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'Go-to law firm'¬†Clifford Chance¬†has been among the market-leaders in Greater China since it first established an on-the-ground presence more than 35 years ago. Its team is 'highly dependable' in headline transactions, which span private and public M&A, domestic matters, China inbound and outbound deals, and other multi-jurisdictional transactions. The firm's Asia-Pacific corporate practice is led by¬†Andrew Whan, who has been based in the region for more than 15 years. In 2017, Whan led a team that included senior associates Brian Harley¬†and¬†Benedict Taylor¬†in acting for for Hong Kong-based O Luxe Holdings on a Series B $60m investor round in the Los Angeles-based Divergent 3D. In addition, Whan also co-led a group that included senior associates¬†Maureen Ho¬†and¬†Alice Tang¬†in advising Goodbaby China Holdings on the disposal of baby-care products retailer Oasis Dragon to Goodbaby International for $360m. Other names to note include¬†Virginia Lee¬†and¬†Frank Yuen, who were among the advisers to a joint venture, consisting of CK infrastructure Holdings and CK Asset Holdings, on its ‚ā¨6.2bn acquisition of ista International from CVC Capital Partners Fund V.¬†Neeraj Budhwani¬†and others recently acted for China Everbright on its acquisition of Norwegian public transport operator Boreal Holdings AS from Cube Infrastructure Managers.¬†Emma Davies,¬†Amy Ho¬†and recently promoted partner¬†Bryan Koo¬†are also recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which has 'substantial resources to deploy on very complicated matters', fields a¬†heavyweight team that is 'particularly adept at navigating the issues that arise between Western and Eastern legal systems'. The group's outstanding track record in big-ticket deals is complemented by the firm's international reach, and cross-practice breadth and depth of expertise. A recent highlight included global M&A co-head¬†Robert Ashworth, Richard Bird¬†(the head of the IP/commercial practice group in Asia),¬†competition partner¬†Alastair Mordaunt¬†and others acting for Starbucks on its $1.3bn buyout of its East China joint venture vehicle from joint venture partners Uni-President Enterprises and President Chain Store; this deal represented the biggest acquisition in Starbucks' history. Another headline transaction saw Ashworth, Bird,¬†Edward Freeman,¬†Grace Huang¬†and senior associate¬†Danny Li¬†advise Hutchison Telecom on the $1.86bn disposal of its global fixed-line telecoms business to I Squared Capital. Also notable is that¬†Richard Perks¬†was part of a cross-office group that assisted Geely with its circa ‚ā¨7.3bn investment in a 9.9% stake in Daimler.¬†Philip Li¬†has handled high-value deals for clients such as Pearson, Fosun and Temasek.¬†Richard Blair¬†recently made partner.¬†Simon Weller¬†and¬†Teresa Ko¬†are other names to note.

Kirkland & Ellis' excellent deal execution capabilities consistently come through in high-end, complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions, ensuring that the firm occupies a prominent position at the very top end of the corporate arena. Clients are well-catered for in sophisticated deals, given that the firm's M&A strengths are supported by its notable reputation in other ancillary areas such as investment funds, private equity and debt finance. In addition, its corporate team is able to advise on issues from a Hong Kong, US and UK law perspective. In 2017, Nicholas Norris co-led a cross practice team that included debt finance expert David Irvine and investment funds partner Justin Dolling in advising a consortium of investors on its proposed $11.6bn acquisition of the Singapore-listed Global Logistic Properties. In addition, a group including Norris, Derek Poon and Li-Chien Wong acted for Singapore-listed company CWT and its controlling shareholders on a S$1.4bn pre-conditional voluntary general offer by HNA Group's Hong Kong-listed unit HNA Holding Group; this was only the third transaction to be classified by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as an extreme very substantial acquisition (eVSA). Daniel Dusek and Xiaoxi Lin recently acted for a consortium comprising funds affiliated with Baring Private Equity Asia and CITIC Capital Holdings on its $300m acquisition of Wall Street English from Pearson. Other clients of the firm include Nexus Point Management, MicroPort Scientific and Midea International Corporation. David Eich relocated to the Hong Kong office from London, while Ram Narayan joined from Sullivan & Cromwell. Jesse Sheley splits his practice between the Hong Kong and Chicago offices. David Zhang, Joey Chau and Pierre-Luc Arsenault are also recommended.

Linklaters is a first port of call for some of the largest deals in China and further afield, owing to its ability to combine an outstanding M&A offering with strengths in related areas, such as regulatory, antitrust and competition, debt finance and capital markets, among others. Led by Asia corporate head¬†Robert Cleaver, its team demonstrates particularly strong capabilities in transactions involving industries such as energy, mining and resources, TMT, private equity and financial institutions. In 2017,¬†Kevin Cheung,¬†Gilbert Li¬†and¬†Iris Leung¬†acted for China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities on the $7.8bn merger of China National Building Material and China National Materials (Sinoma) by way of share exchange; this deal resulted in the creation of the world's largest cement maker and cement plant builder. Cheung has also assisted China Merchants Ports Holding with a number of strategically significant transactions, including its acquisition of TCP Participa√ß√Ķes, Brazil's most profitable port terminal, and also its concession agreement with the government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, among others, regarding the development, management and operation of the Hambantota Port. Other clients include Glencore, Noble Group, AXA and Jardine Matheson. In recent developments,¬†Christopher Yip¬†and¬†Danny Kan¬†made partner and counsel respectively, while¬†Fang Jian¬†moved to¬†Fangda Partners.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has an enviable deal sheet, particularly in the context of big-ticket Greater China and Asia-Pacific transactions. Its team handles matters across a wide range of industries, including TMT, energy and power, aviation, pharmaceuticals and infrastructure. In one recent high-profile deal, China practice head Julie Gao and associate Layton Niu were part of a cross-office group that acted for Internet Plus Holdings (a holding company created by Meituan and Dianping) on its $3.7bn acquisition of bike-sharing firm Beijing Mobike Technology. In addition, Gao, Niu and counsel Shu Du advised Baidu on the circa $1.9bn divestment of its financial services business to a consortium of investors led by TPG and The Carlyle Group. Asia corporate practice head Jonathan Stone, who is also head of the Hong Kong office, led a multidisciplinary, cross-office team in advice to MassMutual International on its $1.7bn sale of MassMutual Asia to an investor group led by Yunfeng Financial Group Limited. Stone also worked alongside of counsel Antony Dapiran, counsel Olivia Odell and others to advise Auchan Retail on Alibaba's $2.9bn investment in Auchan's subsidiary Sun Art Retail Group, and also on the formation of a strategic alliance with Alibaba and Ruentex Group (Taiwan). Other active clients include Didi Chuxing, Jacobs Douwe Egberts and WeWork. Will Cai, who is particularly active in China inbound and outbound transactions, is another key figure in the group. Of counsel Paloma Wang is a recent hire from Shearman & Sterling, while of counsel John Hartley joined from Gibson Dunn with specific responsibility for the firm's banking and finance practice.

