Timothy Bancroft Public Company Cross-Border Mergers Acquisitions Lawyer

Timothy B. Bancroft

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Timothy Bancroft Public Company Cross-Border Mergers Acquisitions Lawyer

Representative Matters

Sohu.com Inc. Reorganization Resulting in Sohu.com Limited

China-based online media, video, search, and game client Sohu.com Inc., which was a Delaware corporation traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, was dissolved and liquidated in a reorganization transaction that resulted in Sohu.com Limited, a Cayman Islands company, replacing the Delaware corporation as the top-tier, publicly-traded holding company of the Sohu Group.

Legal Counsel to the Special Committee of China Distance Educations Holdings Limited

We served as the U.S. legal counsel to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of China Distance Education Holdings Limited. Through a going-private merger, a consortium consisting primarily of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the target company acquired all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the target, including ordinary shares represented by American depositary shares, that they did not already own.

International Transaction, U.S. Securities, and U.S. Tax Counsel in Complex Reorganization Transaction

International transaction, U.S. securities, and U.S. tax counsel in a complex reorganization transaction in which the China-based Sohu Group’s top-tier, NASDAQ-listed Delaware holding company, Sohu.com Inc., was liquidated and replaced by a Cayman Islands company, Sohu.com Limited, as the publicly-traded holding company, also on NASDAQ and with the same shareholders as had held the shares of Sohu.com Inc.

Outside General Corporate and Securities Counsel in the U.S. for Sohu.com

Outside U.S. general corporate, securities, M&A, and U.S. tax counsel to Sohu.com, a leading Chinese online media, communications, search, online games, and mobile value-added services company (NASDAQ SOHU); representation has included multiple acquisitions and, most recently, the complex reorganization of the publicly-traded top-tier holding company from a Delaware corporation to a Cayman Islands company.

Counsel to Issuer in Sogou IPO

Issuer's counsel in the IPO on the NYSE of Sogou Inc., an innovator in search and a leader in China’s Internet industry; continue to represent the company as U.S. general corporate and securities counsel.

Counsel to Issuer in Changyou.com IPO

Issuer’s counsel in the IPO on NASDAQ of Changyou.com Limited, a leading online game developer and operator in China; continue to represent the company as U.S. general corporate and securities counsel.

eLong Go-Private Transaction

Representation of eLong, Inc., a leading mobile and online travel service provider in China, as U.S. securities, general corporate and M&A counsel, and in connection with its 2016 going-private transaction.

Strategic Cooperation Agreement and $450M Investment in Sogou

Representation of Sogou Inc. in a $450 million investment in Sogou by Tencent Holdings Limited and a strategic cooperation agreement between Sogou and Tencent.

Fox Financial Peer-to-Peer Lending

Representation of Fox Financial Internet Finance Group Limited, the developer and operator of an Internet-based platform, for peer-to-peer lending in China.

Web-Based English Language Instruction Company Targeting Chinese Market

Representation of an interactive, Web-based English language instruction company targeting the Chinese market.

Single-Serve Cold Beverage System Developer Counsel

Representation of the developer and distributor of a single-serve cold beverage system.

Nanotechnology-Based QD Film Display Developer Counsel

Representation of the developer of advanced nanotechnology-based QD film for displays.

Executive Employment Arrangements and Equity Incentives

Representation of both companies and executives in connection with executive employment arrangements and equity incentives.

Special Committees

Representation of special board committees in M&A and other transactions requiring separate counsel for independent directors.