Shearman & Sterling LLP

Corporate/M&A (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for Sought after for its skilled handling of a variety of corporate mandates for an impressive Chinese client base. Known for its work acting for management board committees in going-private transactions. Works closely with its offices in the USA for cross-border mandates. Able to handle transactions in a range of sectors, including technology, life sciences, energy and automotive. Advised the board of directors of Zhaopin in connection with its USD1.02 billion acquisition by SEEK, Hillhouse Capital and FountainVest Partners, in a going-private transaction.

Notable practitioners

Lee Edwards is a long-standing figure in the Chinese corporate market. He is an experienced practitioner capable of handling a range of corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, take-privates and private equity investments.

London-based Paul Strecker has considerable experience with the Chinese private equity markets, having been based in Hong Kong until 2017. A client enthuses: "He's one of the most amazing lawyers I know, technically proficient and good with our clients and counterparties. He's able to manage difficult personalities with ease."