Xu Ping

Ms. Xu Ping is a senior partner and the head of the cross-border M&A practice group of King & Wood Mallesons.

Ms. Xu has over 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and financing. She has served as the leading counsel for a number of landmark cross-border M&A transactions and was instrumental in their structuring, negotiations and implementation. . Her experience covers a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, automobile, machinery, health care, energy, mining, infrastructure and financial services.

Awards:

In 2014 and 2016, Ms. Xu was awarded as the Dealmaker of the Year (China) by ALB. She is widely recognized as a leading Corporate /M&A lawyer in China by the legal community, her recent awards and recognition include: in 2017, she was awarded as “Top Ten M&A lawyer in China” by ALB, in 2015-2017, she is ranked as Band 1 Corporate / M&A lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific; she is also recognized as M&A leading lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific from 2012-2014;in 2015 enlisted in “ALB China Power List” by ALB; she is also recognized as M&A leading lawyer by IFLR from 2013-2017 andLegal 500 from 2013-2015.

Work Experience:

Ms. Xu joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2000. Before that she worked as a China legal counsel in the Shanghai and Beijing offices of a European law firm, and as an in-house counsel in a major state-owned import & export company.

Ms. Xu obtained her LLM degree from Stanford Law School, and her LLB degree from University of International Business and Economics. Ms. Xu qualifies as an attorney in the PRC and the State of New York.

About Us:

Recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience. With access to a global platform, a team of over 2000 lawyers in 27 locations around the world works with clients to help them understand local challenges, navigate through regional complexity, and to find commercial solutions that deliver a competitive advantage for our clients.

As a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia, we help clients to open doors and unlock opportunities as they look to Asian markets to unleash their full potential. Combining an unrivalled depth of expertise and breadth of relationships in our core markets, we are connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia.

We take a partnership approach in working with clients, focusing not just on what they want, but how they want it. Always pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved, we are reshaping the legal market and challenging our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be.

Carmen Burgos

Carmen Burgos is a counsel in the Corporate department. She has broad experience in M&A transactions in general, private equity and joint ventures. She has, as well, a strong background in technology, media, telecoms, intellectual property and other related areas and belongs to our global TMT practice.

Within the TMT sector, Carmen has advised Carlyle on the acquisition of Telecable, Rakuten on the acquisition of Spanish streaming and video on demand business Wuaki.tv, Permira on its acquisition of online travel agency eDreams, and then on its acquisition in consortium with Axa Private Equity of online travel agency Opodo and on the combination of eDreams, Opodo and Go Voyages, the underwriters in relation to the capital increase of leading Spanish company Telecinco, Belgacom on the disposal of its Spanish IT company Telindus and Capio AB on the disposal of its Spanish business (the leading operator of hospitals in Spain) to CVC.

Professional Experience:

2011 to date Counsel, Linklaters
2005 – 2011 Managing Associate, Linklaters
2001 – 2005 Associate, Linklaters
1998 – 2001 Associate, Cuatrecasas abogados

Education:

1992 – 1997 Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE E-3). Law Degree
1992 – 1998 Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE E-3). Business Administration Degree
1997 – 1998 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Semester

Languages:

Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and German.

Law Firm:

Fielding a team of over 120 lawyers, Linklaters is one of the most established and renowned law firms in Spain.

In addition to our leading team dedicated to Spanish law, in Madrid we also have lawyers specialised in English and U.S. law who advise on the international aspects of the transactions in which we are involved. Our people also include four academics (catedráticos) who are highly regarded in the Spanish legal field. As a result, Linklaters’ Madrid office is able to offer technical excellence and sound and comprehensive advice on almost all key areas of business law.

H. Young Shin

H. Young Shin, head of Skadden’s Korea practice, is based in the Seoul office and has worked on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, energy-related investments, joint ventures, project finance, real estate development and investments, and corporate finance transactions.

Mr. Shin worked in the firm’s New York office for 15 years before relocating to Seoul.

He is recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific as one of the leading lawyers in the region.

Mr. Shin’s experience includes the representation of, among others:

– Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of LoopPay, Inc., a mobile payments company and its multihundred million dollar acquisition of a majority stake in Novaled AG;
– Samsung SDS Co., Ltd. and Samsung Networks Co., Ltd. in the internal restructuring of their U.S. subsidiaries by way of merger;
– Goldman Sachs (Japan) Ltd. as financial advisor to EZER Inc. (Japan) and Techno Groove, Inc. (Japan) in their US$400 million acquisition of a 52 percent stake in GRAVITY Co., Ltd. (an online game developer in South Korea);
– Korean Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund, in structuring and reviewing investments in various private equity and hedge fund investments;
– Visteon Corporation in the US$3.6 billion sale of its 70 percent stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. to an affiliate of Hahn & Company, a private equity firm, and Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.;
– Hanwha Group in connection with its acquisition of automobile parts manufacturers in the U.S. from GE and PPG, its proposed acquisition of an aircraft parts manufacturer in the U.S. and its proposed acquisition of a chemical distribution business in Canada from Dow Chemical;
– Honam Petrochemical Corp., an affiliate of Lotte Group, in its US$1.5 billion proposed acquisition of Dow Chemical’s Styron plastic business unit;
– Pulmuone Holdings in its acquisition of a NASDAQ-listed manufacturer of fresh gourmet pasta and other refrigerated food products;
– GS Energy and GS Global with their US$250 million acquisition of undivided working interest in Longfellow Energy’s Mississippian Lime assets in Oklahoma through a joint venture;
– SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. as the lead sponsor of its US$1 billion proposed development and construction of road tunnel under the Istanbul Strait in Turkey;
– Samchully Asset Management Co. Ltd, the investment arm of the largest Korean city gas distributor; Samchully Group; and the National Pension Service of Korea, in their acquisition of a 34 percent interest in the Neptune Gas Processing Plant in the United States, from Marathon Oil Company for US$170 million. The transaction represents the first direct investment in a U.S. midstream asset by a Korean financial entity; and
– Simone Asset Managers in its real estate investment in vacant land in California and a hotel in Manhattan, New York.

