William Ho, an of counsel in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He has extensive experience in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, privatizations, and strategic investments.

Will regularly represents major private equity funds in their investments across Asia, with a strong focus in the tech space. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the start-up scene in Greater China and Southeast Asia, and has built a reputation for advising early-stage start-ups on their capital raisings, financings and general corporate matters.

Will’s practice also includes advising a number of Hong Kong-listed issuers and investment banks on a wide range of capital markets and M&A transactions, including privatizations, security offerings (primary and secondary), as well as private investments into public equity (PIPE) transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Will began his career at Slaughter and May before moving to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

In addition to being admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Will is also admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia (currently non-practicing).

    • Prenetics, an AIA-backed Hong Kong-based biotech start-up, in connection with its financings, joint ventures and its expansion into the United States.
    • Doki Technologies, a Hong Kong-based start-up specializing in developing technology-enabled wearable devices for children, in connection with various corporate matters.
    • M17 Entertainment, a leading Asia-based “new-media” company backed by Temasek, which operates live streaming platforms in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, in its various corporate matters and expansion into the United States.
    • Tencent Holdings Limited in connection with its US$461 million Series B investment in Huya, a gaming livestreaming company listed on the NASDAQ; US$579.4 million investment in Yixin Capital, an online automotive transaction platform based in the PRC; US$300 million investment in Bitauto Holdings and follow-on US$1 billion investment in Bitauto Holdings, a leading provider of internet content and marketing services listed on the NYSE; US$200 million investment in Zhuan Zhuan, a second-hand goods online marketplace based in the PRC; and US$100 million investment in China Literature, an online publishing and e-book website listed in Hong Kong.
    • The Carlyle Group in connection with its US$500 million sale of its majority interest in Eastern Broadcasting Co., a Taiwan broadcasting company; US$90 million sale of its remaining interests in Yuanta Financial Holdings Ltd., through an accelerated book-build and block trade on the Taiwan Stock Exchange; and proposed take-privates of certain companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
    • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in connection with the take-private of DSG International Thailand, a diaper-maker listed on the Thailand Stock Exchange; and investment in a PRC-based online apartment rental company.
    • Naspers Limited in its US$9.8 billion sale of its interests in Tencent Holdings Limited by way of an accelerated book-build and block trade on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which was one of the largest capital raisings in Hong Kong to date.
    • CDH Investments and DCP Fund (founded by ex-KKR partners) in its US$110 million investment by way of convertible bond in Sunpower Group Limited, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
    • Apollo Investment Fund VIII in connection with certain potential acquisitions of Australian- and Korean-based targets.
    • TPG Capital in its investment of approximately HK$1 billion by way of subscription for H shares in Hong Kong-listed Wumart Holdings.

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