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Conyers Dill & Pearman (“Conyers”) was awarded as Best Law Firm for Offshore Work by China Business Law Journal. The China Business Law Journal aims to award firms for their outstanding legal service throughout the year, as nominated by China-focused corporate counsel and legal professionals from around the world.
Conyers was also presented with four deal of the year honours for the third straight year by the same directory. The Firm received recognition for their involvement in: 1) Alibaba Group’s NYSE IPO (US$25 billion), 2) Tsinghua Unigroup’s acquisition of RDA Microelectronics (US$910 million), 3) Giant Interactive Group’s take private transaction (US$3 billion) and 4) Guangzhou R & F Properties’ high-yield bonds (US$1 billion).
These recent accolades are a true achievement and continue to highlight the Firm’s work globally.
Christopher Bickley, Partner, Head of the Hong Kong office comments: “It is with great pleasure that we accept these accolades as nominated by our peers in the industry. Receiving five awards truly speaks to the breadth and depth of expertise in our Hong Kong office and the strengths we have in working on high-profile, complex matters”.
Deal of the Year honours are depicted in detail below:
Overseas Equity Capital Market: Conyers Dill & Pearman advised Yahoo! Inc., shareholder of Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd., on the IPO of Alibaba on the New York Stock Exchange which raised US$25 billion. The IPO is the largest in history and on market debut gave Alibaba a market capitalisation of nearly US$230 billion. Alibaba, whose sales are larger than Amazon and eBay combined, accounts for 80% of online sales in China.
Partner and Co-Chair of the firm David Lamb and Partner Richard Hall based in Conyers’ Hong Kong office advised on the matter, working alongside Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Domestic M&A: Conyers Dill & Pearman provided legal advice to RDA Microelectronics on its US$910 million ($18.50 per ADS) acquisition by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., an operating subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings Co.
RDA Microelectronics is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops, and markets wireless systems-on-chip and radio-frequency semiconductors for cellular, connectivity, and broadcast applications.
Richard Hall and Angie Chu of Conyers’ Hong Kong office advised on the matter, alongside Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati.
Go Private: Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Cayman legal advice to Giant Interactive Group Inc. (“the Company”) on the US$3 billion privatisation by way of a merger with Giant Merger Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Giant Investment Limited. The Company is a leading online game developer and operator in China in terms of market share with a focus on massively multiplayer online role playing games.
Christopher Bickley, Conyers’ Head of Office for Hong Kong, and Rowan Wu advised the Company on the matter, working alongside O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Grandall Law Firm.
Domestic Equity Capital Market: Conyers Dill & Pearman provided BVI advice to Guangzhou R&F Properties Co., Ltd. on the issue of US$1 billion 8.50% Senior Notes due 2019 by Trillion Chance Limited, unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by R&F Properties (HK) Company Limited, a subsidiary of Guangzhou R&F Properties Co., Ltd., a PRC entity.
Richard Hall, Felicity Lee, Charissa Ball and Angie Chu of Conyers’ Hong Kong office advised on the matter, working alongside Sidley Austin LLP and King & Wood Mallesons.