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Matthew A. Murphy
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property (Litigation and
Transactions), Corporate and International Trade                           
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Matthew has over 25 years of China and Asia-Pacific legal and business experience, focusing on Intellectual Property (Litigation and Transactions), Corporate and International Trade. Matthew has been listed as a leading corporate/IP lawyer by various publishers such as Chambers, Asia Legal Business, Asia Law, Best Lawyers, Euromoney, Who's Who and the Legal 500 and is an arbitrator (MCIArb) with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, Asian International Arbitration Centre, CIETAC, the Maldives International Arbitration Centre and the Thailand Arbitration Centre. Matthew is a regular contributor of articles on Chinese and IP law to major journals, and regularly teaches international IP and technology law at the post-graduate level at a number of leading universities.  
Prior to founding MMLC, Matthew led the Asia Pacific IP/IT Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Earlier in his career, Matthew worked as a Judge's Associate in Queensland and continues to be listed in Who's Who in Business in Australia. On the pro bono side of things, Matthew has been appointed official Honorary Olympic Appeals Consultant on several occasions (including 2021/22), and been involved in a number of key research projects for the UNDP, World Justice Project, and the World Bank, focused on legal aid accessibility, rule of law and legal profession protections.
Matthew completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB)  and Bachelor of Business at the Queensland University of Technology in 1993.  He completed his Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Queensland, after studying Chinese commercial law at the University of Hong Kong.  Matthew is admitted in Australia, England and Wales, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as well as the American Bar Association (Leadership).  Matthew speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese proficiently.
Ellen F. Wang
Practice Areas: International Trade, Corporate, Technology   
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Ellen received a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history from Guangzhou University in 1995 and then commenced Masters studies at Beijing University. Ellen is fluent in English, Cantonese (native) and Mandarin (native). Ellen was the founder of the very successful China Dairy Equipment, one of China's leading suppliers of high technology to the dairy industry. Over the last few years Ellen has established distribution and sales networks for international clients throughout China. Ellen is a member of the International Technology Lawyers Association and the China Business Council. Ellen has recently been involved in:
  • Advising a US sensors and controls company on processing trade and strategies to minimise duties in China and the Asian region
  • Representing a US auto company in Customs and Tax audits in China
  • Advising embassy staff, and their clients, in relation to international trade issues associated with wine, beef and other products
  • Advising a US electronics company on HS code classification issues and related disputes in China
  • Advising an Australian sports goods company on Customs disputes relating to licensing issues and technology export issues
  • Advising an iconic US electronics company on China Customs and Tax issues associated with processing trade, import and export, and anti-smuggling issues
  • Representing a US entertainment products manufacturer in Customs investigations in the Hong Kong SAR
  • Representing a major US based computer chip manufacturer and enhancer on trademark and intellectual property registration matters in Australia, China, the UK, the EU, Japan and Korea
  • Representing a US events management company icon on trademark and passing off litigation in Australia regarding knock-off brands and acts of unfair competition
  • Representing Chinese marine companies, US musical instrument companies, US and Australian medical device companies in UK, Australian and New Zealand trademark registration matters
  • Representing US medical MNCs in the creation of Chinese character brands, and registration in China, including clearance
  • Advising the China offices of a major US electronics company on corporate taxation issues, as well as the structuring of expatriate packages
    Acting as second opinion provider for a major accounting and consulting firm regarding taxation issues arising in several large mergers and acquisitions
  • Technology, taxation and market analysis for various life science, food science and health science companies, as well as Customs and tax dispute issues and planning exercises
  • Managing the localisation of patent applications, trademark applications, technology and commercial contracts for a large number of multi-nationals
  • Advising a well known Australian mining company on foreign exchange issues and repatriation of profit
  • Supervising the translation of complicated commercial agreements and promotional materials, from commercial leases to IPO documentation and complicated patent specifications
  • Developing Chinese character brands for foreign companies and advising on standards in relation to the garments, auto, electronics, food and dairy industries
  • Developing market opportunities for companies involved in genetics, proteomics and bioinformatics
Hong Mei  
Practice Areas: Corporate, Technology                          
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Hong Mei is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant. She has a wealth of business consulting experience particularly in relation to international trade. Prior to joining MMLC, Hong Mei worked in the corporate finance department of a PRC import and export company. Her recent experience includes: 
  • Representing a European solar energy entity in acquisitions in China
  • Representing a US auto company in acquiring a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer
  • Representing a US industrial components conglomerate in acquisition of key assets in China
  • Advising a US chemicals company on IP asset acquisition and licensing
  • Advising a US beverages entity on the acquisition of a China based beverages entity
