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Howard Lam

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Latham & Watkins LLP




Hong Kong

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Howard Lam - Latham & Watkins

Within: Banking and finance

Latham & Watkins fields a team of Hong Kong, English and US law experts, making it an excellent choice for transactions of the utmost complexity and significance in Greater China and across the Asia Pacific region. It is particularly strong in the leveraged and acquisition finance space, as was illustrated in 2017 when Gary Hamp and counsel Manas Chandrashekar acted as borrower's and sponsor's counsel to Warburg Pincus on its proposed $8bn bid to acquire Global Logistic Properties; this was one of the largest leveraged acquisition financings ever put together in Asia. In addition, another notable deal saw Hamp work with other offices to assist Baring Private Equity Asia, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Fugue Finance with a highly complex, multi-tier international financing connected with the acquisition of Nord Anglia Education. Hamp also advised Partners Group on the financing aspects of its $235m LBO of Phillipines-based SPi Global. Elsewhere, the team has expertise in syndicated lending and bridge-to-bond financings, among other matters. Hamp covers inbound and outbound Asia-related transactions, while Howard Lam, who is bilingual in English and Mandarin, has a strong focus on China-related financing transactions. In addition to acting for sponsors and borrowers, the firm is also active in work for lenders; clients include Credit Suisse, HSBC, Bank of China and Morgan Stanley.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Leading individuals

Howard Lam - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Able to leverage the prowess of superb finance and restructuring lawyers spread across its global network of offices, Latham & Watkins LLP 's three-partner team has 'an excellent reputation' in the market on behalf of a wide array of stakeholders including insolvency practitioners, corporates, funds and banks. 'Superb' team head Howard Lam has strong credentials in the Asia-Pacific market and is regularly at the forefront of the team's most significant mandates. In co-ordination with the Singapore office, Lam recently advised a group of syndicated lenders on the $4.5bn debt restructuring of PT Bumi Resources. Solicitor-advocate Simon Powell has an excellent reputation for handling contentious insolvency matters, and continues to represent China Life on all aspects of the winding-up proceedings against Yu Rui, a company incorporated in the Bahamas. The presence of US-qualified partner Josef Athanas is of particular benefit to clients where documentation is governed by US law.

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