What the team is known for
Known for its solid track record in significant cross-border M&A and private equity work. Especially noted for its corporate offering in China and Japan, as well as a growing presence in Singapore and notable India and Indonesia expertise. Works closely with its counterparts in the firm's broader global network to assist a diverse base of significant clients, particularly in conjunction with the London and New York offices. A wealth of experience on take-private transactions, especially representing special committees. Its work in the private equity space includes working on investments and exits and collaborating with the firm's investment funds team on fund formation.
An appreciative client references their "positive experience" with a "competent, responsive team of lawyers who know their stuff and cover a broad range of work."
An impressed interviewee reports that the department shows "good commercial awareness and always tries to find a solution for the client."
One source highlights the team's ability to provide an "excellent service" on Japan-US transactions, commenting: "The lawyers understand US market practice and Japanese companies’ decision-making processes and concerns."
One client reports: "They are dedicated and provide comfort to their clients. They listen to the needs of the client."
"The partners I worked with were all excellent," observes another client.
Acted for the CPP Investment Board in connection with its USD6.1 billion acquisition of Pattern Energy Group.
Advised Go-Jek on its joint venture with Rebel Foods in the cloud kitchen sector.
Acted for Restaurant Brands International on its franchise agreements with Popeyes Shanghai in relation to the latter's planned opening of over 1,500 restaurants in China.
Advised Inalum on its investment in Vale’s Indonesian nickel mine and other assets.
Represented ArcelorMittal SA in its acquisition of Essar Steel, valued at USD1 billion.
Lee Edwards is a key contact in Beijing and Karl Pires heads the Tokyo practice. Sidharth Bhasin is head of the Singapore M&A team and is also a key contact for the India practice. Lorna Chen and Li Chen are key contacts at the firm.