A mainland Chinese firm often endorsed as regional co-counsel
Jun He was founded in 1989 as one of the first private law offices in China, and is regarded as a pioneer. It has a network of offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dalian, Haikou and Hong Kong, as well as outposts in New York and Silicon Valley.
Six partners work full time on dispute resolution. Of those, Christine Kang in Beijing is possibly the best known outside China. Kang is a former CIETAC case administrator who then worked for two international law firms – Jones Day and DLA Piper – before joining Jun He in 2011. She is on the panels of several Asian arbitral institutions and recently joined the ICDR’s international advisory committee.
The firm’s clients include GE, for which it won a US$476 million HKIAC award in 2012 as co-counsel with King & Spalding. It has since won a further major award with King & Spalding on behalf of a drinks company in CIETAC proceedings.
It is also on China’s most recent list of favoured domestic firms for international disputes work.
In Beijing, Lian Jing joined as partner from another Chinese firm, Zhonglun W&D. Li Haifu was also promoted to partner in that office, as were David Qi and Frank Huang in Shanghai.