Chen, James

  Guangzhou, China
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Director, Head of Foreign Related Department, Managing Partner


Education Background
1990 to 1994  LLB, Sun Yat-sen University
March 1995     Admitted to the PRC bar
1999 to 2000     LLM in International Business Law, University of Hull, U.K.
August 2014     Training program of the National Elite of Foreign-related Lawyers of All China Lawyers Association
Nov 2014 to Dec 2014  International training program of the National Elite of Foreign-related Lawyers of All China Lawyers Association, Centre de Garrigues, Spain
January 2016    Qualified as an Independent Director

Working Domain
Foreign Direct Investment, General corporate, Capital Market, Merger and Acquisition, Cross-border insolvency and restructuring, International trade, Settlement of business disputes between PRC and foreign entities

Working Background
From 1994 to 1999  Kingson Law Firm
From 2000 to 2001  Intern in Coudert Brothers LLP L.A. Branch
From August 2001 till now  Zhuoxin Law Firm
From July 2003 to August 2003    Exchange program with Charltons LLP HK

Social Position and Honors

December 2012 Member of Legal Support Activity for Enterprise of Bureau of Justice of Guangzhou

August 2013 National Elite of Foreign-related Lawyers of All China Lawyers Association

September 2013 Tutor of Practical Course of Law School of the Guangzhou Universtiy

November 2013 Arbitrator of Guangzhou Arbitration Commission

October 2014 Expert of International Commercial law of Guangdong Lawyers Association

January 2015 Arbitrator of Nanchang Arbitration Commission

February 2015 Arbitrator of Hefei Arbitration Commission

August 2016 Director of the 9th Specialized Committee of Foreign-related Legal Service in Guangzhou Lawyers Association

December 2016 Selected as China's Top 100 Lawyers of 2016 by China Business Law Journal

June 2017 Elected in the talent pool of "Belt and Road" cross-border attorneys by All China Lawyers Association

July 2017 Selected as Top 20 Client Choice lawyer by SSQ Thomson Reuters ALB in 2017

December 2017 Selected as China's Top 100 Lawyers of 2017 by China Business Law Journal

December 2017 Elite of Foreign-related Lawyers of Guangdong Lawyers Association

August 2018 National foreign-Related Lawyers by Justice Department of China

September 2018 Elite International Business Lawyers (top 10) by Guangzhou Lawyers Association

December 2018 Selected as China's Top 100 Lawyers of 2018 by China Business Law Journal

March 2019 Selected into the list of one thousand Foreign-related Lawyers by the Ministry of Justice of the PRC 


Working Language
English, Mandarin and Cantonese


James has been advising numbers of US, European, Australian and Asian companies investing in China by way of setting up RO (Representative Office), JV (Joint Venture), WOFE (Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise) or merger and acquisition with Chinese companies.

With 20 years of legal experience, James is an expertise in advising clients on commercial and corporate matters. James is currently the legal counsel to numbers of foreign invested companies, including Nestle Guangzhou, Swire Guangdong Coca-Cola,Tyco International, Tupperware China, Coface China, Candy China, Taly China, etc.

James has been involved in a number of large-scale assignments involving cross-border liquidation and restructuring, include GITIC and Guangdong Enterprises (Holdings) Limited (GDE) projects and numbers of insolvency tasks in connection to large companies with Hong Kong or Offshore background, such as Moulin Global Eyecare Holding, Tack Fat Group, Peace Mark, Boto Ltd, Asia Aluminum, Sino-Environment, China Packaging and China Metal Recycling Holding, etc.,

James also has rich experience in Capital Market. He has participated in quite a few domestic and foreign IPO and M&A projects, and has handled several projects successfully listed in the National Equities Exchange and Quotations as the project leader.

James has represented foreign clients and foreign invested companies on investment or trade dispute with Chinese companies in China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the courts across China.