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White & Case LLP

China: Banking and finance

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Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP 伟凯律师事务所

White & Case LLPprovides a consistently good service at reasonable rates’. The practice is highly rated for its experience in leveraged acquisition finance and high-yield deals, asset finance and project finance transactions. Highlights included advising a group of Chinese banks on an aggregate $2.63bn secured term loan, provided to a consortium to finance the acquisition of US-headquartered Lexmark International, which manufactures laser printers and provides enterprise software. Beijing-based David Li, who is ‘extremely responsive and has great business acumen and market knowledge’, is highly regarded for inbound and outbound financing transactions in China; and Hallam Chow is noted for project financing and structured financing, and is also experienced in asset-based financing, including equipment and facility leasing. Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific banking and restructuring practice co-head Baldwin Cheng, global banking practice head Eric Berg, who divides time between the firm’s Hong Kong and Singapore offices, and Eugene Man are also recommended. In Shanghai, senior legal consultant Frank Shu is a name to note. Former China practice head Xiaoming Li left for Han Kun Law Offices.

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Hallam Chow - White & Case LLP

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Frank Shu - White & Case LLP

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China: Corporate and M&A

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Corporate and M&A: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP 伟凯律师事务所

White & Case LLP has extensive experience advising on groundbreaking acquisitions and high-end deals. The firm grew the Greater China practice through the hire of Andre Zhu in the Beijing office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP to enhance its M&A bench strength. It also promoted Shanghai’s Jiong Deng to local partner; and relocated long-term partner Vivian Tsoi to the Shanghai office after spending a year in the firm’s Singapore office. Tsoi was part of a cross-border team that advised China Three Gorges Corporation, through a subsidiary, on its purchase of the equity interests in a Duke Energy Corporation subsidiary. Also in Shanghai, China practice head Alex Zhang and Lucy Xu are highly rated. Former China practice head Xiaoming Li left for Han Kun Law Offices.

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Alex Zhang - White & Case LLP

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China: Private equity/venture capital

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Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP 伟凯律师事务所

White & Case LLP houses ‘smart, capable lawyers’, who are experienced in fund formation, financing, M&A, portfolio assistance and exits. The firm recruited Andre Zhu from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and promoted Jiong Deng to local partner. Deng’s strengths are his ‘incredible responsiveness, attention to detail, positive attitude in the face of adversity and pleasant demeanour’. Alex Zhang and Asia private equity head Peggy Wang are also highly rated. Former China practice head Xiaoming Li joined Han Kun Law Offices.

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China: Projects and energy

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Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP 伟凯律师事务所

Regularly acting for Chinese companies and lenders, White & Case LLP is highly rated for oil and gas projects. The firm’s China outbound investment experience in Africa and Latin America is also a draw, as is its track record in the Chinese water infrastructure space. Recent matters saw the team act for Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries in the development, construction and financing of a $2bn petrochemical complex in Kazakhstan. In Beijing, Hallam Chow’s practice is focused on project financing, structured financing and joint ventures in the energy, infrastructure and oil and gas sectors, and David Li is ‘quick to provide commercial solutions, as well as being responsive and flexible with fee arrangements’. Former group leader Xiaoming Li left for Han Kun Law Offices.

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China: Real estate and construction

Foreign firms
Real estate and construction: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP 伟凯律师事务所

White & Case LLP’s recent work saw the team advise developers, owners, private and institutional investors, investment funds, lenders and underwriters on a range of real estate transactions in Asia, including real estate finance, real estate capital markets and investment funds. The firm is experienced in all types of assets, such as office and apartment buildings, multi-family developments, mixed-use properties, shopping centres, hotels and resorts, industrial developments and warehouses, and the team provides Hong Kong, English and US law advice. Highlights included acting for Ping An Bank in a HK$3.8bn facility to PA Investment Funds SPC IV for its participation in the buyout of Dalian Wanda Commercial Property Co’s Hong Kong-listed shares. Beijing-based David Li’s recent real estate deals included bond offerings and bank financings, while in Hong Kong, Baldwin Cheng co-leads the real estate industry group in Asia; and Eugene Man has extensive experience advising banks and real estate investment funds on highly structured, cross-border China real estate-related financings.

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