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Herbert Smith Freehills

Capital Markets (International Firms)

2 ranked lawyersBand 3ChinaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Respected ECM team spanning Hong Kong IPOs and secondary offerings. Familiar with acting on large-scale rights issuances. Additionally well regarded in debt matters, advising issuers and underwriters on investment-grade bonds and MTN programmes. Expertise spans convertible and exchangeable issuances, as well as trustee representation. Frequently represents clients in the finance and energy sectors.

Strengths

A client appreciates that the firm "has good expertise in offshore bond transactions, in particular in the China market," and describes the group as "an experienced team that understand its clients’ needs and is able to identify and resolve key risk issues in a transaction."

Another client asserts: "The team is fantastic - very professional, technical and proactive in advising on potential issues," and confirms: "The partners are fully involved, which results in much more timely and precise service."

Notable practitioners

Matt Emsley is a trusted adviser to banks and funds on a variety of ECM work. A client declares him "the oracle of Hong Kong IPOs and related matters" and "a pillar of assurance among chaos in a project," explaining: "Despite his seniority, he is always friendly and approachable, delivering sound and commercially applicable advice."

William Ku is recognised for his focus on advising Chinese clients on debt issuances. A client asserts that he "has good commercial sense, understands the key risks in a transaction and is able to propose practical solutions."

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China

Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms)


William Ku
Band 3

Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)


Matt Emsley
Band 2