Cross Border Investment - China

We take care of everything for your cross-border investment

We have extensive experience and a strong track record in cross-border investments – both inbound (foreign direct investment) and outbound. As a client you benefit from our in-depth knowledge of Chinese law, markets and culture, as well as our extensive global network. This is what enables us to offer a one-stop legal service for all your investment activities in China and worldwide.

Using our expertise in investment law, we connect clients with global investment opportunities in and out of China.

Foreign direct investment (FDI)

King & Wood Mallesons has extensive experience in providing legal services to multinationals investing in China and to domestic companies receiving investments from their overseas peers. We have worked on many high-profile FDI projects across a range of industries. We can assist you with every stage of your projects and throughout the investment process.

We can advise you on choosing the most effective structures for your deals, assist in evaluating potential business partners and locations, and perform due diligence on target companies or assets. Additionally, we draft, review and comment on transactional documents and negotiate the terms of these documents on your behalf. We also monitor the complete investment or divestment process to safeguard against possible pitfalls. Our extensive experience in FDI enables us to provide the best solutions to the legal problems that may occur.

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Outbound investment

Chinese outbound investment has increased in both scope and volume as a result of the nationwide Go Global strategy. We have been right at the heart of the market, helping Chinese enterprises invest abroad and tap overseas resources, technologies, brands and markets.

Working with us on an investment means working with a law firm that understands your needs and communicates with you. In a complex global environment, our team ensures information is communicated and translated correctly and that your needs are being met ­– however significant and complex the investment deal.

We are well versed in the Chinese regulatory and approval process for outbound transactions. We also know the issues that Chinese clients typically face when executing outbound transactions, and find innovative solutions to these.

Multinational corporations, state-owned enterprises, Chinese and overseas private companies, real estate developers, financial investors (including private equity funds), and contractors all benefit from our lawyers’ advice on investment. We advise on some of the biggest and most complex inbound and outbound deals in the market across sectors including energy and resources, real estate, manufacturing and retail.  

Our expertise includes:

Foreign direct investment

  • Establishing foreign-invested enterprises
  • Ongoing legal advice to foreign-invested enterprises
  • Company secretarial services
  • Applying for approvals from authorities
  • Tax planning
  • Labour and employment advice.

Outbound investment:

  • Greenfield establishment
  • Acquisition (stock asset)
  • Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)
  • Structuring
  • Divestitures.

We have a full team specialising in this area.

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