After opening its doors in January 2010, Latham & Watkins' Beijing office is the most recent addition to the firm’s Greater China practice.
Working closely with the Greater China team based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as colleagues in Singapore and Tokyo, the Beijing office represents Chinese companies in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets transactions and complex financing transactions. The team also advises US, European and Asian companies conducting business in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The Greater China team includes lawyers who are fluent in both written and spoken Mandarin and have received US, Hong Kong and PRC legal education and training.
Transactional Prowess in Greater China
As part of the Greater China practice, lawyers in the Beijing office handle a range of transactions, including international capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, restructurings and project financings.
Members of the Latham team draw on more than 25 years of experience advising clients doing business in China. As counsel to issuers or underwriters, the firm's lawyers have been involved in many international equity, debt and equity-linked offerings by issuers in China and across Asia. Latham also represents some of the world's largest private equity funds and multinational corporations in their acquisitions or investments in the PRC and Asia. In addition, the firm regularly acts as lead counsel for the sponsors or lenders on the region's landmark power, petrochemical, and oil and gas projects.
Chambers Recommends Latham & Watkins for Transactional Advice in Greater China
In the 2013 edition of Chambers Asia, Latham received a number of commendations for its practice areas based in Greater China, including:
- Banking & Finance (International Firms) – “Operating on a pan-Asian basis, Latham's Greater China team works closely with its other Asia offices to provide cross-border expertise to borrowers, lenders and sponsors on sophisticated financing deals.”
- Capital Markets (International Firms) – “This team offers stiff competition to the top players across the board, fielding high-quality offerings in the ECM and DCM spaces. Peers are also quick to recognise its excellent high-yield practice.”
- Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms) – “The group of over 60 continues to be instructed on some of the most sophisticated China-related deals.”
- Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms) – “This practice is known for its ability to handle projects across the region, with the Hong Kong office frequently working with the firm's other offices in Asia and beyond.”
- Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms) – “This firm has a fine reputation for handling contentious insolvency matters. The group also has access to a wealth of resources presented by the wider firm's large global network.”
The guide is based on client and peer feedback as well as the firm’s work during the last 12 months.