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Sidley Austin

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Within Banking and finance, Sidley Austin is a third tier firm,

Sidley Austin has carved out a reputation for syndicated loans involving high yield covenant components. It also combines expertise in energy, infrastructure and structured finance under a team of US, English and Hong Kong qualified lawyers. In 2013, a team led by counsel Robert Mason represented Shimao as borrower on multi-currency term loan facilities of $610m and HK$468m, which was subject to its bond indentures, requiring a bridging of the high yield covenants and the loan covenants.

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Within Capital markets (debt), Sidley Austin is a second tier firm,

Sidley Austin has a prominent reputation on high yield deals for PRC real estate issuers, with Matthew Sheridan and Alex Lloyd noted for their experience in this area. Outside of real estate, the firm represented CNOOC on its $1.3bn and €500m debt offerings in 2013. The firm is also active in the investment grade, dim sum and MTN programme segments. ECM specialist Constance Choy is credited with developing many of the firm’s key issuer relationships.

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Within Capital markets (equity), Sidley Austin is a second tier firm,

Sidley Austin is a traditional leader in high-volume, mid-cap Hong Kong IPOs, and has an integrated Hong Kong and US law team. Constance Choy is a popular figure among PRC issuers, especially those in the real estate sector. Between January 2013 and February 2014, the firm worked on 11 completed Hong Kong IPOs.

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Within Corporate (including M&A), tier 4

Sidley Austin is prominent in the energy sector (including renewable energy), as well as in technology and healthcare. The practice also benefits from the firm’s large stable of Hong Kong listed clients through IPO expert Constance Choy. The firm recently represented NetDragon Websoft on its $1.9bn sale of 91 Wireless Websoft to Baidu. Tom Deegan has a fine reputation, especially in the energy sector. The team is ‘fast, responsive and has deep industry knowledge’.

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Within Dispute resolution, Sidley Austin is a third tier firm,

Sidley Austin’s buoyant cross-border litigation practice receives a steady flow of instructions from both the PRC and the US. The ‘experienced and responsiveAlan Linning is a key name for contentious regulatory matters, and is noted for his ‘consistently clear guidance and understanding of commercial concerns’. Charles Allen’s expertise covers banking, shareholder and joint venture disputes, and Yuet Ming Tham is highly experienced in FCPA and anti-corruption investigation work.

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Within International arbitration Other recommended firms

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Within Investment funds, Sidley Austin is a first tier firm,

Sidley Austin fields ‘a highly qualified team led by excellent specialists’, and is widely recognised as a market leader in hedge funds. The firm also has strong private equity, real estate and infrastructure, and retail funds capabilities. Effie Vasilopoulos is ‘commercial and extremely responsive’. Alan Linning is recommended for regulatory matters.

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Within Private equity, tier 4

Sidley Austin primarily focuses on mid-cap deals for Asia-based funds, most notably in the real estate sector. Scott Peterman is a funds expert with genuine transactional expertise.

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Within Projects and energy, tier 4

Corporate partner Tom Deegan is the key name at Sidley Austin. Deegan has a strong energy sector focus and recently advised the lenders in connection with a $340m loan facility Niko Resources.

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Within Regulatory, Sidley Austin is a third tier firm,

Sidley Austin is adept at representing clients in SFC and Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO) investigations. Alan Linningprovides consistently clear, practical advice’ and ‘understands commercial concerns’. Yuet Ming Tham and associate Dominic James are also recommended.

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Within Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance, Sidley Austin is a second tier firm,

Sidley Austin’s Yuet Ming Tham has a buoyant cross-border anti-bribery and corruption compliance and investigations practice. The firm acts for a range of multinationals and US-listed companies in connection with issues arising from their Asian operations.

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Within Restructuring and insolvency, tier 4

Sidley Austin’s Timothy Li and Thomas Albrecht recently advised LDK Solar on its offshore liability restructuring. The firm’s areas of expertise include distressed debt trading, rescheduling and refinancing, and pre-negotiated asset sales.

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