Ashurst

Capital Markets (International Firms) Department

China
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What the team is known for Well-balanced offering with an established reputation for providing ECM advice to blue-chip clients on IPOs and secondary offerings. Also acts for major underwriters and issuers on bond offerings and EMTN issues. Further expertise spans cross-border convertible bonds and masala issuances. Provides Hong Kong and US law advice for international and Chinese banks and businesses.

Strengths Client commentary highlights the firm's ability to handle challenging transactions, with one source noting: "I was pleased by the quality and capability and their speed in understanding the business, and translating that into a very well-drafted document. It was the first company in that sector to go for an IPO and it was a complex business. I thought they did very well getting a grip on it."

A further client explains: "They always offer useful advice, while being positive and passionate. They're very patient, always meet the deadline and easily communicate. They're very helpful for finding a right solution on different issues. They're experienced in dealing with special cases and able to flexibly come up with effective legal advice."

Work highlights Acted for CNCB Capital as placing agent in the USD350 million issuance of convertible bonds by China Hongqiao Group.

Represented Hartadinata Abadi as international counsel in its Indonesian IPO.

Notable practitioners

Anna-Marie Slot is a widely recommended high-yield expert handling major cross-border issuances. "She is extremely commercial, a strong negotiator and very experienced in her field," remarks one client.

Jini Lee "has very strong execution capabilities, especially with DCM bond products," says one client. She has a growing reputation for assisting clients with guaranteed and convertible bonds.

Nigel Pridmore is a well-established adviser on varied investment-grade debt issuances. A client says: "He's very commercial and prompt. He seems to know everything, including the most obscure points, and he can answer any question very quickly and clearly."

Stuart Rubin is well regarded for acting on cross-border ECM matters, often relating to South-East Asia. One client states: "He had a brilliant understanding of the context of the work. He provided quality drafting and had great ethics in terms of sticking to deadlines."