Chia Ching joins Howse Williams from Reed Smith Richards Butler's corporate practice. Chia Ching has experience in a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including IPOs, corporate restructurings, acquisition and disposal, general corporate advisory and regulatory compliance.
Based in Hong Kong since 2007, Chia Ching was involved in a number of notable initial public offerings and listings on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange acting for the sponsors as well as the issuers, including the first listing of a mineral company under Chapter 18 of the Hong Kong Listing Rules in 2008, and, most recently, representing a leading media, telecommunications information and communications providers in Hong Kong in relation to the spin-off and separate listing of its telecommunications business in the form of a novel structure involving a listed trust and the offering of share stapled units. The trust was listed on 29 November 2011 and is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. The transaction was awarded the 2012 Equity Market Deal of the Year by Asian Legal Business. She also acted for sponsors in other initial public offerings involving a leading trading company based in Hong Kong, a number of manufacturing companies based in the PRC as well as an investment company (under Chapter 21 of the Hong Kong Listing Rules) with investments in the PRC, Taiwan and South Korea.
On M&A transactions, Chia Ching was involved in a cross-border acquisition by a key State-owned enterprise of a pallet hire group of companies based in Australia and the South East Asia including Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines; acted for the sellers in the disposal of a PRC based manufacturing company; acted for various private equity funds in their investments in PRC based companies involving in media and mining businesses; and acted for the offeree company in the mandatory takeover offer of a manufacturing company listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
On secondary fund raising transactions, Chia Ching also acted for the placing agent or the issuer in relation to numerous share placing transactions, including "placing and top-up" transactions, in respect of companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She also acted for companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in respect of issuance and listing of guaranteed bonds listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
In addition to her specialist transactional skills, Chia Ching also understands the diverse needs and demands of in-house counsels, having previously been seconded to the legal department of a large telecommunications company listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange where she was involved in the internal group restructuring exercise.
Prior to her move to Hong Kong, Chia Ching also has well-versed experience while practicing corporate and commercial law in the largest law firm in Malaysia, represented many multinational corporations in various cross-border mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investment matters. Some of the notable transactions included the acquisition of a downstream oil and gas company which operated numerous petrol stations in Malaysia, the disposal of a direct selling division, acquisition of Indonesian oil palm plantation companies, acquisition of logistic based real estate investment companies and acquisition and disposal of various manufacturing companies. She was also involved in one of the largest corporate mergers and acquisitions to date in Malaysian corporate history involving the privatization of the largest independent power plant in Malaysia (which also has assets in Bermuda, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Algeria), which was previously listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.