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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Managing Partner: Brad S Karp
Asia Partners: Jack Lange (Hong Kong); Greg Liu (Beijing); Judie Ng Shortell (Bejing); Betty Yap (Hong Kong); Christopher Frey (Tokyo), Kaye Yoshino (Tokyo); Tong Yu (Tokyo)
Asia Pacific Offices: Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo
International Offices: London, United Kingdom; Toronto, Canada; and New York, Washington, DC, and Wilmington, DE, USA.

Firm Overview:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 900 lawyers with diverse backgrounds, personalities, ideas and interests who collaborate to provide innovative solutions to clients’ most critical and complex legal and business challenges. The firm represents some of the world’s largest publicly and privately held corporations and financial institutions, and clients needing pro bono assistance. Widely recognised as having leading litigation and corporate capabilities, the firm has developed equally strong practices in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganisation, employee benefits and executive compensation, finance, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law.

Main Areas of Practice:
Paul, Weiss maintains a vibrant practice in China, Taiwan, Japan and elsewhere in Asia, with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo and in-depth Asia-related experience in its New York, London and Washington, DC, offices. The firm represents major US and international financial institutions, technology, media and telecommunications companies, private equity funds, investment banks, consumer goods and other companies doing business in Asia. In addition, it represents numerous Asian companies in connection with a broad range of international business ventures.

Paul, Weiss is a leader in almost every kind of transaction and in every sector in Greater China. Paul, Weiss represents regional and international clients in corporate transactional matters involving auctions, outbound investments, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, foreign direct investments (including the establishment of joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned companies, holding companies and investment funds), capital markets, corporate, financings and project finance and restructurings. In 1981, Paul, Weiss was one of the first foreign firms to establish an office in Beijing. In 1983, Paul, Weiss established a Hong Kong limited liability partnership. Three decades later, its team of multinational, Western-trained, Chinesespeaking lawyers are led by a four-partner team who collectively are qualified in various jurisdictions around the world. The Paul, Weiss China practice is staffed principally by lawyers in the firm’s Beijing, Hong Kong and New York offices, with support from its Tokyo and Washington, DC, offices. The Beijing office, one of the first foreign law firms in China, has been a prominent member of Beijing’s legal community since opening in 1981. The Beijing and Hong Kong offices work as an integrated unit, with lawyers splitting time between the two locations. Where necessary, the firm works closely with qualified PRC counsel throughout China.

Paul, Weiss is a leader among US law firms in the representation of Japanese corporations and other Japanese institutions in transactions around the globe. The firm also has extensive experience representing US and other nonJapanese clients in matters involving Japan. Paul, Weiss opened its Tokyo office in 1987, when Japanese law changed to first permit the establishment of offices by foreign law firms. Over the years, the Tokyo office has been integral to the firm’s involvement in high profile M&A transactions and some of the largest global securities offerings. In addition, the Tokyo office has accumulated significant experience in assisting on litigation and dispute resolution, FCPA, antitrust, regulatory investigations and internal investigation matters. Lawyers from the Tokyo office have also worked with colleagues from other Paul, Weiss offices in forming various investment fund structures that focus on Japan investments. On Japan law matters, the Tokyo office relies on its close working relationships built over the years with the top Japanese law firms.