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海问协助帝亚吉欧完成对水井坊总金额约人民币60.84亿元的部分要约收购

2018年8月17日,Diageo plc(以下简称“帝亚吉欧”)的全资间接子公司Grand Metropolitan International Holdings Limited成功完成了对A股上市公司四川水井坊股份有限公司(股票代码:600779,以下简称“水井坊”)的部分要约收购。本次要约收购的交易价格为61.38元/股,交易总金额约人民币60.84亿元。本次要约收购完成后,帝亚吉欧直接或间接合计持有水井坊60%的股份。

帝亚吉欧为一家全球性跨国公司,是世界领先的高端酒类公司,旗下拥有众多酒类品牌,在全球180多个国家和地区都开展有酒类经营业务,并同时在伦敦证券交易所(代码DGE)和纽约证券交易所(代码DEO)上市。水井坊是中国唯一一家外资控股的白酒上市公司,为中国位居前列的酒类品牌之一,在业内拥有良好的品牌价值和市场口碑。

海问自2009年起即作为帝亚吉欧的中国法律顾问,陆续协助帝亚吉欧完成了境内多起重大交易,包括协助帝亚吉欧于2012年完成对水井坊的控股权收购交易及由此所触发的全面要约收购交易,以及本次2018年对水井坊的主动要约收购交易。本次要约收购交易是继海问代表高盛和鼎晖收购双汇集团、代表嘉士伯投资重庆啤酒、代表惠而浦收购合肥三洋后的又一次外商投资A股上市公司领域的里程碑项目,进一步展现了海问在该领域丰富的项目经验以及在上市公司收购交易中处理极端复杂问题和为境内外客户提供多元化、高质量的法律服务的能力。

海问在本次要约收购交易中担任帝亚吉欧的中国法律顾问,全程参与了交易方案设计、合规性论证,协助与主管部门进行沟通并完成相关备案手续,起草、审阅了相关公告文件,并出具了关于本次要约收购的中国法律意见书。海问参与本项目的主要成员为蓝洁、王佩、任建南、陈晓、张高翊。


Haiwen Advised Diageo plc on its Acquisition of Shuijingfang through Partial Tender Offer for a Total Amount of Approximately RMB 6.084 Billion

 

On August 17, 2018, Grand Metropolitan International Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Diageo plc (“Diageo”), successfully completed its acquisition of Sichuan Swellfun Co., Ltd. (stock code: 600779, hereinafter referred to as “Shuijingfang”), an A-share listed company, through partial tender offer.  The tender offer price is RMB 61.38 per share and the total transaction amount is approximately RMB 6.084 billion.  After the completion of this tender offer, Diageo directly or indirectly holds aggregate 60% equity interest in Shuijingfang.

Diageo is a global multinational company. It is a world-leading high-end liquor company and owns a wide range of alcohol brands with alcohol business in more than 180 countries and regions.  Currently, it is listed on both London Stock Exchange (code DGE) and New York Stock Exchange (code DEO).  Shuijingfang is the only foreign-controlled liquor listed company in China and one of the top alcohol brands in China, and has well-recognized brand value and market reputation in the industry.

Haiwen has acted as the PRC legal counsel to Diageo since 2009, and assisted Diageo in completing a number of domestic major transactions, including Diageo’s acquisition of Shuijingfang’s control in 2012 and the general tender offer triggered thereby, as well as this partial tender offer transaction in 2018.   This partial tender offer project demonstrates Haiwen’s rich experience in foreign investment in A-share listed companies, following Haiwen’s representing Goldman Sachs and CDH’s acquisition of Shuanghui, Carlsberg’s investment in Chongqing Beer and Whirlpool’s acquisition of Hefei Sanyo, and shows our ability to handle complex issues in listed company acquisition transactions and to provide diversified and high quality legal services to both domestic and foreign clients.

Haiwen acted as the PRC legal counsel of Diageo in this tender offer transaction, participated in designing transaction plans, demonstrating compliance issues, assisting in communication with competent authorities and completing relevant filing procedures, drafting and reviewing relevant announcement documents and issuing the PRC legal opinion.  The principle members of Haiwen team are Lan Jie, Wang Pei, Ren Jiannan, Chen Xiao and Zhang Gaoyi.