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Fangda Partners' Road to Beijing

Anna Zhang | July 28, 2014

Despite being rooted outside China's largest legal market, the Shanghai-based firm has managed to develop a strong reputation for cross-border work and land big-name clients such as Alibaba.

Asia Deal Digest: July 31, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

*Ashurst, Morrison & Foerster lead billion-dollar tie-up between Itochu and CP Group
*Kirkland & Ellis acting for Chinese mobile game developer iDreamSky Technology on Nasdaq IPO
*Milbank on GIC's investment in Philippine conglomerate Metro Pacific

Three Firms on Myanmar Telecom Project

By Anna Zhang |

Linklaters, Allens and Squire Patton all have roles on a Japanese consortium’s $2 billion winning bid to build a 3G network in the newly opened country.

Eversheds Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Samuel Chau was most recently Hong Kong banking and finance head of Gide Loyrette Nouel.

MoFo, Ashurst Lead CP Group-Itochu Alliance

By Tom Brennan |

The Thai conglomerate and Japanese trading house have struck a billion-dollar deal that will see them collaborate in the food and agribusiness sectors.

Johnson Winter & Slattery Hires Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

David Beckett was formerly a finance partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Mayer Brown Launches Trade Consultancy in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

The firm has hired a five-person team from Bryan Cave in order to meet client demand in the areas of trade and customs work in Asia.

Dentons Hires Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Former Baker & McKenzie special counsel Frank Niu has joined the firm’s corporate practice.

Withers Adding Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Tax specialist Stacy Choong is returning to private practice after four years as a managing director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Clifford Chance's Associate Firm Adds Jakarta Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Linda Widyati and Partners is bringing aboard former Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo partner Arisia Pusponegoro.

Asia Deal Digest: July 24, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

*J. Sagar Associates, Allen & Overy lead Indian state-run ONGC Videsh's $2.2 billion bond sale
*Duane Morris & Selvam advises Korean film company Spackman Entertainment Group on Singapore IPO
*Norton Rose Fulbright acts for Toyota's trading arm on auto parts distribution deal in Thailand and Malaysia

Linklaters Advises DBS on $1.25 Billion Bond Issue

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean bank sold two tranches of dollar-denominated bonds in order to support its finance and treasury activities.

London Silk Seeks Admission to WongPartnership Dispute

By Anna Zhang |

Former Citigroup executive Deepak Sharma wants Michael Fordham QC to review a Law Society of Singapore decision that dismissed his claims of misconduct against two of the Singaporean firm's partners.

Kelvin Chia Opens in Mandalay

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean firm is believed to be the first foreign firm to launch a Myanmar office outside of Yangon.

Broad & Bright Opening in Hong Kong, Guangzhou

By Anna Zhang |

The Beijing-based firm is responding to client demands that it have a greater presence in southern China.

JSA, Allen & Overy on ONGC Videsh's Bond Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The state-run oil and gas company sold $2.2 billion worth of dollar- and euro-denominated notes.

Three Asia-Based Partners Exit DLA Piper

By Tom Brennan |

The moves are the latest in a number of departures for the firm in the region.

K&L Gates Leads Indonesia’s First Euro Note Issue

By Tom Brennan |

The Southeast Asian country sold the seven-year bonds on the Singapore and Frankfurt stock exchanges.

Asia Deal Digest: July 17, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

*Linklaters advises on Hony Capital's $1.54 billion PizzaExpress acquisition
*Skadden acts for Chinese e-commerce company Cogobuy on its $198 million Hong Kong IPO
*WongPartnership represents Lend Lease on a new $729 million loan from DBS and OCBC

Clyde & Co Adds Beijing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Patrick Zheng moves over from Clifford Chance, where he was co-head of the firm’s arbitration practice in China and Hong Kong.

Baker & McKenzie Opens in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm launches its third Australian office by recruiting three new partners.

Ashurst Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Nigel Pridmore was formerly a London-based capital markets partner at Linklaters.

Linklaters, Freshfields on Billion-Dollar Pizza Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Linklaters is advising Chinese private equity outfit Hony Capital on its purchase of global restaurant chain PizzaExpress Ltd. from London-based Cinven Partners, which is being represented by Freshfields.

Spy Gets 15 Years for Selling Secrets to China

By Marisa Kendall, The Recorder |

Walter Liew, a U.S. citizen who is of Chinese descent, was convicted in a California court of providing trade secrets belonging to E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co to Chinese officials.

U.S. Court Upholds AU Optronics' Price-Fixing Convictions

By David Ruiz, The Recorder |

The Justice Department had authority to pursue the Taiwan-based company because millions of panels were imported into the U.S., Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote.

