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Goodwin
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Hong Kong > Investment funds Tier 2

With a sizeable team in Hong Kong and able to tap into the expertise of lawyers based in key international fund centres, including London, Luxembourg and New York, Goodwin is regularly instructed on fund structuring mandates with a cross-border complexion. The alternative fund sector is the firm’s sweet spot, including private equity and credit funds, while the firm’s overarching tech and life sciences proficiency ensure that it picks up a considerable amount of venture capital and growth capital mandates in the space. ‘Calm, practical and approachable’ team head Gregory Barclay is recommended for advising on the establishment of closed-end fund structures and strategies, and advising fund managers in the region drawing in capital from a global investor client base. Phil Culhane and native Mandarin speaker Elyn Xing joined the team in October 2021 from boutique firm Culhane & Associates LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP respectively; both with a wealth of experience in advising private funds operating in Asia and beyond.

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Testimonials

You get “big firm” expertise and experience, with “small firm” service, i.e. the best of both worlds.’

Gregory Barclay is calm, practical, approachable and helpful. No question is too much or too little, and he is only ever a phone call away. His experience in the market is apparent in his advice, which is always bespoke and appropriate.’

Dominic Wong manages our work seamlessly. All our requests are acknowledged within 24 hours, and he works tirelessly to meet deadlines, no matter how demanding.’

‘Gregory Barclay and Manish Ranjan are highly responsive, very commercial and willing to develop creative solutions while identifying material legal risks. Working with them is always a straight forward and efficient experience.’

Key clients

AEW

Convergent Finance

Equis

FountainVest Partners

Hillhouse Capital

LGT Capital Partners

LionRock Capital

Lunar Capital Management

Partners Group

Tybourne Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Equis Development in its agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and the Equis management team to invest $1.25bn in EDL.
  • Advised GHIG on a programmatic joint venture into hospitality assets in the US with a large US hedge fund.
  • Advised Goat Capital on the formation of early stage US and China-focused venture capital fund plus various growth-focused investment SPVs.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A) Tier 4

Goodwin’s M&A practice in Asia is acclaimed for a broad array of transactions; examples include early-stage investments, going-private and growth equity transactions, dispositions and exists. The team is supported by a private investment fund and debt finance groups, adept in everything from fund formation and fundraising through to general financing advice. In terms of industries strengths, the firm counts private equity, life sciences and technology as its key pillars. Yash Rana acts for private equity sponsors and corporate clients on their business operations and transactions across China, India and the rest of Asia; he jointly steers the department alongside Douglas Freeman who is frequently engaged by local private equity clients in relation to their outbound investments to Europe and the US.

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Key clients

Hillhouse Capital

FountainVest Partners

TA Associates

DST Global

LionRock Capital

Vy Capital

Horizon Ventures

ZQ Capital

Falcon Edge Capital

TR Advisors

Work highlights

  • Acting for FountainVest Partners on its acquisition of China-based logistics enterprise CJ Rokin Logistics and Supply Chain, including advising on the financing aspects of the acquisition.
  • Advised Hillhouse Capital in leading a consortium of institutional investors that entered into definitive subscription agreements with I-Mab to raise $418m through a private placement.
  • Advised LionRock Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in UK shoe manufacturer and retailer C&J Clark Limited.

Hong Kong > Private equity Tier 4

Goodwin’s key areas of focus include private equity and M&A, and the team is regularly instructed on early-stage investments, growth equity transactions, LBOs, going-private transactions, dispositions and exits. It acts for sponsors and businesses and has particular experience in the TMT and life sciences sectors. The team is led by Yash Rana and Douglas Freeman, who is experienced in acting for Asia-based private equity clients in outbound investments in the US and Europe. Edwin Chan joined from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in June 2021.

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Testimonials

‘The Goodwin team is extremely attentive and responsive, and take a very commercial approach toward investments’.

‘The Goodwin HK team, led by Abhishek Krishnan, is well versed in all aspects of private equity, from venture capital to late stage growth to IPOs/exits’. 

‘Their competence across multiple jurisdictions in Asia sets them apart’.

Key clients

Hillhouse Capital

FountainVest Partners

TA Associates

DST Global

LionRock Capital

Vy Capital

Horizon Ventures

ZQ Capital

Falcon Edge Capital

TR Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advised FountainVest Partners on its acquisition of China-based logistics enterprise CJ Rokin Logistics and Supply Chain.
  • Assisted Hillhouse Capital with leading a consortium of institutional investors that entered into definitive subscription agreements with I-Mab (Nasdaq: IMAB) to raise $418m through a private placement.
  • Advised LionRock Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in UK shoe manufacturer and retailer C&J Clark Limited.
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The firm: Goodwin’s 1,700 plus lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation, and world-class advisory services in the financial, life sciences, private equity, real estate, and technology industries. The firm’s unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and the investors in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven economy sets Goodwin apart. To learn more, visit www.goodwinlaw.com and follow Goodwin on Twitter (@goodwinlaw), LinkedIn (@goodwinlaw), Facebook (@join_goodwin), and Instagram (@join_goodwin).

Main areas of practice: Complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world class advisory services in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries.

Complex transactions: A sophisticated, versatile team of transactional lawyers provides broad market perspective, serves as a business partner on strategic transactions, and advises clients on structuring and developing new and innovative products and services. Areas of expertise include buyouts and acquisitions, capital markets, debt finance, financial restructuring, growth equity, impact and responsible investing, mergers and acquisitions, new company formation, private investment funds, REITs and real estate mergers and acquisitions, search funds, tax, and venture capital.

World-class advisory services: Experienced regulatory lawyers, including many former high-ranking government officials and regulators, guide clients through the complex conundrum of government regulations with insight and ingenuity – always with an eye toward maximizing business opportunities while minimizing risk. Areas of expertise include antitrust and competition,
banking, environmental, ERISA and executive compensation, FDA, FinTech, global trade, investment management, labor and employment, and privacy and cybersecurity.

High-stakes litigation: Goodwin litigators provide cost-effective, results-oriented representation in high-profile matters across the United States. The firm employs a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach, helping clients settle disputes, mitigate risk, defend their interests, and, in most cases, avoid trial altogether. Areas of expertise include appellate, business and commercial, government investigations and enforcement, environmental, financial industry, intellectual property, labor and employment, privacy and cybersecurity, products liability and mass torts, securities, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and white collar defense.

Hong Kong: Goodwin’s Asia practice, based in Hong Kong, has more than a decade’s experience across a range of areas in Asia. Building on Goodwin’s strategy of sitting at the convergence of capital and innovation, we have a track record of advising investors and entrepreneurs in an innovation driven economy. The comprehensive Asia practice covers Goodwin’s key industry verticals of private equity, technology, life sciences, financial services and real estate.

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