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Eng-Lye Ong - Dechert

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Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 5


Dechert is active in high-profile domestic M&A and cross-border transactions. As part of an expansion of the firm's corporate platform globally, the hires of Xiao Yong, counsel Nicholas A. Molan and associate Jason Wu (all arrivals from Vinson & Elkins LLP in March 2017) have seen the firm step up its capabilities in energy sector deals. Yong and Wu advised TerraPower LLC on the formation of a joint venture in China with China National Nuclear Corporation, which is intended to develop Travelling Wave Reactor technology that promotes the growth of clean energy; this is the first civil nuclear corporation involving the US and China. Stephen Chan's corporate experience spans industries such as healthcare, media, real estate, metals and mining and financial services. Chan was the lead adviser to China Financial Services Holdings on the $139m acquisition of certain loan portfolio and equity interests of three Chinese companies from The Bank of East Asia and Credit Gain Finance (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bank of East Asia). Another highlight involved advising the same client on its acquisition of Brilliant Star Capital from Value Partners Group for $41m. Chan co-heads the practice with David Cho, who is sought for his expertise in Asia-US transactions.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2


Dechert's diverse Asia funds practice, which is headed up by Michael Wong, is strong in a wide range of asset classes, including real estate funds, private equity buyout funds, debt funds, hedge funds and registered funds. The firm stands out in fund formation mandates involving highly complex structuring, operational and regulatory issues. In a recent highlight, Wong and associate Simon Wong acted for China Everbright on the formation of a $1bn fund, Everbright Overseas Infrastructure Investment Fund, which targets overseas infrastructure opportunities. Having previously advised the same client on the formation of feeder fund Everbright Dynamic Bond Fund Feed Fund I in November 2015, the firm is also assisting the client with establishing a second feeder fund, CEL Huarong Dynamic Bond Feeder Fund. Primavera Capital, Integrated Asset Management and HarbourWay Investment Management are other active sponsor clients. In addition to advising sponsors, the team is active in investor-side representations, as was evidenced when Michael Wong (and practitioners from other overseas offices) recently acted for Silk Road Fund in its US$200 million investment in the China Central and Eastern Europe Investment Co-Operation Fund II SCS SICAV-SIF.

Next Generation Partners

Simon Wong - Dechert

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3


Dechert's team, led by Xiao Yong, acts for clients such as Silk Road Fund, Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (SIPC), and MIE Holdings Corporation. It advised TerraPower on its joint venture with China National Nuclear Corporation for the development of traveling wave reactor nuclear technology in what is the first civil nuclear cooperation between the US and China.

Leading individuals

Xiao Yong - Dechert

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Regulatory - ranked: tier 3


Michael Wong¬†and Kareena Teh¬†head up the ‚Äėresponsive and knowledgeable‚Äô team at Dechert. Recent work includes advising Stifel Financial Corp on its acquisition of Eaton Partners, addressing all US and Hong Kong regulatory matters in connection with the application, including the relevant shareholder approvals and regulatory disclosures. The Investment Company Institute also counts among the team's clients. Karl Paulson Egbert¬†departed for Baker McKenzie LLP‚Äôs New York office in January 2018.

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Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance
Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance - ranked: tier 4


Kareena Teh heads the team at Dechert, which represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in complex corporate investigations involving bribery, corruption, market misconduct, money laundering and securities fraud allegations. Senior associate Philip Kwok and associate Alex Mok are also key contacts in the Hong Kong office.

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