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Kirkland & Ellis
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Hong Kong > Capital markets (equity) Tier 1

Although the firm does handle some bond-related work, Kirkland & Ellis is undoubtedly best known for its equity capital markets credentials on behalf of a vibrant mix of underwriter and issuer clients, including some which is spawned out of its peerless roster of private equity sponsors. Led from Hong Kong by David Zhang  and aided by strong coverage out of mainland China, the firm has excellent credentials among PRC companies and by virtue of the firm’s US heritage (and US-qualified lawyers in situ across Asia) is well-positioned to advise them on listings both on the Hong Kong exchanges, as well as on US IPOs. The team is also extremely well-versed in the regulatory regimes associated with the Asian and US markets, enabling it to anticipate any potential regulatory roadblocks further down the line, as well as to quicky and efficiently act upon any subsequent comments. As well as her transactional work for both banks and corporates on debt and equity capital markets matters, Li-Chien Wong is also noted for her in-depth capital markets regulatory expertise, knowledge which she imparts in the context of transactions, as well as in a standalone fashion.  The return in January 2021 of Dr Menguyu Lu from Sidley Austin further enhances the firm’s issuer side credentials, in light of her strong track record advising Chinese issuers across a broad range of industries, including healthcare and life sciences, on their Hong Kong listings.

Led out of Hong Kong by David Zhang and aided by significant resources from mainland China, Kirkland & Ellis has excellent credentials among PRC companies, and by virtue of the firm’s US heritage (and US-qualified lawyers in situ across Asia) is well-positioned to advise them on listings both on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, as well as on US IPOs. The team is also extremely well-versed in the regulatory regimes associated with the Asian and US markets, enabling it to anticipate any potential regulatory roadblocks, as well as to quickly and efficiently act upon any subsequent concerns. The return in January 2021 of Mengyu Lu from Sidley Austin further enhances the firm’s issuer credentials, in light of her strong track record advising Chinese companies from a range of industries, including healthcare and life sciences, on their Hong Kong listings.

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Testimonials

It is a diverse and hardworking team.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs (Asia), BofA Securities, UBS Securities, HSBC Securities (USA), China PA Securities (Hong Kong), Morgan Stanley, CLSA, Jefferies, J.P. Morgan Securities, BOCI Asia, Haitong International Securities, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, China Renaissance Securities (Hong Kong) and KeyBanc Capital Markets

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, UBS Securities LLC, China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, Tiger Brokers (NZ) Limited and SNB Finance Holdings Limited

Goldman Sachs (Asia), UBS Securities and China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., UBS Securities LLC, China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, CLSA Limited and Barclays Capital Inc.

Wynn Macau

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, CMB International Capital Limited, China Renaissance Securities (Hong Kong) Limited, CLSA Limited, Haitong International Securities Company Limited, Lighthouse Capital International Inc., Tiger Brokers (NZ) Limited and Futu Inc.

Chindata Group Holdings Limited

SVF Investment Corp.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, UBS Securities LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Ltd.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, UBS Securities LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited and Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.

Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, China International Capital Corporation, Credit Suisse, Nomura International and Brocade River Asset Management

Goldman Sachs (Asia), BofA Securities, Jefferies, Haitong International Securities and KeyBanc Capital Markets

Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Securities, Jefferies Hong Kong, CMB International Capital, China Renaissance Securities, Haitong International Securities, Macquarie Capital. Futu Securities International and US Tiger Securities

Poema Global Holdings Corp.

Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., BofA Securities, Inc., and Jefferies LLC

Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs (Asia), BofA Securities, China Renaissance and Tiger Brokers

Zhaoke Ophthalmology Limited

Global Synergy Acquisition Corp.

Suzhou Basecare Medical Corporate Limited

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A) Tier 1

Founded in Chicago, Kirkland & Ellis fields one of the largest global corporate and M&A practices with over 900 practitioners worldwide and over 100 dedicated attorneys based at the firm’s Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offices. The group thrives on the full array of transaction types, in both Hong Kong and the PRC, handling private equity, SPAC and cross-border deals on behalf of US, Asia and Hong Kong-listed companies. Daniel Dusek has handled numerous multibillion-dollar transactions over the past 18 months including M&A, disposals, auctions, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs and joint ventures; he is supported by Nicholas Norris whose formidable standing in the market is evident through his membership at the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel, as well as the Listing Review Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Joey Chau specialises in corporate finance, joint venture and venture capital transactions while David Zhang‘s practice is geared towards supporting PRC companies. Other standout names include private equity specialist David Patrick Eich and Gary Li whose core strengths lie in taking-private transactions, growth equity investments and PIPEs.