Slaughter and May's top-tier status is underpinned by its outstanding reputation for advising its clients on their most strategically significant, high-value and complex transactions in China and Asia. The team is led by Asia senior partner Peter Brien, and includes Lisa Chung, who 'demonstrates outstanding professionalism in her advice on M&A and associated regulatory issues'. Benita Yu, Clara Choi, John Moore and Roger Cheng are other highly regarded individuals. In 2017, Chris McGaffin moved from London to the Hong Kong office; David Watkins has more recently moved in the opposite direction.

Allen & Overy covers the Greater China market extensively, with its Hong Kong team working closely with the Beijing and Shanghai offices on multi-jurisdictional inbound and outbound transactions. Noted for its full-service offering, the firm's ability to smoothly execute M&A deals is supported by its strengths in various other areas, including antitrust, CFIUS, data protection, regulatory and intellectual property. The Hong Kong corporate team is managed by Will McAuliffe, who is triple-qualified in Australian, English and Hong Kong law. In 2017, in the tech sector, McAuliffe worked with the Shanghai office to advise financial services technology company FIS Global on the sale of its subsidiary Sungard Kingstar Data System to Zhongping Capital. The firm also acts for clients including China-based companies and funds on their tech sector investments. McAuliffe also assisted PAG with navigating the Asian aspects of its RMB2bn investment in a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Netherlands-based consumer finance provider Home Credit.  Other sectors of activity for the group include life sciences, consumer goods and financial institutions. Fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese speaker Bernardine Lam and of counsel David Norman are also recommended.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP undertakes high-value, cross-border transactions of the utmost significance and complexity for some of the largest and most active players in the market, including Hong Kong-listed corporates, blue-chip multinationals, private equity funds and Chinese state-owned enterprises. In 2017, Miranda So, who is particularly active in the TMT sector, worked with counsel Brian Snyder and Beijing-based partner Howard Zhang to advise Tencent and Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) on equity investments with Spotify; this deal saw Spotify hold a minority stake in TME, while Tencent and TME would own minority stakes in Spotify. In the online travel service space, Li He and Zhang recently acted as the lead advisers to Tongcheng on its combination with E-dragon. Also notable is that Paul Chow, counsel Yang Chu and Beijing-based counsel Annie Yan  acted for China Vanke on its participation in a consortium bid to acquire Global Logistic Properties for circa $11.6bn. Counsel Sam Kelso is another key figure in the team; its other clients include Intime Retail Group, Syngenta and I Squared Capital.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises clients with interests in Greater China on inbound and outbound transactions that often require the cross-practice and cross-office support that the firm can provide. Led by practice head Matthew Emsley, its team handles transactions with a nexus to a wide range of industries. In the TMT space in 2017, Hilary Lau, Asia competition head Mark Jephcott, of counsel Sheena Loi and senior associates Calvin Ho and Don Chan acted for I Squared Capital on its $1.86bn acquisition of Hutchison Telecommunications' fixed-line business, HGC. In the fintech arena, Tommy Tong, consultant Susan Leung and Chan advised Ant Financial, as co-investor and member of a consortium, on the acquisition of MassMutual Asia for $1.68bn. Tong has more than 20 years of private practice experience in Hong Kong, handling public and private M&A and private equity transactions. The energy sector is another notable generator of work for the firm; a recent highlight involved Jason Sung working with the Beijing office to advise Shenhua Group Corporation (SGC) on its merger with China Guodian Corporation (CGC); the same team also advised on the establishment of a joint venture involving listed subsidiaries of SGC and CGC. Other energy sector clients include Sinopec, CNPC and GCL-Poly Energy Holdings. Elsewhere, the team handles transactions in areas such as education, healthcare, retail and aerospace.

Latham & Watkins LLP saw its deal volumes increase significantly in 2017, following a major expansion of the team in 2016. Its high-quality practice comes to the fore in high-profile, domestic and cross-border Greater China deals, as well as transactions across the Asia-Pacific region. Simon Cooke leads the group, whose M&A capabilities work seamlessly with the firm's complementary offerings in areas such as acquisition finance, corporate risk and government investigations, and data privacy and cybersecurity. In 2017, Cathy Yeung and members of the London office acted for China-based Hytera Communications on its acquisition of UK-based Sepura Group; this transaction represented the first acquisition of a UK-listed company by a Chinese company since 2012. In the retail and consumer sector, a more recent highlight saw Frank Sun co-lead a cross-office team that advised CITIC Capital China Partners III on its acquisition of Axilone, a France-based manufacturer of premium plastic and metal packaging for global cosmetic and beauty care brands. David Blumental, who is a fluent Mandarin and Shanghainese speaker, has assisted longstanding client Shandong Ruyi with a number of transactions, as part of the expansion of its global brand; a recent deal involved advising the client on its acquisition of INVISTA's apparel and advanced textiles business. Blumental also led a cross-office team that advised Shandong Ruyi's subsidiary company Jining Ruyi Investment on acquiring the UK-based Aquascutum Group for $117m. Another name to note is Amy Beckingham, who was one of the advisers to Indonesia-based motorcycle taxi fleet operator Go-Jek on an equity investment in it by Tencent. Terris Tang recently made partner.

