Serena Tan

Serena Tan

Education

Fudan University (LL.B., 2005)
Fudan University (LL.M., 2008)
Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2009)

Bar Admissions

New York

Kuang (Serena) Tan is a funds partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. Ms. Tan has extensive experience in forming and investing in private investment funds (including offshore funds, RMB funds, and dual-currency funds). A native Mandarin speaker with significant international experience, she has represented many of the most prestigious sponsors that are active in this region and Asia institutional investors that invest globally.

Ms. Tan represents Asia-based and international sponsors in the formation of a variety of private investment funds, including buyout funds, growth funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, fund-of-funds, separate accounts, and co-investment funds. She has advised international sponsors including Carlyle, TPG, and Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia in forming their Asia- or China-focused funds and RMB funds. She has advised regional sponsors including Hony Capital, CDH Investments, Ally Bridge Group, and China Renaissance Capital Investment in forming their offshore funds, RMB funds, or dual-currency funds. Ms. Tan also advises sponsors on their carried interest plans and various operational matters.

Ms. Tan regularly represents institutional investors including Chinese insurance companies (China Ping An and China Life), Chinese banks (ABCI, CMB, and ICBCI), and Chinese asset management firms (Huarong Rongde and CINDA).

Ms. Tan is praised by clients as their “go-to lawyer for fund formation work that has a Chinese component,” a “highly diligent and talented” practitioner with “excellent professional knowledge and a strong commercial sense.” Clients praise her as “an ideal partner” who “understands the differences in offshore funds and RMB funds and the differences in international investors and Chinese investors” and “has the unusual ability to design optimal structures, bridge the gaps, and find solutions.”

Ms. Tan has over ten years of experience practicing law in New York and China.

Representative Transactions

GP Representations

  • Represented a China-focused private equity firm in its formation of China buyout fund in excess of US$2 billion.
  • Represented a U.S. private equity firm in its formation of an RMB-denominated buyout and growth capital fund in excess of RMB¥2 billion.
  • Represented a China-focused private equity firm in its formation of a China buyout and growth capital fund in excess of US$2 billion.
  • Represented a China-focused private equity firm in its formation of a China venture capital fund.
  • Represented an Asia-focused private equity firm in its formation of an RMB-denominated China buyout fund.
  • Represented a China-focused private equity firm in its formation of a China buyout and growth capital fund in excess of US$500 million.
  • Represented a China-focused private equity firm in its formation of a global health care buyout and growth capital fund.
  • Represented an Asia-focused private equity firm in its formation of an Asia growth capital fund in excess of US$600 million.
  • Represented an Asia-focused private equity firm in its formation of an Asia buyout fund in excess of $1.5 billion.
  • Represented an India-focused private equity firm in its formation of an India growth capital fund.
  • Represented an Asia-focused private equity firm in its formation of an Asia buyout fund.

LP Representations

  • Represented several top Chinese insurance companies in their investments in private equity funds.
  • Represented several top Chinese banks in their investments in private equity funds.
  • Represented several top Chinese asset management firms in their investments in private equity funds.
  • Represented one of the largest U.S.-listed companies in its investment in multiple private equity funds.

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