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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
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China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s team is routinely instructed by clients facing bet-the-company claims across Greater China. Cross-border dispute specialist Tiana Zhang, who has litigation experience in both the US and China, leads the Mainland China litigation practice from Shanghai, where Yue Qiu also acts in cross-border litigation. The Hong Kong practice is co-led by Paul Quinn, who focuses on professional negligence, cross-border claims, insolvency, fraud, directors’ duties, and shareholder disputes; financial disputes expert Amy Ngan, who is ‘always across the detail‘; and Fergus Saurin, a specialist in capital markets, M&A and shareholder disputes, as well as banking and international trade and investment cases. The other key figures are former practice co-head Kelly Naphtali, whose wide-ranging practice covers asset recovery, professional negligence, borrower default, and fund and shareholder disputes; Cori Lable, who leads the investigations and white-collar practice; and Jodi Wu, an expert in internal investigations, compliance and cross-border litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tiana Zhang; Paul Quinn; Amy Ngan; Fergus Saurin; Cori Lable; Jodi Wu

Other key lawyers:


Kelly Naphtali, Paul Quinn and Amy Ngan each have different roles and work extremely well together.’

Kelly Naphtali is always on top of the case.’

‘Paul Quinn is very good at drafting’

‘Amy Ngan is always across the detail.’

‘Very competent indeed.’

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 1

Drawing upon the firm’s global network, the China private equity practice at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP regularly handles the largest and most complex PE deals in the region, from joint ventures and PIPEs to LBOs and other M&A transactions. The offering is jointly led from Hong Kong by Gary Li and Jesse Sheley; with the former vastly experienced in complex leveraged buy-outs, take-privates and growth equity investments, and the latter a trusted advisor to PE firms, public and private companies, as well as SPACs and their targets. Peng Yu’s practice focuses exclusively on PE and M&A matters, with notable strengths in the technology, education, healthcare and life sciences sectors, while Joey Chau is highly regarded for her expertise in the Chinese market.

Practice head(s):

Gary Li; Jesse Sheley

Other key lawyers:

Joey Chau; Paul Guan; Nicholas Norris; David Patrick Eich; David Zhang; Peng Yu; Pierre-Luc Arsenault


‘Expert knowledge, deep experience, commercial and solutions-focused.’

Key clients

L Catterton Asia Acquisition Corp


DCP Capital Partners II, L.P., Ocean Link Partners Limited

Baring Private Equity Asia


Nexus Point Capital

Bain Capital

An Asia real estate fund managed by Apollo Global Management, Inc.

Oaktree Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Assisting L Catterton Asia Acquisition Corp with its business combination with Lotus Technology.
  • Assisted EQT with the €6.8bn acquisition of Baring Private Equity Asia, a private markets investment firm.
  • Acting for Carlyle on its acquisition of HCP Packaging from funds affiliated with Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA).

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’ restructuring team is considered ‘market leaders’ with its contentious and non-contentious restructuring work for companies, banks, and bondholders. The team advises its expanding list of high-profile clients on various restructuring issues such as debt rescheduling and refinancings, receiverships and liquidations, and shareholder disputes. Neil McDonald, who heads the team, advises both domestic and international troubled clients on the full range of issues including advising ‘The Committee’ in respect of aspects of offshore notes issued by Evergrande Group. Kelly Naphtali handles challenging insolvency disputes, often to prevent the dissipation or movement of assets. Other key members include Wei Yang Lim who is considered a ‘stand out lawyer’ for high-profile equity sponsors and regularly advises sponsor portfolio companies with restructurings and distressed investments while Fergus Saurin offers a broad range of expertise including handling complex commercial and insolvency-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Neil McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Naphtali; Wei-Yang Lim; Fergus Saurin;


They are without doubt the market leaders offering best-in-class advice and seamless deal execution. their client is always first and they are second to none in terms of thought leadership and structuring innovation.’  

‘Wei Yang Lim is the stand out lawyer who has earned his seat at the regional high table of restructuring. He is sharp as a razor blade, full of integrity and with an unswerving work ethic that is committed to his client’s best interests.’


Key clients

Babel Finance

Ad hoc committee of holders of the offshore notes issued by China Evergrande Group or its subsidiaries.

