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Herbert Smith Freehills

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Band 1Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

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

Clients praise the team's "deal-oriented approach," one commenting: "They understand our requirements and are willing to do what's necessary to progress the transaction."

"Herbert Smith Freehills can provide very useful and practical advice from both a legal and commercial perspective," observes an impressed client.

"The team understand their clients’ focus and concerns to deliver good-quality work, and have been working very diligently on our M&A deals," remarks another source

"Their performance is excellent," reports a client, going on to describe the lawyers as "very strong negotiators."

Another source agrees that the team offers "consistently high quality" work,adding that the "client service and commercial awareness are excellent."

A client notes: "They are very commercially insightful and experienced across Asia with a broad team."

A client who describes the team as "absolutely fantastic and professional," goes on to observe: "Their great global network and professionals are also impressive and helpful."

Another appreciates "their ability to offer advice on a complex cross-border transaction and provide guidance away from potential obstacles."

"They are really good people to work with and they understand business," affirms another source.

One interviewee reports: "They give very sensible and commercial advice and are very good at kicking around ideas."

Another client notes: "Service is prompt and of excellent quality. There is never any difficulty accessing the relevant partner when needed and the advice has always been very practical and commercially sensible."

Work highlights

Acted for TPG Telecom on its AUD15 billion merger of equals with Vodafone Hutchison Australia.

Advised SF Express on its USD792 million acquisition of Deutsche Post DHL's supply chain business in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Advised KOGAS on joint venture and shareholder arrangements in relation to the Rovuma LNG Project in the Mamba reservoir, Mozambique.

Advised SoftBank Group on its Indian renewable energy joint venture with Bharti.

Represented InterGlobe Enterprises in its acquisition of the K+K Hotels portfolio.

Advised Bank Danamon Indonesia on the sale of a majority stake in its subsidiary Adira Insurance to Zurich. The value of the transaction was USD385 million.

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.

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