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China: Projects and energy

Projects and energy: foreign firms

Within: Projects and energy: foreign firms

Latham & Watkins LLP is well-known in Southeast Asia for its work in both clean energy and oil and gas projects. The team has been particularly active in projects under the One Belt One Road umbrella, where it has been involved in projects in Central and Southeast Asia, and has even been active in Europe. Department head David Blumental is based in the firm's Hong Kong office and is instructed by Chinese investors as well as a litany of domestic project companies such as Harbin Electric International and China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group Company. In one matter, Blumental and senior consultant Peng Yi advised Shenhua Group Corporation on the establishment of a cross-border joint venture for the research, development and production of solar energy equipment. The team also assisted China-Africa Industrial Capacity Cooperation Fund with a co-investment in Banro Resources' operation of gold mines in Congo.

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Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

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.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Latham & Watkins LLP¬†has a focus on China-based and multinational energy and natural resources transactions, acting for clients including China-Africa Industrial Capacity Cooperation Fund and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries. Practice head¬†David Blumental¬†possesses ‚Äėextensive experience and knowledge with regard to energy deals, broad connections and industry insights, and outstanding expertise in energy transactions‚Äô. Recent work includes advising a subsidiary of state-owned China Energy Investment Group on a joint venture between Manz and Shanghai Electric for the research, development and commercial production of solar energy panels and equipment.

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