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Latham & Watkins LLP

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Band 2Asia-Pacific RegionGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Respected corporate practice noted for handling M&A transactions in South-East Asia, especially strong in Singapore, Indonesia and India, and with an impressive practice in Greater China. Works closely with leading teams in capital markets and project finance to provide a one-stop-shop service in the region. Increasingly active on private equity deals led primarily from its China and Singapore offices, with matters for major private equity funds and corporate investors spanning Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and South Korea.

Strengths

One client is full of praise for the "professional, thoughtful, experienced" team members, who "pay attention to details" and are "good commercially, as they develop a broader conversation on industry trends and market intelligence."

"They provide us with advice that takes into account our commercial needs," notes another client, adding: "The lawyers can bring a dynamic style to their work and to negotiations."

"The firm delivered on all fronts and on all stages of the deals, from term sheet stage to post-closing matters. I'm very impressed by how they deliver top-notch client service, commercial awareness and a high quality of work," reports a client.

A market source highlights the firm's "strong private equity practice."

One client comments: "They are extremely patient and understand the problem at hand and provide a solution that is apt for the client as well as the issue."

An interviewee observes: "They are always responsive and take into account the client's specific needs when discussing possible solutions."

One client commends the team's ability to handle cross-border mandates, noting: "They had a deep understanding of the transaction and the markets involved. They provided excellent legal advice and worked on a very tight timeline. I would select Latham & Watkins again - no doubt."

A satisfied client suggests that the team have "a great deal of expertise and are also extremely client-oriented."

"The firm is excellent on all fronts," agrees another impressed interviewee.

Work highlights

Advised San Miguel on its proposed USD2.15 billion acquisition of an 85.7% shareholding in Holcim Philippines.

Advised CITIC Capital as a member of the buyer consortium on the privatisation of US-listed China Biologic Products.

Advised Vipshop Holdings on its acquisition of Shan Shan Commercial Group.

Represented SPi Global Holdings in its acquisition of Scientific Publishing Services.

Advised SB Investment Advisers on its USD1.46 billion investment into the Series H financing round of Grab Holdings.

Acted for Hyundai Motors and Hyundai Capital Services on their acquisition of Sixt SE's entire shareholding in Sixt Leasing SE as well as on a voluntary public takeover bid for all remaining shares in Sixt Leasing.

Notable practitioners

Singapore-based Sharon Lau is the vice-chair of the firm's global corporate department. Simon Cooke leads the Asia private equity team and co-chairs the firm's global private equity practice from his base in Hong Kong. Singapore-based Rajiv Gupta leads the corporate practice in Singapore and also heads the firm’s India practice.

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