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Dr. Sven-Michael Werner

Bird & Bird

Partner, Bird & Bird, Shanghai

Sven-Michael is a partner in the international Corporate Group based in Shanghai and has been living and working in China since 1999, and based in Shanghai since 2003. He has close to 20 years' experience practising law in China.

Sven-Michael's experience includes corporate transactions, commercial and regulatory advice, with a focus on advising clients in relation to the implementation of their technology driven, highly regulated or otherwise complex business models in China. During his career he has also been based in both London and Munich with a remit to develop China inbound and outbound work.

Over the years, Sven-Michael has acted for businesses from all over the world helping them set up, expand, operate and close their presence in China. This work has given him profound insights into the challenges and opportunities when doing business in China. He has seen the various investment structures and vehicles commonly used, and he has a particular interest in helping clients structuring partnerships with Chinese businesses by forming joint ventures or entering into contractual arrangements such as licensing, franchising, distributing.

The industry sectors Sven-Michael is often involved with are automotive, retail & consumer and life sciences & healthcare. Most of the projects are driven by IP or technology as a core consideration or are highly regulated. This requires careful consideration of investment structures and contractual relationships.

Compliance and anti-bribery matters have become a strong focus for many companies in China. Sven-Michael and his team have worked with many of our clients on the prevention of and reaction to compliance and anti-bribery incidents.

Sven-Michael is fluent in German and English, and speaks proficient Mandarin Chinese.