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Paul Westover

T: +852 2533 2755 M: +852 6907 1885 Email Paul | Vcard Office: Hong Kong

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Corporate (including M&A) - Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A) - Hong Kong

Paul Westover Partner

Contact details

Paul Westover

Paul Westover
Partner

T: +852 2533 2755 M: +852 6907 1885 Email Paul | Vcard Office: Hong Kong

An experienced expert in all areas of corporate/commercial work with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, specifically cross-border, related due diligence, private equity and inward investment into Asia. He also advises clients on corporate governance at a domestic and international ​level.

Paul heads the corporate group in Hong Kong.
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Paul has extensive experience of acquisitions and disposals across the Asia region and his broad expertise and sensible approach is appreciated by clients, particularly in structuring transactions and on matters of corporate policy.

Paul also specialises in advising on complex commercial agreements in a range of industries, including manufacturing, supply chain, technology, sports and entertainment. Other areas where Paul has solid experience is in fund formation, principally advising managers or general partners and in joint ventures, restructuring and general insolvency advice to corporates and directors.

As part of Paul's corporate practice, he is frequently called upon to advise on related employment matters, including preparing employment agreements, advising on share options and other employee incentive schemes.
  • Public and private M&A
  • Joint ventures
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Corporate
  • Commercial, outsourcing and technology

US listed entity

Advising on its first acquisition in Greater China involving data centres in Hong Kong, China and Singapore.

Hong Kong manufacturing business

Advising a Hong Kong manufacturing business with several factories in China on its acquisition by a Hong Kong listed company and in respect of the complex consideration arrangements involving the rights to future shares depending upon performance.

Private equity backed media and telecommunications company

Advising on the sale of one of its cable franchises in Taiwan.

More: Public and private M&A

Hong Kong listed company

Advising on its acquisition of a majority stake in a regional media and entertainment group and in connection with the on-going arrangements with the minority shareholder.

Start-up joint venture

Advising on setting up an Asia wide property agency business based in Hong Kong, and negotiating an option to acquire shares to be taken up by a US property agency company.

Start-up mobile phone application developer

Acting for a start-up company which specialises in the development of applications for mobile phones. This related to a cash investment by several prominent venture capitalists by the issue of redeemable convertible preferences shares and warrants in the Company and on-going arrangements amongst the shareholders.

UK based PR firm

Advising on the dissolution of its joint venture arrangements in the PRC.

More: Joint ventures

Investors

Advising on the restructuring of a private equity fund focused on retail investments in China nationwide, involving a disposal of limited partnership interests and the restructuring of interests in the general partner.

Hong Kong branch of a European financial institution

Advising on the establishment of a Cayman private equity fund to focus on pre-IPO investments in China and advising on the subsequent investments by the fund in a finance business and a restaurant business.

Establishment of a Cayman private equity fund

Advising the general partner on the establishment of a Cayman private equity fund intended to focus on investments in commercial films.

More: Private equity and venture capital

Listed company

Advising on the first court free reduction of share capital carried out following the introduction of a new Companies Ordinance in Hong Kong.

Well-known US Bank

Advising on aspects of corporate governance relevant to directors of a Hong Kong company and subsequently presenting a seminar to the directors of its Hong Kong subsidiary.

US listed multi-national public relations and advertising company

Advising in respect of a complex corporate reorganisation of its subsidiaries in Hong Kong, involving share buy-backs, distributions and subsequent liquidations.

Listed company

Advising a listed company in connection with a scheme of arrangement under the Companies Ordinance as a means of transferring its domicile from Hong Kong to Bermuda.

Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed property development company

Acted on the issue of US$350 million 5.70% guaranteed notes and their listing on the Main Board of the HKSE.

More: Corporate

Internationally renowned US based English language school

Advising in connection with proposed franchise arrangements in Vietnam and the PRC, including preparing the form of franchise agreement, advising (in conjunction with local law firms) on the regulatory requirements relating to establishing and operating a language school and negotiating the provisions of the franchise agreement.

Major retail and commercial bank

Advising on its multi-million dollar project for banking application software for its core banking system, which involved the drafting and negotiating of a software procurement and developing agreement, a software licence agreement and a source code deposit agreement.

Listed company

Acting in connection with the acquisition of the rights to an international women’s tennis event and drafting and negotiating the agreements in relation to the sponsorship and broadcasting rights.

Contract advice

Drafting and advising on a contract for the manufacture and supply of laser printers by a Hong Kong company to a well-known Japanese electronics company.

More: Commercial, outsourcing and technology

  • Sport
  • TMT
  • Funds and financial services

Acquisition of rights to an international woman's tennis event

Acting for a listed group in connection with the acquisition of rights to an international woman's tennis event and drafting and negotiating the agreements in relation to the sponsorship and broadcasting rights.

Drivers' sponsorship contracts

Preparation and negotiation of drivers' sponsorship contracts for a US multi-national.

European sports marketing company

Advising on the establishment of a joint venture in the PRC to set up and run football training camps and football related events.

More: Sport

Major retail and commercial bank

Advising on its multi-million dollar project for banking application software for its core banking system. This involved the drafting and negotiating of a software procurement and developing agreements, a software licence agreement and a source code deposit agreement.

Hong Kong listed company

Advising on its acquisition of a majority stake in a regional media and entertainment group and in connection with the on-going arrangements with the minority shareholder.

Government fund

Advising in relation to the establishment and operation of a technology-based business incubation scheme to provide funding and other assistance to high technology start up companies.

Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed media, entertainment, music production and film distribution business

Acted on the issue of CNY650 million 8.375 guaranteed notes and their listing on the Main Board of the HKSE.

More: TMT

Investors

Advising on the restructuring of a private equity fund focused on retail investments in China, involving a disposal of limited partnership interests and the restructuring of interests in the general partner.

European private bank

Acting on the formation of a China focused private equity fund with a target capital of US$100 - 200 million, which involved a master/feeder fund structure.  Subsequently advising the Fund on two Pre-IPO investments into China based businesses.

Establishment of a Cayman private equity fund

Advising the general partner on the establishment of a Cayman private equity fund intended to focus on investments in commercial films.

PRC asset management company

Advising on the establishment and launch of its first offshore investment fund, through a Cayman based "hedge fund" structure.

More: Funds and financial services

Awards

Corporate (including M&A) - Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A) - Hong Kong

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