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 boasts 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. Clients also benefit from deep PRC law insight from its Shanghai Joint Operation Office with Guantao Law Firm.

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. In a work highlight the team advised CJ Cheiljedang on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Mainfrost Tiefkühlkost.

Notable practitioners

Yeoh Chin advises on all manner of corporate mandates, including acquisitions, divestments and joint venture formations. A client reports that he is "distinguished in that he's very commercial, responsive and considerate of the big picture, but also has a good grasp of details and is extremely proficient with numbers." Another client enthuses: "We almost had to give up on the transaction, but he was able to solve it for us; we really appreciate his efforts."

John Kim is head of the firm's Korea practice group and maintains a strong reputation for South Korea-related acquisitions and investments. One market source states: "I was impressed by his expertise and depth of experience in outbound investments, as well as his dedication to the client."