近日,腾讯与黑马资本(Hammer Capital)组成的买方团与汽车互联网公司易车签署合并协议,买方团将以11亿美元,对纽交所上市公司易车进行私有化收购。交易完成后,买方团将对易车旗下汽车金融交易平台、港交所上市公司易鑫的已发行股份做出强制性全面要约。

中伦律师事务所和瑞生国际律师事务所分别担任买方团中国及美国律师;奥杰律师事务所为买方团成员黑马资本就基金启动提供意见;凯易国际律师事务所担任黑马资本律师,同时就针对易鑫的后续要约为买方团提供意见;迈普达律师事务所就开曼群岛法律为买方团提供意见。

世达国际律师事务所担任易车特别委员会美国律师及易鑫的香港律师;汉坤律师事务所则担任易车中国律师。

易车成立于2000年,于2010年在纽交所上市,其主营业务是为用户提供资讯和导购服务,以及为汽车厂商和汽车经销商提供互联网营销方案。

易鑫集团原属于易车网旗下的汽车金融事业部,主要为汽车经销商提供交易服务,为消费者以及银行、汽车金融公司、保险公司等金融机构提供汽车互联网金融平台服务。2014年易鑫独立运营,2017年在港交所上市。

美银美林担任买方团财务顾问。

凯易团队牵头律师为合伙人罗理斯、Daniel Dusek、林晓希、刘嘉文、Justin Dolling、冯元瑜;瑞生国际团队牵头律师为合伙人孙秋宁;奥杰团队牵头律师为合伙人Kate Hodson。

 

Legal Giants on China automotive website’s $1.1 bln privatization

Chinese car comparison website Bitauto has agreed to be taken private by an investor group comprised of gaming and social media firm Tencent and Hammer Capital for $1.1 billion. 

Zhong Lun Law Firm, Latham & Watkins, Ogier and Kirkland & Ellis have advised the buyer group on the deal, with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom advising the special committee of Bitauto, and Han Kun Law Offices advising Bitauto.

The transaction also triggered a mandatory general offer for the shares of Yixin, an online automobile finance transaction platform under Bitauto which is listed in Hong Kong. Kirkland and Skadden will be legal counsels to the buyer and seller, respectively.

Founded in 2010, Bitauto provides internet content and marketing services, as well as transaction services, for China’s automotive industry. Yixin, a subsidiary of Bitauto, is an online automobile finance transaction platform in China. Tencent and JD.com are key shareholders of both companies.

Maples and Calder has advised the investor group under Cayman Islands laws.

BofA Securities served as financial adviser to the investor group.

The Kirkland team was led by partners Nicholas Norris, Daniel Dusek, Lin Xiaoxi, Carmen Lau, Justin Dolling and Jennifer Feng; the Latham team was led by partner Frank Sun; and the Ogier team was led by partner Kate Hodson.

 

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