Alan Seem


Alan Seem is a corporate partner in the Menlo Park office of Shearman & Sterling LLP. His primary areas of focus are SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S securities offerings, M&A, venture capital and private equity investments and going-private transactions. Alan also regularly advises companies and their boards of directors regarding corporate governance matters, including SEC/stock exchange compliance and disclosure-related matters. Alan was the former head of Shearman & Sterling’s Asia Capital Markets Group and the Beijing Office Managing Partner, having worked 16 years in the Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices, and remains active in the firm’s China practice. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese fluently and is a member of the bar in New York and California.

Alan has been recognized annually as one of the leading individuals for capital markets work by both Chambers Asia and Asia Pacific Legal 500. His recent US IPO experience includes those of Weibo, Renren, Acquity Group, New Oriental Education, Giant Interactive, BitAuto, TAL Education, Hanwha SolarOne, Simcere Pharmaceutical, Nuokang Bio-pharmaceutical, Lentuo International, Ambow Education, SYSWIN and China Mass Media. He has worked with private and public companies in a variety of industries, including:

  • Internet (Weibo, Sina, Renren, Lashou, Giant Interactive, CTrip, BitAuto)
  • Renewable Energy (Suntech, Hanwha SolarOne)
  • Software (Hisoft, Kingsoft, Bleum)
  • Semiconductors (Global Foundries, TSMC, SMIC)
  • Media (China Mass Media, Acquity Group)
  • Telecommunications (Softbank, China Mobile, China Netcom, Huawei Technologies, Qiaoxing Mobile, Hangzhou Easycomm)
  • Education (New Oriental Education, TAL Education, Ambow Education)
  • Medical (Mindray Medical, Simcere Pharma, Nuokang Bio-pharmaceutical, Ruinian International)
  • Banking (China Rapid Finance, Bank of China, Bank of Communications, ICBC, Siam Commercial Bank, KGI Securities)
  • Automotive (Brilliance China Automotive, Lentuo International)
  • Real Estate (IFM Holdings, SYSWIN)
  • Retail (Suning, Xiniya Fashion)
  • Mining (China Coal, Metallurgical Corp of China, Yanzhou Coal)
  • Oil & Gas (PetroChina, IPIC, MI Energy, SPT Energy, SK Corp, ADNOC, Thai Oil)
  • Others (machinery & manufacturing, airlines, etc.)

Selected Experience

  • The underwriters in the US$855 million NYSE initial public offering by Renren Inc.
  • The underwriters in the US$85 million NASDAQ initial public offering and the US$149.5 million follow-on offering of American Depositary Shares by PRC-based HiSoft Technology International Limited
  • The underwriters in the US$127.2 million initial public offering and NYSE listing of American Depositary Shares of Bitauto Holdings Limited
  • The underwriters in the US$1.7 billion initial public offering, Rule 144A/Regulation S offering and Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing of the H shares of Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd.
  • Acquity Group Ltd. in its US$30 million initial public offering of American Depositary Shares and listing on NYSE Amex and in its later acquisition by Accenture
  • The special committee of AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. in the company’s going private transactions



  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Law Program, Spring 1996
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1991
  • Tunghai University, University of Massachusetts in Taiwan Program, Fall 1988
  • Beijing Normal University, Dartmouth Foreign Study Program, Summer 1988



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