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Brian Snyder is of counsel in the Corporate Department of Morrison & Foerster’s London and Hong Kong offices.

Brian’s practice focuses on international M&A and private equity matters, including mergers, acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, strategic investments, pre-IPO financings, and related corporate and securities matters. Brian also has experience in financing and restructuring transactions.

Brian has worked in New York, Hong Kong and London for corporate and financial sponsor clients in a range of industries, including TMT, biotech, food and beverage, financial services, energy, retail and manufacturing. He is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Law Society of Hong Kong.

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Experience

  • Acquisitions of US-based biotech firms by Swiss and Irish pharmaceutical companies. Establishment of China-focused joint ventures by a Dutch beverage company and a US tech firm and of a Brazil-focused joint venture between the leading Brazilian ethanol producer and Royal Dutch Shell. Merger of a US tech firm’s China business with the leading Chinese competitor, Didi Chuxing. Sales of US subsidiaries by an English retail company and a Swiss pharmaceutical company.

  • Leveraged buyouts of a US manufacturing company, a Taiwanese cable and broadband operator, a Hong Kong telecom firm, a US financial services technology company and a Latin American oil and gas inspection and testing firm. Dispositions of a Chinese food company and a US marketing services firm. Strategic investments in an Indian hospitality company, an Indian payments company, a Bermuda insurance firm and publicly listed US companies in the financial services and tech industries.

  • Investments by financial sponsor clients in Indian, Chinese, Singaporean and Filipino tech companies, including in the hospitality, transportation, e-commerce, payments, social network and retail software industries.

  • Various transactions for a leading Chinese internet company, including investments in Tesla, Spotify and 58.com, as well as pre-IPO financings by the company’s majority-owned subsidiary, a music streaming service provider, from Spotify and other investors.

  • A global brewing company’s strategic partnership with state owned enterprise China Resources, under which it licensed its leading brand in China to China Resources Beer (the maker of Snow Beer) and became a 40% partner in China Resources Beer’s controlling shareholder. It also contributed its operating entities in China to China Resources Beer, and China Resources Enterprise made a cross-investment into its European listed parent company.

  • A global investment bank’s sale of its Global Special Opportunities Group’s investment portfolio, containing loans and related special situations investments across Asia and Australia and mezzanine loans in North America and Europe.

  • A leading Chinese internet company in various transactions, including investments in Tesla, Spotify and 58.com, as well as pre-IPO financings by the company’s majority-owned subsidiary, a music streaming service provider, from Spotify and other investors.

  • A global brewing company in its announced strategic partnership with China Resources, under which it will license its leading brand in China to China Resources Beer (the maker of Snow Beer) and will become a 40% partner in China Resources Beer’s controlling shareholder. It will also contribute its operating entities in China to China Resources Beer, and China Resources Enterprise will make an investment into the company.

  • A global investment bank in the sale of its Global Special Opportunities Group’s investment portfolio, containing loans and related special situations investments across Asia and Australia and mezzanine loans in North America and Europe.

  • A leading transportation network company in the stock-for-stock merger of its China business with Didi Chuxing, the leading ride-sharing company in China.

  • A private equity fund in various transactions, including its leveraged buyout of a manufacturer of disposable table-top products, its acquisition of a majority interest in a provider of testing and inspection services in the oil and gas industry from the company’s founding family and its sale of a forensic laboratory company to ABRY Partners.

  • An Asia-based private equity fund in the sale of its China-focused portfolio company to a Chinese strategic acquirer.

  • A global financial services company in the formation of a Sino-foreign joint venture with its Chinese partners.

  • Several PRC state-owned enterprises in their acquisitions or investments in the US, the UK and Canada.

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