Ad hoc committee of holders of the offshore notes issued by Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Ad hoc committee of holders of the offshore notes and perpetual securities issued by CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd.

Ad hoc committee of holders of the offshore notes issued or guaranteed by Yuzhou Group Holdings Company Limited

Ad hoc committee of holders of the offshore notes issued by Fantasia Holdings Group Co., Limited

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

Sapura Energy Berhad and its subsidiaries

iQIYI Inc.

Ad hoc committee of holders of certain tranches of bonds including US$350,000,000 5.25% guaranteed bonds due 2018 issued by certain subsidiary of China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group Company Ltd.

Noble Group

Ad-hoc committee of holders of multiple tranches of offshore notes issued by Redsun Properties Group Limited

Ad hoc committee of holders of the offshore notes issued by Modern Land (China) Co., Limited

Wing Sze Tiffany Wong, Edward Simon Middleton and Wesley Arthur Edwards, liquidators of Nuoxi Capital Limited (a subsidiary of Peking University Founder Group Company Limited)

Ad hoc committee of holders of the US$450,000,000 6% notes due 2020 issued by Unigroup International Holdings Ltd. and guaranteed by Tsinghua Unigroup International Co., Ltd. with benefit of a keepwell deed provided by Tsinghua Unigroup Co. Ltd.

Ad hoc committee of holders of the offshore notes issued by Golden Wheel Tiandi Holdings Company Limited

Eqonex Limited

Ad hoc committee of holders of the US$275,000,000 9.875% Senior Notes due 2022 issued by Hong Seng Limited

Noteholders of GTI Statia Holdings N.V.

Ad hoc committee of holders of the offshore notes issued by certain subsidiary of Reward Science and Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd.

Ad hoc group of lenders under a c. US$ 435 million dual tranche multi-currency term loan facility borrowed by certain subsidiaries of Goldin Financial Holdings Limited and guaranteed by the Listco and Mr Pan Sutong

Bain Capital Special Situations

Liquidators of Polestar Automotive Holding Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as international counsel for Babel Finance in connection with a proposed restructuring. The Restructuring is expected to be implemented through a scheme of arrangement in Singapore.
  • Advising the Committee in connection with transactions (including a potential restructuring and/or enforcement actions) concerning the Offshore Notes. Evergrande is one of the world’s most indebted real estate developers with more than US$300 billion liabilities.
  • Advising the Committee in relation to the Offshore Debt, including but not limited to a potential restructuring of such Offshore Debt. Kaisa is the second-largest US dollar bond issuer among Chinese property developers with over US$12 billion of offshore debt.

China > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's Hong Kong-based team specialises in the formation and operation of private funds and has additional expertise in matters relating to buyout funds, credit funds, limited partner representations, distressed debt and restructuring. The practice is co-directed by a trio of experienced partners, comprising Justin Dolling, who handles the restructuring, leveraging and refinancing of private equity funds; Carol Liu, whose broad experience includes fund tender offers and advising on equity stakes transactions; and Damian Jacobs, who majors on the acquisition of portfolios and the restructuring of funds.

Practice head(s):

Justin Dolling; Carol Liu; Damian Jacobs


‘The Kirkland team is very knowledgeable and experienced.’

‘Carol Liu provides insight and attention to her clients and is very attentive.’

Key clients


BGH Capital

CBC Group

Cathay Life Insurance


Insignia Ventures Partners

Princeville Capital

Hosen Capital

Hidden Hill Capital

L Catteron Asia

Panacea Venture

Yuanbio Venture Capital

Azalea Asset Management

Kunling Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented GLP in the formation of its GLP China Logistics Fund III (GLP CLF III), targeting $2.5bn in commitments.
  • Acted for BGH Capital in connection with raising its second private equity fund focused on investment in Australasia.
  • Advised CBC Group, a leading healthcare-dedicated investment firm, on the successful fundraising and closing of its fifth healthcare fund, C-Bridge Healthcare Fund.

