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Matthew A. Murphy   

Practice Groups: Intellectual Property and Technology, Corporate and Dispute Resolution

E: mmurphy@mmlcgroup.com

M: +86 13911334827/+61 431 299 366

O: Beijing & Brisbane

 

Matthew has over 20 years of China and Asia Pacific legal and business experience, focusing on Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions (including anti-trust) and International Trade. Matthew has been listed as a leading corporate/IP lawyer by various publishers such as Euromoney, Chambers and the Legal 500 and is an arbitrator with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, and CIETAC. Matthew is a regular contributor of articles on Chinese and IP law to major journals, and regularly teaches international IP and technology law at the post-graduate level at a number of leading universities.  

 

Prior to joining MMLC, Matthew was with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons in Hong Kong and London, and Allens Arthur Robinson in Australia.  Matthew also worked as  a Judge's Associate in Queensland prior to being admitted as a solicitor, and is listed in Who's Who in Business in Australia. His recent experience includes advising:


  • Culiangwang on intellectual property issues associated with the sale of its beverages business to Coca Cola for US$400 million
  • Various investment banks on Chinese anti-trust issues associated with Texas Instruments purchase of National Semiconductor and Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility
  • Various foreign shareholders in relation to the Chinese government approvals required for China Merchant's Bank acquisition of Wing Lung Bank (US$4.7 billion) and Sinopec's acqusition of Tanganyika (US$2 billion)
  • Various Global Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, on world-wide patent protection issues, patent litigation, IP licensing and retail ventures
  • Various Global Fortune 500 companies on trademark litigation and unfair competition actions in China, including in Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • Several listed US retailers on all aspects of their China market entry
  • A major US auto company and various major IT companies, on China and Australian Customs and tax matters - planning and disputes
  • A major US IT and electronics company, various major auto and biotech companies, on encryption, tax and Customs issues, restructuring and IP infringement actions in Greater China and Australia
  • Major US and Chinese fruit growing conglomerates on PVR rights, procurement and international acquisitions

Matthew completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB)  and Bachelor of Business at the Queensland University of Technology in 1993.  He completed his Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Queensland, after studying Chinese commercial law at the University of Hong Kong.  Matthew is admitted in Australia, England and Wales, and is a China foreign qualified lawyer.  Matthew speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese.
 
 
 

Ellen F. Wang    

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Practice Groups: Tax/International Trade and Corporate

E: ellenw@mmlcgroup.com

P: +86 10 8515 1091/+61 7 3360 0247 

O: Beijing & Brisbane 

 

Ellen received a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history from Guangzhou University in 1995 and then commenced Masters studies at Beijing University. Ellen is fluent in English, Cantonese (native) and Mandarin (native). Ellen was the founder of the very successful China Dairy Equipment, one of China's leading suppliers of high technology to the dairy industry. Over the last few years Ellen has established distribution and sales networks for international clients throughout China. Ellen is a member of the International Technology Lawyers Association and the China Business Council. Ellen has recently been involved in:

  • Technology, taxation and market analysis for various life science, food science and health science companies, as well as Customs and tax dispute issues and planning exercises
  • Managing the localisation of patent applications, trademark applications, technology and commercial contracts for a large number of multi-nationals
  • Advising a well known Australian mining company on foreign exchange issues and repatriation of profit
  • Supervising the translation of complicated commercial agreements and promotional materials, from commercial leases to IPO documentation and complicated patent specifications
  • Developing Chinese character brands for foreign companies and advising on standards in relation to the garments, auto, electronics, food and dairy industries
  • Developing market opportunities for companies involved in genetics, proteomics and bioinformatics


   

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 Practice Groups: Business Services

E: hongmei@mmlcgroup.com

P: +86 10 8515 1091

O: Beijing

 

Hong Mei is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant. She has a wealth of business consulting experience particularly in relation to international trade. Prior to joining MMLC, Hong Mei worked in the corporate finance department of a PRC import and export company. Her recent experience includes: 

  • Running corporate accounting and tax filings for FIEs and representative offices in Beijing
  • Negotiating the grant of foreign trade rights for various PRC companies
  • Advising various Global Fortune 500 companies and government corporations on international tax issues and planning
  • Representing various PRC and international companies in customs and tax disputes 

 

 


Yu Du                                                                 
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Practice Groups: Intellectual Property and Technology, Corporate and Tax

E: yudu@mmlcgroup.com

P: +86 10 8515 1091

O: Beijing 
 
 

Yu Du has a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the China University of Political Science and Law. Yu Du joined MMLC in 2008. Immediately prior to joining MMLC, Yu Du worked as Asia legal counsel for a major Chinese media company, focusing on business transactions and IP matters.   Yu Du's recent experience includes:                                                                                        

