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James Grandolfo heads Milbank’s Hong Kong office and is a partner in the firm’s Global Capital Markets Group. James has over 20 years of experience representing issuers and investment banks in a variety of debt, equity and equity-linked capital markets transactions, including high-yield, regulatory capital, corporate hybrids, Rule 144A/Regulation S transactions and SEC-registered offerings, privatizations and liability management transactions across Asia. Highly active in many jurisdictions throughout Asia, including India, Mongolia and Vietnam, James has extensive experience advising on Philippines matters and is widely considered one of the most experienced international lawyers advising on matters in this jurisdiction. James advises across a wide array of sectors, including finance, power and energy, real estate, hospitality and gaming, TMT and infrastructure and logistics. In addition to his capital markets work, James also regularly acts in the corporate space and advising clients on a variety of M&A, equity and leveraged finance transactions and has extensive experience advising issuers and underwriters on offerings by sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities.


J.D. Brooklyn Law School; B.A. Hobart College

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Hong Kong > Capital markets (debt)

(Hall of Fame)

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Leveraging the firm’s impressive institutional ties with many leading international investment banks, including UBS and Morgan Stanley, and also developing a growing roster of company-side mandates – particularly throughout Southeast Asia, Milbank provides a ‘commercial‘ service to underwriters and issuers across a range of debt capital market products. The arrival of the ‘very accessible’ Alex Tao from Allen & Overy in June 2020 strengthens the firm’s presence in the China market, as a result of his expertise in advising on New York law-governed high yield issuances for Chinese companies. Paul Pery has been pivotal to the firm’s success in Southeast Asia, particularly in relation to high-value transactions involving Philippines issuers. Team head James Grandolfo has vast experience across a range of Asian markets, including the Philippines and India.

Hong Kong > Capital markets (equity)

Although lacking visibility in the domestic market, Milbank ‘s Hong Kong team, under the leadership of the vastly experienced James Grandolfo and aided by Paul Pery, has developed a particularly strong reputation advising issuers and underwriters on Philippines-related equity capital markets transactions. The arrival of Alex Tao from Allen & Overy in June 2020 enhances the firm’s capabilities in advising Chinese corporates on their US listings.

India > Foreign firms

Milbank is in demand by major financial institutions, banks, ECAs and corporations in respect of substantial projects in the energy, telecoms, and infrastructure sectors. It counts major Asian and international banks among its clients in these areas as well as corporates such as Delhi International Airport. On the capital markets front, it is especially strong on debt matters; James Grandolfo (Hong Kong), who is US-qualified, is well known for his skills in respect of US issuances and project bond matters; equally well known is John Dewar in London who handles high-value, India-related project financings working with the gamut of banks and financial institutions and private equity houses, especially in the infrastructure and energy arenas. The practice has expanded considerably with the hires of transactional and finance specialists Andrew Whan and Neeraj Budhwani from Clifford Chance, and Davide Mencacci and John Bona from Linklaters – all based in Hong Kong.