About the Office

Our Beijing office, which opened in early 2007, is led by 2 partners, 1 counsel and currently has more than 15 lawyers. It joins Hong Kong and Tokyo as the firm’s third location in Asia, and expands the presence and reach of Davis Polk’s broad and highly successful practice in China.

Working in tandem with our Hong Kong office, the Beijing office represents issuers and underwriters in many important (and frequently precedent-setting) cross-border initial public offerings, RMB bonds, Yankee bonds, and other securities offerings, including many of the landmark transactions involving the privatization and listing of Chinese state-owned enterprises. We are a leader in high-yield debt offerings by Chinese issuers. 

Our China M&A/Private Equity practice, supported by our worldwide M&A resources and experience, puts us in a position well suited to advise Chinese companies seeking to make acquisitions and strategic investments outside China. In addition, the experience we have gained throughout many inbound transactions has given us in-depth knowledge of the Chinese rules regarding foreign ownership, investments and joint ventures.

Many of our lawyers resident in Beijing are admitted in the United States and Hong Kong and all are fluent in English and native Chinese, including Chinese dialects such as Shanghainese.

Clients in Beijing include leading international investment banks, Chinese investment banks and both Chinese state-owned and privately owned enterprises. We also work closely with some of the market-leading Chinese law firms.


  • 1st among U.S. legal advisers in completed Chinese M&A – Q1 2013 Thomson Reuters
  • 2012 Asian Legal Business China Awards – Six Davis Polk deals were recognized by China Business Law Journal as “2012 Deals of the Year”:2012 M&A Atlas Awards – “China M&A Deal of the Year” (Shanda Interactive Entertainment merger with New Era Investment) 
    • “Best Debt Deal of the Year” (CNOOC’s bond offering) 
    • “Overseas Equity Deal of the Year” (China Nonferrous Mining HK IPO listing of Zambian assets)
    • “Overseas Equity Deal of the Year” (New China Life Insurance Company listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai) 
    • “Debt Deal of the Year” (Yanzhou Coal Mining Company’s US$1 billion notes issue) 
    • “Outbound M&A Deal of the Year” (Dalian Wanda’s acquisition of AMC) 
    • “Take-Private Deal of the Year” (Privatization of Shanda Interactive Entertainment) 
  • 2012 China Law & Practice Awards – “Private Equity Deal of the Year” (Bain Capital privatization of China Fire & Security) 
  • 2010-2012 China Law & Practice Awards – “International Capital Markets Team of the Year” 
  • 2012 Chambers Asia-Pacific China Awards – “International Law Firm of the Year”: Capital Markets: Debt and Equity 
  • IFLR1000 2011-2013 – China Capital Markets: Foreign Firms, 1st Tier 
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific 2010-2013 – China/Hong Kong (International Firms) Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: High-Yield Products, Band 1