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Kirkland & Ellis

26TH FLOOR, GLOUCESTER TOWER, THE LANDMARK, 15 QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG
Tel:
Work +852 3761 3300
Fax:
Fax +852 3761 3301
Web:
www.kirkland.com

Hong Kong

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis is a market leader in private equity sponsor-side finance, especially leveraged finance, and has a growing practice on behalf of credit funds. In addition, it represents an increasing number of corporate borrowers. The firm advised Blackstone on the $405m leveraged financing of its $1.1bn acquisition of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s stake in Mphasis. David Irvine is a ‘trusted operator for private equity sponsors’ and Douglas Murning is increasingly active on the credit funds side, working alongside restructuring specialists Neil McDonald and Damien Coles. Leveraged finance specialist Daniel Abercromby has transferred to Hong Kong from London.

Leading individuals

David Irvine - Kirkland & Ellis

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Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis has a formidable Hong Kong and US law practice, which is widely recognised for its expertise in public M&A, take-private transactions, China outbound deals and distressed M&A. In addition, the firm is a local and global leader in private equity. Recent work highlights include advising a consortium of more than 30 China-based investors on the $9.3bn going-private of Qihoo 360; the deal was the largest-ever private equity-backed take-private of a US-listed Chinese company. Lead partner and PRC native David Zhang has an outstanding record in take-private deals and also advised Ganji.com on its combination with 58.com. Nicholas Norris is a pre-eminent public M&A specialist and assisted China Grand Automotive with its $1.5bn acquisition of a 75% share in Hong Kong-listed Baoxin Auto Group.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Norris - Kirkland & Ellis

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis has ‘good strength in depth and resources each project very well’. The team ‘combines solid technical knowledge with good commercial judgement’, and has a ‘very strong handle on what market terms are’. The large and broad practice spans private equity, hedge funds and mutual funds, and it is expanding its reach into new areas such as credit and special situations funds. Furthermore, it is increasingly active on behalf of LPs and in secondary transactions. Justin Dolling has a ‘very good depth of insight into legal and regulatory technicalities but is able to combine that with sound commercial advice’. Jonathan Tadd ‘quickly gets to the nub of the issue’, and PRC native Carol Liu is also recommended. Dolling and Liu recently advised Forebright Capital Partners on the launch of its first private equity fund, Forebright New Opportunities Fund. While much of the focus centres on China, the funds practice has a genuinely broad Asia outlook.

Leading individuals

Justin Dolling - Kirkland & Ellis

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Hill - Kirkland & Ellis

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis’ global status in private equity is reinforced by a formidable Hong Kong office that acts for international giants such as Bain Capital, Blackstone, KKR, Warburg Pincus, and regional funds including CITIC Capital. The team has tremendous public M&A experience, a market-leading sponsor-driven finance practice, led by David Irvine, and extensive Chinese-speaking capabilities, notably through key partner Gary Li. The firm recently advised Bain Capital on a series of investments in Asia, including its acquisition of a controlling interest in Asia Pacific Medical Group. Nicholas Norris is an outstanding M&A lawyer with considerable private equity experience, and Jesse Sheley is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Gary Li - Kirkland & Ellis

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis continued to expand, most recently with the hire of insolvency disputes specialist Kelly Naphtali from Lipman Karas. Highly regarded for bondholder-side work, the team is instructed in the largest restructurings in the region. Among a raft of recent highlights, Damien Coles acted for an ad hoc group of holders of senior secured notes guaranteed by Bumi Resources. The ‘pragmatic’ and ‘authoritativeNeil McDonaldinspires confidence’.

Leading individuals

Neil McDonald - Kirkland & Ellis

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Equity
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis is ‘top tier’ for ‘listings in both the US and Hong Kong’. It ‘fields a large and strong team’, where the lawyers (many of whom are fluent Chinese speakers) take a ‘big-picture view’, thanks to their ‘experience and industry knowledge’. With regards to Hong Kong IPOs, there are few with a greater standing than the ‘very experiencedDominic Tsun, who led the team that advised the banks on the Hong Kong and US law aspects of the $2.5bn global offering by China Huarong Asset Management. PRC native David Zhang is a leading US securities practitioner, who ‘provides strong senior leadership and a broad perspective’. Li-Chien Wong is ‘very responsive’ and Benjamin Su is a ‘technically strong lawyer’.

Leading individuals

David Zhang - Kirkland & Ellis

Dominic Tsun - Kirkland & Ellis

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