Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Kwok & Yih
Fact sheet – Merger for Hong Kong/China
Mallesons Stephen Jaques
“… Mallesons Stephen Jaques won IFLR’s Regional Law Firm of the Year award. Many of Asia’s leading financial institutions and other market players have applauded the Australian firm’s push in corporate, banking, finance and capital markets work across the region.”
IFLR media statement, 12 March 2004
Who is Mallesons?
Mallesons Stephen Jaques is a leading commercial law firm with a focus on Asia Pacific. Since the firm was founded in 1832, it has grown with its clients. Mallesons’ lawyers are recognised for their ability to combine consistently rigorous analysis with astute judgment to give clients a competitive edge.
Mallesons has 200 partners, 800 lawyers and practises in Australia, Hong Kong, China and London.
In recent years, Mallesons has consolidated its leading position in Australia and built solid credentials in the Asian region notably in Hong Kong. Through its overseas offices and with the support of partners and lawyers from Australia, Mallesons is able to offer its major clients (investment banks, major corporates and financial institutions) a broad range of services in Hong Kong and China (eg Corporate Finance, Structured Finance, Construction and Projects).
Mallesons established its London office in 1976, Hong Kong office in 1989 and Beijing office in 1993 and established an ‘in association’ relationship with Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers of Port Moresby in 1995.
Mallesons recently expanded its Beijing office to add 3 new lawyers (John Shi, Nicholas Groffman and Kathy Feng).
For more information: www.mallesons.com
Kwok & Yih
“…a credible alternative to the foreign bigwigs… a highly recognizable name in the market.”
Chambers Global Guide 2003-2004
Who is Kwok & Yih?
Kwok & Yih, founded ten years ago by Larry Kwok and Dieter Yih, is a dynamic Hong Kong-based law firm with distinguished international experience practising in a range of key areas including: Capital Markets; Corporate Finance; Mergers and Acquisitions; Restructuring and Reorganisation; Direct Investment; China Trade and Investment; Banking and Finance; Intellectual Property and Information Technology.
Kwok & Yih’s expertise and experience in M&A in Hong Kong/China is impressive. The firm has handled numerous M&A transactions (particularly those relating to listed companies) covering a wide range of businesses, including electronics, financial services, health-care, media, manufacturing and retail sectors. The firm is regarded as a leader in capital markets and features regularly in the Hong Kong IPO and secondary fund raising markets.
Long-standing relationships with leading investment banks, financial advisers and regulators has enabled Kwok & Yih to be an effective partner in any corporate advisory team.
Currently, Kwok & Yih operates from offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
For more information: www.kny.com
What will the merged firm look like in Hong Kong/China?
Table 1: Size
Kwok & Yih Mallesons Hong Kong Merged Hong Kong/China
Partners 7 8 15
Fee earners 21 25 46
Support staff 25 34 59
Total 53 67 120
Offices for the merged firm, which will be one of the top 10 largest firms – Beijing, Shanghai.
Table 2: Areas of expertise
In relation to areas of expertise, the merger will enable the merged firm to provide a broader range of services.
Kwok & Yih
Mallesons HK Merged Firm
China capital markets
Restructuring and insolvency
Litigation Banking and finance
Telecommunications and IT
Projects and energy
Merged Firm offers: Full range of top firm service eg