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The head of the China Practice Group and the Asia Communications and Technology Practice Group, Jeanette K. Chan is a partner in the Corporate Department and splits her time between the firm’s offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.


Jeanette's practice focuses on foreign direct investments into the PRC, with an emphasis on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. She has also been an active participant in the Chinese telecommunications, IT and media markets since 1994, when they first opened to foreign companies. The other industries Jeanette has been involved in include insurance, banking, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and health care.

  • Ageas Insurance International N.V. in the HK$10,688 million (Eur 1,230 million) sale of its Hong Kong insurance subsidiary to JD.Capital, a China-based asset manager.
  • Tencent, a leading provider of diversified technology internet services in China, in a US$1.55 billion joint investment with, a China-based online shopping services company, in Bitauto Holdings Limited, a China-based Internet content and marketing provider for the automotive industry.
  • DreamWorks Animation on its ground-breaking joint venture with various Chinese partners to establish the leading China-focused family entertainment company in the PRC - Oriental DreamWorks.
  • Shanghai Shendi Group Co., a new PRC state-owned enterprise, in its joint venture withThe Walt Disney Co. to build its first mainland China theme park in Shanghai. The Shanghai Disney theme park will be the first world-class and Disney branded resort encompassing Chinese and Shanghai characteristics in China. The joint venture, ten years in the making, was an extremely complicated transaction and is said to be worth in excess of US$3.5 billion.
  • on the largest ever private financing for a private sector Chinese company, and the largest non-LBO private financing for a technology company globally in Alibaba's US$1.6 billion buyback of Yahoo!, representing Silver Lake and Temasek Holdings.
  • The Astro Group in its merger of Celestial Television and Tiger Gate Entertainment, creating a new media company, Celestial Tiger Entertainment Limited.
  • The Carlyle Group on its controlling stake in China's Mandarin Hotel Holdings Ltd.
  • Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited in its disposition of its entire interest in SpeedCast Holdings Limited, the Hong Kong-based network and satellite communications service provider, to SpeedCast Acquisitions Limited.
  • Motorola on the sale of its networks business to Nokia Siemens Networks in Hong Kong and China.

Jeanette spent several years with Paul, Weiss in Hong Kong, New York, Beijing and Shanghai prior to relocating to Hong Kong in 1992. She also spent almost two years based in Hong Kong as the Senior International Legal Advisor of Cable & Wireless, plc for the Asia Pacific region, assisting with their operations and business development teams in the region.

Jeanette is frequently recognized as one of the world's leading PRC law practitioners, particularly in the communications, media and technology industries, by various publications, including:

  • "Leading Lawyer" in Hong Kong for private equity by IFLR1000 (2016)
  • "Leading Individual" for TMT in Hong Kong and private equity/venture capital (foreign firm) in China by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  (2016)
  • "Best in M&A and Private Equity" at the Euromoney Legal Media Group  Asia Women in Business Law Awards (2015)
  • "Dealmaker of the Year" at the Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards (2015)
  • "Band 1" Leading Individual for private equity/buyouts & venture capital investment (international firm) and TMT (international firm) in China by Chambers Asia-Pacific  (2015)
  • Leading Lawyer for Mergers & Acquisitions and Telecoms & Media in Hong Kong by Who's Who Legal  (2015)
  • Asian Legal Business's Client Choice Hot 75 - one of the top 75 practitioners in Asia (2013)
  • Leading Female Lawyer for TMT at the Euromoney Legal Media Group's Asia Women in Business Law Awards (2013)

Jeanette is a member of the New York Bar. She is also admitted to practice law in Canada and Hong Kong and is a non-practicing solicitor of England and Wales. Jeanette is a foreign legal consultant of the All China Lawyer's Association.



  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1986
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, 1983
  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1980


  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Shanghainese

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Hong Kong
  • England and Wales (non-practising)

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Oct 29, 2015 | Events

Paul, Weiss Sponsors The Women’s Foundation Annual Gala Dinner in Hong Kong

Sep 30, 2015 | Publications

Jeanette Chan Authors Article on China’s Draft Cybersecurity Law for Hong Kong Lawyer

Sep 18, 2015 | Events

Paul, Weiss Sponsors 30% Club Boardroom Lunch for Aspiring Women Directors in Hong Kong

Aug 30, 2015 | News

Ageas Agrees to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business to JD Capital

Sep 01, 2015 | Events

Jeanette Chan and Jack Lange to Participate in IBA M&A Conference 

Aug 04, 2015 | News

Tencent Offers to Acquire eLong

Apr 15, 2015 | News

WME IMG to Acquire Professional Bull Riders Inc. 

Mar 25, 2015 | Events

Jeanette Chan to Moderate a Panel at IFLR's Asia Women in Business Law Forum

Mar 05, 2015 | Events

Paul, Weiss Supports International Women’s Day in Hong Kong

Jan 22, 2015 | Publications

China’s Draft Foreign Investment Law to Revolutionize Foreign Investment Regime in China

Oct 23, 2014 | News

Shaw Kwei Makes Significant Investments in the Manufacturing and Logistics Sectors

Sep 18, 2014 | News

Spectrum Brands Agrees to Acquire Tell Manufacturing

Aug 15, 2014 | News

Nielsen & Bainbridge Acquires The Home Décor Companies

May 06, 2014 | News

William Morris Endeavor Closes Acquisition of IMG

May 08, 2014 | Events

Panel: "Innovate or Die" - Driving the Growth Agenda in Asia

Apr 09, 2014 | News

Paul, Weiss Advises IMAX in Sale to Strategic Investors

Mar 03, 2014 | News

Hony Capital Completes Equity Investment in STX Filmworks

Of Note

Nov 11, 2015

Jeanette Chan Recognized as “Best in M&A and Private Equity” at Asia Women in Business Law Awards

Sep 28, 2015

Jeanette Chan and Hong Kong and Tokyo Offices Shortlisted for Asia Women in Business Awards

Sep 11, 2015

Jeanette Chan Wins Dealmaker of the Year at ALB Hong Kong Law Awards

Aug 18, 2015

Paul, Weiss Shortlisted for Three ALB Hong Kong Law Awards

Sep 30, 2014

Jeanette Chan Shortlisted for Asia Women in Business Awards, as Well as Hong Kong and Tokyo Offices

Nov 20, 2013

Jeanette Chan Named Leading
TMT Female Lawyer by IFLR

Oct 06, 2013

Asian Legal Business Names Paul, Weiss Transaction "Equity Market Deal of the Year" and "M&A Deal of the Year"

Jul 24, 2013

AmLaw Recognizes Paul, Weiss for
“Global M&A Deal of the Year: Canada”

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