Anthony Vasey | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Anthony Vasey
 Anthony Vasey

Anthony Vasey

Partner, Hong Kong

Overview

Anthony has a broad range of experience in corporate transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, reorganizations, equity capital markets, private equity and capital raisings. A partner in the Firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, he has been based in Hong Kong since 2012.

Anthony regularly advises on complex cross-border transactions. Notable recent deals include the acquisition by MMG Limited and an MMG-led consortium, of the Las Bambas copper project in Peru. This deal won ALB China Law’s "2015 Energy & Resources Deal of the Year", American Lawyer's "2014 Global M&A Deal of the Year, Latin America/Peru", China Business Law Journal's "2014 Deal of the Year" and Latin Lawyer's "2014 M&A Deal of the Year".

Prior to joining White & Case in August 2010, Anthony trained at a leading UK law firm in London and subsequently spent six years as an associate in its corporate department, including secondments to overseas offices in Germany and Hong Kong.

Bars and Courts

  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • England and Wales

Education

  • LPC, College of Law, York
  • BA, Oxford University

Languages

  • English

Experience

MMG Limited-Led Consortium's Las Bambas acquisition

Anthony represented MMG Limited and an MMG-led consortium including Guoxin International Investment Corporation Limited (22.5%) and CITIC Metal Peru Investment Limited (15%) in the US$7 billion acquisition of the Las Bambas copper project in Peru, from Glencore plc. Anthony worked as part of an international team which advised MMG on the consortium shareholder arrangements, and the consortium on the M&A, HKSE approvals and financing of the acquisition, through a combination of equity and long-term debt facilities from a banking syndicate arranged by China Development Bank. This transaction was named "2015 Energy & Resources Deal of the Year" by ALB China Law, "2014 Global M&A Deal of the Year, Latin America/Peru" by American Lawyer, "2014 Deal of the Year" by China Business Law Journal and "2014 M&A Deal of the Year" by Latin Lawyer.

OCP Asia (Hong Kong) Limited on its investment into DQ Entertainment

Anthony advised OL Master Limited, a private credit fund of OCP Asia (Hong Kong) Ltd., in relation to its investment in DQ Entertainment through a subscription of up to US$50 million senior secured convertible bonds. DQ Entertainment is a global entertainment production and distribution company focused on children's and family animation content, with entities listed in both London and India. This complex cross-border transaction involved a team from White & Case's Hong Kong, London, New York and Paris offices together with lawyers from India, Ireland and Mauritius.

Verny Capital's Kazzinc sale

Anthony represented JSC Verny Capital in its sale of an 18.91percent stake in Kazzinc, the Kazakhstan zinc producer, to commodities trader Glencore International for 176.74 million new ordinary shares in Glencore and US$400 million cash. This deal was particularly significant since it took place in a challenging M&A market, with few transactions taking place in the mining sector.

Zolfo Cooper's sale of Peverel

Anthony advised administrators Zolfo Cooper on the high-profile sale of the property manager, Peverel Group, to a special-purpose vehicle backed by Chamonix Private Equity and Electra Partners. This complex transaction involved both structural and regulatory elements, and the team comprised lawyers from across Financial Restructuring Insolvency, corporate, property, tax and employment. Peverel, one of the UK's largest property management companies, with more than 190,000 properties under management, was placed into administration in March 2011.

US$2.1 billion secured credit facility for Colfax Corporation

Anthony advised Deutsche Bank AG (New York) as financial advisor, in connection with the US$24 billion offer by Colfax Corporation to complete its cross-border acquisition of Charter International plc. The transaction was particularly notable because it was one of the first syndicated leverage financings executed in compliance with the recently revised UK Takeover Code.

£3.2 billion offer by Dentsu, Inc. for the London-based Aegis Group plc.

Anthony advised Morgan Stanley as financial adviser on the £3.2 billion offer by Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc. for the London-based Aegis Group plc.

TNK-BP's acquisition of BP's Vietnamese and Venezuelan assets

Anthony advised TNK-BP on its acquisition of BP's upstream businesses and associated interests in Venezuela and Vietnam for US$1.8 billion.

InterOil Corporation

Anthony advised InterOil Corporation on a deal worth up to US$3.6 billion. His work on this transaction included advising on the sale process, preparing the bid document package for the seller to send to bidders for them to bid on, and leading negotiations with one of the unsuccessful bidders.

Publications

  • The Flawed Headcount Requirement on Schemes of Arrangement, White & Case Insight, September 2014, (co-author with Robin Bolivar and Phillip Broke)
  • Proposed Changes to the Sponsor Regime for Hong Kong Listings, White & Case Client Alert, July 2012, (co-author with Melody Chan)

Awards & Recognition

Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015

Corporate (including M&A) – Hong Kong