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Winston & Strawn LLP

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Co-Executive Chairmen: Tom Fitzgerald
Chairman: Michael Elkin
Co-Executive Chairmen: Jeffrey Kessler, Dan Webb
Number of partners: More than 400 globally, 7 in Asia
Number of lawyers: 1,000 globally
Languages: Cantonese, English, Farsi, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese
International Offices: The firm also has offices in Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.

Firm Overview:
Winston & Strawn brings together a wealth of experience in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, India, Australia, and nearly every other commercially significant country in Asia, having advised numerous prominent international clients on strategies and implementation in the context of entering and establishing themselves in the dynamic markets across the region and assisting Asian clients in expanding their business globally. The team works seamlessly across borders with the firm’s attorneys based in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, engaging their technical excellence, commercial acumen, and local and linguistic knowledge to meet the business needs of our clients. Some of the major clients of the Asia offices include: Activision Blizzard, Brooks Brothers, Chart Industries, Inc., China Automotive Systems, Inc., China New Town Development, Freeman Securities, Hoya Corporation, Koppers, and Sientra, Inc. 

Main Areas of Practice:  

Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm represents some of the most active dealmakers, both in the region and globally, in structuring, financing, and implementing complex cross-border M&As, JVs, and strategic and PE investments. The firm is active in negotiated and hostile tender offers, leveraged buyouts, and privatisations and has advised on split-offs, spin-offs, and other recapitalisations.
Contact: Simon Luk Tel: +852 2292 2222
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Brinton Scott Tel: +86 21 2208 2654
Email: [email protected]

China Foreign Direct Investment:
Winston has decades of experience helping international clients navigate the changing business and regulatory landscape in achieving success in China. The firm has established and restructured equity and cooperative JVs, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, branch offices, and representative offices in many parts of the PRC, including the special economic zones, technical development zones, and bonded areas.
Contact: Brinton Scott Tel: +86 21 2208 2654
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:
Winston fully understands and is experienced with the synergies and complexities of the debt and equity capital markets in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and the United States. We frequently assist issuers and sponsors in a broad range of equity offerings, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, American depository receipt offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, private investment in public equity (PIPEs), convertible bonds, credit-enhanced bonds, and complex cross-border securities transactions.
Contact: KJ Tan
Tel: +852 2292 2228
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
Winston provides a full-service dispute resolution practice in Asia covering counselling, mediation, settlement negotiation, litigation, arbitration, and enforcement matters arising from virtually every type of dispute that could arise from operating or investing across the region. Our strength in Asia is underpinned by the team’s track record of victories in disputes arising out of the investment, financing, development, and construction of energy, utility, transportation, and telecommunication projects as well as disputes in the technology and financial services sectors. These sectors are among those spearheading China’s Belt & Road Initiative, positioning the firm as one of the premier choices for cross-border dispute resolution as both Chinese and international businesses get increasingly involved in the Initiative.
Contact: Terence Wong
Tel: +852 2292 2014
Email: [email protected]

Fund Formation, Private Equity & Investment:
Winston attorneys have substantial experience in structuring and organizing venture capital, private equity, and real estate funds, as well as other pooled investment vehicles, and in listing investment funds on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and other international stock exchanges. We also assist general partners and sponsors in raising funds from all over the world and works closely with the Winston tax team in the United States to help ourclients to achieve their objectives.
Contact: Simon Luk
Tel: +852 2292 2222
Email: [email protected]

Regulatory Compliance & Investigations:
Winston’s White Collar, Regulatory Defense, & Investigations team in China is led by a former US federal prosecutor and former Chief Compliance Officer for a Fortune 500 company. The firm helps clients build effective compliance programs by identifying risks and developing policies and processes to avoid them. The firm also assists clients with establishing a culture of professional responsibility so problems are detected and addressed early. And when potential wrongdoing does occur, we help clients conduct fair, defensible investigations. The firm's extensive experience in Asia allows us to approach these matters with in-depth understanding of the potential business, legal, and regulatory ramifications, as well as the sensitivity and complexity of employment, data-protection, and attorney-client privilege issues.
Contact: Steve Grimes
Tel: +852 2292 2138
Email: [email protected]


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