Beijing DeHeng Law Offices

About Us

DeHeng Law Offices, formerly known as China Law Office (CLO) until 1995, was founded on January 13, 1993 in Beijing with the approval of the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China.  Since then the firm has grown to become one of the largest full-service law firms in China.

 

Ethics and integrity are important to DeHeng professionals who aim to protect the legitimate rights and interests of their clients and achieve goals of social fairness and justice. With over 20 years of experience, DeHeng has developed a broad client base and a service network with branches and professionals in many key cities, both at home and abroad. Clients and people from all walks of life recognize and praise the firm for contributions to the economic and social development of the country as well as advocacy for democracy and the rule of law.  

 

Organization

 

Headquartered in Beijing, DeHeng Law Offices has a network of 30 domestic branches in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Changsha, Jinan, Tianjin, Shenyang, Dalian, Changchun, Xian, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Fuzhou, Urumqi, Nanjing, Taiyuan, Hefei, Chengdu, Kunming, Zhuhai, Suzhou, Wenzhou, Wuxi, Ximeng; 7 overseas offices in New York, the Hague, Paris, Brussels , Dubai and Chicago; And relationships with 160 associated law firms in Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai, San Paulo, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Melbourne, Delhi and other major cities. With talented professionals, a multi-jurisdiction practice, ethical legal values, a wide social network, highly proficient language skills, effective communication, rich information resources and efficient modern offices, DeHeng has created a global network of closely collaborating branches connected to a central platform of service, which can provide comprehensive, high quality and efficient one-stop legal service.   

 

Professionals

 

DeHeng pioneered in China the structure of a law firm as a global partnership, and Dr. Wang Li, founder of this firm, is the chief global partner. DeHeng offers the services of a highly professional and experienced legal service team. Most of our over 1300 professionals hold domestic or foreign LLM., J.D. or Ph.D. degrees, and have work experience in domestic and foreign legislatures, judicial organizations, government agencies, universities, research institutes, transnational companies, large scale state owned enterprises, and financial and securities institutions. DeHeng lawyers are licensed to practice in many jurisdictions besides China; admissions held by our professionals include memberships in the New York Bar, New Jersey Bar, Florida Bar, Ohio Bar, California Bar, and qualifications to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, Federal Appeals Court of the United States, European Community and Paris Appeal Court. With excellent multi-lingual capabilities in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Russian etc., DeHeng professionals can provide customized expert legal services to clients from around the world.

 

The highly educated and experienced lawyers of DeHeng are familiar with both Eastern and Western legal cultures and practices. They have an inside track knowledge of the complexity of Chinese society, and excellent communication skills and analytical capabilities for untangling difficult cultural and legal issues. DeHeng lawyers can get to the core of a problem, and help clients wisely and effectively resolve disputes, protecting their rightful interests and integrity. For clients who face cross-border and cross-jurisdiction problems, DeHeng lawyers can make Chinese laws and legal procedures clear, and successfully solve crises and legal problems. This ability to combine the knowledge and acumen of Eastern and Western cultural and social systems, enables DeHeng to advise clients on the numerous legal hurdles in the way of going abroad.

 

Qualifications and Public Service 

 

DeHeng Law Offices was one of the earliest law firms in China to be qualified to render legal services in securities, cross-border investment, infrastructure, bankruptcy management, domestic and international patent prosecutions and other areas. Many DeHeng professionals are nationally certified specialists such as patent attorneys,  builders, construction economists, tax agents, statisticians, futures agents, etc.  

The firm is committed to social service and contributes to the public interest by serving as: members of the China Securities Regulation Committee Public Offering Review Committee and the CSRC Listed Company Merger and Reorganization Review Committee; appraisal experts for investment managers of the National Council for Social Security Fund; experts on company pensions for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; independent directors for listed companies, members of issuance examination committees and appraisal committees of funds and securities institutions; arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Beijing Arbitration Commission; members of the Legal Experts Committee for Government Legislative Work of the Beijing Municipal Government and the Legal Experts Committee for legislative work in the Beijing People 's Congress; directors of the All China Lawyers Association (ACLA), Deputy Director of the Strategic Planning Committee of the ACLA, Chair of the ACLA Criminal Law Committee, Chair of the ACLA Labor and Social Security Law Committee; members of committees on finance law, securities law, economic law, intellectual property law, civil law and the WTO; members of AIPPI, LES, FICPI, ACPAA, etc.

