Deals

Capitol of Puerto Rico, in San Juan

Latin America
Puerto Rico's Sole Deal With Bondholders in Jeopardy

By Danica Coto |

The sole tentative debt restructuring deal that Puerto Rico reached after two years of negotiations is in jeopardy after federal control board officials said they would support the U.S. territory's push to amend the agreement.

Asian Lawyer
Dentons, Zhong Lun, Behind China's First Investment Treaty Arbitration Win

By Anna Zhang |

A three-arbitrator panel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, D.C., dismissed Korean developer Ansung Housing’s claims against China.

Kathleen A. Scott

Europe
Trump Deregulation: What's in It for Non-U.S. Banks?

By Kathleen A. Scott |

In this expert analysis column, Norton Rose Fulbright counsel Kathleen A. Scott discusses the Trump administration's initial efforts at addressing what the U.S. president sees as over-regulation, and suggests what effect it might have on non-U.S. banks' operations in the United States.

Emerging Markets
Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy Win Roles on Kuwait's $9.5 Billion Debut International Bond

By Anna Ward |

The bond sale, expected to be completed in late March, comes as low oil prices in the Middle East prompt countries across the region to seek to diversify their economies. In the past 12 months, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Oman have all tapped into foreign capital markets.

Asian Lawyer
Deal Watch: SoftBank's Spending Spree Keeps Lawyers Busy

By Meghan Tribe |

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. has continued its frenetic deal pace, brokering a $13 billion merger between satellite operators, investing $3 billion in office-sharing startup WeWork and taking part in a $500 million fundraising round by online lender Social Finance. Morrison & Foerster, a longtime legal adviser to SoftBank, is close behind.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Prem Watsa speaks during the company's annual meeting in Toronto in this file photo taken April 11, 2013.

Europe
Canadian Big Deals

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited heads to Switzerland in its biggest acquisition to date, and more.

Davis Polk & Wardwell received International Law Firm of the Year.

Asian Lawyer
The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for 2017 Asia Legal Awards

By Asian Lawyer Staff |

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee are among the top winners of the fourth annual celebration for the regions leading firms and individuals.

Europe
Transatlantic Legal Awards Launch with Call for Entries Showcasing Top Deals and Law Firms

Submissions are now being accepted for the June awards, which recognise excellence in handling transatlantic matters across the key areas of corporate, finance and disputes, as well as highlighting law firm innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy and in-house leaders.

Asian Lawyer
Deal Watch: Two Big Firms Advise on Scuttled Unilever-Kraft Heinz Merger

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

Linklaters and Paul Weiss landed lead roles on a since aborted $143 billion takeover bid for London-based Unilever plc by Pittsburgh-based Kraft Heinz Foods Co., a megamerger that would have united two of the world’s largest food companies.

Asian Lawyer
Five Am Law 100 Firms on $3.3B SoftBank-Fortress Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Weil, Kirkland, Skadden, Davis Polk and Paul Weiss advise as the Japanese technology investor buys the New York-based asset management firm.

Europe
Linklaters and Cleary Among Advisers on Talks over Sale of GM's European Business

By Alex Berry |

Law firms line up on potential sale of Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Group.

Andrew Saker

Asian Lawyer
Litigation Funder Bentham, Fortress Seek to Tap US Litigation Market

By Roy Strom |

On the same day that Fortress Investment Group announced its $3.3 billion sale to Japan’s SoftBank, a unit of the investment giant partnered with Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham on a U.S. litigation funding finance vehicle worth up to $200 million. The move comes two months after two rival litigation financiers agreed to merge.

2016- Johnson & Johnson Office in North America. from Flickr

Europe
Deal Watch: Six Firms Advise on J&J's Actelion Acquisition

By Meghan Tribe |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Slaughter and May and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are leading a team of firms that have landed lead roles on Johnson & Johnson’s proposed $30 billion buy of Swiss biotechnology company Actelion.

Asian Lawyer
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for 2017 Asian Legal Awards

By Asian Lawyer |

Davis Polk, Hogan Lovells, Freshfields and Linklaters are among the contestants for the awards that will be announced on February 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

Asian Lawyer
Alibaba Returns to Slaughter and May for $2.6B Retail Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Slaughter and May is advising Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on a $2.6 billion offer to privatize Chinese department store operator Intime Retail Group Co. Ltd.