Yulchon Launches in Myanmar

By Tom Brennan |

The firm will advise Korean companies on their investments in the newly opened country.

Asia Deal Digest: July 10, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

*King & Wood Mallesons on Puma Energy's $526 million investment in Papua New Guinea
*Davis Polk leads aluminum products maker China Hongqiao Group's $400 million bond issue
*Baker & McKenzie advises Spanish solar company Gestamp on Japan project financing

Three Firms on Bank of East Asia’s $2 Billion Note Program

By Tom Brennan |

The Hong Kong-based bank will sell bonds on the Singapore Exchange in order to raise funds for general corporate purposes.

Fredrikson & Byron Hires in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

The Minneapolis-based firm recruited Sharon Shi, who was the London-based head of Eversheds’ China desk.

Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Name New Korea Chiefs

By Anna Zhang |

Counsel Thomas Walsh is stepping in as chief representative for the Magic Circle firm, while corporate partner Daniel Kim assumes the role at DLA Piper.

ZICOlaw Hires New Yangon Head, Ties Up With Laos Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The Kuala Lumpur-based firm has tapped former Baker & McKenzie senior counsel Saw Yu Win to lead its Myanmar team, while also forming an alliance with Vientiane Law Co. Ltd.

Davis Polk on Greenland's $1 Billion Bond Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese property developer is raising money to fund overseas projects.

Squire Patton Merges With Boutique Firm in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

The combination with Mamiya Law Offices gives Squire Patton a domestic corporate practice in Japan.

Wachtell on Expedia’s $658 Million Australian Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. online travel-booking company is buying Brisbane-based counterpart Wotif.com in order to expand its Asia Pacific footprint.

HWL Ebsworth Recruits New Partner in Brisbane

By Tom Brennan |

Former Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors Brisbane managing director Heinz Lepahe has joined the firm’s workplace relations and safety team.

Asia Deal Digest: July 3, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

*HSF, Gilbert + Tobin on Healthscope Ltd.'s $2.4 billion IPO in Australia
*Davis Polk leads Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s $736 million stake purchase in 58.com
*Wong & Partners advises Malaysia's Icon Offshore Bhd. on public offering in Kuala Lumpur

Dentons Hires Finance Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Jeffrey Chen was formerly a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Ashurst Leads Luye Pharma's Hong Kong IPO

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese drugmaker is going public for the second time, having delisted from the Singapore Exchange two years ago.

Gilbert + Tobin, HSF on $1.3 Billion Goodman Fielder Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Wilmar International Ltd. and First Pacific Co. Ltd., which together control about 20 percent of the Australian food company, are buying out the remaining shares they don't currently own.

HWL Ebsworth Hires Perth Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Richard Johnson was previously a restructuring and insolvency lawyer at Minter Ellison.

Gibson Dunn Adds Partners in Hong Kong, Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Patricia Tan Openshaw and Fang Xue are joining the Los Angeles-based firm from Paul Hastings and Shearman & Sterling, respectively.

Davis Polk on Tencent's $736 Million Buy Into 58.com

By Anna Zhang |

Shenzhen-based Tencent is acquiring a near 20 percent stake in China's answer to Craigslist.

HSF on Healthscope's $2.4 Billion Aussie IPO

By Tom Brennan |

U.S. private equity giants TPG Capital and Carlyle Group are selling down part of their ownership stake in the company four years after taking it private.

Three Firms on Reliance Communications' Share Sale

By Tom Brennan |

The Indian telecommunications company sold just under $1 billion in shares in order to repay existing debt.

Bird & Bird Forms Alliances in Indonesia

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm has signed nonexclusive agreements with intellectual property specialist K&K Advocates and corporate boutique Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners.

Asia Deal Digest: June 26, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

*Cordells on Citigroup's $700 million purchase of a new Hong Kong headquarters
*Baker & McKenzie advises Japan's Pacifico Energy on financing for new solar project
*Linklaters leads Yes Bank's $488 share placement in India

Kilpatrick Townsend Hires Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Gentry Sayad, former Shanghai managing partner of Minneapolis-based Fredrikson & Byron, handles cross-border investments in China.

Squire Patton Adds Asia-Focused Partners in Los Angeles

By Tom Brennan |

Kenji Funahashi and Hiroki Suyama are joining from Jones Day and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, respectively.

WongPartnership Opens in Myanmar

By Tom Brennan |

The Singaporean firm has relocated an associate and a Myanmar paralegal to a newly launched office in Yangon.

Clifford Chance on PTTEP's $1 Billion Bond Issue

By Tom Brennan |

The Thai state-run oil and gas company is raising money for further exploration and production activities.

