Wayne H. Elowe

Shareholder; Co-Chair, Atlanta Corporate & Securities Practice
Shanghai,  China
Phone+86 (0) 21 6391 6633

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Global
  • Life Sciences & Medical Technology
  • Corporate & Securities
Contact InfoTelephone: +86 (0) 21 6391 6633
Fax: +86 (0) 21 6391 6232
EducationConnecticut College (B.A., 1986); Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1992) Notes Editor, Case Western University Law Review
AdmittedGeorgia; Has not taken the Chinese national PRC judicial qualification examination; Illinois (inactive)
LanguagesFrench, Conversational

Wayne H. Elowe concentrates his practice on international business and complex commercial transactions, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing, and technology transactions. He represents publicly traded and privately held multinational corporations, private equity funds and other investors in various industries, including information technology, media, health care, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, telecommunications, outsourcing, chemical and food.

Wayne has represented clients in more than 50 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. He has more than 20 years experience representing U.S. companies doing business in China and representing Chinese public and privately owned companies as their global counsel. Wayne also represents a number of European and Asia-based clients in connection with their transactions and strategic growth in the United States and globally.

In addition to his transactional experience, Wayne also serves in the role of outside general counsel to a number of multinational clients and is actively involved with their senior executive teams in developing and implementing strategy-concerning matters such as new business and product initiatives as well as corporate matters and litigation.

Areas of Concentration

•Cross-border mergers and acquisitions
•International joint ventures
•Strategic alliances
•Media, information technology, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences

Awards & Recognition

•Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of America's Best Corporate Law Firms, 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2011-2012
•Named, Legal Media Group: Guide to Leading Practitioners - China, Leading Practitioner in Mergers and Acquisitions and Finance Law, 2011
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

03.09.15 Greenberg Traurig Hosts Its Second MedTech Partnering Day, an Educational Program for Emerging Medical Device and Technology Companies
01.23.15 Greenberg Traurig's Life Sciences & Medical Technology Group Holds Partnering Workshop and Networking Reception in San Francisco
11.18.14 Greenberg Traurig Shareholders to Serve as Workshop Panelists for Therapeutic Area Partnerships 2014 Conference
09.28.12 Greenberg Traurig's Global Corporate & Securities Practice Expands with the Addition of Wayne H. Elowe in the Atlanta Office

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Quoted, 3 Tips for Navigating Corruption Rules in China, Corporate Counsel, July 6, 2015
•Quoted, APEC Leaders Endorse Two-Year Study of Asia Free Trade Block, Trade Integration, Bloomberg BNA, November 11, 2014
•Speaker, Global Outsourcing: An Overview of Best Practices and Contact Considerations, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel's 23rd Annual All Hands Meeting, December 2011
•Author, When It's Time to Renegotiate, Outsourcing Insight, November 2010
•Author, Selecting the Form of Business Organization, International Construction Law, November 2009
•Author, Critical Success Factors in Negotiating Outsourcing Transactions, Outsourcing Insights, January 2009
•Author, Current Trends in Middle Market M&A - Do Buyers Stand a Chance? Merger Monthly, August 2005 (Also at Atlanta, Georgia Office)

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Represents a global media and technology company as global counsel in connection with the global expansion of its business and product offerings, including counseling on the international organization of its businesses, joint ventures and alliances, FCPA compliance and regulatory compliance.; Represents Neusoft Corporation, a Chinese public company and the largest software development and information technology outsourcing company in China, and its affiliates in connection with various cross-border transactions and joint ventures involving complex technology platforms, venture capital financings and commercial relationships and in connection with FCPA compliance and general corporate matters.; Represents a global clinical research organization in connection with the creation of a joint venture in China to provide clinical research services and in connection with merger and acquisition activity in China.; Represented Dutch manufacturer of complex FDA-approved bottling and food processing equipment in connection with its U.S. and foreign operations including contract negotiations and corporate counseling.; Represented U.S.-based pharmaceutical corporation in connection with all of its corporate matters including the in-licensing of innovative patented technology used in connection with new product development.; Served as lead counsel to Biotest AG, a German publicly traded biotechnology company in signing $500 million global license, development and commercialization agreement with Abbott Laboratories for the further development and commercialization of a novel anti-CD4 antibody for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and psoriasis.; Represented German pharmaceutical company in connection with a $400 million licensing and commercialization transaction to obtain rights to commercialize in the European Union patent technology rights and products developed by a U.S. biotechnology company.; Represented U.S. specialty architectural engineering firm in connection with the formation of a joint venture in the U.A.E. with resect to the design and development of construction projects throughout the Middle East involving health care, biotech and other specialty facilities.; Represented U.S. operator of hospitals in connection with the formation of a Dutch Co-op with a U.S. multibillion health care company to develop a hospital management business throughout the Middle East.; Represented Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in connection with the strategic development and expansion of its business in China.; For 10 years, served as corporate transaction counsel to TLC Beatrice International Holdings, a $2 billion annual revenue multinational, and at the time, the largest African American-owned business in the U.S., in transactions including: the $573 million auction sale of its French food distribution; the $190 million auction sale of its ice cream business in Spain; the 146 million sale of its holding companies located in the Netherlands; the structuring and negotiation of multiple joint ventures, financings and acquisitions in China; the $45 million auction sale of bottling business in the Netherlands and Belgium to management led buy-out group; and; the $500 million liquidation of the parent company and distribution of proceeds to the shareholders resulting in a significant return on equity.; Represented Fortune 500 manufacturer of carpets and floor coverings in connection with structuring an implementing joint ventures and commercial relationships with Chinese manufacturers.; Represented NYSE-traded manufacturer of lighting fixtures in connection with its market entry into China and in connection with a strategic alliance with a Chinese and Dubai-based developer of lighting technology.; Represented UK billionaire investor in connection with the $120 million sale of his casino located in Argentina.; Represented UK billionaire investor in connection with the sale of his Planet Hollywood franchises in Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and the Cayman Islands to a Mexican public company.; Represented Acuity Brands, Inc., one of the world's leading providers of lighting fixtures and related products and services, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets a New Jersey-based manufacturer of lighting products.; Represented a Swedish private equity fund in a $500 million leveraged buyout of a U.S.-based specialty chemical business.; Served as lead counsel to TLC Beatrice International in group with complex minority shareholder put/call issues and with fending off a last minute hostile tender offer launched by a competing French retailer.; Represented one of the world's leading providers of lighting fixtures and related products and services in connection with its venture capital investment in and strategic alliance with Renaissance Lighting to obtain a license to patented LED lighting technology. The transaction involved the evaluation of more than 44 patents and the negotiation of the parties' respective commercialization rights, joint development rights and related ownership rights concerning new intellectual property.; Served as lead counsel in representing a U.S.-based outsourcing services company in acquiring majority ownership interest in India-based outsourcing services provider and in negotiation of master services agreements between the two companies.; Represented health care company in connection with the international aspects of a $1 billion joint venture with NewsCorp.; Served as lead counsel to health care corporation in connection with its joint venture with Japan's Softbank Corp., a telecommunications and media corporation.; Represented, as lead counsel, private equity investors in a $280 million leveraged buyout of a U.S.-based wholesale food distribution business.; The above representations were handled by Mr. Elowe prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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Wayne H. Elowe

Rooms 3125-3141, Shanghai Central Plaza, 381 Huai Hai Zhong Lu
Shanghai 200020

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