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

Corporate/M&A (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for M&A juggernaut that continues to operate at the top of the market. Its bench of experienced practitioners makes it well equipped to advise on the highest-value M&A matters. An enviable client base of Chinese clients, especially leading TMT companies. Renowned for acting closely with its US offices on cross-border inbound and outbound acquisitions, with clients also benefiting from its market-leading US-based CFIUS practice.

Strengths Clients commend the team's dedicated approach: "They are business-oriented and make themselves available with very short notice to assist us during negotiations."

A source notes: "The team executes projects with dedication, commitment, high quality and efficiency. They quickly gain a deep understanding of the clients’ business priorities and are very experienced in dealing with complex legal issues."

Work highlights Assisted Baidu with its USD1.9 billion divestment of its financial services business to a consortium led by TPG and The Carlyle Group.

Acted for Internet Plus on its USD3.7 billion acquisition of Beijing Mobike Technology.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Stone heads the firm's corporate practice in Asia. He has an enviable track record of handling cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions, being particularly well suited for mandates involving China, South-East Asia and India. He has "strong experience and is both very pragmatic and business-oriented," according to clients.

Beijing-based Peter Huang is a highly respected practitioner with vast experience in complex cross-border corporate transactions. He is particularly active assisting Chinese TMT companies and is best known for his involvement in high-value take-private transactions.

Julie Gao 's extensive practice encompasses M&A, capital markets and private equity matters. She is labelled a "fantastic deal-maker" by interviewees with one client attesting to her "commitment and dedication to client service, deal experience and commercial awareness." Her client list includes major multinational technology companies, China-based corporations and private equity funds.