GAR 100 - 14th Edition

Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners

Professional notice

A market leader in China

People in Who’s Who Legal1
People in Future Leaders2
Pending cases as counsel45
Value of pending counsel workUS$1.28 billion
Treaty cases as counsel0
Third-party funded cases0
Current arbitrator appointments9 (1 as chair or sole)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator4

Founded in 1993, Fangda Partners was one of the first law firms established under mainland China’s contemporary legal system.

The firm has been advising foreign investors in China on disputes since the early days, but the international arbitration practice came to the fore after the opening of the Beijing office in 2004 and the addition of US-trained practitioners with deeper international experience. In 2007, the firm added former China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) deputy secretary general Ming Kang. The combination of common law (Hong Kong and English) and PRC law arbitration and litigation capability is still a relatively rare offering in the Greater China market.

Besides handling CIETAC work, Fangda Partners frequently teams up with leading foreign firms for ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the major rules, and provides expertise on Chinese law in overseas proceedings. It is one of the few Chinese firms to have independently and successfully represented Chinese and foreign clients in international arbitrations in both Hong Kong and Singapore.

Prominent members of the practice are Daniel Huang, who has handled dozens of foreign investment cases; and Ming Kang, whose career as an arbitrator has seen him adjudicate more than 1,000 foreign-related Chinese arbitration and international commercial arbitration cases.

US-trained lawyer Helen Shi, a CIETAC arbitration specialist, is also an appointed ICC Court member for China and a former member of the proceedings committee of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). She was appointed as co-chair to the Asia-Pacific arbitration group of the International Bar Association for 2020–2021.

Olga Boltenko, who joined in Hong Kong in 2018, is an investment and trade lawyer with experience in investment disputes at major institutions.

Almost all the arbitration partners in Fangda are on the arbitrator rosters of at least one arbitral institution.

In 2018, Fangda merged with Peter Yuen & Associates, a firm operating in Hong Kong, to develop the same unified international arbitration brand across Greater China and the international market.


The firm has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and, most recently, Guangzhou. Since 2012, it has offered litigation and international arbitration capabilities in Hong Kong through an association with Peter Yuen & Associates – headed by a former Freshfields partner and including bilingual lawyers qualified in Hong Kong, English and Singaporean law.

Who uses it?

Clients include Citibank, China National Offshore Oil Company, Deloitte, GE, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Texas Pacific Group and IDG Group.

The firm was instructed by US energy company ConocoPhillips to settle a US$230 million environmental claim brought by the Chinese government arising from an oil spill in the Yellow Sea – by far the largest such claim in China to date.

It acted as Chinese counsel to one of the Big Four audit firms in a US Securities and Exchange Commission investigation concerning the audit of a US-listed Chinese company.

Track record

Fangda helped a European real estate investment fund win a US$31 million award in 2015 after a six-year dispute over a transfer of property. The same year, the firm helped a client win 90 per cent of its claim in a leasing dispute at the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre; and achieved a favourable settlement in a dispute over a US$300 million real estate development in Beijing that did not get the approval of Chinese security services.

In 2013, the firm acted for a large Chinese state-owned construction company in a London-seated case against the road authority of an African state. The parties settled their dispute, which was worth over US$100 million. It also says it gained a landslide win, plus costs, for a Spanish client in a Hong Kong-seated UNCITRAL arbitration with two Chinese entities.

Looking further back, the firm famously advised leading Chinese beverage company Wahaha in a CIETAC arbitration with French dairy company Danone. It also acted for a Chinese business celebrity in a US$100 million Hong Kong-seated ICC arbitration against an international mobile service network – achieving a settlement in favour of the client.

Recent events

Fangda successfully represented an American company in enforcing a multimillion-dollar monetary judgment handed down by a US court. The mainland court hearing the case granted relief on the basis of reciprocity – reportedly only the second time a Chinese court has recognised a US court’s commercial judgment.

Keen Vision Capital, a British Virgin Islands-based global investment group, instructed the firm in HKIAC proceedings relating to the enforcement of a guarantee. The firm prevailed in the arbitration and enforced the award in the Hong Kong courts.

