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Firm profile for Asia-Pacific 2021

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About

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Senior Partner: Georgia Dawson
Managing Partners: Alan Mason, Rick van Aerssen and Rafique Bachour
Number of partners in Asia: 34
Number of lawyers in Asia: 220+
Languages: Members of the firm speak over 60 languages, including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, German, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Spanish and Tamil.

Firm Overview:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, financial sponsors and governments on groundbreaking and business-critical mandates across the Asia Pacific and globally. Its clients say that Freshfields is the firm they rely on to advise them on their biggest opportunities and challenges. Freshfields is there for its clients when it matters the most.

Main Areas of Practice:

Antitrust, Competition & Trade:
Freshfields has unrivalled expertise in international, EU, US and national competition law matters. The firm advises major multinationals, financial institutions, governments and other clients on strategy, structuring and negotiations relating to all competition and related issues, including merger control and foreign investment clearances, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations, and follow-on and other antitrust litigation.
Contacts: Alastair Mordaunt, Ninette Dodoo, Kaori Yamada, Hazel Yin

Corporate/M&A:
Freshfields has many years’ experience helping clients make strategic investments and divestments into and out of Asia, and are the ‘go to’ legal adviser for complex public and private M&A in the region. In the past five years, Freshfields has advised on five of the 10 largest M&A deals in Asia and on more cross-border M&A deals than any other law firm, consistently topping the Asia Pacific cross-border league tables.
Recent highlights include advising:
■ PayPal on its acquisition of Chinese payments company Guofubao Information Technology (GoPay)
■ Tesco PLC on the proposed US$10.6 billion sale of its businesses in Thailand and Malaysia
■ Allianz on its US$1 billion acquisition of a stake in Taikang Life Insurance
■ The Fung family and GLP on the US$930 million privatisation of Li & Fung
Contacts: Robert Ashworth, Simon Weller, Alan Wang, Nigel Gleeson, Tony Foster, Takeshi Nakao

Equity Capital Markets:
The firm is widely recognised as a ‘must have’ legal adviser for securities-related transactions throughout Asia and around the globe. In addition to its market-leading work on IPOs, Freshfields also maintains an active practice advising clients on rights issues, share placements, spin-off listings, secondary offerings and related compliance. The firm’s Asia-based lawyers are qualified to advise in respect of Hong Kong, English and New York law governed transactions. Freshfields worked on five of the top ten listings by value in Hong Kong in 2019, including Alibaba’s record $US12.9bn secondary listing, and in 2020 the firm’s work has so far included a number of ‘homecoming’ listings and many other large and complex Hong Kong IPOs.
Contacts: Teresa Ko, Richard Wang, Arun Balasubramanian

Dispute Resolution, including Arbitration:
Freshfields has helped clients manage some of the most high-profile and business critical disputes, multi-jurisdictional investigations, and politically sensitive international arbitrations in Asia in recent years. With expertise in Asia/US and Asia/EU contentious issues, its team has the expertise to meet the increasingly international needs of clients in their regional disputes. The firm has acted on the highest-profile China-related arbitration to date; in the first-ever investment treaty arbitration brought by a Japanese investor; in one of the largest Asia investment treaty arbitrations; and in probably the largest-ever commercial dispute in Asia.
Contacts: William Robinson, John Choong, Nicholas Lingard, Tim Mak

Finance, Restructuring & Insolvency:
Freshfields finance team has a wealth of experience advising corporate clients and financial institutions on event driven financings, refinancings and corporate treasury matters across the credit spectrum. The firm advises on financing for strategic transactions, to support growth strategies and major project development, and also where debt restructuring is needed to adapt to challenging market conditions. Freshfields Asia-based lawyers are qualified to advise in respect of Hong Kong, English and New York law governed transactions, and where needed draw on the expertise of colleagues in other jurisdictions to achieve the best outcomes for its clients.
Contacts: Andrew Heathcote, Don Stokes, Bing Guan, Bui Thanh Tien, Thomas Ng, Richard Perks

Regulatory, Investigations & Compliance:
Freshfields is a market leader in proactively identifying risks arising from legislative changes and helping multinational businesses comply with their regulatory requirements. Its focus is on assisting clients that are subject to multiple regimes and expanding into new regimes.
The team is experienced in strategic advisory, transactional, investigative and enforcement issues relating to areas including:
■ Anti-Bribery & Corruption
■ Sanctions
■ Financial Regulation & Compliance
■ Whistle-Blower & White Collar Crime
■ Employment
■ Data Protection & Security

Contacts: Georgia Dawson, Tim Mak, Matthew O’Callaghan, Richard Bird, Stephanie Chiu

Asia-Pacific

This firm is also ranked in:

Global 2021 USA 2021 UK 2021 Europe 2021 Latin America 2021 High Net Worth 2020 FinTech 2021

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Trends and Developments

Fintech 2021 in UK

Authors: Cyrus Pocha, Claire Harrop, Tom Hingley

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Anti-Corruption 2021 in USA

Authors: Eric Bruce, Mark Goldberg, Andrew Bulovsky

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Capital Markets: Debt
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Capital Markets: Equity
Band 3
Corporate/M&A
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Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
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Cambodia

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Don Stokes
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China

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Daniel French
Band 3

Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms)


Daniel French
Band 3

Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms)


Andrew Heathcote
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Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products (International Firms)


Richard Perks
Band 3

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Tony FosterCorporate/M&A
Band 1
Grace HuangCapital Markets: Equity (International Firms)
Teresa KoCapital Markets: Equity (International Firms)
Ninette DodooCompetition/Antitrust (International Firms)
Bui Thanh TienCorporate/M&A
Robert AshworthCorporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
Tim MakFinancial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms)
Tony FosterProjects, Infrastructure & Energy
Band 2
Bui Thanh TienBanking & Finance
Tony FosterBanking & Finance
Andrew HeathcoteCapital Markets: Debt (International Firms)
Kaori YamadaCompetition/Antitrust
Alastair MordauntCompetition/Antitrust (International Firms)
Nicholas LingardDispute Resolution: Arbitration
John ChoongDispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)
Tony FosterDispute Resolution: International Arbitration
Nigel GleesonStartups & Emerging Companies
Band 3
Daniel FrenchBanking & Finance: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)

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