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"Deacons is the ideal legal adviser both for Chinese companies who want to explore overseas markets, and for foreign companies who want to invest in China."

Chambers Asia-Pacific


The first foreign law firm with three licensed offices in mainland China

China presents exciting opportunities to foreign investors and trading companies. Seeking high quality advice at the start of a new venture is crucial to future success.

China continues to offer wonderful opportunities for international businesses. Foreign investment remains a key driver of the PRC’s ongoing economic development, as does international trade, so the Chinese Government is continually refining, streamlining and decentralising the regulations governing inward investment, and promoting opportunities for international companies.

And with a dedicated team of Mandarin-speaking practitioners, and representative offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Deacons is well-placed to guide those wanting to enter this vibrant market.

We assist multinationals, entrepreneurs, importers and trading businesses, professional services firms and investment funds in sectors ranging from manufacturing, infrastructure and insurance to financial services, real estate, construction, technology, and everything in between, on doing business in mainland China. Our services range from assisting clients in gaining approval for investment projects, handling cross-border M&A, arranging joint ventures with Chinese companies, putting in place supply and distribution agreements, to setting up offices and operations in China.

We can also take clients through the labyrinth of tax and employment legislation and help them to protect their interests by drafting commercial agreements, ensuring compliance with regulations, exploiting and protecting your intellectual property, and a host of other matters.  Our combination of impressive local knowledge and a cosmopolitan outlook has helped us to remain a leader ever since in inward investment into mainland China.

As the leading independent law firm in Hong Kong, we also have deep experience in assisting Chinese state-owned enterprises and privately-owned enterprises in their China outbound investment and business activities in or through Hong Kong. We are well positioned to work closely with Chinese enterprises through our three licensed offices in China.

Our clients come from a wide variety of different industry sectors, and have different legal and commercial needs.  We work hard to understand their commercial priorities and advise on the best way to achieve them.

So if you are contemplating expanding your business opportunities in this fast-developing market, we’d be delighted to help.

China Trade & Investment SERVICES