Morgan, Lewis & Bockius > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Firm Profile

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
UNIT 2001, LEVEL 20, ONE INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CENTRE, 1 HARBOUR VIEW STREET
CENTRAL
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Capital markets (equity) Tier 3

Despite being a relative newcomer in the country, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has quickly established itself as a ‘very safe-pair-of hands’ for Chinese issuers and underwriters engaged in IPOs on the Main Board of the Hong Stock Exchange. Although it is active across a range of industry sectors, the team, which is led by Edwin Luk, has gained particular acclaim for its work within the education space, including on some substantial related IPOs. Other work includes advice on secondary offerings, take-private transactions, de-listings and ongoing regulatory compliance. Leveraging its broader international network, the team is also well-placed to advise international companies seeking to access the Hong Kong capital markets.

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Key clients

Meten International Education Group

Shanghai Gench Education Group

Leader Education Limited

Canggang Railway Limited

Litian Pictures Holdings Ltd

Raffles Interior Ltd

Hygieia Group Limited

Chengdu Ruizhuo Real Estate Co. Ltd.

China Nuclear Engineering Capital Holdings Limited

Sequoia Capital

China Hongqiao Group Limited

Health and Happiness(H&H) US International Incorporated

CMMB Vision Holding Ltd

Minsheng Education Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Shanghai Gench Education Group on its $89m IPO listing on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
  • Acting for Leader Education Limited on its $45.16m IPO listing on the mainboard of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong with a concurrent global placement pursuant to Regulation S.
  • Represented Meten International Education Group, a leading English-language training service provider in China, in the successful completion of its merger with EdtechX Holdings Acquisition Corp., the world’s first special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) focused on investing in the education services and education technology industry.

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has significantly expanded its presence in the Far East over recent years and now boasts a presence across Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore. Its corporate and M&A practice is split into four key offerings, namely international M&A, handled alongside the firms European and US offices, private equity transactions, supporting overseas clients on their inbound investments and guiding clients through their Hong Kong IPOs. Maurice Hoo handles a mix of mergers, investments, restructurings and divestments, boasting a distinguished level of expertise in the technology field, meanwhile Edwin Luk’s core strengths include securities regulation, private financing and capital markets transactions. Its client roster features Chinese and global corporations, emerging companies, private equity and hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds and individual investors.

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Testimonials

‘Our team has worked with the team at Morgan Lewis for more than 20 years, and they are our go-to lawyers for our M&A activities. The team combines the best of being very commercial but very meticulous on legal grounds. They are more than responsive – they anticipate and are a few steps ahead of the game all the time. They frequently will prep us for what the other parties might ask for and how we might analyse these asks and formulate our responses – even before the other parties actually ask. They know the market very well and repeatedly advise us how to come to views and positions that are market and reasonable. They are a truly exceptional team.’

‘Maurice Hoo has been advising M&A market in Hong Kong and PRC for over 30 years. With his profound experience in this area, we believe he is definitely the best M&A legal expert in Hong Kong. Besides his responsiveness, he also has a strong ability to work through complex issues and provide business-oriented legal advice. We are inspired by his wisdom of how he looks at the business picture, not to mention he could always anticipate a few steps forward, guide our team on how to better proceed to the next step in each transaction.

Connie Cheung has the ability to work superbly with other advisers and deliver concise, and easily digestible legal advice. She eases our team with a good grasp of every detail in all types of M&A transactions, and always keep us fully prepared for various situations and issues that we may encounter during transactions. We enjoy working with Connie and our team sees her as a trusted business partner. Connie is with no doubt a strong and smart leader in her team, and of course the M&A market.’

‘Incredible team. Maurice Hoo is brilliant and he and his colleagues make sure we are always 100% prepared for any opportunity and situation. Their attention to detail, short term and long term perspectives and guidance. After working with numerous firms, Morgan Lewis stands at the top. ’

‘They are always there for you and put you first and foremost. They care.’

Key clients

Chengdu Ruizhuo Real Estate Co. Ltd.

Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

GIC

China Distance Education

Boehringer Ingelheim

Meten International Education Group

Kofu Hong Kong Holdings Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Chengdu Ruizhuo Real Estate Co. Ltd. on the acquisition by its joint venture with Yuzhou Group Holdings Co. Ltd., RZ3262019 Ltd., of a property development project in Chengdu, China, from CK Asset Holdings Ltd. at a consideration of approximately HK$7.85bn.
  • Advised Warburg Pincus on Yuanfudao’s US$2.2bn Series G1 and G2 round investment.
  • Acted for Sequoia Capital on its investment of US$450m (HK$3.45bn) in China Evergrande’s spin-off of its property management services arm, Evergrande Property Services Group Ltd.

