Jeanette Chan is a well-known name in the Hong Kong market where she stands out for her work on complex corporate and transactional matters across the telecoms and media sector.
Managing partner of the China practice and head of the Asia communications and technology practice, Jeanette K Chan is a member of the corporate department and splits her time between the firm’s offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.
Jeanette’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments, with a particular emphasis on joint venture transactions in the telecommunications, IT and media markets in the Asia Pacific region. She has been an active participant in those markets in the Greater China region since 1994, when mainland China and Taiwan first opened their telecoms industries to foreign investors. The other industries Jeanette has been actively involved in include insurance, education, pharmaceuticals, health care, and automotive.
Jeanette joined the firm in 1986, spent the first few years with Paul, Weiss in Hong Kong, New York, Beijing and Shanghai. In 1992, she relocated to Hong Kong from New York, where she spent almost two years as the senior international legal adviser of Cable & Wireless, plc for the Asia Pacific region, assisting with their operations and business development teams in the region. In 1994, she rejoined Paul, Weiss. She has extensive experience representing multinational and regional corporations, financial institutions, private equity funds and sponsors in their investments and operations in the region.
Recently, Jeanette has been involved in advising: Ageas Insurance International NV; DreamWorks Animation; Microsoft Corporation; Shanghai Shendi Group Co; Shaw Kwei & Partners Limited; Tencent; The Carlyle Group; Universal Parks & Resorts; Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co, Ltd; and has completed numerous transactions for clients including Asia Satellite Telecommunications, Astro All Asia Networks plc, Eastman Chemical, General Atlantic, MIH Asia Limited (Naspers), Motorola, Nan Fung Group, Sony Pictures, Silver Lake Partners and Soros Fund Management.
Jeanette is frequently recognised as one of the world’s leading PRC law practitioners, particularly in the communications, media and technology industries, by various publications, including: “Band 1” Leading Individual for private equity/buyouts & venture capital investment (international firm) and TMT (international firm) in China by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2017); “Leading Individual” for TMT in Hong Kong and private equity/venture capital (foreign firm) in China by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017); “Highly regarded” in Hong Kong for private equity and M&A by IFLR1000 (2018); “Dealmaker of the Year” at the Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards (2017, 2015); “Outstanding Practitioner Award” at the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Asia Women in Business Law Awards (2016); “International Dealmaker of the Year” at the China Law & Practice awards, a publication of ALM Media Properties, which also publishes The American Lawyer (2016); Leading Lawyer for Corporate and Telecommunications, Media & Technology in Hong Kong by Who's Who Legal (2016); and “Best in M&A and Private Equity” at the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Asia Women in Business Law Awards (2015).
Jeanette is passionate about advancing the gender discussion and often champions and supports causes and events led by organisations like The Women’s Foundation, 100 Women in Finance, 30% Club, Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers and Women in Law Hong Kong.
Jeanette is a member of the New York Bar. She is also admitted to practise law in Canada and Hong Kong and is a non-practising solicitor of England and Wales.