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Herbert Smith Freehills

Capital Markets

Band 2Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills has an equity practice with an impressive offering in Australia and a respected practice in China. Has also been advising on complicated IPOs in South-East Asia, including Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. On the debt side, the team has a solid reputation for advising on investment-grade work, acting for businesses, investment banks and sovereigns on high-value offerings. Additionally advises on high-yield bond offerings.


A client praises the team's "expertise and ease of doing business," going on to add: "They have excellent client care and their commerciality is second to none."

A client comments: "Herbert Smith Freehills are in my view the most commercial and innovative of the firms I have worked with, as well as the most user-friendly. They usually can find a solution to a problem quickly and without lengthy legal research, just because they do so much work in the area."

Work highlights

Herbert Smith Freehills acted for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority on the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China's retail bond programme and the issuance of HKD10 billion silver bond series retail bonds due 2023 and HKD10 billion iBond series retail bonds due 2023.

The firm advised the sponsors and underwriters, including Credit Suisse and BofA Securities, on the HKD10.13 billion global offering and the secondary listing of New Oriental Education & Technology Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Herbert Smith Freehills advised Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on its dual-track IPO and trade sale process of Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure, raising AUD656 million from new investors.

Notable practitioners

Patrick Lowden is head of DCM in Australia and a key client contact for the firm. Matt Emsley is a key contact in Hong Kong.

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