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Robert Chu

Partner

Robert Chu

Partner
Melbourne +61-3-9635-1506+61-3-9635-1506 +61-3-9654-2422+61-3-9654-2422
chur@sullcrom.com

Robert Chu is a partner resident in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Melbourne office, and heads the Firm’s Australia practice. Mr. Chu formerly headed the Firm’s Beijing office. He joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 1999 after teaching contracts and international law at Rutgers Law School.

Having been resident in S&C’s New York, Hong Kong, Beijing and Melbourne offices, Mr. Chu has worked on a wide range of securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions involving companies in the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.

Mr. Chu has been recognized as a leading lawyer by the following legal publications:

  • Best Lawyers: Australia - Equity Capital Markets (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Best Lawyers: Australia - M&A (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)
  • Chambers Global: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (Experts Based Abroad) in U.S. (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)
  • Chambers Global: Corporate/M&A (International Firms) (Experts Based Abroad) in China (2014, 2013, 2012, 2009)
  • Chambers Global: Capital Markets: International Firms (Experts Based Abroad) in China  (2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Chambers Global: Energy & Natural Resources (Foreign Experts) in Australia (2014, 2013)
  • Chambers Global: Corporate/M&A: Foreign Experts in Australia (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Chambers Global: Capital Markets: U.S. Law in Australia (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)
  • Chambers Global: Capital Markets: Foreign Experts in Australia (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Chambers Global: Capital Markets: Equity in Australia (2012)
  • Chambers Asia: Capital Markets: U.S. Law in Australia (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Chambers Asia: Capital Markets: Equity in Australia (2012)
  • International Who’s Who of Capital Markets: Capital Markets in Australia (2011)
  • IFLR1000: Capital Markets: Foreign Firms in China (2010)
  • Chambers Asia: Private Equity: Buyouts in China (2009)
  • IFLR1000: M&A: Foreign Firms in China (2010)
  • China Law & Practice: M&A in China (2008)
  • Chambers Asia: Corporate/M&A in China (2009)
  • China Law & Practice: Leading Lawyer in Asia (2008)


SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters - advising:
  • Special Committee of NASDAQ-listed Shanda Games Limited on its going-private transaction pursuant to Rule 13e-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (2015)
  • Orica Limited on the sale of its chemicals business to Blackstone (2015)
  • Telstra Corporation on its purchase of Pacnet (2015), its sale of a 70% stake in its directories business, Sensis Pty Ltd, to the U.S.-based private equity firm Platinum Equity for A$454 million (app. US$411 million) (2014) and on the sale of a portion of its equity stake in SouFun Holdings to Apax Partners and General Atlantic (2010)
  • Goldman Sachs on its investment in  Reva Medical, Inc.  (2014) and other principal acquisitions in Australia (2010, 2011)
  • Lead managers in the offer and sale by the Spark Infrastructure Group of its ordinary stapled securities to partly fund its acquisition of a 14.1 percent interest in the DUET Group, an Australian gas distribution company (2014)
  • Healthscope Limited on the approximately A$2.7 billion (app. US$2.3 billion) acquisition by The Carlyle Group and TPG Capital (2010)
  • KongZhong Corporation on its acquisition of Shanghai Dacheng Network Technology (2009)
  • Goldman Sachs, financial adviser to Temasek, on Temasek’s US$1.1 billion cash tender offer for the shares and convertible notes of STATS ChipPAC (2007)
  • A consortium consisting of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Allianz AG and American Express Company in connection with a US$3.8 billion investment in the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (2006)
  • Bank of China Limited on (i) a US$3.1 billion equity investment in the Bank by a consortium led by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, (ii) a US$1.6 billion equity investment in the Bank by Temasek Holdings, (iii) a US$500 million equity investment in the Bank by UBS and (iv) a US$75 million equity investment in the Bank by the Asian Development Bank (2005-2006)
  • Jilin Chemical Industrial Company Limited (tri­listed on the New York, Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges) on its Rule 13e­3 going-private transaction in connection with a tender offer by PetroChina Company Limited (2005-2006)
  • R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. on its acquisition of Asia Printers Group (2005-2006)
  • DP World (formerly known as Dubai Ports International) on its US$1.14 billion acquisition of CSX’s international port and marine terminal business (2004-2005)
  • DP World (formerly known as Dubai Ports International) on its HK$1.58 billion acquisition (through CSXWT Terminal 8 Limited) of 39.1% of Asia Container Terminals Holdings Limited (2004)
  • Thomson S.A. on the €540 million combination of the worldwide television businesses of Thomson and TCL to create the world’s largest producer of televisions (2004)
  • Ek Chor China Motorcycle Co. Ltd. (listed on the NYSE) on its Rule 13e­3 going­private transaction through a Bermuda scheme of arrangement (2003)
  • InBev in connection with Bier Securities plc’s €500 million acquisition of 45% of Oriental Brewery, Korea’s second largest brewer, financed through the issuance of secured floating rate notes and the borrowing of secured loans (2001)
  • China Investment Corporation, Goldman Sachs PIA, Thomson S.A. and Treasury Corporation of Victoria on their respective acquisitions, dispositions and other corporate matters
Securities offerings and other financings – advising:
  • BHP Billiton Limited on its US$6.4 billion Rule 144A/Reg S hybrid notes offering issued by BHP Billiton Finance (2015)
  • National Australia Bank Limited on its A$5.5 billion (approximately US$4.4 billion) rights issue of ordinary shares (2015)
  • Costa Group Holdings Limited on its A$550.7 million (approximately US$405.9 million) IPO and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (2015)
  • Telstra Corporation on its Rule 144A offering of US$1 billion of senior notes (2015)
  • AquaSure on its U.S. private placement of US$450 million 3.28% guaranteed senior secured notes and A$152 million floating rate guaranteed senior secured notes (2015)
  • CIMIC Group Limited (formerly Leighton Holdings Limited), through its subsidiary CIMIC Finance (USA) Pty Ltd, on its five-day cash tender offer for certain outstanding guaranteed senior notes (2015)
  • The agents to Macquarie Bank Limited’s dual-tranche debt offering for US$1.5 billion (2014) and US$750 million (2015)
  • Monash University on its U.S. private placement of US$85 million and A$50 million of unsecured senior notes (2015)
  • Woodside Petroleum on its Rule 144A offering of US$1 billion of senior notes (2015)
  • Orora Limited on the U.S. private placement of US$250 million of guaranteed senior notes issued by its wholly owned subsidiary, Orora DGP (2015)
  • Telstra Corporation on Autohome's US$410 million SEC-registered follow-on offering (2014)
  • Healthscope Limited on its A$2.3 billion IPO and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (2014)
  • Asaleo Care Limited on its US$618 million IPO and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (2014)
  • ANZ New Zealand (Int’l) Limited (ANZNIL) on its US$100 million offering of notes, offered under a US$10 billion senior medium-term notes program of ANZ New Zealand and ANZNIL (2014)
  • Bank of New Zealand on its US$750 million offering of senior unsecured notes (2014)
  • Suncorp-Metway Limited on its US$15 billion senior medium-term notes program (2014)
  • Telstra Corporation on Autohome’s initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange (2013)
  • St Barbara Limited on its Rule 144A senior secured debt offering (2013)
  • Telstra Corporation on its Rule 144A debt offering (2011)
  • QR National on its initial public offering in Australia, with a Rule 144A offering in the United States (2010)
  • Telstra Corporation on the initial public offering of Sou Fun Holdings in which Telstra held a majority equity stake (2010)
  • KongZhong Corporation on its private placement of a convertible senior note and a warrant for ordinary shares to Nokia Growth Partners (2009)
  • China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. on its US$221 million initial public offering and NYSE listing (2007)
  • The underwriters on the US$150 million IPO and Nasdaq listing by Solarfun Power Holdings Co. (2006)
  • Thomson S.A. on its HK$271 million sale of an approximately 10% stake in TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2006)
  • Bank of China on its US$11.18 billion IPO, which included a public offering and listing in Hong Kong and a Rule 144A offering in the United States (2006)
  • The initial purchaser on the US$490 million Regulations S offering and Luxembourg Stock Exchange listing by Cathay Financial Holding Co. Ltd. (2004)
  • The initial purchasers on the US$522 million Rule 144A/Regulation S GDS offering and Luxembourg Stock Exchange listing by Cathay Financial Holding Co. Ltd. (2004)
  • KongZhong Corporation on its US$100 million SEC-registered IPO and Nasdaq listing (2004)
  • Ping An Insurance (Group) Company Ltd. on its US$2.11 billion initial public offering, which included a public offering and listing in Hong Kong and a Rule 144A offering in the United States (2004)
  • The initial purchaser on the US$70 million Rule 144A/Regulation S convertible notes offering by Sohu.com (2003)
  • China Telecom on its US$1.5 billion SEC-­registered initial public offering and NYSE listing (2002-2003)
  • The purchaser on the US$700 million Rule­144A/Regulation S convertible notes offering by Cathay Financial Holding Co. Ltd. (2002)
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc. on its NYSE listing (2001-­2002)
  • Tata Motors Limited (formerly known as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company Limited) on its Rule 144A/Regulation S rights offering (2001)
  • Various Australian enterprises, including Alumina, Asciano, BHP Billiton, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Queensland Treasury Corporation, Woodside Petroleum and Woolworths on their respective disclosure and financings matters