The Chinese Internet giant's investment in online retailer JD.com could help it challenge Alibaba's e-commerce dominance.
On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.
The Singapore-based company is buying 34 warehouses, most of which are in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, from commercial real estate investor BR Properties SA.
The Indian law firm is advising a consortium of investors led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. on its proposed acquisition of two hydropower assets from a subsidiary of conglomerate Jaypee Group.
* Sullivan & Cromwell and Mori Hamada team for Japan Display's $3.8 billion Tokyo IPO
* Clifford Chance advises Chinese state food giant COFCO on its acquisition of a Dutch grain trader
* Skadden on planned $500 million IPO for Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo
The state-owned food giant's acquisition of a controlling stake in a Dutch grain trader is seen as driven by the Chinese government's desire to secure food supplies.
The state-backed company, which counts Apple Inc. among its customers, was created when the display divisions of Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. merged in 2011.
Surasak Vajasit, Melisa Uremovic and Pakpoom Suntornvipat will all join Singapore-based Rajah & Tann as partners, taking 11 lawyers with them.
China's Twitter-like 'microblogging' service is seeking a U.S. listing.
Tyco International is selling its South Korean fire protection and security unit to buyout firm Carlyle Group for $1.93 billion in cash.
Tokyo District Court has accepted the troubled bitcoin exchange’s civil rehabilitation application, in which Mt. Gox will be granted protection from creditors while it seeks a buyer.
Former Henry Davis York partner Elizabeth Gray has joined the firm's investment management practice.
Singapore's Ministry of Law announced Friday that four other foreign firms renewed their licenses, which allow them to practice Singapore law in exchange for meeting certain local hiring and revenue targets, while one firm was given a one-year conditional extension.
The Chinese state-owned developer has acquired a 7.75-acre site in southwest London where it plans to build a $1 billion mixed-use complex.
* Skadden guides Holland's Vitol on $2.6 billion acquisition of Shell assets in Australia
* Herbert Smith Freehills advises Chinese copper recycler on Hong Kong IPO
* Wilmer and Amarchand team for $110 million Web hosting acquisition in India
The lender is the latest Chinese commercial bank to seek a Hong Kong listing to increase capital adequacy ratios in response to tighter regulatory requirements.
The new office, the first in China for the New York firm, will focus on international trade matters.
The Singaporean firm is the latest international law firm to open an office in the newly opened economy.
The Australian firm has brought aboard new partners in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.
The U.K. firm has signed a nonexclusive agreement with 95-lawyer Hwang Mok Park.
The new office is the second in China for Nishimura & Asahi, one of Tokyo's Big Four corporate law firms.
Dutch trading company Vitol is buying the oil giant's refining and retail businesses in Australia.
The U.S. firm has recruited former Allens partner Stephen McComish to lead the new office, which is expected to open in April.
* Weil and MoFo on Chinese consortium's $2.5 billion logistics investment
* Clifford Chance advising China's Dongfeng Motor Group on a proposed $1.1 billion investment in French automaker Peugeot
* Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker & McKenzie on $1.37 billion Aussie utility deal
China's second-largest carmaker is planning to invest $1.1 billion and take a stake in France's troubled PSA Peugeot Citroën Group.
Bai Yanchun, one of the three founding partners of the former King & Wood, has joined Commerce & Finance Law Offices as a partner.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has struck a deal with Vietnam's PBC Partners.
The property development arm of state-owned China Resources Group is expected to use the proceeds from the issues to purchase land parcels in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
A group of Chinese investors is buying a stake in Singapore-based warehouse operator Global Logistics Properties.
The Singapore firm is combining with LCT Lawyers, a 25-lawyer firm operating in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang.
Sydney partner Chris Hughes will lead the new Yangon office, the third opened in the country by a U.S. law firm.
Sydney-based AGL Energy proposed $1.37 billion acquisition of state government-owned Macquarie Generation may face a tough time winning approval from antitrust regulators.
London's 39 Essex Street will open a new office in the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration later this year.