Testimonials

‘High quality and committed teams (partners and associates), across various aspects of PE deals.’

Always impressive on large scale deals.’

‘Very innovative and responsive.’

Key clients

An investor consortium comprised of 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 58.com.

An investor consortium comprised of Centurium Capital, CITIC Capital, Mr. Marc Chan, Hillhouse Capital, Temasek Holdings, and Mr. Joseph Chow, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of CBPO and their respective affiliates.

Morgan Stanley Asia Limited

Hammer Capital

GLP Pte. Ltd. and the consortium offeror comprising GLP and the Fung family

An investor consortium comprised of Ocean Link Partners and Sequoia Capital China

The special committee of the board of directors of Yintech Investment Holdings Limited

Citigroup Global Markets (financial advisor) in proposed merger of Huya and Douyu

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.

Amer Sports and its investor consortium ANTA Sports (HKG: 2020.HK), FountainVest Partners, Anamered Investments Inc. and Tencent Holdings Limited

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited (CICC)

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited (CICC)

Loyal Valley Capital

CICC

Skyworth Group Limited

Lion Financial Group Limited

Li & Fung

Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

Two controlling shareholders of Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group

GLP and UBAN Capital

Clene Nanomedicine, Inc.

Silk EV

Work highlights

  • Acted as international co-counsel for an investor consortium in the take-private of 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA), China’s largest online classifieds marketplace, at a valuation of approximately US$8.7bn.
  • Acted as the lead counsel to a consortium of investors in the proposed US$4.76bn take-private of China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBPO), a plasma-based biopharmaceutical company.
  • Advising Morgan Stanley Asia Limited as financial advisor to the special committee of the board of directors of Sina Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA), a leading online media company in China, in the potential take-private of Sina.

Hong Kong > Investment funds Tier 1

Acting on its own, as well as able to deploy additional resources from across its global network, including London and the US, the ‘experienced and knowledgeable‘ team at Kirkland & Ellis has a market-leading reputation across the spectrum of private equity work, including on fund structuring, co-investments, recapitalisations and secondaries. The firm receives a tremendous flow of mandates from both local sponsor clients, including Legend Capital, Long Hill Capital Partners and Tencent, and from core institutional international sponsors raising funds in the region. Justin Dolling has a primary focus on fund structuring for GP clients, however, his broader knowledge of the private equity ecosystem ensures that he also picks up work on the restructuring of funds, and buy-outs and spin-offs relating to the management houses. Mandarin-speaking China, Hong Kong and US-qualified “triple threatCarol Liu leads the China private funds sub-group and has substantial expertise advising on the formation of an array of private funds across asset classes and strategies, including venture, growth, buy-out, real estate, infrastructure, secondary and private credit funds. Damian Jacobs is the other principal contact within the team, whose broad-ranging practice also includes a considerable amount of secondaries work.

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Testimonials

Experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to getting things completed on time.’

They use their rich experience and market knowledge to provide us with guidance throughout the fund raising process. They pay great attention to the situation of customers and fund raising, and actively seek solutions to practical business problems in complex situations.’

Carol Liu has a keen market insight into the trend and strategy of US dollar fund raising. Carol serves as the lead lawyer for many funds, but we can always contact her whenever we need help. She is very professional, calm and confident. She can give us a lot of confidence and certainty when we need her to deal with difficult negotiations with the counterparty. Her keen market insight, judgment, pragmatism and solution-oriented work style make her stand out‘.

Key clients

Tencent

Lilly Asia Ventures

Integral Group

Hosen Capital

Jeneration Capital

Ocean Link

A consortium including HarbourVest Partners, LGT and GIC

GL Capital

Long Hill Capital Partners

Legend Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Tencent on the fundraising for its TPP Fund II.
  • Advised Lilly Asia Ventures on the successful closing of its sixth US dollar life sciences fund.
  • Advised Tokyo-based private equity group, Integral Group, in the structuring and fundraising of Integral Fund IV.

