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Sidley Austin

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

Hong Kong

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin has achieved a greater degree of lender mandates, especially from non-traditional commercial banks. The practice is well positioned for hybrid financings, including those involving capital markets components such as high-yield debt, and direct lending by investment funds. It recently advised Honbridge Holdings on a HK$540m secured loan to Cloud Rider. Counsel Robert Mason is the principal name in Hong Kong.

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

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin’s lawyers are praised for their ‘in-depth knowledge of listing rules’, ‘China-specific knowledge’, and for providing ‘solutions during challenging cross-border M&A transactions’. Work highlights included advising General Electric on the $5.4bn sale of its global home appliance business to Haier, and acting for Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group during its $10.4bn investment, alongside Japan’s Itochu, into CITIC. Constance Choy has extensive Hong Kong-listed corporate client relationships and Tom Deegan is a premier energy M&A lawyer. Christopher Cheng is ‘experienced, creative and results-oriented’, and Raymond Oh is also recommended.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin is especially prominent in the hedge fund space, though it has an excellent standing in infrastructure and real estate funds. The firm advised Acion Holdings on the establishment of Acion Partner Funds, the first hedge fund launch to be seeded by KKR in Asia. Recent work also includes assisting Oxbow Capital Management with the TPG Capital spin-out and establishment of the Oxbow Fund, and advising Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing on the establishment of the $1bn Morgan Stanley Asia Core Real Estate Fund. Effie Vasilopoulos has an outstanding reputation.

Leading individuals

Effie Vasilopoulos - Sidley Austin

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin has a focus on natural resources and energy matters in Asia, sectors that corporate partner Tom Deegan is particularly experienced in. The team is advising a Chinese state-owned oil and gas company on issues concerning a downstream petrochemical project in the US.

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Regulatory
Regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin

Yuet Ming Tham is head of Sidley Austin’s practice and is a white-collar crime specialist with expertise in FCPA advice. Tham leads a team which is ‘extremely professional, dedicated and always on time’.

Leading individuals

Alan Linning - Sidley Austin

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Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance
Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin is acting for an energy company in a major investigation into its operations in three Asian countries, and is advising another client on local pharmaceutical laws in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and China, and its financial accounting and internal controls obligations. The team has superior expertise when it comes to advising on FCPA compliance in Asia. Yuet Ming Thamprovides attention that goes beyond the services contracted’.

Leading individuals

Yuet Ming Tham - Sidley Austin

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin

The ‘high-quality team’ at Sidley Austin had another strong year, receiving company-side instructions in high-profile restructurings. For example, Constance Choy acted for Grande Holdings in its restructuring, which involved schemes of arrangement in Hong Kong and Bermuda. ‘Experienced lawyerThomas Albrechtalways looks two steps ahead’, and Alex Rovira is another key contact, having relocated to the Hong Kong office in early 2015.

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Structured finance and securitisation
Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin’s Asia Pacific managing partner Thomas Albrecht has huge experience in this sector and recently advised China Orient Asset Management (International) on the $165m securitisation of a portfolio of loans and bonds owned by its affiliates.

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets (debt) - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin has an impressive market share of PRC high-yield debt transactions and a long list of PRC issuer clients. The firm’s longstanding focus on the PRC real estate sector ‘has given it the edge’ in this segment. In addition, it is active in investment grade deals and issuances by SOEs, and has a burgeoning record in liability management transactions. Among recent work highlights, the team advised on the $6bn loan-backed MTN programme by Avi Funding. Singapore and Hong Kong-based Matthew Sheridan is ‘excellent’ in the high-yield debt space, and Timothy Li has rounded expertise across debt capital markets (DCM) and complementary practice areas.

Leading individuals

Matthew Sheridan - Sidley Austin

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Equity
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 2

Sidley Austin

The ‘outstanding’ practice at Sidley Austin has a ‘breadth and depth of expertise in acting for issuers’, and principally operates in the mid to large cap space, handling a high-volume of deals. It recently advised ICBC in connection with Ronshine China Holdings’ $233m IPO. Constance Choy is ‘experienced’, ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘a safe pair of hands’, who is well respected among PRC issuers, Chinese underwriters and Hong Kong regulators.

Leading individuals

Constance Choy - Sidley Austin

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
Leading individuals

Friven Yeoh - Sidley Austin

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 5

Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin has an ‘impressive’ dispute resolution practice, despite the departure of practice head Charles Allen to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Dominic James, ‘who clearly stands out’, was promoted to counsel, as was Jennifer Cheung, who demonstrates expertise in contentious regulatory matters. Restructuring and insolvency specialist Alex Rovira relocated from the New York office in 2015 to work alongside key disputes partners Yuet Ming Tham and Alan Linning. Since then, Friven Yeoh also arrived from O'Melveny.

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