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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Hong Kong
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Work Department

Private Equity; Mergers & Acquisitions


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China > Private equity: foreign firms

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is widely respected for its advice to private equity clients in Asia on high-stake deals, including cross-border transactions across multiple jurisdictions, carve-outs, and structures requiring innovative financing arrangements. The practice covers the whole spectrum of transactions, ranging from minority and growth investments, buy-and-build deals, and big-ticket and consortium acquisitions to complex carve outs, public-to-privates, distressed M&A, and global exits. China practice head Charles Ching, who divides his time between Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, is highly rated for his advice to US and Asian financial sponsors on their China and Asia investments. Hong Kong head Tim Gardner is also a key name.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP focuses on complex, high-profile, cross-border M&A transactions in Hong Kong and China, and the practice stands out for its ability to execute US public M&A deals out of Asia; it also has particular strength in deals involving the TMT and healthcare sectors. Charles Ching, who divides his time between the firm’s Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong offices, heads the China practice and co-heads the firm’s Asia’s offices. Tim Gardner is managing partner for the Hong Kong office, where Henry Ong is praised for his ability to ‘assist clients with successfully completing complex transactions‘.

Hong Kong > Private equity

(Leading individuals)

Tim GardnerWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

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.