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Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Led by Adam Ferguson, Eversheds Sutherland has garnered particular visibility as a result of its contentious work within the telecoms sector, where a key client remains The Communications Authority. Alongside head of litigation Mark Yeadon, Ferguson is representing the regulator in judicial review proceedings brought by Hong Kong Telecommunications challenging The Communications Authority's decision not to approve its application to challenge the technical standard used under its mobile carrier licence. The team is also picking up a significant amount of competition work within the aviation sector, including its recent work for a major international airline on the production of a bespoke competition law e-learning programme to be provided to all airline employees globally. Consultant Charlie Markillie is also recommended. Other clients include Johnson Controls, Chow Tai Fook and Juniper Networks.

Leading individuals

Adam Ferguson - Eversheds Sutherland

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland generates a consistent flow of repeat work from banks and corporate borrowers, thanks to its coverage of a wide ambit of financing transactions across the general commercial banking spectrum. One of the firm's main areas of strength is trade finance; within this space, Asia practice head Michael Yau is knowledgeable about account receivables financing, supply chain financing and structured trade finance. Real estate finance is another notable pillar of the firm's practice, with its team undertaking a significant amount of transactional work for PRC/Hong Kong real estate developers. The firm also draws upon its strengths in areas such as construction, corporate and tax to assist a wide range of parties (including sponsors, lenders and investors) with project finance transactions. Yau's team includes Samuel Chau, who has 20 years of banking and finance experience. Another notable individual is Jae Lemin, who has significant experience of the renewable energy sector. China CITIC Bank and China Vanke are among the key clients.

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Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland handles the full range of cross-border transactions for Chinese corporates, state-owned enterprises and international clients through its network of offices in Greater China. With practitioners in Beijing and Shanghai focused on inbound and outbound matters, the Hong Kong team has a particular specialism in Asia-Pacific regional transactions and wider global deals. The group includes Charles Butcher, who has been instrumental in the growth of the practice; he recently led a cross-office team that acted for Baird Capital on its acquisition of an indirect interest in the Malaysia-based Nirvana Asia via a vehicle controlled by Nirvana's founder and CEO. Butcher also co-led an international team that advised global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will on its acquisition of Danish outfit Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Other clients of the firm include Avis Budget Group, New World China Land and China Everbright. Asia corporate head and Hong Kong senior partner Stephen Mok has more than 25 years of deal experience. In recent developments, Dickson Ng joined from Taylor Wessing LLP, while Amy Yu and Rachel Han were promoted to partner and consultant respectively.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland

The 'excellent' team at Eversheds Sutherland provides 'cost-effective advice' to regional and global corporates from a range of industry sectors across the spectrum of non-contentious and contentious mandates including designing global HR strategies, exit packages and post-merger integration. Team head Jennifer Van Dale 'has the ability to think outside the box' and provides 'very strong service' to employers and senior executives, on purely local matters in addition to multi-jurisdictional mandates, where she is able to leverage resources across the firm's global network.

Leading individuals

Jennifer Van Dale  - Eversheds Sutherland

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland

Aided by an increasingly global international footprint, Eversheds Sutherland is gaining market recognition for its ability to advise creditors and debtors on complex multi-jurisdictional insolvency/restructuring mandates. Led by the 'excellent' Kingsley Ong, and aided by associate Eleanor Lau, the Hong Kong office is coordinating (across four continents) the firm's representation of leading US guitar firm Gibson on the planning and execution of its insolvency strategy following the breakdown of negotiations with its major creditors. Ong is also recognised as an 'expert in the unwinding of complex financial instruments', a skill which is of particular value in relation to his ongoing representation of KPMG, as Hong Kong liquidators of derivatives brokerage MF Global and investment bank Lehman Brothers on their respective high-profile and long-running insolvencies.

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Structured finance and securitisation
Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has a strong reputation among arrangers, issuers and investors in the Asian market across a range of structured finance and securitisation transactions. Team head Kingsley Ong recently acted for Hong Kong Capital Finance as arranger on a high-value Hong Kong mortgage securitisation warehouse transaction with Korean bondholders. Ong's expertise on the front end of deals has also seen him develop a market-leading reputation for unwinding securitisations, derivatives and complex structured products; he continues to advise KPMG as Hong Kong liquidator of derivatives brokerage MF Global and investment bank Lehman Brothers on their respective high-profile and long-running insolvencies. Other clients include China Merchants Securities, Axis Bank, CTI Capital and China Minsheng Bank. Associate Polly Chiu is another name to note.

Next Generation Partners

Polly Chiu - Eversheds Sutherland

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Hong Kong: Capital markets

Capital markets (equity)
Capital markets (equity) - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's global footprint makes it a strong choice for issuers seeking to list in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia, as well as for those looking to raise capital through public markets further afield, particularly in the US. Under the leadership of Stephen Mok, the team is particularly active in complex offerings including groundbreaking listings. Mok recently led a team that included Norman Hui and consultant Sin-Joh Chuang in advising Datang Power on its non-public issuance of A-shares to its controlling shareholder (China Datang Corporation, hereafter CDC), and also its non-public issuance of H-shares to a wholly owned subsidiary of CDC for circa $2.1bn; this marked the first time a whitewash waiver was used in Hong Kong for such issuances. Mok, Hui, Amy Yu and others acted as Hong Kong counsel to Precision Tsugami (China) on its $64m spin-off listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; this listing was the first in Hong Kong to involve a spin-off from a Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. In addition, Mok's team served as Hong Kong legal advisers to Nomura as the sole sponsor on Nissin Foods' circa $121m spin-off listing on the Main Board; this was the second listing in Hong Kong to involve a spin-off from a Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Beyond new listings and follow-on offerings, other work included Mok and others advising listed company New World Department Store (China) on its proposed privatisation by parent firm New World Development.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland

Mark Yeadon and Rachael Shek are key contacts in the litigation practice at Eversheds Sutherland. Shek’s practice covers the spectrum of disputes from complex commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and corporate loan recovery to private wealth, insurance, and employment disputes. Yeadon advises in particular on matters arising out of complex financial transactions including derivatives, breaches of commercial contract, negligence, fraud, and breaches of directors' and employees' duties. Competition expert Adam Ferguson is another name to note. Former Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) counsel John Siu joined the financial disputes team in September 2018.

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