  • Preparation and delivery of an antitrust programme for Ecco shoes
  • Representing major brand owners in TRAB and court proceedings
  • Acting for foreign governments in the protection and enhancement of their constituents' intellectual property rights in China
  • All types of commercial contracts affecting the media and telecoms industry in China
  • The registration of trademarks, designs and patents; as well as oppositionproceedings, licensing and royalty remittance issues
  • Tax, employment, FDI and restructuring
  • Applications for Chapter 11 reorganisations under the Bankruptcy Law of China, as well as liquidations
  • Chinese competition law issues regarding international and local transactions, price fixing, and dominant market position issues
  • Advising various local and foreign shareholders regarding Mitsubishi's proposed purchase of Lucite (US$1.6 billion), Chinalco's proposed purchase of interests in Rio Tinto (US$19.5 billion) and Minmetals proposed proposed purchase of Ozminerals (US$1.7 billion)
  • Providing risk management and legal issues training to Danaher group entities in China 


Yu Du is fluent in English and Mandarin, and is admitted it practise law in China.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                           

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Practice Groups: Intellectual Property and Technology, and Corporate

E: xiayu@mmlcgroup.com

P: +86 10 8515 1091

O: Beijing

 

Xia Yu studied law at the China Youth University for Political Sciences, and then went on to complete a Master of Laws at Bristol University in the UK, majoring in intellectual property and competition law.  Prior to joining MMLC, Xia Yu worked in one of China’s largest transportation state-owned enterprises in a business management function.   Xia Yu’s recent work at MMLC, has involved:

 

  • Assisting Culiangwant/China Green with the IP issues associated with the sale of its beverages business to Coca Cola
  • Assisting clients in the musical instruments and auto manufacturing industries, in particular, with Customs protection, trademark registration and enforcement issues across Greater China
  • Drafting and negotiating bilingual transactional documents for a well known international IT company
  • Managing the design searches in Greater China for a well known multinational clothing company
  • Advising clients on various provisions in the Anti-Monopoly Law and its application to international transactions, including BHP and Rio Tinto, HP and 3Com and others
  • Advising companies from the IT, electronics, auto and biotech sections on patent registration and enforcement matters
  • Advising several auto and aerospace entities on patent revocation and licensing issues

In addition to being a native Mandarin speaker, Xia Yu is fluent in English.

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Associates 

 
 
 

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Practice Groups: Intellectual Property and Technology, and Corporate

E: sxuan@mmlcgroup.com

P: +86 10 8515 1091

O: Beijing

 

Sarah graduated from the respected Temple-Tsinghua LLM program in 2008. Prior to joining MMLC, Sarah worked in a major law firm in Beijing gaining experience in commercial leasing and property matters for Nokia, a major cross-border M&A transaction regarding the health industry and various consumer protection actions. Since joining MMLC, Sarah has been instrumental in: 
  • Advising Austrex in relation to major livestock export agreements and protocols 
  • Running trademark and patent litigation matters for companies involved in the auto and industrial sectors across China
  • Establishing a wholly-owned foreign enterprise for one of the world's leading software developers
  • Various foreign shareholders in relation to the Chinese government approvals (in particular the competition law approvals) regarding Coke's acquisition of China's Huiyuan (US$2.5 billion) and Inbev's acquisition of Anheuser Busch (US$52 billion)
  • Various local and foreign shareholders regarding Mitsubishi's proposed purchase of Lucite (US$1.6 billion), Chinalco's proposed purchase of interests in Rio Tinto (US$19.5 billion) and Minmetals proposed proposed purchase of Ozminerals (US$1.7 billion)
  • Restructuring of corporate groups in China
  • Reviewing and advising on China Customs strategies for a major multinational beverages company
  • Trademark filings, oppositions and appeals for entities in the IT, auto, crafts and bioscience areas
  • Assisting a bioscience entity with restructuring of its Asian operations 

 

Sarah is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.  



 

 

 

 

       

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Fei Dang                                         

Practice Groups: Intellectual Property and Technology, and Corporate

E: feidang@mmlcgroup.com

P: +86 10 8515 1091 

O: Beijing

Fei Dang graduated from Beijing Normal University in 2011 with a Juris Master of Laws.  Fei also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Eastern languages that she obtained from the Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2007.  Fei passed the Chinese Lawyers Bar Exam in 2010, and also became a licensed securities practitioner in 2010.   Prior to joining MMLC, Fei has worked for a US law firm and a local Chinese law firm in the areas of corporate and commercial law.  She has also worked as a professional translator involving Middle Eastern, English and Chinese languages. Fei Dang’s recent work at MMLC, has involved:

 

  • Advising Ecco on its distribution network, IP issues and licensing matters across China
  • Assisting with a number of high profile domain name litigation cases involving professional firms, industrial products companies, Alibaba and others
  • Assisting major national government departments with Turkish/China relation issues
  • Advising clients on intellectual property and technology licensing arrangements, translations and registration  issues
  • Managing TRAB appeals for trademark owners in relation to absolute and relative ground appeals
  • Running the China aspects of international M&A transactions for private and listed companies, including advising oncompetition law, FDI, and government approval issues
Fei Dang is admitted to practise law in China. 


"Listed as a leading corporate/IP lawyer by various industry publishers including Euromoney, Chambers & Partners, China Law and Practice, and the Legal 500, Mr Murphy is recognised as one of the most influential people in foreign and Chinese IP Law  ...  The MMLC team is committed to corporate social responsibility through supporting and raising funds for charities such as World Vision, the Smith Family and UNICEF. On a personal level, Mr Murphy has been an active pro bono contributor for more than 10 years to the World Bank’s Doing Business Project for China and the World Justice Project for China. In 2015, he authored the China Legal Aid report for the United Nations Development Program." - Australia China Alumni Awards 2016.

