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Kirkland & Ellis
26TH FLOOR, GLOUCESTER TOWER
THE LANDMARK, 15 QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Capital markets (equity) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis has a first-rate reputation in standalone Hong Kong and US IPOs, and also has a strong track record in dual listings. Clients of the firm include Chinese companies, international banks, institutional investors and private equity houses. The practice is also active in pre-IPO investments, offerings, share sales, take-private transactions and regulatory advice. Co-head David Zhang has acted for Chinese/other Asian companies and underwriters on more than 75 US IPOs and 40 Hong Kong IPOs. He also advises public companies on corporate governance, disclosure and investigations. Li-Chien Wong, who co-heads the team with Zhang, is another key figure. Amanda Tang and Susan Wang both made partner. Wanda Woo moved to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Key clients

Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, CICC and China Renaissance

JP Morgan, CLSA, Citi, HSBC, Fosun Hani, ABCI Capital, AMTD Global, Credit Agricole CIB, CMB International, Haitong International, ICBC International, Natixis, Nomura International, Societe Generale, Futu Securities, Guotai Junan, Head & Shoulders, SBI China and Zhongtai International

Studio City International Holdings Ltd

Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, China Renaissance Holdings Limited, UBS Investment Bank, China International Capital Corporation Limited, China Securities (International) Corporate Finance, Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd., China Merchants Securities Co., Ltd., Bank of China International Holdings Limited, Haitong Securities Co., Ltd., CMB International Capital Corporation Limited, Futu Securities International (Hong Kong) Limited, ICBC International Holding Limited and AMTD Group Company Limited

Shanghai Dongzheng Automotive Finance Co., Ltd

Opera Limited

Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Needham

Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Securities, CMBI, CLSA, Credit Suisse, CCBI, ICBCI, ABCI, China Merchants Securities, AMTD and Futu Securities – on Tongcheng

Mobvista Inc

CICC, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup

Chengdu Expressway Co. Ltd

Credit Suisse, China Merchants Securities, China International Capital Corporation, SPDB International, Haitong Securities and Futu Securities

RISE Education Cayman Limited

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse, Citigroup and Needham

Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Haitong International Securities Company Limited, AMTD Global Markets Limited, Lighthouse Capital International Inc., China Securities (International) Corporate Finance Company Limited, Tianfeng International Securities Limited, HeungKong Securities Limited and Khorgos Zhengdao North Beta Consulting Co., Ltd

Roth Capital Partners and Shenwan Hongyuan Securities

Jiayin Group Inc

Maxim Group and AMTD Tiger

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Bain Capital Private Equity

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis has the capacity to advise on the US, English and Hong Kong law aspects of M&A transactions. It is adept at handling private equity deals, joint ventures and take private transactions, among various other matters. The Hong Kong team works particularly closely with specialists in debt finance and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). One of the key partners is Nicholas Norris,  who has over 25 years of experience acting for corporates, private equity investors and investment banks on a wide range of matters. Daniel Dusek is another one of the many heavyweight practititioners in the group, which has a first-class reputation in high-profile, multijurisdictional transactions. Han Gao, Carmen Lau, Shuting Qi and Rongjing Zhao were all promoted to partner.

Key clients

FountainVest Partners

Shanghai RAAS Blood Products Co.

UBS AG (as financial advisor)

GLP

The Boeing Company

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of China Automotive Systems, Inc.

Shougang Concord International Enterprises

Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Neoglory Prosperity Inc.

