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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners)

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Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners)

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners) has seen Chinese and international clients gravitate to the firm on their most strategically important transactions. In a recent highlight, Ning Zhang, who splits his practice between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices, acted for Sequoia Capital as a prior investor on Alibaba's $9.5bn acquisition of online food delivery platform In 2017, Edwin Luk and Billy Wong advised ANTA Sports, China's largest sportswear brand, on its acquisition of Kingkow; this represented ANTA's first acquisition in the kidswear space. Luk and Keith Cheung assisted pulp and paper-making company Youyuan International Holdings with acquiring wallpaper manufacturer Xin Wing Enterprises for $320m. Luk co-heads the team with Maurice Hoo. Connie Cheung is another key figure.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners)

The nascent private equity team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners) has been fairly active in the market since its establishment in February 2017, both on standalone deals as well as on pan-Asian matters involving input from Beijing and Shanghai. On outbound deals, it is able to leverage a strong US and European footprint for clients wishing to invest in these markets. New York- and China-qualified partner Ning Zhang is gaining a strong reputation in the market on behalf of Chinese funds, including Banyan Capital and CBC as well as global sponsors including  Sequoia Capital and Warburg Pincus, the latter of which he recently advised on the sale of Mobike, the world’s largest and most technologically advanced smart bike-sharing platform, to Meituan-Dianping. Maurice Hoo has considerable expertise in handling private equity and venture capital deals in the technology space, and alongside Connie Cheung he recently advised Warburg Pincus on its investment in Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio. Edwin Luk is also recommended.

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (equity)
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners)

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners)' equity capital markets offering underwent significant expansion in 2017, when the firm hired a team of lawyers from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. One of these lawyers was Edwin Luk, who heads the capital markets practice in Asia, and is also global leader of the securities practice. Luk has led the strengthened team to complete nine Hong Kong IPOs in 2017 and, at the time of writing, two Hong Kong IPOs in 2018. During this period, three of these IPOs were in the top ten of the largest in Hong Kong, in terms of funds raised at completion. One of the matters saw Luk and Billy Wong acting as Hong Kong and US counsel to China Xinhua Education Group on its $168m Regulation S/Rule 144A Hong Kong Main Board IPO. Another highlight saw Luk and June Chan advise Guotai Junan Capital as sole sponsor on Ruifeng Power Group's $43m Hong Kong Main Board IPO. In 2017, Luk and Chan acted as Hong Kong and US counsel to Minsheng Education Group in its $178m Main Board IPO, which involved a Rule 144A international placement. In addition to advising on standalone listings in Hong Kong, the team has also become known for advising companies listed elsewhere internationally on dual listings in Hong Kong; a recent highlight involved advising Singapore Catalist Board-listed company LHN on its $10m Hong Kong Main Board dual listing. Elsewhere, other areas of activity have included secondary offerings and privatisations. Luk's team also includes practitioners such as Keith Cheung and Ning Zhang.

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