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Frank Voon

Practice Area Leader - Corporate
Fax +852.2511.9515
Fax +86.10.8518.9299

Frank Voon is a corporate partner of K&L Gates Beijing and Hong Kong offices, and a practice area leader for the global corporate practice. Mr. Voon focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, restructurings, private equity, and complex corporate and commercial transactions.

Mr. Voon has significant experience representing global funds, multinationals, financial institutions, and Chinese privately-owned and state-owned enterprises in the health care, pharmaceutical, energy, infrastructure, resources, manufacturing, and logistics and real estate industries. Mr. Voon also has extensive and diverse experience in advising on China outbound investments, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructuring, and other complex corporate and commercial matters, typically in Australia, Europe, South East Asia, and the United States.

Mr. Voon is a key member of and contact for the firm’s China merger and acquisition practice which is ranked by Legal 500 (Asia Pacific) and Chambers (Asia Pacific and Global). He is also a key member of the firm’s China real estate and construction practice, which is ranked by Legal 500 (Asia Pacific).

Transactions led by Mr. Voon have been recognized by directories, including two nominations for China M&A Deal of the Year 2015 and an Honorable Mention - Deal of the Year 2017. Mr. Voon was also selected and recognized in the inaugural edition of The Best Lawyers® in China for Project Finance and Development Practice (International Firms) in 2019. Mr. Voon was cited to be an “excellent lawyer” giving “outstanding support” by IFLR 1000 in 2020.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Voon worked at leading Australian, Singaporean and U.K. Magic Circle firms in their Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore offices for over 15 years.

