Biography

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 has been named a leading lawyer for capital markets work in Hong Kong and China by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific and IFLR 1000 and was one of Law360’s 2015 “Rising Stars” under 40 for capital markets. His experience includes advising Xiaomi Corporation on its US$5.4 billion IPO, the first-ever Hong Kong offering to adopt a dual-class share structure and the first to list under Hong Kong’s new regime for innovative technology companies. He has also represented: 

  • 3SBio, BeiGene, China Chunlai Education Group, China Education Group, China Literature, China Maple Leaf Educational Systems, China Renaissance, China Rongsheng Heavy Industries, China Telecom, China Unicom, China YuHua Education Corporation, Cogobuy Group, Econtext Asia, Far East Horizon, Fast Retailing, Guangdong Kanghua Healthcare, Meitu, Meituan Dianping, Ourgame International, VCREDIT Holdings, Yixin Group and ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance on their Hong Kong IPOs / listings; and
  • the sponsors and 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, CStone Pharmaceuticals, Hope Education Group, Kosmopolito Hotels, MediaNation, Modern Dental, Sichuan Xinhua Winshare Chainstore, Sinco Pharmaceuticals, Sinotrans, Tianjin Port and Wisdom Education.

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 20 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 speaks fluent Mandarin and is a professionally accredited translator of Chinese.