Our Beijing office opened in September 2009.
Building on the extensive track record of our London and Hong Kong offices, our practice in Beijing focuses on M&A and outbound investment from China, as well as inbound investment and other projects involving China.
We practise English and Hong Kong law and work closely with leading Chinese law firms to provide top quality seamless advice.
They are very good - they really understand mainland clients Chambers Asia, 2016
Our day-to-day involvement with the market enables us to provide sophisticated advice of the highest quality.
In China, we act for domestic and international clients and advise on Hong Kong and English law and provide US securities law capability for capital markets transactions.
Our key experience in China includes advising:
Yingde Gases Group, China’s largest independent industrial gases supplier, on its sale from Beijing Originwater Technology, a China-based company principally engaged in the sale of water purifiers, as well as the provision of waste water treatment solutions, of its strategic review and possible competing offers and ultimate takeover by private equity firm PAG Asia Capital. Prior to the takeover there was a contentious boardroom and shareholder battle among the three co-founders. The transaction was recognised for three awards: it was shortlisted for Private Equity Deal of the Year at the IFLR Asia Awards 2018; won Deal of the Year 2017 at the Asia-mena Counsel Deals of the Year 2017; and was a finalist for Private Equity Deal of the Year 2018 at the China Law & Practice Awards 2018. It was also ranked ‘Commended’ in the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report 2018 in the category ‘Legal Expertise: Driving Value’ in the international firms section
Alibaba Group in relation to its US$2.88 billion acquisition, through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Taobao China Holding, of an economic interest of approximately 36.16% in Sun Art Retail Group, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. This transaction was ranked ‘Commended’ in the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report 2018 in the category ‘Legal Expertise: Enabling Business Growth’ in the international firms section. This transaction was also a finalist for M&A Deal of the Year 2018 at the China Law & Practice Awards 2018
China National Building Material Company in relation its merger by absorption of China National Materials Company by way of share-exchange. This transaction was ranked ‘Commended’ in the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report 2018 in the category ‘Legal Expertise: Managing Complexity and Scale’ in the international firms section. This transaction was also a finalist for M&A Deal of the Year 2018 at the China Law & Practice Awards 2018
OOIL, in relation to the US$6.3 billion cash offer by UBS on behalf of Faulkner Global Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Holdings, together with Shanghai Port Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shanghai International Port Group, as joint offerors to acquire all the issued shares in OOIL. The offer was announced on 7 July 2017, the pre-conditions of the offer were fulfilled on 29 June 2018, and the offer was launched on 6 July 2018. This transaction was recognised in the China Business Law Journal’s Deals of the Year 2017 Report and awarded Deal of the Year 2017 in the Overseas M&A; and Shipping categories. It was also a finalist for M&A Deal of the Year 2018 at the China Law & Practice Awards 2018
CICC, as financial adviser to the joint offerors and as lender, in relation to the privatisation of Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties. The transaction was ranked Highly 'Commended' in the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2017 Report in the category ‘Legal Expertise: Managing Complexity & Scale’ in the international firms section
China Power International Development in relation to its acquisitions of the entire interest in certain clean energy project companies from CPI Holding, a controlling shareholder of China Power International Development and a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), and from SPIC, an indirect controlling shareholder of China Power, for a total consideration of HK$5.8 billion
Diageo plc on its acquisition of a controlling interest in its existing Chinese joint venture, Sichuan Chengdu Quangxing Group, and the subsequent mandatory tender offer for Sichuan Shui Jing Fang.
Guangdong Rising Asset Management on its proposed acquisition of Caledon for £252 million.
Hony Capital, the private equity arm of Legend Holdings (the parent of Lenovo Group), on its acquisition for up to US$100 million of a 15% indirect interest in the Soalala iron ore mining project in Madagascar.
