Haiwen & Partners

Haiwen & Partners (simplified Chinese: 海问律师事务所; traditional Chinese: 海問律師事務所) is a Chinese law firm focused on cross-border securities, M&A transactions, private equity, general corporate and commercial dispute resolution practice. Haiwen is a fully integrated partnership with a modified lockstep compensation system.[3]

Haiwen & Partners
HeadquartersBeijing, China
No. of officesFour
No. of lawyersApproximately 200[1]
Major practice areas
  • M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust/Competition
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media
  • Tax
  • Capital Markets[2]
Date founded1992; 30 years ago (1992) (Beijing)

Haiwen currently has around 200 lawyers in total working at its Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen[4] and Hong Kong offices.[5][6]

Compared with most major PRC law firms, Haiwen & Partners maintains a relatively small number of attorneys and focuses on capital market and M&A practices.[7] Haiwen & Partners is one of the "Red Circle"[8] law firms in PRC China.


Haiwen & Partners was founded in May 1992. The founding partners of Haiwen include Duke Law School graduate Gao Xiqing,[9] who was the first Chinese citizen to pass the New York Bar exam[10] and later became the President and Chief Investment Officer of the China Investment Corporation.

Firm CultureEdit

Haiwen is known for its relatively mild corporate culture. As Jiping Zhang, Haiwen's management partner, mentioned in a recent interview:

"As for corporate culture, Haiwen values the virtues of being modest, unassuming and working hard. Just as what Mr. Gao Xiqing, the founder of Haiwen, once said: “Haiwen has carried on its culture of ‘being modest and unassuming’ to today. Perhaps it’s not energetic or aggressive enough, but on the other hand, that’s exactly why it can be deeply rooted in Haiwen for so long and helps maintain a close relationship among Haiwen’s staff members.” That’s quite true. No matter how our system has been changed, our culture just keeps our partners and employees on good terms with each other and sticking to good teamwork spirit. That really makes us proud."[11]

Recent TransactionsEdit

  • In 2017, Haiwen & Partners worked on Jianpu Technology's offering of 22,500,000 ADSs at NYSE.[12][13]
  • In 2015, Haiwen & Partners advised China International Capital Corporation Limited's 1 billion Hong Kong IPO.[14][15]
  • In recent years, Haiwen & Partners began to expand its practice into Media, Intellectual Property, and Entertainment Law. Recent notable projects advised by Haiwen & Partners include deal on opening the first Universal Studios theme park in China,[16] and IMAX China's Hong Kong IPO in 2015.[17]

Practice AreasEdit

Haiwen's Beijing headquarters in the Fortune Plaza in Beijing.
  • M&A and Corporate[18]
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust/Competition
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media
  • Tax
  • Capital Markets/Securities[19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Firms: Haiwen & Partners". Chambers and Partners. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Haiwen & Partners". www.haiwen-law.com. Haiwen & Partners.
  3. ^ "The Haiwen Way: The pragmatism behind the accomplishments | Asian Legal Business". www.legalbusinessonline.com.
  4. ^ Zhang, Anna. "How Do Chinese Law Firms Operate". The Asian Lawyer. Law.com.
  5. ^ "Haiwen Adds Partner as Office Launches in Hong Kong | Law.com". Law.com.
  6. ^ "国际化之路:25家内资所香港分所全解密-智合". www.zhihedongfang.com.
  7. ^ "Firms: Chinese elite firm Haiwen turns away from pure lockstep". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Top Chinese law firms experience surge in headcount". Laurence Simons. 24 September 2017.
  9. ^ Chan, Christine. "Senior securities official quits post". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  10. ^ Fallows, James. "The $1.4 Trillion Question". The Atlantic.
  11. ^ "The Haiwen Way: The pragmatism behind the accomplishments | Asian Legal Business". www.legalbusinessonline.com.
  12. ^ "Haiwen News--Haiwen & Partners". www.haiwen-law.com.
  13. ^ "Form F1 Jianpu Technology".
  14. ^ "Davis Polk, Freshfields on CICC's planned $1 bln HK IPO | Asian Legal Business". www.legalbusinessonline.com.
  15. ^ Wu, Kane (31 October 2015). "China's CICC Prices Hong Kong IPO at Top of Range". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  16. ^ Li, Shangjing. "Firm quintet stars in Universal Studios deal to open Beijing theme park". Aisa Legal Business. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  17. ^ Verghese, Kanishk. "Freshfields, Shearman on IMAX China's $248 million HK IPO". Asian Legal Business. Reuters.
  18. ^ "Mergers & Acquisitions Reviews" (PDF). Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Haiwen & Partners". www.haiwen-law.com. Haiwen & Partners.

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