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Yang & Lin Co. Law Firm (Yang & Lin) is a comprehensive law firm dealing with maritime, admiralty, foreign-related affairs, insurance, finance, trade, real estate, corporate investment, intellectual property rights, criminals, administrative affairs, labor relations and overseas arbitration disputes and affairs.


Yang & Lin is recognized as the top law firms dealing with maritime, admiralty and foreign-related affairs in China. It has been a leading role model in the legal profession of admiralty, maritime and foreign-related affairs. And it is a paragon for law firms dealing with maritime and foreign-related affairs nation-wide in term of professionalize and brand marketing.


In February 2016 Yang & Lin was elected as the“National Excellent Law Firm from 2011 to 2014”by All China Lawyers Association. Yang & Lin was the only law firm elected throughout the country as law firm specializing in admiralty, maritime and foreign-related affairs. The election was organized by the Ministry of Justice and All China Lawyers Association. Primary election was carried out by municipal department of justice, further selection was done by provincial department of justice and lawyers association and its final review was done by the Ministry of Justice and All China Lawyers Association. This is an official election rather than online or wechat voting. There were 100 law firms stood out from the election. Among which there were 7 law firms from Guangdong and 2 of them from Guangzhou. Yang & Lin ranked No.1 among the 7 law firms from Guangdong. There are 2000 more law firms in Guangdong and 500 more in Guangzhou. Yang & Lin was chosen mainly because it was recognized as a leading role model in the legal profession of maritime, admiralty and foreign-related affairs.


Yang & Lin was established in April, 2006, and set up a branch office, Yang & Lin (Shanghai) Co. Law Firm, in Shanghai in December 2014. It also has offices in Xiamen and Fuzhou. Yang & Lin (branch and offices included) adopts a corporate-based and integrated management model and adheres to a development pattern of branding and professionalism. The law firm enjoys a strong reputation.


1. Yang & Lin is recognized as a leading role model in the legal profession of maritime, admiralty and foreign-related affairs with its outstanding achievements.


As the most credible law firm dealing with admiralty, maritime, and foreign-related affairs, it has been a leading role model in the legal profession. Yang & Lin obtains remarkable achievements in the industry. Over 20 cases it represented was published as typical cases on the Gazette of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China.


In February 2016 Yang & Lin was elected as the“National Excellent Law Firm from 2011 to 2014”by All China Lawyers Association, mainly because Yang & Lin was recognized as a leading role model in the legal profession of maritime, admiralty and foreign-related affairs.


On 19 April 2018, under the witness of deputy director general of Guangdong Department of Justice Liang Zhen and deputy director of Guangzhou Department of Justice Tan Xiangping, Yang & Lin has signed the legal cooperation agreement with Caucus Law Firm from the Philippines. Yang & Lin was the first law firm in China signing legal cooperation agreement with Filipino law firm.


From August 2017 to May 2018, Yang & Lin has signed the legal cooperation agreement with many law firms from Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and Hong Kong.


In March 2018, Yang & Lin was elected into Guangdong lawyer’s directories dealing with foreign-related affairs.


Deputy Director Judy C Z Lin of the law firm was selected as “leading international lawyer” in the first “leading talent” selection by All China Lawyers Association. From October to December 2013, as the one of the 36 government-sponsored lawyers she was dispatched to Germany to attend the training of investment in mergers. From October to November 2016, she was dispatched to the USA to attend the training of investment in mergers. And on July 2018, she was elected as one of the top ten lawyers dealing with foreign affairs.


From November to December 2018, as one of the first “Guangdong leading international lawyers”, Colin Y F Yang was dispatched to London to attend the arbitration training. 


In May 2018, Director Colin Y F Yang, Deputy Director Wuk Kai and Lawyer Liang Su was elected into Guangdong lawyer’s directories dealing with foreign-related affairs.


In April 2016, Yang & Lin had signed a cooperation agreement with South China Normal University, Yang & Lin has become the training base for South China Normal University.


From 2010 to 2018, Yang & Lin has continuously been recommended by Chambers and Partners - a world-renown legal rating agency as the Leading Law Firm in Shipping in Southern China .


Yang & Lin applies a managing mode of company management system and team work. The firm establishes a very close cooperation relationship with lawyers from Hong Kong, Tai Wan, Singapore, London, New York, Philippines, South Africa and Dubai etc, which enables Yang & Lin to provide professional high-quality services for clients around the globe.


Over the years, Yang & Lin has handled numerous complicated maritime, admiralty, foreign-related affairs for many enterprises, ship-owners, charterers, insurers, P&I clubs and cargo interests. Strong cohesiveness and team spirit endow Yang & Lin with outstanding achievement, most cases have obtained very good results and won their high praise.


Yang & Lin was awarded with 8 banners since its establishment.


