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James Chen

Director and Founding Partner
Zhuoxin Law Firm

Tel: +86 20 3941 6888
Email: j.chen@zhuoxinlaw.com

Practice areas

Cross-border restructuring, insolvency and liquidation; Foreign-related litigation and arbitration; Foreign direct investment; Outbound investment


James Chen obtained his LLB degree from Sun Yet-Sen University in 1994, and started to practice law after he was admitted to the bar in 1995. He graduated from Hull University in the UK with an LLM degree in International Business Law in 2000. After that, he had an internship at Coudert Brothers LLP L.A. Branch.

Chen has been a partner at Zhuoxin Law Firm, Guangzhou since August 2001. He attended the International training program of the National Elite of Foreign-Related Lawyers of All China Lawyers Association at Centre de Garrigues, Spain in 2014, and later the International commercial arbitration training program of the National Elite of Foreign-Related Lawyers of All China Lawyers Association at BPP University in the UK in 2017.

Chen has been advising numbers of foreign companies investing in China by way of setting up representative offices, joint ventures, WOFEs or merger and acquisitions with Chinese companies, and also some overseas investment projects of Chinese companies in recent years. As the team leader, he has dealt with a large number of cross-border insolvency and restructuring projects in respect of HK and overseas listed companies, as well as several domestic and overseas IPO and M&A projects.

Chen has also represented numerous foreign clients in the foreign-related litigation and arbitration cases before different levels of courts and different arbitration centers across China. He is well-versed in providing professional legal opinions in business activities and operations to clients. He has been the legal counsel to quite a few well-known foreign invested companies in China.

Chen has been successively listed into National Foreign-related Lawyers by The Justice Department of China, National Elite of Foreign-related Lawyers by The All China Lawyers Association and by The Guangdong Lawyers Association, Top 10 Great Foreign-Related Lawyers of Guangzhou by The Guangzhou Lawyers Association. He was recently awarded Top 10 Young and Middle-aged Legal Experts in Guangzhou by The Guangzhou Law Society. He is now the Director of the Specialized Committee of Foreign-Related Legal Service in The Guangzhou Lawyers Association.

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