Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Latham & Watkins LLP
18TH FLOOR, ONE EXCHANGE SQUARE
8 CONNAUGHT PLACE
CENTRAL HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Capital markets (equity) Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP’s Greater China capital markets practice advises on both issuers and underwriters on US and Hong Kong listings. Working closely with its banking practice, the firm is in a good position to advise on equity products, and debt and equity-linked products, as well as securities regulations. Head of practice Cathy Yeung has over 20 years’ experience in high-profile IPOs. Benjamin Su handles US IPO mandates in the fintech, big data, online brokerage, healthcare and cloud education sectors. Allen Wang is recommended for China-focused IPOs, high-yield bonds, investment grade debt and convertibles.

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Key clients

ESR Cayman Limited

BofA Merrill Lynch

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited

China Merchants Securities (HK) Co., Limited

Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited

CMB International Capital Limited

Haitong International Securities Company Limited

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

CLSA Capital Markets Limited

Jefferies Hong Kong Limited

BOCOM International Securities Limited

Fosun Hani Securities Limited

Orient Securities (Hong Kong) Limited

BOCI Asia Limited

China Jinmao Holdings Group Limited

Morgan Stanley

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

China Risun Group

Banking and finance Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP’s broad practice acts for both lenders and sponsors on complex finance transactions across Asia. With the ability to provide US, English, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japanese law advice, the firm is well-placed to handle multi-jurisdictional matters for international clients. The team is well-regarded for syndicated lending transactions, leveraged lending and leveraged recapitalisation transactions, mezzanine facilities and structured note and private placement transactions. Key practitioner Gary Hamp is noted for his expertise in leveraged and acquisition finance. Howard Lam is recommended for China-related financing transactions. Timothy Hia heads the team from Singapore. Manas Chandrashekar left for Kirkland & Ellis.

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Testimonials

‘Strong, commercial and responsive’.

‘Safe pair of hands, always willing to go above and beyond’.

‘Howard Lam  and Tim Hia have strong technical skills and are always helpful’.

Key clients

Bank of America

Carlyle

Morgan Stanley

Hopu Capital

TPG

Baring Private Equity

Platinum Equity

Warburg Pincus

BNPP

JPMorgan Chase Bank

HSBC

Citibank

Partners Group

Bank of China

Tianqi Lithium Corporation

Tencent Holdings

Huarong International

Capital markets (debt) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP  offers Hong Kong, US and English law advice to issuers and managers on innovative transactions. It is well-versed in including investment grade bonds, convertible bonds, high-yield, private placements, establishment of and updates to global medium term programs. The team leverages mandates in a plethora of industries, including financial institutions, fintech, education, technology, medical and healthcare, retail and consumer products, industrials and manufacturing, and public utilities. Practice head Ji Liu is a native Chinese speaker and is US-qualified, he advises both issuers and underwriters. Tracy Edmonson jointly heads the practice.

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China National Chemical Corporation Limited

Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch,

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc.

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited

TencentHoldings Limited

Sichuan Railway Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou Development District Finance Holdings Group Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group Company Limited

Zhengzhou Real Estate Group Co., Ltd.

Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd.

China Logistics Property Holdings Co., Ltd.

Zhengzhou Zhongrui Industrial Group Co., Ltd.

Xinjiang Guanghui Industry Investment (Group) Co., Ltd.

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP handles Greater China outbound and inbound acquisitions, with vast experience across negotiated and contested M&A matters in a wide variety of contexts. It is well-versed in acquisitions and dispositions in a broad range of industries, including those which are highly regulated and globally diverse. The team draws on expertise from its capital markets and banking and finance practices to offer a cohesive multidisciplinary approach to corporate transactions. Group head Simon Cooke focuses on private equity and M&A deals across the Asia-pacific region.

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Key clients

Vipshop Holdings Limited

TOTAL S.A.

Warburg Pincus Asia LLC

Tencent Holdings Limited

HKBN Ltd.

Sinotrans Limited

Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd.

CITIC Capital

The Carlyle Group

Vingroup Joint Stock Company Limited

China Jinmao Holdings Group Limited

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's practice, led by the 'excellent arbitration practitioner' Ing Loong Yang, houses a 'diligent' team, which successfully represented Pegatron Corporation in an arbitration against a Swiss and a Canadian company regarding a dispute over the design and manufacture of a commercial product. Associates Tina Wang, Sam Wong and Andrew Halliwell are other key names.