  • Advising an Australian agricultural focused entity on the acquisition of an interest in a China dairy foods entity
  • Advising US and European plant variety developers in transactional and licensing matters in China
  • Advising various agricultural MNCs on R&D projects in China, including equity stakes and JV issues
  • Advising a European clothing manufacturer on FDI, JVs and the acquisition of competitors in China
  • Advising various hedge funds and investment banks on numerous Hong Kong IPOs, and cross-border transactions
  • Acting for a New Zealand based biotechnology equipment company in the sale of its instruments to major Chinese food processing companies
  • Advising a well-known US based technology company on the sale of equipment to Chinese dairy processors, as well as ongoing reagent sales and servicing arrangements
  • Advising on restructuring of the China based operations of a European clothing and sports goods manufacturer
  • Running corporate accounting and tax filings for FIEs and representative offices in Beijing
  • Negotiating the grant of foreign trade rights for various PRC companies
  • Advising various Global Fortune 500 companies and government corporations on international tax issues and planning
  • Representing various PRC and international companies in customs and tax disputes 
Yu Du 
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property and Technology - Litigation and 
Transactions, Corporate, International Trade                                                              
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Yu Du has a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the China University of Political Science and Law. Yu Du joined MMLC in 2008. Immediately prior to joining MMLC, Yu Du worked as Asia legal counsel for a major Chinese media company, focusing on business transactions and IP matters.   Yu Du's recent experience includes:   
  • Representing a European national government on securing Geographical Indication protections for various geographically significant brands in China
  • Representing a major US life sciences MNC in relation to trademark litigation and registration in China
  • Representing a major US machine tools company in intellectual property strategic structuring, as well as patent and trademark protection/litigation in Greater China
  • Representing several plant breeders from the US, Europe and South America in relation to the securing of plant variety rights in China's SFA and MOA PVR Offices (and associated trademark registrations) for various new strawberry, grape, raspberry and blueberry varieties, including the management of DUS testing, liaison with growers and government agencies, and the handling of associated regulatory matters and patent litigation
  • Representing a well-known US industrial congolmerate in unfair trade, antitrust and unfair competition litigation in Greater China
  • Representing a major US luggage company in design patent and trademark litigation in Greater China
  • Representing a major US garments company on trademark and copyright litigation in the Asia Pacific region
  • Representing a US musical instruments icon in distribution agreement and intellectual property litigation in Asia
  • Preparation and delivery of an antitrust programme for various fashion and footwear MNCs
  • Representing foreign MNCs in patent litigation matters in China
  • Representing major brand owners in TRAB and court proceedings
  • Acting for foreign governments in the protection and enhancement of their constituents' intellectual property rights in China
  • All types of commercial contracts affecting the media and telecoms industry in China
  • The registration of trademarks, designs and patents; as well as oppositionproceedings, licensing and royalty remittance issues
  • Tax, employment, FDI and restructuring
  • Applications for Chapter 11 reorganisations under the Bankruptcy Law of China, as well as liquidations
  • Chinese competition law issues regarding international and local transactions, price fixing, and dominant market position issues
  • Advising various local and foreign shareholders in global transactions in the billions of dollars
  • Providing risk management and legal issues training to Danaher group entities in China 
Fei Dang
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property and Technology - Litigation and
Transactions, Technology
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Fei Dang graduated from Beijing Normal University in 2011 with a Juris Master of Laws. Fei also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Eastern languages that she obtained from the Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2007. Fei passed the Chinese Lawyers Bar Exam in 2010, and also became a licensed securities practitioner in 2010. Prior to joining MMLC, Fei has worked for a US law firm and a local Chinese law firm in the areas of corporate and commercial law. She has also worked as a professional translator involving Middle Eastern, English and Chinese languages. Fei Dang’s recent work at MMLC, has involved:

  • Advising a major US sound engineering and products company on China encryption and technology import and export regulations, including the new export control regulations
  • Advising a leading US motions device MNC on strategic ventures with Baidu
  • Representing a US machine tools MNC in relation to Customs/indirect tax planning and disputes management in Greater China
  • Advising an Asian solar entity on China and Australian regulatory issues
  • Advising the world's largest social media company on China aspects associated with US technology and Internet litigation
  • Advising a US entertainment device manufacturer on China's CCC regulations and place of origin issues associated with new product lines
  • Advising an Australian online education entity on product delivery agreements, including associated regulatory issues arising in China and across the Asia-Pacific region
  • Advising an iconic US technology entity on China regulatory issues associated with 5G devices
  • Representing a US devices entity in negotiations with Chinese government departments regarding the enforcement of export control, encryption and Customs regulations
  • Advising a leading cell phone designer and manufacturer on data privacy and technology regulations in China and the Hong Kong SAR
  • Advising a European health products company on data privacy issues in Mainland China and the Hong Kong SAR
