Rocky Lee

Rocky Lee is a corporate lawyer with broad experience in China cross-border legal matters. He is widely recognized as one of the top legal advisors to founders, CEOs and directors on business and legal issues. He is also highly regarded for his knowledge of the complex regulations governing foreign investment into China.

Mr. Lee has particular expertise in China’s “restricted industries” such as banking, broadcasting, e-commerce, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, Internet, funds, media and entertainment, publishing and telecommunications.

Mr. Lee represents countless large investment banks, PE/VC funds and hedge funds in their cross-border and domestic investments, project finance and fund formation. Mr. Lee also has extensive experience in working for the TMT start-up companies on complicated structure establishment, and he also advised a number of overseas retail clients on their expansion and growth in Asia.

Mr. Lee splits his time between Beijing and Menlo Park and heads up the Firm’s U.S. Corporate Practice.

As the recipient of numerous high profile awards and honors, Mr. Lee has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Asia by the following organizations and ranking guides: China Business Law Journal, Top 100 Lawyers for China Practice in 2016; Financial Times, Top 10 Innovative Individuals of 2015; AsiaLaw, a Leading Lawyer in General Corporate Law in 2013, a Leading Lawyer in Venture Capital & Private Equity for seven consecutive years; Chambers Asia Pacific, Top-Tier Band 1 Lawyer in Private Equity & Venture Capital Investment for consecutive years; Legal 500, Leading Private Equity & Venture Capital Lawyer in Asia for consecutive years.

Work Experience:

Prior to joining KWM, Mr. Lee was the Asia Managing Partner and Head of China Corporate Practice of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Mr. Lee graduated from the University of California Berkeley, with high honors and academic distinction, and received his law degree, from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.

Mr. Lee is qualified in the State of California and is fluent in Mandarin and English.

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.

Marta Máñez

Marta Máñez heads the Corporate and Commercial Practice of the Cuatrecasas Alicante office.

During her career, she has advised many companies on corporate and commercial law, and has drafted and negotiated all types of commercial contracts.

With extensive experience in the family business and private equity sectors, she has focused her practice on investment and joint ventures, company and asset sales, and corporate restructuring.

Academia & Business:

Ms. Máñez worked in the Corporate Practice of British law firm Allen & Overy in its London and Madrid offices until January 2011.

In October 2002, the University of Edinburgh presented her with the John Hastie scholarship for the most distinguished law graduate of the academic year.

She has written several articles in the press and speaks in forums on mergers and acquisitions and international implementation.

Education:

– Diploma in Professional Legal Practice , University of Edinburgh, 2003.
– Bachelor of Laws, University of Edinburgh, 2002.
– Bachelor of Laws, Universidad de Alicante, 2000.

Languages: English.

Lucy (Qiong) Lu

Lucy (Qiong) Lu’s practice focuses on a broad range of PRC-related corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, private equity, corporate structuring and restructuring and general corporate matters. Ms. Lu also has extensive experiences in PRC real estate, employment and regulatory issues.

Ms. Lu regularly represents multinational corporations and global investment and commercial banking firms with cross-border transactions involving Chinese entities and assets. She has advised on some high-profile IPOs involving overseas listings for PRC companies and has recently represented a number of Chinese companies in their overseas investments and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Lu worked at a few other top-tier international law firms (mainly Hong Kong offices) for over ten years. She started her practice with one of the largest domestic law firms in Beijing.

Education:

– Peking University, LL.B., 1996
– Peking University, LL.M., 1999
– Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2001

Admissions:

– New York
– Hong Kong

Languages:

– Mandarin
– Cantonese
– English

Law Firm:

We deliver deep legal expertise and practical commercial judgment for high-stakes matters in sectors with the greatest complexities, intricacies and regulatory demands.

Dechert is organized by practice area, not geography. Our 27 offices around the globe are seamlessly integrated.

This approach allows us to deliver a team responsive to unique project requirements and provide the resources needed to complete work with speed-to-market execution. Our lawyers understand the current marketplace, as well as rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory challenges, making us a preeminent full-service advisor.

We are a global, mobile workforce of diverse skills and areas of expertise. We use a project management approach to our workflow, enabling us to quickly adapt to changing client needs, maximize technology, drive efficiency and deliver value to our clients.

Our work is widely recognized within the legal industry, including top global-wide rankings for corporate investigations, international arbitration, investment funds and life sciences (Chambers Global, 2017).

