Headquartered in Shanghai, Fangda Partners is among the largest China-based law firms with further offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
The firm has traditional strength in private equity. It was one of the earliest entrants into the PRC fund formation market and its team has the dual capacity to advise on renminbi and offshore US dollar fund formation matters. M&A is a core focus of the firm, while its capital markets team has TMT expertise, and the finance team is especially potent in acquisition financing.
Key clients of the firm include Alibaba Group Holding, Budweiser Brewing Company, KKR, Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank, DCP Capital and Shenzhen Energy Group.
In the past 12 months, the firm has had a very active projects practice alongside its capital markets, M&A and private equity practices.
The firm brought in M&A partners Yi Chen, Tianyi Chen, Tony Zhong and Mark Lehmkuhler from Morrison & Foerster, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Norton Rose Fulbright and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe respectively. Colin Law also joined from Shearman and Sterling, while partner Diane Xue departed.
-Alibaba Group Holding HKSE secondary listing
-Alibaba $2 billion acquisition of HQG
-KKR NVC $794 acquisition of NVC Lighting’s China Lighting Business
Capital markets: Debt
“Christine and her team advised us on the successful issuance under a very unique structure in the industry. We have benefited from her rich experiences in capital markets and her professionalism. Her long experiences in international law firms and financial institutions enables her to work with multinational companies like ours very well. She is well respected and trusted by the relevant regulators, which is also of great help for us to communicate with the authorities in the course of the issuance.”
“Fangda helps the company to focus on the key points of the transaction, and assists in the negotiation.”
Capital markets: Equity
“Very responsive to clients’ enquires, great work ethic and strong teamwork.”
“Fangda’s mainland China offices (Beijing and Shanghai) and Hong Kong office really work as one team. Fangda is capable in organising lawyers from different practice areas to work together collaboratively and effectively. They are very critical for a Chinese based firm in advising clients on complex cross-border M&A cases.”
“Conducted due diligence in limited time to help revise the transaction documents effectively.”
“The best M&A firm in China with deep understanding of the M&A law and capital markets knowledge. Always provides professional legal advice in a timely manner.”
“Good communication, excellent in problem solving, and always acts in the best interests of the company.”
“Very experienced in equity underwriting transactions and a quick problem solver.”
“Jeffrey is the most experienced M&A lawyer in China with extensive experience in private equity investment. He is very knowledgeable and always very hands-on in his projects.”
“He has conducted due diligence in a limited time and helped to revise transaction documents.”