John Shum

Partner at King & Wood Mallesons

John Shum

John Shum

Partner at King & Wood Mallesons

Biography

White & Case LLP
John Shum
Partner
Hong Kong


Practice Experience
John Shum is partner in our Banking, Capital Markets & Restructuring practice in Asia, based in the Hong Kong office. He is New York-, English- and Hong Kong-qualified and has spent considerable time practicing in all three jurisdictions, having previously worked in White & Case's New York, London and Miami offices.

John has extensive experience in acquisition, leveraged, trade, asset-backed, first and second-lien, mezzanine and investment-grade financing transactions, as well as US Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession and exit financings. He represents both financial institutions and corporations, and regularly advises on intercreditor and cross-border issues.

Recently he has been particularly active advising on outbound financing from Greater China into the solar sectors of Western markets, and on financing the privatization of Chinese companies listed in the US via management buyouts. He also regularly represents mainland Chinese banks and financial institutions on "China-outbound" transactions.

John has been recognized as a leading legal practitioner for Hong Kong Banking by IFLR1000.

His representative experience includes advising:

China Development Bank Corporation in a US$1 billion bilateral working capital facility provided to a Singapore company, Midea Electric Trading (Singapore) Co. Pte. Ltd. The facility is guaranteed by the borrower's parent, GD Midea Holding Co. Ltd., a PRC company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
HSBC as intercreditor agent of the shared security of the financings supporting Alibaba Group Holding Limited's successful privatization of Alibaba.com and the financings supporting Alibaba's repurchase of half of Yahoo's 40% stake in it for US$7.1 billion. He also advised HSBC as facility agent of the financing by the international banks supporting the privatization. Alibaba.com is China's largest e-commerce company. The privatization won the 2012 "Take Private Deal of the Year" award from China Business Law Journal and together these financings were named "Best China Deal" at the FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2012.
UBS AG, Singapore Branch and Cathay United Bank as original mandated lead arrangers of a US$200 million syndicated term financing provided to Far East Horizon Limited. The financing involved a total of 19 banks in the syndication.
China Development Bank Corporation in EPC financing totalling approximately US$19 million for the construction of two photovoltaic solar power projects in California by SPI Solar, the US-based subsidiary of LDK Solar, a Jiangxi-based manufacturer of photovoltaic solar panels.
China Development Bank Corporation under a US$750 million portfolio financing (comprising both EPC and vendor financing) for the construction and operation of photovoltaic solar power projects (with a capacity of up to 300MW) in New Jersey, provided to SPI Solar and KDC Solar, a New Jersey-based installer and operator of solar power projects.
China Development Bank Corporation, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Export Import Bank of China in an approximately US$925 million export-credit financing for Reliance Communications Limited.
China Development Bank Corporation in providing US$400 million financing for the management buyout of NASDAQ-listed Harbin Electric, Inc. The deal won 2011 "Deal of the Year" awards from both Asian-MENA Counsel and China Business Law Journal.
China Development Bank Corporation, as initial mandated lead arranger and bookrunner and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China as mandated lead arranger, on a US$800 million term loan facility and a SAR 3,969,612,800 Advance Payment Guarantee facility to support Saudi Oger Ltd's financing of the King Abdullah Project 2.
China Development Bank Corporation in providing a US$500 million financing for the management buyout of NYSE-listed China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc.
Standard Chartered Bank in providing US$70 million financing for the management buyout of NYSE-listed Chemspec International Limited, a China-based contract manufacturer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals. The deal won a 2011 "Deal of the Year" award from China Business Law Journal and received "Honorable Mention" recognition from Asian-MENA Counsel.
China Development Bank Corporation in a US$23 million senior amortising term loan facility to LDK Solar to finance the acquisition of Solar Power, Inc., a OTCBB-traded California, based solar power EPC contractor.
Morgan Stanley and China Development Bank Corporation as joint lead arrangers on a US$180 million syndicated loan arranged by Morgan Stanley to Hong Kong-based Fortune Oil PRC Holdings, a subsidiary of London Stock Exchange-listed Fortune Oil, which manages oil and gas supply and infrastructure projects in China.
China Development Bank Corporation in providing US$192 million financing to Hanlong Resources Limited for its subsidiaries' acquisition of a majority- stake in Sundance Resources Ltd., an Australia Securities Exchange-listed mining company.
DBS Bank Ltd, ING Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland and GE Commercial Finance as joint mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners, on a US$200 million multi-currency syndicated financing guaranteed by Equinix, Inc, a Califormia-based provider of global data center services. The secured term loan was extended to Equinix's subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Australia.
China Development Bank Corporation as lender in a US$700 million Sinosure-backed senior secured term loan to the Aircel Group of India, to procure telecommunications equipment and services from ZTE Corporation and Huawei Technologies. The deal won "Indian Telecoms Deal of the Year 2009" from Project Finance, received "Honorable Mention" recognition from Asian-Counsel and was nominated for IFLR/Asialaw India Awards 2010's "Project Finance Deal of the Year".
Citibank, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley in connection with the US$13 billion term loan provided to The Dow Chemical Company to finance, in part, the acquisition of Rohm and Haas.
Mirant Corporation and its affiliated debtors in connection with its exit from US Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, in the US$2.4 billion term loan used to finance part of Blackstone and Bain Capital's US$6 billion acquisition of Michaels Stores, Inc., a leading arts and crafts retailer based in the US.
Deutsche Bank in connection with the US$8.7 billion of senior secured financing provided to Univision Communications, the leading Spanish language broadcaster in the US. The proceeds were used to repay certain existing indebtedness of Univision and to finance, in part, the US$13.7 billion acquisition of Univision by Broadcasting Media Partners, an investor group that includes Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG, Thomas Lee Partners, and Saban Capital Group.