Daniel Abercromby

Daniel Abercromby focuses on private equity driven cross-border leveraged finance transactions, both public and private, together with the refinancing and restructuring of such transactions – ranging from covenant resets to debt-for-equity swaps. Daniel has extensive experience acting on South-East and South Asian financings, having worked in both Hong Kong and, during part of the seven years he spent at a Magic Circle firm prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, in Singapore. Daniel acts for both borrowers (primarily private equity funds and their portfolio companies) and lenders (primarily direct-lending credit funds).

Daniel has spent time on secondment to two major international banks. In 2010/11 he spent 8 months working on the execution desk in the leveraged finance team at Goldman Sachs in London, while in 2013/14 he spent six months in the legal team supporting the leveraged and project finance teams at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore.

Prior Experience:

– Allen & Overy — Senior Associate, Singapore, 2011-2015
– Allen & Overy — Associate, London and Singapore, 2008-2011
– Mayne Wetherell — Solicitor, New Zealand, 2006-2007

Practice Areas:

– Corporate
– Debt Finance
– Leveraged Acquisitions
– Corporate Finance
– Mezzanine Finance
– Private Equity

Admissions & Qualifications:

– 2016, Law Society of Hong Kong, Registered Foreign Lawyer
– 2012, Law Society of England & Wales, Solicitor
– 2006, New Zealand Law Society, Barrister & Solicitor

Education:

– University of Auckland, New Zealand, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), 2006
– University of Auckland, New Zealand, Bachelor of Arts, 2006

Law Firm:

For more than 100 years, Kirkland has provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counseling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service.

Dr. Peter Memminger, LL.M.

Peter Memminger is partner and founder of Memminger LLP. He specializes in Corporate, M&A and Private Equity. Furthermore, he advises on questions relating to Corporate Governance, D&O Liability and Litigation.

Peter Memminger was the founding member of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP Germany and built up the corporate team in Frankfurt/Main as equity partner. Prior to his role as a lawyer, he worked as an executive assistant to the board member of the investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. in the M&A area.

In addition to the legal practice Peter Memminger regularly speaks on M&A topics and has been teaching international law and M&A. He is also regional ambassador for the international directors’ program (IDP) from INSEAD in Germany and a member of various supervisory and advisory councils in the country and abroad.

Selected Projects

  • Family office of Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger on various transactions
  • Alexander Rittweger in the sale of Loyalty Partner and various investments in start-up companies in Germany and abroad
  • Scheer Group on the acquisition of IDS Scheer consulting business from Software AG, and its reorganization in the context of an insolvency plan proceedings
  • C+S Botschen and Acton Capital Partners on the sale of mytheresa.com and Theresa Warenvertrieb to Neimann Marcus Group
  • Sky Deutschland on the acquisition of Plazamedia and a minority participation on SPORT1/Constantin Sport Marketing
  • Vitruvian Partners on the acquisition of Linimed/Fazmed Group
  • Tennebaum Capital Partners on the acquisition of König & Cie
  • Avenso AG and its shareholders on the transaction with EQT
  • Sahara/Meridian Ltd. on the acquisition of the German business of Royal Greenland
  • Lafayette Capital Partners on the acquisition of several insolvent companies and several add-ons
  • Amerigon Inc. on the public takeover of publicly listed W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG and the subsequent squeeze-out
  • Loyalty Partner and its shareholders on the sale of Loyalty Partner Holdings SA to American Express
  • The Carlyle Group und Advent International on the acquisition of HT Troplast AG and its subsequent sale to Arcapita
  • Apax on the acquisition and sale of the cosmetics manufacturer and distributor LR International

Rankings & Recognitions

Lawyer directories such as JUVE, Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR and Best Lawyers recommend Peter Memminger as the top lawyer for M&A transactions and private equity. He was appointed in 2008 to be one of the youngest equity partners of the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Fiona N. Magona

Fiona is a Partner in the corporate team at MMAKS Advocates. She has previously worked with leading firms in Johannesburg and Kampala.

Fiona specialises in corporate mergers and acquisitions, private equity, mining, energy and natural resources, projects and infrastructure and general corporate commercial and regulatory advisory.

She has highly commendable skills and a wealth of experience in both local and multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions cutting across sectors like telecom, insurance, banking, mining and energy.

She routinely handles legal due diligences, advises on corporate transactional structuring, negotiates local and cross border transactional agreements, commercial operational agreements, in addition to having an impressive knowledge of the local regulatory framework for advice on compliance issues, licensing regimes, and issues affecting local and foreign investors. Some examples of these transactions are listed further below.

Fiona holds a LLM in commercial law from the University of Birmingham, and has previously served a six months placement at mining giant and former FTSE 100 mining company, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (Johannesburg). She has recently returned from a placement with Slaughter and May in London.

She is a Rotarian, a wife and mother.