George Borovas was previously head of international nuclear projects for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
A February 15 New York Times story suggested that Mayer Brown’s communications with a client, the Indonesian government, had been monitored while the firm was assisting the foreign country in trade disputes with the United States. Those revelations may provide new impetus for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a 2013 decision involving the nation's electronic surveillance law.
The Chinese e-commerce giant has offered to buy Beijing-based digital mapping company AutoNavi Holdings Ltd.
Thomsons Lawyers and Herbert Geer are combining to form 310-lawyer Thomson Geer.
Debt capital markets specialist Andy Ferris was previously a senior associate with Allen & Overy.
* Singapore's Puma Energy turns to Cleary for a $750 million notes issue in Luxembourg
* Skadden advises Chinese SOE on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise acquisition
* Maddocks and Stikeman Elliott on the $479 million acquisition of an Aussie dairy products company
David Carden, former cohead of the firm's securities litigation practice in New York, left two years ago to become the first U.S. ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Chris Chen, who has worked in Beijing for Shearman since 2004, focuses on capital markets work.
Energy and resources specialist Paul Lingard is joining from King & Wood Mallesons.
Tom Platts was previously a senior associate in the Singapore office of Herbert Smith Freehills.
Man Chiu Lee was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Hogan Lovells.
Nick Wall is joining from the local office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate.
The U.K. firm has recruited DLA Piper partner Michael Kim to lead its planned office in Seoul.
Commercial litigator Craig Powell, franchising lawyer Sean O’Donnell and technology specialist Brendon Noney are joining from Thomsons Lawyers.
Lee Chau Ee, Reed Smith's Dubai managing partner since 2011, will lead a construction and engineering practice for Drew & Napier.
* Skadden on planned $1.5 billion U.S. IPO for Chinese e-tailer JD.com
* Allen & Overy advising a Korean, Thai and Lao JV on a $1 billion hydropower project in southern Laos
* Clayton Utz and Herbert Smith Freehills lead on a $300 million Aussie pet supply merger
Korean, Thai and Lao enterprises are building a 410-megawatt power plant in Laos’ Attapue and Champasak provinces.
Insurance litigator Declan McDaid was previously a partner with Hong Kong firm Deacons.
Singapore-based Maurice Burke formerly headed a similar practice for Herbert Smith Freehills.
Finance specialist Martin Irwin was formerly a partner with Herbert Geer.
The 10-lawyer group led by partners Wayne McMaster and Robert Cooper previously worked at King & Wood Mallesons, where McMaster was head of the Australia IP practice.
Daniel Kirk was previously a Perth partner at King & Wood Mallesons, where he worked in the energy, resources and project group.
A listing for JD.com, which operates China’s second-largest online shopping site, would be one of the largest ever in the U.S. for a Chinese company.
* Stephenson Harwood guides a Vietnamese budget airline in for a $9 billion jet order
* Weil advises Lenovo and Cleary guides Google on their $2.9 billion smartphone deal
* Cleary has its turn acting for Lenovo on its $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM's low-end server business
The Chinese computer company is planning to buy the smartphone maker from Google, which acquired it in 2011 for $12.5 billion.
The Vietnamese low-cost carrier has placed an order for up to 92 Airbus A320 passenger jets.
Nick Le Mare is currently general counsel of state-owned railway operator Queensland Rail Ltd.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Latham & Watkins and Davis Polk & Wardwell have the lead role on the deal involving the developer of China's popular World of Legend online game.
We are pleased to announce the finalists in nine industry categories for The Asian Lawyer All-Star law firm awards.
A government-appointed panel has recommended a new law firm regulator, updated disciplinary rules and a cautious embrace of alternative business structures for legal practice in Singapore.
Colin Ng & Partners has formed an alliance with a Yangon firm led by a former judge of Myanmar's supreme court.
Proceeds from the offering will be used to finance AB InBev's reacquisition of Korea's Oriental Brewery.
John Moore will become the Magic Circle firm's first lateral partner ever when he joins from Morrison & Foerster next month.
