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Grace Chen
Grace Chen
Of Counsel
Beijing +86 10 5910 0517 gchen@cov.com Download V-card

Ms. Chen advises multinational media, IT, life sciences and clean-technology companies on employment and employee benefits issues in China and across the Asia Pacific region, as part of the international employment group. Ms. Chen also has corporate, commercial, privacy and intellectual property experience. Her practice includes the drafting of employment contracts, bonus and other incentive plans and employee handbooks/policies; advice on workplace safety, work injury, medical leave, invention assignments, inventor remuneration, employee benefits, holiday and leave entitlements, staff integration and employee transfers; and termination of employment, and non-compete/non-solicitation covenants.

  • Advise on general hiring practices in China, preparation of employment contracts, employee handbooks and confidentiality & invention assignment agreements.
  • Advice regarding employee rights upon termination of employment, including senior-level terminations and summary dismissals.
  • Provision of strategic guidance to clients with respect to employee benefits and incentives.
  • Preparation of confidentiality & invention assignment agreements, and assistance in setting up inventor remuneration programs.
  • Advice regarding staff integration and employee terminations and transfers in the event of mergers, acquisitions and other restructurings.
  • Advice regarding formulation of company policies and employee guidelines on gifts, employee data privacy and whistleblowing.
  • Advice to various companies on issues relating to China’s data privacy regime, including the collection, storage, handling, and other use of B2B and B2C data.
  • Review of online terms of use, confidentiality, and privacy statements for compliance with China’s laws, regulations and policies.
  • Advice to a US internet company on data privacy and content-related implications of market entry into China.
  • Prepared and presented anti-corruption, antitrust compliance and commercial contracts training in English and Chinese to the senior and middle management of China subsidiaries of European and American companies.
  • Advice and negotiations for granting technology licenses and providing technical services by technology-intensive companies in the United States and Europe to their joint ventures, strategic partners and other domestic licensees.
  • Establishment of wholly foreign-owned enterprises and joint ventures; acquisition and divestment of equity interests of companies in the IT, life sciences and clean-tech industries.
  • Regulatory and commercial advice on data privacy, health care, advertising, direct marketing, consumer protection, encryption, standards, ecommerce, education, publishing and digital media.
  • Negotiations and drafting of commercial agreements for sports competitions, industry exhibitions and other large scale events.
  • Negotiations and drafting of commercial agreements for development of online applications, provision of online content, delivery of digital subscriptions, and use of online social media platforms to launch promotional and other activities and advice on crisis management in relation to the above activities.
  • The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers (2009, 2010, 2012-2015)
  • The International Who’s Who of Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection Lawyers (2010-2014)
  • IAM Licensing 250 World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers (2010-2012)