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Shearman & Sterling

12/F, GLOUCESTER TOWER, THE LANDMARK, 15 QUEEN'S ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG
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Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms
Leading firms - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling has particular strengths in energy and investment-related arbitrations. Key names in Singapore include Daryl Chew and Emmanuel Jacomy, a French and English-qualified Chinese speaker who divides his time between Beijing and Singapore. Nils Eliasson, who divides his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, handles agenda-setting investment treaty work.

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Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling

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.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling, which has twin specialisms in hedge funds and private equity funds (across a range of investment strategies), offers clients a combination of Asian and international market knowledge, and regulatory expertise. It advises fund sponsors on fund formation, capital raising, operational and regulatory issues. It also assists investors with co-investments, direct investments and investments in fund sponsors. Lorna Xin Chen, who heads the practice in Asia, is a native Mandarin speaker and qualified in New York, Hong Kong and the PRC; clients are 'impressed by her professionalism and knowledge of the investment management industry'. Counsel Sean Murphy, who is a recent hire from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, is another key figure.

Leading individuals

Lorna Xin Chen - Shearman & Sterling

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling

Benefiting from numerous practitioners on the ground in Hong Kong, and able to leverage the expertise of lawyers in mainland China and throughout the firm's global network, Shearman & Sterling is well-placed to handle the full spectrum of private equity-related work (including fund formation, financing and corporate investment activity) for local and global sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and other entities. As well as acting for funds on investments in the Greater China region and throughout Southeast Asia, Stephanie Tang regularly advises large Chinese state-owned companies on their overseas M&A transactions and their strategic cooperation with foreign investors. Tang recently advised Primavera Capital Group on its investment in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group. Splitting his time between the firm's Hong Kong and London offices, US and Hong Kong-qualified partner Paul Strecker has an excellent perspective of inbound and outbound Asia-related private equity matters for clients including Tiger Group Investments, which he recently advised in connection with the $450m sale of its Greater China Intermodal joint venture with The Carlyle Group and other members to Seaspan.

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Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance
Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling's team is headed by Brian Burke, who splits his time between Shanghai and New York. It acts for clients including Medtronic, Bulgari and PetroChina and has conducted over 20 internal investigations in China for GlaxoSmithKline as part of its advice on a landmark criminal bribery investigation in China, the first time a foreign company faced criminal charges in China. The case triggered simultaneous investigations by the DOJ, SEC and SFO. The team now handles all of the client's anti-corruption investigations in China. Associate Leo Tian is a name to note in Hong Kong.

Next Generation Partners

Leo Tian - Shearman & Sterling

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (debt)
Capital markets (debt) - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling fields a team with English, Hong Kong and US law expertise. It demonstrates strong capabilities in sophisticated and landmark debt offerings in Greater China and further afield in Asia, where it acts for governments, state-owned enterprises, corporate issuers and financial institutions. In 2017, Alan Yeung led a cross-office team that acted for the joint global coordinators, joint lead managers and joint bookrunners on China Three Gorges' €650m green bonds issuance; this was the first-ever euro-denominated green bonds issuance by a Chinese company. Yeung also acted for BOCI Asia as the initial purchaser in China Huiyuan Juice Group's $150m notes offering and subsequent $50m tap offering, constituting the company's first international bond offering. The firm has also acted as US counsel to New Metro Global (as well as to Future Land Holdings as the guarantor) on a series of high-yield debt offerings. CK Hutchison, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are other notable clients. Matthew Bersani is the global head of corporate finance, while Colin Law leads the capital markets team in Asia.

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Capital markets (equity)
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling is highly rated by issuer and underwriter clients for high-profile and complex Hong Kong Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listings. Its team has increasingly become a first port of call for offerings in the healthcare, technology and real estate sectors. In 2017, global corporate finance head Matthew Bersani acted for Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, China Renaissance and ICBCI on LexinFintech's $108m IPO and listing on the NASDAQ Global Market. In Hong Kong, Asia capital markets head Colin Law, Bersani and others advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and China Merchant Securities as joint sponsors, joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners on the $510m global offering and Main Board IPO of WuXi Biologics; this is only the second time a former US-listed company has relisted in Hong Kong. Law has also led the advice to WuXi Biologics on a series of block trades. Elsewhere, Peter Chen, counsel Edward Bong and others acted for Tianjin Tianbao Energy on the placing and IPO of its H shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Main Board. Paloma Wang moved to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Leading individuals

Colin Law - Shearman & Sterling

Matthew Bersani - Shearman & Sterling

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: international arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling

Nils Eliasson leads the arbitration team at Shearman & Sterling, splitting his time between Beijing and Hong Kong. Eliasson runs a broad practice, with experience handling investment treaty arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty. Senior associate Anna Tevini is also a key contact in the Hong Kong office, with extensive experience representing private companies, state-owned entities, and states in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Leading individuals

Nils Eliasson - Shearman & Sterling

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Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms
Leading firms - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling has particular strengths in energy and investment-related arbitrations. Key names in Singapore include Daryl Chew and Emmanuel Jacomy, a French and English-qualified Chinese speaker who divides his time between Beijing and Singapore. Nils Eliasson, who divides his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, handles agenda-setting investment treaty work.

