Matthew Lau

Partner | Hong Kong
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I translate complex tax rules from multiple jurisdictions into decision points and action paths.


Represented Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: SLCR), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, in connection with its business combination with TH International Limited, a master franchisee and operator of Tim Hortons coffee shops in China.

Represented 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.

Represented 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.

Represented SoftBank Vision Fund as lead investor in the combined US$1 billion financing in OYO Rooms, India’s leading hospitality business, to expand current operations in India and launch new operations in China.

Represented SoftBank in connection with an investment as part of a US$3 billion investment by Softbank and the SoftBank Vision Fund into, the food delivery business owned by Alibaba.

Represented SoftBank in its US$9.6 billion investment in Xiaoju Kuaizhi Inc. (DiDi), China’s leading ride-hailing and mobile transportation platform.

Represented SoftBank in its US$4.4 billion investment into WeWork Companies Inc., U.S.-based startup that operates shared working spaces across the world.

Represented GLP in the establishment of a US$5.6 billion Japan-focused logistics private real estate fund.

Represented GLP in the establishment of a new US$2 billion fund in China with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC. The USD-denominated value-add venture will focus on income-generating logistics facilities in China.

Represented Asahi Kasei Corporation in its approximately US$1 billion acquisition of U.S.-based Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc., from Clearlake Capital Group.

Represented Alibaba Group in its acquisition of a 33% stake of Ant Financial, operator of China’s biggest online payment platform by market share.

Represented this FTSE-listed UK-headquartered global provider of food ingredients and solutions on its agreement to acquire a 15% equity holding in Sweet Green Fields, a U.S. headquartered stevia company with Chinese operations.

Represented Hitachi in its US$1.245 billion acquisition of the Sullair brand air compressor and sale business from Accudyne Industries.

Represented Indospace on the formation of IndoSpace Core, its US$1.2 billion joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board that will focus on acquiring and developing modern logistics facilities in India.

Represented this Tokyo-based semiconductor supplier on its US$3.2 billion acquisition of Intersil Corporation, a leading U.S. chipmaker.

Represented Walmart in its US$1.5 billion strategic alliance with, China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue.

Represented Hitachi and Hitachi Appliances in their formation of a global air conditioning joint venture with Johnson Controls, integrating the companies’ market leading HVAC businesses. Johnson Controls obtained a 60% ownership stake in Hitachi Appliances’ more than US$2.6 billion global air conditioning business.

Represented SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment on their joint purchase of a majority interest in Finnish mobile game company Supercell for US$1.5 billion.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

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