Alan Seem's practice is concentrated on SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S securities offerings, M&A, venture capital and private equity investments, and going-private transactions. He has extensive experience in the Asia-Pacific region, having worked for 16 years in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. He also regularly advises companies and their boards of directors on corporate governance matters, including SEC/stock exchange compliance and disclosure-related matters.
Alan has worked with private and public companies in a variety of industries, including e-commerce, media and social media, renewable energy, software, semiconductors, telecommunications, education, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, banking, automotive, real estate, retail, mining, oil and gas, machinery and manufacturing, and airlines. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, he handled IPO offerings for China Rapid Finance, Weibo, Renren, Simcere Pharmaceutical, SMIC, Giant Interactive, New Oriental Education, Nuokang Bio-pharma, SYSWIN, TAL Education, HiSoft Technology, BitAuto, Acquity Group, Solarfun, Acorn International, Ambow Education, and many others. He also has extensive experience with Hong Kong IPOs, including Metallurgical Corporation of China, Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry, China Mobile, Bank of China, Mianyang Xinchen Engine, China Netcom, Bank of Communications, China Coal, and Shanshui Cement.
In addition, Alan has handled various pro bono assignments, including for The Nature Conservancy.
Alan has been recognized as one of the leading individuals for capital markets work by Chambers Asia and Asia Pacific Legal 500.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised China Rapid Finance Limited in connection with its restructuring, Series C offering, initial public offering of American Depositary Shares, and listing on the NYSE.
Advised Deutsche Bank and other lead underwriters on two large Euro bond offerings for Mylan N.V.
Advised QuickLogic Corporation on its follow-on equity offering.
Advised the underwriters Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse in the US$285.6 million U.S. IPO of China's largest social media site Weibo Corp.
Advised the underwriters led by Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, and Credit Suisse in connection with the US$855 million NYSE initial public offering by Renren Inc.
Advised the underwriters, led by Citigroup Global Markets and UBS AG, in the US$127.2 million initial public offering and New York Stock Exchange listing of American Depositary Shares of Bitauto Holdings Limited.
Advised Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and China Renaissance Securities, as initial purchasers, in connection with a private offering of US$800 million aggregate principal amount of 1 percent convertible senior notes due 2018 of SINA Corporation.
Advised Acquity Group in connection with its US$30 million initial public offering of American Depositary Shares and listing on the NYSE Amex.
Advised the underwriters, led by CICC, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and BOCI, in the US$1.7 billion initial public offering, Rule 144A/Regulation S offering, and Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing of the H shares of Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry.
Advised the underwriters led by Morgan Stanley in the US$67.2 million initial public offering and New York Stock Exchange listing of American Depositary Shares of PRC-based SYSWIN.
Advised Solarfun Power Holdings in its U.S. IPO and NYSE listing and on several follow-on equity and debt offerings.
Advised the underwriters led by Credit Suisse Securities (USA) and Morgan Stanley in the US$138 million initial public offering of American Depositary Shares of PRC-based TAL Education Group.
Advised Deutsche Bank, UBS AG, and Citigroup in connection with the US$85 million NASDAQ initial public offering by HiSoft Technology International Limited and subsequent follow-on offering.
Advised Goldman Sachs as sole bookrunner in connection with the US$236 million follow-on public offering of American Depositary Shares of Ctrip.com International.
Advised Jefferies & Company as sole bookrunner in connection with the US$152.8 million follow-on public offering of American Depositary Shares of Mindray Medical International Limited.
Advised the underwriters led by Jefferies & Company in the US$45 million initial public offering of American Depositary Shares of PRC-based China Nuokang Bio-Pharmaceutical.
Advised Merrill Lynch and UBS as joint lead underwriters in connection with the US$1.02 billion initial public offering and New York Stock Exchange listing of Giant Interactive, an on-line games company in China.
Advised Goldman Sachs (Asia) as lead underwriter in the US$260 million initial public offering of Simcere Pharmaceutical Group.
Advised Credit Suisse Securities (USA) and Goldman Sachs (Asia) in New Oriental Education & Technology Group's US$112.5 million initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange and New Oriental's subsequent follow-on equity offering.
Advised Acquity Group in its acquisition by Accenture.
Advised iTour International Holdings in the issuance of convertible notes to Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch; Linden Ventures IV (BVI); and China Seed Ventures.
Advised Solarfun Power Holdings in its sale of a 28.4 percent interest to Good Energies Investments.
Advised ATI Technologies in its acquisition of Macrosynergy Technology from XGI Technology.
Advised Tsinghua-Shenxun Science & Technology in its acquisition by Microsoft Corporation.
Advised Huawei Technologies in its formation of a US$400 million enterprise networking joint venture with 3Com Corporation.
Advised SK Corporation in the formation of a joint venture with Enron Corp. in the Korean gas industry.
Advised Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in the formation of The Petroleum Institute, an oil and gas engineering institution for higher learning, with the Colorado School of Mines.
Private Equity, Hedge Funds, and Venture Capital Investments
Advised Kingsoft Corporation in connection with its private placement to Tetrad Ventures, Intel Capital Corporation, and New Horizon Goldensoft Investment Co.
Advised Jiangu Linyang Solarfun in connection with its Series A financing and private placement to Citigroup, HONY Capital, and Good Energies.
Advised CDP Group in connection with its Series B financing.
Advised International Data Group in connection with its purchase of Series B shares of Blog.cn.
Advised Hangzhou Easycomm Technology in connection with its Series A financing.
Advised Peptalk Limited in connection with its Series A financing.
Advised Yuan Chuan (Cayman) Limited in connection with its Series A financing.
Advised China DRTV, a television-based retail sales company operating in China, in its issuance of Series A preferred shares and warrants.
Advised Dalton Greater China (U.S. Feeder) Fund, a Delaware limited partnership, in connection with its formation and preparation of offering documents.
Advised the First Eastern Group, in connection with the establishment of FE Select Holdings II, a China focused private equity investment fund, The Euro-China Fund, The Gulf-China Fund, and The Korea-China Fund.
Advised the special committees of: Pactera Corp.; AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc.; China Mass Media Corp.; China Executive Education.
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- Columbia University (J.D. 1996; University of Amsterdam Law Program, Spring 1996); Dartmouth College (B.A. 1991; Tunghai University, University of Massachusetts in Taiwan Program, Fall 1988; Beijing Normal University, Dartmouth Foreign Study Program, Summer 1988)
- California and New York
- Mandarin Chinese