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Heng Loong Cheong

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Heng Loong Cheong is a partner in the Corporate group. His practice deals in public and private mergers and acquisitions, complex corporate reorganisations and equity and debt capital markets transactions. He has a particular emphasis on the emerging markets, insurance, natural resources and renewable energy sectors and operates in Malaysia, Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries. Prior to joining the firm in June 2012, Heng Loong spent over 13 years in London and Hong Kong at London and New York headquartered international law firms practicing in M&A and complex corporate reorganisations and transactions.


English; Bahasa Melayu; Chinese (Cantonese)


Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong; Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales

Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

DLA Piper's Hong Kong-based Asia corporate head Luke Gannon has overseen a major build-out of the firm's corporate offering across its offices in Greater China in recent years. In Hong Kong, the team includes Gloria Liu, who has been a key adviser to clients on private equity transactions, corporate strategic alliances and joint ventures, among other matters. Liu recently acted for Chinese state-owned enterprise China Merchants Group on a $2.5bn round of investment in JD Logistics, a subsidiary of NASDAQ-listed company Liu is also working with the Shanghai office to advise Ping An Insurance's overseas investment arm (China Ping An Insurance Overseas) on its joint venture with Japan-based Tsumura & Co. Also recommended is Heng Loong Cheong, who divides time between the firm's Hong Kong and Singapore offices, and has a wealth of experience in cross-border M&A. Cheong recently led a multidisciplinary, cross-office team that acted for NASDAQ-listed company Laureate Education on the $162m sale of INTI International University & Colleges to Affinity Equity Partners. The firm has also recently handled mandates for China Huarong Macau, UCF Capital and CK Hutchison.

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Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

The 'very good, responsive' team at DLA Piper performs 'very well'; as well as being experienced in corporate and capital markets work, it handles financial services and has a niche strength in insurance M&A. 'Thorough, knowledgeable' group head Heng Loong Cheong is 'a good negotiator' and 'excellent at coordinating teams across jurisdictions'; he advised Laureate Education on its $180m sale of INTI International University & Colleges to Affinity Equity Partners. Salcon, SP Setia, UEM Sunrise and Magna Prima are representative clients.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

DLA Piper has a strong regional profile with a notable record in energy, oil and gas, and commodities. Recent highlights include advising PT Karya Dibya Mahardhika, the Indonesian tobacco company, on its $677m sale to Japan Tobacco International. Joe Bauerschmidt  is recognised for his expertise in Thailand deals, though he has an impressive record across the region. Heng Loong Cheong splits his time between Singapore and Hong Kong, and is recommended for his coordination of multi-jurisdictional transactions.

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