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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

  • 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 recent 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 4, 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.
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  • 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.
  • Take time to negotiate all aspects of foreign investments
    Rochester Business Journal | June 10, 2016
    Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and Boston partner Linda Ji authored this column about important aspects of foreign investing.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.



Nixon Peabody represents China Oceanwide in land acquisition for community development in Hawaii
October 28, 2016

Nixon Peabody CWL successfully defends HK$280 million claim by Shun Hing Group
October 7, 2016

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Nixon Peabody represents China Oceanwide in land acquisition to build luxury resort in Hawaii
September 16, 2016

Nixon Peabody CWL advises on HK$90 million IPO of CROSSTEC Group Holdings Limited
September 13, 2016

Nixon Peabody adds IP counseling and transactions team
September 7, 2016

Nixon Peabody opens representative office in Singapore
August 8, 2016

Nixon Peabody CWL advises Hong Kong–based Cornerstone Holdings Limited in acquisition
July 11, 2016

Matthew Lam and Joanne Wu named co-managing partners for Nixon Peabody CWL in Hong Kong
May 17, 2016

Nixon Peabody CWL welcomes new corporate partner in Hong Kong
May 4, 2016

Focused on growing West Coast M&A practice and China practice, Nixon Peabody adds a partner in San Francisco
March 30, 2016

Oceanwide Holdings expands U.S. presence with purchase of large New York development site
March 17, 2016

Nixon Peabody grows energy practice with arrival of recognized project finance partner Ernest Chung
February 9, 2016

China Oceanwide acquires land to build luxury resort in Hawaii
December 21, 2015

Nixon Peabody expands relationship with Hong Kong law firm
October 5, 2015

Nixon Peabody attorneys publish 2015 edition of Franchising in Asia book
July 15, 2015

Nixon Peabody partners recognized by Chambers Global as "Leaders in their Field"
March 25, 2015

Nixon Peabody advises Oceanwide Holdings on acquisition of San Francisco's TransBay development site
February 9, 2015

Chambers Global recognizes Nixon Peabody partners as “leaders in their fields”
March 26, 2014

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