K&L Gates Recruits Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

John King, who specializes in liquefied natural gas projects, was formerly a Perth-based partner at Clayton Utz.

HWL Ebsworth Adds Brisbane Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Kelly Alcorn has joined the firm’s planning, environment and government practice.

Jun He Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Esther Leung was most recently a partner at DLA Piper.

Asia Deal Digest: June 19, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

* Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills on Shell's $5.7 billion divestment from Woodside
* Allen & Gledhill advising Alibaba on a proposed investment in Singapore's postal service
* Jones Day guides a touchscreen chipmaker on a $598 million acquisition of a Japanese competitor

Bingham Adds Beijing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Frederick Chang was one of the co-founders of 30-lawyer Chinese law firm FenXun Partners.

Ashurst Adds Sydney Infrastructure Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Angus Foley, currently a partner with Clayton Utz, will move to Ashurst next month.

Hogan Lovells Brings Aboard Litigator in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Shaun Langhorne will join the firm as a partner in August from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he is a senior associate.

Winston & Strawn Adds Taipei Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Horng-Dar Lin is coming aboard from Sovereign Law Office, a Taipei-based firm he founded last year. He was also previously vice president responsible for intellectual property at contract electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group.

Clifford Chance on $5.7 Billion Shell Divestment

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant is selling most of its interest in Australian oil and gas company Woodside Petroleum.

Withers Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Matthew Egerton-Warburton is joining the British private client boutique from King & Wood Mallesons, where he was a counsel.

Skadden, Davis Polk on $1 Billion Sinopec Bond Issue

By Anna Zhang |

The two firms also previously teamed on a $5 billion debt offering by Sinopec in April.

Gilbert + Tobin on TPG-led Aussie Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

A consortium led by the U.S. private equity giant is buying the property services unit of Australian engineering company UGL for $1.1 billion.

Clifford Chance Advises China Mobile on Thai Investment

By Tom Brennan |

Chinese state-owned company is paying $881 million for an 18 percent stake in True, the mobile carrier controlled by Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group.

Allens on Frasers' $2.4 Billion Australand Bid

By Tom Brennan |

Singapore-based Frasers is vying with Sydney's Stockland for Australand's 68 properties throughout Australia.

Asia Deal Digest: June 12, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

* Private equity giant CVC turns to Simpson Thacher on formation of new $3.5 billion Asia fund
* Simpson and Skadden on Alibaba browser buyout deal
* Baker & McKenzie advises Australia's Origin Energy on $800 million gas exploration permit buy

Simpson, Skadden on Alibaba Browser Buyout

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese e-commerce giant is buying the remaining shares of browser company UCWeb in deal that could be worth over $1.3 billion.

Baker & McKenzie Adds Sydney Antitrust Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Rowan McMonnies, most recently a special counsel with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, was previously a senior lawyer with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Kirkland, O'Melveny on Chinese Chipmaker Deal

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co. is offering to acquire Montage Technology Group, a maker of semiconductors used in cloud computing, for $693 million.

King & Wood Mallesons Adds Sydney Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Ruth Stringer and Nathan Hodge both specialize in advising retirement funds.

Simpson Advises CVC on New Asia Fund

By Tom Brennan |

The London-based private equity firm will invest in the consumer industry in China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

Wilmer Cutler Adds China IP Partner in Silicon Valley

By Anna Zhang |

Song Zhu was previously a San Francisco-based partner with Hogan Lovells.

China Partner Joins Foley & Lardner in D.C.

By Tom Brennan |

Richard "Tad" Ferris, formerly a Washington partner with Holland & Knight, focuses on product-safety and environmental issues arising in foreign investments in China.

MoFo Adds Shanghai Real Estate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Maria Wang was previously a counsel with Allen & Overy in Shanghai.

Skadden, Davis Polk on Baidu $1 Billion Bond Issue

By Tom Brennan |

Chinese internet search giant Baidu is selling the five-year notes in order to raise cash for general corporate purposes.

King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong Pair Break Off

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partners Larry Kwok and Conrad Chan are leaving to start their own firm.

Beijing Partner First New Hire at Squire Patton Boggs

By Anna Zhang |

Li Hua is joining the newly-merged firm from the Beijing office of French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Asia Deal Digest: June 5, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

* Japan's Dai-ichi Life turns to Baker & McKenzie and Willkie Farr for its first foray into the U.S. market
* Minter Ellison is guiding Asia's richest man on his $2.2 billion bid for Australian natural gas distributor Envestra
* Clifford Chance advises 7-Eleven Malaysia on a $225 million IPO

Allen & Gledhill on $1.7 Billion Developer Buyout Deal

By Tom Brennan |

A consortium led by Singaporean tycoon Ong Beng Seng and Hong Kong-based developer Wheelock & Co. has proposed to buy the outstanding shares of Singapore’s Hotel Properties Ltd.

