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China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms
Corporate and M&A: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP is highly rated for going-private transactions for US-listed Chinese companies. Examples include the team's advice to the board of directors of NYSE-listed Zhaopin on its sale to SEEK International Investments Pty, Zhaopin’s controlling shareholder, and Hillhouse Capital Group and Fountain Vest Partners. Lee Edwards is a senior M&A partner; Xiaogang (Sean) Wang regularly acts in high-profile M&A work in the energy sector; Li Chen divides her time between Hong Kong and Beijing. Hong Kong's Stephanie Tang and Paul Strecker are also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Lee Edwards - Shearman & Sterling LLP

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China: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: foreign firms
Dispute resolution: foreign firms - ranked: tier 5

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a significant sector focus on energy, construction, infrastructure and telecoms, as well as disputes arising from M&A deals or other forms of business combinations. Asia international  arbitration head Nils Eliasson divides his time between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices.

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China: Investment funds

Investment funds: foreign firms
Investment funds: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP

'With expert knowledge of the China market and its link to US dollar investment funds', Shearman & Sterling LLP's 'team is very timely and diligent; it is also very knowledgeable about the region and able to anticipate needs and problems ahead of schedule'. The practice includes advising private equity, hedge and real estate funds as well as investment management firms on regulatory matters, new fund product designs and offerings of interests in private funds. Greater China head Lorna Xin Chen also leads the Asia asset management and investments funds practice and 'can always be relied on to get the job done'.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms
Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP's recent highlights include advising Primavera Capital Group on its investment in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group. Within the team, Lee Edwards is particularly experienced in advising Chinese and international corporations on going-private deals, tender offers, stock and asset purchase transactions, and venture capital and private equity transactions.

Leading individuals

Lee Edwards - Shearman & Sterling LLP

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China: Projects and energy

Projects and energy: foreign firms
Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has strong relationships with a number of SOEs and domestic lenders and has thus been involved in high-priority projects, including One Belt One Road projects, throughout Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. On the sponsor side, Sean Wang is advising Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group on the development of a $2bn mine mouth power project along the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. On the bank side, Wang is acting for a consortium of lenders including China Development Bank in relation to the $2bn financing of Vinh Tan 3 project in Vietnam. Claude Jiang, who is an active associate in the Shanghai office, acted alongside the firm's Singapore-based team in the financing of a key project in China's One Belt One Road initiative.

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China: Regulatory/compliance

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms
Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a strong reputation for handling corporate investigations, anti-corruption and FCPA enforcement issues throughout Greater China, irrespective of industry sector. Working across the firm's Shanghai and New York offices, Brian Burke leads the Asia litigation and investigations practice and has acted for clients such as GlaxoSmithKline in some of the region's most significant anti-corruption investigations. Burke's China-focused investigations group has also handled various multijurisdictional anti-corruption investigations for clients including Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, RELX Group and Medtronic. In addition to its large-scale investigations mandates, the team is retained by clients such as the Valeo Group to advise on ongoing anti-corruption compliance concerns.

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