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Very responsive‘.

Key clients

Glory Empire Global

Shenzhen Yihua Computer

Pegatron Corporation

Lansha Information Technology (Shanghai)

Private equity Tier 2

Led by Simon CookeLatham & Watkins LLP continues to make headway in the market, with the 'youthful and hungry team' generating significant deal flow on behalf of local sponsors, including MBK Partners and CITIC Capital, as well as for the firm's strong base of blue-chip international funds, including Warburg Pincus and the Carlyle Group. With expertise on the corporate, finance, and regulatory fronts, and benefiting from lawyers with Hong Kong, UK, and US qualifications, the team is able to provide a one-stop-shop service to sponsors throughout their lifecycle. Native Mandarin speaker Frank Sun excels in advising private equity clients on complex inbound and outbound China deals, including his recent high-profile work for CITIC Capital, as part of a consortium, in relation to the take private of US-listed Chinese company, China Biologic Products Holdings. Amy Beckingham is recommended for her work on both the buy and sell-side, across a range of industries, including real estate and fintech.

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Testimonials

‘It is a youthful and hungry team.’

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

TPG

Platinum Equity

The Carlyle Group

CITIC Capital

Baring Private Equity Asia

Partners Group

CVC

KKR

Boyu Capital

MBK Partners

CDH Investments

Primavera

Orix Asia

Ruangguru

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

With Hong Kong-based lawyers who are able to provide domestic, UK and US law advice, as well as being able to leverage the firm's impressive international footprint, Latham & Watkins LLP excels at providing 'high-quality and commercial advice' to debtor and creditor stakeholders engaged in high-profile regional restructuring/insolvency situations. Bilingual speaking partner, Howard Lam, regularly handles China-related restructurings as part of his broad-ranging financing practice for both debtors, banks, and funds. The team is also noted for its 'excellent bondholder credentials', an area that US- qualified partner Josef Athanas is able to add particular value in relation to US-governed financing documents and US restructuring techniques.

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Testimonials

‘The team has excellent bondholder credentials.’

Key clients

Bank of China

BFAM Partners

Value Partners

Alvarez & Marsal

PWC

EY

Hang Seng Bank

China Orient Asset Management

FTI Consulting

Huachen Energy

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 2

The derivatives and structured products team at Latham & Watkins LLP count leading investment banks and corporates amongst its clients. It handles the full gamut of OTC and exchange-traded derivative products and advises on non-contentious financial services regulatory matters. Other areas of focus include margin finance, equity-linked related products, and innovative structured finance products. The firm leverages its global platform to handle transactions across Asia that are governed by New York, English, Hong Kong, and Singapore laws. Head of team Posit Laohaphan is experienced in leading cross-border and cross-practice teams, and specialises in derivatives and structured products transactions that relate to US securities in Asia.

Projects and energy Tier 3

David Blumental heads up the team at Latham & Watkins LLP which acts for international energy entities and investment companies in multi-national, high-value acquisitions and investments, most recently in the oil and gas, solar, wind, and LNG power sectors.

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Energy Transfer Partners

Guohua Energy Investment

Harbin Electric International

Korea Southern Power

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries

Regulatory Tier 4

At Latham & Watkins LLP, Catherine McBride shares leadership of the practice with recently promoted partner Simon Hawkins. Fintech mandates are prominent in the group's workload; in a recent example, the team assisted Insight Fintech, a subsidiary of Xiaomi, with its successful application for a virtual banking licence from the HKMA.

Testimonials

Simon Hawkins is excellent, he’s very experienced and always responsive and proactively flags market developments that may be under the general radar but relevant to us, which is much appreciated‘.

Key clients

Credit Suisse

China Life (Overseas)

Xiaomi

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

The team at Latham & Watkins LLP is led by Hui Xu, who operates out of the firm's Beijing office. The group counts competition disputes, commercial litigation, fraud and contentious insolvency work among its areas of expertise. Regulatory expert Catherine McBride is a name to note. Catherine Palmer retired from full practice in March 2020.

