Hogan Lovells adds to APME Corporate & Finance practice with Three Partner team hire in Shanghai

30 June 2020 – Hogan Lovells is strengthening its Corporate & Finance practice in Greater China with the hire of three Corporate partners, Don Williams, Tony Mou and Cheng Xu.

"I've worked with members of the Hogan Lovells team in the past and have always been impressed by the firm's high quality client service, the strength, breadth and sophistication of its international platform, particularly its strong commitment to Asia, and by its culture of collaboration across the partnership.  The depth of understanding of its clients' global business and regulatory requirements allows the team to deliver strategic cross border advice on some of the most high profile and complex M&A transactions. We are delighted to join the Shanghai office and to become part of a wider team that we hold in high regard," says Don Williams. 

Don Williams, who is US qualified, advises on a broad range of cross border transactions (particularly M&A, PE/VC and capital markets) with a strong focus on the TMT sector.

Tony Mou focuses on general corporate and transactional matters with a particular emphasis on capital raising transactions, joint venture and foreign direct investment, M&A, as well as venture capital fund formation. 

Cheng Xu’s practice focuses on PE/VC transactions and cross-border M&A in addition to general corporate and business matters, with expertise in “offshore” China transactions, M&A transactions throughout Asia and major Western markets, and Sino-foreign joint ventures.

David Gibbons, Global Head of the Corporate & Finance practice said: "We are delighted to welcome this market leading team who have worked closely together for many years.  Their addition adds significant depth to our existing corporate and finance team which is now comprised of 52 lawyers across Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. By appointing Don, Tony and Cheng, we have added one of the most highly respected PE and M&A team practices in the Greater China region. This move reinforces Hogan Lovells commitment to serve clients in the APME region, which, despite the huge global impact of COVID-19, remains a mainstay destination for M&A activity."

Don, Tony and Cheng have advised on private and public M&A, strategic and financial investments, joint ventures, take privates, fund formation, and other complex transactions in TMT and a wide range of other industry sectors.  They have represented numerous market-leading clients such as Alibaba on a multitude of strategic investments and M&A transactions over many years as well as Grab on its US$2.5 billion Series G funding round and other strategic investments.  The team has also advised market leaders such as Linear Capital on its successful fundraising efforts for multiple funds as well as its investments into numerous portfolio companies.

 All join from Sheppard Mullin’s Shanghai office.


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