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SGLA Law Firm (“SGLA”) was established in Shanghai on August 15, 1995. Along with the firm’s development over the last quarter of a century, especially after the new and comprehensive nationwide reorganization on the basis of the former Sino-Global Legal Alliance (Alliance SGLA) in the year 2021, SGLA Law Firm became one of the largest domestic integrated law firms in China with currently 13 offices in main cities of China.
SGLA’s main practice areas include inbound and outbound investment, capital markets, corporate finance, M&A, restructuring and reorganization, real estate and construction, international trade, commercial arbitration, international dispute resolution, intellectual property, art law, banking, trust, insurance and labor law.
SGLA has a team of leading lawyers who are experienced in international dispute resolution, especially in the areas of international commercial transactions, IP rights, finance, real estate development and maritime. SGLA’s expertise in litigation and arbitration has complemented its corporate and commercial practice to the great satisfaction of its domestic and overseas clients.
Contact Partner: Dr. Xu Guojian, Senior Partner
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Born in Jiangsu Province, China,1962. Dr. Xu Guojian studied law at Southwest China University of Politics and Law, Chongqing, China and Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, consecutively, before going to Europe in 1988 to pursue further legal education.
Dr. Xu has pursued advanced studies at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Academy of International Law, International Court of Justice, the Hague, Netherlands; the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany; and Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg i.Br., Germany. He concluded his doctoral studies at Hamburg University, and was awarded the title Dr. Juris in 1994.
Dr. Xu also has extensive experience as a practicing attorney. In 1989 he worked as an assistant lawyer in Dusseldorf, Germany, and from 1991 until 1994 was employed at a firm in Hamburg. At the beginning of 1995 he returned to China to establish a representative office for a German law firm, where he subsequently worked until the end of 1997. During this period, he provided legal services for many foreign enterprises, especially enterprises from Germany or other German-speaking countries, for their investments in and trade with China. From January to December 1998 he practiced at a Chinese law firm in Shanghai, China. At the end of 1998, he initiated the establishment of Boss & Young.
In recent years, Dr. Xu has led and been responsible for the completion of a number of projects that have had significant impact in legal circles, both domestically as well as internationally. For example, in 2001, he successfully completed a RMB4 billion RMB-USD joint bank loan project for SMIC, and in mid-2001, he successfully completed the legal service relating to first open fund in China.
In addition, in 2003, he led the team to completed the acquisition of Shandong Airlines by Air China Group. Further, in 2004, he has been involved in many significant projects such as The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporations purchase of shares in the Bank of Communications, the issue of RMB12 billion subordinate debt by the Bank of Communications, as well as the establishment of two Sino-foreign joint venture life insurance companies in Beijing and Chongqing respectively. Early in 2006, he was appointed by Chinas Securities Regulatory Commission, as Consolidation Work Group leader and the legal representative of Hebei Securities Corporation.
Dr. Xu has been appointed a legislative and consultative expert to the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Shanghai. He is also the Vice Chairman of the China International Private Law Association, and an initiating member of the WTO Sub-committee of the National Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of the China Law Association and the Sino-German Jurists Association. Further, he has been appointed an arbitrator of CIETAC, the Shanghai Arbitration Commission and the Nantong Arbitration Commission. He is also a guest professor of law at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, Hunan Normal University, and other institutions of higher learning.
Dr. Xus main fields of practice include foreign direct investment in China, overseas investment by Chinese companies, corporate law, international trading law, insurance law, international merger & acquisition, real estate law, international commercial and financial law, technology transfer, intellectual property law, construction law, international arbitration and maritime law.
Dr. Xu is fluent in German and English, as well as having a grounding in French and Japanese. He is a member of the Shanghai Interpreters' Association and is a qualified translator of both English and German
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