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China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company Limited

Nutanix Hong Kong

Sinovac Biotech

Philippines > Foreign firms Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has a strong track record of advising on some of the largest transactions in the Philippine market. Particularly active in capital markets, projects and M&A, the group stands out for its work in the energy and infrastructure sector, advising many of the largest lenders to the sector on a range of financing matters. Benjamin Carale leads on many of the firm's biggest transactions from Hong Kong; he recently co-led the team which advised San Miguel corporation on its $2.15bn acquisition of a controlling stake in Holcim Philippines. From the Tokyo office, Michael J Yoshii acts for lenders looking to finance large energy projects. Mark Cooper  arrived from Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee in April 2020 to further add to the firm's expertise in the infrastructure sector.

Testimonials

‘We are very satisfied with LW.

Our main contact with LW is Michael Yoshii, a partner at the Tokyo Office. His main strengths are that he is able to break down and simplify complex problems and he is very thorough. He provides timely responds to our questions and requests and is able to disagree with counterparties without being disagreeable. He is very good in negotiations and has an excellent memory. With his extensive experience, he has a good working knowledge even of relevant Philippine laws. The assistance provided by Mr. Yoshii in communicating and explaining certain issues to our lenders manifested his knowledge and expertise. Mr. Yoshii is an excellent lawyer. We have also worked with Richard Fleming, an associate. Similar to Mr. Yoshii, he is very dedicated, methodical, detailed and reliable.

 

Key clients

Aboitiz Equity Ventures

AllHome Corp.

AC Energy, Inc.

BPI Capital Corporation

Cal-Comp Technology (Philippines) Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

San Miguel Corporation

SMC Global Power Holdings Corp.

UBS

Warburg Pincus Asia LLC

Meralco PowerGen Corp.

San Miguel Corporation and SMC Global Power Holdings Corp.

Aboitiz Corporation

TeaM Energy Corporation

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Security Bank Corporation

United Coconut Planters Bank

Land Bank of the Philippines

Development Bank of the Philippines

China > Insolvency and restructuring; foreign firms Tier 2

Led from Hong Kong by Josef Athanas and Howard Lam,  Latham & Watkins LLP has a strong following among banks, IPs and funds as stakeholders in China-related distressed situations across a range of industry sectors. Athanas' ability to provide US law advice is an attractive proposition to creditors and debtors in certain scenarios and enables the team to provide the flexibility to advise on Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 proceedings, should the need arise. Lam has vast experience advising Chinese clients, on both the creditor and debtor side, across restructuring, special situations and formal insolvency procedures and is aided in his ability to effectively work on such matters by his fluent Chinese language skills.

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Key clients

Bank of China

BFAM Partners

Value Partners

Alvarez & Marsal

PWC

EY

Hang Seng Bank

China Orient Asset Management

FTI Consulting

Huachen Energy

South Korea > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP's foreign legal consultancy office in Seoul complements a dedicated Korea practice, which consists of lawyers throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. The global corporate team has a particular focus on cross-border M&A involving Korean parties, and regularly works collaboratively across offices and practice groups to advise clients on their investment and divestment activities, as well as assisting international clients with their inbound activities. Tracy Edmonson heads up the Asia-wide corporate team from the Hong Kong office. Wonsuk (Steve) Kang splits his time between the Hong Kong and Seoul offices. He has led on many landmark, multibillion-dollar acquisitions and joint ventures in the technology and financial services industries.

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Company

Kia Motors Corporation

CJ CheilJedang

LG Display

Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd.

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP's energy and natural resources team is able to draw on expertise and resources from the firm's practices in M&A, acquisition and leveraged finance, project development and finance, litigation, and environment, land and resources. It was recently particularly active in relation to clean and renewable energy, energy storage and LNG projects, as well as transactions that are driven by China’s One Belt, One Road initiative. Hong Kong-based global co-chair of the firm’s oil and gas industry group, David Blumental spearheads the firm’s energy, natural resources, utilities and chemicals business in the Asia Pacific region.

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Testimonials

Quickly understands the needs of its clients.

Key clients

Bharat PetroResources

CNOOC Limited (and its subsidiaries and affiliates)

Energy Transfer LP

Guohua Energy Investment Co., Ltd.

Harbin Electric International Co., Ltd.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.

Jindi Union Holding Group Co., Ltd.

Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd. and Daelim Energy, Co., Ltd.

NICE Solar Energy GmbH

NICE America Research, Inc.

