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Latham & Watkins LLP
UNIT 2318, CHINA WORLD TRADE OFFICE 2
1 JIAN GUO MEN WAI AVENUE
BEIJING 100004
China

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's Greater China restructuring and insolvency group has a strong debtor-side and creditor-side practice that is involved in matters across capital structures for borrowers, sponsors, institutional and distressed investors (individually and as ad hoc committees). The team offers local expertise in both public high-yield bonds and private bank debts. Recent mandates that the team has advised on include China Fortune Land Development and Hong Kong Airlines. The team is headed by Howard Lam , who regularly represents insolvency practitioners, bondholders, distressed funds and bank lenders. Flora Innes has vast experience in complex corporate restructures, insolvency proceedings, and cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Howard Lam

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hong Kong Airlines Limited

Beijing Gas

Huachen Energy Co., Ltd

Ad hoc group of bondholders in respect of Dafa Properties Group Limited

Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd

Private Bondholder of Shimao

Marketlend Pty Ltd

Work highlights

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP’s Greater China litigation and trial team focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, along with high-stakes domestic commercial litigation, arbitration and contentious regulatory matters. Practice chair Hui Xu is particularly focused on multi-jurisdictional, white-collar investigations and litigation, and Dominic Geiser, a summer 2022 partner recruit from Herbert Smith Freehills, is a specialist in contractual, financial and company disputes, as well as conflicts involving investors, shareholders and joint ventures. Promoted to counsel in the firm’s Beijing office in early 2023, Sean Wu acts in disputes concerning fraud, sanctions, and anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues.

Practice head(s):

Hui Xu

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hong Kong Airlines

Sinovac Biotech

Shenzhen Ace Battery Co

Shenzhen Senior Technology Material Co

China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company

China Orient Asset Management (International) Holding

China > Fintech: foreign firms Tier 2

Emerging fintech companies, traditional financial institutions, venture capitalists and web3 ecosystem participants trust Latham & Watkins LLP to handle mandates ranging from NFT platform launches, to payments service agreements, to global cybersecurity compliance programmes. Simon Hawkins, who leads both the firm’s Asia and global fintech industry groups, frequently advises on regulatory implications of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Farhana Sharmeen, who operates from the firm’s Singapore office, is another key contact. Kieran Donovan has since left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hawkins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Binance

Temasek

Ribbit Capital

South China Morning Post

Madison Dearborn Partners

Huobi

Blockchain.com

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 2

Based in Hong Kong, Latham & Watkins LLP’s Greater China TMT team showcases a broad spectrum of regulatory, transactional, and litigation expertise in the tech domain, from tech transactions and intellectual property to data privacy and security. Ex practice co-head Kieran Donovan has since left the practice. Frank Sun advises Chinese tech entities on M&A.

Practice head(s):

Frank Sun

Other key lawyers:

Bianca Lee

Key clients

Binance

Gigacloud Technology

Happy Starlight Limited

Silicon Motion Technology

Tencent

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

The Greater China practice at Latham & Watkins LLP is consistently engaged in the largest and most complex private equity transactions in the region, heavily involved in high-growth sectors including technology, healthcare and e-commerce, as well as advising PE clients on their infrastructure related investments throughout Asia. Based out of Hong Kong, Simon Cooke has advised on multiple landmark joint values, equity investments, disposals and privatisations, while Frank Sun is also a key contact for complex in-bound and out-bound China transactions. Stephen Shi is known for his experience in cross-border M&A.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

Fielding M&A specialists from offices in Hong Kong and Beijing, Latham & Watkins LLP's Greater China lawyers routinely advise on high-profile corporate and M&A transactions. Clients also benefit from the group’s ability to leverage the firm’s enviable capital markets and banking and finance expertise for major deals.  Simon Cooke heads the Asia private equity practice from Hong Kong. Frank Sun and Stephen Shi are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Jason Zhao; Frank Sun; Stephen Shi

Key clients

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation

Trustar Capital (formerly known as CITIC Capital Partners)

Warburg Pincus Asia LLC

Tencent Holdings Limited

China Jinmao Holdings Group Limited

Binance Holdings Limited

Sinotrans Limited

Platinum Equity

The Carlyle Group

Bilibili

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP advises its international client base on multijurisdictional investigations involving the FCPA, Chinese bribery laws, and financial crimes. Typical matters include drafting anti-corruption policies, compliance plans and procedures, and assisting with transactional due diligence. Hui Xu chairs the practice and is based in Beijing. Xu’s practice encompasses civil and criminal litigation, arbitration, investigations and regulatory enforcement actions. In Beijing, Sean Wu advises on all matters related to fraud, professional standards, sanctions, and trade compliance.