McDonald's restaurant in Shenzhen, China.

Asian Lawyer
Kirkland, Cleary Lead McDonald's $2.1B China Partnership

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned CITIC teamed up with The Carlyle Group to help open 1,500 more restaurants in Hong Kong and the mainland.

Oil Drilling Gulf of Mexico.

Latin America
Mexico’s Energy Reforms Mean Billions in Investment and More Work for Lawyers

By Susan Postlewaite |

Sweeping reforms in Mexico's energy sector are luring billions in investment, keeping lawyers busy.

Mina Arai-Ito

Asian Lawyer
Rising Japanese Investment in Africa Prompts Law Firms to Ramp Up Africa Practices

By Anna Zhang |

Africa remains a challenging market, but Japanese companies see growing opportunity there. So do their lawyers.

Asian Lawyer
China Seizes Opportunities in Latin America

By Carlos Harrison |

As the U.S. talks of walls, China is building bridges in North America's backyard.

In this Oct. 25, 2016 picture the headquarters of the German technology concern Aixtron in Herzogenrath , Germany, is photographed. The German government says it withdrew permission for a Chinese company to purchase semiconductor equipment company Aixtron due to security concerns. Germany announced Monday Oct 24, 2016 that it was reconsidering the takeover bid by China's Fujian Grand Chip but didn't state a reason. ( Oliver Berg/dpa via AP,file)

Asian Lawyer
Strains in U.S.-China Relations Expected to Affect Legal Sector

By Anna Zhang |

Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. has disapproved several high profile Chinese investments recently; meanwhile suspicion of Chinese companies' motives and the influence they might have in the U.S. economy grow among members of Congress. What will Chinese investments into the U.S. look like next year under the Trump presidency?

In London, the houses of Parliament on the river Thames

Europe
18,000 Legal, Accounting Jobs At Risk As EU Targets Key London Finance Business

By Chris Johnson |

The European Union is to make a renewed attempt to wrench euro-denominated clearing business from London to the eurozone in a move that could cost tens of thousands of jobs in the U.K. capital.

Asian Lawyer
A&O and Freshfields Lead on Asahi's Eastern European $8 Billion Beer Buy from AB InBev

By Rose Walker |

AB Inbev is selling brands that include Czech market leader Pilsner Urquell to get clearance from competition regulators after its takeover of rival SABMiller.

Emilio J. Alvarez-Farre of Greenberg Traurig

Latin America
Greenberg Traurig Advises on Two Mexico Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg Traurig has been working on a couple of major deals in Mexico: a $409 million two-currency credit facility for a paper producer, and a joint venture that will have to be approved by Mexican regulators.

Latin America
Cleary Gottlieb Advises on Pemex Debt Securities Offering

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cleary Gottlieb represents Mexican state oil company Pemex in a $5.5 billion debt securities offering in U.S. dollars.

Europe
Dutch Banks ABN AMRO and NIBC Kick Off Panel Reviews

By Alex Berry |

ABN calls the move "a normal periodic review," while NIBC says it aims "to use a more select group of law firms to improve efficiency, speed and quality for both ourselves and our clients.”

Europe
U.K. Central Bank Chief Plans Secret Brexit Deal, Transition Could Take Seven Years

By Chris Johnson |

The head of the U.K.’s central bank is working on a secret deal that would see British businesses retain access to the European single market for at least two years after the country leaves the EU, according to The Sunday Times.

Asian Lawyer
Skadden Leads Ctrip's $1.7B Skyscanner Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese online travel agency is buying the U.K. competitor to boost global offering.

Europe
Regulation Snapshot: US, UK and Russian Approaches to Blockchain

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Though leadership shake ups in the U.K. and U.S. have generated uncertainty about blockchain regulation, many global powers are still showing interest in the technology.

Blockchain Stock art

Europe
Expert Analysis: Russia's Rising Interest in Blockchain Technologies, Amid Legal Issues

By Brian Zimbler, Dmitry Dmitriev and Andrey Ignatenko, Morgan Lewis |

Current regulations and legal obstacles may pose challenges for Russian promoters and developers of cryptocurrencies and other blockchain applications.

Samsung Logo.

Asian Lawyer
Paul Hastings Advises Samsung on Purchase of Auto Technology Supplier Harman International

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings is advising Samsung Electronics on an $8 billion acquisition of U.S. automotive technology company Harman International Industries Inc.

