China’s premier turns to lawyers from Jun He and Grandall amid New York Times row

It’s only a week before the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China commences in Beijing, where the country’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition will take place. The event has already drawn global attention to China.

Last Friday, a New York Times story that claimed that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s family has amassed huge wealth over the past 10 years brewed up a super-storm over the country’s political elite just before the grand gathering.

In an unusual move for senior Chinese leaders, Wen’s family instructed two veteran Beijing lawyers to provide legal advice and issue a statement denying the newspaper’s allegations. The Lawyer Asia details the background of these two Chinese lawyers here.

With China continuing to dominate international headlines, this week we also take a look at China’s outbound investment flow into Europe and highlight the international firms that are winning the largest slice of the Chinese outbound investment pie.

Yun Kriegler, Asia editor
yun.kriegler@thelawyer.com
Twitter: @TheLawyerAsia

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