Fang Xue

Fang Xue is Chief Representative of the Beijing office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and its Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practice groups.

Ms. Xue has broad-based corporate and commercial experience. She has represented Chinese and international corporations and private equity funds in cross-border acquisitions, private equity transactions, stock and asset transactions, joint ventures, going private transactions, tender offers and venture capital transactions, including many landmark deals among those.

Ms. Xue previously worked at Shearman & Sterling LLP where she spent four years in the New York office and two years in the Hong Kong office, prior to moving to Beijing in 2009.

Ms. Xue is a frequent speaker on topics relating to cross-border and going private transactions, and is regularly interviewed and quoted by main-stream business publications. She is fluent in English and a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

Ms. Xue received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where she served as Research Editor of the Law and Contemporary Problems and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She was also the recipient of 2003 Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Organization and Finance. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Business, magna cum laude, from Ocean University of Qingdao, and her L.L.M degree from University of International Business and Economics. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is qualified to practice in China.

Ms. Xue was named to the shortlist for the “Best in M&A and Private Equity” category of the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Woman in Business Law Awards 2016. She has been recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Euromoney’s IFLR1000 financial & corporate legal rankings. She is also listed as a “Recognized Lawyer” in the 2019 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Ms. Xue published an article “Recent Trends and Issues in Outbound Acquisitions by Chinese Companies” in December 2016, on Thomson Reuters’ The M&A Lawyer, a monthly newsletter specializing in mergers/acquisitions law, corporate governance and antitrust issues.

Firm Overview:

In May 1872, a tall, 34-year-old, red-bearded lawyer stepped down from the stagecoach at the Plaza of Los Angeles. Corporate attorney John Bicknell had his sights on building a law practice. What greeted him at the stage was a humble little pueblo with dusty unpaved streets, no industry and scant business.

The narrow streets and alleys ran between decrepit adobe buildings roofed with “brea” from tar pits west of the city. Bicknell had summed up his philosophy this way when counselling a younger lawyer: “The safe way is to select a business that you will be satisfied to follow and build up a business of your own.” He began to follow his own advice. By the 1880s, he had attracted one of the region’s most important clients, the Southern Pacific Railroad.

It took time to select a quality partner. But in 1890, Bicknell, a Republican, teamed with Walter Trask, a Democratic litigator, thus launching the unbroken chain of partnership that today is Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Also launched was a set of unique firm attributes. Those included selecting only quality lawyers; balancing ideas across the political spectrum; and providing powerful resources in both transactional and litigation-related legal services. More than a century later, these attributes still define today’s Gibson Dunn.

In 1897 Judge James Gibson joined the firm, thus instituting another Gibson Dunn tradition – hiring lawyers who make an impact in their communities. In 1903, in a move that created the largest firm in Los Angeles, Bicknell, Trask and Gibson merged their practice with that of former Los Angeles City Attorney William Dunn and former Assistant City Attorney Albert Crutcher. Carried out at the behest of a client in order to create a “full-service” firm, the combination was called an “experiment” in the local press. It has worked ever since. Nearly 100 years later, the press would dub the firm “The Rescue Squad” for its response and service to clients in legal need. Another article remarked that it remains easier to get into the CIA than to become a lawyer at Gibson Dunn.

The firm grew as the region grew, into both Northern and Southern California, and both nationally and internationally. By the 1970s, Gibson Dunn had offices in London and Paris. Shortly thereafter, the firm took the bold step of launching its practice in the nation’s capital and New York. Since 2000, the firm has further expanded in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. As John Bicknell might say, the firm has “built up a business,” based on those attributes of quality, balance and impact and on an unrelenting mission of achieving success for clients – a mission shared today by more than 1,200 lawyers worldwide.

Sameena Chatrapathy

Sameena Chatrapathy joined the Firm soon after her graduation and has been with the Firm’s Chennai office since the year of its inception in 2006.

Sameena has worked on several private equity transactions in her experience representing both domestic as well as foreign funds, advising them through multiple rounds of funding. She also represents companies and promoters assisting in their fund raise right from preparation for funding through to completion. In the course of her experience she has worked with varied businesses and her sector expertise include healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy and information technology. Her portfolio of clients include funds such  as Agnus Capital, IndusAge, the Tenshi Group and  businesses such as Olympus backed Aster DM Healthcare, Carlyle backed Newgen  and Qualcomm backed Attune  Technologies.

Sameena is also a lead member of the Corporate and M&A Team focusing on assisting and advising domestic and foreign clients in acquisitions both in India and overseas. She has worked on some of the high value and big ticket transactions in different verticals on one side and on the other, advised start-ups and early stage businesses in their compliances, investments as well as strategic alliances.

Sameena is also the exclusive ‘Recommended Attorney’ for Private Equity practice in India by Global Law Experts.

Lately, with her experience in investigation of allegations of sexual harassment and her inclination towards protection of women’s rights, Sameena Chatrapathy has spearheaded the Firm’s initiative to bring establishments in India in compliance with the sexual harassment laws, being a key member on the internal complaints committees of over 20 domestic establishments.

Sameena Chatrapathy holds a Masters degree in International Commercial Law from United Kingdom and a graduate with an honours degree from the prestigious, School of Excellence in Law, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai. She has been a university top rank holder all through her five years of under-graduate legal education, graduating with distinction.

