Grace Tso is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong office. She has completed an attorney transfer program in the Chicago office.
Grace’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.
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
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (2007)
- Hong Kong (2006)
- 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.)