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Chambers Review

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Corporate/M&A - Asia-Pacific Region
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Band 1
What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills has a standout team for oil and gas M&A across the region, with an illustrious client roster which also features global corporate heavyweights in mining, as well as regional telecoms giants and major financial institutions. An especially acclaimed Australian offering handles M&A transactions as well as private equity deals, with proficiency across key Asian markets. Very active in the India market, where it works with established domestic corporates and is particularly engaged in the pharmaceutical sphere. Notable corporate team in Hong Kong and Mainland China, handling transactions across the region. Respected transactional practice in Japan and established reputation in South-East Asia, especially for M&A in the energy sector, with able practices in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Strengths

A client in the Australia market emphasises Herbert Smith Freehills' possession of "that extremely deep bench that you need for any major M&A or ECM transaction; and should you need employment, environment or litigation specialists, they have the strongest and deepest benches of experts in all those disciplines too."

Satisfied with the team's "excellent" performance, clients applaud it for being "timely" and "professional."

One source praises Herbert Smith Freehills for being "able to communicate complex legal issues into easy-to-understand points for decision making."

"The Japan team are highly responsive, attentive and always helpful. They are particularly helpful from a risk management perspective, and are experienced working with Japanese companies and addressing their needs," comments a further source.

Work highlights

Herbert Smith Freehills advised ASX-listed Coca-Cola Amatil on all aspects of its acquisition by Coca-Cola European Partners, a deal valued in excess of AUD11 billion which created a new entity, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners.

Herbert Smith Freehills advised EQT Global Infrastructure on its acquisition of Metlifecare.

Herbert Smith Freehills advised Bridgestone Corporation on the acquisition of the business and assets relating to the iTrack tyre monitoring system from UK-based Transense Technologies.

Herbert Smith Freehills assisted multi-listed company Sinopec with its pipeline asset disposal to PipeChina.

Notable practitioners

Tony Damian and Rebecca Maslen-Stannage are key contacts in Australia. Tommy Tong and Alan Montgomery are main contacts in Hong Kong and India respectively. Other key contacts include David Dawborn in Indonesia and Graeme Preston in Japan.