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Overview

Established in March of 1995, Z&T Law Firm is one of the first partnership law firms in Guangdong approved by the Department of Justice, Guangdong, under the authorization of the Ministry of Justice of China. After our establishment in 1995, we immediately cooperated with China Travel Service (Macao) Ltd. and set up an office in Macau to handle notarization, legalization, and relevant legal affairs for the area. Since then, we have played an important role in the South China region and in the industry. We have a group of licensed lawyers with excellent professional skills as well as professionalism and ethics, including 65 practicing lawyers and 26 professionals and administrative staff.

Business scope

In non-litigious operations, such as legal consulting, we excel at handling legal affairs such as joint-stock restructuring, company acquisition, merger and division, asset reorganization, asset transfer, project financing, foreign investment, international finance, and international trade. Since our establishment, our business volume has always been highly ranked in Guangzhou. We have a stable customer base, and have served as long-term or case-specific legal consultant to hundreds of enterprises, including large-scale state-owned enterprises, Chinese-foreign equity and contractual joint ventures, and foreign-funded enterprises.

 

In litigious and arbitration operations, our cases consist mainly of civil lawsuits, of which economic dispute lawsuits accounted for over 80% of our litigious operations. We have handled hundreds of cases with claims over RMB10 million, of which the claims of some cases worth nearly RMB100 million. We excel at cases in international finance, international trade, intellectual property rights, and maritime affairs. In terms of criminal cases, we excel at economic criminal cases, and have defended major criminal cases entrusted by clients or justice authorities. The high proportion of non-litigious operations in our business is one of our major characteristics, and an important basis for us to be rated as "South China’s Leading Law Firm and the Leading Law Firm in the Capital Market" by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific – an authoritative international law magazine.

 

Lawyers in the firm belong to the first batch of domestic lawyers who have engaged in stock issuing and company listing; eight lawyers in the firm have obtained certificates for joint-stock restructuring and securities law issued by the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China and the China Securities Regulatory Commission. On March 30, 1995, less than 10 days after the firm was established on March 23, we obtained qualification for joint-stock restructuring and securities law issued by the China Securities Regulatory Commission. At that time, the qualification was an essential condition for law firms to provide legal services for the joint-stock restructuring and company listings. As our lawyers had previously engaged in enterprise restructuring, securities issuance, and listing and our service range was wide and varied, we accumulated rich experience and were familiar with regulations and joint-stock restructuring, listing, and other procedures for China’s state-owned enterprises. This enabled us to lay a solid foundation for excellent service and effective practical problem solving for listed enterprises. We have provided legal services for joint-stock restructuring, issuance of H and A shares, and listing for Guangzhou Shipyard International Co. Ltd., China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd., and Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.; we have also provided legal services for joint-stock restructuring, issuance of A shares, and listing for Guangzhou Baiyunshan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Lonkey Industrial Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Dongfang Hotel Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Pearl River Industrial Development Holdings Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Hengyun Thermal Power Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Iron & Steel Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Light Industry Group Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Hedy Computer Co., Ltd., and Guangzhou Xiangxue Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. In the area of asset reorganization and liquidation, we have provided legal services for Guangzhou International Trust and Investment Corp., Everbright Asset Trusteeship Co., Ltd. and Guangdong Lixin Computer Technology Co., Ltd. In the area of project negotiations, we have provided legal services for project negotiations such as the joint venture between Liuzhou Wuling Automobile Co., Ltd. and Shanghai General Motors, equity transfer and restructuring for Peugeot and the joint venture project of Guangzhou Honda, overseas financing for Guangzhou Yihe Group Co., Ltd., financing for Guangzhou Branch of Bank of China, and joint venture, cooperation, asset restructuring of and financing for infrastructure projects of Guangzhou Expressway Co., Ltd.

Key honors

We were rated as Elite Law Firm of Guangzhou Municipality in 1997, Elite Law Firm of Guangdong Province in 1998, South China’s Leading Law Firm and Leading Law Firm in the Capital Market by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific – an authoritative international law magazine – in 1999, Elite Law Firm of Ministry of Justice at ministry-level in 2000, "Law Firm Satisfactory to the People" in 2001, and "Law Firm Practicing Rules-Based Management" in 2008.

Z&T's professional qualifications

After our establishment, we immediately obtained the qualification certificate co-issued by China Securities Regulatory Commission and the Ministry of Justice of China for law firms to provide securities legal services. Furthermore, several Z&T lawyers were qualified for securities legal services when these qualifications were issued for the first time in the country.

 

Z&T:

is a member of the National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors.

is one of the first law firms engaged in the practice of trademark agent as recognized by the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry & Commerce of China.

is a bankruptcy administrator appointed by the Intermediate People's Court of Guangzhou Municipality.

is a member of the Guangzhou Association of Bankruptcy Administrators.

was added to the Guangdong Institutional Repository of the SASAC System for Legal Services.

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