Edward Epstein FIArb

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Year of call: 1988 (NSW, Australia), 2019 (Hong Kong), 1992 (Solicitor: England and Wales), 1993 (Solicitor: Hong Kong), 2016 (Solicitor: Ireland)

Edward has lived in China for more than 30 years, the last 20 years in Shanghai. His practice is in M&A, real estate and general corporate affairs. He has represented multinational corporations in the due diligence and negotiation of numerous joint ventures and establishment of wholly foreign-owned enterprises in China in a wide variety of industries, including real estate, chemicals, petrochemicals, automotive components, packaging and other types of manufacturing operations.

Edward has also assisted clients’ entry into the services, retail and trading sectors in China and is adept at designing strategies for investing and doing business in China. With his long tenure in China and his strong academic background, Edward belongs to a very small group of foreign lawyers who understands China and Chinese law in the context of its political economy.

At the end of 2016, Edward was named to China Business Law Journal’s first A-List which recognizes the top 100 private practice lawyers in China. For several years, Chambers Asia has ranked him as a leading lawyer in corporate/M&A and real estate in China, stating that “clients commend his excellent drafting skills and strong understanding of Chinese culture and business practice.” Clients also admire his ability to “provide accurate timeframes and negotiate around issues in a legal and realistic way” and his “pragmatic approach helps clients evaluate risk and solve issues.” They say “Edward is always creative and constructive” and is “good at spotting questionable business practices which will be issues for Western companies” He also has “the ability to help the client to do deals in what is a difficult regulatory environment for foreign real estate developers in China.” Edward is also recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Asia by Asia Law – Leading Lawyers in the areas of real estate, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate practice, and labor and employment law. He also has been highly ranked by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in corporate/mergers and acquisitions and real estate in China. Edward has received client accolades for designing strategies for investing and doing business in China, according to Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and worked on several complex projects that “required exceptional commercial acumen.”

Among the first western scholars to study law at the Renmin University of China, Edward is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese (as well as German). He received a B.A. and LL.B. from the Australian National University, an LL.M. from Columbia University, and is admitted to practice law in Hong Kong, England and Australia.


Direct Phone Number: +852 9013 2755

Legal Qualifications:

1982, BA and LLB, Australian National University
1990, LLM., Columbia University

Scholarships, prizes & honourable mentions:

Bretzfelder Scholarship Columbia University Law School

Languages spoken:

English, Putonghua, German

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