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Michael H. Dardzinski

Office: Beijing

Phone number: (86 10) 6535 5818

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Michael is a senior member of DaHui’s Corporate/M&A, Compliance and Dispute Resolution practice groups. He has more than a decade of experience advising clients on corporate matters, M&A transactions, compliance and dispute resolution matters. He has extensive experience structuring complicated cross-border investments within the TMT industry. He also has advised clients in other regulated industries in China, including publishing, education, life sciences, aviation, mining, and real estate.

Michael also represents clients involved in crisis situations that sometimes require coordinated cross-border government relations strategies in connection with government investigations, IP theft and licensing disputes, employee scandals, accounting fraud allegations, Chinese regulatory issues, and potential public scandals.

As part of his corporate practice, Michael also regularly advises founders, early stage companies, venture capital funds and private equity investors on issues ranging from cross-border corporate structuring, intellectual property management, financing and investor rights, key employee agreements, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. 

Michael’s representations include the following matters:

Corporate/M&A

  • Advised global company on the China-related aspects of the sale of its global hydro-energy business
  • Acted for major European bearings manufacturing company in multiple acquisitions in China
  • Advised private equity firm in the restructuring of its newspaper advertisement business in China
  • Advised major international construction equipment company in multiple deals in China
  • Assisted major U.S. publisher in the restructuring of its publishing operations in China, including Internet-based business operations
  • Advised major French IT company on its China acquisition of a division of a competitor
  • Advised leading U.S. consumer products retailer on its withdrawal from its strategic investment in China, including on issues such as the sale of its non-listed shares in a Chinese public company and disputes involving key IP rights
  • Advised multiple film production companies in their operations and financing in China
  • Advised sports and entertainment venue operator on its establishment of business operations in China
  • Acted for Chinese air filter manufacturer on the sale of its business to BASF
  • Acted for hotel owner in its negotiation with Aman Resorts concerning management agreements for operations at the Summer Palace
  • Advised U.S. publisher in its negotiation of a joint venture newspaper publishing business in China
  • Advised Chinese SOE in its consideration of a strategic investment in a transaction involving a global leader in the hospitality industry
  • Advised U.S. SPAC on its investment in the cable television industry in China
  • Acted for producers of a major charity concert in Beijing

Private Equity/Venture Capital

  • Advised private equity fund in its pre-IPO investment in a major Chinese entertainment company
  • Advised Israeli-based private equity fund in its potential acquisition of a Chinese IT software company
  • Counsel to leading mobile applications services company in its financing
  • Advised U.S. invested dairy company in its Series B and Series C financing
  • Advised China-based global online event management platform in its establishment and initial financing
  • Acted for environmental technology company in its financing negotiations
  • Advised U.S. PE fund on RMB fund formation issues

Internal Investigations/Regulatory Compliance

  • Advised major U.S. automobile manufacturer in China on PRC anti-corruption regulations in connection with its marketing activities
  • Advised major U.S. retailer on its obligations with respect to Chinese government initiatives to support the establishment and growth of labor unions at foreign companies
  • Handled FCPA-related internal investigation of U.S. publicly listed company’s China JV operations
  • Representing Board of HK listed company in connection with its response to allegations of fraud
  • Advised a battery manufacturer in connection with the shutdown of its manufacturing operations in China
  • Handling internal investigation of a Chinese subsidiary of a U.S. publicly-listed company involving corruption allegations surrounding the dismissal of its CFO
  • Advised several foreign financial institutions on their privacy obligations in China

Dispute Resolution

  • Represented several major U.S. listed companies and their corporate officers in securities enforcement matters and securities fraud class action litigation
  • Acted for a major health and fitness company on its trademark dispute and counterfeiting issues in China
  • Advised sports equipment manufacturer on its trademark disputes in China
  • Advised U.S. medical device manufacturer in connection with litigation in China surrounding its products
  • Advised U.K. broadcasting company on litigation concerning its investments in China
  • Advised major investor in connection with the global bankruptcy of a satellite telecommunications company
  • Advised several news organizations in connection with regulations subject to a WTO dispute
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