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Grace Tso

Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Biography

Grace Tso is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong office. She has completed an attorney transfer program in the Chicago office.

Practice Focus

Ms. Tso’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions for foreign investors and foreign direct investment into China and Hong Kong. She also advises multinational companies on the planning and implementation of multi-country corporate restructuring projects.

Representative Legal Matters

Reorganization / Carve-out

  • Advised Abbott Laboratories in the spin-off of its research-based pharmaceutical business and the formation of a new publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie Inc.

  • Advised Baxter International on its USD 21 billion spinoff of its biopharmaceutical division (now Baxalta) in China and Hong Kong.

  • Acted for Emerson Electric Co. in the China and Hong Kong portions of the USD 4 billion sale of its Network Power business to Platinum Equity and the pre-spin off restructuring.

  • Acted for Emerson Electric Co. in the China and Hong Kong portions of the USD 1.2 billion sale of its Leroy-Somer and Control Techniques business units to Nidec Corporation and the pre-spin off restructuring.

  • Acted for Johnson Controls in carve-out of automotive seating business (now Adient).

  • Acted for a top telecommunication company listed in Helsinki in its post-acquisition integration involving 15 Asian countries.

  • Advised a Fortune 500 company on the worldwide integration of its energy system business.

  • Assisted a Japanese pharmaceuticals company in its postacquisition integration involving multiple Asian countries.

M&A

  • Advised METRO AG on the establishment of a strategic partnership with Wumei Technology Group (Wumei), a leading retailer in China involving the sale of its entire stake in METRO China for EUR 1.9 billion to an investment vehicle of Wumei against cash and a 20% stake in the resulting joint venture.

  • Acted for AkzoNobel in its buy-out of its decorative paint business in Hong Kong and China from Swire Industrial Limited.

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Hong Kong

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2007)
  • Hong Kong (2006)

Education

  • The University of Hong Kong (P.C.LL.)
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Master of Science)
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong (B.S. Computer Science Honors)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (C.P.E.)

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin

Previous Offices

  • Chicago