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Yuval Tal is the head of our Hong Kong and Beijing offices and a partner in our Corporate Department. He is a general corporate and securities lawyer with diverse experience in cross-border mergers & acquisitions, securities offerings and corporate and real estate finance.

Yuval's practice includes representing clients on financing, mergers & acquisitions (public and private, debt and equity), reorganizations, going-private transactions and structured finance, often including cross border elements. He represents clients from their formation through their sale or public offering. He also advises his clients on day-to-day operational matters, including internal structuring, commercial transactions, employment, consulting arrangements and equity incentive programs. Yuval has worked in industries as varied as real estate, telecommunications, flight training, medical devices, fitness and entertainment. He handles many matters that are unique and the first of their kind, such as Accor’s strategic long-term alliance with Huazhu Hotels Group and its strategic partnership with Singapore-based Banyan Tree Holdings, the "Swissification" of Card Guard as it converted from an Israeli to a Swiss corporation on the first public offering of a Delaware company on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange.

Yuval is recognized by Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific and IFLR1000, where clients described him as having “strengths - the ability to think seven moves ahead of competition.” Clients also appreciate his “ability to play the honest broker to all parties involved, and to bridge the different cultures, legal systems and language barriers and to continually solve the unsolvable,” adding: “he was completely invested in the deal in a way lawyers seldom are, and his creativity and efforts allowed us to bridge considerable gaps between the parties and find common ground."

Yuval represents Asian clients and clients based outside of Asia in inbound and outbound transactions. Recent representations include:

  • GRAMMY Museum® and The Recording Academy® in the international expansion to open the first GRAMMY Museum in Sanya, a resort town on southern China’s Hainan Island
  • Tahal Assets in the approximately $150 million sale of its wholly owned China-based water infrastructure subsidiary, Kardan Water International Group Ltd (KWIG), to China Gezhouba Group Investment

  • Accor

    • in its strategic partnership with the Singapore-based Banyan Tree Holdings which involves the acquisition of up to 10% of Banyan Tree and a unique collaboration to develop and manage Banyan Tree branded hotels around the world

    • in its agreement to form a strategic and long-term alliance with Huazhu Hotels Group (also known as China Lodging Group) to create the most prominent and diversified hotel company in China

    • in its $2.9 billion acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, which owns Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands

  • Kardan Land in two tranches of the sale of its sale of Chengdu mall to BR Spicy and MGPA for a consideration of approximately $152 million

  • Angkor Hospital for Children, Cambodia’s first teaching hospital, in its multijurisdictional asset transfer from a U.S. entity to a Hong Kong entity, in order to assist management on the ground to gain control of its operations

  • Proprium Capital Partners, LLC, in its acquisition of non-convertible debentures listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange issued by Parsavanth Estate Developers Private Limited, an India-based real estate developer

  • Grifols in its $1.7 billion agreement to acquire the transfusion diagnostics unit of Novartis with subsidiaries and business operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia 

  • Jefferies in the offering of $535 million senior secured payment-in-kind notes due 2015 by MD America Energy Holdings, Inc., subsidiary of Meidu Holding Co., Ltd., a real estate development and trading company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange

  • Franshion Properties, a leading real estate developer in China listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in the subscription of 20% interest in one of its real estate project companies by Warburg Pincus

  • RRJ Capital Ltd. in its agreement to invest more than $300 million in Cheniere Energy Partners, LP, an owner and operator of liquefied natural gas receiving terminals in the U.S.

  • The Recording Academy (the Grammy® Award organization) in its strategic transaction with the Beijing Music Festival
  • Mori Building Co., Ltd., one of Japan’s largest real estate developers, in its investment in Hyatt Hotels Corp.
  • A major shareholder of China Biologic Products, a China-based biopharmaceutical company listed on NASDAQ, in its sale of shares to Warburg Pincus 

  • Bessemer Venture Partners in its investment in Orient Green Power Company Limited, an Indian company focused on renewable energy generation
  • An Asia based fund in a $300 million development of a New York hotel

Yuval’s clients include JPMorgan, Jefferies, Credit-Suisse, RRJ Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, One Equity Partners, PAG, Starwood Capital, Colony Capital, DLJ, Thor Urban Retail Fund, Big Flower, Star Ventures, Formula Ventures and Giza Venture Capital in structuring, restructuring, managing and disposing of investments in Asia, Europe and the United States.

As a member of the Private Equity Real Estate and Lodging & Gaming Groups, Yuval has worked on transactions involving mixed-use development and construction, acquisition and sale, restructuring and public offerings of real estate, hotel and casino companies. His real estate and hospitality work has included transactions for properties from China to Israel to the United States. He has many years of experience with hotel licensing, franchising and management. He has worked on projects involving Accor, Caesar’s/Harrah’s, Colony Capital, Garret Group, Hilton, Hyatt, Inter-Continental, Raffles, Starwood Capital, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Swissotel, Wyndham and many others. Yuval has worked on single and multi-property transactions, as well as sales of chains and brands and regularly represents both owners and managers.

Yuval is on the Steering Committee of the Hospitality Development Council of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is also a regular speaker at real estate and hospitality related conferences such as the Hotel Investment Conference Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong.

Notable real estate projects include:

  • Accor's $1.3 billion sale of Red Roof Inn and $625 million sale-and-management-back transaction for eight U.S. Sofitels between Accor and a joint venture between Gem Realty Capital and Whitehall
  • Crowne Plaza Times Square’s sale-and-management-back transaction
  • The Setai’s $300 million plus development in New York
  • The development of a major mixed-use property in Israel

Prior to rejoining Proskauer in 1999, Yuval practiced law in Israel, representing Israeli clients in transactions in Europe and the United States and European and U.S.-based clients in transactions in Israel. He handled transactions for major publicly traded Israeli companies such as Clal (Israel) Ltd., LifeWatch, Kitan Consolidated Ltd., Orckit Communications Ltd., ECI Telecom Ltd., Scitex Corporation Ltd. and Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. Since joining Proskauer, Yuval has continued to represent Israeli clients on a wide range of corporate and securities matters.

Ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 - Leading Individual