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Going private transactions are on the rise due to a confluence of factors: abundance of private equity money and companies with good balance sheets but lackluster public market performance. For U.S. listed Chinese companies, privatization may be an attractive option when faced with an erosion of investor confidence due to accounting scandals and regulatory scrutiny. Please join Morrison & Foerster LLP and AAMA for a panel discussion on these trends and an overview of key strategic considerations, fiduciary duty issues, procedural safeguards, required disclosures, and other important issues to be considered in a take private transaction
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Registration and reception
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm Panel Discussion
Victor Chang, Director, Dell Ventures
Hanson Li, Managing Director, Hina Group
Jackie Liu, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Additional speaker may be announced
More about the speakers:
Jaclyn Liu, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
Jaclyn Liu is a partner in the Corporate Finance Group of the firm’s San Francisco office. She is co-chair of the firm’s Public Companies and Securities Group. Ms. Liu engages in a general corporate and transactional practice, with special emphasis on corporate counseling of public companies, mergers and acquisitions and China practice.
Ms. Liu regularly advises public companies on corporate governance matters, including director and officer fiduciary duties and responsibilities and “best practices” for boards and board committees, and counsels boards and special committees in connection with proxy contests and other corporate control efforts. She also counsels public companies on disclosure matters and associated liability considerations, including those relating to the federal securities laws, Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and NYSE and NASDAQ rules and regulations. Ms. Liu has lectured at seminars and conferences and written articles on various ‘33 Act and ‘34 Act law matters, and is a staff member of the Practising Law Institute. Ms. Liu’s experience also includes the representation of public and private companies in securities offerings and VC financings.
Ms. Liu has represented a number of public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, from small asset acquisitions and divestitures to multibillion-dollar transactions such as Intel’s acquisition of McAfee and Mercury Interactive’s sale to HP, and complex cross-border transactions such as DSP Group’s acquisition of the DECT business of Netherlands-based NXP B.V. and McKesson’s acquisition of Israel-based Medcon. Selected M&A representation includes ADESA, American Pharmaceutical Partners, Clorox, DSP Group, Intel, MarketWatch, McKesson, Mercury Interactive, and Thomson S.A.
Ms. Liu has represented a number of well-established Chinese companies in setting up U.S. subsidiaries and counseling them on strategic matters relating to their U.S. operations. In addition, Ms. Liu has worked with domestic and foreign companies in a variety of industries, including semiconductor, software, Internet, media, communications, consumer products and financial services and has been involved in a number of complex cross-border transactions in Asia, Australia and Europe.
Ms. Liu was recognized as a “Rising Star” in the category of Securities and Corporate Finance in 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers, as well as a “Rising Star” in the category of Mergers & Acquisition in 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers. She was also named a winner of the[masked] Under 40 West M&A Advisor Awards. She was recognized for her accomplishments and expertise by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.
Ms. Liu was born in Shanghai, China. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Liu is a member of the California State Bar and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is on the advisory board of thecorporatecounsel.net and a board member of the Foundation of City College San Francisco.
Hanson Li, Head of The Hina Group
Hanson Li is the head of The Hina Group's San Francisco office, from where he leads the firm's US-China investment banking practice and actively participates in Hina's China focused investments.
Hanson previously held management roles at Capital One Financial, a fortune 500 company, and EqualFooting, a technology company funded by NEA, FBR, Yahoo!, Nextel, and Textron. He served as Vice President of Business Development for the IT outsourcing company GlobalLogic, and previously worked at Mercer Management Consulting and Cagan McAfee Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on technology and clean-tech growth companies.
Outside of The Hina Group, Hanson serves as the Board Director for the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM), a non-profit organization that encourages and fosters business ties among Asian-led and managed investment firms, and he takes a sincere interest in mentoring Asian American students who intend to create a career in finance. He also serves as the Board Director of Asia America MultiTechnology Association, a 30 year old non-profit organization that serves the technology community around the Pacific Rim.
Hanson earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As one of the top 5 graduates in his class, he was named a Siebel Scholar as well as an Arjay Miller Scholar. Hanson also earned his BA in Human Biology and MA in Sociology/Organizational Behavior from Stanford University. Originally from Hong Kong, Hanson grew up in Hong Kong, Taiwan, New York, and Malaysia and now makes his home in San Francisco with his wife and two children. He is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese.
Founded in 1979, Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA), formerly known as Asia America Manufacturers Association, is Silicon Valley’s largest and most established non-profit organization dedicated to the Asia American high-tech community. www.aamasv.com.