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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:

  • Asian Legal Business (ALB)
    • Hong Kong
      • Dealmaker of the Year (Betty Yap) at ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2020
      • M&A Deal of the Year at ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2020
      • Paul, Weiss represented Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, alongside TPG Capital Asia and TPG Growth, in an acquisition of an up to 35% equity interest in Dream Cruises from Genting Hong Kong for $489 million.
      • Finance Deal of the Year at ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2020
        • Paul, Weiss represented KKR in its $794 million acquisition of a majority equity stake in NVC Lighting Holding Limited’s China lighting business.
    • Korea
      • 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 $1.05 billion.
    • China
      • Top 15 M&A Lawyer in China (Greg Liu) in 2018 by ALB China
    • Japan
      • 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 $736 million acquisition of Sagent Pharmaceuticals.
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific (2020)
    • 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, centered 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)
        • “Long-established presence on the Chinese private equity scene with an outstanding reputation and strong relationships with key industry players, including private equity funds, financial services clients and sovereign wealth funds. Assists with high-profile major investments, joint venture formation and leveraged finance in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. Notable experience in TMT as well as assisting with investments in the real estate, energy and manufacturing sectors.”
        • Star Individual Jack Lange is considered to be ‘in his own class’ and ‘long one of the best private equity lawyers in Hong Kong.’ He remains active advising funds on sizeable cross-border investments and sales across the region. ‘He's really well regarded in the industry’ and ‘experienced in this part of the world,’ confirm further sources.”
        • Band 1-ranked Betty Yap "maintains a strong reputation among peers for her extensive transactional experience. She acts for a diverse clientele spanning major TMT corporates, financial services clients and both private equity and sovereign wealth funds on inbound and domestic investments and acquisitions.”
        • Leading practitioner Greg Liu “assists with investments and disposals across a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing and technology. One client singles him out for the level of attention he provides, highlighting his ‘huge efforts to attend all calls and meetings,’ as well as his ‘sophisticated, solid technical skills and commercial sense.’”
      • 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 Betty Yap “[her] practice is built on a long track record of advising on major M&A matters, in addition to equity funding and investment advice. Market sources describe her as ‘brilliant’ and a ‘highly skilled lawyer.’”
        • Leading practitioner Jack Lange “is described by one client as having ‘enormous expertise.’ He is an experienced adviser to major private equity firms, as well as clients in the tech sector, on sizeable cross-border investments and M&A.”
        • Leading practitioner Judie Ng Shortell “acts for a roster of notable private equity firms and TMT sector clients on investments in China and the Asia-Pacific region. A client describes her as ‘very hard-working’ and enthuses: ‘I have trust in Judie because she's responsive and meets our needs despite the fact that we're pretty demanding and need them to sometimes work around the clock.’”
      • Band 1 Firm - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (International Firms)
        • “One of the leaders in transactional work for internationally renowned technology and media companies. Assists with expansions into Mainland China and Hong Kong in the form of investments, joint ventures and M&A deals. Leverages its market-leading private equity practice. Clients of the firm include major businesses in the finance, media, transportation and technology hardware industries, among others. Advises on entertainment deals spanning sports, film and gaming.”
    • 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 an established practitioner who focuses on global capital markets. He acts for Japanese and other Asian issuers on bond offerings, IPOs and hybrid securities.”
      • 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. Recently active on behalf of Asia-based private equity houses.”
        • Leading Practitioner Kaye Yoshino “co-heads the firm's M&A practice and advises a range of financial institutions and Japanese corporates on cross-border corporate transactions and joint ventures. She provides additional expertise in the contentious regulatory and investigations space. ‘In addition to her high level of legal analysis, she responds to our requests in a timely manner,’ reveals an appreciative client.”
  • 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
    • Betty Yap and Greg Liu listed on the “A List” for 2019
    • “Private Equity & Venture Capital,” “IT, Telecom & E-Commerce,” “Media, Entertainment & Sports” and “Fintech & Blockchain” at the 2019 China Business Law Awards
    • Two Paul, Weiss transactions named 2019 Deals of the Year
      • The firm was recognized for its representation of China-based utilities company State Grid International Development Limited in its $2.23 billion acquisition of Chilquinta Energía S.A. from Sempra Energy; and
      • for its representation of Wanda Sports Group in a successful initial public offering and listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market of American Depositary Shares.
