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Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Region Corporate/M&A

This broad category covers both public company and private equity (including venture capital) matters. The chapter includes company acquisitions, dispositions and related financing arrangements, capitalisations, entity selection and formation, operating and partnership agreements, securities and governance matters. Also covers those transactions designed to help restructuring within companies and their subsidiaries by change of ownership. Priority is placed on primary representatives, those acting for buyers and sellers, whilst those acting for financial advisers, underwriters and the banks financing such transactions are also considered.

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Band 1
  1. Clifford Chance
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    Clifford Chance
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 1 | 11 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance has an outstanding transactions team acting across the key financial hubs in Asia, with exceptional strength in Singapore and Hong Kong. Particularly impressive corporate capability in South-East Asia and able to handle deals involving jurisdictions across the entire Asia-Pacific region. Represents an enviable list of blue-chip clients, including major corporates and state-owned enterprises, on high-value M&A in a broad range of industries, including TMT, financial services and energy. On the private equity side, the firm maintains strong relationships with regional financial institutions and funds as well as globally renowned houses.
  2. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 1 | 11 Years Ranked
    Freshfields has an acclaimed public M&A platform complemented by a robust private equity offering. An established leader in China, winning headline transactional mandates, and also a sizeable presence in South-East Asia. Noted for a longstanding, much-admired presence in Vietnam, drawing on tax, antitrust and finance expertise to provide a one-stop shop service. Additionally skilled in deals involving India and Japan. Offers private equity expertise in China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore, acting for leading private equity houses, investment funds and sovereign wealth funds.
  3. 1
    Linklaters
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 1 | 11 Years Ranked
    Linklaters has a very strong M&A practice that is consistently winning key roles on the foremost transactions in the region. Demonstrates high-quality capabilities across key Asian business hubs and in relation to significant industry sectors, particularly in China and Singapore. Active in jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, India and Thailand, as well as Malaysia and the Philippines. Major oil and gas groups, food industry giants and leading insurers feature on its enviable client roster. Also maintains a practice for private equity work, most notably out of its China and Singapore offices.
  4. White & Case LLP
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    White & Case LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 1 | 11 Years Ranked
    White & Case has a highly successful M&A group with a particularly firm foothold in Greater China, India, Japan and Singapore, as well as further afield in Kazakhstan. An impressive list of clients features key regional and global names from the financial services and life sciences sectors, among others. Advises clients on significant investments throughout the region and around the world. Well suited to act for US and European clients on inbound investments into Asia, particularly on deals involving South-East Asia.
  5. Baker McKenzie
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 1
  6. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. 2
    Latham & Watkins
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Latham & Watkins fields a respected corporate practice noted for handling M&A transactions in South-East Asia, especially strong in Singapore, Indonesia and India, and with an impressive practice in Greater China. Works closely with leading teams in capital markets and project finance to provide a one-stop shop service in the region. Increasingly active on private equity deals led primarily from its China and Singapore offices, with matters for major private equity funds and corporate investors spanning Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and South Korea.
  2. 2
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Affiliates
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Skadden has a highly regarded M&A practice with a renowned Greater China platform and extensive experience representing major businesses in US take-private transactions. Acknowledged in this space for its outbound acquisition work. Particularly active for clients in the TMT sector and also handles mandates on behalf of insurance, retail, and oil and gas companies. Works closely with its US corporate group, with clients also benefiting from its market-leading US-based CFIUS practice. Maintains a respected practice in the private equity sphere, particularly in North Asia, and a strong corporate offering in Korea and Japan.
  3. Allen & Overy
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 2
  4. King & Wood Mallesons
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. 3
    Ashurst
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Ashurst demonstrates skill in a number of key markets, most notably Australia, with noted practices in China and Singapore. Maintains a respected corporate group across South-East Asia, with an acknowledged offering in Malaysia and Indonesia. Mandated on big-ticket deals across the region for heavyweight clients in energy, financial services and infrastructure. Enjoys solid recognition for its M&A strength in India and Japan and additional capabilities in South Korea.
  2. DLA Piper LLP
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    DLA Piper LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper has a notable presence in the M&A space, well versed in foreign direct investment and domestic transactions in a number of jurisdictions. Assists major Chinese clients on outbound mandates across Asia as well as advising on their investments into Europe and the USA. Maintains a focus on inbound transactions to Australia, with notable experience in tech-related deals. Widely recognised for its extensive global network, with noted expertise in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and New Zealand. The practice also continues to represent a number of major investment banks.
  3. Kirkland & Ellis
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    Kirkland & Ellis
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Kirkland & Ellis maintains a private equity platform representing the firm's stellar US clients on financial investments in China and further across Asia. Increasingly active on behalf of Asian clients, including sovereign wealth funds. Also known for its work on M&A transactions, including take-privates, private acquisitions and Hong Kong takeovers. Especially well placed for China-related mandates through its Beijing and Hong Kong offices, and also fields a highly commended India practice.
