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Corporate/M&A (International Firms) Department

China
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What the team is known for Impressive corporate team, particularly commended for its work handling transactions in the financial services sector. Private equity work is also a key focus. Able to draw on the resources of its other departments, including its notable finance and antitrust group, to deliver a well-rounded service to clients. Benefits from the firm's impressive regional network of offices. Especially active on energy and insurance cross-border deals. Acted for BP on the sale of its 50% equity interest in Secco to Sinopec Shanghai Gaoqiao for USD1.68 billion.

Notable practitioners

Global corporate practice chair Matthew Middleditch advises on China-related international M&A deals from London, after many years based in Hong Kong. One client describes him as a "top lawyer and negotiator," while another commentator adds: "He is a very good effective lawyer, I would recommend, a very experienced guy."

Entering the rankings this year, Robert Cleaver attracts strong praise from market commentators, who describe him as a "quality lawyer" who is "technically strong and has a good reputation." He is head of the firm's corporate practice in Asia and has a strong track record of handling complex M&A mandates.