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Allen & Overy is a leading international law firm, an industry-leading business operating on every continent. Our success is built on the hard work and dedication of our people, and we work hard to equip them with the support and expertise they need to meet the challenges that tomorrow will bring us. If you’re ambitious and agile, and want to see how far you could go with the track record you’ve developed, we want to hear from you. Search Allen & Overy careers and find out more about the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

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Practice areas

Antitrust and Competition

Antitrust and Competition

Our Beijing office has a highly competent team of Chinese antitrust specialists that work closely with our antitrust team in the EU. They are familiar with, and comfortable in, the developing and sometimes unpredictable Chinese regulatory framework. They regularly assist multinationals and private equity firms with their merger control filings in China. They also represent large Chinese producers and exporters in the anti-dumping proceedings initiated in the EU against Chinese imports.

Consumer & Retail

Consumer & Retail

We have multi-faceted understanding and knowledge of China-related retail and consumer goods businesses. Drawing on our in-depth experience in advising clients across markets in food and beverage, consumer goods (including luxury goods), cosmetics, tobacco and retail, our China team provides a full, market-leading service for clients in the consumer and retail sectors. Our extensive experience includes advising on acquisitions, joint ventures, branding/intellectual property protection, distribution, outsourcing, supply, logistics, diversified advertising, property acquisition and leasing and other commercial agreements.

Energy and Infrastructure

Energy and Infrastructure

Our Energy & Infrastructure practice in the PRC looks at assets as our clients do, cutting across traditional disciplines such as M&A, acquisition finance, project finance, Islamic finance, securitisation, real estate, and construction, to provide a one-stop shop for all aspects of legal advice needed in connection with any investment in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

We pride ourselves on our understanding of the challenges all commercial parties involved in energy and infrastructure businesses face and the innovative solutions that have been developed to address them.

Finance

Finance

Allen & Overy’s Banking & Finance practice in China is a leading practice with strong capabilities across global loans, asset finance, project finance, structured finance, real estate finance, leveraged finance and regulatory issues, including with respect to derivatives and other developing products in this market.

We count among our clients numerous Chinese corporate and financial institutions that entrust us with the full range of domestic and cross-border transactions and rely on the depth and breadth of our expertise, intellectual rigour and proven track record of finding successful and commercially astute solutions.

Financial Institutions Group (FIG)

Financial Institutions Group (FIG)

Allen & Overy’s FIG has an unrivalled understanding of the financial services sector in Asia. Our dedicated cross-border team acts for numerous financial institutions, advising the world’s leading banks, insurers, asset managers, brokers, investment funds and mutuals on their most important strategic transactions. The group comprises over 60 partners globally, including lawyers specialising in M&A, capital markets, banking and finance, financial regulatory, tax, outsourcing and antitrust. In Asia, we have considerable experience advising financial institutions on M&A, capital markets and other transactions across a number of jurisdictions, including Hong Kong and China.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

We are one of the very few full-service international firms in China with an on-the-ground intellectual property presence.  We have extensive knowledge of national and multinational IP dispute resolution and IP transactions. We offer the highest quality of service. Our unrivalled position in the IP arena reflects our wide experience in acting for the world’s most advanced companies in the life sciences, TMT and consumer goods sectors. All the members of our China IP team have a strong technical background and are fully bilingual in English and Chinese.

Investment Funds

Investment Funds

Our Investment Funds group regularly advises on the establishment and ongoing operation of a wide range of investment funds. We have particular capabilities in relation to real estate, hedge, regulated & structured, private equity, infrastructure, shari'a and sovereign wealth funds, and we have a significant track record in providing and implementing innovative ideas for asset managers and investors in developing new funds. We assist asset managers on all aspects of setting up new investment funds, including fund structuring, drafting offering materials, drafting constitutional documentation, joint venture arrangements, negotiating with investors and handling closings.

