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With over three decades in the region, Paul, Weiss has long been recognized as a leader and legal innovator among international law firms in Asia. Our Asia based partners have been consistently ranked in the top tier of practitioners in their areas of expertise.

Recognition

The Paul, Weiss Asia Practice has garnered numerous top-tier recognitions by various independent legal directories and rankings. Recent recognitions include: 

  • Asia Business Law Journal
    • Deal of the Year 2018
      • Paul, Weiss represented HP in its acquisition of Samsung’s printer business for US$1.05 billion
  • Asian Legal Business (ALB)
    • Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year at the ALB Korea Law Awards 2018
      • Paul, Weiss represented HP in its acquisition of Samsung’s printer business for US$1.05 billion
    • Top 15 M&A Lawyer in China (Greg Liu) in 2018 by ALB China
    • Dealmaker of the Year (Jeanette Chan) at ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2017
    • Debt Market Deal of the Year at ALB Japan Law Awards 2017
      • Paul, Weiss advised Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in its TLAC Bond Issuance
    • M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize) at ALB Japan Law Awards 2017
      • Paul, Weiss advising Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in its US$736 million acquisition of Sagent Pharmaceuticals.
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019)
    • Asia-Pacific
      • Leading Firm - Corporate/M&A and Corporate M&A: Private Equity                                                     
        • “High-profile private equity practice with an enviable portfolio of work and clients, featuring mandates from major US investment houses. Well known for its significant track record advising on foreign direct investment. Also offers broad public M&A expertise, centred on high-profile TMT-related investment, with notable experience advising on matters related to Taiwan, Singapore and Korea. Offers a growing corporate practice in Japan with capability on both inbound and outbound private equity investments as well as M&A related to the life sciences sector.”
    • China
      • Band 1 Firm, One Star Individual, Two Band 1 ranked Practitioner and Two Leading Practitioners - Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms)
        • Star Individual Jack Lange “enjoys an excellent reputation for his abilities in transactional and wider corporate work, regularly acting for a range of private equity funds and strategic investors. He is a standout individual in the market and is lauded by interviewees as an excellent lawyer who is active and commands considerable respect.” 
        • Band 1-ranked Jeanette Chan “is a hands-on and highly experienced corporate lawyer who is a very valuable asset to have on deals.”
        • Band 1-ranked Betty Yap “has an impressive client roster which includes an array of leading investors. She is labelled ‘technically very strong, commercial, reliable and a very safe pair of hands’ by her clients and regularly advises on complex, multinational deals.”
        • Leading practitioner  Greg Liu “has extensive experience representing clients in complex M&A transactions, including deals relating to the TMT, retail and manufacturing sectors.”
        • Leading practitioner Corinna Yu “is commended as a ‘brilliant lawyer’ by clients, who attest to her experience in this market.”
      • Leading Firm and Four Leading Practitioners - Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
        • Outstanding private equity offering with an impressive following among clients in the technology, media and telecoms industries. A widely recognized bench with recent experience assisting global brands on significant investments in real estate and life sciences. Also active on healthcare and education-related transactions for outbound and inbound investors. Joint ventures and cross-border M&A work are other key areas of focus. Advises on investments across the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Taiwan and Singapore-related matters, from the firm's China offices.”
        • Leading practitioner Jeanette Chan “is engaged by a number of leading corporations and private equity houses for major M&A work. She is described by market sources as a ‘long-standing practitioner’ who is ‘very strong in private equity,’ and is best known for handling transactions relating to the TMT sector.”
        • Leading practitioner Betty Yap “is respected for her expertise within M&A and private equity. She is described by interviewees as a ‘great lawyer with a great reputation.’ Her counsel is frequently sought by private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds and TMT-sector clients.”
        • Leading practitioner Jack Lange “is highly rated for his long track record of handling complex, high-value deals. He is a ‘pre-eminent private equity lawyer,’ according to market commentators, and he frequently assists major multinational private equity houses on their investments in China.”
        • Leading practitioner Judie Ng Shortell “enjoys a growing profile in major deals work and is particularly well suited to advise private equity houses and technology conglomerates on their investments in China.”
    • Japan
      • Leading Firm and One Leading Practitioner - Capital Markets: International: US Law
        • “Good reputation for advising Japanese clients on major international debt, equity and hybrid product offerings in accordance with Rule 144A legislation. Maintains its strong track record acting for both issuers and underwriters. Skilled at taking on regulatory issues, including waivers and relief actions. Further areas of expertise include advising on TLAC-compliant bond issuances. Experienced in dealing with regulators such as the SEC and other government agencies.”
        • Leading practitioner Tong Yu “is singled out as a ‘significant help’ by a client, who describes him as ‘astute,’ with ‘clear expertise.’”
      • Leading Firm and One Leading Practitioner - Corporate/M&A: International