Oil India Limited

Riverstone Holding LLC

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

Total S.A.

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

Frequently working alongside its private equity, capital markets, derivatives and M&A practices, Latham & Watkins LLP's Greater China banking and finance group acts for both lenders and borrowers on finance transactions in Asia, including syndicated lending, acquisition financing, leveraged lending and recapitalisations, mezzanine facilities, and structured note and private placement transactions. The Hong Kong names to note are Gary HampHoward Lam and Manas Chandrashekar, while Singapore-based Timothy Hia is the local chair of the firm's Asia finance department.

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Testimonials

Responsive, helpful and available, with a great bench and strong individuals. The team also has excellent legal skills and is very commercial.

The practice is very commercial, responsive, service-oriented and has great judgement.

Key clients

Bank of America

Carlyle

Morgan Stanley

Hopu Capital

TPG

Baring Private Equity

Platinum Equity

Warburg Pincus

BNPP

JPMorgan Chase Bank

HSBC

Citibank

Partners Group

Bank of China

Tianqi Lithium Corporation

Tencent Holdings

Huarong International

China > Private equity: foreign firms Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP's Greater China PE practice has significant relationships with active regional and global PE participants. The team advises across multiple stages of investment, including acquisitions, growth and early stage investments, financing and exits, among others. Simon Cooke heads the private equity practice in Asia from the Hong Kong office, which also fields experienced partners Amy Beckingham and Frank Sun.

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Key clients

Warburg Pincus

TPG

Platinum Equity

The Carlyle Group

CITIC Capital

Baring Private Equity Asia

Partners Group

CVC

KKR

Boyu Capital

MBK Partners

CDH Investments

Primavera

Orix Asia

Ruangguru

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s globally integrated platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham attorneys offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex commercial matters.

Asia practice: Businesses and investors seeking innovative solutions to their most complex corporate, financial, regulatory and litigation challenges turn to Latham in Asia for strategic thinking and experienced counsel. Latham has extensive experience advising on the international aspects of a broad range of corporate and finance transactions for clients across the region, notably Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. With more than 150 lawyers operating from six offices in Asia, Latham provides clients in the region and clients looking to do business in Asia with expert advice under US, English, Hong Kong, Japanese and Singapore law. Latham’s deep roots in the financial and economic markets in the region are further strengthened by the firm’s local language capabilities.

Latham continues to receive awards and acclaim from a number of leading financial and legal publications for landmark and precedent-setting deals.

Areas of practice: The Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins is one of only a few top-ranked firms able to provide substantive US, Hong Kong and English law advice. The firm’s clients benefit from this combined platform of high-level legal expertise as they develop their business through both inbound and outbound investment activities.

The Hong Kong office offers advice in a broad range of practice areas, including antitrust and competition; banking, leveraged and structured finance; capital markets; data privacy and cyber security; derivatives; energy; entertainment, sports and media; financial regulatory; fintech, foreign direct investment; high-yield; international arbitration; litigation/dispute resolution; mergers and acquisitions; outsourcing; private equity; project development and finance; public company representation; real estate; restructuring, insolvency and workouts; technology transactions and white-collar defence and investigations. Latham’s leading practices have provided the foundation from which the firm has continued to increase its market share in complex, cross-border and precedent-setting deals.

Latham’s Hong Kong team is led by some of Asia’s most experienced transactional and litigation partners. Members of the team draw on more than 25 years of individual experience advising clients doing business in Hong Kong and Mainland China. The team advises US, European, Middle Eastern and Asian financial institutions, companies and investors conducting business throughout Greater China and the rest of Asia, as well as representing Chinese and other Asian companies with their direct investment activities and capital markets transactions overseas, and are fluent in Chinese languages and dialects including Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hakka and Taiwanese.

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Antitrust and competition
Banking, leveraged finance and structured finance and securitisation
Capital markets
Corporate governance
Data privacy and cyber security
Derivatives
Energy
Entertainment, sports and media
Financial regulatory
Fintech
Foreign direct investment
High yield
International arbitration
Litigation/dispute resolution
Mergers and acquisitions
Outsourcing
Private equity
Project development and finance
Public company representation
Real estate
Restructuring, insolvency and workouts
Securities litigation and professional liability
Technology transactions
White-collar defence and investigations
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Number of lawyers : more than 2,400
in Asia : 120+
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