POPE INVESTMENTS II, LLC v. DEHENG LAW FIRM
United States District Court, S.D. New York.
August 15, 2012.
Pope Invs., 2011 WL 5837818, at *1-2 (all quotations from first amended complaint; citations omitted).
AAXT is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in China. Although AAXT's stock is sold on the Overthe-Counter Bulletin Board ("OTCBB"), Second Am. Compl. ¶ 18, the AAXT Investors purchased their shares in AAXT through a private placement transaction, see AAXT Form SC 14F1, Apr. 11, 2008, Rubenstein Decl. Ex. H. Plaintiffs do not allege that any of the stock transferred in the SMT Transactions was sold on a securities or over-the-counter exchange.Deheng and Lv
Deheng "is a global partnership headquartered in Beijing, PRC [i.e., People's Republic of China], with branches in locations around the world including New York, New York." Second Am. Compl. ¶ 11.
"Deheng represented the Group and SMT as legal counsel in connection with the SMT Transactions." Id. ¶ 41. "Lv was one of the lead Deheng attorneys assigned by Deheng to represent the Group in connection with the SMT Transactions." Id. ¶ 42.
"Deheng took a primary role in structuring the SMT Transactions. Deheng drafted the Securities Purchase Agreement, the China Control Agreement and other transaction documents used in the SMT Transactions (the `Transaction Documents')." Id. ¶ 44. Deheng further "advised the Group and SMT on the form and substance of contractual agreements necessary" to consummate the transaction and "regarding the legality and validity of the Investment Structure." Id. ¶ 45.
47. Deheng drafted a confidential legal opinion addressed to the Group and SMT ("Deheng Legal Opinion"), including each AAXT Investor and other investors listed on the Securities Purchase Agreement for AAXT concerning: (1) the legal ownership structure of the companies; (2) the legality and validity of the restructuring agreements; (3) and the transaction structure by which the AAXT Investors were to invest money in AAXT to receive and investment interest in SMT through ... Anhante....