MelissaZhu (Mimi)

Of Counsel

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Melissa Zhu focuses her practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investments, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital transactions, spin-offs, divestitures, restructurings, and other commercial transactions. She frequently advises multinational companies and foreign investors on complex legal issues relating to deal structuring, due diligence investigations, regulatory approvals, financing, real estate, employment, and various compliance issues including anticorruption, data security, ESG (environmental, social, and governance) policies, and securities trading rules. Melissa also has extensive experience in Chinese clients' overseas investments where she has represented either Chinese investors or foreign targeted companies.

Melissa has worked with clients in a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, life sciences, technology, media and telecom, automotive, energy, infrastructure, and financial services. Her recent experience highlights include: an American multinational health care services company's business divestiture; a European-based fund's acquisition of the worldwide business operations of a manufacturing company; a Japanese architectural firm's formation of a joint venture with a Chinese state-owned company; a Chinese automotive company's strategic business cooperation with a German vehicle manufacturer; and a foreign sovereign wealth fund's investments into a U.S. billion dollar-valued unicorn company.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2011, Melissa practiced at a reputable Chinese law firm in Beijing and was an in-house counsel at one of China's five largest power group companies.

Experiencia

  • Ahlström Capital BV and Nidoco AB invest in the Decor business of Ahlstrom-MunksjöJones Day advised Ahlström Capital BV and Nidoco AB in the acquisition of the Decor business of Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
  • Avient acquires DSM Protective Materials businessJones Day advised Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, in the $1.485 billion acquisition and financing of Koninklijke DSM N.V.’s protective materials business, a leading specialty engineered materials business built around the invention of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber.
  • Findos Investor sells Rhenoflex GmbH to Coats GroupJones Day advised Findos Investor GmbH in the €115 million sale of Rhenoflex GmbH, one of the leading global manufacturers of sustainable structural material solutions for the footwear industry, to Coats Group plc.
  • China Post Group Limited invests $128 million in Ule Holdings LimitedJones Day advised China Post Group Limited with its $128 million investment in Ule Holdings Limited through Telpo Philatelic Company Limited ("Telpo"), a subsidiary of China Post.
  • Sanofi announces carve-out creating EUROAPI and spin-off of approximately 58% of shares to its shareholdersJones Day advised Sanofi in the carve out creating EUROAPI (a leading European company dedicated to the development, production and marketing of active pharmaceutical ingredients) and the listing of this entity on Euronext Paris and the placement of 12% to the French State (through French Tech Souveraineté) for a price of up to €150 million.
  • Armor sells stake in ARMOR-IIMAK to AstorgJones Day advised EN5, controlling shareholders of the Armor group, on the management buyout of Armor Iimak group and the simultaneous 40% investment by Astorg Midcap in the Armor Iimak group.
  • PTTGC acquires allnex from AdventJones Day advised PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited in the €4 billion acquisition of allnex Holding GmbH from Advent International.
  • Cardinal Health sells its Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman for approximately $1 billionJones Day advised Cardinal Health in connection with the divestiture of its Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman for approximately $1 billion.
  • EagleTree Capital sells Airtech Group, US Valve Corporation, and related entities to IDEX Corporation for $470 millionJones Day represented investment funds managed by EagleTree Capital in the sale of Airtech Group, US Valve Corporation, and related entities to IDEX Corporation for $470 million.
  • 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 A$361 million funding through private placement and underwritten accelerated entitlement offerJones Day represented Orocobre Limited, a leading lithium chemicals producer, in connection with its A$361 million capital raising, comprising of a A$282 million private placement to Toyota Tsusho Corporation and an underwritten entitlement offer raising A$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.