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CO-WRITTEN / PARTNER | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

20 years of guiding clients through complex legal systems

THOMAS, MAYER & ASSOCIES (TMA) is a French law firm established in Hong Kong in 1995. TMA specializes in the economic migration of companies from Europe to South-East Asia, particularly China, and from South-East Asia to Europe, particularly France. TMA provides its clients with the possibility to carry out their investment projects owing to technical solutions based on its in-depth knowledge of the economic and legal environments of these regions, together with its more than 20 years of experience in the commercial and legal practices of the relevant countries.

20th anniversary
Starting from scratch, TMA has become in 20 years a key player in the closing of deals between France and Hong Kong. With the largest number of French lawyers in a single office in Asia, TMA advises its clients in all areas of international business law. We are proud to advise all sorts of clients from middle sized companies to larger groups of the CAC 40 or the main board of the HK Stock Exchange.

Originally TMA was set up in Hong Kong to serve the needs of French companies seeking to invest in mainland China through Hong Kong. This is our expertise. We see ourselves as a two way bridge between France and China and Hong Kong, but also between the world of civil law (France) and the world of common law (Hong Kong). They are the two main systems of law and this is our edge: being able to guide our clients through these worlds and into the Chinese legal and economic systems.

TMA will continue to advise and assist foreign investments in South East Asia in general and in China in particular via Hong Kong and vice versa. Hong Kong is the ideal platform to connect China (and South East Asia) to the rest of the world. This is what we do. And this needs to be done from Hong Kong.
As TMA has built over the past 20 years an extensive network of various professionals in all fields of business law in every province and in the main cities of China, we are operational almost everywhere with no delay.

Making deals in France on behalf of our Chinese clients
As Chinese investments in France (and in French-speaking Africa) will increase in the coming years, our expectation is to be the reference in the making of deals on behalf of our Chinese clients. This year we advised Tech Pro Technologies, listed on the main board in HK, in their purchase of the Football Club of Sochaux-Montbéliard from PSA. This deal is one of the most remarked transactions of the year between China/HK and France. Acquiring and restructuring companies is our core expertise and we are certain to play a key role in this area in facilitating and making such deals, this is TMA’s challenge for the next five years.

Deal of the Year 2015
TMA advised the Hong Kong listed company Tech Pro Technology which is principally engaged in the manufacturing and sales of LED lighting products and LED lighting parts under the international brand Ledus.

The acquisition of FC Sochaux will strengthen Tech Pro Technology group’s hold on the LED market in Europe, and particularly in France, as well as affirm Ledus’ expansion through both the media and FC Sochaux related products.

Tech Pro Technology and Ledus Club Limited were advised in France by Thomas, Mayer & Associés (Eric-Jean Thomas, Senior partner and Emma Bensoussan-Crémieux, Managing partner).

Automobiles Peugeot was advised by LatournerieWolfrom Avocats (Caroline Basdevant-Soulié, partner, Claire-Marie Toupé, associate).

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