Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

Asia-Pacific Region
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What the team is known for Robust M&A practice with a renowned Greater China platform and extensive experience representing major businesses in US take-private transactions. Acknowledged in this space for its outbound acquisition work. Particularly active for clients in the TMT sector and also handles mandates on behalf of insurance, retail, and oil and gas companies. Works closely with its US corporate group, with clients also benefiting from its market-leading US-based CFIUS practice. Maintains a respected practice in the private equity sphere, particularly in North Asia, and a strong corporate offering in Korea and Japan.

Strengths"I think they're top-notch and definitely the best international firm, for us," notes an impressed client, going on to say: "We use them for our high-profile and sophisticated work as they're very good at giving comprehensive support on large cross-border deals."

Another appreciative client adds: "They are really knowledgeable on all aspects of M&A work, especially those nuances and tricky parts. They are also very attentive to details which can potentially delay, jeopardise or derail deals. Most importantly, they have wonderful communication skills, which means they can make complex concepts very easy to follow."

A satisfied client describes this as "the go-to firm in the market for high-end M&A transactions, consistent with their pre-eminent reputation and my past experience."

"They have always shown a very strong performance in their due diligence and negotiations, showing commercial sense," observes a client.

Another client appreciates that "their experience is broad and the firm has a lot of resources – it is reassuring to have them on your side."

Work highlights Advised JOYY on its acquisition of Singapore-based mobile live streaming platform Bigo.

Acted for Hanwha Aerospace on its USD300 million acquisition of US-based engine manufacturer EDAC Technologies.

Advised Twitter on its Series D investment in ShareChat, owned by Mohalla Tech Private.

Acted for Sekisui Chemical on its USD510 million acquisition of AIM Aerospace from Liberty Hall Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

Hong Kong-based Jonathan Stone and Julie Gao are head of the Asia and China corporate practices respectively. Peter Huang is a key M&A partner in the Beijing office, while Li Haiping leads the Shanghai team. Mitsuhiro Kamiya and Young Shin are main contacts for Japan and South Korea respectively.