Arila Zhou

Arila Zhou

(she/her/hers)

Partner

Arila Zhou

(she/her/hers)

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

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    Arila Zhou represents special purpose acquisition corporations, emerging growth companies, funds and investment banks, with an emphasis on private and public transactions in relation to a broad range of corporate, private equity, capital markets, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory compliance matters. She is fluent in English and is a native speaker of Mandarin. Arila is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions Group and its Capital Markets + Securities team.

    SPAC

    Arila has represented sponsors, SPAC companies, underwriters and target companies in SPAC related transactions for more than five years, including initial public offerings and business combinations.  One of her recent representations in business combinations involved a forward merger between a SPAC company and London listed pharmaceutical company which resulted in a successful dual listing on Nasdaq and AIM. She currently represents more than a dozen SPACs in their initial public offerings and handful SPACs in business combinations.

    China Practice

    Arila has more than 10 years’ experience in listings and offering of foreign issuers including trading on the National Securities Exchange and the over-the-counter markets. Her representations, among others, include an up-listing of a China petrochemical company in early 2010 and completion of its private placement of more than $26 million which was one of the biggest financings for China companies at that time; a successful listing and offering of a China online training platform for medical professionals that was previously listed on China National Equities Exchange and Quotations, or the NEEQ; and listings of various China or Hong Kong issuers and their continuous growth in the U.S. capital markets. Before she commenced her legal practice in the U.S., Arila was an analyst and editor at Peking Economic Law Research Center when she pursued her master law degree at Peking University in China, at which time she participated in drafting a legislative proposal for Company Law of the People’s Republic of China 2005. Arila also worked in the New York office of a premier international law firm.

    Capital Markets and Securities

    Arila’s practice is focused on representing clients ranging from emerging to established companies on a breadth of matters relating to cross-border transactions and various securities transactions, including SPACs, Regulation D and Regulation S offerings, initial public offerings and secondary offerings; listing on U.S. stock exchanges and maintenance of public companies, including the preparation and filing of periodic reports, registration statements and other filings; regulatory compliance requirements and SEC investigations; reorganization and privation; and M&A transactions.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented Feutune Light Acquisition Corporation, a newly-organized blank check company, in completing its initial public offering on June 21, 2022. The firm’s Capital Markets + Securities Team advised on the offering, which resulted in aggregate gross proceeds to Feutune of $97.75 million.

      • Represented Acri Capital Acquisition Corporation, a newly-organized blank check company, in completing its initial public offering on June 14, 2022. The firm’s Capital Markets + Securities Team advised on the offering, which yielded aggregate gross proceeds to Acri Capital of $86.25 million.

      • Represented Prime Number Capital LLC, the lead underwriter in an initial public offering of Phoenix Motor Inc., a California-based company that designs, assembles, and integrates electric drive systems and light- and medium-duty electric vehicles. The firm’s Capital Markets + Securities Team advised Prime Number on the offering, with aggregate gross proceeds of $15.75M, announced on June 7, 2022.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      New York State Bar Association

      New York Law School Journal of International Relations

      Moot Court Association
      Executive Board Member
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 21, 2022

        Capital Markets + Securities Team Pleased to Represent Feutune Light Acquisition Corporation in IPO

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      • June 15, 2022

        Capital Markets + Securities Team Pleased to Represent Acri Capital Acquisition Corporation in IPO

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      • June 10, 2022

        Capital Markets + Securities Team Pleased to Represent Prime Number Capital LLC in IPO of Phoenix Motor Inc.

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      • May 18, 2022

        Capital Markets + Securities Team Pleased to Represent Prime Number Acquisition | Corp. in IPO

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      • March 17, 2022

        Capital Markets + Securities Team Pleased to Represent Prime Number Capital LLC in IPO of Meihua International Medical Technologies

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      • February 2, 2022

        Capital Markets + Securities Team Pleased to Represent Blue World Acquisition Corporation in IPO

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      R+C News Releases

      • March 10, 2022

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes Three-Attorney Capital Markets + Securities Team

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