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The firm's Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices integrate with its far-reaching network of offices, which extends across the US and Europe. All the firm's offices have a principal focus on advising international banks, large multinational corporations and private equity funds. The firm typically offers strength in cross-border finance, restructuring, high-end M&A and tax across its platform.
The firm's impressive private equity practice is at the forefront of its international transactional presence in China. The group is highlighted for its expertise in advising US clients on China investments and is also frequently instructed by regional private equity houses. Utilising its impressive global network, the firm is additionally experienced in outbound M&A transactions, notably US-China deals, and the firm is also sought after for inbound and outbound leveraged and acquisition finance.
A client commends the team for its coordination of a cross-border transaction requiring regulatory approval across multiple jurisdictions, adding: "We worked closely with the Weil private equity team, and also the Weil leveraged finance team, throughout this transaction. The quality of Weil’s work, and the grasp of detail was very impressive, given its complexity. The senior lawyers on the team are highly responsive, and their advice was top-notch."
Another client enthuses:"They are one of the top firms for cross-border M&A involving Chinese clients. Their ability to connect with Chinese clients and resolve problems in multiple jurisdictions is outstanding and key to their success. The team worked on Chinese, US and European issues seamlessly. They should promote their capabilities more, because I think they are quite unique in their ability to do cross-border deals out of China and other firms are not quite at that level."
The firm draws praise for the ability to leverage its US expertise. One interviewee reports: "Weil provided its full global resources in the transaction. In addition to the Asian team leading the project, Weil’s US IP and CFIUS counsels worked together seamlessly to provide comprehensive legal advice." Another client says: "The Weil China team coordinated and advised on issues in all these countries, and communicated with us locally in Chinese so we can analyse the issues and make quick decisions during negotiations. The local team members were true experts in US M&A so could provide real-time advice to us, without having to deal with time zone differences."
Others highlight the firm's global footprint for cross-border transactions. One client maintains that the firm is "top rated for the worldwide network, the delivery of service and the coordination strength." Another source lauds the "first-class" team for its ability "to move around jurisdictions and time zones seamlessly."
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