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China: Banking and finance

Banking and finance: foreign firms
Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's clients rate the Greater China banking team highly for its work in international acquisition and corporate finance matters. Moreover, the department is among the region's 'go-to groups for China-related private equity deals'. Key highlights in 2018 included the 'exceedingly professional' David Li acting for a real estate company, as borrower, in relation to an acquisition finance facility provided through a hybrid financing structure. Conversely, on the lender side, Li and recently promoted partner Gee Hou Tng advised one of China's largest commercial banks on the provision of a substantial bilateral term loan in connection with an acquisition in the real estate sector. Also recommended are Frank Shu, 'a dedicated and meticulous' senior legal consultant, and Hong Kong-based partners Baldwin Cheng and Eugene Man, who have also been instructed by Chinese lenders such as China CITIC Bank International. Hallam Chow left the firm for Mayer Brown.

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China: Corporate and M&A

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

White & Case LLP

Providing on-the-ground resources in corporate and M&A across the US, EMEA, Latin America, Eurasia and Southeast Asia, White & Case LLP's recent cross-border work spanned the pharmaceuticals, telecoms, chemicals, industrial and consumer goods sectors; the team also experienced an increase in technology-related work. It acted for Chinese company, HNA Group, in its acquisition of a 16.2% stake in Swiss Stock Exchange-listed Dufry, the world's largest travel retailer. The key mainland contacts are executive partner of the Beijing Office, David Li, who is 'incredibly approachable and extremely hands-on', China practice head Alex Zhang, Vivian Tsoi, Andre Zhu and Lucy Xu. On the associate level, Nick Shu joined the Shanghai corporate team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, while Benjamin Moh and Yan Yan joined the Beijing corporate team from Clifford Chance LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, respectively. In Hong Kong, Christopher Kelly is Asia corporate head.

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Alex Zhang - White & Case LLP

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms
Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

'Never failing to provide top-quality advice that is practical, commercial and technically sound', White & Case LLP's China private equity team covers fund formation, financing, M&A deals, portfolio company assistance, and exits. The practice acted for CDH Fund V, as a member of the buyer consortium, in the $605m acquisition of NASDAQ-listed SciClone Pharmaceuticals. China practice head Alex Zhang, Andre Zhu and Vivian Tsoi are all highly rated. Recent associate recruitment includes Nick Shu joining in Shanghai from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Benjamin Moh being hired in Beijing from Clifford Chance LLP.

Leading individuals

Andre Zhu - White & Case LLP

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China: Projects and energy

Projects and energy: foreign firms
Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

Spread across the firm's offices ranging from Beijing to Sydney, White & Case LLP's regional energy, infrastructure and project finance group is involved in outbound project financing and investment, and also handles corporate finance and M&A within the energy and mining sectors. Working in conjunction with the firm's global network, Beijing-based David Li is advising a syndicate of lenders on the development financing of an oil and gas project in Africa. Additional contacts include Eugene Man, who practices in the Hong Kong office, and is instructed by Chinese and international lenders. Clients include China Three Gorges Corporation. The Greater China group took a hit in 2018 with Hallam Chow leaving to head Mayer Brown's projects team.

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China: Real estate and construction

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is experienced in advising on office and apartment buildings, multi-family developments, mixed-use properties, shopping centres, hotels and resorts, industrial real estate, and warehouses. The team assisted a consortium, comprising of Gaw Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs Group and Great Wall Asset Management, with its debt financing; this related to its HK$23bn acquisition of a portfolio of 17 retail shopping malls in Hong Kong. Beijing-based David Li and Hong Kong-based Asia real estate and banking practice co-head Baldwin Cheng are the names to note.

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