R&P China Lawyers



Shanghai Office 


17/F Central Towers Tower A,
555 Langao Road, 
Shanghai, 200333, P.R. China


TEL: +86 21 61738270



Beijing Office 


909, Building 2, Kunsha Center, No.16 
Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District, 
Beijing, 100027, P.R. China


TEL: +86 10 64166311 



About Us


R&P is a foreign-managed Chinese law firm, which makes it unique among law firms in China. Founded by Maarten Roos in 2010, R&P has become one of the most trusted sources of legal support for international business in China.


  • R&P provides a full range of legal support to international companies investing, operating or doing business in China. Our clients operate across more than a dozen sectors, including retail & e-commerce, agri/horticulture, food, industrial & manufacturing, chemicals, automotive, technology, life sciences, real estate, media, and trading / sourcing.
  • We are PRC-licensed law firm, with our Chinese lawyers admitted to the bar. This means that besides advisory work, we also act on behalf clients to negotiate with Chinese counterparts, deal with government departments, and represent clients in Chinese courts and arbitration.
  • Our team consists of Chinese and international lawyers that combine in-depth local expertise and broad experience of the Chinese business environment, with a keen understanding of the needs of international companies. Integrity, communication excellence and responsiveness are integral components of our service.
  • We do not just offer opinions about the law; we offer real solutions. We want to help clients resolve their legal challenges in China. The law is important but so is dealing with the practical challenges of the Chinese business environment. We will always be pragmatic in our advice and support.
  • As an independent law firm with offices in Shanghai and Beijing, we engage in projects all over China. Where additional support is needed, we rely on long-standing relationships with trusted local firms and agents across the country.


Our Team


Maarten Roos - roos@rplawyers.com

Chen Yun - chenyun@rplawyers.com
Robin Tabbers - tabbers@rplawyers.com
Kathleen Cao - caoxin@rplawyers.com
Lu Zhiqian

Rogier Van Bijnen - vanbijnen@rplawyers.com

Victoria Lei - leishijing@rplawyers.com
Koen Naber - naber@rplawyers.com
Yang Limeng
Fabian Knopf - knopf@rplawyers.com
Eric Yuan - yuanyuchen@rplawyers.com
Ann Sophie de Meester - demeester@rplawyers.com
Zhuang Yuan
Lisa Qin
Lv Bing
Justin Luo
Kelly Bai
Zhang Jin
Tone Zheng

Stella Zhou

Diana Yu
Iris Yu
Crystal Xu

Qin Lin

Leslie Kong
Gong Gangjian


Areas Of Expertise




  • Acquisition/Sale of Equity or Business Assets
  • M&A Advisor, Deal Structure, Legal DD
  • JV Contract / Negotiations / Buy out
  • Restructuring & Reorganization
  • Loans & Corporate Financing Private Equity and Venture Companies




  • FDI Company Incorporation & Liquidation
  • Registration of chances to capital, business scope, directors, investor, legal rep, address, etc
  • Risk Management Systems Development
  • Corporate Governance Systems Development
  • Real Estate Development




  • Negotiate disputes with Chinese buyers/sellers
  • Demand Letters
  • Police Filings
  • Litigation (Chinese Court)
  • International Arbitration
  • IP Enforcement
  • Compliance, Corruption, Fraud
  • Government Complaints / Issues




  • Trademark Matters
  • Patents / Copyright Matters
  • IP Portfolio Management
  • IP Protection, Investigations & Enforcement
  • Customs & Trade Fair Infringements Actions
  •  Administrative Actions
  • Cease & Desist Letters
  • Civil Law Suits
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA/NNN)
  • Licensing Agreements




  • International Tax Structure
  • China Corporate Tax
  • Individual Income Tax
  • Tax advice related to sale of property
  • VAT Rebate
  • Customs Issues
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Administrative Liability
  • Government Action




  • Commercial Bribery
  • Officials Bribery
  • Corruption, FCPA/UK Bribery Act
  • Internal Control Systems
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Entertainment Policies
  • Data Privacy Protection
  • Responding to Government Investigations
  • Fraud, Self-dealing, Sexual Harassment
  • Accounting Fraud, Channel Stuffing
  • Compliance Training
  • Internal Investigations and Audits
  • Ombudsman (acting as)




  • Import, Export, Trade Contracts
  • Processing Manufacturing Trade
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Trade & Export Financing
  • Distribution Contracts
  • Contract Management
  • Avoiding & Resolving Disputes




  • China Exit Restrictions
  • Detention
  • Marriage, Divorce, Custody
  • Visa Issues
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Employment Disputes
  • Personal Income Tax




Chambers & Partners 


“Rich knowledge and expertise in advising on foreign direct investment, corporate restructuring, joint venture establishment and liquidation. A popular choice for small and mid-sized foreign companies with regard to their investment and operation in China.” Distinguished practitioners Maarten Roos and Robin Tabbers were recognised as key foreign legal councillors of the practice


“Clients appreciate the turnaround speed of the firm, noting: “We expect to get service in a timely manner and they deliver that.” Another client, who engages the team frequently, says that “they have a practical approach, very open-minded in coming up with ideas.”


