Fan Jiannian, partner and head of Gide’s Shanghai office, is once again on China Business Law Journal’s A-List, a compilation of the top 150 private practice lawyers for China-related business.
CBLJ, a leading industry magazine in China, compiles the annual list based on recommendations from corporate legal counsel, senior officers and legal colleagues based in China and around the world. From the more than 1,000 nominations received, 150 lawyers were selected, including only 50 from foreign law firms. The list may be viewed online.
Jiannian specialises in cross-border M&A and corporate finance. He advises multinational, public and private-sector clients on their activities in Greater China across a broad range of sectors, including the automotive, equipment manufacturing, industrial gas, real estate, and fashion industries. Notably, he assisted the SEB Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Zhejiang Supor Co., Ltd., in two separate transactions totalling EUR 750 million and Veolia Environnement on its first two issuances of panda bonds on the Chinese domestic bond market for a total of EUR 270 million.
In recent years, Jiannian has been advising more and more Chinese companies on their investments abroad, including China Export-Import Bank on its financing of China Huaxin’s acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent’s French assets for nearly EUR 200 million and Zhejiang Semir Garment Co., Ltd., on its acquisition of the Kidiliz Group, the European leader in premium children’s fashion, for EUR 110 million.
First named to CBLJ’s A-List in 2016, Jiannian serves as the vice-chief of the Shanghai Bar Association’s Special Members Committee, where he is in charge of coordinating all foreign law firms registered with the organisation. He is also a member of the Ningbo and Zhejiang Chambers of Commerce. His working languages are Chinese (Mandarin), English and French.