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Morrison & Foerster

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Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster has built up a diverse practice, catered to service the needs of Chinese and multinational investors in relation to their domestic and international investment activities. The team is active in deals across a wide variety of sectors, and really comes into its own in headline transactions in industries such as TMT and life sciences. Thomas Chou and of counsel Jinghua Zou (a recent hire from Allen & Overy) are frequently handling cross-border matters. Chuan Sun is part of a cross-office team advising Wal-Mart Stores and its global e-commerce division on a strategic alliance with JD.com, one of China’s largest e-commerce companies by revenue. In the life sciences arena, Chou, Sun and Jeremy Hunt assisted Ally Bridge Group with 15 transactions in 2016, including a $38m Series B investment into Delaware-based ShockWave Medical, which is pioneering Lithoplasty technology. The firm also has a strong market position in the real estate sector. Marcia Ellis and Vivian Yiu are other key contacts the team, while Charles Chau departed for Jones Day.

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Intellectual property
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Morrison & Foerster

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster’s funds practice was bolstered by the lateral hire of Serena Tan from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in February 2017. Noted for her eight years of private equity investment funds experience, Tan’s arrival enhances the firm’s private equity funds offering, which spans buyout funds, real estate funds, credit funds, infrastructure funds and venture capital funds, among other asset classes. In addition to acting for sponsors in fund formation mandates, the team also acts for banks and insurance companies in LP-side matters. Tan brings China-focused funds expertise, which complements Jason Nelms’ international funds experience. In 2016, Nelms worked with members of the Singapore and San Francisco offices to assist Global Logistic Properties with forming and launching a $2bn real estate fund GLP Japan Development Venture II; this was a Japan-focused real estate fund structured as a 50:50 joint venture vehicle with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Nelms was also recently a key adviser to IndoSpace on the formation of IndoSpace Core (another joint venture with CPPIB), which will focus on acquiring and developing modern logistics facilities in India. Matthew Lau, who is a funds-focused tax partner, is another name to note.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster’s team was recently strengthened by the arrival of US-qualified of counsel Jinghua Zou from Allen & Overy. It continues to build out its Hong Kong-based private equity practice and has consequently established some deep and strong relationships with many local Asian private equity and venture capital firms, particularly on deals that involve TMT and life sciences targets, two of the firm’s industry focuses. Thomas Chou has substantial expertise handling deals in the technology and life sciences sectors and continues to handle a raft of outbound work for Ally Bridge Group (both early and late stage) including advising it (as part of a consortium) on the $30m Series B funding into Delaware-based life sciences company Shockwave Medical. Marcia Ellis has been involved in numerous investments and exits for Ascendant Capital Partners, including advising on the $500m sale of its portfolio company Tong Dai Control (Hong Kong) to Guangdong Kaiping Chunhui Stock Limited Company. Other clients include Ark Pacific Capital, Carlyle Group and CCB International Management.

Next generation lawyers

Ivy Tang - Morrison & Foerster

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Morrison & Foerster

Able to leverage the firm’s global presence, particularly in key technology-focused offices such as Palo Alto in the US, Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong practice excels in cross-border technology M&A and other corporate transactions including the structuring of joint ventures and strategic alliances. Co-head of the firm’s Asia private equity group, Thomas Chou has a particular niche advising on public and private M&A in the TMT sector. Practice head Gordon Milner was recently part of a large cross-office team that advised Wal-Mart Stores and its global ecommerce division on the formation of a strategic alliance with JD.com, China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue. Chuan Sun was also involved in the aforementioned deal and in addition to his expertise in technology and corporate/commercial transactions, also regularly advises on data privacy and cloud computing issues. Other clients include Intel, Oracle, and China Telecom Global.

Leading individuals

Gordon Milner - Morrison & Foerster

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Equity
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 2

Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster’s Venatius Tan, and of counsels Samuel Ng and Yu Wang, acted for Shanghai Dazhong Public Utilities in its HK$1.7bn offering of H shares. In another matter, Tan was the lead adviser to sole sponsor BOCOM International (Asia) on Hebei Yichen’s HK$670m Hong Kong IPO. Other notable clients of the practice include Bank of China International (BOCI) Asia, Nan Hai Corporation and China Huarong International Holdings. Recent hire Vivian Yiu, who joined from Allen & Overy, is also recommended. Charles Chau moved to Jones Day and Donna Ko has also left the firm.

Leading individuals

Venantius Tan - Morrison & Foerster

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 6

Morrison & Foerster

Timothy Blakely is the key contact at Morrison & Foerster, whose recent highlights include acting for a US-listed Chinese company in US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DoJ) investigations involving allegations of fraud and other potential violations of US securities laws. He also represented a Hong Kong-based investment fund in an SFC investigation into alleged violations of the SFO.

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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 4

Morrison & Foerster

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