Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Shanghai, China > Firm Profile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
30/F, TOWER 2, JING AN KERRY CENTRE
1539 NANJING ROAD (W)
SHANGHAI 200040
China

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 1

A core part of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s integrated global private equity group, the firm’s China practice advises leading international private equity funds on their China transactions, as well as major China-based funds and other financial sponsors on their regional and global investments. The team works on private equity transactions of all types, from auctions, exits, take-privates and growth investments to distressed deals, secondaries, PIPEs and other public transactions. In recent matters, the practice experienced growth in private equity activities involving the consumer, TMT and healthcare sectors. Working across the Shanghai and Beijing offices, China practice head Charles Ching is widely respected for his advice to private equity sponsors on Greater China transactions; and Beijing-based senior associate Yujing Liu works with global and Asia-based private equity clients. Hong Kong office managing partner Tim Gardner focuses exclusively on private equity and M&A transactions.

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Key clients

Montagu Private Equity

Advent International

FountainVest Partners

Primavera Capital

Hillhouse Capital

MBK Partners

BioDuro

Cornell Capital

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised Advent International and BioDuro on their acquisition of Sundia to create BioDuro-Sundia.
  • Advised FountainVest Partners, as lead investor on Zuoyebang Education’s Series E financing.
  • Advised Montagu Private Equity on its acquisition of ISI Emerging Markets Group from CITIC Capital and Caixin Global.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Headquartered in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines public company expertise in both the US and Hong Kong with a tenacity for big-ticket cross-border transactions. The practice targets big-ticket transactions including M&A, takeovers, disposals, distressed M&A, spin-offs and joint ventures. Charles Ching fronts the local practice and is notably referred work by some of the world’s largest investment banks; his team includes senior associate Yujing Liu who is particularly active on the cross-border front and has law degrees in both the US and PRC.

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Testimonials

‘The team is good at complex cross-border M&A transactions and capital market-related transactions.’

‘Charles Ching is a good lawyer who is familiar with both the Chinese market and international M&A transactions.’

Key clients

Montagu Private Equity

Morgan Stanley

Hillhouse Capital

MBK Partners

Synopsys

Micron Technology, Inc.

NWS Holdings

Canadian Solar

BioDuro

Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co. Ltd. as sponsor investor on the approximately USD 1B sponsored spin-off of Maxeon from SunPower Corporation.
  • Advising Morgan Stanley, financial advisor to the Special Committee of DouYu, in connection with the USD 10B take-private merger of DouYu and HUYA Inc.
  • Advised MBK Partners on the USD 2.2bn (including debt) voluntary general offer for all of CAR Inc., the largest car rental company in China.

The firm: Weil is one of the leaders in the marketplace for sophisticated, global legal services. With 19 offices and 1,100 lawyers across Asia, Europe, the US and the Middle East, the firm advises many of the world’s most successful organisations on complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions as well as litigation and restructuring matters.

Weil has one of the deepest benches of deal-making experience in Asia, led by top-ranked M&A and private equity lawyers and backed by an international finance practice. The firm’s lawyers are qualified in the US, HK, the PRC, and the UK.

Areas of practice: Weil’s Asia practice focuses on corporate transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, leveraged and acquisition finance and private fund formation. It advises leading multinationals, private equity firms, hedge funds and financial institutions on transactions across the entire Asia-Pacific region. With its ‘one firm’ approach, Weil’s Asia-based lawyers also work closely with lawyers from its other offices to offer expertise on international tax, intellectual property, securities laws, restructuring and EU and US competition and regulatory matters.

Mergers and acquisitions: as part of a global M&A practice that is consistently ranked among the top tier both internationally and in each key market, Weil’s M&A group in Asia has comprehensive experience in complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions matters. The firm advises multinational corporate clients, SOEs and regional corporate clients on their inbound and out-bound transactional matters, including HK, PRC and US public and private acquisitions and dispositions, takeovers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, tender offers and public-to-private transactions.

