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Latham & Watkins LLP

18TH FLOOR, ONE EXCHANGE SQUARE, 8 CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL HONG KONG
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David Blumental

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Work +852 2912 2686
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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Partner

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Latham & Watkins LLP is experienced in transactions involving the technology, logistics, hospitality, and healthcare sectors; the practice also fields lawyers with industry expertise in real estate, energy, consumer products and financial institutions. Shanghai managing partner Rowland Cheng is noted alongside Hong Kong lawyers Amy Beckingham, David Blumental, Simon Cooke and Frank Sun.

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China: Projects and energy

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Latham & Watkins LLP regularly acts for Chinese and international clients in major energy transactions in Asia. Recent highlights include advising a consortium of three state-owned Indian oil and gas companies on its acquisition from Rosneft of a 29.9% working interest in the Taas-Yuriakh licenses in Eastern Siberia. Shanghai office managing partner Rowland Cheng is highly rated and Hong Kong-based David Blumental is experienced in project development and financing, and private equity investments that focus on upstream oil and gas, LNG and mining. Other notable advisers include Benjamin Carale, Posit Laohaphan, Ji Liu and Joseph Bevash, who divides his time between Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul.

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Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

Led by Cathy Yeung, Latham & Watkins LLP’s Hong Kong team underwent significant expansion in 2016, adding depth to the firm’s existing offering in the corporate arena. Namely, Simon Cooke and Amy Beckingham were hired from Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer respectively, while Frank Sun, who is dual-qualified to practise in New York and Hong Kong, arrived from Kirkland & Ellis. In addition, Terris Tang rejoined the team as corporate counsel from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. The broad spread of the work sees the group play a major role in some of the most sophisticated and high-value transactions in China and further afield globally. As part of a multidisciplinary cross-office team, Cooke and counsel Dominik Sklenar are assisting Nord Anglia Education with the $4.3bn take-private by a consortium led by Baring Private Equity Asia and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. In 2016, David Blumental was a key adviser in a sizeable cross-border team, which acted for Shandong Ruyi Technology Group in its acquisition of a majority stake in Paris-based Groupe SMCP. Cathay Fortune Capital Investment, Vistra Group and Go-JEK are new clients.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Latham & Watkins LLP is a global leader in energy and natural resources and its Hong Kong office plays a key role in this maintaining this position. Hong Kong team leader David Blumental is co-chair of the firm’s global oil and gas industry group. He and the team frequently advise Chinese and Asian investors on outbound transactions, including in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US. The firm is at the forefront of Asian investments into Russia, the divestment of assets by oil majors, LNG-to-power projects in Asia, and Chinese investments in power generation and transmission. The firm advised Oil India, Bharat PetroResources and Indian Oil Corporation on their $1.12bn acquisition of a 30% interest in the Taas-Yuryakh oil fields in Eastern Siberia from Rosneft.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Litigation

Within: Litigation

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice ‘has extensive experience to tap into’ and is led by the well-regarded Simon Powell. It also includes Catherine Palmer, arbitrator Ing Loong Yang and David Blumental. The team recently assisted Enova with an enforcement action against two parties in Hong Kong concerning alleged infringement of Formula E and overstepping rights.

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