Leading global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Huatai International as the sole sponsor of Leader Education Limited’s mainboard listing on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
Leader Education operates Heilongjiang College of Business and Technology and ranked eighth among all private formal higher education service providers in Heilongjiang Province in terms of full-time student enrollment in the 2018/2019 school year.
"We are delighted to have worked with Huatai International on this IPO,” said Beijing managing partner Tom Chau. “The team have collaborated closely to provide seamless service despite travel restrictions and lockdown, combining efforts from our offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and the Joint Operation with Kewei.”
"Our focus on growth sectors has proved to be paid-off in recent years," said Beijing partner Isaac Chen. "Our dedication to provide quality service and close cooperation among team members particularly during the pandemic outbreak have made the success possible."
"This is the sixth Hong Kong IPO in which Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei joint operation office has assisted since its establishment one year ago,” said Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei joint operation partner Stanley Xie. “We are delighted to help our clients continue to succeed by offering a legal service that integrates international expertise with local capability.”
Partners Tom Chau, Isaac Chen and Stanley Xie led the team, assisted by associates Jasper Wang and Weili Zhong, paralegal Diana Wang and Iris Zhu, Huan Meng and Yuanyuan Yin of ALT in Beijing, as well as associate Sean Ji and paralegal Jessica Sun from the joint operation office. Hong Kong senior associates Sherry Lai and Jin Kong, associates Jaime Fong and Afra Li, and trainee Jeffrey Lee also provided support. Joanna Hu led a joint team from Herbert Smith Freehills and Kewei's Alternative Legal Services businesses (assisted by Selina Wang, Helen Liang, Xiaoli Shi and Ying Song) to provide high-efficiency solutions for document-intensive processes during the offering.
Herbert Smith Freehills has a market leading position to advise PRC education, training and human resource companies on their IPOs. Since 2016, the firm has advised Virscend Education, China New Higher Education, Minsheng Education, Xinhua Education, Shanghai Gench Education Group and Cathay Media & Education Group on their listings.
合伙人邹兆麟、陈敏和谢守德率领律师团队为此次上市提供法律服务。主要团队成员包括北京办公室王建平 (Associate)、钟卫利 (Associate)、王黛娜 (Paralegal)、朱梓萱 (Paralegal)，替代性法律服务部门孟幻和尹圆圆，上海联营办公室季晓源 (Associate) 和孙菁 (Paralegal)，香港办公室黎翠芬 (Senior Associate)、孔瑾 (Senior Associate)、方靖颐 (Associate)、李宝卿 (Associate) 和李柏濠 (Trainee)。胡西瑞率领的史密夫斐尔和科伟替代性法律服务 (ALT) 联合团队 (主要成员包括王思颖、梁琳、施晓黎和宋颖) 在发售期间为文件密集处理工作提供高效率的解决方案。