Bluestar Issues US$1 Billion Senior Guaranteed Notes

Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm represented China National Bluestar (Group) Co, Ltd. (“Bluestar”) in the issuance by Bluestar Finance Holdings Limited of its US$500 million 3.5% Senior Guaranteed Notes due 2018 and its US$500 million 4.375% Senior Guaranteed Notes due 2020 guaranteed by Bluestar. The Notes are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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Quinn Emanuel to Open Shanghai Office; Hires Star Lateral Samuel Williamson for Expanding International White Collar Practice

White Collar specialist Samuel Williamson is joining the firm as a partner based in Shanghai, a new office for the firm. Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Williamson was head of Kirkland & Ellis’ Asia-based Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice. He will have a similar role at Quinn Emanuel as managing partner of the firm’s new Shanghai office, which will open once regulatory approvals are obtained.

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Kirkland & Ellis Advising on China Galaxy Securities US$3.1 Billion Share Placing

Kirkland & Ellis is advising a consortium of placing agents led by Goldman Sachs, China Galaxy International and Nomura in connection with the US$3.1 billion placing of H shares of China Galaxy Securities Co., Ltd. This placing is the largest follow-on offering in China and second largest follow-on offering in Asia in 2015 to date.

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DLA Piper advises Ping An Insurance on US$4.75 billion H share placing

The placing agreement was signed on 30 November 2014, pursuant to which the sole Placing Agent, Morgan Stanley, will, on behalf of Ping An, place an aggregate of 594,056,000 new H shares at the placing price of HK$62.00, to no fewer than six but no more than ten independent professional, institutional and/or individual investors on a fully underwritten basis.

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Clifford Chance advises Banco Santander on its €470 million investment in Bank of Shanghai

Hong Kong: Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised Spain’s largest bank, Banco Santander SA (“Santander”), on its acquisition of an 8% equity stake in China’s second-largest urban commercial and retail lender, Bank of Shanghai Co., from HSBC Holdings Plc (“HSBC”). The transaction, which is subject to approval from the China Banking Regulatory Commission, also includes the signing of a cooperation agreement between Santander and Bank of Shanghai, and represents a total investment of €470 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2014, making Santander the second largest shareholder and international strategic partner of the Chinese bank.

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Attorney Robert M. Oberlies Joins Fredrikson & Byron

Fredrikson & Byron is pleased to announce that attorney Robert M. Oberlies has joined the firm in its Shanghai office as an officer in the Private Equity, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups. Oberlies has over 10 years of experience leading complex international transaction for global companies, including advising on several of the largest M&A deals between China and North America. He has extensive experience advising companies on anti-corruption and related compliance issues, conducting internal investigations and helping to design and implement effective compliance programs. Oberlies has experience in a broad range of industry sectors, including energy (conventional and renewable), medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other bio-tech, agribusiness, logistics and automotive. He has counseled U.S. and European clients on China’s anti-monopoly laws, customs disputes, and Chinese labor and employment issues, including the areas of collective bargaining, layoffs and equity incentive compensation.

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