MelissaZhu (Mimi)

Associate

Beijing + 86.10.5866.1115

Melissa Zhu focuses her practice on cross-border M&A, private equity, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, and other commercial transactions. She frequently advises multinational companies and foreign investors on complex legal issues relating to formation, reorganization, divestiture, regulatory approval, labor and employment, real estate, environment, compliance, and dispute resolution matters in China. Melissa also has extensive experience in Chinese outbound transactions where she has represented either Chinese investors or foreign targets.

Melissa has worked with clients in a broad range of sectors, including energy, construction, machinery, aviation, automotive, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, retail, e-commerce, TMT (telecommunications, media, and technology), and high-tech. Her recent experience highlights include: International Automotive Components' formation of a joint venture with Shanghai Shenda; GIC's investments into Shenzhen Dajiang; China Vanke's investments into China Media Capital; Cardinal Health's acquisition of Johnson & Johnson's heart bracket business; GE's acquisition of an LNG technology company; and a global consumer goods company's litigation with its Chinese JV partner before PRC courts.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2011, Melissa practiced at a leading PRC law firm in Beijing and was in-house counsel at one of China's five largest power group companies. Melissa passed the PRC Bar Examination in 2005 and the New York State Bar Examination in 2008. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Experience

  • J.F. Lehman acquires Global Marine GroupJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Global Marine Group.
  • DFI acquires 20.49% stake in Ace PillarJones Day advised DFI Inc. in its $14.8 million acquisition of a 20.49% stake in mechatronics components maker Ace Pillar Co.
  • Cabot sells its Specialty Fluids business to Sinomine (Hong Kong) Rare Metals Resources Co. Limited for $135 millionJones Day advised Cabot Corporation in the sale of its Specialty Fluids Business to Sinomine (Hong Kong) Rare Metals Resources Co. Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinomine Resource Group Co., Ltd., for $135 million.
  • Findos Investor acquires worldwide business of Röder HTS Höcker GmbHJones Day advised funds managed by Findos Investor in connection with acquisition of the entire worldwide business operations of Röder HTS Höcker GmbH.
  • Ferro acquires Quimicer SAJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in its acquisition of Quimicer S.A.
  • Koch Methanol invests in YCI Methanol One and its $1.85 billion methanol production facilityJones Day advised Koch Methanol, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in its minority equity investment in YCI Methanol One, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Yuhuang Chemical Industries, Inc. and its parent company Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Company, Ltd.
  • Orocobre Limited secures AUD$361 million funding through private placement and underwritten accelerated entitlement offerJones Day represented Orocobre Limited, a leading lithium chemicals producer, in connection with its AUD$361 million capital raising, comprising of a AUD$282 million private placement to Toyota Tsusho Corporation and an underwritten entitlement offer raising AUD$79 million.
  • Chart Industries acquires Hudson Products for $410 millionJones Day advised Chart Industries, Inc. in its $410 million acquisition of Hudson Products Corporation.
  • International Automotive Components and Shanghai Shenda complete joint venture transaction forming AuriaJones Day advised International Automotive Components Group S.A. ("IAC") in the formation of Auria Solutions Ltd., a new global supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry and joint venture with Shanghai Shenda Co. Ltd. ("Shenda") .
  • China Vanke invests Suzhou CMC Investment CenterJones Day represented China Vanke Co., Ltd., a large residential real estate developer, in connection with its investment in Suzhou CMC Investment Center, a Renminbi equity investment fund which focuses on domestic media, entertainment, sports, film, and television projects.
  • Total sells Atotech to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Total in the $3.2 billion sale of specialty chemical affiliate Atotech B.V., a global manufacturer of high technology plating solutions, to The Carlyle Group.
  • OM Group acquired by Apollo Affiliated Funds for $1.03 billionJones Day advised OM Group, Inc. in its acquisition by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, for $34.00 per share in cash, or approximately $1.03 billion.
  • Cardinal Health acquires Cordis for $1.9 billionJones Day advised Cardinal Health, Inc. in its acquisition of Johnson & Johnson's Cordis business, a leading global manufacturer of cardiology and endovascular devices, for $1.9 billion in cash.
  • Peaked Hill Partners completes equity injection with Arc InternationalJones Day represented Peaked Hill Partners LLC ("PHP") in connection with an equity injection from an investor group led by PHP in Arc International, a producer of glass tableware, completing the group's recapitalization, and providing funds for the modernization of their main production site in Arques, France, funding of a Social Plan linked to the restructuring plan, and various growth initiatives.
  • Total finalizes acquisition by Arkema of Total's Bostik Adhesives unit for €1.74 billion (US$2.2 billion)Jones Day represented Total SA in the €1.74 billion (US$2.2 billion) acquisition by the French group Arkema, one of the world’s major players in specialty chemicals, of its Bostik affiliate, a global adhesives company.
  • Industrial Growth Partners sells Q Holding Company to 3i GroupJones Day represented Industrial Growth Partners in connection with its sale of Q Holding Company (formerly Lexington Precision Corporation), a global manufacturer of engineered rubber and silicone components, to 3i Group, plc, a London headquartered multinational private equity and venture capital company.
  • Multinational corporation conducts internal investigation of Brazil operationJones Day conducted a targeted investigation of alleged misconduct and potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a multinational corporation’s Brazilian operation.
  • GE acquires Salof, designer and manufacturer of mini LNG technologiesJones Day advised General Electric Company in its acquisition of the Salof group of companies, designers of mini LNG and CO2 technologies and facilities.
  • Nordson acquires EDI Holdings for $200 millionJones Day advised Nordson Corporation in its acquisition of EDI Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of slot coating and flat polymer extrusion dies for plastic processors and web converters, for $200 million.
  • Viasystems subsidiary issues $550 million of 7 7/8% Senior Secured Notes in Rule 144A offering for acquisition of DDi Corp.Jones Day represented Viasystems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Viasystems Group, Inc. and leading provider of complex multi-layer printed circuit boards and electro-mechanical solutions, in connection with its $550 million aggregate principal amount of 7 7/8% Senior Secured Notes due 2019 in a Rule 144A offering.
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