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O'Melveny & Myers

Hong Kong

O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Los Angeles
  • 31st Floor
  • AIA Central
  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong
  • China
  • Chairman: Bradley J Butwin
  • Managing Partners: Larry Sussman, Managing Partner Beijing; David Johnson, Managing Partner Hong Kong; Qiang Li, Managing Partner Shanghai; Bertie Mehigan, Managing Partner Singapore; Yoji Maeda, Managing Partner Tokyo Languages: Armenian, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Bengali, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Shanghainese, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Taiwanese

Firm Overview:
For more than 128 years, O’Melveny & Myers LLP has helped clients succeed in adapting to the ups and downs of countless business cycles. That commitment remains as strong today as ever. With approximately 800 lawyers on three continents, and strong ties to the local culture in all its locations, O’Melveny is able to advise clients on the unique legal and business environments around the world. Collaboration flourishes among its 16 offices in Asia, Europe, and the United States, aided by its firmwide network of communications and information management technology. Whether a cross-border merger requires US, UK, and Chinese tax advice, or a multijurisdictional dispute involves tracking down witnesses and documents in different countries and languages, O’Melveny’s worldwide reach maximises strategic advantage and efficiencies for its clients.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Capital Markets/Corporate Finance:
■ Represented Indonesian-listed investment company PT Bhakti Investama Tbk as guarantor in connection with its offering of US$365 million of 5.875% senior secured notes due 2018 through its wholly-owned Singapore subsidiary Ottawa Holdings Pte. Ltd. Partners Andrew Hutton, Joel Hogarth, and Eric Sibbitt.
■ Represented Royal Chemie Corporation Limited as white knight investor in connection with the restructuring of Continental Chemicals Corporation Pte. Ltd. Partner Bertie Mehigan and counsel Timothy Tan.

■ Represented leading international genomics organisation BGI-Shenzhen in its acquisition of Nasdaq-listed Complete Genomics, the first time a Chinese company has successfully acquired a US public company. Partners Wenseng “Wendy” Pan and Paul Scrivano.
■ Represented Synacor and Identity Management in its formation of a joint venture with Beijing-based Maxit Technology Inc. Partner Jennifer DePalma, of counsel Howard Chao, and counsel Ruchun Ji.
■ Advised the Special Committee of the board of directors of Feihe International, Inc. in connection with a merger with affiliates of Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia in a going private transaction. Partners Paul Scrivano, Ke Geng, David Roberts, counsel Nima Amini and Jennifer Taylor, and associate Jiangshan Tang.
■ Advised the independent committee of ShangPharma Corporation in a merger agreement to take the company private. Partners David Roberts, Paul Scrivano, and Ke Geng, and counsel Nima Amini.

■ Represented a major international financial institution as arranger in connection with the restructuring of US$365 million fully convertible debentures issued by the Lodha Group, a leading Indian real estate group. The facility was one of the largestever foreign investments in the Indian real estate market. Partner Bertie Mehigan, counsel Damien Coles and Pooja Sinha.
■ Represented the ad hoc bondholder committee in connection with the restructuring of the US$160 million bonds issued by Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line Investment BV and guaranteed by PT Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line Tbk., a listed Indonesian shipping company. Partners Bertie Mehigan and Mark Fairbairn, counsel Damien Coles.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust/Competition
  • Business Trial & Litigation
  • Capital Markets
  • Class Actions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Practice
  • eDiscovery Projects
  • Group Energy, Natural Resources, & Environment (ENRE)
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media (Transactions & Litigation)
  • FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)
  • International Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Investment Funds
  • Life Sciences
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Restructuring
  • Securities Litigation
  • White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations


  • Plaza 66, Tower 1,
  • 37th Floor,
  • 1266 Nanjing Road West,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200040
  • Tel +86 21 2307 7000
  • Fax +86 21 2307 7300
  • Website : http://www.omm.com/
  • Yin Tai Centre, Office Tower, 37th Floor,
  • No. 2 Jianguomenwai Avenue,
  • Chao Yang District,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100022
  • Tel +86 10 6563 4200
  • Fax +86 10 6563 4201
  • 31st Floor,
  • AIA Central,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 3512 2300
  • Fax +852 2522 1760
  • The Plaza Office Tower 41st Floor,
  • Jl. M. H. Thamrin Kavling 28-30,
  • Jakarta,
  • Java
  • Indonesia
  • 10350
  • Meiji Yasuda Seimei Building, 11th Floor,
  • 2-1-1, Marunouchi,
  • Chiyoda-ku,
  • Tokyo,
  • Tokyo-to
  • Japan
  • 100-0005
  • Tel +81 3 5293 2700
  • Fax +81 3 5293 2780
  • 23F Meritz Tower,
  • 382 Gangnam-daero,
  • Gangnam-gu,
  • Seoul ,
  • Seoul,
  • South Korea
  • 135-934
  • Tel +82-2-6281-1700
  • Fax +82-2-6281-1798

Capital Markets - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Maintains an active equity practice, and is well versed in IPOs, rights offerings and block trades. Also noted for work in the debt sphere including dim sum and convertible bond offerings. The Asia practice has offices in China and Singapore, and is also active in the Indian market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "I think the quality of their work is great. They're very responsive and always available. They always make sure you get what you want."

Client service: "They really chuck all the resources and time and effort in to get things done."

Work highlights Represented underwriters Citigroup Global Markets Asia and Bank of China in relation to the HKD859 million IPO of China Lifestyle Food & Beverages Group.

Represented joint bookrunner and lead manager DBS Bank regarding pre-deal research and international selling restrictions in relation to the SGD220 million IPO of Singapore-based company Bumitama Agri.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Hutton and David Makarechian are key partners in Singapore. David Johnson is managing partner of the firm's Hong Kong office.

Significant clients MNC Sky Vision, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank Tabungan Negara, Goldman Sachs, Macquarie Capital.

Corporate/M&A - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm that represents financial institutions as sponsors and investors into regional companies. Recognised as a leading practice group for life sciences-related transactions. A household name for private equity matters, with a deep bench of expert practitioners based in its Singapore and China offices. Unique specialism advising on renminbi funds. 

Work highlights Corporate counsel to 7 Days Group on its USD688 million take-private transaction.

Advised Partners Group regarding its USD275 million buyout of Indian IT services provider CSS Corp.

Notable practitioners

Mangyo Kinoshita heads the M&A department in Japan. Walker Wallace and David Roberts are key client contacts for the China practice group.

Significant clients Mitsui, Lifetech Scientific, Charles River Laboratories, China Development Bank International Holdings, D. E. Shaw, Warburg Pincus.

Capital Markets - China

Basic facts about the department
Derivatives & structured products:
- 1 counsel
- 2 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for A compact team that punches above its weight on OTC derivatives work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "O'Melveny & Myers has extensive knowledge of derivatives transactions, including various risks and operational standards."

Notable practitioners  

Counsel Bronwen May has particular experience in distressed derivatives and structured products matters. Her capabilities are endorsed by peers, who confirm that "she knows her stuff."

Capital Markets - China

Basic facts about the department
Equity & debt
- 5 partners
- 14 other lawyers

What the team is known for A growing team that is particularly noted for its work with issuers, but has also recently handled a number of deals on the underwriter side. Regularly advises on US-registered and 144A matters, in addition to Hong Kong listings.

Notable practitioners  

Beijing-based David Roberts was a key member of the team advising the underwriters, Citigroup Global Markets Asia and Bank of China Asia, on China Lifestyle Food & Beverages Group's Hong Kong IPO, valued at HKD859 million.

Corporate/M&A - China

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Accomplished M&A practice with skills to handle transactions in many different sectors. Has acted on life sciences and technology-related mandates of late. Trusted counsel to international funds and banking institutions with respect to capital growth investments in Chinese companies.  