Hong Kong > Private equity Tier 4

Working across Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, the Morgan, Lewis & Bockius private equity team handles a range of transactions for large private equity houses both regionally and globally. It also advises private equity portfolio companies on exit transaction. Maurice Hoo heads the team and is recommended for cross-border M&A, investments, restructurings, and divestments. Ning Zhang, who splits his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, is another key practitioner.

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Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

GIC

Boehringer Ingelheim

Meten International Education Group

China Distance Education

Work highlights

  • Advised Warburg Pincus on Yuanfudao’s $2.2bn Series G1 and G2 round investment.
  • Acted for Sequoia Capital on its investment of $450m (HK$3.45bn) in China Evergrande’s spin-off of its property management services arm, Evergrande Property Services Group Ltd.
  • Advised GIC in Series G2 financing in Yuanfudao, China’s leading online education platform.

China > TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ TMT work spans multiple practice areas; and the firm’s large corporate team, which has expanded in recent years across Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, regularly acts for large names in the technology sector, as well as the investment funds and financial institutions that power the industry. Heading the firm’s corporate/M&A and private equity practice in Hong Kong, Maurice Hoo acts for prominent companies in the mobile technology, e-commerce, semiconductors, telecoms and enterprise software sectors. Edwin Luk, who splits his time between the firm’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices, also has an active TMT practice.

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Key clients

Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

GIC

China Distance Education

Boehringer Ingelheim

Work highlights

  • Advised Warburg Pincus on Yuanfudao’s $2.2bn Series G1 and G2 round investment.
  • Assisted GIC with a Series G2 financing in Yuanfudao, an online education platform.
  • Advised Warburg Pincus on its $70m investment in Yatsen Global, a direct-to-consumer beauty group in China and owner of cosmetic brand Perfect Diary.

China > Labour and employment: foreign firms

With longstanding experience in advising corporations on challenging workforce matters, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s mainland China-based team combines a full-service employment practice with expertise in China’s evolving employment laws and data protection laws and regulations, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and China’s anti-corruption laws. The practice advises on the employment aspects of M&A, restructuring and contract drafting, while clients also benefit from the team’s assistance with hiring, termination, and workforce reductions. The practice additionally stands out for its ability to respond to the pace of change in China’s employment laws, frequently advising on amendments to handbooks, policies, pay practices, executive compensation, employee benefits, international secondments and expatriation. Team head Lesli Ligorner is a well-regarded employment and immigration practitioner with an impressive and longstanding list of international clients, Todd Liao advises large multinationals active in China, and Qian Nie is a key associate. In Hong Kong, Charles Mo is a contentious and non-contentious employment specialist, and works closely with the mainland China-based team.

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Testimonials

My business people and I completely rely on Morgan Lewis’ expertise in the employment area in Hong Kong and Shanghai. They have been able to walk us through some very difficult situations with good conclusions.

They are completely available when we need them despite the time difference.

They give real-world advice as opposed to ivory tower advice.

They know how to work with and talk to our business people.

Key clients

Gilead Corporation

Autonomic

American Greetings

Bristol Myers Squibb

Comcast

Moody’s

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has significantly expanded its presence in the Far East over recent years and now boasts a presence across Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore. Its corporate and M&A practice is split into four key offerings, namely international M&A, handled alongside the firms European and US offices, private equity transactions, supporting overseas clients on their inbound investments and guiding clients through their Hong Kong IPOs. In Shanghai, Mitch Dudek runs a varied workload which sees him engaged on restructuring, foreign direct investment and joint venture transactions in addition to asset and corporate structure divestitures. The other key partner in China is Beijing-based Ning Zhang who also spends time in Hong Kong and has transacted countless investment, acquisition and divestment deals.

Practice head(s):

Maurice Hoo; Edwin Luk; Mitch Dudek

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Testimonials

‘Our team has worked with the team at Morgan Lewis for more than 20 years, and they are our go-to lawyers for our M&A activities. The team combines the best of being very commercial but very meticulous on legal grounds. They are more than responsive – they anticipate and are a few steps ahead of the game all the time. They frequently will prep us for what the other parties might ask for and how we might analyze these asks and formulate our responses – even before the other parties actually ask. They know the market very well and repeatedly advise us how to come to views and positions that are reasonable. They are a truly exceptional team.’

Key clients

Chengdu Ruizhuo Real Estate Co. Ltd.

Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

GIC

China Distance Education

Boehringer Ingelheim

Meten International Education Group

Kofu Hong Kong Holdings Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Chengdu Ruizhuo Real Estate Co. Ltd. in the acquisition by its joint venture with Yuzhou Group Holdings Co. Ltd., RZ3262019 Ltd., of a property development project in Chengdu, China, from CK Asset Holdings Ltd. at a consideration of approximately HK$7.85bn.
  • Acted for Warburg Pincus in Yuanfudao’s US$2.2bn Series G1 and G2 round investment.
  • Advised Sequoia Capital on its investment of US$450m (HK$3.45bn) in China Evergrande’s spin-off of its property management services arm, Evergrande Property Services Group Ltd.