On 10 November 2006, China Shipping Development Co., Ltd. Tramp Co. presented a complimentary banner to Yang & Lin, commending Yang & Lin as “An Elite Group of Lawyers Dealing with Maritime Cases”. On 23 January 2008, PICC Guangdong Province Branch presented a complimentary banner to Yang & Lin and highly admired Yang & Lin as "Professional and Fantastic Lawyers’ Group". On 9 October 2011, PICC Guangzhou Branch presented an honor banner to Yang & Lin and highly appraised Yang & Lin as “Knowledgeable and Professional Lawyers’ Team”. On 21 June 2013, China Shipping Bulk Carrier Co., Ltd presented a banner to Yang & Lin and praised Yang & Lin as “Specialist of Maritime Affairs, Elite of Legal Service”. On 5 February 2015, Marine Insurance Operation Center of China Pacific Property Insurance Co Ltd presented a banner to Yang & Lin and praised Yang & Lin as “Deliberate and discreet to analyze laws, Devoted and diligent to protect interests”. On 5 January 2016, PICC Property and Casualty Company, Shanghai Branch presented a banner to Yang & Lin and praised Yang & Lin as “Professional Team of Admiralty and Maritime Lawyers”. From 29 December 2018, China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co Ltd, Fujian Branch presented a banner to Yang & Lin and praised Yang & Lin as “Professional and Advocated Maritime Elite Team”. Up to now, it is the first time for each of the above six domestic companies to present banner to a law firm


On 5 March 2014, Korea Shipping Association presented an honor banner on behalf of the club to Yang & Lin Co. Law Firm and highly praised Yang & Lin Co. Law Firm as


Responsible on Practice, Remarkable on Performance”. So far this is the first time for Korea Shipping Association to present banner to a Chinese law firm.


2. Yang & Lin possesses abundant experience in dealing with cases of trade, investment, merge and acquisition and corporate affairs.


In August 2018, Yang & Lin was selected into solicitor pool of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of Guangdong Province.


Yang & Lin possesses abundant experience in dealing with cases of trade, investment, merge and acquisition and corporate affairs. Yang & Lin has dealt with various investment projects and provided legal services through the whole investment program. Yang & Lin Co. Law Firm assists companies in guarding against various legal risks and in settling disputes with a professional lawyer team, covering a full range of legal services related to corporate affairs and any other affairs concerned with investment, including drawing up contract and articles of association, setting up documents.


Area of practice includes: feasibility study; duty research; commercial contract; letter of credit and guarantee; exchange management; foreign trade tax; duty and commodity inspection; debt claim; approval and registration of establishment of the corporate; Mergers, acquisitions, separations, branch establishment; Completing all formalities for setting up wholly foreign-owned enterprises, Sino-foreign joint venture/cooperative enterprise; Articles of association, joint venture contracts, shareholders' agreements; Change of shareholders of corporate, loan and financing; Increase/decrease of the registered capital of corporate; Transfer of corporate shares; Notices, minutes and resolutions of shareholder/director meetings; Corporate governance, bylaws and business secret protection; Corporate reorganization and capital restructuring; Corporate winding-up, termination, bankruptcy and liquidation; Tax registration.


3. Excellent professionals and teams is the core strength for the development of Yang & Lin


Yang & Lin is staffed with a group of outstanding lawyers specialize in maritime, admiralty and foreign-related affairs.


Director Colin Y F Yang is the deputy director of the Maritime Committee of All China Lawyers Association, director of the Maritime Logistics Law Committee of Guangdong Lawyers Association, and the only lawyer representative among 9 deputy directors of the Marine Transportations Research Council of China Institute of Navigation, deputy director of the Maritime Committee of China Maritime Law Association. He is also the guest professor and senior consultant specialize in Maritime Law of many universities. And he also been employed as an expert to participate in conversaziones of Judicial Interpretation held by the Supreme Court many times. Director Colin Y F Yang is also one of the expert in the research group on revision of the Maritime Lawled bythe Ministry of Transport.Deputy Director Ph.D Judy C Z Lin of the law firm was selected as “leading international lawyer” in the first “leading talent” selection by All China Lawyers Association and was dispatched to Germany for training in 2013 and to the USA for training in 2016.


