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Victor Ho

Registered Foreign Lawyer, Cal

Hong Kong

Ho Victor
Victor Ho

Registered Foreign Lawyer, Cal

Hong Kong

Victor is the managing partner of Allen & Overy LLP Beijing and Shanghai offices. He has extensive experience of working on Asian and PRC-related transactions, having lived and worked in the region since 1991. Victor’s practice is characterised by its depth and breadth of experience and involves representing multinational clients with their China-related matters, and Chinese clients investing globally. As a strategic adviser to his key clients, his corporate and M&A practice involves advising on a wide range of cross-border transactions, as well as sensitive, significant regulatory and compliance issues.

Victor has spearheaded the build-out of A&O’s multidisciplinary China platform, including actively leading the development of the group’s antitrust, data, IP, regulatory and compliance offerings. Increasingly, this has involved advising clients on the development of their China-related strategies, in which M&A, antitrust, data, digitalisation, partnerships and IP play key and integrated roles. Victor speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Other Noteworthy Experience includes advising:

  • Ant Financial (China’s largest digital payment and diversified fintech company) on a range of cutting-edge issues.
  • Novartis on a of matters, ranging from its acquisitions in China (vaccines, eye-care and diagnostics), to strategic matters (restructuring, strategic assessments, crisis control, review of legal and business organisational structures), to compliance and regulatory matters (investigations, FCPA/bribery issues, review of distribution arrangements), and a number of antitrust matters.
  • TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community, on various transactions in China, including: its sale of Kuxun, a Beijing-based online travel business, to Meituan, a prominent Chinese consumer group-buying platform, as part of TripAdvisor’s strategy to reshape its China business; and a potential e-commerce JV to offer entertainment and leisure services to outbound PRC tourists.
  • International Paper Company on a series of acquisitions and disposals, including the sale of its Asian corrugated box business to Xiamen Bridge Hexing Equity Investment Partnership Enterprise, a special purpose acquisition fund associated with Xiamen Hexing Paper Packaging (a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange) and its disposal of its Shorewood packaging business assets in Greater China and Europe into the portfolio company packaging business of private equity firm, Atlas.
  • Magna International Inc on a number of acquisitions and joint ventures in the automotive component sector in China, including advising Cosma, the body stamping division of Magna International Inc., on the strategic combination of its existing China entity with the body stamping operations of Chongqing Xingqiaorui, a leading, privately owned Tier 1 supplier of automotive body-in-white components group in the PRC and a key supplier to Chang’an Ford.
  • Alibaba (one of China’s largest e-commerce and digital companies) in respect of a range of issues and transactions.
  • China Mobile on its outbound equity investment panel.

Experience highlights

Office

Hong Kong

Allen & Overy
9th Floor, Three Exchange Square, Central
Hong Kong

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Beijing

Allen & Overy LLP Beijing Representative Office (UK)
46th Floor China World Tower A, No. 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue Beijing
Beijing
100004

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Shanghai

Allen & Overy LLP Shanghai Representative Office (UK)
15F, Phase II, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, Pudong
Shanghai
200120

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted to the bar, State of California, USA, 1992

Academic

BA (Hons), Amherst College, 1988

Certificate, International Institute for International Law and Human Rights, Strasbourg, 1989

JD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991

Recognition

News & insights

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News: 29 JANUARY 2021

Melody Wang joins Shanghai Lang Yue bringing China litigation capability to Allen & Overy Lang Yue

Shanghai Lang Yue Law Firm (‘Lang Yue’), Allen & Overy’s joint operation firm, announced today that Melody Wang, an experienced litigator and investigations practitioner, will join as a partner and…

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The M&A landscape in 2021: A global picture

Publications: 29 JANUARY 2021

The M&A landscape in 2021: A global picture

The global M&A market staged a remarkable recovery in the second half of last year, despite an escalating pandemic and deep political turmoil. As 2021 begins, we identify the most significant trends…

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Publications: 18 JANUARY 2021

China’s new blocking statute against extra-territorial application of foreign laws

On January 9, 2021, the PRC Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) issued the Rules on Counteracting Unjustified Extra-territorial Application of Foreign Legislation and Other Measures (the “Rules”).  

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Publications: 11 JANUARY 2021

Will the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement facilitate investment by EU companies in China?

The European Union (EU) and the People’s Republic of China concluded the negotiations on their investment treaty, the EU/China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), on 30 December 2020. 

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