 

"MMLC Group excels in handling a wide range of non-contentious IP transactions, including trade mark and patent registration, trade mark licensing and acquisitions. Led by group head Matthew Murphy, it has been advising Gibson Guitar on the registration and enforcement of its trade marks and designs in China. Other clients include Coca-Cola, Gap and General Motors." - Legal 500 2017.

 

"MMLC Group is often instructed by foreign and domestic clients on the IP and TMT aspects of major M&A. Headed by Matthew Murphy, the team has been advising a number of multinational technology clients regarding online and offline IT and telecoms agreements, including implementation. It also assisted a number of Chinese entities with disputes concerning security and outsourcing arrangements, among other issues. - Legal 500 2017.

 

"MMLC Group is praised as ‘quick, efficient and effective’. The ‘highly intelligent, professional and skilled’ Matthew Murphy leads the group, which is often instructed by large international clients on brand protection, trade mark registration and licensing matters. Ellen Wang is also recommended." - Legal 500 2016. 

 

"Founding partner Matthew Murphy of MMLC Group has over 20 years' experience of IP work in both China and, Asia Pacific generally. He is well placed to handle IP issues associated with M&A transactions, and wider brand protection." - Chambers Asia Pacific 2016.

 

"Co-founding partner Matthew Murphy of MMLC Group possesses "highly evident expertise in the field." He is noted for his skill in transactional IP, trade mark licensing, brand protection and design registration." - Chambers Global 2016.

"Matthew Murphy of MMLC Group has been practising IP law in China, and in Asia more broadly, for over two decades. A source credits him with being able to "hold clients' hands going into China," providing a comprehensive service. He advises such significant clients as Gibson Guitar, Honda, Coca-Cola and Fannie Mae." - Chambers Global 2015. 

 

"MMLC Group primarily acts for major foreign clients in encryption and regulation issues, and outsourcing agreements, with an increasing focus on online agreements. Matthew Murphy assisted China Culiangwang Beverages Holdings with all IP and TMT issues relating to its $400m acquisition by Coca-Cola." - Legal 500 2016.

 

"IP boutique MMLC Group fields four partners in mainland China. Key clients include Apple Inc (which it advised on trade mark licensing issues with a Chinese partner), Gibson Guitar and Bacardi. Founding partner Matthew Murphy is recommended for anti-piracy and patent litigation, and is supported by Ellen Wang, Hong Mei and Yu Du." - Legal 500 2015. 

 

"MMLC Group has an impressive mainland China focus, and is particularly strong on highly technical IT-related regulatory issues concerning encryption on VPNs and mobile applications. Matthew Murphy leads the large Beijing-based team." - Legal 500 2015. 

"Sources appreciate Matthew Murphy of MMLC Group's responsiveness and communication skills. Discussing a recent matter, one client states: "He was able to negotiate an outcome and draft a very clever agreement that reversed the damage. It was very helpful."" - Chambers & Partners 2015. 

 

"Matthew Murphy is the leading partner at boutique firm MMLC Group and is “outstanding at ensuring that his clients’ needs are always expertly served”. Trademark work is a significant part of his practice, which takes in domain name arbitration, anti-counterfeiting and oppositions for a roster of multinational companies" - World Trademark Review/WTR1000.

 

"Led by Matthew Murphy, boutique IP firm MMLC Group undertakes a significant amount of anti-counterfeiting work for clients such as Gap, Bacardi, Novartis and General Motors." - Legal 500. 

 

"In Vuly’s case, that “right person” has been Matthew Murphy, a co-founder of the MMLC Group whom Andon hired during Vuly’s bootstrapping phase despite the lawyer’s blue chip clientele. “Matt’s one of the most influential people in Chinese IP law, he’s bilingual, he knows everyone, he’s been a great friend and protector of ours.” Clearly Murphy’s contacts extend to the State Intellectual Property Office, a body which Andon acknowledges has been a source of frustration for Australian innovators in the past." - Business Review Weekly September 2014

 

"Matthew Murphy is a very experienced adviser in respect of both trade marks and patents disputes. His client roster includes industry leaders such as Gap, GM, Novartis, Sun World and Bacardi." - Chambers Global.
 
 
"MMLC Group is made up of an Australian law office, a Chinese IP agency and a Chinese consulting company, and acts for an outstanding roster of international clients. It has recently undertaken a significant number of Chinese anti-counterfeiting cases. Matthew Murphy oversees the team." - Legal 500.  
 
 
"Matthew Murphy of MMLC Group regularly handles IP transactions as well as other non-contentious work such as trade mark licensing and registration. He also assists clients on litigation and arbitration." - Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2014. 
 
 
"Matthew Murphy of MMLC Group often handles trade mark registration and anti-counterfeiting work for leading international brands, along with representing them in IP litigations and arbitrations." - Chambers & Partners Global 2014 
 

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