Practice head(s):

Hui Xu

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sinovac Biotech

Gaotu Techedu

A.O. Smith Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Sinovac Biotech in defending a civil complaint filed by a minority shareholder of the company before the United States District Court of Massachusetts.
  • Represented the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Gaotu Techedu before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in internal investigations into alleged misbehaviours.
  • Advised A.O. Smith Corporation on litigation strategies with the goal of defending its intellectual property rights and defeating unfair competition activities committed by their former managers and employees.

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 5

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s finance department in Asia is led by Hong Kong and Singapore-based Andrew Bishop, whose track record includes assisting global private equity firms and financial institutions with groundbreaking financings in China, Australia, India, Japan and Singapore. Fellow partner Howard Lam routinely advises corporations, banks and financial sponsors on major finance deals.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bishop

Other key lawyers:

Howard Lam; Lynsey Edgar; Ruonan Duan

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

Searchlight Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Carlyle Asia Investment Advisors

Global Infrastructure Partners

KKR

MBK Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

EQT/Baring

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: As part of the Greater China practice, lawyers in the Beijing office handle a range of transactions, including international capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, restructurings and project financings. The firm’s clients regularly take advantage of the Greater China practice’s intimate knowledge of the marketplace and are supported by the full resources of Latham & Watkins’ global network of offices.