MicroPort Scientific Corporation

Loyal Valley Capital

TR Capital

Blackstone

Coatue Management

Bain Capital Private Equity

The Carlyle Group

Centurium Capital

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Investment funds Tier 1

Investment funds powerhouse Kirkland & Ellis has a broad practice which covers buyout funds, funds of funds, credit funds, growth funds, placement agent representations, mezzanine and distressed debt, secondaries and restructuring, and carry and co-investment structuring. The team is particularly experienced in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance issues and private investment fund and management company regulatory issues. The firm has a global network of offices across Asia, Europe and the US, allowing it to leverage international teams for cross-border funds work. Justin Dolling, who co-heads the team with Carol Liu, is recommended for his expertise in the structuring and establishment of private equity investment funds, secondary transactions, carried interest arrangements and co-investment plans. Recently promoted partner Jamie Hill is recommended for his experience of assisting institutional investors with their investments in private investment funds. Liyong Xing and Jennifer Feng were both promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

‘They really know their field very well, highly efficient and knowledgable’

‘Carol Liu is extremely knowledgable and capable, and very efficient’

Key clients

PAG Asia Capital

TPG Growth

Lilly Asia Ventures

C-Bridge Capital

SSG Capital

HarbourVest

Tencent

Ascendent Capital

Centurium Capital

BGH Capital

IDG Capital

Hosen Capital

LYFE Capital

Pamfleet

Creador

NewQuest Capital Partners

Genesis Capital

Private equity Tier 1

Regularly acting for longstanding institutional international private equity sponsors, and also picking up a significant amount of work for regional China-based funds, Kirkland & Ellis remains one of the most prolific firms in the market. Benefiting from market-leading debt finance expertise (on both the bank debt and high yield front), in addition to restructuring and fund formation prowess, clients are appreciative of the firm's ability to provide a 'joined-up and cohesive offering', enabling the team to handle all aspects of work for sponsor clients, not just in relation to the downstream investment mandates. In a deal which showcased the firm's coordinated approach, (involving as it did input on the debt finance, capital markets and antitrust front), Daniel Dusek and Nicholas Norris recently provided the corporate/M&A input to FountainVest Partners on its $6.4bn voluntary public tender offer for all the shares in Finnish sporting goods company Amer Sports Corporation. Gary Li is also recommended.

Key clients

FountainVest Partners

Blackstone

Loyal Valley Capital

TR Capital

Coatue Management

Bain Capital Private Equity

The Carlyle Group

Centurium Capital

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

UBS AG (as financial advisor)

GLP

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of China Automotive Systems, Inc.

Shougang Concord International Enterprises

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis' Hong Kong team  is a 'clear leader in the market' and as well as advising principal stakeholders in the primary Asia Pacific focused distressed scenarios, also forms an integral part of the firm's dominant global restructuring offering (which includes market leading practices in the US and UK). Well-versed across both formal insolvencies, as well as corporate restructuring mandates, and equally as adept handling big-ticket debtor mandates as it is on the creditor front for banks and bondholders, the scope of the firm's client base ensures that the team has an excellent perspective of the market. 'Superb' team head Neil McDonald has 'incredible skills', both in terms of formal insolvencies as well as more transactional-based work; he recently led the firm's work for distressed Hong Kong-based commodities trader, Noble Group, in its high-profile and highly complex restructuring. Damian Coles has an excellent perspective for bondholders and issuers in relation to restructurings across Southeast Asia and is a key member of the team that also includes 'superb' insolvency litigator Kelly Naphtali.

Next Generation Partners

Key clients

Noble Group

Toys”R”Us

Committee of creditors of China Fishery Group

Ad-hoc committee of holders of bonds issued by Blue Ocean Resources

Ad-hoc committee of holders of bonds issued by Reliance Communications

Hsin Chong Construction Group

Resolution Professional of Essar Steel India

China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings

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

Banking and finance Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis focuses on advising private equity borrowers, credit funds and corporate investors on their most complex financing requirements across the Asia-Pacific region. Areas of expertise include sponsor-backed leveraged finance, minority leverage and margin loans, pre-IPO credit investments and restructurings. It also advises on corporate acquisition finance, loan portfolio acquisitions, structured credit investment, and mezzanine and payment-in-kind (PIK) financings. Clients include private equity sponsors, credit funds and strategic corporate investors. Team head David Irvine is experienced in multijurisdictional leveraged and acquisition finance transactions. Jacqueline Zheng acts for global private equity sponsors, credit funds, asset managers and investment banks on acquisition financing, structured finance and direct lending. Karen Ho made partner. Daniel Abercromby has joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Testimonials

‘The team has a lot of experience and is good at problem solving in a commercial manner’.

