Bio

Layton Z. Niu represents public and private companies, private equity investors and financial institutions on mergers, acquisitions, investments, disposals and other corporate matters.

Mr. Niu has served as counsel to:

  • JD.com, Inc. in its:
    • strategic partnership with Google, including Google’s US$550 million investment in JD; and
    • strategic cooperation with Tencent Holdings Limited valued at over US$800 million, including issuance of Class A ordinary shares to Tencent;
  • Baidu, Inc. in the divestment of its financial services business and sale of a majority stake of that business for US$1.9 billion to a consortium led by TPG Capital and The Carlyle Group;
  • Ctrip.com International, Ltd. in a share exchange transaction with Naspers Limited, in which Naspers exchanged its stake in the Nasdaq-listed MakeMyTrip Limited for newly issued shares in Ctrip;
  • ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. in a strategic agreement with Alibaba and its logistics arm Cainiao Network, pursuant to which investors led by Alibaba and Cainiao invested US$1.38 billion in ZTO in exchange for an approximately 10 percent equity stake in ZTO;
  • Internet Plus Holdings Ltd. (now known as Meituan Dianping) in its acquisition of the bike-sharing firm Mobike Ltd;
  • Bytedance, VSPN and other companies in their late-stage private equity financings;
  • ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co. Ltd. in its US$100 million joint venture with SoftBank Vision Fund;
  • WeWork Companies, Inc. in a US$500 million investment in WeWork China led by Trustbridge Partners, Temasek, SoftBank, SoftBank Vision Fund, and Hony Capital;
  • Renren Inc., the owner of Kaixin Auto Group, in Kaixin’s US$454 million combination with CM Seven Star Acquisition Corporation;
  • FountainVest Partners in:
    • its establishment of a joint venture in China with WME | IMG together with Sequoia Capital China and Tencent; and
    • a large number of investments in leading China-based businesses, such as DIH Technology Limited and Codoon;
  • Ping An ZQ China Growth Opportunity Limited in a US$210 million strategic investment in the NYSE-listed Nu Skin Enterprises;
  • ZQ Capital Limited in a leveraged buyout transaction for the acquisition of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, a medical device manufacturer;
  • LionRock Capital in connection with several investment and acquisition transactions; and
  • Horizons Ventures Limited, the private investment arm of Li Ka-Shing, in its investments in various early-stage technology companies based in the United States and Canada.

Mr. Niu also has experience in certain other areas of law, including SEC-registered securities offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S private placements and private investment fund formation. Mr. Niu joined Skadden’s New York office in 2013, before relocating to the Hong Kong office.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2013
  • B.A., China University of Political Science and Law, 2010

Admissions

  • New York
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong

Layton Z. Niu

Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York), Corporate
layton.niu@skadden.com