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Alexandra Bidlake

Corporate Partner, Hong Kong SAR

“Based in Hong Kong since 2004, I advise on a wide range of corporate and equity capital markets transactions in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region, offering in-depth knowledge of the market, sound technical expertise and flexibility ensuring that deals are closely aligned with clients’ strategic and commercial requirements.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Alex has extensive experience advising corporates, financial sponsors and financial institutions on a range of public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, private equity deals, primary and secondary equity issues (including IPOs, rights issues and placings) as well as general corporate and regulatory advisory matters. She has particular knowledge of the Hong Kong takeover regulatory regime and is a member of the Takeovers Panel.

Alex has specialist knowledge of the fintech, infrastructure and technology, media and telecommunications sectors.

Work highlights
Alex has advised on many of the Asia-Pacific region’s most significant deals. These include advising:
 
  • the banks (including HSBC) on the US$103bn restructuring and merger of Cheung Kong Holdings and Hutchison Whampoa, the largest ever Hong Kong public M&A, and concurrent spin-off listing of Cheung Kong Property Holdings
  • China Gas Holdings on its successful defence against the US$2.2bn hostile takeover bid made for it by Sinopec and ENN Energy Holdings
  • Carlyle on its investment in, and mandatory general offer for, Hong Kong-listed Natural Beauty Bio-Technology, and subsequent exit from that investment
  • Siam City Cement on the acquisition of Lafarge Holcim’s cement business in Vietnam
  • MMG on a range of transactions, including its takeover bids for Anvil Mining and Equinox Minerals
  • CICC Private Equity on its investment in the funding rounds of an automotive company and CIC on its co-investment with China Mengniu Dairy in Australian dairy company Burra Foods
  • on rights issues by HSBC, Standard Chartered, New World Development, Yuexiu Property, Chong Hing Bank, Noble Group and Pacific Basin
 

Professional experience

Alex led the Linklaters team that published a report, in collaboration with the 30% Club Hong Kong, looking at nomination and diversity on Hong Kong boards. She is a regular speaker on diversity, regulatory risk and corporate governance issues, including at the annual panel events run by the British Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Committee, the IFLR Asia Women in Business Law Forum and the 30% Club Boardroom Lunch.

She wrote, with others, Path of least resistance to enhance listing regulation, Linklaters, October 2017.

Education and qualifications

Alex studied economics, management and computer science at Queen’s College and for an MPhil in land economy at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.