With over 25 years of M&A experience, Mr. Ong is consistently recognized as a leader in his field by numerous legal directories including Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Chambers noted that he is “described by clients as ‘detail-driven, but with a strategic mind to solve the big issues we come across in our investments.’”
Mr. Ong regularly represents global strategic investors and financial sponsors, as well as boards of Hong Kong-listed companies, on buyouts, control acquisitions, minority investments, co-investments and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Ong is qualified in England & Wales and Hong Kong.
Selected transactions on which Mr. Ong has advised include:
- General Atlantic in the participation in a $14 billion fundraising for Ant Financial Services Group, the operator of China’s biggest online payment and financial services platform. This transaction was, at the time, the largest-ever single fundraising round by a private company
- Vistra Group, a portfolio company of Baring Private Equity Asia, in the acquisition of Radius Group, a provider of international corporate expansion and administrative services, from HG Pooled Management Ltd.
- Huanxi Media Group Ltd., a Hong Kong-listed leading film maker and investor, in various matters including its strategic alliance with, and issuance of new equity to, Maoyan Entertainment
- Anchor Equity Partners as lead investor in the investment in Cue Holdings, an integrated digital marketing consultancy in China backed by KKR
- An investor group, led by Providence Equity Partners and others, in the landmark acquisition of Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd., including its controlling stake in TVB, the leading free-to-air broadcaster in Hong Kong
- A sovereign wealth fund in multiple matters, including (1) the sale of its interests in Dufry AG, a Swiss operator of duty-free shops worldwide, to HNA Group, (2) a number of its private investments in China including an online provider of education services and a restaurant chain, (3) its participation in, and funding of, certain Hong Kong take-private deals, (4) a number of its pre-Hong Kong IPO and cornerstone investments, (5) certain sell-down and exit programs following IPO and (6) certain PIPE and similar deals
- EQT Capital Partners in the acquisition of ELEVATE Global, a provider of consulting, training and assessment services with respect to supply chain social and environmental business performance
- SUEZ Environnement in multiple matters, including (1) the multi-billion strategic alliance in connection with the waste water and waste-to-energy sectors in Chongqing, including the acquisition of a 25% stake in Chongqing Derun and a 51% stake in Shanghai-listed Chongqing Water Group and (2) the sale of a 38% stake in Companhia de Electricidade de Macau - CEM, S.A., Macau’s power provider, for $612 million to Nam Kwong Development, a China state-owned enterprise
- The founder of ChinaVision Media Group (now known as Alibaba Pictures Group Ltd.), together with two of China’s top film producers and directors, in the acquisition of a controlling stake in a Hong Kong-listed company to form Huanxi Media Group
- Lenovo Group, a Hong Kong-listed personal computer maker (the world's largest) and worldwide provider of IT products and services, in a number of transactions including its approximately $2.9 billion acquisition of the Motorola Mobility smartphone business from Google
- Grohe Group in the increase in its shareholding to approximately 72.3% in Joyou, a manufacturer of bathroom, kitchen and other faucets, and its initial $439 million voluntary public tender offer for all of Joyou’s shares
- Iron Mountain Incorporated in the $380 million sale of its online backup & recovery, digital archiving and eDiscovery solutions to Autonomy Corporation plc, a leader in the development of meaning based computing
- Yahoo! in the $4.5 billion sale of its operating business to Verizon Communications Inc.
- PCCW Limited in various transactions, including its 50/50 international connectivity joint venture with Telstra Corporation, which involved the division of the majority of Reach’s assets and operations between PCCW and Telstra
- China Media Capital in the agreement with News Corporation to acquire a controlling stake in STAR TV China, owner of three Chinese television channels and the Fortune Star Chinese movie library
- Ardian in the restructuring of convertible bonds in HK-listed Sage International Group, the spin-off of certain business lines and the acquisition of exchangeable notes