Hong Kong > Private equity Tier 1

Highly regarded and internationally recognised, Kirkland & Ellis’ private equity offering in Hong Kong is a key to the firm’s global offering. Its key areas of focus include leveraged buyouts (LBOs), M&A, private investment in public equity (PIPE) and joint ventures. Gary Li is a senior corporate partner with experience in take-private transactions and growth equity investments. Daniel Dusek acts for corporations and private equity investors on cross-border transactions. Nicholas Norris has over 25 years’ experience advising private equity firms, multinationals and leading investment banks on a range of corporate matters.

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They really understand the market dynamics‘.

Key clients

An investor consortium comprised of 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 58.com

An investor consortium comprised of Centurium Capital, CITIC Capital, Mr. Marc Chan, Hillhouse Capital, Temasek Holdings, and Mr. Joseph Chow, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of CBPO and their respective affiliates

Hammer Capital

GLP Pte. Ltd. and the consortium offeror comprising GLP and the Fung family

GIC

Affiliates of CarVal Investors, LP

An investor consortium comprised of Ocean Link Partners and Sequoia Capital China

Amer Sports and its investor consortium ANTA Sports, FountainVest Partners, Anamered Investments Inc. and Tencent Holdings Limited

Loyal Valley Capital

DCP Capital

L Catterton

Advantage Partners

Car Inc.

Bain Capital

Blackstone

The Carlyle Group

Funds advised by Apax Partner

Coatue Management

Lilly Asia Ventures, Matrix Partners China Fund IV and Grand Flight Investment Management

Cartesian Capital Group

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

With a large dedicated restructuring practice group spread across Hong Kong, London, Munich and the US, Kirkland & Ellis is well equipped to handle international high-profile restructurings and insolvency proceedings. It acts for companies, bondholders and banks on both contentious and non-contentious restructuring work, and is headed by the well-regarded Neil McDonald, who assists multinationals in financial distress. Kelly Naphtali is recommended for commercial and insolvency disputes and has considerable experience in litigation and international arbitration claims. Jacqueline Tang handles the restructuring of distressed companies in China and further afield. Wei Yang Lim was promoted to partner in June 2020, in August, Tarun Warriar left for an in-house role, and in September, Damien Coles also left the firm.

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Key clients

An ad hoc committee of holders of $300m senior notes issued by Rock International Investment Inc.

CAR Inc.

Toys “R” Us, Inc.

Committee of creditors of China Fishery Group Limited

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 $546.9m Step Up Convertible Bonds due 2019 issued by Suzlon Energy Ltd.

Affiliates of CarVal Investors, LP

Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd.

Ad hoc Committee of lenders of Jindal Steel & Power (Australia) Limited

Ad hoc committee of holders of guaranteed notes issued by Wise Source International Limited

China Minsheng Investment Group Corp., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised on the successful Restructuring of $300m Senior Notes by Rock International Investment Inc. by Scheme of Arrangement in the BVI Recognized under Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code.
  • Representing Toys “R” Us, Inc. and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, in their Chapter 11 cases pending before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division.
  • Advising a creditor group in relation to defaults under the $300m notes and $650m club loan facility guaranteed by China Fishery Group Limited and the subsequent chapter 11 proceedings commenced by China Fishery Group Limited and many of its affiliates.

Hong Kong > Banking and finance Tier 2

With the departure of David Irvine to Linklaters LLP in London, Manas Chandrashekar and Jacqueline Zheng took over the reins at Kirkland & Ellis in October 2020. Chandrashekar acts for both sponsors and lenders on international financing transactions, with an emphasis on acquisition and leveraged financings; whilst Zheng has considerable experience in cross-border acquisition financing, structured financing and direct lending. The practice is well known in Asia for its private equity borrower and complex credit fund work, and delivers debt financing expertise to top global and regional private equity sponsors and credit funds active in the Asia-Pacific region. Gautam Agarwal was promoted to partner in late 2020.

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique in terms of the depth and quality of the bench that it can bring to any transaction, coupled with unparalleled and market defining experience born of the sheer number of highly complex and structured deals that they complete in any given period’.

