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BA, Anhui University
JM, Renmin University of China
Areas of expertise
Litigation and arbitration
Honors & Awards
ALB Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 2009
Director of Beijing Xicheng Lawyers Association
Deputy Director of Tax Law Professional Committeeof Beijing Lawyers Association
Member of China Certified Tax Agents Association
Member of Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Mr. Li Rongfa, a partner of Grandway, is qualified as a lawyer, a certified public accountant and a certified tax agent. He is one of the first tax lawyers in China mainly practicing in taxation. He has served as the secretary general or deputy director of the Tax Law Professional Committee of Beijing Lawyers Association for the third consecutive term. He is also a director of the Beijing Xicheng Lawyers Association.
Mr. Li has been committed to legal services of taxation for many years. His clients include multinational companies such as Volkswagen, UBS Group AG, Auchan Group, large state-owned enterprises such as Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Huarong Asset Management Co., Ltd. and China Minmetals Corporation, and many listed companies such as Anhui Xinhua Media Co., Ltd., Guangdong Boxin Investing & Holdings Co., Ltd., Fujian Start Group, and Luoyang Longhua Heat Transfer & Energy Conservation Co., Ltd. He has provided professional legal advice on taxation for many major and complex transactions and investment, and made tax planning and arrangements for domestic and foreign investment and transactions of many companies and natural persons, helping clients avoid tax risks and gain tax benefits. He has represented in dozens of tax dispute cases nationwide and obtained good results. His representative cases include: the administrative litigation and criminal defense case of Foshan Shunde Hengguang Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd. on tax evasion, where the company won both the first and the second instance of the administrative litigation and received not-guilty verdict for the criminal defense case; represented Guangdong Boxin Investing & Holdings Co., Ltd. to ask the State Administration of Taxation for instructions on how to deal with income tax in the reform of non-tradable shares, and obtained official approval from the SAT to confirm that the enterprise income tax would not be collected on the company. This not only helped the company avoid a tax burden of tens of millions of yuan, but also solved the problems in the reform of non-tradable shares of all listed companies.
Mr. Li has acted as issuer’s lawyer for many companies such as Anhui Xinhua Media Co., Ltd., Joeone, Luoyang Longhua Heat Transfer & Energy Conservation Co., Ltd. and Nanning Baling Technology Co., Ltd. He has undertaken the M&As projects of a lot of enterprises such as North Electro-Optic Co., Ltd., Changlin Co., Ltd. and Fuzhou Fufa Generating Equipment Co., Ltd. Besides, he has served as the permanent and special legal advisor of Chinese and foreign firms including China Certification & Inspection Group, China Finance Corporation under Xinhua News Agency, MDC Telecom Co., Ltd., Beijing Alsa Passenger Transport Co., Ltd. and TVMining (Beijing) Media Technology Co., Ltd.
Mr. Li put forward several suggestions to the State Administration of Taxation on the revision of tax administrative regulations and his suggestions were finally adopted; he participated in and delivered speeches at many international and domestic high-level forums on tax laws organized by the State Administration of Taxation, International Fiscal Association (IFA) and other organizations. He had extensive exchanges with tax lawyers, tax judges and tax scholars from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands and other countries. The law firm where he practices was awarded the Asian Legal Business (ALB)’s Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year for the outstanding achievements of the tax team under his leadership in the field of tax law.