Three Firms on $5.7 Billion Dai-ichi U.S. Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

The Japanese insurer is seeking to enter the U.S. market by acquiring Birmingham, Ala.-based Protective Life Corp.

Japanese Firm to Open in Silicon Valley

By Tom Brennan |

TMI Associates' planned Palo Alto office will be the first for a Japanese firm in the U.S. technology hub.

Hill Dickinson Adds Hong Kong, Singapore Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Former Kennedys disputes partner Anthony Woo is joining Hill Dickinson in Hong Kong, while Chris Edwards is coming aboard from the Singapore office of Clyde & Co.

Latham Relocates Litigation Partner to Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The firm's relocation of former federal prosecutor Catherine Palmer from New York comes at a time of intensified regulatory scrutiny of multinationals operating in China.

Zhong Lun Brings Aboard Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Victor Pang was most recently a Beijing-based counsel with Reed Smith.

Ashurst Finance Partner Moves to Gadens

By Tom Brennan |

Tim Lipscombe handles both cross-border and domestic finance transactions, as well as asset and equipment lease deals.

DLA Piper Adds Sydney Technology Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Peter Jones was previously a partner at Gilbert + Tobin specializing in outsourcing transactions.

Squire Sanders Partner Moves to Chinese Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Ni Xudong's move to Concord & Partners comes just as Squire Sanders prepares for its merger with Patton Boggs in the U.S.

Minter Ellison on Li Ka-shing Group's Envestra Bid

By Anna Zhang |

A group of companies controlled by Asia's richest man is seeking to acquire one of Australia's largest natural gas distributors.

Asia Deal Digest: May 29, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

* Simpson guides KKR on its $1 billion acquisition of Singapore's Goodpack
* Chinese state-owned Bright Foods turns to Freshfields for a big Israel acquisition
* DLA Piper and King & Wood Mallesons on major restructuring for Australia's Transfield

Simpson Advising KKR on $1 Billion Goodpack Buy

By Anna Zhang |

Its acquisition of the Singaporean packaging company will be the private equity giant's largest ever investment in Southeast Asia.

Freshfields on Bright Foods Israel Acquisition

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned food company is acquiring a 56 percent stake in Tnuva, Israel's largest dairy cooperative.

Freshfields China Antitrust Head Moves to Fangda

By Anna Zhang |

Michael Han, a Freshfields partner since 2009, will join the Chinese law firm's Beijing office.

Singapore Appeals Court Overturns QC Admission

By Anna Zhang |

Noted barrister Michael Beloff had sought ad hoc admission to represent a Singapore financial advisory firm in an appeal stemming from a compensation dispute.

Skadden Advises JD.com on Tencent Investment

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese Internet giant Tencent increased its stake in online retailer JD.com through a $1.3 billion placement that ran concurrently with the latter's $1.8 billion Nasdaq IPO.

Taylor Wessing Allies With Korean Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The Anglo-German firm has entered into an exclusive referral arrangement with 120-lawyer Korean firm DR & AJU International Law Group.

Asia Deal Digest: May 22, 2014

By Anna Zhang |

* Allen & Overy guides India's Bharti Airtel on a $2 billion bond issue
* Skadden and Davis Polk lead on $1.3 billion Tencent investment in JD.com
* Milbank and Latham on a $1.17 billion Indonesian geothermal plant financing

Milbank, Latham on Indonesia Plant Financing

By Anna Zhang |

A consortium led by two Japanese companies has borrowed $1.17 billion to develop a geothermal plant in northern Indonesia.

A&O, Milbank on Bharti Airtel Bond Offering

By Anna Zhang |

The Indian mobile telecommunications giant is raising $2 billion to refinance existing debt.

Davis Polk on $1.5 Billion China Cinda Bond Issue

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese state-owned "bad bank," which collects non-performing loans from other banks, will use the money raised for investment and as working capital.

JP Morgan Lawyer Moves to DLA Piper Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Julia Gorham, who previously headed Asia litigation for the investment bank, will lead DLA Piper's employment practice in the region.

Three Firms on Macau Power Deal

By Anna Zhang |

A Chinese state-owned company is acquiring a 38 percent stake in Macau's sole power company for $312 million.

Goodwin Procter Adds Two Partners in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Christopher Yu and Andrew Yang were previously associates at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, respectively.