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Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Leading individuals

Christopher Kelly - White & Case

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

White & Case has added to the depth of its high-quality team in order to enhance its offering to corporate and private equity clients based in Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as Europe and further afield internationally. Asia corporate head Christopher Kelly has overseen the growth of the practice in Hong Kong, which has led to the firm recently hiring associate Joy Chen and counsel Andrew Cohn from Proskauer Rose LLP and Linklaters respectively. In addition, Tess Fang made partner. The team is highly rated for particularly challenging transactions, including those connected with regulated industries. Kelly co-led a cross-office team that acted for Hong Kong-listed casino and hotel owner and operator Galaxy Entertainment Group on its $927.5m investment in Wynn Resorts, which is on the S&P 500 Index; the deal involved complex commercial, tax and regulatory considerations. In the technology sector, Anthony Vasey worked with other offices to advise SES-imagotag (a specialist in smart digital labels) on a $470m strategic partnership with Shenzhen-listed company BOE Technology Group. Elsewhere, despite the challenging Chinese regulatory environment, the firm has continued to see a strong flow of outbound work. Catherine Tsang, a fluent speaker of English, Cantonese and Mandarin, is another recommended individual. Peggy Wang relocated to the London office in 2017.

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Private equity

Within: Leading individuals

Christopher Kelly - White & Case

Within: Private equity

Led by the 'excellent' Christopher Kelly, White & Case's five-partner private equity team combines M&A and financing strength with the ability to leverage the firm's huge global footprint, providing a compelling offering to local and international sponsors. Recently promoted partner Tess Fang was a key part of a multi-office team that advised Quad-C Management on its acquisition of AIT Worldwide Logistics. Anthony Vasey is also recommended, as is 'very thorough and committed' associate Joy Chen, who joined in February 2018 from Proskauer Rose LLP. Peggy Wang relocated to the firm's London office in November 2017. The 'technically very strong' Daniel Yeh joined from Ropes & Gray LLP in February 2019.

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South Korea: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

White & Case LLP (Foreign Legal Consultant Office) is regularly instructed by Korean conglomerates, including Samsung Electronics, on outbound investment opportunities, as well as by global private equity firms on inbound investments in Korean enterprises. The team worked with Hong-Kong based Christopher Kelly for Baring Private Equity Asia on the sale of its 100% equity interest in Halla Cement to Asia Cement for $723m. The cross-border practice's expertise in private equity transactions is demonstrated by Kim, Kelly and private equity partner, London-based Peggy Wang, who collectively represented buyers Affinity Equity Partners, GIC and AlpInvest on GE’s sale of its interest in Hyundai Card to Hyundai Commercial. Kyungseok Kim has joined Arnold & Porter following the announcement that it is opening a Seoul office.

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