Golden Globe Awards

Asian Lawyer
China's Dalian Wanda Group to Acquire Dick Clark's TV Production Studio for $1B

By Anna Zhang |

Reed Smith and Paul Hastings are lead counsel on a $1 billion deal that will result in Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Co. Ltd. acquiring the U.S. television studio Dick Clark Productions Inc.

Latin America
Citibank Sells its Guatemalan Consumer Banking Assets to Grupo Promerica

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Citibank has sold its consumer banking business in Guatemala to Grupo Promerica as it continues to shed Latin American assets.

Latin America
Law Firms See Bright Future in Latin America's Booming Renewable Energy Sector

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

From Mexico's northern border to the southern tip of South America, the push for solar and wind energy generation in Latin America is flourishing.

Grupo Elektra

Europe
Grupo Elektra's Intra Mexicana Represented by Jones Day in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Mexico City-based electronic money transfer company Intra Mexicana, which operates under the brand name Dinero Express, increased its asset-backed loan program to $421 million, which includes an offering of $184.2 million in public bonds on the Mexican exchange.

Europe
Freshfields Sees Another IPO Pulled As Capital Markets Slump Continues

By Chris Johnson |

Less than two weeks after acting on the cancelled initial public offering of the U.K.’s largest private gym chain, capital markets lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have once again seen their work go to waste with software company Misys pulling its $5.5 billion IPO.

Asian Lawyer
World Bank Report Ranks Asian Nations as Best Places to Do Business

New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea are among the best places to do business in the world, according to the World Bank’s most recent annual study of local business laws and regulations around the globe.

Asian Lawyer
Weil Gotshal Advises Chinese Conglomerate HNA on its $6.5 Billion Investment in Hilton Worldwide

By Anna Zhang |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is advising Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. on a $6.5 billion investment in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. — a move that will give HNA a 25 percent stake in the U.S.-based hotel empire.

Asian Lawyer
Skadden and Kirkland Advise on Privatization of Chinese Travel Site

By Anna Zhang |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Kirkland & Ellis are advising on the privatization of Chinese travel site Qunar Cayman Islands, which is valued at $4.4 billion.

A Chinese deliveryman carries parcels in front of a branch of ZTO Express in Dalian city, northeast China's Liaoning province, 14 November 2014.

Asian Lawyer
Skadden and Kirkland Advise as ZTO Express Eyes Biggest China IPO in U.S. Since Alibaba

By Frances Ivens |

The Chinese logistics company is set to list on the New York Stock Exchange in an offering that could raise as much as $1.5 billion.

Asian Lawyer
Deal Watch: All About Energy and a Sanction-Free Sale

By Meghan Tribe |

Energy company acquisitions dominated the billion-dollar transactional tables last week and a big deal announced over the weekend—one specifically structured to avoid Western sanctions—has yielded roles for a half-dozen firms from the U.K. and India.

Latin America
Cigars, Rum and Contingent Contracts: U.S. Eases Cuban Embargo Restrictions

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The U.S. further loosened its embargo of Cuba on Friday, lifting the cap on the value of merchandise that Americans can bring back from Cuba for personal use—including rum and cigars. But for attorneys in the U.S., a more significant change is that Americans and their companies can now enter contingent contracts with Cuban entities.

Asian Lawyer
The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Emerging Markets Awards 2016

By The Asian Lawyer |

Baker & McKenzie and Herbert Smith Freehills are among the firms receiving most nominations. Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore.

Europe
Post-Brexit Deal Count Plunges to Lowest Levels Since 2013

By Rose Walker |

Global and European M&A deal volumes fell to their lowest levels for three years during the third quarter of 2016, following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union this past June.

Emerging Markets
Global Legal Award Winners Announced. And the Winners Are...

The American Lawyer honors the most important and creative cross-border work of the year in citizenship/pro bono, disputes, finance and mergers and acquisitions.

An illustration of Mexico City New International Airport

Latin America
Jones Day, Cleary Gottlieb, Paul Hastings on $2B Bond Offering for Mexico City's New International Airport

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The $2 billion bond offering is the biggest initial bond offering for an airport in Latin America's history.

Asian Lawyer
China Law & Practice Awards 2016 Winners Announced

By Katherine Jo |

King & Wood Mallesons and Zhong Lun Law Firm are among the biggest winners. Leading Chinese civil and commercial law scholar Jiang Ping received this year's outstanding achievement award.