Private equity: Weil is a pioneer in private equity with experienced teams in the US, Europe and Asia representing first-tier private equity sponsors and investors on the full range of private equity matters. The firm’s private equity lawyers in Asia have extensive experience advising the leading global and Asia regional players in the international private equity arena on all types of private equity transactions, including buyouts, growth capital investments, PIPEs, public-to-private transactions, recapitalisations, financings and divestitures.

Finance: Weil’s leading finance practices include premier global leveraged and acquisition lawyers and highly ranked capital markets and structured finance teams in Asia, Europe and the US. The firm’s finance team in Asia frequently represent sponsors, corporate clients and financial institutions on all aspects of complex cross-border debt financing matters, including leveraged and acquisition financing, syndicated loans, recapitalisations and restructurings.

Corporate governance: Weil’s attorneys in Asia have extensive experience advising many of the world’s largest organisations on crisis management, governance structures and processes, compliance issues, FCPA and corruption investigations, difficult disclosure issues and internal investigations.

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Mergers and Acquisitions
Private Equity
Finance
Corporate Governance
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Charles Ching  photo Charles Ching
Number of Lawyers : approximately 1,100 firmwide
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Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Korean
Shanghainese
Taiwanese
Japanese

The firm: Weil is one of the leaders in the marketplace for sophisticated, global legal services. With 15 offices and 1,100 lawyers across Asia, Europe, the US and the Middle East, the firm advises many of the world’s most successful organisations on complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions as well as litigation and restructuring matters.

Weil has one of the deepest benches of deal-making experience in Asia, led by top-ranked M&A and private equity lawyers and backed by an international finance practice. The firm’s lawyers are qualified in the US, HK, the PRC, New South Wales and the UK.

Main Areas of Practice: Weil’s Asia practice focuses on corporate transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, leveraged and acquisition finance. It advises leading multinationals, private equity firms, hedge funds and financial institutions on transactions across the entire Asia-Pacific region. With its ‘one-firm’ approach, Weil’s Asia-based lawyers also work closely with lawyers from its other global offices to offer expertise on international tax, intellectual property, securities laws, restructuring and EU and US competition and regulatory matters.

Mergers & Acquisitions: As part of a global M&A practice that is consistently ranked among the top tier both internationally and in each key market, Weil’s M&A group in Asia has comprehensive experience in complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions matters. The firm advises multinational corporate clients, SOEs and regional corporate clients on their inbound and outbound transactional matters, including HK, PRC and US public and private acquisitions and dispositions, takeovers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, tender offers and public-to-private transactions.

Private Equity: Weil is a pioneer in private equity with experienced teams in the US, Europe and Asia representing first-tier private equity sponsors and investors on the full range of private equity matters.

The firm’s private equity lawyers in Asia have extensive experience advising the leading global and Asia regional players in the international private equity arena on all types of private equity transactions, including buyouts, growth capital investments, PIPEs, public-to-private transactions, recapitalisations, financings and divestitures.

Finance: Weil’s leading finance practices include premier global leveraged and acquisition lawyers and highly ranked capital markets and structured finance teams in Asia, Europe and the US.

The firm’s finance team in Asia frequently represent sponsors, corporate clients and financial institutions on all aspects of complex cross-border debt financing matters, including leveraged and acquisition financing, syndicated loans, recapitalisations, restructurings and special situations lending.

Restructuring: Weil invented much of what has become standard practice in the restructuring field. For more than 50 years, Weil has played a pivotal role in defining this field by offering creative, practical and thoughtful solutions for its clients. Weil’s global Restructuring group of more than 100 dedicated lawyers coordinate across the US, Europe and Asia to provide clients with tailored, seamless advice to complex cross-border restructurings.

Our Asia team counsels clients across industries on a range of distressed situations; we bring extensive experience advising both debtors and creditors in relation to contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters in the Asia-Pacific region.

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