Norton Rose Fulbright assists Hong Kong and PRC-based clients with many of their largest and most important transactions, with the work spanning areas such as public and private M&A and private equity. The team, which is led by Hong Kong office head Psyche Tai, particularly stands out in sectors such as banking and financial services (including insurance), real estate, TMT, energy and natural resources, and healthcare and life sciences. Of counsel Rachel Chan is also recommended. In addition to acting for acquirers and sellers, the firm acts for financial advisers. Emma de Ronde's recent work has spanned industries such as shipping, financial services and retail. Doris Ng, Vicky Lam, Terence Lau and James Parker are also recommended, along with senior associates Priscilla Lee, Aldo Chan, Nicholas Wilson and Marina Sherer. Allan Yee moved to the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).

Shearman & Sterling's team has vast experience in assisting clients across multiple sectors with cross-border transactions that require innovative structuring solutions. It has a particularly standout reputation in going-private transactions involving US-listed Chinese companies, having handled more than 40 of these matters since 2010; clients in this space include special committees of independent directors, acquirers and financial advisers. In 2017, a highlight involved acting for the board of directors at New York Stock Exchange-listed Zhaopin on its $1.02bn acquisition by SEEK International Investments (Zhaopin's controlling shareholder), Hillhouse Capital and FountainVest. In another mandate, Colin Law was the lead adviser to the controlling shareholder of Future Land Development Holdings on a $661m privatisation bid. Elsewhere, other bedrocks of the diverse practice include foreign direct investments into China, public and private M&A, as well as China outbound acquisitions of, and investments in, US and European corporates. Tang advised China-based Primavera Capital on its investment into Alibaba Group's logistics arm, Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Limited. Paul Strecker, who divides his time between the Hong Kong and London offices, acted for Tiger Group Investments on the sale of its Greater China joint venture with The Carlyle Group (and others) to Seaspan. The firm's other clients include Sanofi, GE Technology Development and sohu.com. Li Chen splits her practice between Beijing and Hong Kong. Greater China head Lorna Xin Chen is also recommended. Stephanie Tang joined Hogan Lovells.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, which has had a presence in Hong Kong since 1993, fields a team whose depth of market knowledge makes it a strong choice among blue-chip Hong, PRC and international clients. It acts for corporates, private equity firms and other investors, and financial institutions. In the fintech and e-commerce sectors, Ian Ho and others have been assisting Ant Financial with a series of multi-jurisdictional investments and partnerships that are critical to its plans to globalise its digital and mobile payments network and operations; a recent highlight involved Ho advising the client on its investment in mobile financial services provider bKash in Bangladesh. Ho also acted for the client on its joint venture with Touch 'n Go in Malaysia. Other investments and partnerships have spanned India, Thailand and the Philippines, among other markets. Elsewhere, Kathryn King Sudol, who splits her time between New York and Hong Kong, recently acted for Alibaba Group Holding on its $9.5bn acquisition of China-based online food delivery company Ele.me. In 2017, one of the firm's headline deals involved China practice head Celia Lam advising Yunfeng Financial Group on its $1.01bn acquisition of a 60% stake in Hong Kong-based insurance company MassMutual Asia from MassMutual International. Anthony King, Jin Hyuk Park and Chris Lin are also notable practitioners in the team.

Noted for its Hong Kong, US and UK law capabilities, Sullivan & Cromwell acts for clients such as Chinese state-owned companies, Hong Kong- and overseas-listed companies, and investment firms. It is a particularly strong performer in multi-jurisdictional deals, with the Hong Kong team leveraging the expertise of practitioners in the Beijing office, as well as those located elsewhere in the network, where necessary. The group includes Garth Bray, who has been based in Asia for nearly ten years. Working with members of the New York office, Bray recently advised data centre REIT CyrusOne on a commercial agreement with NASDAQ-listed company GDS Holdings to cross-sell and cross-market data centre space and related services. The group also advised the same client on a $100m equity investment in GDS. Also recommended is Kay Ian Ng, who acted for C.banner International Holdings on its $79m acquisition of a circa 45.7% stake in EtonKids Educational Group from Standard Chartered Financial Holdings and Standard Chartered Private Equity Korea III. Hong Kong office managing partner Chun Wei, Michael DeSombre and Ching-Yang Lin are also highly rated.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is well-known for its work in big-ticket, structurally complex, multi-jurisdictional deals spanning the Asia-Pacific market. Its excellent reputation is reflected by its client roster, which includes names such as GE, HNA Group and Suez Environnement. Showcasing the firm's profile in high-end deals, Charles Ching (who divides time between the Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offices) and associate Kris Desrosiers were among the advisers to Shanghai Pharmaceuticals on its £1.2bn acquisition of the China distribution business of US-based Cardinal Health; this was one of the largest healthcare transactions in Asia in 2017, involved multiple jurisdictions and a highly competitive auction process. In addition, Tim Gardner and Desrosiers acted for Alibaba Group on the $1bn merger of two Asian logistics companies, China-based 58 Suyun (a freight unit of online marketplace 58.com) and Hong Kong start-up GoGoVan. Henry Ong, who has more than 25 years of experience in Hong Kong M&A and Asian cross-border transactions, and recently promoted partner Chris Welty advised GIC on the sale of its interests in Swiss duty-free operator Dufry to Hongkong Huihaisheng Investment (a subsidiary of HNA Group). Akiko Mikumo, who had been the Hong Kong office head and Asia managing partner, has stepped down and retired from private practice. Gardner and Ching now jointly lead the firm's Asia operations, with Gardner having succeeded Mikumo as Hong Kong managing partner, and Ching being the China managing partner.