Monsanto world headquarters complex in St. Louis, Mo.

Europe
Big Firms Round Up Roles on Bayer's Monsanto Megadeal

By Nell Gluckman |

About a half-dozen firms—including a new antitrust team at Paul Weiss—are advising on Bayer AG's proposed $66 billion acquisition of agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. The deal, if approved by regulators, would be the largest all-cash transaction in history.

Formula One 2010 Rd.3 Malaysian GP: opening lap. Wikimedia

Europe
Deal Watch: Freshfields Fuels Up With Racing, Software Sales

By Jennifer Henderson |

The London-based legal giant is advising Hewlett-Packard on the sale of its software business and CVC Capital Partners on the sale of Formula One racing.

State Grid Corp. of China

Asian Lawyer
Sullivan & Cromwell Advises Chinese Power Company on Investment in Brazilian Utility

By Anna Zhang |

Sullivan & Cromwell is advising State Grid Corp. of China on a $1.8 billion deal that will see the Chinese power company acquire a minority stake in Brazilian utility company CPFL Energia S.A.

Stade Velodrome in Marseille, home of soccer club Olympique Marseille.

Europe
After Dodgers Deal, McCourt Taps S&C for French Football Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Four years after helping Frank McCourt Jr. sell Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers for a record-setting sum, Sullivan & Cromwell has been hired by the real estate developer to advise on his roughly $45 million buy of historic French soccer team Olympique de Marseille.

Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Asian Lawyer
Sri Lanka Seeks to Grow Economy—With Help From Baker & McKenzie

By Nell Gluckman |

The global legal giant is advising the island nation on tax and financial laws in other jurisdictions.

Shipping containers are seen in the port of Singapore.

Asian Lawyer
TPP's Uncertain Prospects Weigh on Asia-Based Lawyers

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S.'s failure to ratify the TPP could result in a setback for international trade in Asia Pacific region. But even if ultimately unsuccessful, the TPP will still have a legacy in the region, lawyers say.

Asian Lawyer
Clifford Chance, Davis Polk Ride Joy City Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance and Davis Polk & Wardwell took lead roles on China Life Insurance Co. and GIC Private Ltd.'s $1.4 billion joint investment in Chinese developer Joy City Property Ltd.

Applebee's in a mall in Qatar (Photo courtesy of DineEquity).

Latin America
How In-House Lawyers Brought IHOP to Panama

By Stephanie Forshee |

DineEquity Inc., the parent company of IHOP and Applebee's, has been expanding into markets like Panama, Kuwait and the Philippines. Overseeing the overseas push has been a team of 11 in-house lawyers led by general counsel Bryan Adel.

Couche-Tard

Emerging Markets
Wachtell Advises San Antonio's CST in Acquisition by Canadian Retail Giant

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Alimentation Couche-Tard is picking up CST Brands of San Antonio for about $4.4 billion. Fagre Baker Daniels, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and leading Canadian firms Stikeman Elliott and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg have also landed roles on the deal.

Craig Gardner of West Bromwich Albion takes a penalty kick.

Asian Lawyer
King & Wood Mallesons Scores on Sale of Soccer Club to Chinese Investor

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

For the second time this summer, a British football club has been sold to Chinese investors. King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is advising on the most recent deal: the sale of West Bromwich Albion Football Club to the Chinese investment group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development.

Asian Lawyer
Deal Watch: Two Firms Behind Bedding Industry Megamerger

By Brian Baxter and Jennifer Henderson |

A look at the large law firms behind the week's most notable deals, such as the mattress maker behind Sleepy's on its sale to a South African firm; two Elon Musk-backed companies combining forces; and Uber's China exit.

Asian Lawyer
The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards Deadline is September 5

We will honor top deals and leading lawyers in Southeast Asia and India.

Europe
3 Ways the New EU E-Signature Regulation Will Affect Legal

By Ricci Ipshan |

While the regulation streamlines e-signature processes, lawyers will still have to navigate technical challenges and national laws.

Europe
Mitratech Acquires UK-Based GRC Solutions Provider Hitec Laboratories

By Zach Warren |

The acquisition is Mitratech’s fifth in 12 months and second in the governance, risk and compliance space.

