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Christopher W. Betts

Christopher W. Betts

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Central, Hong Kong, HKG

Christopher Betts is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Skadden Arps focusing on China-related capital markets, M&A transactions and general corporate advice. Mr. Betts advises major corporations, investment banks and private equity funds on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including Hong Kong IPOs, secondary listings, spin-offs, rights issues, share placements and other fundraising activities, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, and ongoing regulatory compliance matters.

Mr. Betts has been named a leading lawyer for capital markets work in Hong Kong and China by Chambers Asia-Pacific and IFLR 1000 and was one of Law360’s 2015 “Rising Stars” under 40 for capital markets. His experience includes representing:

  • the underwriters on the Hong Kong IPOs / listings of Air China, Beijing Capital Land, CAR Inc., China Glass, China Hanking Group, China Hengshi Foundation, China Metal Resources Utilization, China Mengniu Dairy, China Tianrui Cement, Kosmopolito Hotels, MediaNation, Modern Dental, Sichuan Xinhua Winshare Chainstore, Sinco Pharmaceuticals, Sinotrans and Tianjin Port; and
  • 3SBio, China Maple Leaf Educational Systems, China Rongsheng Heavy Industries, China Telecom, China Unicom, Cogobuy Group, Econtext Asia, Far East Horizon, Fast Retailing and Ourgame International on their Hong Kong IPOs / listings.

Prior to joining Skadden Arps, Mr. Betts was a partner in the Hong Kong office of another major international law firm and, before that was associate general counsel for McKinsey & Company, advising on a broad range of legal and risk management issues across the Asia Pacific region. He began his career in the Hong Kong office of another major international law firm and has spent more than 17 years in China / Hong Kong.

Mr. Betts graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Laws (with Honors) and a Bachelor of Arts (Chinese). He was the recipient of both Australian and Chinese government funded scholarships to study in Beijing. He speaks fluent Mandarin and is a professionally accredited translator of Chinese.


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