        • “Advises clients from a broad spectrum of sectors including technology, insurance, manufacturing, and life sciences. Utilizes its global network to provide seamless advice to Japanese clients buying and selling abroad, and on inbound transactions for US clients.”
        • Leading Practitioner Kaye Yoshino “acts for multinational and Japanese-headquartered companies on sales and acquisitions work, and is also known for her established investigations practice.”
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards
    • Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 (Jack Lange)
      • The award citation refers to Jack as “one of Hong Kong’s most highly reputed corporate partners,” and as having worked “at the forefront of Asian private equity deals for over two decades.” It mentions that  “over the years he has been a go-to name for prestigious clients” in the region and has ranked highly in the Chambers guides for 18 consecutive years, including being singled out as “Star Individual” in the market for the past six years.
  • China Business Law Journal
    • Two Paul, Weiss transactions named 2018 Deals of the Year
      • The firm was recognized for its representation of Asia-based private equity firm PAG in its investment in Joyson Safety Systems to fund the US$1.58 billion acquisition of the global assets of Japan-based vehicle safety systems maker Takata; and
      • for our representation of a leading global investor in the Series A financing round of Suning Sports, the sports unit of leading Chinese retailer Suning Holdings Group.
    • Jeanette Chan listed on the “A List” for 2018
  • Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards
    • Awarded the Japan country award (2017)
    • Jeanette Chan awarded “Best in TMT” (2017)
  • FinanceAsia
    • 2018 Achievement Award for “Best Equity Deal”
      • The award recognized the firm’s work advising Naspers in its US$9.8 billion disposal of a 2 percent stake in Tencent.
    • 2017 Achievement Award for “Best Singapore Deal”
      • The award recognized the firm’s work advising Didi Chuxing, a China-based mobile transportation platform, in the US$2.5 billion financing round of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing company.
  • In-House Community
    • Commended External Counsel of the year in 2018 (Judie Ng Shortell)
  • International Financial Law Review (2019)
    • Hong Kong
      • Tier 1 Firm, One Market Leader Individual (Jack Lange) and Two Highly Regarded Individuals (Jeanette Chan and Betty Yap) - Private Equity
      • Leading Firm, One Market Leader Individual (Jack Lange) and Two Highly Regarded Individuals (Jeanette Chan and Betty Yap) - Mergers & Acquisitions
    • China
      • Tier 1 Firm and Two Highly Regarded Individuals (Greg Liu and Judie Ng Shortell) - Private Equity - Foreign
      • Leading Firm and Two Highly Regarded Individuals (Greg Liu and Judie Ng Shortell) - Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Japan
      • Leading Firm and One Highly Regarded Individual (Tong Yu) - Capital Markets: Debt - Foreign
      • Leading Firm and Two Highly Regarded Individuals (Tong Yu and Kaye Yoshino) - Capital Markets: Equity - Foreign
      • Leading Firm and Two Highly Regarded Individuals (Tong Yu and Kaye Yoshino) - Mergers & Acquisitions - Foreign Law
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019)
    • Hong Kong
      • Tier 1 Firm and Two Leading Individuals (Jack Lange and Betty Yap) - Private Equity
        • “The ‘responsive and technically accomplished’ team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison displays ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and provides ‘very tailored service’ to an impressive roster of clients…”
      • Leading Firm and One Leading Individual (Betty Yap) - Corporate and M&A
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison’s clients attest to the firm’s ‘extremely practical, well-thought-out and technically accomplished advice’ on high-profile and demanding deals. Having had an office in Hong Kong since 1983, the firm has built up a long-established reputation in China and across the Asia-Pacific region in large, heavily structured transactions.”
      • Leading Firm and One Leading Individual (Jeanette Chan) – TMT
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison provides ‘responsive and detail-oriented service’ to major Asian TMT clients on their local transactions as well as on their outbound investments, where the team frequently works alongside lawyers from the firm’s US offices.”
    • China 
      • Tier 1 Firm and One Leading Individual (Judie Ng Shortell) - Private Equity/Venture Capital: Foreign Firms
        • “At Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Judie Ng Shortell and Betty Yap, based in Beijing and Hong Kong respectively, are highly rated for representing multinational corporations in China-related private equity transactions.”
      • Tier 1 Firm - TMT: Foreign Firms
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP maintains a leading position in the market and is praised for its ‘commercially savvy and technically excellent advice’.”
      • Leading Firm, One Leading Individual (Greg Liu) and One Next Generation Lawyer (Jack Sun) - Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is ‘a first choice for transactions’. The practice is widely respected in Asia for high-end, complex transactions across the full spectrum of M&A related activities, particularly involving geographies such as Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Singapore and in relation to private equity investments.”
    • Japan
      • Leading Firm - Corporate and M&A: International Firms and Joint Ventures
        • “The corporate lawyers at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP ‘provide extremely well-structured advice, respond almost immediately and prepare technically sound documents through the strength of their cross-border network’.”
      • Leading Firm and One Leading Individual (Tong Yu) - Capital Markets: International Firms and Joint Ventures 
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP regularly advises an enviable client roster of Japanese underwriters and issuers on the full gamut of equity, debt, hybrid and SEC-regulated securities offerings.”

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