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Belt and Road Initiative & Outbound Investments

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Belt and Road Initiative & Outbound Investments

Zhong Lun’s services for outbound investments, including investments under the Belt and Road Initiative, have seldom been rivalled. Our team is composed of lawyers with qualifications in the US, the UK, France, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan or other jurisdictions and fluent in English, French, German, Russian, Japanese or Korean apart from their mother tongue, and has established cooperation with law firms from more than 100 jurisdictions across the globe. For more than a decade, our lawyers have assisted in Chinese enterprises’ outbound investments targeting developed economies, such as the US, Canada and Australia, as well as some under developed countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. As the Belt and Road Initiative continues to gather momentum, we further expand our worldwide reach and help carry out a multitude of high profile projects with international impact in Southeast Asian, South Asian, Central Asian, West Asian, European and African countries. Preeminent in the industry, we have provided clients with all-round, high-quality and meticulous service regarding infrastructure, energy, environmental protection, investment, trade, labor, intellectual property rights, dispute resolution and other matters, serving to both support and safeguard Chinese investors’ outbound investments.


Zhong Lun’s representative outbound investment clients include central enterprises, large state-owned enterprises, large state-owned investment funds, listed companies and investment banks, involving overseas sectors such as natural resources, energy, large infrastructure, real estate, PPP, and some technology intensive foreign industries, including telecommunication, healthcare, high-end manufacturing, retail, high technology and finance. Our extensive global reach doesn’t mean we take our eyes off the domestic markets, as investments in relation to China’s policies of cutting overcapacity is one of our major focuses. Our works are extensive not only in a geographic sense, but also in terms of the wide variety of investment forms in overseas projects we deal with, such projects including M&A, greenfield projects, PPP projects and tenders.

Scope of Services

  • Surveying on the legal environment of potential investment destinations
  • Analyzing, assessing and formulating plans against general risks, investment risks and legal risks
  • Providing services for the whole process from design to establishment of overseas financing platforms
  • Conducting due diligences in outbound M&A and investment deals
  • Advising on transactional structures for outbound M&A and investment deals
  • Assisting corporate groups in passing their internal inspections on their proposed outbound investments
  • Assisting in obtaining relevant PRC governmental approvals
  • Drafting the transactional documents for outbound M&A and investment deals
  • Assisting in the preparation for tender-bidding process
  • Participating and assisting in the business negotiation
  • Facilitating the closing of outbound investment related projects
  • Assisting the acquisition of annexation loans and project financings
  • Providing legal advice on outbound investment in PPP projects
  • Advising on the commercial insurance for outbound investments
  • Providing full-range counseling for insurance against political risks
  • Advising on matters involving approvals by official bodies
  • Advising on the approval/ review procedures at Chinese government level for outbound investments
  • Assisting clients in selecting, coordinating and managing local intermediary agencies based outside China
  • Rendering dispute resolution services in various jurisdictions
  • Issuing legal opinions on specialized issues
  • Providing legal advice on bilateral investment treaties, tax treaties and the application for other international arrangements
  • Offering training sessions on the laws of investment destinations