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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Hong Kong

Private equity Tier 1

Led from Hong Kong by Tim Gardner and also benefiting from significant resources in mainland China, as well as globally from the US and Europe, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's three-partner team is well-placed to handle work on its own or in collaboration with other offices, for a plethora of leading regional and international sponsors. The firm's focus over recent years on strengthening relationships with the major regional powerhouses in the market, including for the likes of Hillhouse Capital, MBK Partners, and Baring Private Equity Asia, has paid dividends in the recent turbulent market conditions, given the amount of dry powder these sponsors are able to deploy and their ability to take an opportunistic approach to deals in the market. Chris Welty has an excellent reputation and is the go-to-practitioner in the team for transactions involving US-listed companies, including his work for the founder and CEO of on the Chinese company's recent $8.7bn take-private.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Founder, Chairman and CEO of, Mr. Jinbo Yao

Lone Star

Cornell Capital

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

TPG Capital

SoftBank Vision Fund

TPG Growth

Anchor Equity Partners


MBK Partners

Hillhouse Capital

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Primavera Capital

Baring Private Equity Asia

FountainVest Partners

Advent International

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s US public company experience makes it well-placed to advise on public-to-private transactions. Acting for leading global and Asian corporates and private equity sponsors, the firm handles cross-border M&A, with a focus on the healthcare, e-commerce and leisure industries. Its fully-integrated, on-the-ground acquisition finance team provides ancillary support to the corporate function. The team is able to provide coordinated advice on China, Hong Kong, US, Cayman Islands and English law. Head of practice Tim Gardner is recommended for high-profile M&A and private equity deals. Henry Ong is well-regarded for deal structuring and execution.

Key clients

Mr. Jinbo Yao, Chairman and CEO of

Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co. Ltd.

Eli Lilly

Canadian Solar

Anchor Equity Partners

NWS Holdings

Alibaba Group

MBK Partners

Huanxi Media Group


Hillhouse Capital

Primavera Capital

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
Corporate governance
Photo Name Position Profile
 Daniel Abercromby  photo Daniel Abercromby Click here for attorney bio.
 Tim Gardner  photo Tim Gardner Click here for attorney bio.
 Henry Ong  photo Henry Ong Click here for attorney bio.
 Chris Welty  photo Chris Welty Click here for attorney bio.
Number of lawyers : approximately 1,100 firmwide