Energy, Minerals and Environmental Protection

Practice Areas Energy, Minerals and Environmental Protection

Business introduction

Outstanding Team

Our team in energy (including traditional energy and new energy), minerals and environmental protection comprises more than ten experienced professionals who are graduates of top law schools both in China and abroad.  They are equipped with excellent legal writing skills and are able to conduct negotiations in English, French, and other foreign languages.  Our partners all have more than ten years of practice experience, specializing in energy, minerals, environmental protection industries and other related fields.


Our team members are based in three of Han Kun's offices, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.  This geographic presence allows us to be on site to conduct due diligence, attend meetings and negotiations, conduct interviews and participate in other matters in a timely manner.  As a corporate-structured law firm, Han Kun is able to mobilize the firm's resources to the maximum extent to provide high-quality legal services to clients.


We have extensive experience in energy, minerals and environmental protection-related services and, in particular, have experience in investigating large-scale projects.  Members of the team have provided professional legal services to clients such as government agencies, state-owned enterprises, private enterprises, international investors, investment funds, and domestic and foreign financial institutions.


Core Areas of Practice

Han Kun's services in the energy, minerals and environmental protection areas include the following:


  • Private Equity and Venture Capital

    Han Kun is well-known in the field of private equity and venture capital, both in China and overseas.  In the energy, minerals and environmental protection industries, we provide comprehensive legal services to our clients in fund formation, investment and financing, investment disposal and exit, and other stages of portfolio investments.


  • Equity Acquisition, Asset Acquisition and Establishment of Joint Ventures

    Han Kun is a market leader in equity and asset acquisitions as well as joint venture establishment.  We represent domestic energy and mining companies in overseas investments, including acquiring equity and assets in foreign companies, establishing joint ventures with foreign companies, and providing legal advice on overseas investment compliance matters.  We also represent foreign energy and mining companies in acquisition by domestic enterprises, establishing joint ventures with PRC enterprises, and providing legal services for their business development in China, including conducting legal due diligence on domestic energy and mineral assets.

  • Onshore and Offshore Capital Markets

    Our capital markets team has extensive practical experience in energy, minerals and environmental protection.  We have represented a significant number of energy, mineral and environmental protection companies, underwriters and sponsors in completing public listings, follow-on issuances and bond issuances in domestic and offshore capital markets.

  • Compliance Policies and Legal Risk Evaluations

    We regularly represent manufacturing companies in designing environmental compliance policies, evaluating relevant legal risks, providing legal advice on the disposal of hazardous waste materials, and assisting in the completion of environmental assessments for investment projects.  We also advise clients on compliance with the environmental requirements of international treaties for specific projects and on emissions rights transactions.

  • Project Compliance Review and Negotiation

    Han Kun assists traditional and new energy enterprises in governmental compliance reviews for projects involving clean development mechanisms (CDM), hydro-electricity, thermal power, wind power, nuclear power, and oil and natural gas (including exploration, mining, refining, storage and pipelines).  We are also  responsible for preparing transaction documents for such projects and participating in relevant negotiations.

  • Development, Exploration and Exploitation of Mineral and other Natural Resources

    We provide legal services to many clients in the field of development, exploration and exploitation of mineral and other natural resources.  Our services primarily include assisting with the completion of administrative procedures such as filings, registrations and obtaining approvals, conducting due diligence investigations and drafting relevant legal documents.


  • Legal Advisory Services

    We have an experienced legal advisory team in energy, environmental protection and other related fields.  We represent government agencies, state-owned enterprises, private enterprises, international investors, investment funds, domestic and foreign financial institutions and other clients to participate in various municipal public utilities and public-private partnership (PPP) projects, including environmental protection, sewage treatment, tap water, solid waste treatment and gas, and provide legal advice on environmental protection and other related areas.

Honorary awards in the field

Multiple projects in which Han Kun has participated have been nominated as Energy & Resource Deal of the Year, and several Han Kun lawyers have been awarded by IFLR 1000 and Legalband as Highly Regarded Lawyers in Energy and China Top 15 Lawyers in New Energy.

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