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Banking & Finance

Ranked Band 1 in Banking and Finance (IFLR1000, 2021)

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As one of the first Chinese law firms providing banking and financial service advice, Zhong Lun’s banking and finance practice is internationally recognised as a leading practice among Chinese law firms in delivering comprehensive and in-depth legal service with consistent excellence. The depth of our experience and expertise has won us awards and recommendations for consecutive years by Chambers Asia Pacific, Asian Legal Business, The Legal 500, IFLR1000, Project Finance International, etc.


Banking and finance practice is also a core practice of Zhong Lun London. We provide Chinese law advice to major commercial banks in the UK and Europe in cross-border projects. We also provide Chinese policy banks, commercial banks and financial institutions with English law advice in relation to their outbound investments and financial services. The scope of our works includes regulatory compliance advice, due diligence, transaction and security structuring, drafting, reviewing and negotiating transaction documents in Chinese and English language and other aspects of banking and finance advice.


Our broad spectrum of clients, including Chinese policy banks, commercial banks, investment banks, non-banking financial institutions, asset management companies, fund managers, insurance companies, reinsurance companies, financial intermediaries, professional service companies, bankruptcy administrators and other leading international financial institutions, benefit from our first-class transactional expertise in financing projects across the sectors of financial products, real estate, military, petroleum, manufacturing, mining and energy, etc.

Recent Awards

Ranked Band 1 in Banking and Finance (Chambers Asia Pacific, 2011-2018)
Highly Recommended in Banking and Finance (IFLR1000, 2014-2018)
Ranked Tier 1 Law Firm in Banking and Finance (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2014-2018)
Outstanding Firm in Banking and Finance (Asia law Profiles, 2016-2017)

Recent Transactions & Deals

General Banking

Acted for Bank of China London Branch on providing loan finance to private companies in the UK and China with a total value of nearly USD 500m;
Acted for China Merchants Bank London Branch on providing loan finance to subsidiaries of various listed and private companies in China with a total value of nearly USD 1bn;
Acted for China Development Bank, The Export-Import Bank of China and Citic Group on numerous loan finance for projects in various countries such as Zambia, Iraq, Angola and Sri Lanka.

Property Finance

Acted for a listed company in China on providing financing in the sum of over GBP 10m to a hotel construction project in Birmingham.

Trade Finance

Acted for Bank of China London Branch on providing receivables finance to a private company in the UK;
Acted for the lenders in a syndication financing for aluminium production in China under the regime of difference between debt and equity ratio;
Acted for the lead arranger in syndication to a Russian borrower in financing a fruit production project;
Advised a UK metal trader on strategy and structure for entering into the Chinese market;
Acted for a trader in a commodity finance transaction in China and advised on retention of title and other commercial aspects.

Asset Finance

Acted for Bank of China London Branch on providing financing for the purchase of two aircrafts MSN 63568 and MSN 63144 with a total value of GBP 75m;
Advised CGN International Financial Leasing Co., Ltd on expanding its financial leasing services in the UK;
Advised leading international banks, financial leasing companies and shipping companies in both China and the UK on pre and/or post-delivery finance for the acquisition of newly built or second-hand vessels of various types.

Scope of Services

Services include:

  • Bank facilities, commercial loans and cross-border acquisition financing

  • Real estate financing (including residential properties, commercial properties, offices, hotels and parking lots)

  • Project financing

  • Financing and leasing of photovoltaic power plants, vessels, aeroplanes and other large-scale equipments.

  • Trade finance, commodity finance, letter of credit and letter of guarantee

  • Protection of financial claims, debt restructuring, disposal of non-performing asset and financial crisis management

  • Retail financial services and structured notes Financing for delistingBanking regulatory and compliance review

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