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Jones Day

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Hong Kong

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Jones Day's practice is led by Graham Lim, who relocated from the firm's New York office in 2012, and has also previously worked at the London and Singapore offices. Active in both borrower and lender representations, Lim's team has a notably first-rate reputation in complex project finance transactions, particularly those involving emerging markets; sectors of activity include energy, natural resources, infrastructure and technology. It also undertakes a particularly significant amount of work related to acquisition and leveraged finance. Other areas of activity include real estate finance, trade finance and distressed debt transactions. In 2017, Lim acted for China Development Bank in the provision of financing to the Government of Ghana for the Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Development Project. Another highlight involved assisting China Orient Asset Management with financing Warburg Pincus' acquisition of a controlling stake in pan-Asian logistics provider ESR Cayman. Great Wall Asset Management, JinkoSolar and DBS Bank are among other active clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Aided by strong capabilities on the ground in mainland China, Jones Day's two-partner team excels in defending and enforcing the IPR of major technology, pharmaceutical and telecoms clients in the Chinese courts. In addition to her vast China-related contentious experience across patents, copyright and unfair competition, Chiang Ling Li also has significant knowledge of the legal issues impacting the pharmaceutical industry, and recently provided IP advice as part of the firm's representation of Cardinal Health on its $1.6bn acquisition of Medtronic’s Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency businesses. Splitting his time between the firm's Hong Kong and Beijing offices, Haifeng Huang regularly represents major US and Chinese entities in IP disputes, including his defence of Qualcomm against an allegation made by a Shanghai-based company asserting that Qualcomm had infringed its trade marks; the case is currently being appealed following a High Court victory for Qualcomm. Other clients include the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Xcelom and Esanex.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Maria Pedersen leads the team at Jones Day, which acts for clients including Shenzhen Energy and solar panel manufacturer Jinko Solar. The team advised Indonesian national oil and gas company, Saka Energi, on its acquisition of all of BP’s interests in the Sanga Sanga production sharing contract from various BP entities. China Development Bank received advice on a facility to the government of Ghana for the Western Corridor gas infrastructure development project.

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (equity)
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Although Jones Day is active in equity capital markets transactions involving traditional industries, such as financial services and infrastructure, it is experiencing a particularly significant uptick in work in more cutting-edge sectors, such as healthcare, life sciences, biotech and TMT. The firm's hire of Charles Chau from Morrison & Foerster in 2017 has been a particular boon to the practice, with it winning work from a number of new clients, including China Everbright Securities International, GenScript Biotech and CCB International Capital. The firm has particularly strong capabilities in equity transactions with a nexus to Japan, as was demonstrated when team head Joelle Lau and associates Terry Kwok and Halent Zhang acted for sole sponsor Halcyon Capital and a syndicate of underwriters on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange IPO of Precision Tsugami (China) as part of a spin-off by Tokyo-listed parent company Tsugami. Elsewhere, further showcasing the firm's cross-border work, Lau, Kwok and Zhang advised Evergreen Products Group, all of whose productions and operations are based in Bangladesh, on its $39m Hong Kong Stock Exchange IPO. Another highlight saw Lau and others assist Automated Systems Holdings with a HK$542m rights issuance and convertible bonds placement to facilitate its merger with Grid Dynamics International. Maria Pedersen  and associate Donna Ko are also recommended.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 5

Jones Day

Of counsel Robert Thomson heads the team at Jones Day, which is acting for Weir Group in litigation concerning breach of warranty claims arising out of a share purchase agreement. Of counsel and commercial litigator Linh Lieu joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

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