Key clients

Noble Group Limited

Blackstone

FountainVest Partners

Advent International and AI Dream 3 (Cayman) Limited

Bain Capital

Summer Capital Limited (as the lead investor in the acquisition financing for Swiss Education Group)

Apax Partners LLP

Pure International Holdings (BVI) Ltd.

Hillhouse Capital Management Ltd. and Hillhouse Fund IV, L.P.

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 Daniel Dusek
Mergers and acquisitions Nicholas Norris
Mergers and acquisitions David Zhang
Capital markets David Zhang
Capital markets Li-Chien Wong
Capital markets Benjamin Su
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
Debt finance David Irvine
Restructuring Neil McDonald
Restructuring Damien Coles
Photo Name Position Profile
 Damien Coles photo Damien Coles
 Justin Dolling photo Justin Dolling
 Daniel Dusek photo Daniel Dusek
 David Eich photo David Eich
 David Irvine photo David Irvine
 Cori Lable photo Cori Lable
 Gary Li photo Gary Li
 Carol Liu photo Carol Liu
 Neil McDonald photo Neil McDonald
 Kelly Naphtali photo Kelly Naphtali
 Nicholas Norris photo Nicholas Norris
 Jesse Sheley photo Jesse Sheley
 Jonathan Tadd photo Jonathan Tadd
 Li-Chien Wong photo Li-Chien Wong
 David Zhang photo David Zhang
Number of lawyers : 2,700
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Japanese
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Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Boston
Other offices : Chicago
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Palo Alto
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Washington DC

CSR

Kirkland is committed to being a leader in corporate social responsibility, and improving communities and the legal profession through monetary gifts through the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; embracing and promoting diversity within the Firm and the legal profession; reducing the Firm’s environmental impact; and providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel. Kirkland gave over $20 million in 2018 to worthy causes in our communities and around the world and Kirkland attorneys devoted more than 138,000 hours of free legal service to pro bono clients. Learn more about Kirkland’s commitment to pro bono and corporate social responsibility at www.kirkland.com/CSR.

Diversity

As a firm with a global presence, we embrace and promote diversity and inclusion, both within our own organization and throughout the legal profession. We are proud of our employees’ rich and varied backgrounds, knowledge and skills, which make us stronger as a Firm.

Diversity at Kirkland transcends race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin and political affiliation. We value and encourage diversity with respect to each individual’s work style, career path and professional and life experiences. We continually strive to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from our differences.

To achieve this goal, a dedicated and active group of partners leads our Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The committee has racial and ethnic diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ subcommittees to ensure that our programs and policies address the needs of all attorneys.

Pro Bono

Kirkland is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel, with the goals of improving clients’ lives, bettering communities and deepening our own professional experience. In 2018, Kirkland attorneys devoted more than 138,000 hours to representing organizations and individuals in pro bono matters—some representing classes of individuals, some involving significant legal issues, and all important, sometimes life-altering, to the people and organizations represented.

We staff and support pro bono work with the same enthusiasm and resources that we devote to our billable work. Kirkland treats pro bono work equivalently with billable client work in performance reviews and for compensation purposes.

All of our attorneys — from summer associates to senior partners — have opportunities to work on a broad variety of projects that appeal to their unique interests, time availability and experience. Our award-winning pro bono work includes immigration law, disability rights, civil rights, death penalty cases and criminal appeals, discrimination cases, health and patient rights, veterans’ benefits, and the representation and counsel of various nonprofit organizations, among other areas.

We frequently partner with clients and public interest organizations on pro bono initiatives to maximize the impact of our work.