Mergers & Acquisitions

Our corporate transactional team offers comprehensive legal services to support our clients with respect of M&A transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including complex deals involving multiple jurisdictions. We regularly represent buyers or sellers.

The GPS corporate transactional team has advised clients on the following M&A transactions:

  • Multiple sellers regarding the sale of a platform-as-a-service targeted at startup companies which provides such companies with full business registration and banking services to an Israeli fintech-as-a-service company – for details, see here
  • Vendors of a leading Mainland China-based public affairs and strategic communications consultancy firm regarding the firm’s sale to a consultancy firm based in Asia-Pacific with global operations – for details, see here
  • Medical group with 15 medical centres or clinics in Hong Kong regarding both actual and potential acquisitions in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Macau
  • Singapore-based management consultancy firm regarding the acquisition of a Hong Kong company providing trust and company secretarial services
  • Owners of an award-winning digital commerce agency headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam regarding the agency’s sale to a leading global brand – for details, see here
  • Owners of a leading information technology business regarding the sale of its enterprise-level human interfacing technology integration, operations and ongoing maintenance business
  • Leading global semi-conductor foundry company regarding the company’s potential sale of business in Hong Kong and Mainland China

Prior to GPS, Brett Stewien, a partner in our corporate transactional team, was the lead lawyer in advising clients on the following M&A transactions:

Financial Services/Insurance

  • Owners of one of the largest retail currency exchange operators in the world regarding Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese aspects of its sale to a Mainland Chinese conglomerate
  • Multinational insurer regarding the management buy-out of its Hong Kong business as part of the wider sale to a global insurance business
  • Leading UK private equity house in respect of an acquisition of interests in a Hong Kong corporate fiduciary and corporate secretarial business·
  • Mainland Chinese insurance conglomerate regarding its acquisition of interests in a major Mainland Chinese Bank for over USD 3 billion
  • International real estate group in respect of its acquisition of a Greater China financial valuations business (including Hong Kong)


  • One of largest supermarket chains in the UK regarding the disposal of an international social networking site aimed at book readers, and related IP and software assets in Hong Kong and Mainland China
  • World leader in graphite applications and electrical components regarding the structuring and sale of business to two Mainland Chinese companies
  • Global software company in respect of its acquisition of a Hong Kong company with a Mainland Chinese set-top box business
  • Hong Kong listed company regarding its acquisition of a European gaming technology and software services company and the establishment of a Hong Kong joint venture with a European gaming partner
  • Global telecommunications group regarding its acquisition of a Hong Kong company with ownership of African telecommunications operations
  • Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese listed telecommunications operator regarding its formal offer and purchase of a French telecommunications company
  • One of Singapore’s largest telecommunications companies in respect of its acquisitions of equity in Hong Kong


  • One of the world’s largest record management, relocation and migration services companies regarding its disposal of significant businesses in Hong Kong and Mainland China(four deals to date)
  • World’s largest immigration business regarding its acquisition of separate businesses in Hong Kong and Mainland China
  • Major global men’s fashion brand and retailer regarding the sale and restructuring of its Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese retail and manufacturing operations
  • UK leader in technology-enabled business process management and outsourcing solutions in respect of the Hong Kong law aspects of its acquisition (both assets and shares) of a UK-based consultancy and resourcing company, including its subsidiaries in various jurisdictions
  • Multinational luxury brand retailer regarding its acquisition/buy-back of its retail and distribution business in Mainland China from a Hong Kong owner


  • French government-owned business regarding its acquisitions of businesses in three jurisdictions (including Hong Kong)
  • Private equity firm in respect of the disposal of its UK manufacturing business and assets to a Shenzhen listed company
  • Leading toy manufacturer and distributor regarding the transfer of the entire issued share capital of its Hong Kong operating subsidiary
  • Global engines manufacturer in respect of the disposal of part of its business in Mainland China and on issues related to the disposal of its global gas turbines and compressors business to a German multinational manufacturing group
  • Listed international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company regarding its acquisition of Asia’s largest cost and project management consultancy (with over 3,000 staff across 10 countries)
  • Dutch group in respect of its acquisition of a printing cartridge manufacturing and distribution business from a Mainland Chinese seller
  • US venture capital group regarding its acquisition of a multinational sports merchandising manufacturer and distributor
  • Global Italian originated ceramics manufacturer regarding the acquisition of equity interests in a Mainland Chinese manufacturer
  • Multinational food business regarding its sale of a food manufacturing company based in Mainland China to global food giant

Health/Life Sciences

  • Global pharmaceuticals and services group regarding a significant cross-border acquisition of a Singaporean entity which operates in Australia and South Africa
  • Hong Kong health group regarding the sale of its Hong Kong business to a major health focussed venture capital backed health fund
  • Global life sciences business in respect of the management buyout of an animal and crop heath business in Mainland China
  • Group focussed on medical clinical testing and drug development regarding the buyout of its joint venture partners in a pharmaceutical business
  • US multinational food additives manufacturer regarding its acquisition of a group of companies (including Hong Kong, Mainland Chinese and Indonesian companies) engaged in the business of pigments production and sale
  • Multinational company regarding its acquisition of an international distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients for human health and well-being markets
  • International life sciences company regarding its disposal in Pan-Asia of a mass spectrometry business


  • Hong Kong owned private mining group regarding its sale of majority interest in a Hong Kong group with significant mining interests in Australia to a Mainland Chinese state owned enterprise and related joint venture, financing, security and commercial arrangements
  • Global gas producer and distributor regarding the sale of its electronic special gases and gas manufacturing and distribution business and assets in Mainland China
  • European alternative energy investor, producer and developer regarding the disposals of its interests and creation of joint ventures for several projects in Mainland China
  • One of the world’s leading lithium manufacturers (listed in Mainland China) regarding its acquisition of majority interest in a large industrial metals company in Australia
  • LSE listed oil and mining company regarding acquisitions of mining interests in Armenia and locations in Asia
  • Hong Kong listed supplier of mining equipment regarding its public takeover by a US company