‘Clients are given access to some of the finest and most seasoned legal minds in HK with current and voluminous precedent to draw upon’.

‘Without a doubt, Manas Chandrashekar is the pre-eminent market thought leader within the banking and finance sphere’.

‘Manas Chandrashekar is ably supported by his fellow partners across a number of different sectors’.

‘Strong team at all levels. Smart and commercial.’

‘Jacqueline Zhang is exceptional. Solutions-driven, bright and experienced.’

Key clients

An 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 58.com.

Baring Private Equity Asia

An investor consortium comprised of Centurium Capital, CITIC Capital, Mr. Marc Chan, Hillhouse Capital, Temasek Holdings, and Mr. Joseph Chow, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of CBPO and their respective affiliates.

Advent International

Affiliates of CarVal Investors, LP

GLP Pte. Ltd. and the consortium offeror comprising GLP and the Fung family

KKR

Bain Capital Credit

BroadPeak Global LP (“BPG”) and Asia Green Fund Management Limited (“AGF”)

Work highlights

  • Acted as international co-counsel for an investor consortium in the $8.7bn take-private of 58.comInc.
  • Advised Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) in a $600m facility in connection with the funding of the take-private of Hexaware Technologies.
  • Acted as the lead counsel to a consortium of investors in the proposed $4.76bn take-private of China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc.

Hong Kong > Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance Tier 4

At Kirkland & Ellis, ‘turnaround time is quick and availability is impressive’. The team focuses on assisting large corporates with sensitive issues involving internal and agency investigations into potential and alleged fraud, bribery and corruption, improper payments and other misconduct. The practice is spearheaded by Cori Lable in Hong Kong and Tiana Zhang in Shanghai.

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‘The team has deep sector expertise and experience. Turnaround time is quick and availability is impressive.’

‘Cori Lable and Richard Sharpe are extremely knowledgeable with respect to regulatory risks and issues in the APAC region having deep experience. They offer pragmatic advice which differentiates them from some of their competitors in this regard.’

The team has an excellent understanding of what businesses really need. The lawyers have a wealth of experience on the compliance side, as well as being able to bring in advanced international perspectives.’

Tiana Zhang is very responsible and efficient.’

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 1

Leveraging one of the largest, stand-alone restructuring groups worldwide, Kirkland & Ellis‘ Hong Kong-based Asia restructuring and insolvency practice assists companies, bondholders and banks with the full range of contentious and non-contentious restructuring work. The five-partner team has enviable experience in both North and Southeast Asia deals, including debt rescheduling and refinancings, workouts and restructurings, debt trading, and distressed acquisitions and financings. Other areas of strength include receiverships and liquidations, shareholder disputes, directors’ duties and schemes of arrangement. Widely respected for his assistance to large global companies in financial distress, Neil McDonald advises on an expansive range of issues that arise in the restructuring and insolvency of troubled companies; Kelly Naphtali‘s practice includes insolvency-related disputes; and Daniel Margulies specialises in restructuring and insolvency matters, as well as cross-border and special situation financings. Wei-Yang Lim, who is particularly focused on advising institutions that invest in distressed, stressed or special situation credits, was promoted to partner in 2020.

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Key clients

An ad hoc committee of holders of $300m senior notes issued by Rock International Investment

CAR Inc

Toys “R” Us

Committee of creditors of China Fishery Group

IL&FS Transportation Networks

Ad hoc committee of holders of notes (issued by subsidiaries of China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group Company)

Ad hoc committee of holders of senior notes (issued by Huachen Energy Co)

CWT International HNA Group (International) Company

Ad Hoc Committee of certain holders of guaranteed senior notes issued by Reward International Investment

Ad hoc committee of holders of step up convertible bonds (issued by Suzlon Energy)

Affiliates of CarVal Investors

Dewan Housing Finance Corporation

Ad hoc committee of lenders of Jindal Steel & Power (Australia)

Ad hoc committee of holders of guaranteed notes (issued by Wise Source International)

China Minsheng Investment Group Corp

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s team, co-led by Kelly Naphtali, Tiana Zhang and Cori Lable, is primarily split between Hong Kong and Shanghai, although some members are based in the US, enabling multi-jurisdictional expertise at all stages of the litigation process. Zhang along with Yue Qiu and Jodi Wu are highly knowledgeable of multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Zhang, as well as Los Angeles-based Yi-Chin Ho, is also well-versed in cases pertaining to corruption. Naphtali, Paul Quinn, Amy Ngan, Fergus Saurin and Richard Sharpe all have extensive experience concerning disputes regarding accusations of negligence in liquidations across multiple jurisdictions. In 2020, David Harrington, previously of MinterEllisonRuddWatts, joined as a partner whilst Saurin and Qiu were both promoted to the partnership. Tarun Warriar departed to Varde Partners.

