Mergers and Acquisitions

M&A

Amongst the best in the world, our M&A lawyers deliver transactions effectively

We offer some of the top legal minds in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) law. We combine technical skill with sectoral knowledge and a deep understanding of how to conduct transactions across borders and within local markets for listed targets and private treaty deals. For example, our experience acting for clients in China – whether multinationals investing in China, domestic companies receiving investments from their overseas peers, or Chinese companies looking to grow in other countries – is second-to-none.

We act on the landmark deals in the market but also on a smaller scale too. This means we have a broad client-base across all business sectors – including corporates, investors and entrepreneurs. We know that every transaction is different, so we work closely with you to build the right team for your deal – if necessary, including specialist lawyers from our full range of practice areas.

Our work includes:

  • Public and private acquisitions and disposals
  • Joint ventures, strategic alliances
  • Spin-offs, tender offers and distressed M&A
  • Deal structuring
  • Due diligence
  • Drafting and negotiating transactional documents
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Investment or divestment risk management
  • Venture capital and start-ups
  • Acquisition financing.

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Examples of our work include advising:

  • Weichai Power on its €738 million equity investment in KION Group. This was the largest-ever direct investment by a Chinese company in Germany
  • Weichai Power on the subsequent exercise of its call options to increase its equity stake in KION Group to 30% of the total issued shares after KION Group listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
  • Daimler AG and Daimler Northeast Asia Ltd on its RMB 5.13 billion investment for a 12% stake in BAIC Motor Corporation by way of share subscription
  • China Molybdenum Co, Ltd, a dual-listed Hong Kong and Shanghai resources company, on its US$820 million acquisition of Rio Tinto's 80% interest in the Northparkes underground copper mine in Australia
  • Xstrata plc on its US$48.5 billion all-share merger with Glencore plc
  • Westfield Group on the proposed US$10.8 billion merger of its Australia and New Zealand Business with Westfield Retail Trust
  • Dongfeng Motor Co. Ltd on its US$1.9 billion acquisition with China Dongfeng Motor Industry of commercial vehicle and other businesses from Dongfeng Motor Co. Ltd
  • Telstra on the US$2.4 billion sale of CSL New World Mobility to HKT
  • Universal Music Group on the £1.2 billion acquisition of EMI’s recorded music division and subsequent £487 million disposal of the Parlophone Label Group and other assets
  • Dexus and CPPIB on the takeover of the ASX-listed Commonwealth Office Trust for AUD 3.5 billion.
"Maintains its position as one of the go-to firms for Corporate and M&A transactions."

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