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King & Wood Mallesons

Corporate/M&A

Band 2Asia-Pacific RegionGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Excellent Australian M&A group and widely commended PRC practice with a notably solid offering in Hong Kong. Frequently acts for domestic corporates and SOEs on transactions across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the USA. Wins major mandates from significant clients in natural resources, banking and telecommunications, regularly acting for SOEs as well as international private and public businesses, with noteworthy activity on exits in Australia. Also noted for its prominence in the private equity space, with specialists based in its Chinese and Australian offices.

Strengths

"KWM is highly committed to the client’s needs and best interests," reports a source, adding: "They are responsive, hands-on and always attend to any queries or requests promptly, ensuring smooth delivery of transactions within challenging timeframes." The same interviewee praises the firm's "strong technical ability in providing cross-border advice" adding: "Despite the complexity of the deals, KWM understands how international markets work and leverages the knowledge and experience from its network to provide practical approaches."

Other sources praise the firm's "strong network in China" and the team's "sensitive and mature commercial awareness."

One grateful client says that the team is "able to solve the problems raised by customers in a targeted manner, with timely feedback and high professionalism."

The firm is said by one client to be "particularly exceptional on financing for private equity." The same source also states that its "expertise in private equity M&A and deal structuring has been terrific for us."

One interviewee expresses satisfaction with the team's "ability to easily pull together multidisciplinary teams of experts," as well as its "coordination, delegation and bringing a commercial answer to the table in a timely manner."

Work highlights

Represented Brookfield Business Partners during its AUD5.71 billion acquisition of Healthscope.

Assisted CEIEC on its privatisation of TPV Technology by way of a scheme of arrangement, valued at approximately HKD4.6 billion.

Represented Ningbo Shanshan when it acquired a 19.41% stake in Australian mining firm Altura Mining for approximately AUD47.5 million.

Notable practitioners

David Friedlander and Mark McNamara are key contacts for the Australia M&A practice group. Huang Ling is a key contact for the Hong Kong practice, while Xu Ping is a key contact in Beijing.

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