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DLA Piper
25th Floor, Three Exchange Square
8 Connaught Place
Central, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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Hong Kong > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Matthias SchemuthDLA Piper

DLA Piper is well regarded in the market for the financing of energy-related transactions, both conventional and renewables. It has recently seen an uptick in ESG-linked financing and green lending, and is active in the telecoms, media and fintech sectors. Matthias Schemuth heads the practice and handles a range of innovative financings for international and regional commercial banks, multilateral lending agencies, export credit agencies (ECAs) and corporate borrowers. Matthew Worth was promoted to partner in July 2020 and Ed Sheremeta joined from Ropes & Gray LLP in November 2020. Since publication, Crystal Chen joined from Linklaters in May 2022.

Hong Kong > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

Matthias SchemuthDLA Piper

Spearheaded out of Hong Kong by Matthias Schemuth and also able to effectively mobilise resources throughout the region, DLA Piper is well-positioned to advise a varied array of sponsor, developer and lender clients on regional projects and infrastructure work. The team is particularly adept at assisting Chinese clients on their outbound investments into Southeast Asia, including on conventional and renewable energy projects, often involving multi-sourced financing arrangements. Carolyn Dong is able to provide a compelling mix of skills garnered through her years in-house at both Sinopec and BP, as well as in private practice, for Chinese entities in energy-related outbound investments and Sino-foreign joint ventures. Russell Wilkinson is a new addition to the team who joined from Baker Botts L.L.P. in December 2021; Wilkinson has notable experience of upstream and midstream petroleum projects, power generation and transmission projects.

China > Fintech: foreign firms

DLA Piper acts for a broad range of clients, ranging from start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises to traditional players in the technology and financial services sectors. The Hong Kong-based fintech team brings together expertise from its finance and IP and technology teams, in addition to members from corporate and real estate groups. It advises on electronic finance products and peer-to-peer platforms; assisting with the implementation of data centres and their potential financing in addition to asset tokenisation projects. Asia head of the firm’s global technology and fintech sector initiative, Scott Thiel, is experienced in the regulatory issues associated with payments clearing, e-commerce settlements and cross-border payment services; Matthias Schemuth provides further partner-level support; and senior associate Lauren Hurcombe focuses on complex technology and commercial arrangements.

China > Projects and energy: foreign firms

Able to draw from ‘a diverse and experienced pool of talent’, both out of Greater China and across its international network, DLA Piper provides a ‘great international vision’ for regional and foreign stakeholders on inbound and outbound mandates. Hong Kong-based China energy head Carolyn Dong is well-versed at advising SOEs on outbound transactions as well as on Sino-foreign JVs, while Matthias Schemuth regularly handles energy and infrastructure financing matters. Shanghai-based senior associate Simin Yu has notable expertise advising on greenfield project development, construction, financing and M&A matters.

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms

DLA Piper‘s Hong Kong-based banking and finance team has specific sector expertise in energy, telecoms and media, fintech and real estate; and the group is particularly experienced in export credit and multi-lateral lending agency financings; structured trade and commodity finance; margin lending and share-backed financing; and acquisition and leveraged finance. Matthias Schemuth heads the Asia finance, projects and restructuring practice, which includes experienced finance partner Paul Lee. Growth in 2020 included real estate expert Ed Sheremeta joining from Ropes & Gray LLP; and the promotion of private credit and complex financing transaction expert Matthew Worth to partner.