Firm Profile > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
29TH FLOOR, ALEXANDRA HOUSE
18 CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Private equity Tier 1

Benefiting from a 'seamless global reach' across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's Hong Kong private equity team is well-placed to handle work on its own or in concert with other offices for a plethora of leading local and international sponsors. With significant expertise across the corporate and financing front, clients appreciate the team's ability to provide 'strategic and commercial advice' to investors across a range of industry sectors, including TMT, healthcare and retail. As well as its expertise on the front end of deals, clients are also appreciative of the firm's strong restructuring offering,  'which is helpful in terms of considering any downside risks and potential mitigants on any given deal'. 'Practical and experienced' team head Tim Gardner regularly spearheads the highest-profile deals handled out of Hong Kong for international sponsors as well as more regional players, including Hillhouse Capital and MBK Partners; he recently advised the latter (as part of a consortium) on the $1.75bn privatisation of eHi Car Services. Chris Welty also regularly handles private equity deals as part of his broad-ranging corporate offering and has developed particular expertise advising on take-private deals in the region.

Testimonials

‘The firm has an excellent local and foreign practice team which can advise on various cross-border issues faced by private equity firms.’

‘The team provides excellent legal advice combined with practical business experience.’

‘The team provides timely, efficient and practical advice.’

Key clients

Lone Star

Softbank Vision Fund

The Rohatyn Group

Technology Crossover Ventures

TPG Capital

TPG Growth

General Atlantic

MBK Partners

Baring Private Equity Asia

Advent International

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

GIC

Primavera Capital

Warburg Pincus

Hillhouse Capital

FountainVest Partner

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP attracts a large volume of high-value inbound and outbound transactions, and is notably strong in matters with a nexus to the TMT (including e-commerce) and healthcare sectors. It particularly stands out in US public M&A, where it acts for Chinese companies listed in the US on take-private transactions. Its Hong Kong team is part of a wider China platform, which advises on deals involving markets throughout Asia. Working with local law firms, the firm acts as international counsel on cross-border transactions. It also advises clients on a standalone basis, with its cross-office resources and multidisciplinary strengths enabling it to provide full-service support. The firm's strengths in acquisition and leveraged financing transactions are a particular value-add. The Hong Kong team includes lawyers who are qualified in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and the PRC. It is jointly led by Charles Ching - who splits his time between Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong - and Tim GardnerHenry Ong advises on Asia cross-border, and China and Hong Kong M&A transactions. Chris Welty and associate Kris Desrosiers are also names to note. Counsel Sandy Lin joined from Eversheds Sutherland.

Testimonials

‘The Hong Kong and China teams are very well integrated, proactive and very reliable’.

‘Their delivery of commercially based and sound advice – not just on deals but also on operational and strategic issues – makes them stand out from the rest’.

‘Henry Ong stands out for his strategic thinking combined with sound legal analysis. He is able to advise clients to make sound judgment calls when in difficult and complex situations’

‘Excellent legal advice combined with practical business experience’.

‘The team are knowledgeable and well-coordinated across different practice areas’.

‘The team are able to handle complex issues covering different practice areas, and address clients’ concerns very well, even if the deal is short-fused’.

‘Timely, practical and efficient’.

‘Knowledgeable and experienced’.

‘Tim Gardner (Hong Kong) and Charles Ching (Shanghai) are practical and very experienced’.

Key clients

NWS

Alibaba Group

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals

Naked Group Limited

Mr. Boquan He

Vistra Group

Huanxi Media Group

General Atlantic

MBK Partners

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Sinovac Biotech

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Canadian Solar

GIC

HNA Group

SUEZ

MGM Resorts

Banking and finance Tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's banking and finance team has a strong track record in deals governed by New York, English and Hong Kong law. The firm's presence in Hong Kong is backed by a wider network of offices in Asia, putting it on a strong footing to assist clients with high-profile transactions across the region. Working with the private equity practice, the team advises sponsors on all aspects of their most complex financing requirements, particularly in the context of leveraged and acquisition finance transactions. It also plays a key role in corporate restructurings and other distressed situations. Clients include financial institutions and global private equity sponsors. Soo-Jin Shim heads up the team, which saw associate Kevin Yao join from Norton Rose Fulbright. Daniel Abercromby has joined from Kirkland & Ellis. Counsel Eng-Lye Ong departed for Dechert.

Testimonials

‘The individuals become part of your team as if they are working with you’.

‘Rick Wei acted as if he was an employee of our company and doing whatever it takes to get the job done’.                       

Key clients

TPG Capital

Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer Co., Ltd.

MBK Partners

Advent International

The Rohatyn Group

The firm: Weil is one of the leaders in the marketplace for sophisticated, global legal services. With 16 offices and 1,100 lawyers across Asia, Europe and the US, 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.

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 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, restructurings and special situations lending.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Finance
Corporate governance
Photo Name Position Profile
 Daniel Abercromby  photo Daniel Abercromby
 Tim Gardner  photo Tim Gardner
 Henry Ong  photo Henry Ong
 Chris Welty  photo Chris Welty
Number of lawyers : approximately 1,100 firmwide
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