We have developed a unique and effective approach to helping our clients succeed in China and now work with our Chinese clients as they expand abroad.

Our approach

Our China practice was built with the current and future needs of our clients—not on past models.

Clients need us to provide a solution for their China-related legal needs anywhere. We combine sophisticated U.S. counsel, international ability and unmatched local acumen to create powerfully effective legal solutions, including:

  • New entity formation
  • M&A
  • Patent, trademark and copyright protection
  • Dispute resolution and problem solving
  • Raising and deploying capital internationally
  • Compliance tasks in China and abroad
  • Hiring employees

Nixon Peabody has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, strengthened by an alliance with one of the region’s most accomplished and respected law firms.

On October 1, 2015, we combined our office in Hong Kong with leading Asian business firm CWL Partners to form Nixon Peabody CWL. This combination dramatically expanded Nixon Peabody’s presence in Asia with more than 30 lawyers and legal professionals in one of the world’s most dynamic economic centers. We had been formally associated with each other since 2010.

In the People’s Republic of China (PRC) we have an alliance with Hylands Law Firm. Our lawyers in Asia have a close working relationship, resulting in excellent levels of service for our clients.

In total, we have relationships with more than 300 lawyers in seven cities in China, with access to a cross-section of talent that provides our clients with comprehensive support for any China-related transaction or dispute.

We work with

  • U.S. and European companies expanding their operations into China
  • Chinese companies expanding into the U.S. and Europe
  • Investors, inbound and outbound
  • International private clients and wealth management
  • Nonprofits exploring new opportunities

Note: Nixon Peabody CWL is a solicitors’ firm in the form of a Hong Kong general partnership, registered with the Law Society of Hong Kong and is legally distinct and independent from Nixon Peabody LLP, a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of New York, USA, and its subsidiaries, associated, affiliated and related entities bearing the name of “Nixon Peabody” or “NP” as part or whole of its name, in the rest of the world.

Looking ahead to 2017: Bay Area foreign investment and ‘The Trump Effect'

Bisnow | November 23, 2016

San Francisco M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jinjian Huang and director of global strategies David Kaufman are mentioned in this article about a roundtable held at the firm’s San Francisco office which covered potential effects the Trump presidency may have on Asian investments in the Bay Area.

A Slow and Steady Approach for Nixon Peabody

Asian Legal Business | October 04, 2016

China & Asia-Pacific chair David Cheng and Global Strategies Committee chair and IP Counseling & Transactions practice group leader Jeff Costellia are quoted in this article focused on Nixon Peabody’s strategic expansion in Asia.

Nixon Peabody Sets Up Rep Office in SG with Local Alliance

Asian Legal Business | August 11, 2016

This article notes the firm's opening of a representative office in Singapore.

Nixon Peabody Establishes a Presence in Singapore

American Lawyer/The Asian Lawyer | August 10, 2016

This coverage highlights the news that Nixon Peabody opened a representative office in Singapore.

Nixon Peabody Adds Ex-Winston & Strawn Deals Pro

Law360 | March 30, 2016

The following coverage notes San Francisco M&A and corporate transactions partner Jin Huang’s arrival to the firm.

HK intends to create an online platform for house co-purchases

Apple Daily (a Hong Kong newspaper) | October 19, 2015

Chair and managing partner of the firm’s China and Asia-Pacific practice David Cheng provides commentary on the legal issues with online money raising platforms in Hong Kong.

HKMA said whether to give license would depend on situation

Apple Daily (a Hong Kong newspaper) | October 19, 2015

Chair and managing partner of the firm’s China and Asia-Pacific practice David Cheng provides commentary on the legal issues surrounding P2P lending.

Nixon Peabody, CWL Partners Join Forces in Hong Kong

Law360 | October 08, 2015

This feature story features the Nixon Peabody CWL combination. Quotes are included from managing partner and CEO Andrew Glincher, partner and chair of the firm’s China and Asia Pacific practice David Cheng, and Nixon Peabody CWL managing partner Kenneth Wong.

Nixon Peabody, CWL Partners consolidate HK operations

Asian Legal Business | October 05, 2015

This article highlights the Nixon Peabody CWL combination in Hong Kong.

Report: 2015 Could Set Record for Number of Law Firm Mergers

American Lawyer | October 05, 2015

The Nixon Peabody CWL combination in Hong Kong and our February merger in Chicago are highlighted in this feature story on the state of the legal industry.


David K. Cheng

Chair and Managing Partner of China & Asia Pacific Practice

Phone: +852 9307 3900

Cheng Hoo

Senior Partner, Nixon Peabody CWL

Phone: +852 2171 6228

Jeffrey L. Costellia

Chair, Global Strategies Committee
Practice Group Leader, IP Counseling & Transactions

Phone: 202-585-8207

David A. Kaufman

Director of Global Strategies

Phone: 415-984-8241

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