Private Equity Law Practice:

Raising capital being synonymous with a much needed and necessary growth strategy to various corporations, we have gained significant expertise in this field by successfully leveraging our experience and specialization in domestic and cross-border investments. We combine our rich experience and expertise with laws / regulations and research capabilities to devise innovative structures for funding and have developed a successful domestic and international venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) industry practice. With the advent of a start up culture and increasing interest in entrepreneurship in the country and the success rate of start ups in the country given the country’s rising consumerism, alternate investment funds (AIF) is poised to become an indispensable and integral part of the nation’s economy. India has meticulously been trying to ease the process of investing in India and constantly tried to boost investments in the country, with introduction of new securities such as convertible notes helping start-ups garner more, better and easier investments.

Our core proficiency lies in assisting national and international funds and investors, identify investment targets, structure the funding, conducting due diligences on the investee companies, preparation and negotiation of the transactional documents and assisting the company and investor through pre and post transaction regulatory compliance. Our transactional team’s expertise also ranges from being able to assist promoters and start ups to raise capital to assisting major corporations with corporate compliance and to further diversify their businesses.

We have constantly explored and mastered several verticals in the M&A and private equity market which has helped us grasp the intricacies of regional laws, regulatory environments, economic and commercial realities which in turn has enhanced our service capability. Our rich cross border experience and technical expertise has helped us provide targeted and tailored investment strategies and avenues for both foreign investment in India and overseas investment by Indian entities.

Our work with both listed and unlisted companies, investors and promoters has helped us appreciate and understand the whole gamut of the investments market in India, enabling us to assist companies and funds by providing an all encompassing advice keeping in mind the interest of all the parties to a transaction.

  • Efficient structuring of the investment mechanisms the prevailing laws, regulations and other market practices.
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of term sheets.
  • Comprehensive and  issue  based legal and  corporate due diligence on target companies in light of industry specifications across various sectors and  respective state legislations for the purpose of legal risk assessment and recommending effective  ways to mitigate the same.
  • Legal and regulatory requirements and assistance in seeking requisite approvals and making representations before the regulatory authorities such as RBI, SEBI, etc.
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of transaction documents including share subscription agreement, shareholders’ agreements, and share purchase agreements, intellectual property assignment agreements, employment agreements, charter documents and such other ancillary documents.
  • With preparation of ancillary documents pertaining to transactions such as disclosure schedule, compliance with conditions precedent and assistance towards closing and post-closing activities.

 

Jeff Olson

Vietnam corporate partner Jeff Olson has more than 10 years’ experience helping private equity firms, venture capital investors and corporations of all shapes and sizes complete complex multi-jurisdictional M&A and joint venture transactions in Asia and the U.S. Representing clients in industries as diverse as agriculture, real estate, food and beverage, healthcare, oil and gas, tobacco and media, Jeff combines mature market experience with emerging market know-how to guide his clients through a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape.

Vietnam and ASEAN are changing by the day, presenting both opportunities and obstacles for clients. Having practiced in New York, Tokyo and currently Vietnam, Jeff knows what it takes to execute deals in challenging markets.

 

Hogan Lovells:

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organizations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. The firm’s lawyers are straight talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

 

Peter Z. Teluk

Peter Teluk, Managing Partner of our Kyiv office, represents investors in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance matters and real estate transactions.

Peter has served as the Ukrainian general counsel and member of the management team of a multibillion-dollar fast moving consumer goods company with manufacturing facilities in Ukraine and has served as the general counsel of a publicly listed company. Peter handles FCPA, corporate, competition, shareholder agreement, real estate, labor, finance, compliance and marketing matters.

 

Squire Patton Boggs:

We combine sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes.

Breadth and Depth

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home.

Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets.

Client Focus

Clients expect knowledge of their business as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firms. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach for the matter at hand. Clients receive tested insight and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We are dedicated to our clients’ success, and their satisfaction shows it. We continue to advise successor organizations of clients that we represented at our formation some 120 years ago.

Business Has No Borders

With offices in 21 countries on five continents, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. We also have strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and Latin America.

Our extensive practice and industry knowledge is shared via one of the most robust technology platforms in the legal business, as well as ongoing rotation of lawyers to our offices around the world. In addition, we apply knowledge- and project-management tools to implement continual business process improvements and enhance the value of our legal services.

Outstanding Value

We emphasize quality, efficiency and alignment with client goals as core standards to improve continually our service delivery and the value of what we do for our clients. We encourage and manage processes and tools to improve pricing models, training and resource optimization, knowledge management and more, all centered on our core focus – delivering the services our clients want, when and where they want them and with the value they deserve.

 

Francesco Maria Aleandri

Francesco Maria Aleandri has extensive experience in the equity capital market sector, advising issuers and financial institutions in a considerable number of IPOs, secondary offerings, listings and public tender offers on the Italian main market as well as on AIM, both in Italy and in the UK.

Furthermore, he gained consolidated experience in corporate transactions, mergers, acquisitions and transfers of business having advised Italian and international multinationals.

His area of practice includes also assistance to listed companies on regulatory matters as well as in extraordinary transactions.

Firm Overview:

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.