Asian Lawyer
Troutman Sanders, Simpson Thacher on $1.3B Chinese-Indian Pharma Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Fosun Pharma’s acquisition of Gland Pharma is the largest acquisition of an Indian company by a Chinese buyer.

Asian Lawyer
Finalists Announced for China Law & Practice Awards 2016

By Katherine Jo |

For our annual awards’ 10-year anniversary, we have selected 59 categories of top matters and leading firms and lawyers for their work done in and out of China. Winners will be announced on Sept. 21 at the Park Hyatt in Beijing.

Asian Lawyer
Skadden and Latham Advise on Chinese Company’s $2B Foray Into U.S. TV Market

By Frances Ivens |

LeEco, the "Netflix of China," is buying California-based television manufacturer Vizio.

Europe
A Mixed Brexit Bag on the Buffet for Today's Continental Breakfast

By Chris Johnson |

British housing prices are still up, but so is the stock market.

Europe
Rating Agency Report Says Post-Brexit EU is Unsustainable

By Chris Johnson |

Let's take a another look at the new and wonderful ways in which Brexit is making our lives better.

Latin America
White & Case Advises on Financing for Solar Project in Chile

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

SunPower has raised $200M to build a solar power plant that will power Santiago's subway system.

Latin America
Infrastructure Projects in Latin America Get Funding

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A development bank owned mostly by Latin American countries and private banks has approved $1.865 billion in loans for infrastructure projects in Argentina, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago and four other nations.

Oil rigs.

Latin America
Jones Day Plays Role in Latin American Loan Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Argentine subsidiary of a Chilean energy company has taken a $150 million loan to expand offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Argentina. The banks were advised by Jones Day.

Asian Lawyer
Morrison & Foerster Leads SoftBank's $32B ARM Offer

By Rose Walker |

Freshfields is co-counsel advising the Japanese company while Slaughter and May and Davis Polk are representing ARM.

Asian Lawyer
Davis Polk, Clifford Chance Lead Postal Savings Bank’s $7.4B IPO--Updated

By Anna Zhang |

Haiwen and King & Wood Mallesons were Chinese counsel to what has been the world's largest IPO in two years.

Asian Lawyer
Deal Watch: Indian M&A Leaders Revealed

By Brian Baxter |

With India's legal market inching closer to liberalization, the subcontinent could provide a shot of cross-border transactional work to global firms reeling from Brexit and an economic slowdown in China.

Latin America
Cleary Gottlieb, Holland & Knight and Cabanellas Etchebarne Advise on Argentina's Latest Bond Deals

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

On the heels of the Argentine Province of Buenos Aires closing its second $1 billion bond offering this year, the Province of Salta closed a $300 million offering last week, as the nation's provinces look to capital markets to improve ailing infrastructure and restart the economy.

Asian Lawyer
Clifford Chance, Kirkland and Sullivan & Cromwell Advise on CVC $1.1B Funeral Home Investment

By Frances Ivens |

Private equity house CVC has offered $1.1 billion for Kuala Lumpur-based Nirvana Asia, the largest integrated funeral and bereavement care provider in Asia.

Latin America
Latin America Won't Escape Brexit Impact

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

One anticipated consequence of the U.K.'s vote to leave the EU is a decline in European trade with Latin America.

Latin America
Argentina's Bond Offering, Weyerhaeuser Asset Sale and Other Deals

With its epic bondholder litigation nearing resolution, Argentina called on longtime counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to guide its re-entry into global capital markets with a $16.5 billion bond offering.

Europe
Big Deals

By Rebecca Geiger |

The law firms with roles in the largest recent M&A deals across Europe.

Europe
Continental Breakfast: Brexit Mood Darkens, But Markets Recover

By Chris Johnson |

The British pound remains depressed, causing potential headaches for U.S. firms that pay London partners in dollars.

Asian Lawyer
Chinese Insurance Group Buys Auto Website with Help from Paul Hastings and Sullivan & Cromwell

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings and Sullivan & Cromwell played lead roles in a $1.6 billion deal that saw China's Ping An Insurance Group buy a 47.7 percent stake in Chinese automobile website Autohome Inc. from Melbourne-based Telstra Corp. Ltd.

Asian Lawyer
Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

By Jennifer Henderson |

While Brexit may end up casting a shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.

