• We are a boutique Chinese-American-owned law firm specializing in the practices of sophisticated corporate transactions, intellectual property matters, real estate transactions and related business dispute resolutions.

    With decades of practicing experiences gained while working at top U.S. law firms (such as Paul Weiss Wharton Garrison & Rifkind LLP, Baker Botts LLP, among others.), the founding partners of the Firm work closely with each other, as well as other attorneys of the Firm to provide comprehensive and high-quality legal services to our clients. We focus on the areas of corporate law (general corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, equity investments and other capital markets transactions), intellectual property (IP procurement and licensing, technology transfers, patent evaluation and counseling), commercial dispute resolutions and real estate matters.

    All of the partners of the Firm were born, raised and educated in China prior to obtaining their advanced educational credentials and professional experiences in the prominent law schools and law firms in the United States. We are uniquely professionally and culturally qualified to understand and address the business objectives and legal needs of Chinese companies doing business in the United States and dedicated to servicing the Chinese-American business community.

    Our Practices

    Our Firm provides comprehensive legal services for the business needs of companies of various sizes (ranging from start-up ventures to multi-national powerhouses), investors, funds (venture capital funds, private equity funds or real estate funds) and their executives. We believe that legal solutions we provide shall be informed by the business needs and circumstances of the clients and their business counterparties. Therefore, when providing legal services to our clients, we listen to our clients closely and expect our clients to closely collaborate with us.

    Entity Formation/Start-up Representation

    We carefully evaluate the business needs and resources of start-up companies in advising our clients to select the appropriate entity types for their start-up companies, allocate the rights and obligations among the founders, investors, management team and design the proper corporate governance structures to enable the clients to focus on the core business of the venture.

    Equity/Debt Financing

    We have experiences advising clients ranging from pre-IPO start-up companies to multi-nationals, individual investors or sophisticated funds to negotiate, draft and consummate equity/debt financing transactions over 500 million dollars. We are intimately familiar with the expectations of clients from China, who are accustomed to some of the terms and conditions of similar investments that are the customary practices prevalent in Asia. We also have rich experiences advising banks and other lenders and borrowers in negotiating and documenting commercial loans, whether such loans are secured or unsecured.

    Mergers and Acquisitions/Strategic Transactions

    M & A is the core and forte of the Firm’s corporate practice. Our attorneys have the experiences of conducting due diligence, negotiating, documenting and closing over 100 M & A transactions (equity or asset transactions) totaling over $7 billion in transaction value. We are experienced in handling the legal and business issues unique to clients from China, such as the need to work with the foreign currency authorities in China and the CFIUS in the United States, and guiding our clients to navigate the complex legal and compliance environments in the United States.

    Fund Formation

    We work together with several prominent compliance firms to provide one-stop shop services for fund clients in establishing their private equity (including venture capital) funds, hedge funds and real estate funds and operating such funds in compliance with the rules and regulations applicable to them. We also work with experienced practitioners in optimizing the tax obligations of the general partners and investors of the funds

    Outside General Counsel Services

    We provide outside general counsel services to some publicly traded or privately-held companies. Under some arrangements, we advise the clients on the legal and compliance issues during the regular course of their business, assist them in settling disputes with their counterparties and manage the work of the large law firms that they may have engaged

    Patent Preparation and Prosecution

    We help our clients identify inventions, as well as create and manage their patent strategies. We draft U.S. and international patent applications, and also prosecute U.S. national phase applications based on international patent applications.

    Patent Investigation and Analysis

    We help our clients search and analyze prior art to evaluate patentability of inventions before patent filing. We also manage our clients’patent infringement risk exposure by performing patent landscape search and product clearance studies before product launch.

    Due Diligence

    We review, analyze and manage patent assets in connection with business transactions to identify potential pitfalls and hurdles.

    Patent Litigation

    We perform pre-litigation investigation and analysis, and counsel clients on enforcement planning and strategy. We collaborate with patent litigation firms to institute lawsuits against infringers and defend our clients in patent suits.

    Intellectual Property Transactions

    We negotiate complex pharmaceutical and high-tech licensing deals, create joint ventures, strategic alliances and collaborations in technology and life sciences areas, and structure international IP transfers and cross-border transactions.

    Trademark Registrations

    We help companies protect their brands. We perform searches and clearance, and prepare and file U.S. trademark registrations. We also coordinate and manage international trademark filings.

    Our Venture Capital Practices

    Venture capital has played a crucial role in the development of the technology and growth industries. We represent start-up companies help them raise funding from venture capital financing, and help negotiate such transactions.

    Our Real State Practices

    We negotiate and close sophisticated and significant real estate transactions on behalf of our clients using our in-depth knowledge, creative deal-making, and cost-efficient service. We have experience serving real estate law clients in the areas of major office buildings, including purchases, sales, space leasing and ground leasing of office buildings, hotels and development sites, and retail leasing. We also handle transactions and sales of private houses, condominiums, and cooperatives, negotiate 1031 exchanges, arrange workouts of distressed properties and structuring of real estate investment trust (REIT).

    Meet Our Attorneys

    Zhiping (Louis) Liu

    Phone:  212-547-6695

    Yong Chen

    Phone:  212-547-6694

    Lin Sun-Hoffman

    Phone:  650-773-3538

    Chengyu Hou

    Phone:  212-547-6696

    News and Commentaries

    During 2016, our Firm successfully represented clients from various industries (including life science, software, real estate, finance and investment) in closing various M&A, lending and other transactions with the aggregate considerations over $300 million. The following are a few representative matters that the Firm worked on in 2016:

  • Representing three investors in their purchases of over $25 million of preferred shares of Centrexion Therapeutics Corporation, a drug discovery company.
  • Representing a certain investor in its financing of the management buy-out of the US subsidiaries of Elephant Talk Communication Corp.
  • Representing a certain China-based company in its exclusive licensing agreement for the right to market certain drug developed by Rockwell Medical Inc. in the Greater China region.
  • Contact Us

    358 5th Avenue, Suite 1003
    New York, NY 10001


    Our New York City Office is located at 358 Fifth Avenue right across the Empire State Building on 34th Street. To visit our New York Office, you may take Amtrak trains, the New Jersey Transit trains or Long Island Rail Road, or New York Subway Line 1, 2, 3 or A, C or E, in each case to Penn Station and walk for about 5 minutes toward Fifth Avenue. You may take New York Subway Line B, D, F or M to Herald Square and walk for about 3 minutes toward Fifth Avenue.

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