Clifford Chance boasts an excellent track record of taking on large and complex IPOs on behalf of issuers, sponsors and underwriters, as well as handling a range of high-value secondary share offerings. One of the standout ECM teams in the region, regularly advising on major transactions. Additionally has an enviable DCM practice, assisting on the issuance of a range of products, including hybrid, panda and dim sum bonds. Able to offer Hong Kong and US legal advice on cross-border offerings. Consistently represents leading international and Chinese banks and investment corporations, with key clients including JD.com, CICC and HSBC.
Connie Heng is head of Clifford Chance's DCM team in Hong Kong and advises domestic and international banks as underwriters, as well as assisting Chinese clients with a range of investment-grade issuances. A client appreciates that she is "very experienced and can mobilise the firm’s resources and lead her team to provide best-in-class legal services for clients."
Amy Lo is co-head of Clifford Chance's ECM team in Hong Kong and a veteran equity capital markets lawyer who handles some of the team's heftiest IPO mandates, lately acting for major clients in the pharmaceutical, entertainment and beverage sectors. Market sources describe her as "a leader in her field" and single her out for her "visibility and experience."
Alan Yeung of Clifford Chance's Hong Kong office remains at the helm of a top-tier high-yield debt practice. A client enthuses: "You can trust Alan will give you the level of confidence where you know you're protected and the deal structure is robust; if Alan approves then I know it's good." A second client is similarly confident: "If I know Alan is on my project, the rest is all assured; the level of trust speaks for itself. Alan is a problem solver with sophistication and delicacy in handling conversations, and as a veteran, he himself has witnessed the ever-changing industry dynamics and has been evolving with them. I truly look up to his advice as my trusted adviser."
Tim Wang co-leads the equity capital markets practice and is best known for acting for domestic issuers on their SEHK IPOs. A market commentator notes that he is "a very big rainmaker" for Clifford Chance's Hong Kong practice.
Jean Thio continues to advise both underwriters and issuers on SEHK listings, as well as London GDR listings. She is based in Clifford Chance's Shanghai office.
Angela Chan regularly advises on the issuance of exchangeable bonds, offshore offerings and MTN programmes. A source describes her as "technically strong with good Mandarin and English," noting that she "does well with clients." A client considers her "resourceful in coming up with solutions for clients from a legal perspective."
David Tsai offers Clifford Chance's clients nearly 15 years' experience advising on a range of transactions associated with investment-grade issuances, including Reg S, dim sum and green bonds. A client notes that he is "responsive and able to manage issuers and underwriters well," while a second client affirms: "He is highly responsive and very reliable."
Mark Chan is well regarded for advising on a range of bond issuances, including sustainability-linked bonds and dim sum bonds. A client praises him for being "very diligent," noting that he "pulls all-nighters and is very helpful on stuff that isn't transactions as well, taking calls to advise on anything and explain things to me." One client likes that "he is very commercial but will also tell you his views if something doesn't work."
Fang Liu frequently advises issuers on their Hong Kong IPOs. His clientele includes banks, pharmaceutical companies, entertainment companies and investment holding groups.
Virginia Lee is a rising ECM partner who advises a number of prominent clients on Hong Kong IPOs. Of late, she has advised on a concurrent take-private and listing.