Brexit fall

Europe
Brexit Vote Clouds Big-Firm Lawyers' M&A Crystal Balls

By Julie Triedman |

As top transactional lawyers sought to calm nervous clients Friday after Britain's vote to leave the EU, several said that they were bracing for the possibility of a two-year drought in their most highly leveraged, profitable business: advising on cross-border M&A deals.

China's Tencent Holdings Buying ‘Clash of Clans’ Developer for $8.6 Billion

By Anna Zhang |

Shenzhen-based Tencent is leading a consortium to buy an 84.3 percent stake in game developer Supercell Oy from Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. and the game maker’s employees. The deal, Tencent’s largest-ever acquisition, values Supercell at $10.2 billion.

Asian Lawyer
Covington, Slaughter and May on Tencent's $8.6B Gaming Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Shenzhen-based technology company is leading a consortium to buy an 84.3 percent stake in game developer Supercell from Japan’s SoftBank and the game maker’s employees. The deal, Tencent’s largest-ever acquisition, values Supercell at $10.2 billion.

Asian Lawyer
Orrick on JD.Com’s $1.5B Deal With Walmart

By Frances Ivens |

The Chinese ecommerce company will take over the Chinese online business Yihaodian and in exchange give a 5 percent stake to the American retailer.

Asian Lawyer
Cleary Representing Japanese App Company in IPO

By Anna Zhang |

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is representing Japanese messaging app Line Corp. on a planned initial public offering that could raise $900 million. Listing is planned for Tokyo and New York.

Europe
European IPO Flurry Welcomed by Region's Beleaguered Capital Markets Lawyers

By Chris Johnson |

Capital markets lawyers at Davis Polk & Wardwell, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell, among others, have benefited from a spate of European listings.

Asian Lawyer
Sullivan & Cromwell on Softbank $10B Alibaba Share Sale

By Anna Zhang |

The cash raised will help the Japanese company reduce debt and invest in new startups.

Asian Lawyer
Davis Polk, Linklaters on $1.4B Chinese Insurance Deal

By Frances Ivens |

Fujian-based Thaihot Group is acquiring Dah Sing Banking Group’s Hong Kong and Macau life insurance business.

Asian Lawyer
Paul Hastings on Latest Chinese Property Venture in Manhattan

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned insurer China Life is the largest investor in a $1.65 billion joint acquisition of a New York office building that houses Paul Weiss’ headquarters.

dolphinphoto/iStockphoto

Latin America
Am Law 100 Duo Advise on First Argentine IPO in Six Years

By Jennifer Henderson |

A month after a settlement smoothed the way for Argentina's return to the global capital markets, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Davis Polk & Wardwell led the way on a $280.5 million initial public offering by a Buenos Aires-based bank.

Asian Lawyer
Paul Hastings, White & Case on $752M Chinese Offer for German Chipmaker

By Anna Zhang |

Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund is buying Germany's Aixtron as Chinese investors continue shopping spree in Europe’s technology sector.

Asian Lawyer
Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance on $650M Sino-Italian Sports Media Buy

By Anna Ward |

A Chinese consortium led by Shanghai-based Everbright Securities has bought a controlling stake in Italy’s sports media rights business MP & Silva.

Jerry Brodsky of Peckar & Abramson.

Latin America
Infrastructure Deals Show Legal Quirks in Latin American Construction

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

U.S. contractors face different legal challenges in Latin America, but there are strategies that can help.

Asian Lawyer
China Law & Practice Awards Deadline is June 17

By Staff |

We will be honoring top matters and leading lawyers in and out of China.

Dan Gill/Polaris/Newscom

Europe
Five Firms Plant Themselves on Bayer’s Mega Monsanto Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Germany's Bayer AG taps Sullivan & Cromwell and Allen & Overy for its $62 billion takeover bid for Monsanto Co.

Emerging Markets
Canadian Big Deals

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

In the energy sector, two Canadian acquirers reach south of the border for multibillion-dollar buys of U.S. targets.

Asian Lawyer
Freshfields Leads Midea’s $4.5B European Robotics Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese home appliance maker is acquiring Germany’s Kuka in a bid to upgrade manufacturing and logistics systems.

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Asian Lawyer
Deal Watch: Mylan Taps Cravath Again for Dermatology Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three months after Mylan NV once again turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle another multibillion-dollar deal, the firm is at it again for the acquisitive generic drug giant.

The Miami skyline in 2014 with Brickell on the left and Downtown to the right.