  • Advising an Sino-Australian online games JV on regulatory issues in China and the Hong Kong SAR, and securing required approvals and IP registrations
  • Acting for a well-known US biotechnology company in the sale of million dollar equipment units to listed Chinese food processors and dairy multinationals, as well as ongoing maintenance and reagent sales arrangements
  • Assisting one of the world's largest social media companies in global clickfarm litigation
  • Advising various US fashion houses on distribution networks, IP issues and licensing matters across China
  • Assisting with a number of high profile domain name litigation cases involving professional firms, industrial products companies, Alibaba and others
  • Assisting major national government departments with Turkish/China relation issues
  • Advising clients on intellectual property and technology licensing arrangements, translations and registration issues
  • Managing TRAB appeals for trademark owners in relation to absolute and relative ground appeals
  • Running the China aspects of international M&A transactions for private and listed companies, including advising oncompetition law, FDI, and government approval issues
  • Advising on arbitration matters involving IP, domain names and commercial disputes, as arbitrator and lead counsel

Xia Yu
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property and Technology - Litigation and
Transactions, Technology
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Xia Yu studied law at the China Youth University for Political Sciences, and then went on to complete a Master of Laws at Bristol University in the UK, majoring in intellectual property and competition law. Prior to joining MMLC, Xia Yu worked in one of China’s largest transportation state-owned enterprises in a business management function. Xia Yu’s recent work at MMLC, has involved:

  • Representing a New York based arts studio on China IP matters involving the NBA
  • Representing a major US city government and its incorporated bodies on trademark litigation in China
  • Representing a Hong Kong property and biotech company in trademark registration and litigation matters in China
  • Representing a US healthcare and FMCG company in trademark and design patent matters in China, the Hong Kong SAR and Australia
  • Advising an iconic US fashion house on IP protection strategies in China, and implementation of such strategies and litigation as required
  • Representing various US based auto companies in China Customs IP protection matters, worth over US$150m in value
  • Advising a US based chemicals company on restructuring of IP and technology holdings in China
  • Representing various US plant variety rights holders in Plant Breeders Rights matters in Australia
  • Representing MNCs involved in auto, electronics, garments, musical instruments, sports goods and renewable energy, with Customs IP protection matters in China
  • Representing a Singaporean beverages company in securing trademark registrations in China and globally, as well as licensing and related commercial matters
  • Representing a well-known Australian non-alcoholic beverages entity on securing protection for its key brands in China and the Hong Kong SAR
  • Advising a US electronics company on patent registration matters in China, along with litigation and related enforcement actions
  • Representing an iconic Australian wine lable in securing trademark registrations for its brands and labels in China
  • Representing one of the world's most well-known energy drink companies in trademark litigation and enforcement in China
  • Acting as arbitrator in over one hundred domain name cases involving parties such as Alibaba, CK Hutchison, PCCW, Canaan, American Standard, Norton Rose, Harvard, Tencent, Marriott and CLP
    Representing an Asia Pacific based handicapper technology company on intellectual property matters in China, including trademark registration
  • Assisting a Chinese beverages MNC with the IP issues associated with the sale of its beverages business to a US MNC
  • Running patent clearance and litigation matters for various US entities involved in electronics, telecoms and sports/exercise products
Sarah Xuan
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property and Technology - Litigation and
Transactions, Technology
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Sarah graduated from the respected Temple-Tsinghua LLM program in 2008. Prior to joining MMLC, Sarah worked in a major law firm in Beijing gaining experience in commercial leasing and property matters for Nokia, a major cross-border M&A transaction regarding the health industry and various consumer protection actions. Since joining MMLC, Sarah has been instrumental in:

  • Advising Australian exporters in relation to major livestock export agreements and protocols
  • Running trademark and patent litigation matters for companies involved in the auto and industrial sectors across China
  • Establishing a wholly-owned foreign enterprise for one of the world's leading software developers
  • Various foreign shareholders in relation to the Chinese government approvals (in particular the competition law approvals) regarding numerous billion dollar transactions involving major China assets
  • Restructuring of corporate groups in China
  • Patent litigation advisory for major US electronics MNCs
  • Reviewing and advising on China Customs strategies for a major multinational beverages company
  • Trademark filings, oppositions and appeals for entities in the IT, auto, crafts and bioscience areas
  • Assisting a bioscience entity with restructuring of its Asian operations
  • Representing an iconic Australian wine lable in securing trademark registrations for its brands and labels in China
  • Representing one of the world's most well-known energy drink companies in trademark litigation and enforcement in China
  • Representing an Asia Pacific based handicapper technology company on intellectual property matters in China, including trademark registration
  • Representing various US company patent owners in unauthorised technology use/patent litigation investigations, in the Asia Pacific region
  • Assisting a US based fragrances company in the securing of intellectual property rights in China, and associated litigation
  • Advising animation movie production companies on global moral rights issues and contractual issues
  • Advising one of the US's oldest and most presitgious universities on trade secret protection and enforcement in Greater China