 

Practice Areas

 

In litigation, DeHeng follows an international standard of professionalism to ensure top quality control, and our professional teams, following these guidelines of practice, have completed a number of far-reaching legal service projects. We have accumulated experience in the service areas of domestic and overseas issuance, underwriting, stocks and bonds listings, investment funds, spin-offs and M&A of domestic and foreign enterprises, company and assets restructuring, bankruptcy liquidation, equity transaction, cross-border investment, financing, international bidding, information communication, real estate development and operation, and key infrastructure projects; and our professionals have received a number of awards such as “Best IPO of the year,” “Equity Market Deal of the Year” and “The Best Equity Transaction.”

 

DeHeng lawyers have thorough experience and abundant success in litigation and arbitration with an accomplished record of preventing great losses and recovering enormous sums for clients in courts of all levels and various arbitration organizations. Our services start from the first instance to a final settlement, and cover a variety of areas such as civil, economic, criminal, administrative and foreign-related litigation as well as domestic and international arbitration. DeHeng has successfully dealt with over 1000 litigation and arbitration cases.

 

DeHeng can, according to the client’s requirements and the business needs, mobilize and organize lawyers from different areas to establish task force teams, providing one-stop legal services with tiered resource allocation, professionalized practice, close collaboration and central management.

 

Industrial Sectors

 

DeHeng lawyers can provide services covering various industries including finance, banking, insurance, securities, futures, funds, pharmaceuticals, real estate, automobiles, iron and steel, home appliances, energy, electricity, construction, railways, highway, bridges, ship building, aeronautics and astronautics, retail, logistics, computers, networks, telecommunication, media, entertainment, coal, petroleum, non-ferrous metals, textiles, clothing, furniture, paper making, printing, chemicals, plastics, electronics, mechanics, equipment and instruments, bio-pharmacy, food, agriculture, public service, etc.

 

Clients

 

DeHeng takes an active role in China’s development, keeping close, long term relations with governmental departments and large state owned enterprises by acting as a legal advisor for many of the great milestone projects of China’s rapid growth such as the Three Gorges Dam, South-to-North Water Diversion Project, China Railway Construction Corporation shares listing, Agricultural Bank of China shares listing and other signature projects. With its high quality and efficient professional service, DeHeng maintains the trust and confidence of a wide and high level client base of over 100 state entities including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, National Energy Bureau, China Academy of Science, China Academy of Engineering, Shanghai Stock Exchange, National Council for Social Security Fund and the First Auto Works etc.

 

Drawing from a history of long service, DeHeng lawyers have accumulated rich experience and deep understanding of complex client demands, and are able to provide customized services for unique needs. DeHeng does not wait for problems to arise, but helps clients prevent legal problems from happening through early planning of strategy. The satisfaction of long term clients testifies to the successful capability of DeHeng in this area.

 

Management Innovation

Central Platform

 

DeHeng innovated its management system by creating a central platform comprised of 7 committees: Corporate and Securities Committee, Financing and M&A Committee, Intellectual Property Committee, Construction and Real Estate Committee, International Business Committee, Litigation and Arbitration Committee and Research and Development Committee. The central platform enables DeHeng to uniformly mobilize all its human and business resources, providing a complete service that includes professional teams from every resource module to clients. The interactive support system of the platform makes our response to clients’ demands more sensitive and efficient, and saves resources and costs.

   

Capacity Enhancement

 

DeHeng strives to enhance the capacity of its professionals and endeavors to have young partners take a leading role in the firm. DeHeng has cultivated a team of young partners with energetic vision and outstanding educational backgrounds. They have gained capacity and experience from taking responsibility in many key projects and cases. They have an international perspective and can work in multiple languages. These young professionals have become DeHeng’s backbone, and are the driving force behind the long term development of the firm.  

 

Research and Development

 

DeHeng pays careful attention to research and development to promote business and innovation. By studying recent business trends and client demands, DeHeng constantly looks to improve its role in the chain of legal services covered in the procedure of “early research, pre-planning, emergency preparation, proactive service and continuous follow-up”.  

 

DeHeng always advises clients can prevent legal problems and losses from occurring by properly controlling risk factors. DeHeng commits itself to providing clients with innovative and comprehensive services in risk control and reputation management, implementing a risk prevention system that constantly tracks client risk points to build an ever updating “legal firewall”.. In addition, DeHeng actively maintains its leading position across major legal service industries by enhancing and innovating its services in the areas of new energy and overseas investment.