Additional Information

  • China’s ‘New’ Foreign Investment Law, K&L Gates Asia Corporate Alert (2020) and LexisNexis Practical Guidance - In-house Legal (2020)
  • COVID-19: Certain Labor Law Considerations in China, K&L Gates Asia Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety Alert (2020) and JDSupra.com (2020)
  • “China Amends Key Medical Device Regulations,” K&L Gates Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics (FDA) Alert (2014)
  • “MOFCOM Strengthens Merger Control Law Enforcement,” K&L Gates M&A Alert (2014)
  • “Directors' and Officers' Liability in the PRC, Executive Risks – A Boardroom Guide,” Willis (2010)
Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
  • A US fund, with US$58 billion under management, on its investment in the US$17.5 billion capital-raising by Sinopec Marketing, a PRC State-owned company with over 30,000 petrol stations in the PRC, pursuant to Sinopec Marketing’s “PRC mixed ownership reform” program. The transaction was nominated for PRC M&A Deal of the Year 2015 by China Law & Practice and separately nominated by Asian Legal Business for M&A Deal of the year 2015 at the Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards.
  • Chinese State-owned Enterprise on its proposed acquisition of Ecka Granules, a metals powder manufacturer in 9 countries, from Platinum Equity, a US private equity fund.
  • DIC Corporation, the largest ink-maker in the world, on its proposed acquisition of chemicals manufacturers in the PRC.
  • Golden Brick Capital on its US$800 million proposed strategic investment into the gold mining sector of Russia.
  • CEFC Corporation on its proposed magnetite exploration and development joint venture in Australia with a projected capital expenditure of AUD800 million.
  • Ampco-Pittsburgh, a NYSE-listed company in the business of forged and cast engineered products, on acquiring Akers AB, a metals processing company with equity interests in a PRC state-owned joint venture company.
  • CITIC Pacific Mining on its internal corporate restructuring in Singapore and the PRC.
  • Keolis, a world leader in shared mobility and France’s largest subway operator, on several matters relating to operations and maintenance of railway facilities in the PRC, and Keolis’ internal corporate restructuring in Asia.
  • National Petroleum Services, the largest oil-drilling company in Qatar, on its acquisition of a strategic stake in a PRC oil well drilling company.
  • Shining Capital, a Beijing-based fund on: (a) the sale of its gold production assets in Africa to a PRC-listed company; (b) its proposed acquisition of a tungsten producing business in South Korea; and (c) a reverse takeover of a Canadian-listed company through the injection gold exploration assets in Zimbabwe.
  • Sunridge Gold, a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, on the sale of its gold exploration assets in Eritrea to China’s state-owned Sichuan Road & Bridge Corporation for US$80 million in cash and debt.
Logistics, Real Estate and Construction
  • Invesco Real Estate, a US fund with US$850 billion under management, on its RMB2 billion foray into the PRC warehouse and logistics sector, by becoming the majority shareholder of certain of Shanghai e-Shang Redwood’s PRC entities that own and operate 400,000 sqm of warehouses in the PRC. The transaction won Honorable Mentions - Deal of the Year 2017 from Asian-Mena Counsel.
  • Sun Kwan Real Estate on its acquisition of a group of PRC onshore and offshore companies that own 400,000 sqm of residential and commercial land located in Shanghai from a Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of the Hong Kong Allied Group for US$500 million. The transaction constituted a “major disposal” under the Hong Kong listing rules.
  • JPMorgan on the sale of its residential real estate portfolio in Shanghai for US$300 million to Top Spring International, a Hong Kong listed company.
  • Warburg Pincus on establishing Shanghai e-Shang Warehousing which operates over 4 million sqm of warehouse distribution centers in the PRC in 2018.
  • Johnson Controls on a PRC management buyout M&A transaction in the fire and security sector and a joint venture in the green energy sector with several financial institutions and industry players.
  • Tyco International on several acquisitions and a disposal of China-based construction and design companies in the fire and security sector.
  • RECAP Fund on the sale of a group of companies that own residential real estate portfolio in Shanghai for US$120 million.
  • CEFC Corporation on its acquisition of a residential real estate portfolio in Shanghai for US$150 million, which transaction constituted a “very substantial disposal” for one of the sellers under Hong Kong listing rules.
  • Taiwanese group on the sale of hotel, theme park and golf course integrated real estate assets in the PRC with over 3 million sqm of land.
  • Chinese fund on its acquisition of a group of companies that ultimately owned 7,000 sqm of logistics real estate in Shanghai.
  • U.S. fund on its joint venture with a Chinese company on self-storage solutions and logistics in the PRC.
  • Cathay Life Insurance on its proposed acquisition of a group of companies with warehouse and logistics real estate assets in the PRC.
  • AEC Corporation, China’s largest automobile plant builder, on its bidding for equipment supply and installation works for Volvo’s automobile greenfield manufacturing plant in South Carolina.
  • China Universal Fund on investing into the tallest residential property development in downtown Manhattan, New York.
  • Pamfleet Real Estate on its novel investment into the PRC real estate sector by acquiring interests in a hotel commercial property in Shanghai from Hong Kong listed Deson Group.
Health Care, Life Sciences, and Food & Beverages
  • Luye Pharma, a Chinese majority-owned Hong Kong listed pharmaceutical company, on its acquisition of Acino Group, a German and Swiss medical technology and medical device group, for about €245 million. This is known to be the single largest investment by a Chinese company into the European pharmaceutical sector in 2016.
  • Associated British Foods on the reorganization of its agriculture business in the PRC.
  • Canadian fund on the China-aspect of its proposed acquisition of a global medical device sterilization company with manufacturing facilities in the PRC for US$700 million.
  • Chinese investment company on its proposed US$650 million acquisition in the senior health care sector in the United States.
  • Covidien on establishing a research and development center in Shanghai
  • Dongbao Pharma, a China-listed pharmaceutical company, on the development and commercialization of rights from Adocia for the fixed-ratio insulin and insulin lispro combination with US$90 million upfront payment and US$85 million of milestone payments.
  • Luye Pharma on its global distribution of anti-depression drugs.
  • Misonix on its PRC regulatory, compliance and distribution matters.
  • Fresenius Kabi on its acquisition of several medical device manufacturing and distribution companies in the PRC.
  • Hong Kong listed company on its acquisition of a US dental implant company with PRC distribution arrangements.
  • Nestle Water on its strategic acquisition of a PRC state-owned water production company.
  • Qidu Pharma on its proposed acquisition of an infusion solution manufacturer in the PRC from a Japanese Fortune 500 company.
  • Schering Plough on its restructuring of animal pharmaceutical product business in the PRC.
Manufacturing, Industrial and Basic Materials
  • Chinese company on its proposed acquisition of GST AutoLeather Inc., a global premier automobile interior fit-out company, for over US$300 million.
  • Protective Industrial Products, a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity, on its acquisition of West Chester Protective Gear, a company established in 1978 that provides personal protective equipment to industrial and retail channels.
  • Biwater Holdings, a world leader in treated water, on divestment of its Hong Kong waste water treatment portfolio, including the Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works, to Hong Kong-listed SFK Group.
  • French company on its global acquisition of a group of companies that are a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of standard and to-drawing bolting solutions for critical industrial applications.
  • Spyker/SAAB on securing emergency funding from two PRC strategic investors, with the proposal of introducing SAAB automotive manufacturing into the PRC in joint venture with the PRC strategic investors.
  • Swiss company on its acquisition of a group of companies in the United States, South Korea and China in the manufacturing and distribution of vacuum coating equipment.
Financial Services and Others
  • Insurance Australia Group on its proposed pre-IPO acquisition of a strategic stake in China Pacific Property Insurance.
  • Ping An Securities on the potential acquisition of a NASDAQ-listed and Hong Kong-based securities and brokerage group of companies.
  • Hong Kong company on its China joint venture with one of the world’s credit rating agencies.
  • French company on its acquisition of a group of marketing services companies in Asia.
  • PRC individuals in the dispute with Phillips Auctioneers relating to Düsenjäger painting by Gerhard Richter and the Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer by Francis Bacon.
  • Union Mobile Pay on its payment systems contracts and arrangements with non-US entities.
  • Zhonghong Group, a Shanghai listed company, on its acquisition of Abercrombie & Kent, a premier luxury tour operator with global operations, for US$420 million.