Catherine Liu

Catherine Liu

Education

University of Melbourne (LL.B., 2008)
City University of Hong Kong (P.C.L.L., 2009)

Bar Admissions

Hong Kong (Solicitor)

Catherine’s practice focuses on private equity investments, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, real estate investments, and emerging company work.

Catherine is a native speaker of English and Mandarin.

Representative Experience

  • SoftBank Vision Fund in connection with the Series D+ round funding totaling US$225 million in Klook, an online travel platform that provides global travel locating and booking services.
  • SoftBank Vision Fund in connection with an investment totaling US$1.5 billion in Chehaoduo, a leading Chinese customer-to-customer auto retail services company that operates Guazi, an e-commerce platform focusing on second-hand car transactions, and Maodou, an e-commerce platform focusing on new car transactions.
  • An international investor in three rounds of investments into SenseTime with an aggregate value over US$1.2 billion. The company is currently valued at US$7 billion. Established in 2014, SenseTime is one of the leading artificial intelligence companies in the PRC with a focus on facial and image recognition technology.
  • Softbank in connection with an investment as part of a US$3 billion investment by Softbank and the SoftBank Vision Fund into Ele.me, the food delivery business owned by Alibaba. Ele.me would be merged with Koubei, which is an affiliate company that focuses on bringing local businesses online by providing payment and other technology services. Combining Koubei and Ele.me could help Alibaba expand to extend its reach and deepen its market position in China’s buoyant online-to-offline (O2O) space.  
  • Softbank Group Corp. and SoftBank Vision Fund in connection with their US$4.4 billion investment into WeWork Companies Inc., U.S.-based startup that operates shared working spaces across the world and their subsequent investments in WeWork China by way of subscription of preferred shares as part of the US$500 million Series B round of fundraising.
  • GLP Pte. Ltd. on the formation of a 50:50 joint venture with Brookfield Asset Management. The new entity will be dedicated to building a leading platform for distributed solar energy on logistics and commercial rooftops in China.
  • SoftBank and SoftBank Vision Fund in relation to the acquisition by WeWork, SoftBank’s joint venture partner and investee company, of the Naked Hub group, a provider of co-working spaces.
  • The Alibaba independent committee in the acquisition of a 33% stake of Ant Financial by Alibaba Group Holdings.
  • Asia Pacific Land (Japan) Limited, a Hong Kong-based  real estate developer and asset manager, on the sale of the Tokyo Shiba Park Building to a group of Japanese companies led by Kansai Electric Power and Tokyo Gas, and the refinancing of various other real estate holdings.
  • GLP Pte. Ltd. in the establishment of GLP Japan Development Venture II, a 50:50 joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board which is expected to reach US$2 billion over three years. 
  • A private equity fund with respect to various tranches of investment in an electric car company by means of convertible notes and warrants. 
  • A private equity fund with respect to the buyout of a cosmetics packaging company. 
  • A private equity fund with respect to the sale of a controlling interest in a fashion retail business based in Hong Kong and China through an auction process. 
  • A global leading financial institution of Dutch origin on the KRW1.84 trillion (approximately USD$1.7 billion) auction sale of its life insurance businesses in South Korea to MBK Partners, South Korea's largest private equity group.

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