2018 – Asia Pacific – Corporate / Commercial
2017 – Asia Pacific – Corporate / Commercial
2016 – Asia Pacific – Corporate / Commercial

2015 – Asia Pacific – Corporate / Commercial
2014 – Asia Pacific – Corporate / Commercial
2013 – Asia Pacific – Corporate / Commercial


Legal 500


 “A PRC firm under foreign management, R&P China Lawyers is described as ‘outstanding when compared with more established and branded firms’; it ‘always provides a prompt and informed answer on any topic’ and has ‘deep insights into the market, and good local knowledge’. Clients typically come from the US, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia. Maarten Roos is an ‘extremely dynamic leader and a stable and reliable business partner at the same time’. 


“Maarten Roos assisted with the sale of a multimedia business unit to a private equity buyer and the establishment of a new company under the private equity structure. Robin Tabbers and Rogier van Bijnen are also key names to note.”


2017 – Corporate and M&A
2016 – Corporate and M&A
2015 – Corporate and M&A
2014 – Corporate and M&A

2013 – Corporate and M&A
2012 – Corporate and M&A
2011 – Corporate and M&A


“R&P China Lawyers provides ‘outstanding client support’ characterised by ‘high-quality and solution-oriented legal advice’ and ‘fast response times’. 


The team comprises lawyers with expertise in corporate transactional work and employment matters, and thus has considerable experience with the employment aspects of M&A and corporate reorganisations, but also handles mass terminations and misconduct investigations. Headed by Robin Tabbers, the team is often instructed by Dutch corporates, but advises a range of European clients on their operations in China.


Tabbers has been particularly active in employee investigations concerning various corruption issues. Additional contacts include Rogier van Bijnen and Beijing-based Koen Naber, who have experience in employment disputes. Progress-Werk Oberkirch, Nutriad Group and Opendesk (Shanghai) are among the department’s clients.”


2018 – Labour and Employment 


AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers


Maarten Roos (Market-Leading Lawyer)


2008 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution
2009 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution
2010 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution
2011 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution

2012 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution; Corporate Governance
2013 – Dispute Resolution; Corporate Governance
2014 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property
2015 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution; Intellectuall Property

2016 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property
2017 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property
2018 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property
2019 – Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property


ASIALAW Market-Leading Lawyer Robin Tabbers


2014 – Corporate and M&A
2015 – Corporate and M&A
2016 – Corporate and M&A

2017 – Corporate and M&A; Labour and Employment
2018 – Corporate and M&A; Labour and Employment
2019 – Corporate and M&A; Labour and Employment


Asialaw Profiles


This firm focuses “on advising mid-sized foreign companies that have investments or other interests in China”, and on representing “European and American companies with business activities across China.” 


Asialaw Profiles quoted:“Founding and managing partner Maarten Roos is vastly experienced in advising European and American companies on their China-bound investment and corporate activities. Roos’ practice includes disputes, where he is an arbitrator of the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, with an emphasis in foreign investment and joint ventures.


Robin Tabbers is best known for his M&A, corporate and commercial practice. Like Roos, Tabbers also assist clients with disputes, particularly those involving labour and employment.”


2019 – Corporate / M&A, Labour & Employment, Consumer Goods and Services, 
Industrials and Manufacturing, Regulatory  
2016 – Corporate / M&A; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property
2015 – Corporate / M&A; Dispute Resolution
2014 – Corporate / M&A
2013 – Corporate / M&A
2012 – Corporate / M&A; Dispute Resolution
2011 – Corporate / M&A; Labour & Employment




“Quick replies; efficient; combines in depth local knowledge with a hands on attitude; not afraid to take a position; good understanding of local culture; solid legal quality.”


“[R&P] has a great network, is practical, hands on, and understands Western and Chinese values while being efficient and reliable.”


Mergers and Acquisitions


2012 – M&A
2013 – M&A
2014 – M&A
2017 – M&A
2018 – M&A


Project Development


2018 – Project Development


Financial & Corporate


2018 – Financial & Corporate


Asian Legal Business 


Employer of Choice

2012 – Employer of Choice Award



International Advisory Experts 


Maarten Roos

2018 – M&A Lawyer of the Year in China




2018 Awards

2018 – Top 3 Law Firm in China for German Business


Shanghai Bar Association


Excellent firm serving Expo 2010

2010 – Excellent firm serving Expo 2010