Inbound China Projects

  • Combustion Engineering Inc.

Advised Combustion Engineering Inc. (later ABB) on numerous construction projects in China.

  • Australian Gold Development NL

Advised Australian Gold Development NL on the acquisition of a molybdenum project in Zhangzhou, Henan Province, China; and its acquisition of an interest in the Seven Treasures copper/gold project in Changsha, Hunan Province, China.

  • Australian Wheat Board

Advised the Australian Wheat Board on its training bakery complex in Tianjin and its flour mill joint venture with Kwok interests in China.

  • ICI Australia 

Advised ICI Australia (now Orica) on a chemical plant development and financing in China.

  • Australian Foreign Aid Bureau

Advised the Australian Government’s foreign aid bureau (“AIDAB“) on its copper mine rehabilitation environmental study at Zhong Taoshan as part of Australia’s aid program to China.

  • Renison Goldfields Consolidated

Advised Renison Goldfields Consolidated (“RGC“) on China’s mining law and country risk aspects to assist RGC’s review of mining opportunities for investment in China.

  • Joe White Malting Systems

Advised Joe White Malting Systems (a joint venture between Joe White Maltings and Combustion Engineering) on a malt house project in Doumen.

  • Kaiser Engineers

Advised Kaiser Engineers on initial negotiations for a proposed 800 megawatt power plant project in Shanxi Province, China.

  • Macquarie Bank 

In conjunction with Macquarie Bank, advised on the negotiations with BHP Power, Sithe, and other power companies for a 200 megawatt power station with Beijing Mining Administration in Beijing.

In conjunction with Macquarie Bank, we also advised on the negotiations for a national freight centre in Beijing.

  • Gentek Inc. 

Advised Gentek Inc. (Ontario based) on its negotiations with Well Shin Technology Co., Limited on a manufacturing joint venture in the Shanghai Province to produce power cords and wire harnesses for sale to Gentek’s customers in North America and Asia, including Electrolux, General Electric and LG.

  • Davy John Brown

Advised Day John Brown (now Kvaerner Davy) on its proposed aluminium smelter joint venture with Reynolds Metals of the United States for an aluminium smelter project in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China.

  • Quanex Corporation

Advised Quanex Corporation in Detroit, USA on its proposed entry into the China steel and automotive industry.

  • General Chemical (US) – Chemical Project

Advised General Chemical (US) on a Chinese chemical joint venture.

Chambers & Company advised the General Chemical Group Inc. (then listed on the New York Stock Exchange) on two chemical projects in China. Initially advising on the short listing of five Chinese chemical companies and later selecting the most suitable Chinese partner. We undertook this task with the assistance of our leading Chinese network. We assisted our client through commercial and legal due diligence and the preparation and negotiation of all of the joint venture documentation through to project financing supported by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. The proposed project involved the negotiation and documentation under the Co-operation Joint Venture Law of 1988 for two separate projects. The main joint venture involved the transshipment of our client’s Michigan chemical plant from the United States to China.

  • Puralube – Oil Treatment Joint Venture 

Advising a German waste oil recycling company, Puralube Holding GmbH, on its proposed joint venture initially with Sinopec but then with a larger privately owned PRC company based in the Jilin province of China to build and operate a waste oils recycling plant with an estimated total project investment value of RMB450 million. In this role, Chambers & Company advised Puralube on the relevant legal aspects with the process of setting up a joint venture in China with a PRC partner and leading the development of the joint venture documentation. The transaction involved complicated issues regarding cross-border intellectual property rights transfer and licensing and capital contributions considerations all within the Chinese legal context.

  • Australian Coalbed Methane Projects in China

Advised two Australian companies respectively on proposed coalbed methane projects in China with committed investment of US$100 million and US$200 million respectively.

  • US Coalbed Methane Projects in China

In conjunction with Chadbourne & Parke’s Washington office, advised International Finance Corporation on three production sharing contracts in relation to coalbed methane projects in China.

  • Rosneft – Russian Project

Advised Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company, on property acquisitions in China to establish its presence in Beijing. Our role was in conjunction with the Moscow office of Chadbourne & Parke.

  • Chinese Gas Pipeline Project

Advising China National Petroleum Corporation, China’s largest state owned oil and gas enterprise on aspects of Chinese law relating to Kazhakstan-China gas pipeline into China. Our role was in conjunction with our US affiliate Chadbourne & Parke.

  • International Client’s Hydrocarbons Incident Liability Report (China)

Advising Tengizchevroil LLP (Chevron’s Kazhakstan joint venture) on various regulatory and liability issues in connection with hydrocarbons incident liability under Chinese law.

  • Coalbed Methane Project – Henan Province

Advised an Australian client on its initial proposal and its production sharing contract to underpin the development of a coalbed methane with Pingdingshan coal mine in Henan Province, which was later replaced by China’s first contractual joint venture permitted to take place with a foreign investor.

  • Drake International

In 2012, we were engaged by Drake International, an international human capital and resource management group, to set up its operations in China to penetrate and service the local Chinese market. The structure and in Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (or “WOFE“) structure was set up in coordination with Beijing.