CITIC Dicastal Wheel Manufacturing Co., Ltd., the PRC-based manufacturer and supplier of automotive casting aluminium alloy wheels, in an integrated team led by Hengeler Mueller on its acquisition of KSM Castings Group, the German supplier of high-specification aluminium and magnesium automotive parts, from Cognetas LLP.
INEOS, the world’s fourth largest chemicals producer, on a framework agreement with PetroChina, China’s largest listed oil and gas producer, to form a partnership in new trading and refining joint ventures and also on a US$1 billion of revolving credit facility from Bank of China.
Hines, a privately-owned international real estate firm, on the US$353.5 million disposal by two of its sponsored funds of their 70% controlling interest in two PRC property projects.
TPG Capital in relation to the proposed HK$930 million acquisition of H shares in Wumart Stores Inc. by TPG Asia V L.P.
GS Capital Partners VI Fund, L.P. in relation to its subscription for US$243 million convertible bonds and warrants (involving a further US$90m) to subscribe for ordinary shares in the share capital of Geely Automobile Holdings Limited.
Alibaba.com in relation to its acquisition of an interest in China Civilink.
Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL) in relation to its US$2.2 billion disposal of residential, hotel and commercial development property assets in the PRC to CapitaLand China (RE) Holdings.
UBS, Credit Suisse, CICC and Goldman Sachs on the US$3.1 billion global offering and Hong Kong listing of China Pacific Insurance.
Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd. (MCC) in relation to its US$5.3 billion global offering of H shares and A shares and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
CICC, as financial adviser, in relation to the restructuring of the PRC telecommunications industry.
CITIC Group on the sale of its indirect interest JSC Karazhanbasmunai and related financing.
the underwriters on the US$1.5 billion Hong Kong IPO of Alibaba.com.
Every year we have places for graduates wishing to enter into a two year training contract. We welcome applications from undergraduates and postgraduates. Our aim is that our trainees stay with us on qualification and pursue their careers at Slaughter and May.
What are we looking for in our trainees?
To thrive in our environment and to take full advantage of the opportunities available to you, you will need to demonstrate intellect, enthusiasm, commitment and an ability to get on well with our clients and others. Above all we are looking for people with common sense and a willingness to accept responsibility.
What exam results do we ask for?
Our work is intellectually demanding. The minimum standard we are looking for is the equivalent of three strong grades at A-level and the equivalent of a first degree of good 2:1 standard or better - or other equivalent qualifications. We also require an appropriate reference from a tutor or another person who knows you and your work.
What courses do you need to attend before your training contract starts?
Before joining us as a trainee you will either have a law degree or have passed the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). In addition, you will have passed the Postgraduate Certificate of Laws (PCLL). We have no preference as to which PCLL course you attend.
Our aim is to remunerate all our legal staff (including trainees) at the top end of the current market rates. We review trainee salaries at least once a year.
PCLL tuition fees
Our current policy is to pay our prospective trainees' course tuition fees for the PCLL course in Hong Kong. This assistance is, of course, provided on the basis that prospective trainees do in fact join us after passing the PCLL course.
We run vacation schemes during the winter and summer vacations for those considering law as a career and who have completed at least one year of a first degree course.
The principal aim of our vacation schemes is to give you an opportunity to experience the work and day to day life of a young solicitor. During your time with us, you will work with associates and trainees involved in corporate, commercial and financing transactions. In addition, we organise a programme of training, including seminars and presentations, and social events.
We accept applications throughout the year and offer places as we receive applications. Therefore, we encourage applications to be submitted as early as possible. We do not interview for places on our vacation schemes.
If you are unable to secure a vacation placement with us, this should not deter you from applying for a training contract. Many of our trainees did not gain work experience with us before joining.
We are always happy to receive applications from qualified lawyers who meet our general criteria.
Applications and enquiries
If you would like to apply for a position with us, please write to Cecilia Ching, our Office Manager, enclosing a CV, including details of all examination results and the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom should be an academic referee. We accept applications by email or post.
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