IHC Commended External counsel Feaured

In recognition of outstanding contributions and commendable service in external legal support, the Commended External Counsel of the Year 20233-2023 awards serves as a testament to the invaluable partnership between private practice lawyers and in-house legal teams. Selected through recommendations, votes and testimonials from the in-house counsel and other buyers of legal services in Asia and Middle East, this accolade highlights the crucial role played by these legal professionals in extending and enhancing the capabilities of in-house legal departments.

Here are the Commended External Counsel 2022-2023, China*.

Laura Liu
FenXun Partner Laura Liu (刘佳) is a partner at the Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office in Beijing. She advises clients across a range of transactional, advisory and contentious competition matters. With a global perspective and deep understanding of clients’ businesses, Laura has assisted a significant number of China-based multinational companies in navigating layers of regulatory control, such as global multijurisdictional merger control and foreign investment review assessments in their cross-border M&A deals, as well as managing the global coordination of regulatory control filing strategies to obtain necessary clearances in China and overseas jurisdictions. Laura has also advised numerous clients on complex competition compliance and advisory matters. In addition, Laura has considerable experience in handling dawn raids and antitrust investigations facing the China competition authority. Clients have commented that “she is very diligent, responsive and definitely knows her stuff” and that “her advice is right to the point and commercially practical. Laura has been recognized as Rising Star: Antitrust & Competition, Legal 500, 2020-2021, and Future Leaders (Partner): Competition, Who’s Who Legal, 2022 13

I am very honored to be recognized alongside the most reputable lawyers in the profession. I am truly humbled by the In-House Community’s recognition. As our firm is a member of Baker McKenzie global platform, I’d like to appreciate the collaboration opportunities and support extended by Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation as well as our partners, colleagues with global network . A huge thank you to our clients, together with our team, we will take this as a mandate to be more accessible, responsive and coordinated for providing integrated legal solutions for our clients to deal with complex business challenges

Chao (Kelvin) Gao
Han Kun Law Offices kelvin.gao@hankunlaw.com 33F, HKRU Centre Two, HKRI Talkoo Hui, 288 Shimen Road (No.1), Jing’an District, Shanghai, 200041, PRC 14
Samuel Yang
Anjie Broad yanghongquan@anjielaw.com Samuel heads our Technology, Data Protection & Cybersecurity practice. He boasts nearly two decades of experience as in-house counsel and an external lawyer. Recognised as a true expert in the field, he provides comprehensive advice on regulatory, commercial, and corporate issues. Specialising in telecommunications, cybersecurity, data protection, and various technology-related domains, Samuel’s expertise spans hardware and software, technology procurement and transfer, distribution, licensing, internet, and social networking matters. Clients benefit from his nuanced guidance on a wide spectrum of legal considerations within the dynamic landscape of technology. Samuel is well-ranked by all major legal ranking agencies. 15

It’s an honour to receive the Commended External Counsel 2022-23 Award. I want to thank the In-House Community and our clients for entrusting me, and my coworkers for their support. I will continue doing my best to deliver high-quality legal services to repay the trust and support I have received.

Ik Wei Chong
Clyde & Co
Susan Ning
King & Wood Mallesons
Deming Zhao
Global Law Offices
Wei CUI
Anjie Broad
Frank Chen
Anjie Broad
Bing LIANG
Anjie Broad
Zhaolin Wang
JunHe
Yi XUE
Zhong Lun
Zhe (Kevin) Yu
Zhong Lun
Gary GAO
Zhong Lun
Haitao (Harry) Liu
King & Wood Mallesons
Derrick Zhao
Fangda Partners
Chen Ke
Allbright Law Offices
CUI Liguo
Guantao Law Firm
GUAN Yue
Guantao Law Firm
Wei Guo
Tian Yuan Law Firm
Yanling Ren
Tian Yuan Law Firm
Honghuan Liu
FenXun Partner
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