What the team is known for
Outstanding transactions team acting across the key financial hubs in Asia, with exceptional strength in Singapore and Hong Kong. Particularly impressive corporate capability in South-East Asia and able to handle deals involving jurisdictions across the entire Asia-Pacific region. Represents an enviable list of blue-chip clients, including major corporates and state-owned enterprises, on high-value M&A in a broad range of industries, including TMT, financial services and energy. On the private equity side, the firm maintains strong relationships with regional financial institutions and funds as well as globally renowned houses.
"Clifford Chance's overall service is very impressive," reports a client, going on to explain: "The corporate team work closely with their experts in antitrust law, funds and investment management, insurance, private equity, technology and public policy in different jurisdictions, especially across China and Europe."
An impressed client notes: "Clifford Chance can fully understand our concerns and business purposes, and always offer us constructive advice from both a legal and commercial perspective."
"Their presence in the private equity market is pretty strong," note market sources, who also report that the team handles "many of the biggest deals in the market" and maintains a "highly sought-after reputation."
Another impressed client opines: "One of the strengths I find with Clifford Chance is their consistency across various offices in different jurisdictions. I've worked with the firm's Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore offices, and despite different attorneys handling each deal, the quality of work maintains the same standard. They always have strong legal expertise and a good understanding of the local market, which helps a lot with our decision-making process."
The practice is described by another client as "an experienced, professional team that understands our approach and managed the transaction well."
A satisfied client reports that the "service provided is very good, in both quality and speed. They are very straight to the point and also set out clear options, and they respond very quickly on sudden requests."
One client describes the team as "very knowledgeable, highly efficient and able to creatively propose solutions and guide us in obtaining the best outcome in our deal negotiations."
A client describes the team's performance as "outstanding," adding: "Their proactive attitude was especially helpful in complex situations."
"The team understood our intention and the complexity of the project, and they worked very hard to protect our interests and complete the deal." reports another client.
The practice's commerciality draws acclaim, as does its "attentive and forward-thinking" approach.
Acted for Carrefour on the EUR1.4 billion sale of its 80% equity interest in Carrefour China to Chinese electronics and e-commerce retailer Suning.com.
Advised ICG Strategic Equity and Affirma Capital’s Fund 1 on the acquisition of a private equity portfolio comprising 35 investments across the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.
Advised Blackstone on its acquisition via a Singaporean SPV of approximately 40% of the shares of India-based company Aakash Educational Services.
Acted for Sonnedix Japan on its acquisition of two solar PV projects.
Advised PVH on its acquisition of Gazal Corporation by way of scheme of arrangement.
Advised KrisEnergy on its proposed divestment of a portfolio of assets in Indonesia, and the sale of its interest in the Andaman II block in Indonesia to BP.
Andrew Whan is head of the firm's China corporate M&A team and co-leads the China private equity practice with Neeraj Budhwani. Valerie Kong co-leads the Malaysia corporate M&A team with Raymond Tong and co-heads the Singapore practice with Melissa Ng. Melissa Ng is also the head of the firm's Indonesia group. Andrew Crook is a key contact in Australia.