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Leading global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and its joint operation partner Kewei have provided on-the-ground support to multinational food giant Danone on two M&A transactions in China.

With travel restrictions and lockdown affecting Danone's Singapore-based project team, our team managed negotiations with deal counterparties and liaison with local government, reached agreement on complex issues for the client in addition to the normal legal support.

On both transactions, the team provided an end-to-end legal service integrating PRC and international law advice, including deal structuring, due diligence, transaction documentation drafting, governmental filing, registration and closing.

“We are honoured to have advised Danone on two consecutive China transactions,” said Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei international partner Gavin Guo. “In difficult times, we were able to use our cross-jurisdiction resources to offer hands-on local experience. The transactions also signal ongoing and renewed activity in inbound China M&A, despite the constraints of pandemic travel restrictions."

The transactions demonstrate the strengths of the firm's Joint Operation with Kewei established last year, which allows us to provide access to quality PRC law advice alongside our international legal expertise.

Gavin Guo led the team, assisted by Shanghai senior associate Angela Zhao, supported by Kewei counsel Leo Wang and associate Alvin Zheng.

Hong Kong partner Kathryn Sanger, Shanghai partner Helen Tang, and Shanghai senior associate Grace Fang advised on the disputes aspects of the transactions.

Paris partner Hubert Segain and Singapore partner Nicola Yeomans are global client relationship partners for Danone.







交易团队由科伟史密夫斐尔资深国际顾问郭武汉领导,史密夫斐尔上海办公室赵秋丹 (Senior Associate)、科伟史密夫斐尔王明亮 (Counsel) 和郑天骅 (Associate) 提供支持。

史密夫斐尔香港办公室合伙人Kathryn Sanger、上海办公室合伙人唐汉洁以及方丽娟 (Senior Associate)就争议解决方面提供咨询。

史密夫斐尔巴黎办公室合伙人Hubert Segain及新加坡办公室合伙人Nicola Yeomans负责该客户的全球客户关系。

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