ALAN J. XU
Associate


Profile

Alan focuses on advising clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other forms of investment. He has advised a number of high profile direct investment, M&A and restructuring transactions, some of which received awards and recognition from business publications and organizations such as Financial Times, Asia Transformation & Turnaround Association (ATTA), etc.

Prior to joining Zhong Lun, Alan was a partner at the international firm Simmons & Simmons.


Representative Matters
M&A/Foreign Investment
  • Represented Arthur J. Gallagher & Co in its establishment of a reinsurance brokerage joint venture with Jiangtai Insurance (the transaction was awarded as “Creative Transaction for 2014” by Financial Times)
  • Advised Telefónica on its US$1 billion share swap with China Unicom and the establishment of a strategic alliance between them
  • Advised New World Holdings on its acquisition of toll roads and bridges in China with an aggregated transaction value of HK$3.3 billion
  • Advised Topsun Group, a pharmaceutical company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, on its disposal of western OTC cough and cold medicine business to Bayer Healthcare for RMB1.1 billion
  • Advised an ASEAN based fund on its proposed US$180 million acquisition of a residential property project from Shui On Properties
  • Advised UBS’ infrastructure funds on the proposed acquisition of the Shanghai Outer Ring Highway
  • Advised The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation on its acquisition of three real property projects in China
  • Advised Mayor International on the disposal of its flexible packaging business in Hong Kong and China to Bemis
  • Advised China Resources Power Holding Co., Ltd., a Hong Kong listed company, on its HK$1.2 billion acquisition of two power plants in China
  • Advised NGB on its acquisition of digital television terrestrial broadcasting operators in China
  • Advised The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation to increase its investment in Taikang Life Insurance
  • Advised AEGON on the restructuring of its investment in China
  • Advised a NY listed company on the restructuring of its China business (the transaction was awarded the SME Turnaround Transaction for 2014 by ATTA)
  • Advised Deutsche Telekom on its provision of value-added telecommunications services in China
  • Advised Banco Santander on its investment in the automobile finance sector in China
Capital Markets
  • Advised Mitsubishi Corporation on its proposed privatization of an H-share company
  • Advised New World Holdings on its RMB350 million subscription of new shares issued by Guangdong Baolihua New Energy, a power generating company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange
  • Advised AllianceBernstein on its participation (as a Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor, or “QFII”) in China’s stock markets
  • Advised CITIC International Assets Management on the proposed privatization of a China background commercial enterprises listed on a U.S. stock exchange
  • Advised Haikou Meilan International Airport on its IPO and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  • Advised Tianjin Capital Environmental Protection Co., Ltd., a PRC company listed in Hong Kong and Shanghai, in connection with its RMB1.2 billion A-share convertible bond offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange
  • Advised Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. on its RMB800 million A-share initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange
Compliance
  • Advised Goldman Sachs on anti-money laundering and outsourcing related issues in China
  • Advised Bayer Group on compliance issues relating to the promotion and distribution of pharmaceutical products in China
  • Advised L’Oréal on compliance and tax issues in China
  • Advised UBS on compliance issues relating to protection of client data in China
  • Represented a New York listed company in the FCPA investigation of its joint ventures in China

Presentations

Mr. Xu is a frequent speaker on the laws and policies of China and Hong Kong. Below are some of his recent speeches:

  • Speech to The Hong Kong Law Society on 15 November, 2015 on the reform of China’s regulatory regime for foreign investments
  • Chairman of the Foreign Investment in China session, Asia-Pacific In-house Counsel Summit 2015 on 27 May, 2015
  • Speech to the American Chamber of Commerce on 9 April, 2015 on the development of the PRC industry catalogue for foreign investment
  • Speech to the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association on 31 March, 2015 on China’s proposed Foreign Investment Law
  • Speech to China-British Business Council on 19 March, 2015 on China’s proposed Foreign Investment Law
  • Speech to the European Chamber of Commerce on 12 March, 2015 on the reform of China’s regulatory regime for foreign investments
  • Appointed as External Expert by the Insurance Assets Management Association of China
  • Conducted Training to the Hong Kong Interbank CRS Group

Publications
  • Author, “A Rule Pushed by the Market: China’s New Measures for Offering and Underwriting Securities,” China Law and Practice, December 2006
  • Author, “Steady as She Goes: China’s New Securities Law,” China Law and Practice, December 2005


Languages

English
Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)

 

PRACTICE AREAS

Mergers & Acquisitions
Corporate/Foreign Direct Investment Compliance and Regulatory

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


Attorney at Law
People’s Republic of China

Attorney at Law (non-practicing)
New York
United States


EDUCATION

LL.M. University of Pennsylvania Law School
Philadelphia, USA

LL.B. Peking University Law School
Beijing, China

LL.M. in Chinese Law, Peking University
Beijing, People’s Republic of China

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