Way back when, in a bold move before virtually anyone other than Napoleon Bonaparte ('when China awakes, the world will tremble') had anticipated the potential, Andrew McGinty, then an undergraduate linguist in search of a new challenge, embarked on a one year exchange program to study Chinese at Fudan University in Shanghai in 1984 that was to change the trajectory of his life; forever. And apart from a five year break to qualify as a lawyer (in England and Hong Kong), he has never left China. That gives him a unique historical perspective as to how far China has progressed and, more importantly, where it is likely to be going. Few, if any foreign lawyers in China have witnessed such a transformation in a single working lifetime.
He is able to draw on that experience to bring insight to bear where it matters: making sure that his clients get advice that is practical, commercial and placed in its context by someone who has seen pretty much anything in the way of challenges and curve-balls that China can throw at a lawyer. Andrew is the head of the Corporate practice in Asia. He has spent several years living in Beijing Guangzhou and Hong Kong, but has always seemed to gravitate back to Shanghai where it all started over 30 years ago. Notwithstanding his management responsibilities, Andrew is at his happiest when in the thick of a deal.
He covers a wide waterfront of foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances as well as regulatory advice in the toughest, most highly regulated sectors, with a focus on the TMT, venture capital, real estate, financial institutions, life sciences and insurance sectors, but has handled just about everything in between. A transplanted Londoner, but proud of his roots as a linguist-turned-lawyer, Andrew works day-to-day in an unusual combination of French, Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish.
A very experienced senior corporate partner who can operate bilingually and gives very good pragmatic and commercial advice.
Clients admire his 'informed perspective on China and deep experience of this market,' with one adding: 'He is probably the most fluent Mandarin speaker of all the Western lawyers I know.'
Areas of Focus
Advising on the sale of 100% of the equity interests in H.C. Starck China to Advent and Carlyle.
Advising KPMG as the receivers appointed by Danone S.A. in the high profile dispute with Wahaha.
Advising venture capital arm of leading chipmaker on various venture capital financing investments relating to China.
Advising household name consumer electronics designer and manufacturer on regulatory issues relating to bringing its key products to the China market.
Advising ExxonMobil on AML issues in relation to its commercial agreements relating to China.
Advising leading European-based industrial goods manufacturer on two merger control filings post the AML including drafting the filing documents in conjunction with local counsel.
Leading Individual for Corporate and M&A in China
Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Leading Individual for Real Estate in China
Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Chambers Asia Pacific, Corporate/M&A: China-based (International Firms) China 2014 - Band 4
Leading Individual for Mergers and Acquisitions in China
Leading Individual for Competition in China