Washington Group & Associates Welcomes New Attorney

Washington Group & Associates, a mid-sized international law firm based in Taipei, Taiwan, welcomes American lawyer Randall Moeller, who recently joined the law firm’s service team.

WG&A founding partners are alumni of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Randall Moeller, a graduate of Harvard and the University of Michigan Law School, has been named a “Washington State Super Lawyer” many times.

He practiced law in Seattle, Washington for over 20 years, and his focus is primarily on litigation and intellectual property law.

Randall is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

Randall Moeller’s areas of specialty include:

  • Serving as Director of Washington Group’s International Department and liaison with the law firm’s international clients
  • Drafting legal documents in English, his native language
  • Advising clients on matters including United States intellectual property registration, licensing, and litigation

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a modern metropolis with Japanese colonial lanes, busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings.

The skyline is crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper, with upscale shops at the base and a rapid elevator to an observatory near the top.

Taipei is also known for its lively street-food scene and many night markets, including expansive Shilin market.

Washington Group & Associates has received a number of international awards, including “International Law — Law Firm of the Year” in 2021. The law firm has expanded its international law services with the addition of Randall to its service team.

For more information, please contact amy.hsu@wglaw.com.tw.

Eversheds Sutherland advises on Springland privatisation financing

Eversheds Sutherland Hong Kong advised DBS Bank on the acquisition financing in connection with the HK$4.5 billion privatisation of Springland International Holdings Limited (“Springland”).

Springland operates a number of department stores and supermarkets in Mainland China, in particular in the Greater Yangtze River Delta region. It has branches across nearly ten cities in Jiangsu and Anhui provinces. Springland listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2010 (HKSE: 1700).

The privatisation of Springland by the offeror, Octopus (China) Holdings Limited, was by way of a scheme of arrangement under section 86 of the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands. DBS Asia Capital Limited was the financial adviser to Octopus (China) Holdings Limited. The scheme became effective in February 2020.

Lead partner, Kingsley Ong, commented: “We were delighted to work with DBS on this notable transaction and to help Octopus (China) Holdings Limited in its successful acquisition and privatisation. Our team worked to a demanding timetable and the successful close is a credit to everyone’s hard work and dedication”.

Stephen Mok, Senior Partner and Head of Corporate, Asia, added: “We are very grateful for this opportunity to advise DBS on this transaction. There are many reasons why privatisations take place. Some controlling shareholders may want to restructure and recapitalise their business with a view to re-listing later on. Some investors may see privatisations as good opportunities to take over undervalued listed companies. The current state of the stock markets present a valuable opportunity to go down this route. I expect to see more activities in this area as the sentiment of the financial markets continues to be hampered by the current pandemic.”

The Hong Kong team was led by partner Kingsley Ong, with Of Counsel Sin Joh Chuang and Simon Barrell, Associates Polly Chiu and Toby Wai, and trainee Hinny Leung.

An Enhanced Platform for International Arbitration Law

International arbitration is the preferred method of resolving cross-border disputes. The neutrality it offers, together with the relative ease of enforceability of awards, can make it a more attractive forum for disputes than litigating in contracting parties’ national courts.

Eversheds has further strengthened its Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice with the appointment of Wesley Pang as Partner in the Arbitration team.

Wesley has broad experience in advising global corporate clients on major, cross-border disputes. He also acts for clients on investor-State cases, on both contentious and non-contentious issues.

He joins the Eversheds practice from the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre where he was Managing Counsel . Wesley’s arrival comes at an important time; arbitration is the preferred dispute resolution mechanism for clients in the energy and projects sectors and Asia’s share of these markets continues to grow, and increased activity is accompanied by demand for experienced disputes lawyers.

The arbitration market in Hong Kong is growing, and more generally across Asia. This sector-driven demand emanates in part by Chinese state owned enterprises and other Chinese organisations. Disputes in the energy and construction sectors are also increasing, in part as a result of China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative. Wesley is well-placed to advise these and other Asia-based and multinational organisations that are active in the region and globally.

Eversheds Sutherland Overview

Eversheds Sutherland is a global multinational law practice created by a combination of law firms Eversheds LLP and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, in February 2017, and is one of the 50 largest law practices in the world.