Ross Keene has extensive experience advising clients from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, and commercial transactions relating to China. He has been based in China for more than 14 years, during which time he has represented clients in a number of sectors including financial services, real estate, energy and resources, life sciences, technology, infrastructure, and manufacturing. Ross also advises Chinese state-owned and private companies on their overseas acquisitions and other projects in Australia and other parts of the world.
Ross's representative transactions include advising: a sovereign wealth fund as part of the consortium that acquired ASX-listed Asciano Limited for A$9.05 billion; a Chinese state-owned enterprise on litigation related to its investment in a listed coal exploration company; a number of foreign investors on their acquisition and servicing of distressed assets in China; a number of global real estate developers and financial institutions on the acquisition, operation, and sale of a range of residential, retail, industrial, and mixed-use real estate projects in China; and Chinese and international resources companies on projects in Africa, Australia, and China.
Ross was previously chief representative of the Shanghai office of another international law firm. He also practiced in Singapore and for more than five years in Melbourne, where he advised clients on banking and finance, M&A, and resources projects in Australia and Asia.
Ross has extensive experience drafting and negotiating transaction documents in English and Chinese.
The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.
Energy and Resources
Acted for Rio Tinto on its joint venture with Aluminum Corporation of China Limited in the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea, West Africa.
Acted for a major international resources company on its investment in a port project in southern China.
Acted for Oyu Tolgoi LLC in the Oyu Tolgoi copper gold project in Mongolia.
Advised a major resources company on the divestment of its interest in an exploration joint venture in west China.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Acted for ANZ on its acquisition of a strategic interest in Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank and on the establishment of an outsourcing hub in Chengdu.
Advised a U.S. financial services company on its proposed joint venture with a leading financial services state-owned enterprise.
Advised a European pharmaceutical company on a raw materials manufacturing joint venture in China.
Acted for Experian on its acquisition of 75 percent of the Emay group, a Chinese mobile marketing company.
Advised Disney Interactive Studios on the acquisition of a Chinese games developer.
Advised a Chinese state-owned enterprise on distribution arrangements for the Asia-Pacific region and on its entry into the Australian market.
Acted for a number of large U.S. financial institutions on the formation of, and their exit from, real estate development joint ventures in various cities in China.
Acted for Macquarie Bank on a number of real estate transactions in China including the sale of City Apartments, a 26-story tower of luxury apartments in downtown Shanghai.
Advised Goodman on its $200 million joint venture with Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board and on a number of warehousing and logistics projects in China.
Advised Concord Land on the acquisition and development of the Baccarat Residences in Shanghai.
Palestras / Aulas
- University of Melbourne (LL.B. with honours 1999; B.A. in Chinese with honours 1999)
- Victoria, Australia
Chambers Global and Chambers Asia (up and coming):
2013 and 2014 — China corporate/M&A and energy and natural resources
2012 — China energy and natural resources
Chambers Asia (2009) — China real estate (up and coming)
Legal 500 (2012) — China projects and energy
- English and Mandarin