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Larry Sussman


Larry Sussman
Chinese, English
Practice Group

Larry Sussman is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Beijing office. Larry speaks Mandarin, is based in Beijing (since 1998), and has extensive experience doing business in China in multiple practice areas.

Larry's practice covers three main areas: China transactional work, tax structuring and disputes, and other China regulatory matters.

In the transactional area, Larry has represented clients in many "firsts" as they have entered the China market over time. As a result, his practice in the transactional area has evolved with the development of China, and each new matter/area often requires sophisticated problem-solving skills and experience. Historical "firsts" in formerly restricted and prohibited industry sectors for foreign investment in China that Larry advised on included joint ventures, M&A, and partnerships with respect to retail, basic telecommunications, value-added telecommunications, trade, semiconductors, e-commerce, real estate, onshore RMB private equity funds, outbound RMB private equity funds, and distressed investments and lending transactions. Current transactions Larry covers are those in the film and entertainment area for China, as detailed in Representative Experience.

In the tax structuring and disputes area, Larry is well-known in the market as one of few tax lawyers able to handle sophisticated cross-border structuring matters and their associated documentation, as well as the favorable settlement of various tax investigations in China. Larry regularly represents the most active international financial institutions in China with respect to their most sensitive tax matters.

In other China regulatory areas, Larry has led and helped resolve numerous crisis situations in China, including IP enforcement crisis matters, labor disruption matters, trapped cash pitfalls, regulator disagreements, and other difficulties involving various regulatory campaigns or abrupt shifts in governmental policy.

Representative experience

Advising a global luxury cruise line operator in connection with its entry into the Chinese travel, leisure, and entertainment market.

Advising a number of Chinese private equity backed strategic buyers in connection with diligence and bids on various US film and entertainment related assets.

Advising Legendary East in connection with various co-productions, co-financing, and other film investment matters involving China Film Group and other parties.

Advising Marriott Vacation Club International in connection with time share real estate arrangements for the Chinese travel and leisure sector.

Advising Lionsgate in connection with its China entry strategy and various structuring matters for certain film co-financing in China.

Advising the Weinstein Company in connection with certain Sino-foreign co-productions.

Advising Alibaba and Alipictures in connection with various structuring and other matters in the entertainment industry.

Advising Scientific Games in connection with certain products and services for the sports lottery in China.

Advising Game Technologies in connection with a strategic alliance for the welfare lottery in China.

Advising Ticketmaster Corporation in connection with certain stadium performances in China and other China market operational matters.

Advising Certain actors and actresses in connection with the tax efficient structuring of various commercials and other rights agreements for the Chinese market.

Advising certain sports stars in connection with branding and other China market entry matters.

Advising Qihoo 360 in connection with the formation of corporate investment funds.

Advising Warburg Pincus in connection with the formation of an RMB fund in Beijing

Advising Goldman Sachs in connection with numerous investment related tax structuring matters concerning China.

Advising Actis in connection with numerous investment related tax structuring matters concerning China.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 1997
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1995
  • B.B.A., salutatorian, Baruch College of the City University of New York, 1992


  • New York State Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Committee on Foreign Activities of US Taxpayers and Committee on US Activities of Foreign Taxpayers

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Solicitor of Hong Kong
  • New York


Investment Funds - International Firms (China)

Chambers Asia-Pacific


Tax: PRC Law - International Firms (China)

Chambers Asia-Pacific


Listed as a top global tax adviser

Tax Directors Handbook


Ranked a leading lawyer in China for Tax

Chambers Asia


Described as “highly regarded in the international tax field”

International Tax Review


Named as an expert in Corporate Tax

Who’s Who Legal


Ranked a leading lawyer in China for Investment Funds

Chambers Asia


Recommended by Legal500 for Investment Funds and Tax practice in China



Named as a leading lawyer and tax expert in China

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