China

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

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.

The quest for mutual benefit: The complicated China-U.S. business relationship gets more complicated

San Francisco Business Times | April 28, 2022

This article covers a recent “Bridge from China” event, sponsored by NP, that included discussion of how the pandemic has affected cross-border business, and how to potentially tackle complex nuances of U.S.-China political and business relationships. David Cheng, chair and managing partner of NP’s China & Asia Pacific practice, served as a panelist, and David Kaufman, director of Global Strategies, co-moderated the panel discussion.

US prosecutors said an MIT scientist hid his China ties. Here’s why their case collapsed.

Science | January 25, 2022

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher is quoted extensively in this article detailing what happened in the government’s case against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen, and why the government ultimately dropped the charges against him.

Deal Watch: Private equity hits new heights

The American Lawyer | November 22, 2021

This article on the surge in private equity deals includes NP for advising the owners of skin care brand Obagi in its $1.2 billion business combination agreement with Waldencast Acquisition Corp. and the spinoff of Obagi’s operations in China.

The NP team was led by David Cheng, chair and managing partner of the firm's China and Asia-Pacific practice, and New York City Corporate partners Michael Smith and Richard Langan. The team that advised Obagi also included Chicago Corporate partner David Brown, Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington, DC Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Antitrust team leader Gordon Lang, and Washington, DC Corporate senior counsel Kenneth Silverberg. Other members of the team included Boston Corporate associate Anthony Bova and Chinese legal consultant Kelly Xiang.

Four firms lead three-way SPAC to create new beauty platform

Bloomberg Law | November 18, 2021

This article covering a roughly $1.2 billion merger of skin care and beauty brands with a special purpose acquisition company mentions NP for advising the owners of skin care brand Obagi in its business combination agreement with Waldencast Acquisition Corp. and the spinoff of Obagi's operations in China.

The NP team was led by David Cheng, chair and managing partner of the firm's China and Asia-Pacific practice, and New York City Corporate partners Michael Smith and Richard Langan. The team that advised Obagi also included Chicago Corporate partner David Brown, Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington, DC Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Antitrust team leader Gordon Lang, and Washington, DC Corporate senior counsel Kenneth Silverberg. Other members of the team included Boston Corporate associate Anthony Bova and Chinese legal consultant Kelly Xiang.

After the turbulent Trump years ,what will it take for the U.S. and China to reset their relationship?

San Francisco Business Times | February 26, 2021

This article covers a recent “Bridge from China“ event, sponsored by NP, that included discussion of how the pandemic has affected cross-border business, geopolitical tensions of recent years, and what the administration change could mean for U.S. businesses wanting to do business in China. David Cheng, chair and managing partner of NP’s China & Asia Pacific practice, served as a panelist and David Kaufman, director of Global Strategies, co-moderated the panel discussion.

MIT Professor Charged with Fraud in Chinese Trade Secret Theft Case

The Well News | January 15, 2021

The following article, covers an MIT professor who faces fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant, quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who is defending the professor.

MIT Professor Accused of Fraudulently Getting Federal Grants-Failed to Disclose Contracts in China

The Boston Globe | January 14, 2021

The following article, covers an MIT professor who faces fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant, quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who is defending the professor.

U.S. Accuses MIT Professor of Hiding Extensive China Ties in Federal Grant Application

The Wall Street Journal | January 14, 2021

The following article, covers an MIT professor who faces fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant, quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who is defending the professor.

Coronavirus putting crimp on firms doing business in China

Rochester Business Journal | February 21, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column about how employers with business operations in China are responding to the coronavirus outbreak and related travel restrictions. The article is based on an alert by Hong Kong Corporate partner David Cheng, Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Benjamin Kim, San Francisco Labor and Employment senior counsel Jeffrey Tanenbaum and associate Rachel Conn, and Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman

From eyeglasses to backpacks, Bay Area firms scramble as coronavirus closes Chinese factories

San Francisco Chronicle | February 07, 2020

This article quotes Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman discussing the enormous supply chain impact from the lockdown of manufacturing and high-tech hub Wuhan, China, and its surrounding region.

Coronavirus closes China to the world, straining global economy

The Wall Street Journal | February 03, 2020

This article quotes San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discussing how employers are reacting to a wave of travel cancellations, store closures, and supply chain disruptions caused by the spread of coronavirus. Click here to read the article.

Baystate Business: Weather, wind, and the Super Bowl

Bloomberg Radio | January 31, 2020

Boston Labor and Employment partner David Rosenthal joined Baystate Business to discuss coronavirus, the flu, and the importance of employers having written communicable illness policies.

Decline in Chinese FDI affects industries in US, from tech to real estate to Hollywood

China Daily | July 26, 2019

This article quotes Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman on the outlook for cross-border investment between the United States and China, which is likely to include a reduced focus on high tech but new opportunities in tourism, travel and education.

What trade trouble? China loosens foreign ownership of financial sector one year early

Forbes | July 20, 2019

This Forbes article describing China’s efforts to open its market to foreign investors.

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