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, as well as insurance clients, US public companies and regional players in the oil and gas sector. 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 One client enthuses that "the strategic insight and thoughtfulness of the team is really unparalleled" and asserts that it has "redefined the role of the legal adviser. The level of attention that is paid to even the most minute details is balanced with a focus on the bigger picture, often with an element of creativity that I had not considered previously."

A second source reports: "Skadden works quickly, helps me think through complex multi-jurisdictional legal issues and is able to understand the intricacies of our corporate framework to offer integrated advice on transactional matters; the team is consistently excellent technically, but also knows how to balance being commercial and our interest in getting things done as quickly and efficiently as possible."

Work highlights Advised Internet Plus Holdings on its USD3.7 billion acquisition of Beijing Mobike Technology.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Stone is an experienced adviser whose practice spans the Asia-Pacific region, assisting international clients on cross-border M&A and private equity investments. A client reports: "His technical expertise is truly world-class, as is his toughness and ability to decipher the exact pain points of even the most stubborn of opposing legal counsel." The same client continues: "The ability to deploy both of these characteristics in combination has often led to creative structures that got a deal across the finish line while seemingly at an impasse."

Peter Huang is praised by a client who describes him as "very strong on cross-border M&A deals." He primarily acts for TMT clients on a variety of acquisitions and take-privates.

China practice head Julie Gao is described by a client as an "experienced corporate partner who helps solve problems promptly." She is known for her wide-ranging expertise in M&A, capital markets and private equity mandates.