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Next generation lawyers

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    • Chris Bishop - Allen & Overy
    • Thomas England - Clifford Chance
    • Ian Roebuck - Allen & Overy
    • Stephanie Xu - Allen & Overy
    • Andrew Zaw - Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd

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Allen & Overy handles some of the largest and most complex transactions for clients such as Citibank, Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered. John Richards’ department includes Gautam Narasimhan, who worked as part of a cross-office team to advise EMR Capital and Farallon Capital on the $775m acquisition, and associated senior and mezzanine financing, of a majority interest in Agincourt Resources from G-Resources. Jason Humphreys, Kayal Sachi and counsel Ian Roebuck are also recommended.

Clifford Chance is ‘one of the best for complex financing transactions’, including those involving trade finance, leveraged finance and syndicated lending. Andrew Gambarini and Andrew Brereton jointly head the group, which includes recently promoted counsel Thomas England. In other developments, Gervais Green and Kate Sherrard joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. The firm advised ANZ on a $2.2bn credit facilities agreement for Trafigura. Credit Suisse, DBS Bank and Barclays Bank are other clients.

Philip Badge heads Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd’s team, which acts for clients such as BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Mizuho Bank in some of their most complex cross-border banking transactions. Badge is advising the mandated lead arrangers, lenders and underwriters on the $405m financing connected with Blackstone’s acquisition of Indian IT services company Mphasis. Recently appointed Singapore managing partner Christopher Bradley and Tessa Davis are other key names, as are counsel Aditya Shroff, Kevin Crombie and managing associate Andrew Zaw.

Project finance, commodities finance and structured trade finance are among the core areas of strength at Ashurst LLP, where the client list includes ANZ, Maybank and Nomura. Kate Allchurch led the advice to Credit Suisse concerning a $40m loan to a BVI-incorporated subsidiary of an Indonesian company. Carl Dunton jointly heads the practice alongside Allchurch, which was bolstered in 2015 by the arrivals of Andrew Digges and counsel Kunal Kapoor from Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy and Ince & Co respectively.

In 2015, James Huang’s team at Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow added Martin David from Ince & Co and Prashanth Venkatesh from Linklaters LLP. Emmanuel Hadjidakis and principal Kah Chin Chu worked in a cross-office team to advise the financiers on the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. Siam Commercial Bank, OCBC Bank and Barclays Bank are other clients.

Illustrative of Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee’s experience in complex, cross-border transactions, Alexander McMyn and senior associate Charles Clayton-Payne recently acted for a syndicate of lenders in the provision of an £80m term loan facility to Cambodia-based Khmer Brewery. In another matter, the firm acted for a lending syndicate in its $500m term loan facility to BOC Aviation. Bruce Schulberg left for Jones Day.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s strengths include project finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, and cross-border syndicated loans. Timothy Hia was the lead adviser to Energi Mega Persada on a reserve-based facility for EMP Bentu to refinance existing debt. STATS ChipPAC, Pertamina (Persero) and Avenue Capital are other clients.

David Zemans’ team at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP acts for some of the market’s most prominent financial institutions during their most complex and high-end mandates. Zemans and Jacqueline Chan are leading the advice to the senior lenders in the acquisition financing of Martabe Gold Mine in North Sumatra. The practice also marks an uptick in borrower-side work. James Murray and senior associates James Orme, Cristy Cross and Pablo Malay are also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s transactional expertise includes matters involving infrastructure and energy elements. Yu-En Ong and senior associates Lishi Fong and Janelene Chen acted for the senior lenders in a telecoms tower financing in Myanmar. South-East Asia practice head Jeff Smith works alongside Nick Merritt and Ben Rose, among other key names. In recent personnel developments, Ben Smith relocated from Hong Kong and Colin Rice joined from Credit Suisse. Kate Sherrard and Gervais Green departed for Clifford Chance, and Ashley Wright moved to Pinsent Masons MPillay.

White & Case Pte. Ltd. maintains a sizeable geographic footprint in South-East Asia. Guan Feng Chen acted for the joint arrangers and lenders in a $375m financing to Indorama, and John Shum advised the joint lead arrangers and lenders on a $250m syndicated loan to Hong Kong-listed company Far East Horizon. David Barwise is a structured finance expert.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is particularly active in emerging markets in South-East Asia such as Indonesia and Myanmar, and has notable experience in the energy, infrastructure and resources sectors. In 2015, Adrian Cheng jointly led a cross-office team during the advice to a syndicate of lenders regarding a $250m oil and gas financing to Sino-American Energy for the development of concessions in Qinshui Basin, China. Senior associates Andy Bennett, Jessica Loy and recently promoted partner Katie Gray are also recommended. Rod Howell departed the firm.

Jones Day’s Sushma Jobanputra has ‘a rare combination of technical expertise and market knowledge’, and Vinay Kurien ‘resolves disagreements in an acceptable way to both sides during a negotiation’. Jobanputra acted for XIO Group in the $510m acquisition of Lumenis, and handled two Indian financing transactions for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Michelle Chen has left private practice, while Bruce Schulberg joined from Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee.

Watson Farley & Williams undertakes banking work across sectors such as shipping, aviation and offshore oil and gas. Goh Mei Lin leads the team, which includes Mehraab Nazir, Siva Subramaniam, Simon Petch and Andrew Nimmo, as well as recently promoted partner Shawn Er. Bank of America, ABN Amro and DBS Bank are clients.

Gibson Dunn is particularly active in project finance and energy-related matters; practice head Jamie Thomas, U-Shaun Lim and Grace Chow assisted oil and gas exploration company Ramba Energy with obtaining pre-production financing from Mercuria.

Matthew Sheridan’s team at Sidley Austin LLP was bolstered by the addition of project finance expert David Gartside from White & Case Pte. Ltd. and Jeremy Chase from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Work highlights included acting for Honbridge Holdings as the lender in a HK$540m secured financing to Cloud Rider. John Casanova relocated to the London office.

Simmons & Simmons is particularly well regarded for structured trade and commodity finance matters. In 2015, Dan Marjanovic led the advice to Gunvor Group on its Asian syndicated committed revolving loan facilities. Matthew Cox and Jamie Tredgold joined from Dentons.

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