Fangda Partners has steadily risen from its Shanghai roots to become a national powerhouse in China and it has also been earning a first-class reputation in the Guangdong market. Starting in 2018, Fangda started to operate in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and has now grown to a scale of 300 people, with notable strengths in commercial litigation as well as regulatory and compliance work.
Key figures include Kate Yin and Alvin Xiao who specialise in regulatory and compliance.
In commercial disputes, the firm acted for China State Construction and its Sino-Indonesian affiliate on Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) arbitration in Singapore, insolvency proceedings in Indonesia, as well as potential court litigation in mainland China, with respect to disputes arising from a $10 billion EPC contract of a major construction project in Jakarta, Indonesia. This may be the most significant dispute for those China-oriented ‘One Belt One Road’ projects in southeast Asia, in terms of the political implications, social impacts, amount and complexity, as well as the variety of legal proceedings.
In regulatory and compliance, the team assisted Alibaba and its subsidiaries in conducting anti-corruption due diligence for their multi-billion-dollar investments in a wide range of industries, represented a leading US public company with an Asia Pacific subsidiary listed in Hong Kong in a series of complex internal investigations, and assisted a Chinese subsidiary of a Japanese multinational company in handling a customs inspection regarding the price of goods imported by the subsidiary from its Japanese parent company.
In 2021, the firm hired Fangzheng Li as counsel in its regulatory compliance team. Fangzheng previously worked at the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau.