Sherry Xiaowei Yin is a partner in the Beijing office who specializes in corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions and private equity matters. She has advised both multinational and Chinese clients involved in a range of industries, such as telecommunications, energy, retail, and logistics. Ms. Yin actively assists multinational clients with anti-monopoly filings in China, and also with compliance matters, including training on and implementation of anti-corruption policies.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Yin was a partner at a leading international firm in Beijing and worked on a number of award-winning transactions, including representing Sinopec Beijing Yanhua Petrochemical Company Limited in its US$500 million privatization by China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation. International Financial Law Review wrote that the transaction “stood out for the level of legal complexity and innovation” and “pioneered a new way for PRC companies to privatize overseas listed companies.” Ms. Yin also led the team that advised the underwriters in an IPO for Shandong Chenming Paper Holding Limited, the first Chinese company with three categories of shares issued – A, B, and H shares. This unprecedented transaction won the 2008 “Deal of the Year” award from China Law & Practice, in association with IFLR 1000.
Ms. Yin received her LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from China University of Political Science and Law in 1984 and 1987, respectively. She attended the postgraduate studies program at the Université de Paris II – Panthéon-Assas and attended an advanced U.S. law program sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation.
Ms. Yin is recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A (2011–2018) and Private Equity (2011–2013, 2015) and Projects and Energy (2014, 2016–2018) by Legal 500 Asia Pacific. She is listed by IFLR 1000 2013–2018 as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A and Private Equity, and also ranked among the China Top 10 M&A Lawyers by Asian Legal Business 2017.
Ms. Yin is qualified to practice in the People’s Republic of China. She is a native Mandarin speaker and fluent in English.
Kirin Holdings' Beverage Joint Venture with China Resources EnterpriseAdvising Kirin Holdings, a leading Japanese company in the global food and beverage market, in its US$400 million strategic joint venture with China Resources Enterprise, a Hong Kong-based consumer goods company operating in the retail, beer, food and beverage markets throughout China. (2011)
Rakuten's Joint Venture with Baidu, Inc.Advised Rakuten with respect to its joint venture with Baidu, Inc., the leading Chinese language Internet service provider, to build a online shopping mall for Chinese Internet users. (2010)
Chinese Listco in US Strategic InvestmentA cross-office team of attorneys represented China's largest auto-mobile trading company group, Tangshan Jidong Products & Materials Trading Group, in an equity investment in and long-term iron ore offtake agreement with CML Holdings, Inc., a Utah-based iron mine operator. CML is using the investment proceeds to build an advanced concentrated ore processing facility. The transaction team was led by Sherry Yin and Chuck Comey, and included Palo Alto partner Bill Choe, Beijing associate Calvin Jin, Palo Alto associates Andrea Grieco, Tom Anderson and Patrick Fischer, with invaluable specialist assistance from Larry Engel and Vince Novak (bankruptcy), Christian Petersen (offtake arrangements) and Miles Imwalle and Geoff Pittman (environmental).
Sherry Yin is listed as a leading lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions by IFLR1000 2014. She is also recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A and Private Equity by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2011-2012 and in Corporate/M&A by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2012.
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