Ashurst handles a broad cross-section of inbound and outbound mandates spanning numerous jurisdictions. It recently hired Frank Bi from Slaughter and May in March 2018 to strengthen its China-facing corporate offering. The firm has also launched a Joint Operation Office with PRC firm Guantao Law Firm in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone; this tie-up is intended to ensure that both firms' clients benefit from the synergies created by Ashurst's international capabilities and Guantao Law Firm's local PRC law expertise. The team includes John Kim, who specialises in handling cross-border transactions for South Korean clients. In a standout highlight, Kim led a group, including Peter Kwon and Huiyeon Kim, in acting for Kia Motors on its multibillion-dollar investment in greenfield automobile manufacturing facilities in Andhra Pradesh in India. The team is also advising a consortium of 16 affiliates, suppliers and vendors on matters associated with Kia's investment in India, including the negotiation of a new incentive package. In addition, it has also advised Kia Motors and various auto parts manufacturers on a similar major investment by Kia in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Elsewhere, Hong Kong managing partner Joshua Cole led a cross-office team in advice to China General Nuclear Power on the $833m divestment of a minority stake in Malaysian independent power producer Edra Power Holdings to China Southern Power Grid. Chin Yeoh is working with members of the London office to advise the same client on its investment in, and development of, the Cernadova Three and Four nuclear reactors in Romania. Delta Capital, Facebook, Campari and Bellamy's Organic are among other key clients.

Baker McKenzie offers excellent market coverage, having advised clients on corporate transactions in China for more than 40 years. Underlining its commitment to its China-related offering, it operates a Joint Operation Office in Shanghai Free Trade Zone with PRC firm FenXun Partners. The core pillars of the practice in Hong Kong include acting for public and private companies on all aspects of their domestic and international activities, as well as assisting state-owned enterprises with their overseas investments. In 2017, team head Tracy Wut and associate Jeanie Kim acted for the Hong Kong-headquartered Pure Group on the negotiation of strategic investment partnerships with FountainVest Partners and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. In a more recent highlight, Wut also worked with the Paris office to advise Tencent on acquiring a 27.3% stake in video games publisher Ubisoft from Vivendi. Christina Lee, special counsel Betty Wong and associates Janice Wong and Stephanie Mak acted for East Harvest Global on its HK$800m acquisition of Branding China Group. Dorothea Koo, Grace Tso and Nancy Leigh are other notable practitioners. Former team head David Fleming has retired from private practice.

Pre-eminent independent law firm Deacons has a well-established reputation in Hong Kong for being a leading adviser on landmark and high-profile transactions for prestige clients based locally, in the PRC and elsewhere. The groups handles a comprehensive range of matters, including public takeovers, private M&A, private equity investments, and local and cross-border joint ventures. In addition to winning and leading on its own share of high-end matters, its team is trusted adviser to independent firms worldwide on complex mandates. The firm covers the Greater China market extensively, with the Hong Kong team working alongside practitioners in a network of offices in mainland China. Ronny Chow and Eugina Chan are joint heads of the corporate finance team; Cynthia Chung leads the corporate commercial team; and Machiuanna Chu heads the private M&A team. Complementing the firm's transactional capabilities is its ability to provide full-service support on related issues, such as banking and finance, capital markets and competition, among others. Illustrative of the firm's high-quality work, in 2017 Alexander Que and senior associates Veronica Hui and Canny Lau acted for Silver Starlight Limited as the offeror on its HK$11.9bn privatisation of Hong Kong Main Board listed company Goldin Properties Holdings. Also in the real estate sector, Chan and Hui were part of a cross-practice team that acted for Wheelock and Company on the HK$6.4bn acquisition by its wholly owned subsidiary of a residential development project at Kai Tak in Hong Kong. In the logistics arena, Que was the lead adviser to the shareholders of On Time Logistics Holdings on the sale of their shares for circa $1.04bn. Another highlight, connected with the gaming industry, saw Que and others act for New York Stock Exchange listed company 500.com on its acquisition of a controlling stake in GEM Board-listed company MelcoLot. Other sectors of activity include technology, food and beverages, financial services and technology. Myles Seto is another partner to note. So Yin Hui joined as a consultant from in-house at a luxury international hotel group and Icarus Yuen has been made partner.

Hogan Lovells' global footprint and cross-practice expertise make it a strong performer in complex, multifaceted transactions. One of its many areas of strength is China outbound deals, as was evidenced in 2017 when a cross-office team gave advice to CITIC Capital Silk Road GP on its $10m investment in LanzaTech New Zealand via a subscription of Series D preferred shares and warrants. Led by Tim Fletcher, who has 27 years of experience based in Asia, the group also excels in domestic M&A, China inbound transactions and other multi-jurisdictional matters. Fletcher acted for DCC on its proposed acquisition of Shell's LPG business in Hong Kong and Macau for $150m. Clients such as Swissport and HNA Group also turn to the firm for corporate advice. Stephanie Tang joined from Shearman & Sterling. Steven Tran joined Mayer Brown in February 2019.

King & Wood Mallesons 'compares well with its peers', with clients praising its 'market-leading expertise' and 'great depth of talent'. It captures a significant share of the market for work from Chinese state-owned enterprises, privately owned companies and Hong Kong-listed companies, among other clients. In a recent mandate, working with members of the Beijing office, Neil Carabine and senior associate Ike Kutlaca acted for Ascendas Hospitality Trust Management, as the trustee manager of Ascendas Hospitality Business Trust, on the S$236m sale of Novotel Beijing Sanyuan Hotel and Ibis Beijing Sanyuan Hotel to China Lodging Group and TPG Capital Asia. Gary Lock and senior associate Ruth Lau acted for Jilin Top Trading (and subsidiary Jilin Fiber) in the circa HK$500m privatisation of Hong Kong listed company Jilin Qifeng Chemical Fiber. The firm also acts for clients such as China Shengmu Organic Milk, Weichai Power and Apex Technology. Sheldon Tse and Hayden Flinn are other hugely experienced practitioners, as are Helena Huang, John Baptist Chan and Anthony Wan.

Mayer Brown has a long-established presence in Greater China and, backed by the resources of its wider global network, is well-placed to advise PRC-based companies and multinationals on domestic and cross-border transactions. Its team is led by Jeckle Chiu, who worked alongside senior associate Mindy Ho to advise Tsingtao Brewery on the sale of a 19.99% stake in the company by Japanese brewer Asahi for $941m. Another key figure is Mark Uhrynuk, who worked with senior associate Stanley Tan to advise Principal Financial Group on its proposed acquisition of CIMB-Principal Asset Management Group and CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management from joint venture partner CIMB Group. Also recommended is Chester Wong, who has expertise in public takeovers governed by the Hong Kong's listing rules and takeovers code, and various corporate governance and compliance issues concerning Hong Kong-listed companies. Elsewhere, the firm is looking to capture more China outbound work, and has identified deals connected with the Belt and Road Initiative as one of the areas of opportunity for the M&A practice.

