The Legal 500

Sidley Austin

LEVEL 39, TWO INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CENTRE, 8 FINANCE STREET, CENTRAL, HONG KONG
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Work +852 2509 7888
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Fax +852 2509 3110
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www.sidley.com

Hong Kong

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin is principally a borrower-led practice with a particular affinity with loans involving capital markets and structured finance components. On the lender side, the firm advised a diverse group of lenders on the restructuring of a $340m loan to Niko Resources. Robert Mason is the key name in Hong Kong.

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Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin expanded its senior bench through the elevation of Christopher Cheng to partner. The firm has a multitude of Hong Kong-listed clients, thanks to Constance Choy and the dynamic IPO practice, and it advised Tingyi on its recent agreement with Starbucks to manufacture and sell Starbucks’ ready-to-drink products in China. Tom Deegan is a big name in energy transactions and the ‘commercially sensibleRaymond Oh is ‘a strong and persuasive negotiator’. The firm is ‘excellent’, ‘commercial’ and provides ‘feasible alternatives for most deals’.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin is a recognised ‘market leader in hedge funds’ with the ‘very solidEffie Vasilopouloshighly respected by peers and clients’. Private equity, real estate and retail funds also form a central part of the practice. The firm advised Dymon Asia Capital on a $500m seed investment by Temasek to launch a multi-strategy hedge fund.

Leading individuals

Effie Vasilopoulos - Sidley Austin

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin is active in pre-IPO investments for Asia-based sponsors. It brings extensive takeover code and listed company experience to this segment. Joseph Chan is a dedicated private equity specialist who leads a ‘proactive and knowledgeable team’.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin has developed a core focus on Asian energy matters through high-profile hires in recent years, with the highly experienced Tom Deegan providing partner capacity in Hong Kong. Clients include LDK Solar, Goldman Sachs and China Oil & Gas Group.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin has made considerable progress in the sector, with a particular focus on company-side representation. This was illustrated in the firm’s advice to Kaisa Group relating to its headline cross-border restructuring of $2.5bn of offshore debt and $7.6bn of domestic debt. The firm also advised LDK Solar on the restructuring of more than $700m in offshore claims. The firm’s eminent capital markets expertise, including high-yield debt capabilities, is a strong characteristic. In January 2015, the Hong Kong office welcomed restructuring and insolvency specialist Alex Rovira from the New York office.

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets (debt) - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin has an established high-yield debt practice, particularly for PRC real estate issuers. Its impressive PRC issuer client base provides a flow of instructions and in 2015, the firm advised Evergrande Real Estate Group on its $1bn high-yield offering. Matthew Sheridan and Alex Lloyd are the primary high-yield specialists in the team, with further support from senior names including Timothy Li in other fields such as Dim Sum bonds, convertible bonds and MTN programmes.

Leading individuals

Matthew Sheridan - Sidley Austin

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Equity
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin is a mid-cap specialist practice with a particularly strong record in acting for PRC real estate issuers. The firm recently advised property developer Yida China Holdings on its $183m Hong Kong listing. Constance Choy is a ‘very experienced IPO lawyer’ who ‘can handle PRC clients extremely well’. The firm is commended for its ‘business acumen’ and ‘strong knowledge of market practice’.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin represented the mainland China subsidiary of an NYSE-listed solar energy player at the Hong Kong Court of Appeal, and acted for Tiger Asia Management in Hong Kong Market Misconduct Tribunal proceedings brought by the Securities and Futures Commission subsequent to a 2013 Court of Final Appeal judgment. Charles Allen and Allan Linning, who led respectively in each case, are the main contacts.

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Hong Kong: Regulatory

Anti-corruption and compliance
Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin can leverage its outstanding US-based regulatory capacity to advise multinational clients on the Asian aspects of SEC and DOJ investigations. The firm has a particularly strong blue-chip pharmaceutical client roster, which Yuet Ming Tham has been advising on a host of issues including internal procedural reviews and bribery enforcement risks in China.

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Regulatory
Regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin’s Alan Linning has been acting for a leading investment bank in defending SFC proceedings relating to the alleged fixing of HIBOR (Hong Kong Inter-bank Offered Rates). In other work highlights, Yuet Ming Tham assisted a major PRC-based e-commerce company with Hong Kong money lending and credit brokerage issues under Hong Kong law. Counsel Dominic James is ‘a superb lawyer who has an outstanding profile in the Hong Kong regulatory market’.

Leading individuals

Alan Linning - Sidley Austin

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