Mergers and Acquisitions

Overview

We provide high impact advice to clients on complex and high-value M&A transactions. We have particular expertise in financial institutions M&A and private equity portfolio transactions. We have acted for purchasers, sellers, major shareholders, lenders, as well as financial advisors to these transactions.

We ensure that every step of the deal conforms to commercial objectives and to the risk profile of the client. From negotiating letters of intent and the definitive terms of a deal to attending to due diligence, the satisfaction of conditions precedent and attending to completion formalities, we help clients to manage risks whilst bringing each transaction to a successful close. Like other areas of our practice, our approach to M&A combines our experience in corporate matters with in-depth practical experience in managing regulatory relationships and regulatory risks.

Experience

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  • Lead counsel to a private equity fund manager spun off from a global pension manager with over USD400 billion under management in relation to its HKD450 million acquisition of a company which owns a substantial piece of Hong Kong real estate

  • Co-counsel to a private investment firm in relation to its USD500 million acquisition of a global asset management operation

  • Co-counsel to a Fortune Global 200 financial institution in a USD80 million spin-off of its global private wealth management operations

  • Co-counsel to a private funds manager in relation to its acquisition of the private equity real estate firm with USD300 million of assets under management

  • Lead counsel to a USD1 billion hedge fund on its acquisition of a Hong Kong brokerage

  • Lead counsel to a Fortune Global 200 bank on its acquisition of a Hong Kong private client financial advisory business

  • Regulatory Counsel to a Fortune Global 500 insurance company as vendor of an acquisition worth HKD7.9 billion and HKD3.6 billion worth of shares regarding regulatory issues under the regimes of the Securities and Futures Commission, Insurance Authority, and Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority

  • Co-counsel to a Fortune Global 300 financial institution in respect of the USD430 million sale of its global commodities business

  • Lead counsel to a private equity fund manager spun off from a global pension manager with over USD400 billion under management in relation to its HKD450 million acquisition of a company which owns a substantial piece of Hong Kong real estate

  • Co-counsel to a private investment firm in relation to its USD500 million acquisition of a global asset management operation

  • Co-counsel to a Fortune Global 200 financial institution in a USD80 million spin-off of its global private wealth management operations

  • Co-counsel to a private funds manager in relation to its acquisition of the private equity real estate firm with USD300 million of assets under management

  • Lead counsel to a USD1 billion hedge fund on its acquisition of a Hong Kong brokerage

  • Lead counsel to a Fortune Global 200 bank on its acquisition of a Hong Kong private client financial advisory business

  • Regulatory Counsel to a Fortune Global 500 insurance company as vendor of an acquisition worth HKD7.9 billion and HKD3.6 billion worth of shares regarding regulatory issues under the regimes of the Securities and Futures Commission, Insurance Authority, and Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority

  • Co-counsel to a Fortune Global 300 financial institution in respect of the USD430 million sale of its global commodities business

Awards

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  • IFLR 1000

    Leading Practice

    Mergers and Acquisitions

  • IFLR 1000

    "Positively Ranked"

    Mergers and Acquisitions

  • AsiaLaw Profiles

    Leading Practice

    Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions

  • AsiaLaw Profiles

    "Recommended"

    Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions

  • IFLR 1000

    Leading Practice

    Private Equity

  • IFLR 1000

    "Positively Ranked"

    Private Equity

  • AsiaLaw Profiles

    Leading Practice

    Private Equity

  • IFLR 1000

    Leading Practice

    Mergers and Acquisitions

  • IFLR 1000

    "Positively Ranked"

    Mergers and Acquisitions

  • AsiaLaw Profiles

    Leading Practice

    Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions

  • AsiaLaw Profiles

    "Recommended"

    Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions

  • IFLR 1000

    Leading Practice

    Private Equity

  • IFLR 1000

    "Positively Ranked"

    Private Equity

  • AsiaLaw Profiles

    Leading Practice

    Private Equity

Insights

  • M&A Primer: Board Representation of Minority Investors in Hong Kong Companies

    Minority investors in companies will often wish to secure board representation so as to ensure that the company in which they have invested is managed in a manner satisfactory to themselves. Whilst it is easy to secure a right to appoint a director, it is more difficult under Hong Kong law to ensure that the appointee is not removed if relations with the majority shareholder sour. In this article, we examine the relevant legal issues following the introduction of the new companies legislation earlier this year.

  • The PCCW Privatization: A Guide To The Applicable Law For Schemes Of Arrangement

    Allegations of share splitting in the proposed privatization of PCCW have raised an important question as to how the statutory majority to approve a scheme of arrangement should be determined. This question is significant both in the short-term for investors trading PCCW and in the long-term in the context of future schemes of arrangement. In this article, we examine the applicable laws and regulations with a view to providing hedge funds and other investors with guidance.

  • Distressed Debt In Hong Kong: An Insolvency Primer For Private Equity

    Recent shocks to the financial markets as well as deteriorating economic conditions have brought insolvency issues sharply back into focus. For some hedge funds and private equity funds, insolvency has come unwelcome in the form of a deteriorating financial condition of a portfolio company to whom loans have been made or whose debt the funds have acquired. In this article, we review basic Hong Kong insolvency law concepts and outline debt recovery options.