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Matthew Bersani

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Capital Markets


Matthew Bersani, Asia Managing Partner for the firm, specializes in corporate finance and securities transactions. He has deep experience representing both issuers and underwriters. Transactions in which he has been involved include Rule 144A/Reg S offerings and registered US public offerings of equity securities and convertible and exchangeable debt offerings. Matthew has for several years been cited as “top tier” or “highly recommended” in various guides to the world’s leading capital markets lawyers. He is recognized as a leading individual for Capital Markets in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and India by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia (2009-2013).


English; Mandarin Chinese


Columbia University, School of Law, J.D., 1988; Princeton University, B.A., 1982, cum laude

Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (debt)

Within: Capital markets (debt)

Shearman & Sterling fields a team with English, Hong Kong and US law expertise. It demonstrates strong capabilities in sophisticated and landmark debt offerings in Greater China and further afield in Asia, where it acts for governments, state-owned enterprises, corporate issuers and financial institutions. In 2017, Alan Yeung led a cross-office team that acted for the joint global coordinators, joint lead managers and joint bookrunners on China Three Gorges' €650m green bonds issuance; this was the first-ever euro-denominated green bonds issuance by a Chinese company. Yeung also acted for BOCI Asia as the initial purchaser in China Huiyuan Juice Group's $150m notes offering and subsequent $50m tap offering, constituting the company's first international bond offering. The firm has also acted as US counsel to New Metro Global (as well as to Future Land Holdings as the guarantor) on a series of high-yield debt offerings. CK Hutchison, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are other notable clients. Matthew Bersani is the global head of corporate finance, while Colin Law leads the capital markets team in Asia.

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Capital markets (equity)

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Matthew Bersani - Shearman & Sterling

Within: Capital markets (equity)

Shearman & Sterling is highly rated by issuer and underwriter clients for high-profile and complex Hong Kong Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listings. Its team has increasingly become a first port of call for offerings in the healthcare, technology and real estate sectors. In 2017, global corporate finance head Matthew Bersani acted for Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, China Renaissance and ICBCI on LexinFintech's $108m IPO and listing on the NASDAQ Global Market. In Hong Kong, Asia capital markets head Colin Law, Bersani and others advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and China Merchant Securities as joint sponsors, joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners on the $510m global offering and Main Board IPO of WuXi Biologics; this is only the second time a former US-listed company has relisted in Hong Kong. Law has also led the advice to WuXi Biologics on a series of block trades. Elsewhere, Peter Chen, counsel Edward Bong and others acted for Tianjin Tianbao Energy on the placing and IPO of its H shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Main Board. Paloma Wang moved to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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