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Intellectual Property and Technology

Our IP practice covers contentious and non-contentious issues relating to trademarks, patents, trade secrets, copyright, industrial designs, passing off/unfair competition, plant varieties and integrated circuits. We work with clients to properly and cost-effectively secure, protect and enforce their IP rights in China, Australia and globally.  We act  for some of the world's most well known companies in relation to IP rights, as well as counsel government regulators and industry groups.

Corporate and Business Transactions

Our business transactions practice covers complex international mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, corporate finance, franchising and IP commercialisation transactions, foreign direct investment advisory, restructuring, anti-trust and competition law, Asian labor relations and consumer protection. We have acted in some of the most complex commercial transactions in Asia in recent times, in the capacity of market consultants, legal advisers or deal facilitators. 

Dispute Resolution

Our Partners and Associates are involved in dispute resolution on a daily basis.  At the more formal level, our Partners have litigated civil disputes in the highest courts in China and Hong Kong.  Further, one of our Partners was a judge's associate, with him later becoming a well respected arbitrator with the HKIAC, CIETAC, ADNDRC and KLRCA. We work closely with our clients to resolve commercial disputes in a cost-effective manner, keeping in mind our client's commercial goals and business/government relationships.

Taxation and International Trade

Our market leading tax and Customs/trade team has assisted some of the world's major manufacturers in relation to transfer pricing disputes, process trade audits, Customs investigations, structuring of employment compensation arrangements, R&D incentive plannings and the taxation aspects of licensing and restructurings in the Asia Pacific region. Our firm was given the Tax Advisor of the Year Award in 2013, despite stiff competition from the larger law and accounting firms. Included in our tax team are lawyers, consultants and financial consultants.