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Our China Life Sciences group is part of a global team, comprising a multi-disciplinary elite of highly-experienced lawyers from our Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong offices.  We provide on-the-ground support for pharmaceuticals, biotech, medtech, diagnostics and healthcare companies, as well as for private equity and financial institutions operating in the sector, across the full spectrum: mergers and acquisitions (M&A); capital markets and finance; commercial transactions including licensing and collaborations; intellectual property; protection and patent disputes; antitrust/competition; regulatory; and private equity.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We have an outstanding Litigation and Dispute Resolution team in mainland China and Hong Kong, led by recognised experts in the field.

The team specialises in advising major corporates and financial institutions on the resolution of high-value, complex and cross-border disputes and regulatory investigations. The team’s capability and experience covers all dispute resolution methods, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. This enables us to produce effective solutions in any dispute in which our clients may find themselves involved.

Our truly international Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, top-ranked in Europe, Asia and the U.S., operates as one team on an increasing number of multijurisdictional matters.

We are renowned for our strategic approach and our dedication to the delivery of results. Our experience and relationships provide us with a unique view of the law and practice across many industries and jurisdictions. We are increasingly asked by clients to provide strategic advice on the management of legal and litigation risk.

M&A, Corporate and Commercial

M&A, Corporate and Commercial

We are a recognised market leader in corporate and commercial transactions in the PRC and worldwide. Our services go beyond the traditional core of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate servicing disciplines. We have a dedicated team of corporate lawyers who have practical experience gained from the simplest to the most complex transactions and are able to offer constructive and innovative solutions to clients.

Private Equity

Private Equity

We have built a team in Hong Kong and mainland China experienced in all aspects of private equity investments throughout the stages of fund formation and capitalisation, equity investment transactions, leveraged and management buyouts, exit strategies and troubled company turn-around investments. We also offer in-depth sector expertise such as CMT, real estate, retail, pharmaceutical and energy & utilities. Our track record in China demonstrates our ability to handle complex cross-border transactions across a broad range of industries. In addition, we have been actively advising on RMB funds transactions.

Real Estate

Real Estate

Allen & Overy has a highly regarded and well-established Real Estate practice with extensive experience throughout Asia. We have significant on-the-ground experience advising on real estate matters in the PRC and, in recent years, have been involved in some of the largest and most complex real estate projects in China. We advise on the full spectrum of commercial real estate work and have a market-leading reputation as a provider of blue-chip property advice.

Regulatory

Regulatory

We have been in China over 20 years and have developed in-depth relationships with the key Chinese regulators including CBRC, CSRC, SAFE, NDRC, MOFCOM and many regulators at local level including in key locations such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

Allen & Overy has a team of regulatory experts that work closely with regulators, and who keep track of the ever-changing legislation and advise regulated entities and corporations on the full spectrum of regulatory issues to manage and minimise operational and business risks.

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Working environment

We will offer you a stimulating environment where work will be demanding yet enjoyable. Both our clients and lawyers at the firm have commented extensively on the friendly yet professional interactions they have had with us. We also recognise that there is life beyond work and work hard to ensure that our lawyers and staff have the opportunity to pursue their interests and develop their skills both inside and outside of work.

In addition, we place a lot of importance on our participation in pro bono activities.  The Pro Bono Committee is represented by people from different parts of the China offices. The committee co-ordinates a series of pro bono events and your participation in these activities is highly encouraged.

The Social Committee frequently plans a variety of events including movie nights, cooking classes, bowling nights and cruise trips.

Learning and development

The A&O Business School will provide you with the commercial and personal skills that you need to navigate through an ever-changing business landscape, while helping you build the skills you need for your career - whether that is at A&O or elsewhere.

The Business School offers a variety of excellent courses relevant to your career stage, with an emphasis on practical skills and business insight, to complement advanced legal knowledge. The school also offers a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from partners and gain valuable insights from the world of business. From cutting edge content to world-class coaches, our partners design the courses and act as faculty members to share their experience and expertise.

The A&O Leadership Centre equips our Partners with the business skills to inspire others, encourage innovation and develop deeper and more strategic relationships with our clients. The Centre offers a combination of programmes, master classes, personal coaching, mentoring and access to relevant experience and opportunities, so you can tailor your personal development to your own needs and aspirations.

Benefits

We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.

We offer a competitive package of benefits to all staff members, including a generous holiday allowance and suite of insurance benefits.

Our locations

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America
In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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