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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
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Hong Kong > Private equity Tier 1

The Hong Kong private equity team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is part of a globally integrated group that acts for leading international private equity funds on transactions across Asia and internationally. Regularly instructed on cross-border transactions, the practice is well versed in auctions, exits, take-privates and growth investments, and also handles distressed deals, secondaries, PIPEs and other public transactions. Tim Gardner co-heads the team alongside Charles Ching, who is based in mainland China; Gardner is recommended for high-value, complex, and cross-border transactions. Chris Welty, by virtue of his experience in the New York office, is recommended for transactions involving US public companies.

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Testimonials

‘Strong in private equity and M&A’.

‘Good teamwork’.

‘Strong commercial sense and problem-solving capabilities’.

‘Tim Gardner, as the lead partner, is hands-on, smart, and commercial’.

‘Tim Gardner demonstrates strong problem-solving capabilities. I will strongly recommend him’.

Key clients

Mr. Jinbo Yao (Founder, Chairman and CEO of 58.com)

Mr. Rick Yan (Co-founder and CEO of 51job, Inc.)

Montagu Private Equity

Ocean Link Partners

Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP)

Advent International

Baring Private Equity Asia

FountainVest Partners

Primavera Capital

Hillhouse Capital

MBK Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Vistra

PAG

TPG Growth

TPG Capital

Cornell Capital

Dream Cruises

Work highlights

  • Advised Mr. Jinbo Yao and the investor consortium on the $8.7bn take-private of US-listed 58.com, China’s largest online classifieds marketplace.
  • Advised MBK Partners on the $2.2bn (including debt) voluntary general offer for all of Hong Kong-listed CAR Inc.
  • Advising Mr. Rick Yan on the proposed $5.6bn take-private of 51job, Inc., a leading Nasdaq-listed human resources solutions provider in China.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A) Tier 2

Headquartered in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines exhaustive public company expertise in both the US and Hong Kong with a tenacity for mega cross-border transactions. The team handles big-ticket M&A transactions for both corporate and financial sponsors within sectors such as consumer, education, energy, healthcare, food, logistics and TMT and is also frequently involved in the market’s most prominent privatisations. Tim Gardner, a former investment banker with Goldman Sachs in New York, heads the Hong Kong practice and is closely supported by Henry Ong who is notably dual-qualified to practice both locally and in the UK with a track record in public and private deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Chris Welty is the firm’s standout practitioner for taking-private transactions, as well as those involving US-listed companies. The workload frequently reached beyond Hong Kong and China to include Korea and the rest of Southeast Asia, the US, Canada, the UK and continental Europe.

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Testimonials

‘Solid in M&A. They have demonstrated good problem-solving capabilities. Good teamwork and very responsive. ’

‘Tim Gardner, as the lead partner, is hands-on, smart, and commercial. He shows strong problem-solving capabilities. ’

Key clients

Mr. Jinbo Yao (Founder, Chairman and CEO of 58.com)

Mr. Rick Yan (Co-founder and CEO of 51job, Inc.)

Montagu Private Equity

Morgan Stanley

GIC

Engie

Fyffes Plc

Hillhouse Capital

Alibaba Group

Huanxi Media Group

MBK Partners

NWS Holdings

Canadian Solar

Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Mr. Jinbo Yao and the investor consortium on the US$8.7bn take-private of US-listed 58.com, China’s largest online classifieds marketplace.
  • Advised MBK Partners on the US$2.2bn (including debt) voluntary general offer for all of Hong Kong-listed CAR Inc., the largest car rental company in China.
  • Advising Mr. Rick Yan on the proposed US$5.6bn take-private of 51job, Inc., a leading Nasdaq-listed human resources solutions provider in China.

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency

Hong Kong > Banking and finance

The banking and finance team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is led by counsel Kevin Yao and has notable experience in advising top-tier private equity sponsors on cross-border, leveraged acquisition finance deals.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

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.

China > Private equity: foreign firms

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.

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.

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Number of lawyers : approximately 1,100 firmwide
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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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