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Clifford Chance LLP

Capital Markets: International

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What the team is known for

Market-leading team with in-depth expertise in Regulation S debt issuance, including samurai, convertible and green bond products. Also well known for its work on establishing MTN programmes. Capable in placing equity, with experience in IPOs and secondary offerings, as well as hybrid products. Has particularly specialist knowledge of underwriter representation as counsel to major Japanese and international investment banks. Also highly skilled at advising on derivatives transactions involving repackagings and structured notes programmes linked to equity, currency and credit.

Strengths

Clients assert that the team displays "the highest level of expertise in international bond offerings" and is able to combine "good knowledge of the law and the real-world business climate."

Interviewees also value the team's coupling of international strength with local expertise, one remarking: "Their global network is extremely helpful when dealing with European transactions. The advice is based not only from the English law point of view, but also on their understanding of the position of Japanese clients."

Notable practitioners

International derivatives expert Lai Leng-Fong assists prominent global banks with development products such as swaps, repackagings and structured note programmes. He is admitted in the UK and Singapore, and is a foreign registered lawyer in Japan.

Reiko Sakimura is widely regarded as a high-calibre capital markets adviser with a well-rounded practice offering debt and equity capabilities. An impressed interviewee affirms that "her expertise in Eurobond markets is outstanding and always reliable," and notes her Japanese language capabilities, explaining: "She has an excellent skill in dealing with overseas clients and Japanese clients alike."

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Capital Markets: International Department

Clifford Chance LLP

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1-1, Marunouchi 1-chome

Palace Building, 3rd floor

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo

Tokyo-to

Japan

100-0005

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Japan

Capital Markets: International: Asia and Euro Markets


Reiko Sakimura
Band 1

Capital Markets: International: Securitisation & Derivatives


Leng-Fong Lai
Band 1