On March 7, 2019, the IFLR Asia Awards 2019 organized by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) was held at Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong. JunHe LLP was honored with the “Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year: China” due to its excellent comprehensive capability and outstanding innovation. It was another authoritative international media innovation award gained by JunHe after winning the “Most Innovative Law Firm” award granted by the Financial Times. JunHe has also been awarded another two top prizes for deals–“M&A Deal of the Year” and “Equity Deal of the Year”–due to two significant transactions represented by it (i.e. “Diageo / Swellfun” and “Xiaomi IPO”).
IFLR is an industry-renowned legal media which has more than 20 years’ history for its annual award ceremonies. Each year, IFLR will collect feedback from corporate counsels, professional lawyers, and investment banks’ finance experts, and assess in general the practices of top law firms at home and abroad, so as to decide the most innovative and complex deals over the past year in Asia, and the teams of law firms that participate in such deals. Such a great honor gained by JunHe is not only an affirmation by markets, clients and media of the professional legal services provided by JunHe, but also a recognition of JunHe’s continuous efforts in reform and innovation.
M&A Deal Of The Year- Diageo/ Swellfun
Diageo plc (“Diageo”), listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, made a partial tender offer to acquire shares in Sichuan Swellfun Co., Ltd., an A-share listed company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Grand Metropolitan International Holdings Limited. The total consideration of this partial tender offer was RMB 6.084 billion. This transaction was groundbreaking as it was the only case to date in 2018, where a company dual listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, as a foreign strategic investor, made a tender offer for the shares in an A-share listed company. Acted as Chinese legal counsel for Swellfun, JunHe participated in the entire process of this transaction, including but not limited to the design and assessment of transaction structure, legal due diligence, issuance of legal opinions, advising on government approval/filing, drafting and reviewing of public announcements documents of the listed company, and assisting Swellfun in communication with other parties to the transaction.
Equity Deal Of The Year- Xiaomi IPO
On July 9, 2018, Xiaomi Corporation was successfully listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited ("HKEx") to issue shares. USD4.7 billion was raised from investors, making the IPO the largest one carried out by a private company in Hong Kong, and the third largest one carried out by a technology company after Alibaba and Facebook. Meanwhile, Xiaomi was the first company to adopt a "dual-class share structure" that was listed on the HKEx. JunHe acted as legal counsel for the issuer in China for the IPO project. With high quality, rigorous and efficient legal services, JunHe completed the design and construction of the client's reorganization structure, conducted legal due diligence of the client's domestic entities, issued legal opinions from perspective of the PRC laws, provided explanations and responses to the HKEx, and performed other PRC law-related work concerning the IPO in Hong Kong.