Members of the team draw on more than 25 years of experience advising clients doing business in China. As counsel to issuers or underwriters, the firm’s lawyers have been involved in many international equity, debt and equity-linked offerings by issuers in China and across Asia. The firm also represents some of the world’s largest private equity funds and multinational corporations in their acquisitions or investments in the PRC, across Asia and globally. In addition, the firm regularly acts as lead counsel for the sponsors or lenders on the region’s landmark power, petrochemical, and oil and gas projects. The team also advises US, European, Middle Eastern and Asian companies conducting business in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Beijing-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 team includes lawyers who are fluent in Chinese languages and dialects including Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hakka and Taiwanese and have received US, English and PRC legal education and training.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Corporate governance
Data privacy and cyber security
Energy
Entertainment, sports and media
Foreign direct investment
High yield
International arbitration
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Project development and finance
Public company representation
Restructuring, insolvency and workouts
White-collar defence and investigations
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Sidharth Bhasin photo Sidharth Bhasin Sidharth Bhasin advises on private equity investments and exits, public and private…
Andrew Bishop photo Andrew Bishop Andrew Bishop, as Local Chair of the firm’s Finance Department in Asia,…
Richard Chul Kim photo Richard Chul Kim Richard Chul Kim is counsel in the Finance Department of Latham &…
James Clayton-Payne photo James Clayton-Payne James Clayton-Payne, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer, advises on complex cross-border M&A…
Simon Cooke photo Simon Cooke Simon Cooke, a leading private equity lawyer in Asia, specializes in public…
Owain Davies photo Owain Davies Owain Davies advises on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure…
Louise Deng photo Louise Deng Louise Deng advises private equity and corporate clients in Asia and globally…
Diana  Dizon photo Diana Dizon Diana Dizon is an associate in the Hong Kong office of Latham…
Ruonan Duan photo Ruonan Duan Ruonan Duan advises clients doing business in Asia on corporate and finance…
Lynsey Edgar photo Lynsey Edgar Lynsey Edgar advises top-tier sponsors on complex, cross-border financing transactions, particularly investments…
Tingfei Fan photo Tingfei Fan Tingfei Fan is a counsel in the Hong Kong office of Latham &…
Richard Fleming photo Richard Fleming Richard Fleming is counsel in the Finance Department of Latham & Watkins…
Esther  Franks  photo Esther Franks Esther Franks leads the Data and Technology Transactions Practice in the firm’s…
Dominic Geiser photo Dominic Geiser Dominic Geiser is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham…
Rajiv Gupta photo Rajiv Gupta Rajiv Gupta heads Latham’s India Practice and advises Indian companies and global…
Benjamin Han photo Benjamin Han Benjamin Han is an associate in the Hong Kong office of Latham…
Michael Hardy photo Michael Hardy Michael Hardy is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham &…
Simon Hawkins photo Simon Hawkins Simon Hawkins, an experienced and trusted advisor to financial institutions and fintech…
Timothy Hia photo Timothy Hia Timothy Hia advises clients on their most complex financing transactions across Asia,…
Wonsuk (Steve) Kang photo Wonsuk (Steve) Kang Wonsuk Kang, Chair of Latham’s Korea Practice, helps Korean clients successfully navigate…
Regina Kim photo Regina Kim Regina Jinseo Kim advises Korean and global clients on outbound and inbound…
Hiroki Kobayashi photo Hiroki Kobayashi Hiroki Kobayashi advises high-profile international and Japanese companies on all aspects of…
Posit Laohaphan photo Posit Laohaphan Posit Laohaphan is the Managing Partner of Latham’s Asia offices and the…
Sharon Lau photo Sharon Lau Sharon Lau is a partner in the Singapore office and a member…
Marcus Lee photo Marcus Lee Marcus Lee represents clients doing business in Asia in public and private…
Ning Li photo Ning Li Ms. Li focuses on capital markets transactions such as initial public offerings and…
Ji Liu photo Ji Liu Ji Liu, Regional Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Corporate Department in Asia,…
Stephen McWilliams photo Stephen McWilliams Stephen McWilliams advises sponsors and lenders on the most complex and innovative…
Yohei  Nakagawa photo Yohei Nakagawa Yohei Nakagawa advises Japanese and international clients on a wide range of…
Michael Ning photo Michael Ning Michael Ning counsels private equity sponsors, investors, and corporations on a variety…
Diona Park photo Diona Park Diona Park is a counsel in the Seoul office of Latham &…
Michael Rackham photo Michael Rackham Michael Rackham is a counsel in the Singapore office of Latham &…
Ivan Smallwood photo Ivan Smallwood Ivan Smallwood regularly advises leading Japanese and multinational companies on high-stakes cross-border…
Frank Sun photo Frank Sun Frank Sun, Co-Deputy Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins’ Asia offices, advises…
Hiroaki Takagi photo Hiroaki Takagi Hiroaki Takagi advises Japanese and international companies and private equity firms on…
Edward Tang photo Edward Tang Edward Tang is a member of the Corporate Department and the Private…
Allen Wang photo Allen Wang Allen Wang is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham &…
Jeremy  Wang photo Jeremy Wang Jeremy Wang advises issuers and underwriters on securities, debt, and equity offerings,…
Richard Watkins photo Richard Watkins Richard Watkins advises private equity and corporate clients on M&A, joint venture,…
Howe Min Wee photo Howe Min Wee Howe Min Wee advises export credit agencies, multilaterals, commercial lenders, and sponsors…
Wei Wei photo Wei Wei Wei Wei is a counsel in the Beijing office of Latham &…
Mandy Wong photo Mandy Wong Mandy Wong advises clients on equity and debt capital markets, with a…
Carolyn Wong photo Carolyn Wong Carolyn Wong advises Asian and international clients on corporate transactions, with a…
Stacey Wong photo Stacey Wong Stacey Wong advises clients on a broad spectrum of complex equity and…
Sean Wu photo Sean Wu Sean Wu advises global and Chinese companies on investigations and disputes. Mr.…
Hui Xu photo Hui Xu Hui Xu, Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Litigation & Trial Department in…
Eric Yiu photo Eric Yiu Eric Yiu advises investment banks as well as public and private companies…
Number of lawyers : more than 2,400
in Asia : 120+
Cantonese
English
Mandarin
Shanghainese
Taiwanese