Greg Heaton was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Deacons.
At DLA Piper, Mark Fairbairn will serve in the newly created role of head of Asia restructuring.
Longtime Cravath, Swaine & Moore client IBM announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell its low-end server unit to Beijing-based Lenovo Group, the world's largest personal computer maker, for $2.3 billion.
* S&C, Simpson on Anheuser-Busch InBev's $5.8 billion repurchase of Korea's Oriental Brewery from PE shops
* Simpson, S&C again on a $2.5 billion Mitsubishi Motors share sale
* Linklaters advises Hong Kong conglomerate Jardine Matheson on an investment in car dealerships in China
The automaker is raising money to buy back preferred shares held by other Mitsubishi affiliates.
Investment funds specialist Albert Cho was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Kirkland & Ellis.
The bank provides credit and loan facilities to Korean companies conducting overseas business.
Hong Kong conglomerate Jardine Matheson is investing $729 million in a chain of Chinese car dealerships.
The firm has been seeking to bolster its practice in the area since some high-profile departures last year.
Investment funds specialist Michelle Segaert was previously a partner with Sparke Helmore.
Boss & Young and JoinWay Law Firm have combined to form a firm with around 200 lawyers and seven offices.
The brewing giant's re-purchase of Oriental Brewery Co. Ltd. from private equity firms KKR & Co. and Affinity Equity Partners is the largest foreign acquisition ever in Korea.
Howard Lam was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
The Japanese law firm is following rival Nishimura & Asahi in opening a Yangon office.
Seung-Hwan Park was previously chief executive officer of Korea Environment Corp., a government agency.
Elaine Beh, who previously led the corporate practice at Colin Ng & Partners, is joining 11-lawyer Virtus Law with fellow partners Allan Tan and Kong Seh Ping.
Siew Kam Boon is joining K&L Gates from the Singapore office of O’Melveny & Myers, where she was a counsel.
* Cleary and Sidley lead on $16 billion Suntory-Beam deal
* Paul Hastings advising Chinese meat processor Shuanghui on a planned $6 billion IPO
* Stephenson Harwood helps budget airline VietJet buy $800 million in jet engines
Baker & McKenzie litigation partner Kareena Teh will be coming aboard at Dechert as current Asia litigation head David Chu leaves to launch a new practice for Proskauer Rose.
The firm also advised the Chinese meat processor on its $7.1 billion acquisition of Smithfield Foods Inc. last May.
Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing is spinning off his local electricity utility.
Rossana Chu was previously a partner in the Hong Kong office of Baker & McKenzie.
Sven-Michael Werner was previously a partner in Shanghai with Anglo-German firm Taylor Wessing.
Japan's Suntory has agreed to buy Beam, the maker of bourbon brands Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, in a cash deal worth roughly $16 billion, including the assumption of debt. Cleary is advising Suntory on the purchase, while Beam has turned to Sidley Austin.
Mark Parsons is expected to start at Hogan Lovells at the end of the month.
Lan Tao was previously a partner in the Beijing office of White & Case.
Basil Hwang said he needed a larger China-focused platform and cited restrictions on international firms' practices.
The British firm has signed a deal with newly-launched Jakarta firm Linda Widyati & Partners.
Takahiro Hoshino and Takahiro Tsumagari are joining the firm's commercial disputes and real estate practices, respectively.
The Chinese pork processor is the minority partner in a joint bid with Sigma Alimentos SA de CV to acquire Spain’s Campofrio Food Group SA.
Yogesh Bhattarai was most recently an equity partner with AZB & Partners.
Anthony Patten was the Perth-based head of the Asia Pacific oil and gas practice at Allens.
The Singaporean sovereign wealth fund is acquiring Blackstone's 50 percent stake in the City of London development.
No partners will be resident in the new office, and the firm's Taiwan practice will be run out of Washington, D.C.
Corporate finance specialist Timothy Tan was previously a counsel in the Singapore office of O'Melveny & Myers.