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 2

Experienced, knowledgeable, and responsive‘, the regulatory and compliance practice at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP uses the firms’ international presence to advise on a slew of regulatory and compliance issues for both domestic and international companies. The practice works across a number of industries including global private equity sponsors, asset managers, and multinational corporations. It is particularly adept at managing alleged financial frauds, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions. In Shanghai, co-head Tiana Zhang is a ‘leader in the field‘ of regulatory compliance, and is sought out by clients for her skill in US and China cross-border crisis management, including complex financial fraud investigations. Co-leading the team from Hong Kong are Cori Lable and Jodi Wu. Lable is skilled at multijurisdictional matters involving sanctions compliance and securities law, while Wu focuses on cross-border litigation and white collar criminal defence. Yue Qiu is also noted for her litigation skills.

Practice head(s):

Cori Lable; Tiana Zhang; Jodi Wu

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is experienced, knowledgeable and responsive to the client’s demands. The turnaround time is quick. They have the relevant domain knowledge and the advice they give is very practical and solution-oriented. ’

‘Tiana Zhang and Yue Qiu are very responsive. They have good knowledge of the regulatory and compliance landscape in China and can highlight important issues very quickly. They are also solid and experienced litigation lawyers who have experience in both US and China.’

‘They know this space better than anyone in the market.’

‘Tiana Zhang is a leader in the field, always available, and unflappable.’

Jodi Wu is a rising star, a perfect bridge between China and the US.

Work highlights

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s China team is consistently sought out by public and private companies to advise on high-stakes M&A deals. The multidisciplinary team comprises specialists in public and private M&A, capital markets, finance, private funds and other transactional practices, and it is particularly active in SPAC M&A transactions. The practice is jointly led from the Hong Kong office by Pierre-Luc Arsenault, Joey ChauDavid Patrick Eich and Paul Guan, alongside Gary LiNicholas NorrisJesse SheleyPeng Yu and David Zhang.

Practice head(s):

Pierre-Luc Arsenault; Joey Chau; David Patrick Eich; Paul Guan; Gary Li; Nicholas Norris; Jesse Sheley; Peng Yu; David Zhang


Expert knowledge, deep experience, and commercial and solutions focused.

Key clients

JD Property Group Corporation

The audit committee of the board of directors of RISE Education



Voyager Innovations

Power Heritage Group

SciClone Pharmaceuticals (Holdings) Limited


The special committee of the board of directors of LAIX Inc.

COFCO Beverages (CCBMH) Limited

EQONEX Limited

Bain Capital

L Catterton Asia Acquisition Corp.

Asia Innovations Group Limited

Poema Global Holdings Corp.

TH International Limited

Artisan Acquisition Corp.

Hypebeast Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised JD Property Group Corporation on its acquisition of a controlling interest in, and the related takeover of, China Logistics Property Holdings Co.
  • Advised the audit committee of the board of directors of RISE Education on RISE Education’s merger with Dada Auto Inc.
  • Advised TH International on its business combination with Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation.

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

Offering best-in-class advice and seamless deal execution‘, Kirkland & Ellis‘ banking and finance team in Asia is widely lauded for its representation of private equity sponsors, as well as the practice’s credit fund work. The Hong Kong-based practice is jointly led by Manas Chandrashekar and Jacqueline Zheng, an expert in cross-border acquisition and structured financing, direct lending, and special situations deals. Another active adviser is Karen Ho, who acts for global private equity sponsors on financings.

Practice head(s):

Manas Chandrashekar; Jacqueline Zheng

Other key lawyers:

Karen Ho; Gautam Agarwal


Offering best-in-class advice and seamless deal execution.’

‘The client is always put first – they are second to none in terms of thought leadership.’

Manas Chandrashekar’s structuring knowledge is unparalleled, his work ethic unrivalled, and his negotiating style persuasive.’

Key clients

DCP Capital Partners II

Ocean Link Partners

New Frontier Public Holding


Baring Private Equity Asia


Bain Capital

Platinum Equity

CVC Capital Partners

Sequoia China Infrastructure Fund

Power Heritage Group

EQuest Education Group


Work highlights

  • Advsied DCP Capital, Ocean Link Partners and Rick Yan (CEO of 51job) on the take-private of 51job.
  • Advised Baring Private Equity Asia on its $1bn take-private acquisition of Ginko International.
  • Advised The Blackstone Group on its acquisition of all of the issued share capital of Interplex Holdings Pte.

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