Matthew Y. Lau

Matthew Y. Lau

Education

University of Toronto (B.S., 2006)
Columbia Law School (J.D., 2009)

Bar Admissions

New York

Matthew’s practice focuses on the tax structuring of cross–border M&A transactions and corporate reorganizations, particularly involving the United States, China, Japan, and the rest of the Asia–Pacific region. He also regularly advises U.S. and Asia–based fund sponsors and institutional investors on tax issues related to the formation of, and investments in, private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, and other co–investment vehicles and alternative investment products.

Matthew also has extensive experience advising leading insurers on warranty and indemnity policies for M&A transactions in Asia and the United States. He has represented multinational corporations and funds in transactions across more than 30 jurisdictions. Matthew advises clients from a wide range of industries, including consumer, energy, health care, media, natural resources, real estate, technology, and telecommunications.

While at Columbia Law School, Matthew was a three–year Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Representative experience

SoftBank Vision Fund

Multiple representations, including:

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

Softbank

Multiple representations, including:

  • 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.
  • Its US$9.6 billion investment in Xiaoju Kuaizhi Inc. (DiDi), China’s leading ride–hailing and mobile transportation platform.
  • Its US$4.4 billion investment into WeWork Companies Inc., U.S.–based startup that operates shared working spaces across the world.

GLP Pte. Ltd.

Multiple representations of this leading global provider of modern logistics facilities and technology–led solutions, including: 

  • The establishment of a US$5.6 billion Japan–focused logistics private real estate fund.
  • 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.

Asahi Kasei Corporation

In its approximately $1 billion acquisition of U.S.–based Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc., from Clearlake Capital Group.

Alibaba Group

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

Tate & Lyle PLC

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.

Hitachi

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

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.

Renesas Electronics

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

Walmart

In its $1.5 billion strategic alliance with JD.com, China’s largest e–commerce company by revenue.

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 $2.6 billion global air conditioning business.

SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment

On their joint purchase of a majority interest in Finnish mobile game company Supercell for $1.5 billion.

Rankings

  • Recommended: Investment Funds in Hong Kong – Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019

Recommended for Investment Funds in Hong Kong by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019

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