Education:

– J.D., Columbia University, 1999
– M.B.A., Yale University, 1996
– M.A., Yale University, 1994
– B.A., Harvard University, 1993

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.

Elia Shikongo

ELIA NDEVANJEMA SHIKONGO, holds a BA LLB Degree, and is an admitted legal practitioner and Notary Public of the High and Supreme Court of Namibia. He specialises inter alia, in commercial and corporate law, drafting of contracts and legal opinions, international arbitrations and litigation.  He has on occasions served as an Acting Judge of the High Court of Namibia, and has more than 20 years experience as a private legal practitioner. He is active in the aviation, oil and gas, mining, banking/financial, telecommunication, fishing and transport sectors. Through him, the law firm maintains a healthy relationship with several private and public entities. He is currently a Chairperson of the Minerals Ancillary Rights Commission, under the auspices of the Ministry of Mines and Energy as well as Craton Mining. He has served on numerous other boards, such as the internationally listed HRT Oil and Gas Company, being founding Chairperson Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Fishcor Board, Counselor and President of the Law Society of Namibia, Falcon Investments and Phincon Enterprises (Pty) Ltd.

Black Economic Empowerment:

Namibia has emerged from a history in which law was used for many years as an instrument for oppression and discrimination based on race, colour and gender. The consequences of such historical impacts are still existing today.

In view of the above, the Firm is committed to meaningful participation of the previously disadvantaged persons in all areas of the economy and has over the years trained many Candidate Legal Practitioners from previously disadvantaged groups, and empowered them to progress within the Firm and the profession in general.

Law Firm:

SLC was established in 1997 by its senior partner, Elia Shikongo who has been in private practice for more than 21 years. The firm operate predominantly as a commercial/corporate firm, and has over the past years built up a diverse legal consultancy practice, acting either solely or in joint ventures with other professional service providers.

Richard May

Richard is Managing Partner of Maples and Calder’s British Virgin Islands office, and head of the BVI Corporate and Finance groups.  He advises on a variety of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock exchange listings and corporate reorganisations.  He also advises investment managers and private equity houses on the structuring, formation and financing of investment funds and private equity funds.  Richard is a member of a focus group advising the Financial Services Commission on regulatory legislation in the British Virgin Islands.

Richard joined Maples and Calder in 2011.  He was previously head of the Corporate and Investment Funds group at another international law firm in the British Virgin Islands and prior to that, worked for Ashurst in London.  Richard has been featured in Latin Lawyer 250 and recommended lawyer in Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global and Legal 500.  He has been named as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000.

Education:

– Bristol University, LLB
– College of Law, London, Legal Practice; Professional Skills

Bar Admissions:

2002 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (not practising)
2006 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)

Expertise:

– Corporate
– Finance
– Investment Funds
– Hedge Funds
– Private Equity
– Regulatory & Financial Services
– Intellectual Property, Technology & Telecoms

 

“We are an entrepreneurial, innovative firm guided by our core values.”

Joel Kaplan

Joel maintains a varied law practice that includes sophisticated real estate acquisition, joint venture and finance transactions, representation of private equity funds, corporate finance and M&A transactions and general corporate contracts and counseling.

The real estate practice focuses on complex acquisitions, joint venture and finance transactions representing owners, developers and real estate equity funds. Joel has particular expertise in the acquisition, financing, and redevelopment and sale of multi-family residential and mixed-use projects. The scope of his real estate finance practice includes joint ventures, preferred equity, mezzanine debt and other structured finance transactions. Joel has represented both sponsors and real estate funds in crafting joint venture relationships. He has also helped real estate owners and developers syndicate the ownership of their projects to investors.

Joel has substantial experience in the formation, syndication and operation of private equity funds and in structuring their investments to meet tax planning goals and regulatory requirements. His clients include funds that invest in real estate, asset-backed securities, mortgages, commodities and general securities He is among the leading practitioners in this field in the Pacific Northwest. Joel has organized and syndicated a number of captive REITs to mitigate the effects of UBTI on tax-exempt investors. This work brings him to the intersection of many areas of law: real estate, corporate, tax, ERISA and securities.

Practice:

In today’s challenging business environment, one thing is certain: you need skilled legal guidance to get where you want to go. The lawyers of Oregon Law Group provide strategic, insightful legal advice and solutions for complex business transactions and problems. We add value to our clients’ businesses by helping them pursue their business goals. The extent to which we add that value is how we should be measured as lawyers and advisers.