On September 24, 2020, Asian Legal Business (ALB), a high-end legal media subordinate to Thomson Reuters, held an online award ceremony for the Japan Law Awards 2020 and announced the winners of various awards, which were designed to commend the leading law firms and in-house teams, and the outstanding transaction cases in the previous year, in the legal market in Japan. As the only nominated law firm in Mainland China, JT&N eventually stood out among 4 nominated law firms; as the sole winner of the award, JT&N was awarded the"Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Yearfor two consecutive years.
This is the second time for JT&N to win this award after winning the award in 2019. Winning the award for two consecutive years is not only a commendation for the efforts and hard work made by JT&N in the past year, but also represents a high degree of recognition of the industry for the professional capacities and service standards of JT&N in dealing with Japanese-related business.
Mr. Guodong ZHANG, a managing partner of JT&N, accepted the award through a remote video and gave a speech of thanks. In his speech, Mr. ZHANG expressed his respect and gratitude, on behalf of JT&N, to the clients and friends from all walks of life who had always given their trust and support to JT&N, and also the determination and willingness to go further.
Under the background that the global economy is plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic and international investment and trade are facing new issues and challenges, the fact that JT&N has won the award for two consecutive years can be said to be a shot in the arm for the Japanese business of JT&N. Mr. Xuewei ZHAO and Mrs Yinglan JIN, senior partners of JT&N, expressed that JT&N would take this honor as a spur to make improvements on a continuous basis, and provide services with higher quality for clients as a professional legal counsel for the Japanese companies investing in China and the Chinese companies investing in Japan.
Core members of the team
Xuewei ZHAO, Senior Partner
Mr. ZHAO graduated from Peking University Law School and Tokyo Metropolitan University successively. With more than 20 years of practice experience in large Japanese and Chinese law firms, the practice of Mr. ZHAO covers the fields of foreign investment, corporate M&A, major transactions, compliance and dispute resolution etc.; meanwhile, he has rich experience in environmental protection, commercial bribery, international trade and other fields, and has been highly recognized by clients and the industry. Mr. ZHAO has successively served as a legal advisor to Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China and Japan-China Economic Association, and currently serves as a director of the China-Japan Friendship Association as the only representative of attorneys.
Xueyan ZHAO, Senior Partner
Graduated from Dongbei University of Finance & Economics and Tokyo Metropolitan University, Mr. ZHAO has more than 20 years of practice experience in large law firms in Japan and China. Attorney ZHAO takes the lead in the legal services for the Japanese enterprises in the Northeast region, and is particularly good at leveraging his work experience in government agencies to provide various effective solutions for clients from the perspective combining economy and legal profession. In addition to the qualification as an attorney for foreign legal affairs, Mr. ZHAO also serves as a member of the Shenyang People’s Political Consultative Conference, an arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and on other positions.
Guodong ZHANG, Senior Partner
Graduated from China University of Political Science and Law and Keio University in Japan, Mr. ZHANG has nearly two decades of practice experience in large law firms in Japan and China, with his practice areas covering cross-border investment and financing, M&A and restructuring, antitrust and competition law, customs and compliance and dispute resolution; moreover, he has rich practical experience in the fields of network security, data protection, and surveying and mapping law, and is also one of the legal experts in the automotive and medical fields. In addition, Mr. ZHANG serves as a member of the Investigation Committee of The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China, a legal advisor to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and the secretary general of the Competition and Antitrust Law Committee of Beijing Lawyers Association.
Yinglan JIN, Senior Partner
Graduated from Peking University Law School, Mrs JIN has nearly two decades of practice experience in large law firms in Japan and China, with her practice areas covering foreign investment, M&A and restructuring, corporate operation and administrative supervision, and dispute resolution etc.; moreover, she has extensive experience in compliance, e-commerce and major labor dispute resolution. The cases handled by Mrs JIN involve the industries of energy, machinery, automobile and medicine etc.; meanwhile, she also has unique insights in the fields of logistics, commercial retail and real estate etc. In addition, she can provide services with unique commercial value with respect to various legal issues in the daily operation and management of multinational companies, and has long been deeply trusted by clients. Mrs JIN is currently a member of the Legal Compliance Research Committee of Shanghai Bar Association.
Mr. yanase, Senior Consultant
Mr. yanase joined an audit firm in 1985, and worked in the Beijing Office of PwC China from 1996 to 1999. He once served as the head of the Chinese Business Group of PwC Japan, mainly engaged in the China tax-related consulting, and the strategic planning related to the investment, restructuring and divestment in China; during the period from 2012 to 2016, he also served as a guest faculty at the University of Tsukuba, mainly lecturing on China’s tax law; currently, he is a senior consultant in the liaison office of JT&N in Tokyo to provide comprehensive services integrating law and taxation for clients.
Shangwu HAN, Partner
Graduated from China University of Political Science and Law, Mr. HAN has more than ten years of practice experience in large law firms, with his practice areas covering cross-border investment, dispute resolution, M&A and government supervision etc.; in particular, he has extensive experience in the business fields such as litigation and arbitration, anti-commercial bribery and compliance, and has handled numerous important cases that are of representative significance. The cases handled by Mr. HAN involve various industries, including automobile, medicine, electronics, finance and real estate; moreover, he can provide professional and efficient services with respect to various business issues in the operation and management of multinational companies.
Taiyang LI, Partner
Graduated from Peking University Law School, Mr. LI has more than ten years of practice experience in large law firms, with his practice areas covering antitrust and competition law, M&A and restructuring, investment and divestment, corporate operation and compliance, and intellectual property etc.; meanwhile, he has valuable practical experience in the business areas such as environmental protection, transnational technology transfer, import and export control, data compliance and cyber security. The cases handled by Mr. LI involve the industries of infrastructure, precision equipment, medicine and pharmaceuticals etc.; besides, he has provided timely and efficient services for many multinational companies both at home and abroad.
Wei WANG, Partner
Graduated from Liaoning University and Yokohama National University, Mr. WANG has the working experience in large law firms in Japan and China, and has also accumulated a wealth of legal practical experience in connection with foreign investment. Mr. WANG is good at foreign investment, M&A, customs, real estate investment, infrastructure, corporate legal affairs, dispute resolution and other businesses; moreover, she can provide the optimal solutions to individual cases by effectively combining the working experience at home and abroad. In addition, Mr. WANG serves as a perennial legal advisor to many companies in the Northeast region, and has been highly recognized and trusted by clients at home and abroad.