In 2017, Morrison & Foerster continued to have a strong pipeline of corporate work from Chinese clients looking to invest overseas (particularly in the US and Europe). In addition, it handled a significant number of headline deals for blue-chip clients in sectors such as real estate and technology, among others. Marcia Ellis was part of a cross-office team, which acted as international counsel to SGX-listed GLP Pte. (formerly Global Logistic Properties) on its $11.64bn buyout and privatisation by way of scheme of arrangement; this deal represented the largest privatisation of a listed company in Asia in 2017. Ellis and recently promoted of counsel Ivy Tang also recently advised GLP on the formation of a $2bn joint venture with Brookfield Asset Management, which is intended to create a platform for installing 300MW-worth of rooftop solar projects on commercial and logistics rooftops in China. Elsewhere, Ellis and Tang were part of an international group, which acted for SoftBank on a $4.4bn investment (along with SoftBank Vision Fund) in WeWork Companies. In another matter, Thomas Chou was one of the advisers to the same client on its investments into Xiaoju Kuaizhi Inc (Didi), which totalled $9.6bn. Another major transaction for the team involved advising global payment services company Geoswift on its $125m acquisition of China payments provider PayEase out of receivership. Vivian Yiu, who has more than 17 years of experience of corporate transactions, acts for clients such as Sunshine 100, Anhui Conch and Harmony Auto.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison's clients attest to the firm's¬†'extremely practical,¬†well-thought-out and technically accomplished¬†advice' on high-profile and demanding deals. Having had an office in Hong Kong since 1983, the firm has built up a long-established reputation in China and across the Asia-Pacific region in large, heavily structured transactions. In 2017, a team led by the Beijing-based¬†Judie Ng Shortell, which included Hong Kong practitioners¬†Jack Lange¬†and¬†Betty Yap, acted for Didi Chuxing in a $2.5bn investment round, alongside SoftBank, in Grab; the transaction represented the largest-ever venture fundraising round in Southeast Asia. Managing partner of the China practice¬†Jeanette Chan¬†and counsel¬†David Lee¬†more recently advised Tencent on its investment in US-based diversified media company Skydance Media. Chan also assisted the same client with its $604m investment in Chinese online apparel retailer Vipshop, among other matters. The firm also acts for clients such as Baidu, Microsoft, Dalian Wanda Group and Hearst Corporation. Counsels¬†Edwin Chan,¬†Corinna Yu¬†and¬†Hans-G√ľnther Herrmann¬†are other notable individuals in the group.

Reed Smith Richards Butler's team undertakes a broad cross-section of complex, high-stakes, Greater China-related public and private M&A deals for its clients, including cross-border transactions, hostile takeovers and privatisations of listed companies. Asia Pacific managing partner Denise Jong co-heads the team with Michael Pepper. Other names to note include May Wong, Gregory Wang and Beijing-based Michael Fosh. Delpha Ho, Ivy Lai, Kar Chung Mok, Anthony Woo and Patrick Wong complete the team.

White & Case has added to the depth of its high-quality team in order to enhance its offering to corporate and private equity clients based in Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as Europe and further afield internationally. Asia corporate head Christopher Kelly has overseen the growth of the practice in Hong Kong, which has led to the firm recently hiring associate Joy Chen and counsel Andrew Cohn from Proskauer Rose LLP and Linklaters respectively. In addition, Tess Fang made partner. The team is highly rated for particularly challenging transactions, including those connected with regulated industries. Kelly co-led a cross-office team that acted for Hong Kong-listed casino and hotel owner and operator Galaxy Entertainment Group on its $927.5m investment in Wynn Resorts, which is on the S&P 500 Index; the deal involved complex commercial, tax and regulatory considerations. In the technology sector, Anthony Vasey worked with other offices to advise SES-imagotag (a specialist in smart digital labels) on a $470m strategic partnership with Shenzhen-listed company BOE Technology Group. Elsewhere, despite the challenging Chinese regulatory environment, the firm has continued to see a strong flow of outbound work. Catherine Tsang, a fluent speaker of English, Cantonese and Mandarin, is another recommended individual. Peggy Wang relocated to the London office in 2017.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton provides extensive support to clients on a wide range of transactions, with its team having US, English and Hong Kong law expertise. Led by Freeman Chan and Gabriele Antonazzo, the team advises on inbound investments into China, China outbound deals, joint ventures and pre-IPO investments, among other matters. In 2017, Chan led a team that included associates Keri Gu and Lilian Leung in advice to a consortium (led by Hillhouse Capital Group and CDH Investments) on its multibillion-dollar take-private offer for Hong Kong-listed company Belle International Holdings; this deal represented one of the first-ever privatisations of a Hang Seng Index constituent stock. In addition, Antonazzo also co-led a cross-office team that acted as international counsel to McDonald's on its formation of a company with CITIC, CITIC Capital Holdings and The Carlyle Group; said company will act as the master franchisee of McDonald's' businesses in Hong Kong and mainland China for a term of 20 years. Other clients of the firm for corporate work include Temasek, Lenovo and China International Capital Corporation.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's Asian M&A practice has seen an increase in client demand for advice on high-end corporate transactions; this has led to the firm reinforcing its offering, with Allison Lee recently being promoted to international counsel. The team covers the entire range of transactions for clients, including divestitures, spin-offs, going-private transactions and joint ventures. A major area of strength is the firm's work for clients in the financial services and insurance sectors. In 2017, Edwin Northover, Lee and associate Wen-Wei Lai acted for AIA on its $2.94bn acquisition of the life insurance business of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in Australia, and its life and health insurance business in New Zealand; the team also advised on related 20-year strategic bancassurance agreements. In addition, Northover and Drew Dutton advised Prudential Financial on its investment in Hong Kong-based reinsurer Peak Reinsurance Holdings. Other clients in this space include AXA and FWD Group Management Holdings. Elsewhere, William Chua recently led a cross-office team that acted for Clearwater Capital Partners on its acquisition by Fiera Capital. Brian McKenna has joined Mayer Brown.

