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Capital Markets (International Firms) - China
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What the team is known for

Highly experienced Hong Kong-based debt team working on complex cross-border investment-grade matters and panda bond issuances. Allen & Overy additionally advises on social bond offerings and large MTN issuances. Solid equity practice advising issuers and underwriters on cross-border IPOs and secondary issuances. Represents an enviable roster of international banks, Chinese financial entities and sovereign issuers. Key clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of China and China Zheshang Bank.

Foreign desks 

The Hong Kong branch has an impressive South Korea desk, working with the Seoul office to provide a one-stop shop for Korean clients. Advises on notable bond issuances as well as equity placements.

Notable practitioners

John Lee is head of Allen & Overy's debt capital markets practice in Hong Kong and frequently acts on the bond issuances of banks and property companies, often advising the lead managers and underwriters. He is well placed to handle a range of Korean DCM mandates, including bond issuances and advice on MTN programmes. A client remarks that he is "very experienced and highly regarded in the market; he always comes back with very accurate advice." The same client also praises his accessibility, noting his habit of "answering late calls as a senior partner, which is very helpful." Another client describes him as a "go-to partner for DCM work," adding: "John is also hands-on compared to partners at other firms."

Agnes Tsang of Allen & Overy's Hong Kong office continues to handle a broad spectrum of debt capital markets mandates, lately advising on issuances of social, panda and sovereign bonds. A client highlights her "very good knowledge of capital markets law," describing her as a "very responsible partner who pays close attention to every detail."

Jonathan Hsui advises issuers, placing agents, sponsors and underwriters on share issuances and placements. A client describes him as "helpful, responsive and professional," while a second client considers him a "pleasure to work with."

Lina Lee primarily advises sponsors and lenders on SEHK listings, as well as advising on share placements and secondary block trades. She frequently acts for banks, investment vehicles and securities firms. A client describes her as "very commercial and efficient," noting that she "solves problems very quickly." A second client supports this claim, stating: "She is very adept at efficiently completing deals under time pressure."

Gilbert Li is co-head of Linklaters' Greater China ECM practice and has a broad ECM practice which, though not limited by sector, is strong in biotech. One client describes him as "very hands-on and responsive, with good commercial awareness," while a second client notes that his "advice is proper and the analysis diligent and meticulous."

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Allen & Overy LLP

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John Lee
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Foreign expert for South Korea
Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms)

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John Lee
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Agnes Tsang
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Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)

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Gilbert Li
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Jonathan Hsui
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Lina Lee
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