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Founded in 2009, Cathay Associates Kejie is a transactional and litigation law firm within a global network, specialising in advising domestic and international leading companies, financial institutions and governments. At first focussing on mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and capital markets, venture capital and private equity and corporate and foreign direct investment, in 2015 Kejie expanded its practice area to commercial litigation and arbitration. The number of professionals in Kejie has grown from 10 professionals since its establishment to more than 40 professionals currently.
Areas of practice
M&A: delivers a full range of M&A services regarding financing, taxation, competition and regulatory, pensions and employment, IP and IT, and real estate; includes cross-border deals where the firm works with leading international legal counsel to provide the best expertise for each transaction.
Securities issuance and capital markets: advising sponsors, lead managers and PRC issuers or overseas issuers with PRC assets on the issuance of equity and debt securities in private placements and public offerings, including the issuance of H-share, B-share, red-chip share, Eurobond, convertible bond and other types of securities in Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, London and other international markets, and the issuance of A-share in the public offerings in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Venture capital and private equity: regularly represent international institutional/financial investors in targeted investment transactions and in devising new investment models for their corporate venturing, portfolio investment and private equity investments in the PRC. Significant experience in structuring on-shore/off-shore aspects of investments and effective exit strategies for international investors, through trade sales and off-shore public offerings; also represent corporate clients in similar transactions. We are also actively involved in the formation of RMB private equity fund.
Corporate and foreign direct investment: represent large multinational corporations as well as small/medium-sized companies in their direct investment activities in the PRC. Extensive experience in assisting clients in all areas of investment in the PRC, including direct investment structures, joint venture negotiations, IP protection and technology transfer issues, foreign exchange control, relevant labour and tax law, environmental law, other PRC regulatory and approval matters and holding company structure.
Financial regulations: represent a broad range of foreign and domestic financial institutions, including commercial banks, policy-oriented banks, insurance companies, securities firms, asset management firms, trust and investment firms, and other institutions. It advises on the supervision and regulation of commercial banks, insurance companies, securities firms, asset management firms, trust and investment firms and exchange and clearing houses (broadly, all of the areas regulated by the CBRC, CIRC and CSRC). Expertise extends from simply advising on the rules to the application of the rules in relation to commercial transaction, the structuring of new and innovative products, the establishment of representative office, branch office and joint venture entities, distribution and outsourcing arrangements in financial services business, regulatory investigation and disciplinary proceedings and e-commerce projects relating to financial services.
Real estate: services are both conventional and specialist, ranging from project development, land use rights assignment and transfer, sale and purchase of all property, property lease to acquisition of equity interest in domestic real estate company by international investors and IPO of domestic real estate company. Involved in the development of real estate investment trusts and formation of private equity real estate investment fund. Also involved in the formation of RMB private equity fund.
Insurance: services include acquisition of equity interests in domestic insurance companies, the establishment of representative office and foreign-funded insurance companies in China by foreign insurance companies and the structuring of insurance product and insurance-related litigation.
Commercial litigation and arbitration: dedicated to providing high quality dispute resolution services required by corporate clients. The practice has focused on resolving disputes arising from M&A, joint venture, venture capital and private equity, corporate governance, securities, intellectual property, real estate and construction, commercial loan and security, etc.
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Member Cathay Associates (against the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative and the rapid internationalization of the Renminbi, Cathay Associates Kejie initiated a global legal service network named as Cathay Associates in September 2015. Cathay Associates aims at providing cross-jurisdictional legal services to Chinese enterprises with ambitious global strategies. Currently, Cathay Associates has 35 member firms with 39 offices in 36 countries across Asia, Europe, South American and Africa.
Number of lawyers 46
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