Environmental protection is one of the basic state policies of China, and the concepts of environment, health and safety increasingly enjoy popular support.  In recent years, China has developed and built up numerous environmental protection infrastructures. In the current climate of perfecting legislation and increasing regulation and scrutiny regarding environmental protection and work safety, the environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance plays a critical role in daily corporate management and investments and M&A transactions. Furthermore, growth in environmental rights trading (including carbon credit and sewage credit) continues to be driven by the emerging types of environmental rights and the increasing pressure of energy-saving and emission-reduction on enterprises, accompanying a wide variety of financing arrangements.  Within this context, JunHe’s Environmental Practice Group was formed in 2012, aiming to deliver first-class legal services on EHS matters to domestic and foreign clients.

Our Team

JunHe’s Environmental Practice Group is composed of over 10 partners and associates, who offer a full range of legal services regarding environmental, health and safety issues to domestic and foreign enterprises, government entities and other organizations. 

In addition, the Environmental Practice Group also works with our teams in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, real estate and infrastructure regarding EHS aspects to provide solutions for our clients on an integrated basis.

Key Practice Areas

Our work in this area typically includes:

  • Counseling on EHS compliance;

  • Managing incidents and resolving disputes;

  • Environmental rights trading and green finance;

  • Investment and financing, PPP and M&A in relation to environmental infrastructures.

Unique Strengths of Environmental Practice Group

Our partners and associates in the Environmental Practice Group have extensive experience in the areas of environmental infrastructure construction, operation, investment and financing and mergers and acquisitions. They have successfully represented numerous clients regarding water plants, sewage treatment plants, and waste treatment and hazardous waste disposal facility projects and have a significant familiarity with the environmental industry. Our attorneys have assisted with numerous construction and operation projects in the coal, mining, chemical and petrochemical sectors, possessing direct experience and sophisticated understandings of EHS compliance, and responsibility and incident management in high risk industries.  We have focused on the development of a legal regime for EHS,  maintained collaborative partnerships with environmental protection organizations, and advised in the emerging area of environmental PPP projects. Our EHS team strives to remain on the cutting edge of today’s EHS legal services.

Recent Representative Cases

  • Long-term counseling for the China Beijing Environment Exchange on its routine and innovative business, and assisting in establishing the rules for environmental rights trading.

  • Representing numerous enterprises invested by multinational corporations in China with respect to environmental incidents and compliance issues.

  • Advising numerous multinational corporations on their investments in sewage and waste treatment projects in China.

  • Advising on various domestic comprehensive cleanup and abatement of waters and sponge city PPP projects.