DLA Piper's Hong Kong-based Asia corporate head Luke Gannon has overseen a major build-out of the firm's corporate offering across its offices in Greater China in recent years. In Hong Kong, the team includes Gloria Liu, who has been a key adviser to clients on private equity transactions, corporate strategic alliances and joint ventures, among other matters. Liu recently acted for Chinese state-owned enterprise China Merchants Group on a $2.5bn round of investment in JD Logistics, a subsidiary of NASDAQ-listed company JD.com. Liu is also working with the Shanghai office to advise Ping An Insurance's overseas investment arm (China Ping An Insurance Overseas) on its joint venture with Japan-based Tsumura & Co. Also recommended is Heng Loong Cheong, who divides time between the firm's Hong Kong and Singapore offices, and has a wealth of experience in cross-border M&A. Cheong recently led a multidisciplinary, cross-office team that acted for NASDAQ-listed company Laureate Education on the $162m sale of INTI International University & Colleges to Affinity Equity Partners. The firm has also recently handled mandates for China Huarong Macau, UCF Capital and CK Hutchison.

Gibson Dunn's fast-growing practice generates mandates from a broad client base, which includes Chinese and multinational companies, Chinese and international private equity funds, and financial institutions. The firm hired a four-partner team from Ropes & Gray LLP in May 2017 to manage its expanding portfolio of corporate work; Paul Boltz, Scott Jalowayski, Brian Schwarzwalder and finance partner Michael Nicklin all moved across. Another key individual at the firm is Graham Winter, who acted for PCCW International OTT (Cayman Islands) on a £110m investment in the company by Temasek, Hony Capital and Foxconn Ventures; this deal was strategically important for the client's media content business. Yi Zhang's recent work included advising Yida China on its acquisition from Shui On Land and SOCAM Development of an offshore vehicle that indirectly holds real estate development projects in Dalian, China. Zhang, who has 25 years of corporate experience, also acted for Marriott on its online travel joint venture with Alibaba.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners) has seen Chinese and international clients gravitate to the firm on their most strategically important transactions. In a recent highlight, Ning Zhang, who splits his practice between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, acted for Sequoia Capital as a prior investor on Alibaba's $9.5bn acquisition of online food delivery platform Ele.me. In 2017, Edwin Luk and Billy Wong advised ANTA Sports, China's largest sportswear brand, on its acquisition of Kingkow; this represented ANTA's first acquisition in the kidswear space. Luk and Keith Cheung assisted pulp and paper-making company Youyuan International Holdings with acquiring wallpaper manufacturer Xin Wing Enterprises for $320m. Luk co-heads the team with Maurice Hoo. Connie Cheung is another key figure.

Paul Hastings LLP, whose team garners client praise for its 'industry knowledge and responsiveness', has a strategic focus on outbound M&A deals. It has a particularly standout reputation in headline corporate deals involving TMT and real estate, but is also highly regarded in other sectors, such as manufacturing, insurance, logistics and hospitality. The firm has a sizeable footprint in the Greater China market, with the Hong Kong team working closely with other offices in the region. In addition, clients count on the firm's ability to leverage additional support from the wider global network where necessary. In 2017, Bonnie Yung and of counsel Bonnie Kong worked with members of the Beijing and Shanghai offices to advise SoftBank Vision Fund as a cornerstone investor on its $550m investment in the IPO of ZhongAn (China's first online-only insurance agency). In the energy sector, Raymond Li (the chair of the Greater China practice) and Kong assisted China Smarter Energy Group Holdings with its $95m acquisition of a 100MW grid-connected photovoltaic solar power project in Gansu, China. Another deal saw Li, Vivian Lam and others advise Cosco Shipping Holdings on its proposed $6.3bn acquisition of Orient Overseas; the deal involved complex antitrust and CFIUS issues, among others. Brett King is another notable individual in the team, which recently saw Samuel Ng and Jason Kuo join from Morrison & Foerster and Troutman Sanders LLP. Steven Winegar left to go in-house at Ping An Group.

Simmons & Simmons LLP's corporate and commercial practice in Asia is led by Ian Wood, who has particular experience in acting for financial institutions and asset managers on corporate and transactional matters. Wood's team includes Joseph Lee, who has expertise in advising Hong Kong-based companies on M&A, private equity transactions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and corporate governance issues. Vivien Yang is a go-to partner for advice on corporate transactional and commercial issues related to oil, gas and power generation.

Dechert is active in high-profile domestic M&A and cross-border transactions. As part of an expansion of the firm's corporate platform globally, the hires of Xiao Yong, counsel Nicholas A. Molan and associate Jason Wu (all arrivals from Vinson & Elkins LLP in March 2017) have seen the firm step up its capabilities in energy sector deals. Yong and Wu advised TerraPower LLC on the formation of a joint venture in China with China National Nuclear Corporation, which is intended to develop Travelling Wave Reactor technology that promotes the growth of clean energy; this is the first civil nuclear corporation involving the US and China. Stephen Chan's corporate experience spans industries such as healthcare, media, real estate, metals and mining and financial services. Chan was the lead adviser to China Financial Services Holdings on the $139m acquisition of certain loan portfolio and equity interests of three Chinese companies from The Bank of East Asia and Credit Gain Finance (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bank of East Asia). Another highlight involved advising the same client on its acquisition of Brilliant Star Capital from Value Partners Group for $41m. Chan co-heads the practice with David Cho, who is sought for his expertise in Asia-US transactions.

Eversheds Sutherland handles the full range of cross-border transactions for Chinese corporates, state-owned enterprises and international clients through its network of offices in Greater China. With practitioners in Beijing and Shanghai focused on inbound and outbound matters, the Hong Kong team has a particular specialism in Asia-Pacific regional transactions and wider global deals. The group includes Charles Butcher, who has been instrumental in the growth of the practice; he recently led a cross-office team that acted for Baird Capital on its acquisition of an indirect interest in the Malaysia-based Nirvana Asia via a vehicle controlled by Nirvana's founder and CEO. Butcher also co-led an international team that advised global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will on its acquisition of Danish outfit Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Other clients of the firm include Avis Budget Group, New World China Land and China Everbright. Asia corporate head and Hong Kong senior partner Stephen Mok has more than 25 years of deal experience. In recent developments, Dickson Ng joined from Taylor Wessing LLP, while Amy Yu and Rachel Han were promoted to partner and consultant respectively.