Work highlights Counsel to China Kanghui Holdings in its USD816 million acquisition by global medical technology company Medtronic.

Assisted Taubman Realty Group in forming a CNY790 million joint venture with major Chinese retailer Beijing Wangfujing Group to develop a world-class shopping centre in Xian, China. 

Notable practitioners  

According to sources, Walker Wallace "is strategic and hardworking." He is particularly known for representing heavyweight financial institutions with their investments into local Chinese companies. Other recent examples of work include his advice to a market-leading communications company in forming an offshore joint venture with an IT services provider.

Significant clients BGI-Shenzhen, Charles River Lab, China Hydroelectric, China Kanghui, CRIC. 

Dispute Resolution - China

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers and 2 consultants

What the team is known for Highly respected as the platform of leading practitioner Friven Yeoh. The Greater China team is highlighted for its dynamism and client-friendly approach, while the firm's US disputes practice has made significant headway representing Chinese clients in court proceedings relating to arbitration.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Communication skills: "What I appreciate about their Asian disputes practice is that they understand where we're coming from and can translate the local legal issues and market practice into concepts that are familiar to Western clients."

Client service: "I'm impressed by their ability to service the client, and by their friendly, practical approach. I'm impressed with both the substance and the procedure of the firm."

Work highlights Acted for the Xiamen Xinjingdi Group in a Hong Kong court appeal relating to the enforcement of an earlier arbitral award.

Notable practitioners  

Clients recommend practice head Friven Yeoh in the highest terms. "He is an outstanding lawyer leading a very effective team," said one interviewee, while another highlighted his ability to "remain level-headed, calm, friendly and responsive no matter how tough things get – he'll tell us if he thinks there are barriers to a claim going forward, and make it clear whether he thinks we've got a good chance." 

With a background in Singapore, Desmond Ang continues to impress commentators with his "limitless appetite for work" and his "unflappable, thoughtful" approach.

Significant clients Coty, Credit Suisse, Genting, Macquarie Capital, Piper Jaffrey, Suntech Power.

Investment Funds - China

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely recognised as experts in renminbi funds. Maintains a solid Hong Kong presence as well as a familiarity with the PRC market and relevant legislation. Regular advisers to Chinese general partners in offshore fund formations, and also assists major hedge fund clients with the QDLP scheme. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "A very strong funds practice indeed."

Notable practitioners

James Ford wins plaudits for his responsiveness and attention to detail. Of late he has represented major clients in offshore fund-raisings and disposals of investments. An interviewee recalls: "We were very impressed with his work for our last fund; I would highly recommend him."

Larry Sussman is "collegial, level-headed and practical," and is regarded as a specialist in renminbi funds. He is further recommended for his knowledge of the Chinese regulatory environment and his solid Mandarin language skills.

Significant clients Coller Capital, Mingxin China Growth Fund, PAG, Sino-Century, Phoenix Media.

Restructuring/Insolvency - China

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for An integrated regional practice comprising a number of specialist restructuring and insolvency lawyers.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "It's a good practice with a commercial and flexible approach."

What's new? David Johnson, Damien Coles and Dirk Behnsen relocated to Hong Kong from Los Angeles, Singapore and London respectively. David Johnson is the managing partner of the firm's Hong Kong office.

Work highlights Advised the liquidators of Singapore-listed Celestial Nutrifoods on its SGD235 million liquidation, including undertaking an internal investigation into allegations against the company's former management.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Mark Fairbairn maintains a high profile in the market, with one client saying he is "among the best insolvency lawyers in Asia - he is technical and knowledgeable, with original thinking, creative solutions and commercial advice." Among his recent work, Fairbairn advised FTI Consulting (Asia) on the Chapter 15 bankruptcy application and US insolvency proceedings of Grande Holdings.

Significant clients BlackRock, Clearwater Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank, KPMG, Merrill Lynch, Nomura, Standard Chartered Bank. 

Since publication, Mark Fairbairn has joined DLA Piper Hong Kong