Benedict Tai
Name: Benedict Tai
Firm Name: Jones Day
Jurisdiction: China
Leader in: Capital Markets Law

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Professional Biography:

Ben Tai has many years of experience working in corporate, banking, and custom financing. While practicing in New York from 1986 to 1993, he represented the bank advisory group in the restructuring of the sovereign commercial debt of various developing countries, issuers, and investment banks in the underwriting of debt and equity securities, including the creation of new synthetic securities, and merger and acquisition and leveraged buyout transactions for numerous clients.

In 1993, Ben relocated to Hong Kong where he was involved in corporate financing transactions in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. These matters included various types of debt and equity securities issuances pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S, including, among others, the largest GDR offering from India, the largest Rule 144A debt offering, and the debt offering with the longest tenor by a foreign issuer, as well as one of the largest medium-term note programs by an Asian issuer. He has represented numerous Hong Kong-based companies in their U.S. securities offerings as well as issues and underwriters in Hong Kong listings.

Ben also has represented U.S. and European clients in cross-border investment matters in Asia involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, distribution arrangements, and other commercial transactions.

In recent years, his practice has focused on representing numerous Chinese IT, technology, communications, media, and Internet companies seeking to raise funds in the public and private markets as well as multinational clients seeking platform acquisitions in China.

Jones Day Beijing:

Opened in 2003, the Beijing Office is the Firm’s second office in Mainland China, and today numbers approximately 20 lawyers. Jones Day is one of few integrated international law firms with offices in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Many of our lawyers are PRC natives who bring invaluable local knowledge and understanding, as well as long-standing relationships with many key governmental bodies, to the service of our clients.

Jones Day recognizes the increasing sophistication of deals being carried out in China, and our Beijing lawyers are experienced in advising foreign investors in the areas of dispute resolution, antitrust, and WTO issues; energy and projects; intellectual property; tax; venture capital and other corporate and finance matters, as well as traditional foreign direct investment work. Jones Day also represents Chinese corporations and institutions with respect to their investments and activities in the United States, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific.

Jones Day Beijing is fully integrated into the Firm’s global network of more than 2,500 lawyers and affords our clients seamless access to substantial legal resources wherever needed, whether in China or around the world.