Deputy Director Judy C Z Lin is the commissioner of Finance, Securities and Insurance Committee of All China Lawyers Association, deputy director of International Business Law Committee of Guangdong Lawyers Association, director of “The Belt and Road” Legal Practice Committee of Guangzhou Lawyers Association


Among more than 30 lawyers of Yang & Lin, there are 1 deputy director of the Maritime Committee of China Maritime Law Association (Colin Y F Yang), 1 deputy director of Marine Transportation Regulations Committee of China Institute of Navigation (Colin Y F Yang), 1 deputy director of the Maritime Law Committee of All China Lawyers Association (Colin Y F Yang), 1 director of China Maritime Law Association (CMLA, Colin Y F Yang), 1 commissioner of the Marine Insurance Committee of CMLA (Colin Y F Yang), 1 director of Maritime Logistic Committee of Guangdong Lawyers Association (Colin Y F Yang), 1 senior consultant of Institute of Marine Insurance Law of Dalian Maritime University (Colin Y F Yang), 1 visiting professor of Henan University of Technology (Judy C Z Lin), 2 senior consultants of Institute of International Law of Fuzhou University(Colin Y F Yang, Judy C Z Lin), 1 arbitrator of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Colin Y F Yang), 1 arbitrator of China Maritime Arbitration Commission (Colin Y F Yang ), 2 arbitrators of Guangzhou Arbitration Commission (Colin Y F Yang, Judy C Z Lin),1 deputy director of Marine Transportation Regulations Committee of China Maritime Law Association (Judy C Z Lin), 1 deputy director of International Business Law Committee of Guangdong Lawyers Association(Judy C Z Lin), 1 Director of “The Belt and Road” Legal Practice Committee of Guangzhou Lawyers Association (Judy C Z Lin), 1 Leading Talent of Chinese layers dealing with foreign affairs (Judy C Z Lin), 1 commissioner of Shipping Law Committee of CMLA (Zhuang Dong Xiao), 2 captains (Yuan Jinsong, Hou Guobin), 1 C/O, 4 Second Officers, 1 Second Engineer and 3 LLMs who obtained the degree in UK. 1 Ph.D of Business Administration (Judy C Z Lin), 1 Ph.D of law (Judy C Z Lin). Most lawyers have obtained LLM of Maritime Law.


From 2006 to 2016, many lawyers from Yang & Lin has published more than 20 academic articles in well-known magazines such asAnnual of China Maritime Law,Newsletter of Maritime Law Association,Comment on the Law of the Sea,Guangdong Navigation, US-China Law Review andChina Lawyer and Juristetc. and has given lectures at the international seminars of Maritime Law or acted as a host of such seminars many times. 


1.4. Held large scale of seminars many time to promote industry exchange.


Colin Y F Yang is the deputy director of the Maritime Committee of China Maritime Law Association and director of the maritime logistic committee of Guangdong Lawyers Association. There are many lawyers joining committees of provincial and municipal lawyers associations. In addition to fulfill the obligations as a member of lawyers association, Yang & Lin also holds different kinds of activities to promote the communication and development of the industry.


Yang & Lin has held several seminars withmost high-profile, strong influence and high-interaction,such as the “Guangzhou International Maritime Law Conference 2011”,“Guangzhou International Maritime Law Conference 2013”,“Legal Risk of International Trading and International Freight Forwarder and Their Settlement Mechanism”, “The Belt and Road and Chinese Enterprises Go Global Law Conference”, and “2016 International Maritime Law Seminar and International Shipping Law and Policy High-end Forum” respectively in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. These activities promoted the discussion and progress of relevant laws, arouse positive social influence and were highly appraised by the society. Yang & Lin bore the costs of the five seminars, 100,000 to 200,000 RMB each time.


On 25 November 2011, “Guangzhou International Maritime Law Conference 2011” organized by Yang & Lin was successfully held. This conference was jointly hosted by the Marine Transportation Regulations Research Council of China Institute of Navigation, the Transportation Department of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, the Law School of Shanghai Maritime University and Guangdong Shipowners’ Association. Over 360 people from the courts such as the Supreme People’s Court, Guangdong Higher People’s Court, Guangzhou Maritime Court, Haikou Maritime Court and Wuhan Maritime Court etc., from the MSAs such as Guangdong MSA, Shenzhen MSA and Guangzhou MSA etc., from the shipping companies such as COSCO and China Shipping etc., from the insurance companies such as PICC and CPIC etc., from the P&I clubs such as CPI, UK, Gard, Swedish, Skuld and TT-Club etc., from the units such as universities and colleges, arbitration commissions, environmental protection department, department of fisheries, salvage bureau, pilotage companies, shipyards, ports, waterway bureau, maritime law firms, agent companies and survey companies etc. have attended this conference.Both the number of people attending the conference and the number of units attending the conference soared to record highs.


