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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.

Media Clips

  • 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 8, 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.
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  • Nixon Peabody, CWL Partners consolidate HK operations
    Asian Legal Business | October 5, 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 5, 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.
  • Reform Offers Chances and Challenges
    China Daily | June 11, 2014
    Boston Business Transactions and China practice partner Linda Ji discusses recent economic reforms in China that are attracting more foreign direct investment.
  • Chinese Developer to Spend $200M on 4.6-Acre Site in Downtown LA
    Commercial Property Executive | January 2, 2014
    This coverage notes that Chinese investor Oceanwide Real Estate Group has closed escrow on land in downtown Los Angeles. Nixon Peabody served as Oceanwide’s acquisition counsel and will serve as development counsel moving forward.
  • Carlyle, KKR, TPG Raising Billions for China, But Deals May Be Scarce
    Buyouts | April 29, 2013

    Partner and leader of the firm’s China and Asia Pacific practice David Cheng discusses private equity deal trends in China.


Webinar Recording: DOJ targets executives in corporate investigations
Originally recorded on September 25, 2015 | September 30, 2015

Reduced coal sales to China in the next five years: don't count on it
Distressed Coal News | February 12, 2015

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Demand for EB-5 investor visas by Chinese applicants exhausts annual supply
Immigration Law Alert | August 29, 2014

Annual BEA filings are due on May 31
Private Equity and M&A Alert | May 2, 2014

Chinese investment into the United States continues to expand: advisors needed to support increased investment
Asia Pacific Alert | April 8, 2014

A year in review: more transactions run into CFIUS trouble
M&A Advisor Alert | January 16, 2014

U.S. businesses with foreign investors: Do you know your BEA filing requirements?
Private Equity and M&A Alert | December 16, 2013

Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone will attract investment
November 7, 2013

Court delivers (another) win for CFIUS
M&A and Corporate Transactions Law Alert | October 30, 2013

China to implement nationwide expansion to VAT pilot program
Asia Pacific Alert | August 1, 2013

A year in review: CFIUS' latest report provides valuable insight on past filings and on new national security concerns affecting the acquisition of U.S. businesses by foreign parties
M&A Advisor | February 4, 2013

One More Item for the New Year: The Deadline Looms for Manufacturers and Importers to Develop and Implement Strict CPSC Compliant Product Testing and Certification Programs
Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation Alert | January 7, 2013

MOFCOM's new rules that allow equity contribution to FIEs
Asia Pacific Alert | December 28, 2012

Hong Kong launches consultation on proposal to impose concentration limits of phthalates in toys and child care articles
Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation Alert | December 7, 2012

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