Howse Williams has a well-established reputation in public and private M&A transactions, as well as private equity and venture capital deals. In addition, it also assists clients with shareholder agreements, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Another area of strength involves handling various types of commercial contracts matters, including those involving outsourcing arrangements, distribution agreements and licensing agreements. One of the firm's founding partners is Chris Williams, whose practice covers Hong Kong and the wider Asia-Pacific region, particularly Indonesia and Singapore. Gilles Cardonnel, who advises on corporate transactions under Hong Kong law, is particularly knowledgeable about the luxury and retail industry. Heidi Lee is experienced in assisting Hong Kong-listed companies with M&A and regulatory compliance issues. Other key figures are Brian Ho, Denise Che, Christopher Yu and Chia Ching Tan.

K&L Gates acts for clients across Asia, which range in size from emerging growth companies and mid-sized organisations to global corporates. It also advises other entities that are investing in the region (including into China), or are exiting from investments. Frank Voon, whose practice is split between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, has advised on $4bn of China inbound and outbound transactions since 2014. Voon, Michael Chan and associate Elsa Mak recently acted for Asian real estate investment fund Pamfleet on its circa RMB82m acquisition of a 70% stake in a target group that owns the Starway Parkview South Station Hotel in Shanghai. Another notable individual is Virginia Tam, who is experienced in advising corporates and financial institutions in Greater China on outbound acquisitions and private equity investments. Tam was recently part of a team that included members of the London office in acting for Rich Pro Resources on a hostile takeover of UK-listed company ASA Resource Group. Vincent Tso, whose practice is split between Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, and counsel Jo Chan are also recommended. Complementing the group's transactional work is its advice to clients on various day-to-day operational issues, including anti-bribery and other regulatory concerns.

Minter Ellison has a particularly strong client following among mid-market PRC-based companies and entrepreneurs, who turn to the firm for advice on Hong Kong listings, and also post-listing corporate transactions. The corporate practice is also very much a first port of call in its own right, with clients valuing the team's experience of a wide range of matters, including China inbound and outbound investments, going-private transactions, private equity buyouts and corporate restructurings. George Tong, who made partner in 2017, was the lead adviser to China Vanadium Titano-Magnetite Mining on its HK$25m acquisition of a controlling interest in Mancala Holdings (a subsidiary of a mining company incorporated in Australia). In addition to acting for PRC-based companies, the practice meets the needs of overseas-based inbound investors on matters such as start-ups, transfers of business, licensing and franchising. Fred Kinmonth heads the team, which also includes Barbara Mok, Katherine U and Anne Ko.

At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Mark Lehmkuhler and Scott Peterman, who joined in 2017 from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Jones Day respectively, are the main contacts in Hong Kong. Their arrival ties in with the firm's historical strengths in the energy and infrastructure sectors, as well as in technology: Peterman also previously served as Apple’s first country manager for China and Korea. The firm has a particularly first-rate reputation in outbound M&A and other corporate work to support clients' strategic expansion plans. Recent highlights included Peterman working alongside the Shanghai office to advise online retailer JD.com on a $2.5bn private fundraising for its logistics subsidiary, JD Logistics. In a separate matter, Lehmkuhler assisted the same client with its $115m investment in China Logistics Property, China's second-largest warehouse developer. In the healthcare arena, Lehmkuhler was one of the advisers to Hong Kong-based healthcare technology firm OptAsia Healthcare on its joint venture with California-based Soleno Therapeutics. He also acted for Samena Capital and Cenova Capital on their $83m investment in Virtus Medical Holdings. Outside of healthcare and technology, another particularly notable deal saw Peterman, Sook Young Yeu, managing associate Anson Chan and others act for state-owned investment fund Silk Road Fund on its $8bn acquisition of Unilever's Spreads business (along with a KKR-led consortium).

Under Yuval Tal's leadership, Proskauer Rose LLP's Hong Kong team, which is a major generator of corporate deal activity for the firm globally, has seen a notable uptick in Asia outbound and intra-Asia transactions. The practice is noted for its highly specialised sector focus. One of the areas in which it stands out is hotels; it has particularly been at the forefront of headline deals involving combinations of Asian hotel brands with European and US ones. Tal and associate Vivian Ho recently worked alongside practitioners in the London office to advise Formosa International Hotels on the sale of the Regent Hotels and Resorts brand to InterContinental. In 2017, Tal and Ho acted for AccorHotels on its agreement to form a strategic partnership with Singapore-based Banyan Hotels. In the broader real estate arena, a recent highlight involved acting for Mori Building Real Estate Investment Advisory in the acquisition by JR Kyushu of a serviced apartment hotel in Bangkok from the Thai Government Pension Fund, and also the replacement of the operator of the hotel. Outside of real estate, the firm also acts for a number of private equity houses on their investments; Partners Group is one of the firm's clients. Elsewhere, the firm undertakes corporate work in the media and entertainment and healthcare industries. Jeremy Leifer and Ying Li are also recommended.

Ropes & Gray LLP is extensively involved in landmark domestic and cross-border Greater China-related transactions, where it acts for a number of the largest and most active PRC-headquartered corporates and private equity firms. Its team, which is led by practice head James Lidbury, has an excellent record in sophisticated deals across a wide range of industries, with particular strengths in areas such as media, technology, life sciences and healthcare. One of the names to note in the group is Peng Yu, who has previous experience in working as senior in-house counsel at large European and US corporations. Yu and new partner Oliver Nip recently acted for API (Hong Kong) Investment, a subsidiary of Ant Financial, on its acquisition of a 20% stake in Hong Kong-based online restaurant review and reservations platform OpenRice Group, as part of their strategic partnership. Another deal saw Yu and associate Paul Tang advise China-based internet technology company NetEase on a $200m funding round to facilitate a strategic partnership with US-based software company Niantic. The firm also undertakes a significant amount of work for Alibaba; in January 2017, it was named as one of only three US firms to undertake transactional work on the client's first-ever panel of law firms. Highlights have included advising Alibaba on a joint venture with Marriott International, which sees the joint venture manage Marriott's storefront on Fliggy, Alibaba's travel service platform. In addition, Yu and Lidbury recently assisted the client with the $1.4bn take-private of iKang Healthcare. Other clients include Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Holding, Aier Eye Hospital Group, CITIC Capital, CMC Capital Partners and China Hailiang Group.

