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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 1994
  • New York, 1991
  • People's Republic of China

Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English

Zhi-Ying James Fang

FangZhi-Ying
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Jim Fang has more than 30 years of experience in China-related international business transactions . He structures, documents and negotiates strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, financial transactions, and equipment leasing for U.S. and international manufacturing and private equity clients. Jim assists clients in an array of industries including, financial, insurance, automobile, retail, chemical, semiconductor, clean energy, machinery, media and entertainment, computer, and pharmaceutical. He regularly provides advice in intellectual property protection strategies and in handling troubled business workouts in China. Jim also represents China-based companies in mergers and acquisitions, direct investment, financial transactions, and other business transactions in the U.S.

Jim is one of the founders of the firm's Shanghai office, a foreign arbitrator of the Shanghai Arbitration Commission and the Jinan Arbitration Commission, and he is he Adjunct Professor at East China University of Political Science and Law. Jim’s clients benefit greatly from his profound understanding of U.S. and Chinese culture, business practices and systems, and his ability to advise clients from a comparative law perspective.

Jim’s clients include: Bank of China, China Eastern Airlines, Cigna International, Genencor International, W.L. Gore & Associates, The Timken Company, and Anthem.

Practice Highlights
China-related cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions in which Jim leads (or has led), include:
  • Representing a leading Chinese bank in closing an acquisition and mortgage financing for the landmark Fairmont San Francisco (2015 ).
  • Establishing and amending a $100 million credit facility to the U.S. subsidiary of a leading Chinese TV and media group for financing of film co-production projects with Lions Gate Entertainment (2017).
  • Advising a $300 million credit facility to finance the M&A activities of a China-based leading internet company and amendment (2017).
  • Advising a U.S. manufacturer in transfer of its equity interest in cooperative joint venture entity and exit from another joint venture entity, in Shanghai (ongoing).
  • Representing a Fortune 500 U.S. machinery manufacturer in an assets purchase of a private enterprise in Jiangsu province.
  • Representing an international agriculture and food company in purchasing all of the outstanding shares in a Hong Kong holding company with a wholly owned operating subsidiary in Inner Mongolia.
  • Advising leading health care insurance providers on China’s regulatory matters and on corporate acquisition in pursuing China market entry.
  • Represented the surviving entity in its merger transaction with another company in the Cayman Islands, and simultaneous and subsequent reorganization of related subsidiaries in Hong Kong and mainland China.
  • Represented a new company incorporated in Cayman Islands and with a subsidiary operating in Shanghai in completing a spinoff transaction from an existing company and subsequently, two rounds of Series A preferred stock financing, share repurchase, and re-issuance.
  • Represented a major Chinese air transportation entity in forming a strategic alliance with the leading courier and flight service providers in a startup logistics business with the option of converting the business into a joint venture in the U.S.
  • Advised a design/build consortium from China  on the structure, prequalification, and tender offering process for a high-speed rail project in the U.S.

Representative Experience

Acquisition

Advising leading health care insurance providers on China's regulatory matters and on corporate acquisition in pursuing China market entry. (Ongoing)

Financial transactions

Representing leading a Chinese bank in various types of financial transactions, including credit facility establishment, film financing, real estate acquisition financing, leveraged buyout financing, construction financing, and municipal bond rate-enhancing LC.

Relocation and corporate restructuring

Representing a Midwest-based auto component manufacturer in relocating the operation of its subsidiary and possible related corporate restructure in Shandong province. (Ongoing)

Strategic alliance with joint venture option

Representing a major Chinese air transportation entity in forming a strategic alliance with the leading courier and flight service providers in a startup logistics business with the option of converting the business into a joint venture in the U.S. (Ongoing)

Merger of equals in Cayman Islands

Represented the surviving entity in its merger transaction with another company in the Cayman Islands, and simultaneous and subsequent reorganization of related subsidiaries in Hong Kong and mainland China. (2011)

Tender offering

Advised a design/build consortium from mainland China on the structure, prequalification and tender offering process for a major infrastructure project in the U.S. (2011)

Merger of foreign invested commercial enterprise

Represented a Midwest-based plumbing and toilet manufacturer in the merger of a foreign invested commercial enterprise into its wholly-owned manufacturing subsidiary. (2010)

Purchase of assets/series A preferred share issuance

Represented a new company in a spin-off of assets from an existing company; and Series A preferred stock financing by a Cayman Islands holding company with a subsidiary operating in Shanghai. (2010)

Additional Qualifications

  • Foreign Arbitrator, Shanghai Arbitration Commission
  • Foreign Arbitrator, Jinan Arbitration Commission
  • Law Professor, International Business Law; Director, International Law Department – East China Institute of Political Science and Law (presently East China University of Politics and Law), 1982-1985

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • All China Lawyers Association (inactive)
  • Law Professor and Deputy Dean, International Law Department, leading Chinese law school (prior to U.S. immigration)
  • Frequent speaker to various forums, including American Conference Institute, American Corporate Counsel Association, State Bar of California, Prince Wales Business Leader Forum, China's Ministry of Justice and a number of municipal and provincial governments in China

Professional Recognition

  • John Davis Award for Outstanding Legal Expertise (firm award), 2000