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Since 1996, the Who`s Who Legal Directory has highlighted lawyers identified as “leading legal practitioners” in more than 150 countries and regions. Winners are selected throughout the year on the recommendation of the best lawyers and general counsel. Recommendations are also made by lawyers from other law firms with whom the candidate has personally cooperated. Asian Legal Business named Nicholas one of Asia`s Top 25 M&A Lawyers and one of the Top 75 Lawyers of Client`s Choice. He has also been recognized for several years as a leading corporate/M&A, private equity and capital markets lawyer in Hong Kong and China by highly respected publishers in the legal industry, including Chambers Asia-Pacific (Volume 1) and Chambers Global (Volume 1); Legal 500 Asia-Pacific; IFLR1000; Who`s Who Legal, Capital Markets and Who`s Who Legal: M&A and Governance. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific, clients said Nicholas is “undoubtedly one of the best M&A lawyers and remains one of the most technically savvy and creative lawyers in the city,” “known for his knowledge of Hong Kong`s takeover bidding code,” and “incredibly calm in awkward situations and a good person to have by your side during negotiations.” One customer also said that Nicholas “would definitely be someone we would use in the future.” According to Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Nicholas is “one of the best lawyers in town” and “always on the cutting edge of deals.” According to IFLR1000, one client said that Nicholas is “practical, friendly and incredibly professional no matter the circumstances”, and that he “gives good advice and is very aware of customer needs”. Mission Hills, as part of the acquisition of Hsin Chong Construction for HK$1.2 billion. Norton Rose Fulbright`s international arbitration team includes more than 150 lawyers worldwide and is one of the few global law firms with the experience and resources to assist clients from the beginning of a dispute to the enforcement of an arbitral award. Who`s Who Legal is published by Law Business Research Limited, which provides research, analysis and reports on the international legal services market. Since 1996, Who`s Who Legal has identified the best business lawyers based on extensive and independent research.

Candidates are selected on the basis of an independent survey of general counsel and lawyers from their own firms worldwide. Carlyle Asia is investing $94 million in Microport Scientific Corporation through the subscription of convertible debentures and the purchase of secondary shares. COFCO Coca-Cola Beverages Limited, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed China Foods Limited (HKSE: 506) and a subsidiary of the state-owned COFCO Corporation, in connection with the acquisition of interests in the bottling plants of The Coca-Cola Company and Swire Beverages Holdings Limited and in the auction of its interests in bottling plants in China. Ascendent Capital Partners in connection with the HK$549 million share acquisition and the subsequent HK$790 million mandatory conditional cash offer by Araco Investment Limited to China Automation Group Limited. Citigroup, acting as financial advisor, participated in the unfinished HK$2.64 billion privatization of Pacific Century Premium Developments by PCCW Limited. Bain Capital in its significant minority stake in Maxford Group, a leading surface and materials processing company with several processing facilities in Asia, and related agreements with CNI Group, Maxford`s majority shareholder. China Oceanwide Holdings Limited (HKSE: 715) in its HK$4.57 billion rights offering. Hong Kong: The recent case of Nuoxi Capital Limited (in liquidation in the British Virgin Islands) v. Peking University Founder Group Company Limited [2022] HKCA 1514 demonstrates the willingness of Hong Kong courts to uphold exclusive jurisdiction clauses.

Bain Capital has settled its investment of up to $432 million in GOME Electrical Appliances Holding by subscribing to US$5% convertible debentures maturing in 2016 and subscribing to an open offering of new shares. The transaction was named “Best Deal” for 2009 by The Asset magazine at the Country Awards – North Asia. Hammer Capital as a member of a syndicate of investors (the other member being Tencent Holdings (HKSE: 700)) in connection with an announced $1.1 billion privatization transaction by Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE: BITA) and the syndicate of investors in the resulting mandatory general offer for shares of Yixin Group Limited (HKSE: 2858) valued at $1.6 billion under the chain principle of the Hong Kong Takeover Code. The following lawyers are recognized in the Who`s Who Legal Arbitration Directory: Arbitration Mark Baker, Houston Pierre Bienvenu, Ad.E, Montreal Kevin O`Gorman, Houston Sherina Petit, London Martin J.

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