Magic Circle firm advises on world's largest IPO of 2018

by Steve Randall11 Aug 2018

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised telecoms infrastructure firm China Tower on the proposed global offering and listing of its H-shares on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

It is the world’s largest IPO of 2018 and the largest worldwide since 2016, valued at US$6.9bn (before any exercise of the Over-allotment Option).

The Freshfields team advising China Tower was led by partner and China chairman Teresa Ko, partner and head of China equity capital markets Richard Wang and partners Jason Xu and Yan Chen.

Global network eyes Asia Pacific growth
The Lex Mundi global network of law firms has appointed an Asia Pacific based head of strategy and business development.

Based in Shanghai, Daniel Himpson joins the network from Hogan Lovells where he was part of the Greater China business development team.

His role will focus on Lex Mundi’s strategic initiatives in the region to strengthen the competitiveness of member firms and support coordinated, cross-border advice for clients.

Himpson was born in the UK and speaks English and Mandarin. He has been based in China since 2012 and has significant experience facilitating large, multi-jurisdictional projects in the region.

Carl Anduri, President of Lex Mundi, says this is a key appointment for the network.

“This appointment rounds out our global team and builds on Lex Mundi’s ability to support clients doing business across Asia, as well as to connect general counsel based in Asia with critical support in other regions of the world,” he said.

Pillsbury opens in Taipei
US-headquartered firm Pillsbury has opened a new office in Taiwan’s capital.

The firm’s Taipei office will be operated as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Foreign Legal Affairs Law Firm and will focus initially on IP, technology, and life sciences.

The team includes well-known IP partners David Tsai and Christopher Kao, who joined the firm in May from Vinson & Elkins LLP, who will split their time between Taipei and San Francisco.

“We are thrilled to be up-and-running in Taiwan,” said Kao. “We look forward to seeing our Taiwan clients regularly as we work hand-in-hand with them on their business needs.”

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