Europe
UK Real Estate Shoppers Focus on South Florida

By Carla Vianna |

Colombia leads all foreign nations in searching for Miami real estate online, interest from the U.K. strengthens to a record high, and Brazil drops to No. 5.

Asian Lawyer
Paul Hastings, Latham on J.P. Morgan’s Returned Hong Kong Listing Application

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons and Commerce & Finance were Chinese law advisors on first such rejection involving a global investment bank.

Asian Lawyer
Four Am Law 100 Firms on $822M Momo Privatization

By Anna Zhang |

Simpson Thacher, Skadden and Ropes & Gray are representing members in a buyout group led by Alibaba, while Shearman & Sterling advises a special committee at the Chinese chat app developer.

Asian Lawyer
Hogan Lovells Guides HNA Group's $2B Carlson Hotel Acquisition

By Anna Zhang |

The parent of Hainan Airlines will add 1,400 hotels worldwide to its portfolio in the latest Chinese outbound hospitality deal.

Mauricio Macri

Latin America
Cleary Takes Lead on Argentina’s $16.5B Market Re-Entry

By Scott Flaherty |

Cravath may have stepped in to help Argentina end its legal battle with bondholders, but the country turned to its longtime counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to guide its reentry into global capital markets.

Asian Lawyer
Sullivan & Cromwell on Alibaba’s $1B Southeast Asian Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese ecommerce company is buying a controlling stake in Singapore-based online retailer Lazada in its largest overseas investment.

Europe
Slaughters, Travers and Simpson Thacher Land Roles In Three-Way Tussle for Retailer

By James Booth |

The law firms are acting in battle for French electrical retailer Darty, which is being pursued by South Africa's Steinhoff and French company Fnac.

Cuban flag

Latin America
U.S. Exports to Cuba Could Triple if Sanctions Lifted

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

At the request of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. International Trade Commission has been researching the impact lifting economic sanctions on Cuba will have on American businesses.

Asian Lawyer
Skadden, King & Wood Mallesons on $3.6B Lexmark Acquisition

By Anna Zhang |

Chinese printer chip maker Apex Technology is buying the Lexington, Kentucky-based company.

Asian Lawyer
Simpson Thacher on Blackstone’s $1.1B Mphsis Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. private equity firm is buying the Indian outsourcing company from Hewlett Packard Enterprise in its largest acquisition in the country.

Asian Lawyer
Slaughter and May Advises on Tata European Steel Works Sale

By Rose Walker |

The Indian steel giant has struck a deal to sell its long product business to private equity firm Greybull Capital

Asian Lawyer
Paul Weiss, Simpson Thacher on $1.2B Japan Outbound Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Tokyo-based passenger-car tire maker Yokohama Rubber is buying industrial tire manufacturer Alliance Tire Group from buyout firm KKR.

Asian Lawyer
Firms Cope with Deal Doldrums Amid First-Quarter Slowdown

By Julie Triedman |

The silver lining? There are still nine months to go.

Streets of Old Havana, Shortly after sunset, 2016.

Emerging Markets
Expert Analysis: U.S. Companies Should Proceed Cautiously Into Cuba and Iran

By David M. Laigaie
and Joshua Hill |

U.S. businesses are wasting no time rushing into these new markets. But despite recent easing, most of the trade restrictions against Cuba and Iran remain in place.

Asian Lawyer
Tips for M&A Agreements With Chinese Companies

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Companies based in the People’s Republic of China have been on an M&A spree.

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Am Law 100, Magic Circle Firms on $2.6B Hong Kong IPOs

By Anna Zhang |

Freshfields and Paul Hastings have represented China’s Zheshang Bank and Bank of Tianjin, respectively, on two largest listings in the city so far this year. Jones Day and Clifford Chance were underwriters’ counsel on respective deals.

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DLA Piper on ENN’s $750M Australian Energy Deal

By Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons is advising Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital as it exits a five-month-old investment in Adelaide-based oil and gas producer Santos.

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Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

From the manic M&A world to the schizophrenic capital markets, a look at some of 2015's most innovative and interesting deals around the globe.

Google Lawyer: The Web Is Changing International Trade

By Sue Reisinger |

David Weller, former assistant general counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and now head of Google Inc.’s global trade policy, argues in a recent blog post that the Internet is changing international trade forever—and for the better.