Key clients

Xiaomi Inc.

TCL Corp.

China > Private equity: foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s China offices are highly focused on complex private equity transactions, including LBOs and other M&A deals, PIPEs and joint ventures; and clients further benefit from the firm’s leveraging of its sponsor-focused debt finance, high-yield, restructuring and investment funds practices. A senior corporate partner splitting his time between Beijing and Shanghai, Chuan Li acts for strategic and private equity clients on an impressive range of transactions. The Hong Kong office showcases a number of highly regarded partners, namely Gary Li, whose recent track record includes deals for several leading global private clients; David Patrick Eich, who originally established the firm’s Europe and Asia offices; cross-border deal expert Daniel DusekNicholas Norris, who has over 25 years’ experience in advising private equity firms; Joey Chau, a specialist in assisting private equity firms with acquisitions, disposals and corporate transactions; and David Zhang, whose deals frequently involve private equity investors.

Key clients

An investor consortium comprising Warburg Pincus Asia, General Atlantic Singapore Fund Pte, Ocean Link Partners and Jinbo Yao

An investor consortium comprising Centurium Capital, CITIC Capital, Marc Chan, Hillhouse Capital, Temasek Holdings and Joseph Chow

Hammer Capital

GLP Pte

Consortium offeror comprising GLP and the Fung family

GIC

Affiliates of CarVal Investors, LP

An investor consortium comprising Ocean Link Partners and Sequoia Capital China

Amer Sports and its investor consortium ANTA Sports, FountainVest Partners, Anamered Investments and Tencent Holdings

Loyal Valley Capital

DCP Capital

L Catterton

Advantage Partners

Car Inc

Bain Capital

Blackstone

The Carlyle Group

Funds advised by Apax Partner

Coatue Management

Lilly Asia Ventures

Matrix Partners China Fund IV

Grand Flight Investment Management

Cartesian Capital Group

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s Shanghai-based regulatory team handles complex multi-jurisdictional cases across Asia and other parts of the wider world. The team, co-led by Hong Kong-based Cori Lable and Shanghai-based Tiana Zhang, has extensive experience in handling numerous highly sensitive, complicated and cross-border government investigations, enforcement actions, civil litigation, and related compliance advice. Zhang is a go-to for US-China cross-border crisis management, including complex financial fraud investigations by audit committees and special committees of China-based companies listed overseas, and China-related high-stakes compliance and trade secret theft investigations by multinational companies. Richard Sharpe is a further name to note who is supported by China investigation specialists Jodi Wu and the recently promoted partner Yue Qiu in Shanghai.

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Testimonials

‘Brilliant, responsive, and creative. Always know how to handle anything that comes their way. Learns the business inside out.’

‘Tiana Zhang is a strong leader who takes charge and makes sure the matter is handled from start to finish.’

Yue Qiu  is a masterful writer and interviewer who delivers excellent work product.’

‘Jodi Wu is a critical team player who serves as the glue and ensures that nothing is left behind.’

China > Investment funds: foreign firms

With a core focus on private equity matters, the areas of expertise for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s investment funds group cover buyout funds, funds of funds, credit and growth funds, limited partner representations, placement agent representations, restructuring, and carry and co-investment structuring. The Hong Kong-based team also includes experts in relation to Security and Exchange Commission-registered advisers, and assists with the regulatory issues surrounding private investment funds and their management companies. The principal figures are Justin Dolling, who regularly acts for high-profile general partners, China private funds practice head Carol Liu, and fundraising and secondary specialist Damian Jacobs.