Bars and Courts
Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong, 2010
New York State Bar, 2006
Solicitor, England and Wales, 2000

Education
LPC, College of Law, London, 1998
LLB, University College London, 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships
Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Market Practices Committee

Languages
English
Cantonese
Mandarin

Citizenship
British
Expertise

Banking
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
India
Renewable Energy

Awards

White & Case Scores 22 Tier 1 and 97 Leading Lawyer Rankings from IFLR1000 2012

News

White & Case Advises Banks on US$1 Billion Financing in Support of Alibaba Acquisition of Yahoo Stake

China’s Banks Arrive in Europe

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Publications

White & Case China Newsletter

China Finance Bulletin

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Events

Alternative Investment Funds: Trends and Developments 2012

Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association (HKCCA) Seminar

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Number of Awards

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Career History
Partner
2019 - Current

King & Wood is a leading law firm in China, providing comprehensive legal solutions to multinational and Chinese clients across a broad range of cross-border and domestic transactions.They are dedicated to their clients. Their ultimate goal is to provide high quality and efficient services to their clients.They value teamwork. As a fully integrated partnership, they stress close cooperation among their team members.They deliver practical solutions. Specialization in practice areas and industry sectors ensures that they offer not only sound legal advice but also practical business solutions appropriate to their clients' specific situation.They are committed to excellence. They strive for perfection in what they do and are never complacent with their achievements.One of the first partnership law firms in China, King & Wood was established in 1993 by a group of lawyers committed to creating a superlative legal practice and developing modern legal principles in China. King & Wood, headquartered in Beijing with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Suzhou, Qingdao, Ji'nan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Silicon Valley and New York, is one of the largest law firms in China. With over 990 lawyers, patent attorneys, and legal professionals, they provide comprehensive legal services to meet the diverse needs of their clients worldwide.King & Wood believes that the professional qualifications of its lawyers are the key to its success. Over the years, the firm has almost exclusively recruited and hired graduates of prestigious law schools in China and abroad, many of whom have practiced in leading international law firms. The breadth of King & Wood lawyers' expertise is reflected in the scope of their practice, whether in their traditional strengths of banking, project finance, FDI, general corporate, securities, M&A, international trade, and dispute resolution, or in their leading position in the rising areas of intellectual property protection, labor law, anti-trust, corporate compliance, bankruptcy and restructuring, distressed assets, securitization, and LBOs. Over the years, King & Wood has earned an outstanding reputation both in China and abroad.King & Wood is committed to creating a \"one firm\" culture, in which their legal professionals draw on expertise and experience spanning practice areas and offices to deliver superior results efficiently. This culture has earned King and Wood an outstanding reputation both in China and abroad. Because of their integrated culture and excellent reputation, they are well positioned to become one of the leading full service law firms in Asia.Since 2003, King & Wood has enjoyed the benefits of its membership in two strategic alliances: the Pacific Rim Advisory Council and the World Law Group. Their vast network of friends and allies allows them to draw on local expertise and advice throughout the world.

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Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd. purchases General Electric Appliances, Inc. from General Electric Company

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purchases 3SBio, Inc.

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Shanghai Yunfeng Investment Management Co. Ltd., Eight Roads Capital Advisors (Hong Kong) Ltd., Silver Lake Management Co. LLC, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., DST Global (Mgmt), General Atlantic LLC, Temasek Capital Pte Ltd. purchase Alibaba.com Ltd.

Awards & Honors
2006
Admitted to the New York Bar
2000
Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales
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