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“The firm is experienced in listing rules and takeover codes, and has advised a series of PRC developers buying up Hong Kong-listed property companies.”

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 

Public M&A with deep roots 

When it comes to public takeovers, big-ticket experience and comprehensive legal knowledge are only the beginning.

Public M&A, more than many other disciplines, needs the right local knowledge. It’s not enough just to understand the takeover rules and know how to project manage large transactions. You need to appreciate how the stock exchange and relevant regulatory authorities are likely to react, what might concern institutional investors, how the media will respond. 

As Hong Kong’s own world-class law firm, with a history going back to 1851, we have the deepest roots in the region. We offer an unrivalled understanding of the Hong Kong market and the concerns of its different authorities, along with strong links to all the main interest groups and experience in Hong Kong’s largest public takeovers. 

Recent examples include: 

  • Advising Perfect Lead Investment Ltd on the HK$2.65 billion acquisition of the issued share capital of Hang Ten Group Holdings Limited (a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited) for approximately HK$2.65 billion. 
  • Advising Fraser and Neave Ltd (a Singapore-listed company) on the disposal of 56.05% of the issued share capital of Fraser Property (China) Limited (a company listed in Hong Kong) to a Shanghai-listed company for around HK$1.65 billion.

As our track record shows, we are experienced in all aspects of public takeovers, from initial planning to advising on the takeover offer or scheme or arrangement and ensuing negotiations, through to implementation and post-merger restructuring. In addition, our detailed knowledge of the business culture of the PRC, where we have three offices, means that we are a first port of call both for international companies investing in mainland China, and for companies from the PRC considering public takeovers across the world. 

If you would like to discuss how we could help your company, we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Public M&A/Takeovers SERVICES