Focus On China


Our Chinese business clients benefit from our solid relationships with large U.S. corporations, banks, enforcement agencies and other entities. We are able to provide our Chinese business clients with advice in selecting American partners in business ventures as well as substantive industry-related legal advice.

Experience and Capability

In tandem with the shift of global markets in recent years, Day Pitney has helped Chinese companies meet their cross-border legal and business objectives in a variety of areas, including bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation, and tax issues, as well as a wide variety of business transactions. Our lawyers have also long been active in representing a wide swath of U.S. and international clients in their business activities in China.

We have a number of Chinese speaking attorneys, all of whom are sensitive to the cultural differences that can play a role in cross-border business. The firm’s clients include major corporations in the financial services and manufacturing industries, as well as government entities. Day Pitney also offers robust capabilities in private wealth management. Our recent work in China includes the following:

  • Representation of a Chinese-based manufacturer of handbags in a lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York. We successfully settled in our client's favor.
  • Representation of an international pharmaceutical company in developing a business relationship and agreement with a Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturer to develop and manufacture pharmaceuticals for distribution.
  • Representation of a global specialty pharmaceutical company in establishing a PRC joint venture to manufacture active pharmaceutical agreements and in the purchase of Chinese manufacturing facilities, as well as animal health and human pharmaceutical manufacturing businesses.
  • Representation of a global manufacturer and marketer of high-performance alkaline batteries in securing complex governmental approvals for and the negotiation of a $400 million strategic joint venture with Guangdong City Government to construct and operate a consumer battery manufacturing plant.

Key Practice Areas

Distressed Assets

Day Pitney’s Distressed Assets practice group partners with clients to navigate and meet the challenges and opportunities created by instability in the capital markets. Whether addressing the risks of investigation, litigation, and bankruptcy, or working with clients to maximize their buying and selling strategies, our multidisciplinary team helps clients develop and implement strategies that further their business and legal interests. We understand that many of China’s businesses are heavily invested in the U.S. and our team is here to protect the security of our clients’ U.S. based assets – and help them prepare to leverage these as world economies recover. We can also help our Chinese clients capitalize on the many opportunities such a market presents. We offer both strategic and practical advice in sophisticated insolvencies, bankruptcies, receiverships, reorganizations, restructurings, workouts, and liquidations.

Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights

Day Pitney’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice provides real results for Chinese entities involved in the United States legal system. In one recent success, the firm represented a major Shanghai-based equipment manufacturer in a matter involving a newly bankrupt American company. Attorneys in our nationally recognized bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice regularly appear before the Bankruptcy Courts in Delaware, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and throughout the United States to ensure that the rights of our clients are vigorously protected. Our practice involves the representation of a wide range of regional, national and international clients including financial institutions, vendors, equipment lessors and finance companies, commercial landlords and real estate developers, major retailers and manufacturers, and insurance companies.

Intellectual Property

Day Pitney’s Intellectual Property practice provides our China-based clients with brand-focused services to help them strategically and efficiently protect and make use of their most valuable asset – their intellectual property. Whether well-established or entering the U.S. market, we offer Chinese businesses a variety of counseling and litigation services in the areas of: patent prosecution, patent litigation, licensing and due diligence, freedom to operate opinions, design around counseling, infringement and validity opinions, patent investigations, representation before the International Trade Commission, Hatch-Waxman litigation, trademark prosecution, litigation, clearance counseling, licensing and due diligence, as well as copyright prosecution, litigation, license and due diligence.

We help our China-based clients navigate, and develop strategies to comply with, evolving IP laws at home and in the U.S. Our lawyers frequently appear in state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as the National Advertising Division and the U.S. Patent Office; have argued many cases of first impression in courts ranging from the Third Circuit to TTAB; and have prevailed in all of the more than 200 ICANN-related proceedings brought before WIPO or similar arbitration panels.

Our diverse client base includes national and international Fortune® 500 companies and small start-ups in industries such as digital technology, telecommunications, computers, electronics, software, Internet website providers, new media, consumer electronics, mechanical and electro-mechanical devices, aerospace, photocopying, photonics, industrial chemicals, chemical processes, textiles, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, apparel, gaming, entertainment and hospitality, and financial institutions.

Infrastructure

The members of Day Pitney’s Infrastructure practice group represent clients in the financing, development, permitting, and construction of major infrastructure projects across the United States and around the world. We understand the legal and commercial requirements of large infrastructure projects and the intricate and dynamic relationships that are formed by the participants in those projects, and are able to achieve solutions that are creative and practical in addressing our clients’ business objectives. We represent clients across a broad range of industries and transactions including: energy generation, energy transmission, water treatment and distribution facilities, wastewater treatment and collection facilities, hospitals; schools; shopping centers; mixed-use developments; arts and entertainment facilities; telecommunications networks; health care facilities; municipal buildings; and transportation infrastructure.

Our experience ranges from the earliest stages of planning and development through siting and permitting, financing, equipment procurement, and construction. We also have unique experience in regulated industries and in the decommissioning and demolition of major infrastructure projects.

Energy

Our Energy practice benefits from more than 50 years at the forefront of the U.S. energy industry’s restructuring. We advise some of the energy sector’s largest national and international developers, contractors, utilities, and institutional investors. Day Pitney represents clients in matters related to environmental and land use issues; retail and wholesale market design; the development and finance of new power generation; the creation of new organizations; mergers, consolidations, reorganizations and divestitures; financing; and alternative dispute resolutions. Our leadership team includes the general counsel to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), the general counsel of Central Maine Power Company, and the Special Nuclear Counsel to a utility whose former plants were previously on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s watch list.

Individual Clients

Day Pitney’s Individual Clients department provides the full range of services needed by individuals and their families with respect to estate and tax planning, business succession planning, administration of decedents' estates, administration of trusts, guardianships, conservatorships and other matters relating to incapacity, divorce law, and probate litigation.