Latham & Watkins LLP > Shanghai, China > Firm Profile
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Latham & Watkins LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsLatham & Watkins LLP has significant experience in debtor-side and creditor-side matters, with the team’s representative expertise covering workouts, restructurings and bankruptcy cases. Its recent workload includes advising on bondholder and debtor-side work, along with liquidations and insolvency mandates; and the group is active in representing creditor and debtor clients in relation to offshore debts borrowed or issued by Chinese corporations from the energy, real estate, finance, manufacturing, aviation and mining sectors. Clients additionally appreciate the firm’s ability to draw upon its European and US restructuring and special situations teams. Howard Lam‘s practice covers the representation of banks, bondholders, investors and insolvency practitioners in distressed contexts; and associate Flora Innes has significant experience in corporate restructurings, insolvency proceedings and cross-border disputes. Josef Athanas retired from the partnership in October 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
HollySys Automation Technologies
China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3Advising both early stage start-ups and global organisations on transactional, regulatory and contentious matters, Latham & Watkins LLP‘s Hong Kong-based, Greater China TMT industry group comprises the firm's practices in data, technology transactions, entertainment, sports, media and fintech, along with corporate law and litigation. Frank Sun regularly advises on major buyouts and deals involving leading Chinese technology clients; and playing a key role in growing the data and technology transactions practice in China, 2022-elevated partner Kieran Donovan assists with complex cross-border commercial, outsourcing, technology, media and privacy matters.
Frank Sun; Kieran Donovan
Tencent Music Entertainment Group
The Carlyle Group
Trustar Capital (Formerly CITIC Capital)
Baring Private Equity Asia
Latham & Watkins LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s globally integrated platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham attorneys offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex commercial matters.
Asia practice: Businesses and investors seeking innovative solutions to their most complex corporate, financial, regulatory and litigation challenges turn to Latham in Asia for strategic thinking and experienced counsel. Latham has extensive experience advising on the international aspects of a broad range of corporate and finance transactions for clients across the region, notably Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. With more than 150 lawyers operating from six offices in Asia, Latham provides clients in the region and clients looking to do business in Asia with expert advice under US, English, Hong Kong, Japanese and Singapore law. Latham’s deep roots in the financial and economic markets in the region are further strengthened by the firm’s local language capabilities.
Latham continues to receive awards and acclaim from a number of leading financial and legal publications for landmark and precedent-setting deals.
Areas of practice: Working closely with the firm’s other Asia offices, the Shanghai office represents US, European, Middle Eastern and Asian companies conducting business in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region, and Chinese companies in their international direct investment activities, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions.
Shanghai handles a range of transactions including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, foreign direct investment, project development and finance, structured and leveraged finance as well as restructurings. The Shanghai office offers clients the advantages of global breadth and familiarity working in the region, combined with US- and PRC-trained lawyers who have significant experience handling many of Asia’s most challenging and high-profile transactions.
With more than a decade of experience representing clients in China, Latham has participated in an extensive range of transactions involving the PRC and the broader Asian region. The Shanghai-based lawyers regularly work with the major Chinese law firms on PRC projects, and are experienced in co-ordinating the work of local counsel to provide seamless legal services to clients. The firm is able to combine local knowledge of the Chinese market with the depth of an international practice that stretches across a network of global offices.
The firm’s US- and PRC-trained lawyers are fluent in Chinese languages and dialects including Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hakka and Taiwanese.
|Antitrust and competition|
|Banking and finance|
|Data privacy and cyber security|
|Entertainment, sports and media|
|Foreign direct investment|
|Mergers and acquisitions|
|Project development and finance|
|Public company representation|
|Restructuring, insolvency and workouts|
|White-collar defence and investigations|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : more than 2,400 in Asia : 120+
LanguagesCantonese English Mandarin Shanghainese Taiwanese
Transacting with troubled companies: navigating stressed, distressed, and insolvent acquisitionsThe Covid-19 pandemic has brought about significant challenges for many businesses, and a heightened risk of financial difficulty and insolvency. While the number of formal insolvencies has been relatively low thus far, troubled businesses may be forced to pursue accelerated asset disposals, or may themselves present an attractive investment opportunity for new equity stakeholders capable …
- Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms
- Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms
- Projects and energy: foreign firms
- Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms
- TMT: foreign firms