It continues to act for Apple in its claim against Chinese-based Iwncomm under a patent licence agreement. The dispute relates to the royalty rate payable by Apple for use of the Chinese company’s patents to secure regulatory approval for the iPhone in China. Apple is also using the firm in concurrent proceedings before the Chinese courts.

Helen Shi advised Korea-based Daesung Industrial Gases in a case against a Chinese affiliate of US-based Praxair (now part of Irish-domiciled chemicals group Linde). In 2020 a Shanghai court upheld the validity of a disputes clause providing for SIAC arbitration in Shanghai – a decision that confirms foreign arbitral institutions’ ability to conduct arbitrations on the mainland.

The firm also acted for Hong Kong-based Primeline Energy Holdings in a SIAC-administered arbitration against the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and an affiliate.

In the Shanghai office, Lingqi Wang and Allen Fu were promoted to partner.

Client comment

Mandar Jayawant of Mongolia Fund, who used Fangda in an arbitration relating to a dispute in Mongolia, says the firm provided “excellent honest advice as to costs”. He commends Matthew Townsend for his efforts in defending his company’s interests.



27/F, North Tower Beijing Kerry Center
1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020, China
Tel: +86 10 5769 5600
Fax: +86 10 5769 5788


1701, International Finance Place
8 Huaxia Road, Zhujiang New Town
Guangzhou 510623, P.R.C
Tel: +86 20 3225 3888
Fax:+86 20 3225 3899

Hong Kong

26/F, One Exchange Square
8 Connaught Place, Central
Hong Kong, China
Tel: +852 3976 8888
Fax: +852 2110 4285


24/F, HKRI Centre Two, HKRI Taikoo Hui
288 Shi Men Yi Road
Shanghai 200041, P.R.C
Tel: +86 21 2208 1166
Fax: +86 21 5298 5599


17/F, Tower One, Kerry Plaza
1 Zhong Xin Si Road, Futian District
Shenzhen 518048, China
Tel: +86 755 8159 3999
Fax: +86 755 8159 3900


Founded in 1993, Fangda Partners is a full-service law firm advising on PRC and Hong Kong laws.

Our Dispute Resolution group comprises nearly 50 partners and more than 220 counsels and associates in our offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Our team is one of the largest and the most diverse dispute resolution practices in the Greater China legal market. Our team members operate in Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, and other languages. They are admitted – in addition to China and Hong Kong – in a number of other jurisdictions, including England and Wales, New York, and Russia.

We represent clients in trials at courts in Mainland China and Hong Kong, before administrative tribunals and in arbitrations, as well as in other dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and conciliation. Where necessary,

our team members co-counsel with international teams on cross-jurisdictional matters, including treaty arbitrations, recovery matters, and international arbitration proceedings.

Our clients include major Chinese companies, both state-owned and privately-owned, as well as large multinationals often from the US but also from the EU and other global markets. Our clients trust our teams with their critical trials and

arbitrations, investigations, regulatory proceedings, and investment protection matters.

Our dispute resolution lawyers work in integrated teams with our transactional lawyers in specialist groups, drawing on Fangda’s longstanding expertise in corporate, finance, trade, and investment law. We have in-depth knowledge of

numerous industries, including banking, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, media, pharmaceutical, real estate, retail, technology, mining and natural resources, and telecommunications.

For more details, including biographies, please visit our website:

We have handled some of the largest and most high-profile cases in recent years, earning a reputation as a go-to firm to assist clients to resolve their disputes. Our strengths have been widely recognized, including recently:

  • Dispute Resolution (PRC Firms) - Band 1

Chambers Greater China (2022)

  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (PRC Firms) - Tier 1

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2022)

  • Dispute Resolution: Litigation (PRC Firms) - Tier 1

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2022)

  • Dispute Resolution - Outstanding

Asialaw Profiles (2022)

  • Intellectual Property: Litigation (PRC Firms) - Band 1

Chambers Greater China (2022)

  • Restructuring/Insolvency (PRC Firms) – Band 1

Chambers Greater China (2022)

  • Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (PRC Firms) - Band 1

Chambers Greater China (2022)

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