Clifford Chance LLP

Banking & Finance (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for A popular choice for major international and PRC lenders for a diverse range of transactions. Has deep experience in bilateral and syndicated loans, real estate and project finance and leveraged finance transactions. Notably active representing private equity clients in headline acquisition finance deals. Heavy involvement in advising on recent reforms of banking and loan regulations. Provides assistance to an impressive roster of clientele including state-owned enterprises and major foreign banks.

Strengths Client consensus is that the practice is an elite offering, with one source stating: "They have great knowledge of complex structures and great people, always willing to assist with queries. They're the best on the street. The service offering is excellent, very tuned to the most recent issues."

Another client adds: "The firm, particularly the banking and finance team, has an excellent reputation in the market. They have a good sense of market terms, advise us well on terms we can push and terms where we should consider conceding, and are able to be creative in structuring terms and where we can make a trade with the counterparty. We would not hesitate to rely on them for financing transactions in the future."

Work highlights Advised Hillhouse Capital and CDH investments on HKD28 billion in acquisition financing for the privatisation of Belle International Holdings.

Represented Ping An Bank and China CITIC Bank as arrangers in the financing for the acquisition of Wall Street English by CITIC Capital and Baring Private Equity.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Wang is a pre-eminent financing adviser known for representing clients in market-leading acquisition finance and syndicated lending transactions. "He's highly intelligent, friendly and respected by the market, alongside possessing strong qualifications backed by proven deal experience in complex structures," enthuses a client.

Dauwood Malik is described by one commentator as "a good person to go to, technically skilled." He has an excellent reputation for advising on the financing of real estate transactions.

Up-and-coming partner Edith Leung garners praise for advising on headline acquisition finance transactions. A client says: "She knows her stuff inside out and gives clear and concise advice to banks. She balances the pros and cons."

Maggie Lo is sought out for her considerable experience handling major corporate and acquisition finance matters. A pleased client remarks: "She demonstrates extreme dedication to the whole deal. Her negotiating capabilities and persuasive communication with the counterparty have impressed me."

Matthew Truman is highly valued for handling acquisition financing and take-privates for private equity funds. A client comments: "I was very impressed, I'd give him a very high rating, he was very incisive and strategic."