China > Private equity: foreign firms

With ‘in-depth knowledge of the private equity market in China‘, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s Greater China practice regularly advises some of the world’s largest private equity funds on their China-related buyout, investment, restructuring and divestment activities. On the mainland, Alex Wang‘s experience includes assisting private equity and hedge funds with complex cross-border and offshore transactions within China. Possessing approximately 30 years’ private equity transactional experience, Maurice Hoo leads the China-based team of private equity-dedicated lawyers from Hong Kong. Ning Zhang works across the Hong Kong and Beijing offices.

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Very experienced, with in-depth knowledge of the private equity market in China.

Key clients

Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

GIC

Boehringer Ingelheim

Meten International Education Group

China Distance Education

Work highlights

  • Advised Warburg Pincus on Yuanfudao’s $2.2bn Series G1 and G2 round investment.
  • Advised Sequoia Capital on its investment of $450m in China Evergrande’s spin-off of its property management services arm, Evergrande Property Services Group.
  • Advised GIC on a Series G2 financing in Yuanfudao, an online education platform.

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a wide range of issues related to anti-corruption and regulatory compliance, bringing decades of experience and a cross-disciplinary team of lawyers to its work. It also regularly advises on the development of compliance programmes. The team is jointly led by Lesli Ligorner, Todd Liao, and Charles Mo operating from its Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices respectively. Ligorner's corporate investigation practice is closely supported by her employment practice, in which she is experienced in handling employee conduct and operational issues, and Liao has notable experience handling matters related to the FCPA in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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The firm: With 30 offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Morgan Lewis provides a range of services that fall into four broad categories: corporate, finance and investment management; intellectual property; labour, employment and benefits; and litigation, regulation and investigations. Founded in 1873 in Philadelphia, Morgan Lewis has grown to be a dominant global law firm comprising more than 2,000 professionals, including lawyers, patent agents, employee benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists. In January 2017, Morgan Lewis established its *Hong Kong office led by one of Hong Kong’s most respected corporate lawyers. The office has quickly grown to 23 lawyers.

Firm accolades include: 300+ partners recognised, Chambers & Partners, all publications (2017); 250+ partners recognised, The Legal 500, all publications (2017); most recognised for client service, BTI Client Service A-Team (2002-2017), one of only three firms on the list for each of the last 15 years; most recognised by general counsel, BTI Client Brand Elite (2011-2016); most recognised for superior client relationship, Clientopia 24, BTI Power Rankings (2016); shortlisted, International Firm of the Year, The Lawyer (2017); Top 5, Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies, Corporate Counsel (2010-2016); Top 10, Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index (2013-2016), No. 6 (2016); Top 10, Am Law 100, The American Lawyer (2016), Ranked #12 (2015); Top 15, Global 200, The Lawyer (2016); No. 2, Global 100-Largest Revenue Increase, The American Lawyer (2016); Top Three, Largest Firms in the US, Law360 (2016); Most Lateral Growth among Am Law 200 Firms, ALM Lateral Reports (2016); and clients include three-quarters of the Fortune 100 companies, including seven of the Top 10, 15 of the Top 20, and 290 Fortune 500 clients.

Areas of practice: Morgan Lewis provides comprehensive litigation, corporate, finance, restructuring, employment and benefits, and intellectual property services in all major industries, helping clients address and anticipate challenges across vast and rapidly changing landscapes. It has more than 2,000 legal professionals who focus on both immediate and long-term goals with clients, harnessing its resources from strategic hubs of commerce, law and government across Asia, and in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Specifically, the China practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, regulatory issues, private equity and venture capital transactions, and IP counselling and litigation. In Tokyo, the firm advises Japanese clients on corporate securities, employment, pension, intellectual property and environmental matters. In Singapore, the combined Morgan Lewis Stamford created the first – and thus far the only – fully integrated law firm in Singapore.

With offices in London, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Almaty, Astana, and an active Latin America practice, Morgan Lewis assists clients with both in-country and cross-border transactions and matters covering corporate, investment funds, tax, labour, intellectual property, antitrust, litigation and real estate issues with particular experience in the energy, financial services, life sciences and technology sectors.

*The Beijing and Shanghai offices operate as representative offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. In Hong Kong, Morgan Lewis operates through Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which is a separate Hong Kong general partnership registered with The Law Society of Hong Kong as a registered foreign law firm operating in association with Luk & Partners.

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