What the team is known for
Respected transactional team with considerable M&A expertise, admired for its representation of high-profile Chinese clients on take-privates, acquisitions and disposals. Also handles significant private equity mandates from its Hong Kong and Beijing offices and often acts for private equity funds and VC investors. Key industry sectors include e-commerce, media and telecommunications. Additionally able to advise on mandates involving India, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan.
"We were attracted to DPW’s global presence in key jurisdictions, their strong corporate practice and expertise in both private and public M&A transactions, and their ability to coordinate and mobilise their lawyers and expertise for a complex transaction," explains an admiring client.
One client is particularly impressed by the team's holistic approach to transactions, noting: "Not only are they technically sound in their area of expertise, they make every effort to understand the business and goals of their clients, are commercially minded and have the ability to deliver pragmatic and innovative solutions."
"We go to them for our critical and larger deals," reports another client, adding: "They have capability and experience, and they know how we like our deals done."
A client appreciates that the firm houses "many talented lawyers in Tokyo and the US," working together to provide a "high-quality service" on transactions.
Advised Tencent and Tencent Music as part of a Tencent-led consortium on the acquisition of a 10% equity stake in Universal Music Group from Vivendi.
Acted for Tokyo Century in relation to its acquisition of the remaining 75.5% interest in Aviation Capital Group it did not already own from Pacific Life Insurance.
Miranda So and Howard Zhang are key contacts in Hong Kong and Beijing respectively. Ken Lebrun heads the corporate team in Tokyo.