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Philip Cheng


Philip Cheng
English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Practice Group

Phil Cheng is our fixer in Shanghai; large corporate reorganizations; joint venture strategies; navigating data protection rules; difficult employee terminations. These are the things that people have gone to him for.


He started as a China corporate practitioner focusing on M&A and FDI in 1999, before the legal services market expanded under WTO. These days, he does much more, handling some of the most entrenched issues for household names and international businesses within the region. 

Phil walks Western enterprises through the legal and commercial landscape during the entire life-cycle of their investments and dealings in China. Many of his sector areas of focus are heavily regulated-- pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, industrial products, automotive, and hospitality. 

He is the person you want in strategy sessions, crisis situations and where difficult judgment calls need to be made.


He is listed as a Leading Individual in the Employment practice by Chambers Asia Pacific and IFLR 1000 and is also recommended for Corporate and M&A in China by Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

'Philip Cheng is 'an expert with a depth and breadth of experience' and is 'extremely responsive and makes himself very available'.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

Representative Experience

Advising one of the world's largest private companies on the massive corporate restructuring of its newly acquired businesses throughout China and Asia.

Advising world-leading medical device and technology enterprise in its 'go-to-market' strategy in China and subsequent establishment of distribution facilities in Shanghai.

Advising German forklift manufacturer on two-year shareholder dispute and divestiture of its interests in a joint venture in Zhejiang.

Advising NYSE-listed technology company on strategic alliance with Chinese railway on development of new-generation energy storage devices for the China market.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Pomona College, 1994

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California


Recommended for China: Corporate M&A

Asia-Pacific Legal 500


Leading individual in Employment practice

Chambers Asia and IFLR 1000

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