Firm Profile > White & Case > Hong Kong , Hong Kong

White & Case
Hong Kong

Banking and finance Tier 1

White & Case stands out in banking and finance deals across Asia. Its many areas of strength include cross-border leveraged financings, secured and unsecured credit facilities, syndicated and non-syndicated loans, and single and multicurrency-denominated facilities. It also advises on real estate finance, pre-IPO finance, project finance and asset finance. In addition, it handles sponsor-led finance transactions for lenders and borrowers. Clients include major international brands, banks, financial service clients and alternative credit providers. Baldwin Cheng and counsel Stephen Howard are among the recommended individuals in the team. Asia-Pacific head Eric Berg and regional practice head Eugene Man are also names to note, as is Andrew Bishop.

Private equity Tier 1

The 'client-oriented and proactive' team at White & Case displays 'excellent market insight' on behalf of an impressive roster of global and Asia-based private equity sponsors, which are appreciative of the firm's ability to 'work well with other offices across the firm's international network', and to provide a one-stop-shop service to sponsors across every aspect of the ecosystem -  from fund formation, investment and financing strategies, through to exits. Bolstered by the arrival in February 2019 of several well-respected practitioners from Ropes & Gray LLP, including Daniel Yeh (who now heads the firm's Asia Pacific private equity offering), the team now has the critical mass and expertise to seriously challenge the top-tier firms in the market. Able to execute deals in Asia utilising New York and UK law, the team is able to provide an extremely versatile and flexible service to clients engaged in investments across a range of sectors, including TMT, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. One of the new arrivals from Ropes & Gray LLPWilliam Fong is appreciated for his 'willingness to go the extra mile' and is a key member of the team that includes Christopher Kelly, who handles private equity mandates as part of his broader ranging M&A offering.

Investment funds Tier 2

White & Case advises on private equity, real estate, credit, venture capital, infrastructure, special situations and hedge funds. The firm also advises on non-traditional matters such as hybrid funds. Practice head Sharon Hartline is recommended for her expertise in advising GP and LP clients on downstream co-investment, project fund and secondaries work. Anthony Wong, who also heads the team, advises on structuring private equity funds and hedge funds. The firm recently welcomed Daniel Yeh, Paul Tang, William Fong and Steve Sha from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Capital markets (debt) Tier 3

White & Case's Hong Kong team covers the entire spectrum of debt capital markets transactions with a nexus to Greater China and other jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region. Equally strong advising issuers and underwriters, its work includes Rule 144A/Regulation S, Regulation S only and SEC-registered debt offerings. The group is able to assist with Hong Kong, English and US law issues. Also notable is that it is a core part of an integrated regional team, which includes practitioners in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. Recently promoted partner Jessica Zhou and Catherine Tsang (who has almost 20 years of capital markets experience) are the joint heads of the practice.

Corporate (including M&A) Tier 3

At White & Case, the Hong Kong team's expertise in large cross-border deals is complemented by the wider cross-practice resources available across the global network, making the firm a top choice among Chinese and international clients in their most critical transactions. The group's experience spans a multitude of areas, including mergers, public and private M&A, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, PIPE transactions, preferred equity investments and joint ventures. The group's broad industry expertise sees it act for clients in sectors such as mining and metals, real estate, travel, hospitality, industrial, financial services and TMT. Christopher Kelly is the head of the Asia- Pacific corporate practice. Daniel Yeh, Paul Tang, William Fong and Steve Sha all joined as partners from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Benefiting from robust lender relationships, including with numerous international and Chinese banks, White & Case handles a significant volume of creditor restructuring mandates, often where the firm handled the original loan documentation. Tapping into a strong general finance capability, in addition to restructuring prowess, UK- and Hong Kong-qualified partner Baldwin Cheng leads on much of the non-contentious work handled from the Hong Kong office (which often includes practitioners from complementary practice groups including corporate/M&A). Commercial litigator Melody Chan spearheads the firm's work on the contentious side, which includes a growing amount of work for liquidators on formal insolvency matters. The team is also well-placed to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates by virtue of its far-reaching international network.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Baldwin Cheng
Banking and finance Eugene Man
Banking and finance Andrew Bishop
Capital markets Jessica Zhou
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Anthony Vasey
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Christopher Kelly
Disputes Melody Chan
Energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance John Tivey
Financial restructuring and insolvency Baldwin Cheng
Financial restructuring and insolvency Eugene Man
Funds Anthony Wong
Mining and metals John Tivey
Private equity Daniel Yeh
Private equity William Fong
Private equity Paul Tang
Private equity Steven Sha
Private equity Christopher Kelly

White & Case is a global law firm with a longstanding presence in the markets that matter today. The firm’s on-the-ground experience, cross-border integration and depth of local- and US-qualified lawyers help clients work with confidence in any one market or across many.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Hugh Verrier