Membership In Professional Societies:

– Committee Member, Professional Development Committee, Uganda Law Society (ULS)
– Committee Member, Female Lawyers Committee, Uganda Law Society (ULS)
– Uganda Law Society (ULS)
– East Africa Law Society (EALS)

Professional Qualifications:

– M (Commercial Law), Birmingham University, England
– Diploma in Legal Practice (Bar Course), Law Development Centre, Kampala
– B (Hons.), Makerere University, Uganda

Career Summary:

– 2017 > Present Partner, MMAKS Advocates
– 2013 > 2016 Senior Associate, MMAKS Advocates
– 2008 > 2012 Senior Associate, Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys, Johannesburg
– 2004 > 2007 Associate, A F Mpanga Advocates
– 2003 > 2004 Clerkship, Kasirye Byaruhanga & Co Advocates

Areas Of Expertise:

– Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
– Private Equity
– Mining and Energy
– Projects and Infrastructure
– Corporate and Regulatory Advisory

Top Matters:

– Advising a Private Equity fund based in the UK, on its proposed acquisition (through an SPV incorporated by it) of shares in Bujagali Holding Power Company Limited (BHPCL), which is a shareholder in Bujagali Energy Limited (BEL). The transaction involved conducting a comprehensive legal due diligence on the operations and existing contractual status of both BHPCL and BEL with the Government of Uganda, completing detailed regulatory questionnaires on foreign investment and hydro power regulation in Uganda, and reviewing and commenting on the transaction agreements from a Ugandan law perspective;
– Currently advising a government agency on the regulatory framework applicable to a proposed Public Private Partnership for the construction of a highway in Kampala, funded by the IFC. Our advice covers a cross section of regulatory issues including but not limited to procurement of contracts with the government, environment matters, employment and immigration matters, finance and tax, etc;
– Advising a leading communications company in Uganda, on the proposed acquisition of a majority stake by Dentsu Aegis Network, a multinational media and digital marketing communications company headquartered in London. The transaction involved advising on the structure of the transaction, negotiating the Letter of Intent, assisting with a comprehensive legal due diligence on the target’s operations, and reviewing and negotiating the transaction agreements.
– Advising (as local counsel), a Middle Eastern Private Equity investor on a potential acquisition of a stake in a prominent hydro power project in Uganda. The advice involves corporate governance and compliance issues, regulatory permits, environmental compliance, employment laws, property laws, insurance, etc);
– Advising a leading gaming company in Europe, on its proposed acquisition (through an SPV) of majority shares in an entity holding the national lottery business in Uganda. The transaction involved conducting a comprehensive legal due diligence on the operations and existing contractual status of the target company, advising on the regulatory environment for lottery, gaming and betting services in Uganda, and drafting and negotiating the transaction agreements;
– Advising a Swiss mining company on the acquisition of a majority stake in a mining company in Uganda valued at approx. USD 100,000,000;
– Advising on the acquisition of a telecommunications operator in Uganda valued at USD 100,000,000;
– Acting as local counsel in the verification of an acquisition of a stake in a Ugandan hotel by an SPV in Uganda wholly owned by a private equity fund based in the Isle of Man;
– Advising a foreign based aerospace defence company on setting up business in Uganda, as a government defence contractor in the aviation and aerospace activity sector. This involved advice on the best suited corporate structure, the regulatory environment relevant to the activities proposed by client (including but not limited to entering into contracts with government, employment laws, property laws, aviation laws, immigration, tax, etc);
– Advising on the legalities of a profit sharing business structure involving various entities in Uganda, Dubai and South Africa;
– Advising on a share purchase by a company based in the British Virgin Islands, of a majority stake in a Ugandan Company;
– Advising on a joint venture business structure between a local company and a Chinese company jointly bidding for contracts awarded by the government of Uganda;
– Drafting commercial, operational and service agreements for local financial institutions e.g Diamond Trust Bank, Crane Bank for mobile money solutions, ATM Cash dispensing, security vetting, etc…
– Drafting various opinions to both local and foreign clients on various regulatory issues including and not limited to setting up business in Uganda, the investment regulatory regime in Uganda, the regulation of aviation, unmanned ballons, telecommunications, prepaid cards issued by non-financial institutions businesses, the regulation of mobile money payments in Uganda, the regulation of lottery, gaming and betting activities in Uganda (including tax implications), etc…

Other Transactions:

– Asset purchase by Eaton Towers Holdings LLC of towers from Orange Uganda;
– MMC UK Group’s acquisition of Alexander Forbes subsidiaries across Africa;
– Sale by Barclays Bank of its custody business across Africa, to Standard Chartered; and
– Proposed Bharti Airtel acquisition of a stake in MTN South Africa.