  4. Morrison Foerster
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    Morrison Foerster
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Morrison & Foerster has a first-rate team in Tokyo, working in tandem with skilled corporate practitioners across the region. The Singapore and China offices continue to impress, maintaining a high-quality offering advising on M&A transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Regularly advises on cross-border work in a number of industry sectors, especially technology, manufacturing and logistics. Additionally represents major funds in the private equity space, acting for both regional and global investors. Able to offer venture capital capability from the firm's offices in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
  5. Shearman & Sterling
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    Shearman & Sterling
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Shearman & Sterling is known for its solid track record in significant cross-border M&A and private equity work. Especially noted for its corporate offering in China and Japan, as well as a growing presence in Singapore and notable India and Indonesia expertise. Works closely with its counterparts in the firm's broader global network to assist a diverse base of significant clients, particularly in conjunction with the London and New York offices. A wealth of experience on take-private transactions, especially representing special committees. Its work in the private equity space includes working on investments and exits and collaborating with the firm's investment funds team on fund formation.
  6. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
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    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has a superb private equity practice attracting high-calibre mandates from leading US and Chinese funds, advising on investments and exits across the region. Maintains a strong China-based private equity practice and also handles private equity mandates in South Asia, as well as from its Japan and South Korea offices. Also active in M&A, advising major Asian corporates on transactions throughout the region and dominating the North Asian market with skilled lawyers housed in Greater China and Japan. The firm offers over two decades of experience advising on high-value M&A work, including headline transactions for clients in the TMT, life sciences and automotive sectors.
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Band 4
  1. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
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    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 4 | 11 Years Ranked
    Davis Polk & Wardwell fields a respected transactional team with considerable M&A expertise, admired for its representation of high-profile Chinese clients on take-privates, acquisitions and disposals. Also handles significant private equity mandates from its Hong Kong and Beijing offices and often acts for private equity funds and VC investors. Key industry sectors include e-commerce, media and telecommunications. Additionally able to advise on mandates involving India, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan.
  2. Jones Day
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    Jones Day
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 4 | 11 Years Ranked
    One more than satisfied client says: "I can't say enough about the Jones Day team. They come across as caring deeply about the success of your transaction and your business, and go to great lengths to ensure you feel comfortable with the level of service you are receiving. And they are always at the ready with creative options and potential solutions, and show a firm grasp of all facets of a transaction throughout each step."
  3. Paul Hastings
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    Paul Hastings
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 4 | 9 Years Ranked
    Paul Hastings has a notable corporate practice advising an impressive portfolio of Chinese clients from its Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. Renowned for its expertise on outbound private equity and real estate transactions. Regularly active on M&A, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and take-privates in the TMT sector, with additional experience across the life sciences, transportation, shipping and energy sectors. Advises on private equity deals for a client roster featuring Chinese and international private equity houses and funds. Remains highly focused on private equity investments in the real estate sector, with capacity to advise throughout Asia.
  4. Norton Rose Fulbright
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 4
  5. Slaughter and May
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
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    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 5 | 11 Years Ranked
    Cleary Gottlieb has a streamlined team handling high-level private equity and public M&A around the region. An impressive workload includes representing leading Chinese corporates on a range of outbound acquisitions and advising major private equity houses on significant cross-border investments and fund formations. Especially renowned in North Asia, noted for its India-related work, and for strength in Malaysia. Further recommended for US-Asia deals, handling work involving clients in the TMT and life sciences sectors.
  2. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 5 | 4 Years Ranked
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has respected corporate/M&A and private equity practices based in China and Singapore. Offices in Hong Kong and Beijing serve a diverse client portfolio of SOEs and listed companies and boast notable strength in the TMT and life sciences sector. Well-established team in Singapore handles a range of transactional mandates in the energy and natural resources, real estate and tech sectors. Possesses additional expertise in matters relating to Indonesia and India.
  3. 5
    O'Melveny & Myers
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 5 | 6 Years Ranked
    O'Melveny & Myers offers a highly regarded practice that advises on a range of work, including high-value acquisitions, take-privates, investments and commercial contracts. Domestic and international clients benefit from the team's smooth coordination and close working relationship with counterparts in California. Particularly adept at assisting clients from the TMT, real estate, automotive and life sciences sectors. Active on deals involving private equity and capital markets components.
  4. Sidley Austin
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    Sidley Austin
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 5 | 11 Years Ranked
    Sidley Austin is a versatile M&A outfit with a range of noteworthy Asian clients. Renowned for its handling of Hong Kong-listed companies work, including public company takeovers, reverse takeovers and restructurings, from the firm's offices in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Also offers M&A advice in South-East Asia, acting for public and private companies as well as financial sponsors. Readily leverages a sophisticated capital markets practice to boost its public M&A offering. Particularly active on deals in the real estate, hospitality and life sciences. Also has private equity capabilities in China, handling inbound investments as well as acting for Chinese clients on regional investments.
  5. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
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    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 5 | 11 Years Ranked
    Sullivan & Cromwell has a well-established practice in Hong Kong and Beijing, where the team is frequently engaged by a prominent international and regional clientele, including financial institutions and blue-chip corporations. Especially well known for its work in take-privates and outbound acquisitions. Works closely with the firm's US offices, leveraging its strength to advise on both outbound and inbound investments. Offers further experience handling transactions related to Japan.
  6. MinterEllison
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 5
  7. Reed Smith Richards Butler
    Corporate/M&A
    Asia-Pacific 2022 | Band 5