 

Social Responsibility

Pro bono Services

 

Ever since its establishment, DeHeng has provided thousands of free consultations to the community. Under the programs of “legal services in communities” and “legal services to the countryside”, DeHeng commits itself to providing quality services to the public.

 

Free Services to academicians of CAS and CAE

 

In 2000, DeHeng and the China Academy of Science (CAS) jointly started the  ”Pro Bono Legal Service Program for CAS Academicians”; the program was later expanded to include academics from the China Academy of Engineering (CAE). This program has lasted for over a decade, and presidents of the CAS and CAE, academics and Ministry of Justice officials have all given it praise.

 

DeHeng Forum

 

Since 2001, DeHeng has fostered academic exchange in collaboration with Renmin University, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Jilin University, China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and China Youth University for Political Sciences through the creation of 10 forums: the Civil & Commercial Law Forum, Evidence Forum, Forum on Lawsuit System and Judicial Reform, Frontiers of Law Forum, Procedure Law Forum, Master of Law Forum, Administrative Law Forum, Legal Practice Forum, Criminal Law Forum, Comparative Law Forum and Lawyers Forum. Many noted professors and scholars such as Wang Liming and Chen Xingliang have hosted forums which carry great influence in both  jurisprudential and business circles. DeHeng has also organized many large scale international seminars such as “Taking the Road of Lawyers with Chinese Characteristics” and “WTO and the Globalization of Legal Services”.

 

Alleviating poverty and helping the disadvantaged

 

DeHeng launched the “Legal Assistance Program to the Social Disadvantaged” within a year of its founding, and received support from the United Nations Development Fund for Women. For years, DeHeng has been doing its best to alleviate poverty and help the disadvantaged, and take part in pro bono activities such as sponsoring and participating in conferences like “Legal Assistance 1+1” and “Long March for Green Environmental Protection”.

 

Praises and Awards

 

On Jan. 29, 2010, Vice President Xi Jinping, paid a visit to the global headquarters of DeHeng in Beijing. He observed that the research activities and practice of DeHeng were serious and effective, and admired the firm’s working process. Accompanying Vice President Xi for the visit were Li Yuanchao, Minister of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee; Shen Yueyue, administrative Vice Minister of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee; and, Wu Aiying, Minister of Justice.

 

  • DeHeng was presented on November 3, 2008 with the award of “Advanced Unit” for its work for the Olympics and Wu Linghong won the “Outstanding Contribution Award” for Olympics related work.


  • On July 17,2008, DeHeng Law Offices (Wuhan) was awarded the first position in a list of the top ten law firms in Wuhan ranked by the Wuhan Bar Association.

 

  • On November 28, 2008, Dr. Wang Li, Managing Partner of DeHeng Law Offices was conferred the National Award of Outstanding Achievement for Prominent Women Entrepreneurs by the National Women 's Federation.

 

  • In February,2009, DeHeng Law Offices (Shandong) was acknowledged as the “Top Capital Market Agent in Shandong” by Shandong Development and Reform Commission”.

 

  • In April of 2010, Wang Junqi, partner of DeHeng Shanghai Law Office,was presented with the “Special Contribution Award for the Shanghai Expo”.

 

  • DeHeng Law Offices has been ranked third in the ALB’s top 20 table of China’s largest law firms since 2007.

 

  • According to the Legal League Tables published by Bloomberg, DeHeng ranked second in China Domestic IPO Issuer Advisers, second in KHSE Equity IPO Issuer Advisers, fourth in Asia (ex-Japan) Equity IPO Issuer Advisers, and tenth in Global Equity IPO Issuer Advisers in 2008.

 

Vision

 

DeHeng seeks to develop a Chinese legal service that is a fusion of knowledge of Western laws, methods, market conditions, and client preferences and the values of Eastern group cooperation and harmony.

 

On the 20th Anniversary of its founding, DeHeng has set the world records of legal services for a great variety of independent projects.

 

On the 30th Anniversary of its founding, DeHeng will develop into an international law firm with tolerance of Chinese culture and advanced system.

 

On the 50th Anniversary of its founding, DeHeng will realize full coverage of legal services to the countries in major economic regions of the world.