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Philip Qu

Lawyer admitted in China

Arbitrator, Shanghai International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission

Education :  LL.B (Peking Univ)
Languages :  Chinese (Mandarin) and English
Office :  Beijing
Contact :  pqu@TransAsiaLawyers.com
 +86 10 6505 8188

Areas of Practice

About Philip

Philip is recognized as one of China's top lawyers for his work in the TMT (Technology, Media & Telecoms) sector. He has extensive experience advising on investment structuring, market entry, M&A, private financing & IPOs, regulatory compliance and partnerships.

As a founding partner of TransAsia Lawyers, Philip is well-known for his representation of numerous leading multinationals with regard to their activities in the media, technology, Internet, e-commerce, wireless, film, TV and education sectors. With expertise in the content-related aspects of such activities as well as the technological aspects, Philip is regularly sought by the foremost industry players on a wide range of convergence matters. He has advised on a number of ground-breaking market entry initiatives in the technology, telecom, publishing and broadcast sectors, including the first retail chain store and first wholesale distribution joint venture in the publishing sector, the first major foreign satellite TV channel local carriage deal, and approx. one-third of all foreign-invested telecom joint ventures (which includes a number of leading US technology companies) since China entered the WTO, as well as some of the largest M&A and financing transactions to date in China’s TMT sector.

Philip has been equally active in advising Chinese entrepreneurs in these areas on major financing, partnerships, IPOs (including the US IPOs of Renren.com, Youku.com and Sohu.com) and M&A transactions (such as the Baidu-Qunar deal and Alibaba-Yahoo China deal).

Philip's practice also focuses on venture capital and private equity investment in China. He has received extensive recognition for his representation of leading market players and involvement in both regulatory and commercial issues across a wide array of industries (e.g., the TMT, education, clean tech, retail and healthcare).

Major Publications

He has also contributed several articles on cross-border investments to international newspapers and professional publications, such as The Asian Wall Street Journal and China Law & Practice.

Advisory Posts and Awards

  • Continuously voted as one of the Leading Lawyers in Asia by AsiaLaw, from 2003 to 2017
  • Since 2010, continuously ranked by Chambers & Partners as a "Band 1" Leading Individual in China’s Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) sector
  • Head of TransAsia'a TMT practice, where the firm has been recognized by Chambers & Partners as the "Law Firm of the Year for TMT" in China for both 2012 and 2013 and was voted by China Law & Practice as the "PRC Firm of the Year for TMT" for 2013. The firm was also voted by China Business Law Journal as "Law Firm of the Year for TMT" for 2013 - 2016.
  • Vice-chairman, Shanghai IT & Telecoms Law Association (2003 - 2011)
  • Member, Advisory Board to the Telecoms Administration of the PRC Ministry of Information Industry (2006)
  • Member, National Telecoms Service User Committee (2004)
  • A Top 10 IT Lawyer in China for 2005 (Legal Daily)

Speeches and Conferences

Philip is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on topics relating to PRC Internet, technology and media investment as well as regulatory issues, including:

  • Nov 2012: speaker at Ernst & Young’s Media & Entertainment Emerging Markets Executive Forum
  • Sep 2011: speaker on the development of the China Internet Industry at Stanford University's 'China 2.0' conference
  • Jan 2008: speaker at MIDEM in Cannes on the legal and regulatory issues in China's music/digital music industry
  • Jan 2007: speaker at Asia M&A Forum

Representative Clients

  • Akamai
  • Amazon
  • Airbnb
  • Autohome
  • Bertelsmann
  • Blackboard
  • Blizzard
  • Bloomberg
  • Benlai
  • Carbon Trust
  • China Film Group
  • China Mobile
  • China Broadcasting Corporation
  • CNBC
  • Conde Nast
  • Dassault Systemes
  • English First
  • ESPN STAR Sports
  • Evernote
  • Fox International Productions
  • Financial Times
  • Fusion-io 
  • FIBA – International Basketball Federation
  • Facebook
  • Gameloft
  • Getty Images
  • General Motors
  • Google
  • Gruner+Jahr
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • InterActiveCorp
  • IMG
  • iPinYou
  • Liberty Global
  • Light In The Box
  • Lightspeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Meilishuo.com
  • Metro International
  • Microsoft
  • Nokia
  • Renren.com
  • Pearson
  • Penguin
  • QNX
  • Qunar.com
  • Random House
  • Research In Motion
  • Ringier AG
  • Ruddy Morgan
  • SEEK
  • Sina/Weibo
  • Snapchat
  • Technicolor
  • Telstra
  • Tiger Global
  • Time Warner
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • Twitter
  • WeWork
  • Wix
  • Yale University Press
  • Youku Tudou