On 29 November 2013, “Guangzhou International Maritime Law Conference 2013”organized by Yang & Lin was successfully held. This conference was jointly hosted byGuangdong Lawyers Association, Marine Transportation Regulation Committee of China Maritime Law Association (CMLA), Marine Insurance Law Committee of CMLA and Marine Transportation Regulations Research Council of China Institute of Navigation, co-organized by Maritime Law Committee of Guangdong Lawyers Association.About 541 people attended for this conference, participants including units of different Courts, MSAs, judicial department, shipping companies, insurance companies, P&I clubs, universities and colleges, arbitration commissions, environmental protection department, salvage bureau, pilotage companies, waterway bureau, shipyards, ports, lawyers association, maritime law firms, agent companies and survey companies etc, as well as guests from South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.Both the number of people attending the conference and the number of units attending the conference are the largest among all the maritime conferences held in P. R. China.


In order to celebrate the 30th anniversary, Guangzhou Maritime Court held a legal lecture of “Legal Risk of International Trading and International Freight Forwarder and Their Settlement Mechanism” on 23 May 2014. The lecture was organized by Yang & Lin Co Law Firm. Co-hosts of the lecture including Guangzhou Maritime Judges Association, the Marine Transportation Regulations Committee of China Maritime Law Association, Guangdong Lawyers Association, Guangzhou Lawyers Association, Guangdong Shippers Association and Guangdong International Freight Forwarders Association; and the co-organizers were the Maritime Law Committee of Guangdong Lawyers Association and the Maritime Law Committee of Guangzhou Lawyers Association. More than 300 people from Guangzhou Maritime Court, trading companies, freight forwarding companies, insurance companies, institutions of higher learning, arbitration commissions, law firms, and adjustment and survey departments attended the lecture. The attended guests gave a high appraisal to Yang & Lin Co Law Firm for the lecture preparation.


On 27th November 2015, Yang & Lin Co. Law Firm organized “The Belt and Road and Chinese Enterprises Go Global Law Conference”. The law conference was hosted by the Leading Chinese Lawyers of 1st, 2nd and 3rd term dealing with Cross-Border Legal Affairs, and jointly held by All China Lawyers Association, Guangdong Lawyers Association and Guangzhou Lawyers Association, co-hosted by China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Guangzhou Maritime Judges Association, Guangzhou Arbitration Commission and School of Law of Sun Yat-sen University etc. About 400 guests from the judicial administrative departments, the courts, the arbitration commissions, law firms, overseas enterprises, institutions of higher education, democratic parties and the medias attended this law conference. All the guests and participants attending this law conference also expressed their approval and appraisal to our law firm.


Guangdong TV, Guangzhou TV, Legal Daily, Democracy and Legal System Magazine, Guangzhou Daily, New Express, Information Times and other media reported on the law conference. They all fully approved of and spoke highly of this law conference.


The law conference was a complete success. Full approval and high appraisal was given to conference our law firm as the organizer of the law conference by Department of Justice of Guangdong Province, Bureau of Justice of Guangzhou, Guangzhou Maritime Court, All China Lawyers Association, Guangdong Lawyers Association, Guangzhou Lawyers Association and other units. All the guests and participants attending this law conference also expressed their approval and appraisal to our law firm.


From November 18 to 19, 2016, the “2016 International Maritime Law Seminar and International Shipping Law and Policy High-end Forum” was organized by Yang & Lin Co. Law Firm in Guangzhou. This major event will be jointly held by Maritime Law Committee of All China Lawyers Association, International Shipping Law and Policy Research Center of South China Normal University, Guangdong Lawyers Association, China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co., Ltd, Marine Insurance Law Committee of China Maritime Law Association, Maritime Law Committee of China Maritime Law Association, Shipping Law and Regulation Research Committee of China Institute of Navigation, Guangzhou Maritime Judge Association, Law School of Dalian Maritime University, Law School of Shanghai Maritime University, Navigation Law Research Center of Guangdong Law Society, China Guangzhou Arbitration Commission, Guangzhou Maritime College, Guangdong Institute of Navigation, Guangdong Shipowners Association, Guangzhou Shipping Exchange, Guangdong International Freight Agency Association, Maritime Law Committee of Guangdong Lawyers Association. There were more than 580 people registered for the seminar and more than 550 participants. It was the largest scale in the history of maritime law seminar. The seminar is a high level productive academic event that arouse huge influence among fields of maritime law, shipping and other relevant industries.


5. “To achieve the best result of a case and obtain biggest interests for the clients” is the everlasting service purpose of Yang & Lin


Within the scope of law, “to achieve the best result of a case and obtain biggest interests for the clients” are the service purpose of Yang & Lin. Since lawyers of Yang & Lin always take protecting the utmost rights and interests of the clients as our service aims. Meanwhile, Yang & Lin reduces the waste of social resources in an effective way and change some clients’ attitude and views towards legal profession.


Yang & Lin has never been complained, fined or punished during 12 years since its establishment. 


Yang & Lin will, as always, exert all her utmost efforts to render all-inclusive and round-the-clock legal services to our clients from home and/or abroad with high satisfaction.