    • 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 $1.58 billion acquisition of the global assets of Japan-based vehicle safety systems maker Takata; and
      • for its 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.
  • Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards
    • Awarded the Japan country award (2017)
  • FinanceAsia
    • 2020 Achievement Award for “Venture Capital/Private Equity Deal of the Year”
      • The award recognized the firm’s work representing General Atlantic, a lead member of an investor consortium, in the
        $9.68 billion take-private acquisition of 58.com.
    • 2019 China Award for “Deal of the Year”
      • The award recognized the firm’s work representing Tencent in Anta-led consortium’s $6.3 billion acquisition of Amer Sports.
    • 2019 China Award for “Best Private Equity Deal”
      • The award recognized the firm’s work representing The Carlyle Group in the $440 million acquisition of Adicon.
    • 2018 Achievement Award for “Best Equity Deal”
      • The award recognized the firm’s work advising Naspers in its $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 $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 One Highly Regarded Individuals (Betty Yap) - Private Equity
      • Leading Firm, One Market Leader Individual (Jack Lange) and One Highly Regarded Individuals (Betty Yap) - Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Leading Firm - Leveraged Finance
      • Leading Firm - Capital Markets: Equity
    • 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 (2020)
    • Hong Kong
      • Tier 1 Firm and Two Hall of Fame Individuals (Jack Lange and Betty Yap) - Private Equity
        • “The ‘responsive and technically accomplished’ team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 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 LLP’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 - TMT
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 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
      • Leading Firm and One Leading Individual (Judie Ng Shortell) - Private Equity: Foreign Firms
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's private equity group is led from Beijing by Greg Liu and Judie Ng Shortell and advises clients such as KKR, The Carlyle Group, GIC and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Liu has particular expertise in the retail, technology, media and telecoms sectors.”
      • Leading Firm - TMT: Foreign Firms
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's client roster features Tencent, Didi Chuxing, SoftBank, KKR and NBA which the group advises on high-profile transactions in the TMT sector in China and internationally, particularly those involving private equity. Greg Liu and Judie Ng Shortell are both experts in the private equity investments and M&A space and jointly spearhead the practice from Beijing.”
      • Leading Firm, One Leading Individual (Greg Liu) and One Rising Star (Jack Sun) - Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is widely respected for its advice on complex deals that impact China and its surrounding jurisdictions. In Beijing, Greg Liu is recommended for M&A and private equity investments, particularly in the retail and apparel and TMT sectors, Judie Ng Shortell is also an M&A private equity expert, and Jack Sun is the associate to note.”
    • Japan
      • Leading Firm - Corporate and M&A: International Firms and Joint Ventures
        • “The corporate offering at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP – jointly spearheaded by Yu Tong and Kaye Yoshino – advised on several high-profile transactions including ARIAD Pharmaceutical's proposed $5.2bn acquisition of Takeda Pharmaceutical. Fielding experienced and renowned gaiben, the firm has an enviable roster of Japanese and international clients including Oaktree Capital, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Citigroup, and Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma.”
      • Leading Firm and One Hall of Fame Individual (Tong Yu) - Capital Markets: International Firms and Joint Ventures
        • “Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP routinely handles equity, debt and hybrid securities offerings and the full range of SEC-registered public offerings, Rule 144A offerings and private placements, representing Japanese issuers and underwriters. The capital markets team continues to represent MUFG in a variety of transactions. It also has strong experience dealing with the SEC and other governmental agencies and self-regulatory organisations that regulate its clients.”
  • Mergermarket
    • Cross-border M&A Legal Adviser of the Year at Mergermarket China M&A Awards 2020
    • Consumer M&A Deal of the Year at Mergermarket China M&A Awards 2020
      • Paul, Weiss represented Wumei in its €1.9 billion acquisition of Germany’s Metro AG’s retail, wholesale and cash-and-carry operations in China, including Metro AG’s majority interest in some 45 subsidiaries.
    • Private Equity Deal of the Year at Mergermarket China M&A Awards 2020
      • Paul, Weiss represented General Atlantic, as a lead member of an investor consortium, in its acquisition of 58.com.
    • Private Equity Legal Advisor of the Year at Mergermarket China M&A Awards 2019

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