[back to top]

Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling

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.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling, which has twin specialisms in hedge funds and private equity funds (across a range of investment strategies), offers clients a combination of Asian and international market knowledge, and regulatory expertise. It advises fund sponsors on fund formation, capital raising, operational and regulatory issues. It also assists investors with co-investments, direct investments and investments in fund sponsors. Lorna Xin Chen, who heads the practice in Asia, is a native Mandarin speaker and qualified in New York, Hong Kong and the PRC; clients are 'impressed by her professionalism and knowledge of the investment management industry'. Counsel Sean Murphy, who is a recent hire from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, is another key figure.

Leading individuals

Lorna Xin Chen - Shearman & Sterling

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling

Benefiting from numerous practitioners on the ground in Hong Kong, and able to leverage the expertise of lawyers in mainland China and throughout the firm's global network, Shearman & Sterling is well-placed to handle the full spectrum of private equity-related work (including fund formation, financing and corporate investment activity) for local and global sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and other entities. As well as acting for funds on investments in the Greater China region and throughout Southeast Asia, Stephanie Tang regularly advises large Chinese state-owned companies on their overseas M&A transactions and their strategic cooperation with foreign investors. Tang recently advised Primavera Capital Group on its investment in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group. Splitting his time between the firm's Hong Kong and London offices, US and Hong Kong-qualified partner Paul Strecker has an excellent perspective of inbound and outbound Asia-related private equity matters for clients including Tiger Group Investments, which he recently advised in connection with the $450m sale of its Greater China Intermodal joint venture with The Carlyle Group and other members to Seaspan.

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Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance
Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling's team is headed by Brian Burke, who splits his time between Shanghai and New York. It acts for clients including Medtronic, Bulgari and PetroChina and has conducted over 20 internal investigations in China for GlaxoSmithKline as part of its advice on a landmark criminal bribery investigation in China, the first time a foreign company faced criminal charges in China. The case triggered simultaneous investigations by the DOJ, SEC and SFO. The team now handles all of the client's anti-corruption investigations in China. Associate Leo Tian is a name to note in Hong Kong.

Next Generation Partners

Leo Tian - Shearman & Sterling

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (debt)
Capital markets (debt) - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling fields a team with English, Hong Kong and US law expertise. It demonstrates strong capabilities in sophisticated and landmark debt offerings in Greater China and further afield in Asia, where it acts for governments, state-owned enterprises, corporate issuers and financial institutions. In 2017, Alan Yeung led a cross-office team that acted for the joint global coordinators, joint lead managers and joint bookrunners on China Three Gorges' €650m green bonds issuance; this was the first-ever euro-denominated green bonds issuance by a Chinese company. Yeung also acted for BOCI Asia as the initial purchaser in China Huiyuan Juice Group's $150m notes offering and subsequent $50m tap offering, constituting the company's first international bond offering. The firm has also acted as US counsel to New Metro Global (as well as to Future Land Holdings as the guarantor) on a series of high-yield debt offerings. CK Hutchison, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are other notable clients. Matthew Bersani is the global head of corporate finance, while Colin Law leads the capital markets team in Asia.

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Capital markets (equity)
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling is highly rated by issuer and underwriter clients for high-profile and complex Hong Kong Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listings. Its team has increasingly become a first port of call for offerings in the healthcare, technology and real estate sectors. In 2017, global corporate finance head Matthew Bersani acted for Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, China Renaissance and ICBCI on LexinFintech's $108m IPO and listing on the NASDAQ Global Market. In Hong Kong, Asia capital markets head Colin Law, Bersani and others advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and China Merchant Securities as joint sponsors, joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners on the $510m global offering and Main Board IPO of WuXi Biologics; this is only the second time a former US-listed company has relisted in Hong Kong. Law has also led the advice to WuXi Biologics on a series of block trades. Elsewhere, Peter Chen, counsel Edward Bong and others acted for Tianjin Tianbao Energy on the placing and IPO of its H shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Main Board. Paloma Wang moved to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Leading individuals

Colin Law - Shearman & Sterling

Matthew Bersani - Shearman & Sterling

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: international arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling

Nils Eliasson leads the arbitration team at Shearman & Sterling, splitting his time between Beijing and Hong Kong. Eliasson runs a broad practice, with experience handling investment treaty arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty. Senior associate Anna Tevini is also a key contact in the Hong Kong office, with extensive experience representing private companies, state-owned entities, and states in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Leading individuals

Nils Eliasson - Shearman & Sterling

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