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On 14 September, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) won the “Most Innovative Firm of the Year” and eight other individual and firm awards at China Law & Practice (CLP) Awards 2017 for its outstanding innovative practice in legal and business sectors and the capability to deliver cutting-edge legal services and innovative solutions to clients.  Innovation has been one of KWM’s long-standing competitive edges, with which the firm continues to make breakthroughs in the industry. The wins in the firm’s innovation and a number of key practice areas demonstrate a robust recognition for KWM. Continue Reading King & Wood Mallesons wins Most Innovative Firm of the Year and eight others at China Law & Practice Awards 2017

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King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is expanding its European platform to further enhance its cross-border capability with the addition of corporate and finance partners, Hui Zhao and Daniel Ehret who will both join the Frankfurt office on 1 October 2017.Consistent with KWM’s global and German strategic priorities, Hui Zhao and Daniel Ehret bring significant additional corporate finance expertise including for clients involved in Sino-German investments. They will complement the currently four partner-strong Frankfurt team of Christian Cornett, Rudolf Haas, Rüdiger Knopf and Sandra Link, who together re-formed the KWM firm in Germany earlier this year with the establishment of KWM Europe Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. While the German team has already grown over the last months, e.g. by the joining of corporate counsel Tilmann Becker, Hui Zhao and Daniel Ehret are the first of a group of partners to join.  Continue Reading King and Wood Mallesons signals commitment to Europe with two significant lateral partner hires in Frankfurt

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King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) was recognised with two awards at the 2017 Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards in Hong Kong last Thursday, including the prestigious ‘Innovation in Legal Expertise’ and ‘Innovation in the Business of Law’ categories.

KWM’s role on the World Bank’s first Special Drawing Rights (SDR) – denominated bond in the Chinese Inter-Bank Bond Market saw the firm win the Innovation in Legal Expertise category, against significant competition from leading global and regional law firms. Continue Reading KWM continues success at the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards

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King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised Hong Yang Group Company Limited (Hong Yang) as their US, HK and PRC counsels on its offering of US$250 million 7.875% guaranteed senior notes due 2020. It is the debut international bond offering by Hong Yang and also the first bond transaction in which one global law firm provides legal advice under US, HK and PRC laws.  Continue Reading King & Wood Mallesons leads the way in high yield issuances in Hong Kong

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On 19 May 2017, BOCOM International Holdings Company Limited (BOCOM International, stock code: 3329), advised by King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), was successfully listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK). The basic issuance size was approximately 667 million shares, priced at HK$2.68 per share, raising approximately HK$1.68 billion. The transaction involved Bank of Communications, an A + H shares listed company, spinning off its subsidiary BOCOM International to be listed on SEHK, making BOCOM International the first listed securities firm with a PRC bank background  in Hong Kong. Continue Reading King & Wood Mallesons advises BOCOM International to become the first HK-listed securities firm with a PRC bank background

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King & Wood Mallesons confirmed today that Sue Kench has been appointed as Global Managing Partner, effective 1 June 2017.

Sue has held the role of Chief Executive Partner Australia since 2013 and over that time the Australian business has gone from strength to strength, gaining market share, growing profit and revenue and winning a range of coveted awards. She is a current member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee and International Management Committee.

Sue will lead the firm’s global strategy and operations with a focus on cementing KWM as the leading international firm in Asia. Continue Reading King & Wood Mallesons appoints new Global Managing Partner and Global COO

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20 May 2017, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) was ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in both Patent and Trademark/Copyright in the Asian Legal Business (ALB) 2017 IP Rankings for the third consecutive year. Taking account of factors including volume, complexity and size of work undertaken, clients, team, and the firm’s year-on-year development and growth momentum, ALB concluded the final rankings in the two categories of patent and trademark/copyright. KWM’s IP team strengthens its leading position in both contentious and non-contentious by this ranking, with outstanding and first-class expertise and reputation among clients. Continue Reading King & Wood Mallesons Continuously Tops ALB 2017 IP Rankings in the Third Year

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2 May 2017, acting as counsel for All-Stars Investment, King & Wood Mallesons (“KWM”) facilitated the series B round of financing for Logistics QQ Truck Alliance (“Truck Alliance”), raising more than US$270 million of new capital. This is the largest round of funding thus far amongst online long-haul logistics platform start-ups in China. International Finance Corp (“IFC”) and All-Stars Investment Ltd co-led the financing, and several new heavyweight institutions and existing investors also jumped on the bandwagon to invest new cash. Truck Alliance’s valuation now exceeds US$ 1 billion and joins the ranks of “unicorn” companies in China.   Continue Reading King & Wood Mallesons represents All-Stars Investment in Logistics QQ Truck Alliance’s US$ 270 million Round B financing, minting another unicorn

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The Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), one of the most authoritative media in the world’s intellectual property (IP) sector, recently announced its 2017 patent and trademark firm rankings, in which, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) was consecutively recognized as a Tier 1 firm in patent prosecution, patent contentious, trade mark prosecution and trade mark contentious in China based on the firm’s comprehensive leading strength in such areas. This result makes KWM again the only Chinese firm ranked as Tier 1 in the four categories since 2016. Continue Reading King and Wood Mallesons once again become the only Tier 1 Chinese firm in MIP’s four ranking categories

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King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has advised  Xinhu (BVI) Holding Company Limited as its US and PRC counsel on its US$700 million 6.00% guaranteed senior notes issuance due 2020, which is guaranteed by Xinhu Zhongbao Co., Ltd (Xinhu Zhongbao). The transaction marks the largest initial issuance of a high yield bond by a PRC company since January 2013, according to the Bloomberg database. Continue Reading King & Wood Mallesons advises Xinhu Zhongbao on China’s first and largest high yield bond issuance since January 2013