Stephenson Harwood ramped up its Greater China corporate offering in April 2018 by hiring 11 fee-earners from Troutman Sanders LLP, which has closed its operations in the region. Although most of the practitioners increased Stephenson Harwood's headcount in Beijing, one of the individuals to move across was Allen Shyu, whose practice is split between Beijing and Hong Kong. In addition to advising clients on Hong Kong and US capital markets transactions, Shyu also provides assistance with M&A, as well as venture capital and private equity transactions. Paul Westover, who heads the Hong Kong corporate group, has a wealth of experience in handling deals across Asia in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, sports and entertainment. In a notable matter in the insurance industry, Westover and senior associate Andrew Carpenter were among the advisers to US-headquartered healthcare benefits provider Aetna International on its acquisition of the Hong Kong-based Canadian Insurance Company; this deal means the client is now licensed to provide health insurance in Hong Kong. Also notable is that Jane Ng and associate Sherman Wong acted for TNG (Global) on an investment in the company by PRC private equity fund New Margin Capital as part of a $115m Series A financing round. Ivy Wong recently made partner.

Addleshaw Goddard handles a wide range of transactions for clients, including cross-border venture capital and private equity investments, public and private M&A, inbound investments into emerging markets across the Asia-Pacific region (including mainland China), and fintech-related matters. Andrew Yang is a prominent figure in the start-up community in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, and he is a leading adviser to incubators and venture capitalists on their activities in the technology industry in particular. Other clients of the firm include entrepreneurs, mid-market companies and multinational corporates. A recent highlight involved Yang acting for early stage venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures Fund Management as a shareholder in a Series C preferred equity financing by Singapore-based e-commerce company Carousell. In another matter, Yang and legal director Cliff Lui advised family office Beyond Traditions Investment Holdings on a $30m joint venture with Le Tote to develop a luxury apparel rental subscription service in China. Daniel Wan and legal director Yunxiao Hu are other key figures. Yang succeeded Brett Stewien as team head, following Stewien's move to GPS Legal LLP.

Hong Kong corporate law boutique Kwok Yih & Chan fields 'a highly commercial and astute team' that demonstrates strong capabilities in public takeovers and private M&A, private equity transactions, commercial contracts and listed company compliance. In 2017, Cecil Kwong acted for Hin Sang Group on its circa HK$73m acquisition of more than 45 million H shares issued by Hong Kong Main Board-listed company Nanjing Sinolife United. In addition, Kwong was also part of a team, led by Dieter Yih, that advised Well Up (Hong Kong) on its circa HK$650m proposed takeover of Ping An Securities. Yih co-heads the practice with Larry Kwok and Conrad Chan. Leon Saw is another name to note.

O'Melveny's team is 'able to take a look at the overall big picture' in deals, owing to its experience in acting for a wide range of parties, including management teams, special committees, corporate and private equity acquirers and sellers, financial advisers and shareholders. Nima Amini, Edwin Kwok and Li Han, a recent hire from Singapore-based investment firm Shanda Group, are the key partners in Hong Kong; they work closely with other offices across a full range of matters. Kwok and counsels Ke Zhu and Lillian Cheung worked with the Beijing-based Ke Geng to advise China International Marine Containers Group (CIMC) on its $450m spin-off and disposal of Singapore-based Pteris Group to Hong Kong-listed company China Fire Safety (CFE); the spin-off of Pteris was a disclosable transaction under Hong Kong Listing Rules, and CIMC had to file a whitewash waiver application under the Hong Kong Takeovers Code. In addition, illustrative of the firm's strengths in take-private transactions, Amini led a cross-office team, which acted for SEEK Limited as the lead in a consortium of buyers on the proposed acquisition of Zhaopin for circa $1bn. The team's other areas of expertise include growth investments, joint ventures, leveraged acquisitions and private equity buyouts.

Independent Hong Kong firm Tanner De Witt delivers 'professional and efficient service' across a wide ambit of corporate matters. Its diverse practice covers M&A, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, private equity transactions, shareholder agreements, franchising agreements, distribution arrangements and various other issues. Although the firm is primarily known for acting for middle-market clients, its first-rate reputation also sees it advise a number of household names, such as Facebook and Philips Electronics. Under the joint leadership of Eddie Look and Tim Drew, there has been a significant uptick in mandates, and the practice has been further buoyed by the recent arrival of Pàdraig Walsh from Bird & Bird. Walsh has particular experience of acting for clients in technology-related industries, such as fintech, insurtech, regtech and cleantech. The firm also acts for clients active in other areas, such as electronics, fashion, hotels and financial services. River Stone, who made partner in November 2017, is a fluent speaker of English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese. Jan Möller, who qualified in the Netherlands in 2008, has practised as a foreign lawyer in Hong Kong since 2012.

Woo Kwan Lee & Lo's varied workload includes M&A, joint ventures and the corporate aspects of real estate development projects, among other matters. Its strong capital markets practice leads to the firm acting for listed companies on their post-listing transactions. In addition, the firm handles standalone corporate transactions for clients. In 2017, Carmelo Lee and Albert Wu, who advised Tsingtao Brewery and Tsingtao Brewery Group on the latter's circa HK$735m acquisition of Asahi's stake in the former. Another highlight saw Lee and Wu act for Transport International Holdings in the circa HK$796m disposal by its subsidiary of an equity interest in RoadShow Holdings to a consortium led by Bison Finance Group and China Huarong Asset Management. Brian Leung handled an inter-group restructuring for Tianjin Port Development Holdings. Lau Shui Yiu has undertaken a significant amount of work for Rykadan. Lui Yiu Fai, Dora Chan, Rosella Wong and Sandy Lee are also recommended.

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