NAVIGATING M&A COMPLEXITIES IN HONG KONG
Standing at the forefront of the Mergers and Acquisitions landscape in Hong Kong, our practice has achieved international recognition that has been recognized by independent industry publications such as the International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) and asialaw.
We service clientele from a wide range of sectors and scale, who entrust us with their highest-value and most complex M&A transactions.
Our practice has a particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions involving financial institutions M&A, including SFC licensed corporations and insurers and insurance brokers regulated by the Insurance Authority (“IA”).
Leveraging more than twenty years of experience serving clients in the financial sector, our firm has carved out a formidable standing as the preferred organisation for businesses in search of tailored and inventive legal guidance.
GETTING THE DEAL DONE
Comprehensive Contact Us
We have a depth and breadth of M&A knowledge that encompasses the sale and purchase of shares, statutory amalgamations, mergers and reconstructions by schemes of arrangement, business acquisitions including transfers of assets and liabilities and the formation of joint ventures. Our lawyers offer deep industry insight, tactical precision, and unwavering commitment to our clients' objectives. We work with you to define your acquisition and divestiture strategy, providing guidance throughout the process and ensuring every step aligns with your business objectives and risk profile.
Deal Structure Contact Us
We provide assistance in deal structure, pricing and completion mechanisms, conditions precedent, representations, and warranties. Our team conducts legal due diligence, negotiations, and preparation of term sheets, sale and purchase agreements, disclosure letters and other transactional documentation.
Regulatory Contact Us
We guide clients through the intricate requirements under the Code on Takeovers and Mergers (Takeovers Code), along with regulatory reporting and announcement requirements for notifiable and connected transactions under Chapter 14 and 14A of the SEHK Listing Rules.
Restructuring Contact Us
Navigating complex statutory amalgamations, schemes of arrangement, and joint ventures, we employ strategic acumen in assignments and transfers under the Companies Ordinance and Transfer of Business (Protection of Creditors) Ordinance (“TBPCO”). We offer thorough guidance on JV structures, dispute resolution, governance, and shareholder protection, crafting precise agreements and documentation. Our services are designed to safeguard assets, minimize liabilities, and align with regulatory obligations.
Our legal team has been recognised by:
“Well Regarded Lawyer”
Acquisition of Investment Management Firm
Local counsel for a consumer high technology company listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of over USD120 billion in connection with a change of control in the context of the client’s acquisition of an SFC regulated investment management firm
Spin-off of Global Commodities Business
Hong Kong counsel to a Fortune Global 200 financial institution in respect of the US$430 million spin-off of its global commodities brokerage and derivatives business.
Sale of HK Life Insurer and FinTech ListCo Investment
Hong Kong counsel to a U.S. based insurer with over US$500 billion of assets under management in respect of the US$1.7 billion sale of an interest in its Hong Kong life insurance operations in exchange for an interest in Hong Kong listed fintech focused financial services provider.
Advised a U.S. Global Investment Firm on US$2.5 Billion Stake in an International Insurance Broker
Hong Kong counsel for a leading U.S. based global investment firm with US$510 billion AUM in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in a leading international wholesale insurance broker.
US$3.25 Billion Sale of Global Re-Insurance Broker
Local counsel for a US listed global multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company with a market capitalization over US$28 billion on the sale of its re-insurance brokerage operations.
Acquisition of Trading Membership in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange for U.S Based Global Institution
Lead counsel to a US based global institutional agency broker in connection with the acquisition of a Trading Right and the application to become an Exchange Participant and the establishment of third party clearing arrangements.
Restructuring of Manager and Fund
Hong Kong counsel to a Hong Kong based private equity firm that focuses on investments in Chinese technology companies and their overseas acquisition, set up with US$500 million of initial funding. We act as ongoing external general counsel to the client in respect of various issues including a restructuring of the capital of the client sponsor firm and updating fund offering documents to reflect regulatory changes.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
With deep expertise in handling complex merger and acquisition deals in Hong Kong, our legal team can provide advice on deal structuring and execution, regulatory compliance, restructuring and tax, as well as negotiating documentation and due diligence.
Contact us if you need assistance.