Fangda advises TCL on its acquisition of Samsung’s LCD Plant in Suzhou

Fangda, as lead legal counsel, represented TCL Technology Group Co., Ltd. (“TCL Technology”) and China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd. (“TCL CSOT”), a subsidiary of TCL Technology, in their acquisition of Samsung Display’s LCD plant in Suzhou for US$1.08 billion. The Suzhou plant comprises Samsung’s only 8.5th generation LCD production line in mainland China. The deal was signed on August 28, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

TCL Technology and TCL CSOT’s strategic acquisition of the Samsung 8.5th generation LCD plant underscores TCL Technology’s strategic aim to become a global leading technology industry group. On completion, TCL CSOT will operate three 8.5th generation large-size display production lines, capable of manufacturing 440,000 large panels a month.

The deal was led out of Fangda’s Greater Bay offices in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Fangda provided the full range of transaction services and legal advice to the buyer as well as coordinating Korean local counsel. The deal was concluded on a very tight timescale. The Fangda team was led by partners Qiang Ma and Wei Chen, and team members included Qin Liu, Anqi Hu, Haipan Hu, Lijuan Sun, Duncan Deng and Viola Jiang. Partners Michael Han and Jin Wang and team members Yun Dong and Joy Wong supported the corporate team to coordinate antitrust clearance in multiple jurisdictions worldwide .