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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Insolvency and restructuring; foreign firms Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis' 'exceptional' Hong Kong-based six-partner Asia restructuring team has strong ties with global hedge funds, corporates and private equity firms, either in its own capacity or through its global brand (that includes 'market-leading' practices in London, Germany and the US), and consequently regularly has a pivotal seat at the table on the biggest-ticket China-related restructurings/insolvencies in the market. Led from Hong Kong by the 'practical and sensibleNeil McDonald, the team's prowess on both the debtor and creditor side ensures that it has an excellent perspective of the anatomy of a deal, whether it be in the context of balance sheet restructuring, distressed M&A, debt trading or a more formal insolvency procedure. Kelly Naphtali has a flourishing reputation for handling insolvency-related disputes on behalf of varied stakeholders, particularly those requiring urgent action to prevent the movement or dissipation of assets.

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‘Neil McDonald is always able to deliver practical and sensible advice and knows when to step in. Neil also always pools the right internal resources to assist clients with specific queries.’

Key clients

Toys “R” Us, Inc.

China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings Limited

Committee of creditors of China Fishery Group Limited

China Minsheng Investment Group Corp., Ltd.

IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd.

Ad Hoc Committee of holders of notes issued by subsidiaries of China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group Company Ltd.

Ad hoc committee of holders of senior notes issued by Huachen Energy Co., Ltd.

CWT International Limited and HNA Group (International) Company Limited

Ad Hoc Committee of certain holders of guaranteed senior notes issued by Reward International Investment Limited and guaranteed by Reward Science and Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd.

Ad hoc committee of holders of the US$546,916,000 Step Up Convertible Bonds due 2019 issued by Suzlon Energy Ltd.

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's active and highly regarded PE practice recently advised on some of the region's largest, most high-profile and complex cross-border transactions involving PE sponsors, including LBOs and other M&A, PIPEs and joint ventures. Clients additionally benefit from the PE practice's full-service features, which comprise the firm's sponsor-focused debt finance, high-yield, restructuring and investment funds expertise. On the mainland, Chuan Li, who splits his time between Shanghai and Beijing, has over 15 years' experience in major cross-border PE and M&A transactions across China and Asia. The Hong Kong office also fields several experienced partners, including Gary Li David Patrick EichDaniel DusekNicholas NorrisJoey Chau, and David Zhang.

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Key clients

Investor consortium comprising Warburg Pincus Asia LLC, General Atlantic Singapore Fund Pte. Ltd., Ocean Link Partners Limited, and Jinbo Yao

A consortium of investors comprising PW Medtech Group Limited, CITIC Capital, Hillhouse Capital, Temasek and Marc Chan


GLP Pte. Ltd.

Consortium offeror comprising GLP and the Fung family

Hammer Capital

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.


An investor consortium led by Bizuo (Tony) Liu

The founders of Topcast Aviation Supplies Company Limited

Partners Group

L Catterton

Warburg Pincus

Bain Capital

Clermont Group

Cartesian Capital Group

MediaOcean LLC

Vista Equity Partners

TDR Capital

Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is a key player in high-stakes litigation involving Chinese companies. In its mainland offices, it has substantial expertise in fraud investigations, asset recovery and tracing, fund and shareholder disputes, borrower default actions, and offshore and onshore restructurings and liquidations. In the PRC, the firm represents multi-national corporations with Chinese operations, as well as leading Chinese companies requiring support with cross-border disputes involving anti-trust litigation, product liability, IP, environmental and securities law. Hong-Kong-based restructuring and insolvency partner Kelly Naphtali, and regulatory and compliance specialists Cori Lable and, in Shanghai, Tiana Zhang lead the eight-partner practice. Also in Shanghai, litigation partner Jodi Wu is recommended for government enforcement actions, internal investigations, compliance matters and cross-border litigation.

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Key clients

Xiaomi Inc.

TCL Corp.

