Ashurst

Corporate/M&A (International Firms) Department

China
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What the team is known for Solid and respected team with activity on a range of cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures. Noteworthy Japanese and Korean clients served from the firm's offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Also boats an enviable list of Chinese corporates, financial institutions and SOEs as well as multinational conglomerates. Taps into a strong global network ensuring an extensive transactional offering in a range of sectors including energy, TMT and consumer products. Advised China General Nuclear Power on its divestment of a minority stake in its power energy business in Malaysia to CSG. Michael Sheng and Joshua Cole are key contacts for the practice.

Foreign desks Well-regarded Hong Kong team that regularly advises on South Korea corporate and M&A matters. Assists Korean corporates on investments across Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Clients benefit from the large number of Korean-speaking practitioners in the team. Recently advised Innocean on its USD70 million acquisition of David & Goliath, a US-based advertising agency.

Notable practitioners

Global head of the firm's Korea practice group John Kim has a strong reputation in the South Korean M&A space. He has considerable experience advising on corporate transactions and was previously based in the jurisdiction.