakers in our UK offices.

Our China Business Group has the required knowledge and skills to help our clients identify business opportunities and navigate the risks associated with doing business in China and globally. Our team has in-depth knowledge of China's political, social, cultural and economic environment.


Our China Business Group provides practical, commercial advice on all legal issues, including issues relating to outbound international investment activities of Chinese clients and inbound investment activities of UK and international clients striving for growth in the Chinese market.

We provide services to clients operating in Hong Kong, China, UK and globally, including:

  • Establishing, acquiring and selling businesses (including private equity deals);
  • Establishing joint ventures;
  • Raising international finance, e.g. listings, private equity and debt finance;
  • Handling investments in real estate; 
  • Negotiating and contracting with Chinese companies in a broad range of transactions; and
  • Mitigating risks in business practices.

Further, our International Disputes team, led by key members of our Hong Kong office, are highly experienced in handling and resolving disputes, including those involving HKIAC and CIETAC arbitrations.

We have strong relationships with Chinese agents, law firms and intermediaries, with whom we have built a strong referral and co-operation network. 

Our team have acted for many Chinese and international companies (both private and state owned) across a broad range of industries, including construction, advanced manufacturing, retail and consumer, financial services, energy and healthcare.

Our Chinese clients include Beijing Construction, Trina Solar, LDK Solar and Shanghai Electric.  International clients who we have assisted with Chinese matters include National Nuclear Laboratories, Diageo and Skills for Care. 

Watch our video to hear Lau Yew Cheong from Beijing Construction Engineering Group explain why they chose Addleshaw Goddard as their legal provider.