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Lehman, Lee & Xu is among the first Chinese law firms to adapt and implement international law firm practices after the start of China’s “opening and reform” and the privatization of the legal profession. The firm serves a broad range of clients in China and around the world in corporate-commercial, intellectual property, litigation/dispute resolution matters before all levels of government nation-wide, and before the People’s Courts as well as international arbitration bodies. The firm’s primary practices are foreign direct investment, white collar issues and government disputes, restructurings, M&A, and private equity. We offer the highest quality legal advice coupled with extraordinary, tailored service to deliver exceptional results to our clients and help their businesses succeed. We invest in the brightest legal talent and build dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their respective areas. The firm believes in empowering our lawyers, encouraging entrepreneurialism, operating ethically and with integrity, and collaborating to bring our best to every engagement. These principles have guided us in building successful long-term partnerships with clients since our founding in 1992.


Serving clients for more than a quarter of a century is an achievement for any institution, but especially so for an institution as fragile and idiosyncratic as a law firm in China. Lehman, Lee & Xu has been an active participant in the country’s nascent legal services profession and has thrived thanks to outstanding professionals and China’s meteoric rise. We have relied on our distinct, dynamic culture, empowering top talent, encouraging entrepreneurialism, operating ethically, and a sustained record of excellence which has become the foundation of the firm’s practice.


More than anything else, the continued success is due to the confidence clients have placed with the firm. Lehman, Lee & Xu’s client base has always been dynamic and varied, ranging from multinational companies to middle-market investors to start-ups. The firm maintains a resolute commitment to promoting our clients’ interests, we maintain a philosophy of conservative growth and hire outstanding lawyers in areas that are complementary to our business to enhance our service to clients.


Over nearly three decades, China has undergone the greatest economic transformation in the history of the world, the firm has also changed, but our professionals’ unshakable commitment to excellence holds true. Lehman, Lee & Xu hires the best lawyers to take on the toughest cases and most challenging deals. The firm has a standard for excellence and advocacy for client’s during the Firm’s first quarter of a century that Lehman, Lee & Xu lawyers, fee earners, professionals, and staff will continue to follow going forward.

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In a recent article, the New York Times quoted Edward Lehman regarding the firm's observations regarding trends in outbound visa and immigration applications.

“Online searches for “emigration” increased by 440 percent last month, according to one tracker. Some internet users have even coined a trending term for the mindset: “run philosophy.” Immigration consultants say inquiries about leaving China have surged since the Shanghai lockdown.

“A doubling, for sure,” said Edward Lehman, a lawyer based in Shanghai who offers immigration services.”

Click here to see the full article at the New York Times.