Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen will join the Hong Kong office as partners in the Corporate practice. Mr. Freeman and Mr. Chen both join from Fried Frank, where they were private equity and M&A partners, and Mr. Freeman was head of the Asia practice. (more…)

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International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised Manulife Financial Asia Ltd on its entry into a bancassurance distribution arrangement with DBS Bank Ltd (more…)

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading law firm to global corporations and financial institutions, has successfully advised Ports Design Limited, a fashion garments manufacturer and retailer listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in connection with the conditional mandatory general cash offer made by Somerley Capital Limited on behalf of Bluestone Global Holdings Limited to acquire all of the issued shares of Ports Design Limited at a consideration of up to US$119 million (HK$923 million) (more…)

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Allen & Overy has advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan as joint bookrunners on Export-Import Bank of India’s inaugural USD500 million Regulation S green bond issue. The transaction marks the first USD-denominated green bond out of India as well as the first benchmark-sized green bond out of Asia in 2015 (more…)

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International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed leading Asian banking, finance and energy lawyer Thomas Ng to the firm’s partnership. He will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Mr Ng specialises in advising Chinese banks and companies on major banking, projects and energy transactions throughout Asia and around the world (more…)

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Davis Polk is advising Shanda Games Limited (“Shanda Games”) in connection with its going-private acquisition for $3.55 per ordinary share or $7.10 per American Depository Share by a consortium consisting of Ningxia Yilida Capital Investment Limited Partnership, Ningxia Zhongyincashmere International Group Co., Ltd., Orient Hongtai (Hong Kong) Limited, Hao Ding International Limited and their respective affiliates. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the shareholders of Shanda Games and is expected to close in the second half of 2015 (more…)

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Norton Rose Fulbright has advised China Overseas Land & Investment Limited, a Hong Kong-listed company, on its acquisition of a property portfolio from China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited. (more…)

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International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that Tim Gardner has joined the Firm’s Hong Kong office as a partner. He has wide-ranging experience advising both local and international clients in complex private equity and M&A transactions. (more…)

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International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today (20 March 2015) announced the significant lateral hire of a team of nine lawyers in Hong Kong from Haley & Co, an independent, boutique law firm specialising in major projects, construction and arbitration. Three partners, Glenn Haley, Ilan Freiman and Geoff Shaw will move to BLP on 4 May 2015. (more…)

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Jones Day is pleased to announce that Scott D. Peterman has joined as a partner in the Firm’s Private Equity Practice. Formerly a partner with Sidley Austin, Mr. Peterman will be based in the Firm’s Hong Kong Office. (more…)

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Appleby acted as Cayman counsel for ICO Group Limited (ICO Group) in relation to its listing on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 18 March, with gross proceeds of approximately HK$100 million. A majority of the proceeds will be used for purchasing new office space and renovating existing offices, as well as for strategic business growth through merger, acquisition or business collaboration.

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Global law firm Shearman & Sterling has bolstered its China and regional/global M&A practice with the addition of Stephanie Tang, who joins the firm as a partner in the firm’s China M&A group.

Ms. Tang comes to Shearman & Sterling from Kirkland & Ellis, where she was a partner and represented Chinese companies on a variety of public and private cross-border M&A transactions, special committee assignments on US take-private transactions and private equity transactions. (more…)

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