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's Asia corporate investigations and anti-corruption practice is led by senior partners Tiana Zhang in Shanghai and Cori Lable in Hong Kong, who are both highly regarded for corporate investigations and anti-corruption work. They have extensive experience in handling highly sensitive, complex and cross-border government investigations, enforcement actions, civil litigation and related compliance advice. On behalf of several leading private equity, financial institutions and multinational corporations, the practice was recently particularly active in strategically important regulatory investigations and enforcement matters. Resident partner in the Shanghai office, Jodi Wu focuses on cross-border litigation, white-collar criminal defence, government enforcement, and internal investigations.

Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's practice is experienced in buyout funds, funds of funds, credit funds and growth funds. Other key areas are LP representations, placement agent representations, mezzanine and distressed debt, restructuring, and co-investment structuring. The team regularly assists with forming and operating private funds and registered investment companies; structuring and formation issues; and compliance and SEC examinations. In Hong Kong, Justin Dolling and Carol Liu are experienced investment funds practitioners.

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Key clients

Ascendent Capital Partners

NewQuest Capital Partners

C-Bridge Capital

Lilly Asia Ventures

LYFE Capital

Loyal Valley Capital

Eastern Bell Capital

Forebright Capital Management

Vertex Ventures

Insignia Ventures

Panacea Venture


SSG Capital Management

OCP Asia

SC Capital Partners

LOGOS Properties

Kinzon Capital

Legend Capital

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

Focused on private equity sponsors, credit funds and strategic corporate investors, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's Asia banking and finance team is highly regarded for private equity borrower-side work and complex credit fund matters. The practice covers all key financing products across the Asia Pacific region, including leveraged and acquisition financing matters. With substantial experience in major cross-border financing transactions, David Irvine heads the Asia debt finance practice from Hong Kong, where Jacqueline Zheng is also a key partner.

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Key clients


Investor consortium comprising Warburg Pincus Asia LLC, General Atlantic Singapore Fund Pte. Ltd., Ocean Link Partners Limited, and Mr. Jinbo Yao, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of

New Frontier Health Corporation

Bain Capital

A consortium of investors comprising Centurium Capital, PW Medtech Group Limited (HKSE: 1358), CITIC Capital, Hillhouse Capital, Temasek and Marc Chan

The founders of Topcast Aviation Supplies Company Limited

Warburg Pincus


Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's Greater China practice covers a range of transactional work in Hong Kong and the PRC, including cross-border investments, divestments and take private transactions, public takeovers and privatisations. Clients particularly benefit from the firm's supporting debt finance and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act practices. Chuan Li is a cross-border transactions specialist on the mainland; and the names to note in Hong Kong are Daniel Dusek, David Patrick Eich, Gary Li , Nicholas Norris, David Zhang and Joey Chau.

Key clients

Showa Denko K.K.

Investor consortium comprising Warburg Pincus Asia LLC, General Atlantic Singapore Fund Pte. Ltd., Ocean Link Partners Limited, and Jinbo Yao, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of

A consortium of investors comprising PW Medtech Group Limited, CITIC Capital, Hillhouse Capital, Temasek and Marc Chan


Hammer Capital

TPV Technology Limited

An investor consortium led by Bizuo (Tony) Liu, the chief executive officer of Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc.

The founders of Topcast Aviation Supplies Company Limited

Cushman & Wakefield

Sea Limited

Nan Fung

Shougang Concord International Enterprises

Partners Group

Warburg Pincus

Bain Capital

Cartesian Capital Group

Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.

Skyworth Group

L Catterton

Kirkland & Ellis is global law firm with 2,700 attorneys representing clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The firm has 15 offices around the world: Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions Chuan Li
Mergers and acquisitions David Zhang
Private equity Chuan Li
Private equity David Zhang
Capital markets David Zhang
Government, regulatory and internal investigations Tiana Zhang
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tiana Zhang photo Tiana Zhang Partner
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