Wu, Charles

Charles Wu


Partner

 

Overview

Charles Wu is a Partner in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP. Charles has extensive experience in a wide range of corporate, securities and transactional matters, including mergers involving both public and private companies, public and private offerings of securities, stock and asset acquisitions and sales, compliance with securities laws, joint ventures, corporate governance and commercial contracts. Charles represents numerous prominent Asia-based companies and investment funds in connection with their cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, financings and other business activities in the United States.

Representative Experience

Major U.S. Inbound Transactional Experience
  • Representation of a Chinese tire manufacturer in connection with its greenfield investment in North Carolina with a total investment amount over $580 million
  • Representation of a Chicago based NASDAQ listed company in connection with its SEC compliance and general corporate matters
  • Representation of the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world in connection with its restructuring efforts in the U.S.
  • Representation of a Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed company in connection with its proposed acquisition of a Michigan based lithium battery manufacturer
  • Representation of a Chinese public company in connection with its proposed acquisition of an Illinois based genetic testing lab
  • Representation of a Beijing based automotive investment fund in connection with its proposed acquisition of a California based electric car manufacturer in Chapter 11
  • Representation of a Chinese public company in its proposed acquisition of an Arizona based slide rail manufacturer for approximately $90 million
  • Representation of a Chinese public company in connection with its proposed acquisition of certain assets from SunEdison in Chapter 11
  • Representation of a Shanghai based private equity fund in its formation of a real estate joint venture with a U.S. based developer and subsequent acquisitions of real estate projects throughout the U.S.
  • Representation of Hybrid Kinetic, a Hong Kong listed company, in its proposed acquisition of a majority interest in a NYSE listed electric motor manufacturer based in Colorado
  • Representation of a major Chinese bank in its construction loan to a real estate development project in Chicago with principal amount over $6 billion
  • Representation of a Chinese public company in its proposed acquisition of the electric motor business from a U.S. based Fortune 50 company for approximately $1.2 billion
  • Representation of the founder and controlling shareholder of a China based auto parts manufacturer in the proposed going private transaction and subsequent delisting from NASDAQ
  • Representation of Chengdu Tianbao Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of a Wisconsin based environmental technology company for approximately $80 million
  • Representation of a Hong Kong listed Chinese State-owned asset management company in its $50 million equity investment in a “Class A” office tower in Chicago. At the time of closing, the transaction, with a total valuation over $300 million, was the largest known real estate investment by any Chinese investor in the U.S. outside of New York and California
  • Representation of the Chicago branch of Bank of China in a series of commercial loans and mortgages to borrowers in the U.S.
  • Representation the U.S. subsidiaries of a major Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer in making a series of investments in the U.S. and general corporate matters
  • Representation of a Beijing based Chinese aviation company in its proposed $1.79 billion acquisition of a U.S. aircraft manufacturing company in Chapter 11
  • Representation of a major state-owned Chinese oil company in its proposed EPC contract in a clean energy project in Texas with a contract value in excess of $1.3 billion
  • Represented the founders and controlling shareholders of a series of China-based companies listed in the U.S. in going private and going dark transactions
  • Represented a U.S. based private equity fund in a series of PIPE investments in China-based public companies listed in the U.S.
  • Represented a Hong Kong based private equity fund, in its proxy fight involving a China-based Cayman company listed on NYSE
  • Representation of a China-based Cayman company in its sale to a U.S. based public company with its ordinary shares listed on NASDAQ for a transaction value of approximately $100 million
  • Representation of a major Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer in its $200 million acquisition of certain IP assets from a Swedish automotive manufacturer
  • Representation of a large European based agricultural company in its acquisition of a horticulture business in Florida

Major U.S. Outbound Transactional Experience

  • Representation of a Hong Kong based private equity arm of a major U.S. investment bank in a number of venture capital/private equity investments in a number of Chinese companies, including a cosmetic company based in Guangzhou, an online pet product company based in Shanghai and a budget hotel chain based in Zhejiang
  • Representation of a UK based private equity fund, in its acquisition of a controlling interest in a China based restaurant chain for approximately RMB 200 million
  • Representation of a U.S. Fortune 100 company in its acquisition of a 20% equity stake in a China-based restaurant chain listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with a market value of more than $200 million
  • Representation of a number of U.S. manufacturers in connection with setting up their wholly-owned subsidiaries and/or joint ventures in China
  • Representation of a China-based real estate company in its proposed initial public offering in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and related Rule 144A offering

Major U.S. Domestic Transactional Experience

  • Representation of State National for the initial public offering of its common stock and listing on NASDAQ
  • Representation of National General Holdings Corp. for the initial public offering of its common stock and listing on NASDAQ
  • Representation of an Oklahoma based oil and gas exploration and production public company in a three-way combination with a Nevada public corporation and a private Delaware limited partnership for a transaction value of approximately $100 million
  • Representation of a major chemical manufacturer based in Michigan in the sale of its contract manufacturer business to a hydrocarbon refiner for approximately $50 million
  • Representation of the parent of a Chicago-based major futures and options exchange, in its merger with a financial and derivative exchange (market value of approximately $12 billion as of closing), as well as the evaluation and negotiation of an unsolicited third party offer after the merger agreement has been entered into
  • Represented a leading international food manufacturer in its acquisition of a California-based weight loss product company for approximately $600 million
  • Representation of a publicly traded clothing company based in Wisconsin in its $312 million sale to a private equity backed clothing manufacturer
  • Representation of a Fortune 50 major telecommunication company in its acquisition of a transportation management software company based in Minnesota
  • Representation of a chemical company in its stock-for-stock merger with another publicly traded chemical company, in which the latter became a subsidiary of the former (market value in excess of $1.5 billion as of the date of announcement)
  • Representation of a private equity fund in its leveraged buyout of a California-based ski resort for a deal value of approximately $350 million 
  • Representation of a major U.S. nutrition/pharmaceutical company, valued at approximately $7.3 billion in its split-off via exchange offer from its parent company
  • Representation of a Wisconsin based Fortune 100 company in its exchange offer of outstanding convertible senior notes and equity units
  • Representation of a Michigan based major chemical company in the secondary offering of common stock.
  • Representation of a Bermuda-based insurance company in its initial public offering on NYSE

Professional History

  • Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Associate, Mayer Brown LLP