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Key clients

Tencent

Lilly Asia Ventures

Integral Group

Hosen Capital

Jeneration Capital

Ocean Link

A consortium including HarbourVest Partners, LGT and GIC

GL Capital

Long Hill Capital Partners

Legend Capital

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s Hong-Kong-based banking and finance team is widely respected for private equity borrower and complex credit fund work. Jacqueline Zheng advises on cross-border acquisition financing, structured finance, direct lending and special situations transactions. Recent growth includes the recruitment of debt finance partner Manas Chandrashekar from Latham & Watkins LLP and the promotion of leveraged and acquisition finance expert Gautam Agarwal to partner. Former Asia debt finance head David Irvine joined Goodwin‘s London office in May 2021.

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Testimonials

The KE practice is unique in terms of the depth and quality of the bench that it can bring to any transaction, coupled with unparalleled and market-defining experience, born of the sheer number of highly complex and structured deals that they complete in any given period.

Clients are given access to some of the finest and most seasoned legal minds in HK, with current and voluminous precedent to draw upon.

Without a doubt, Manas Chandrashekar is the pre-eminent thought leader within the banking and finance sphere, and he is ably supported by his fellow partners across a number of different sectors.

Strong team at all levels – smart and commercial.

Jacqueline Zheng is exceptional – solutions-driven, bright and experienced.

Key clients

Warburg Pincus Asia

General Atlantic Singapore Fund Pte

Ocean Link Partners

Jinbo Yao

Baring Private Equity Asia

Centurium Capital

CITIC Capital

Marc Chan

Hillhouse Capital

Temasek Holdings

Joseph Chow

Advent International

Affiliates of CarVal Investors

GLP Pte

KKR

Bain Capital Credit

BroadPeak Global

Asia Green Fund Management

India > Foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis LLP offers a significant range of India-related expertise on cross-border acquisitions, off-shore financing, international risk/regulatory compliance and tax. It has a strong client roster of private equity firms in addition to international corporates investing in India. Based in New York, Srinivas Kaushik acts for such clients on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and strategic investments. Also in New York, Atif Khawaja‘s work is focused on disputes including IP litigation. Asheesh Goel in Chicago and Cori Lable in Hong Kong co-lead the international risk practice, advising international investors and companies on areas including securities enforcement, government investigations and enforcement actions. Goel also advises on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In Hong Kong, Manas Chandrashekar advises sponsors/borrowers and lenders on a range of financings and investments.

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Key clients

Affiliates of CarVal Investors, LP

L Catterton

Funds advised by Apax Partners

Ares Management Corporation

Silversmith Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Baring Private Equity Asia

Advent International

Blackstone Real Estate Partners

IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd.

An ad hoc committee of holders of approximately $546.9 million of step up convertible bonds due 2019 issued by Suzlon Energy Ltd.

Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd.

Ad hoc Committee of lenders of Jindal Steel & Power (Australia) Limited

Amneal Pharmaceuticals and Impax Laboratories, Inc.

Amneal Pharmaceuticals and Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Sun Pharmaceuticals

TriZetto

Welspun Group

Work highlights

  • Represented affiliates of CarVal Investors, LP as the lead investor in a consortium comprised of CarVal and Nithia Capital in the acquisition of Uttam Value Steel Limited and Uttam Galva Metallics Limited, one of India’s largest manufacturers of steel products.
  • Advised leading consumer-focused private equity firm L Catterton in its US$250 million investment in Jio Platforms, a next-generation Indian technology company and subsidiary of Reliance Industries.
  • Acted for funds advised by Apax Partners on their acquisition of the software products business of 3i Infotech Limited (NSE: 3IINFOTECH), an Indian IT solutions company listed on the National Stock Exchange of India Limited.
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Kirkland & Ellis is global law firm with 3,000 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 18 offices around the world: Austin, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Mergers and acquisitions Daniel Dusek
Mergers and acquisitions Nicholas Norris
Mergers and acquisitions David Zhang
Capital markets David Zhang
Government, regulatory and internal investigations Cori Lable
Litigation Kelly Naphtali
Private equity Daniel Dusek
Private equity Gary Li
Private equity Nicholas Norris
Private equity Jesse Sheley
Private equity David Zhang
Private funds Justin Dolling
Restructuring Neil McDonald
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Gary Li photoMr Gary LiPartner
Carol Liu photoMs Carol LiuPartner
Mengyu Lu photoDr Mengyu LuPartner
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