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Kirkland & Ellis

Capital Markets (International Firms)

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What the team is known for

Highly active ECM practice, much admired for its consistency and visibility on high-profile deals. Strong track record acting for international and local businesses and investment banks on US and Hong Kong IPOs. Additionally handles a range of secondary offerings in Hong Kong and New York. Maintains strong relationships with regulators. Hong Kong and New York qualified team with Chinese language capabilities, well placed to advise on listings on a variety of stock exchanges. Often advises on significant deals in China's telecoms, infrastructure and technology sectors.

Strengths

A client appreciates the level of partner involvement, stating: "The team's differentiation is that its senior lawyers work directly on projects and are very accessible and trusted advisers."

Another client describes their "great pleasure working with the firm" and finds the lawyers to be "trustworthy and outstanding."

Work highlights

Advised Warburg Pincus as the largest shareholder on the USD1.6 billion IPO and listing of its portfolio company ESR Cayman on the SEHK.

Notable practitioners

David Zhang heads the firm's Asa capital markets practice and is valued highly by clients for his seasoned advice, as one source states: "When I work with David, I feel assured by his decades of experience." He continues to lead many of the firm's most prominent ECM matters.

Wong Li-Chien remains active advising both issuers and bookrunners. Market sources describe her as a "solid Hong Kong IPO lawyer," with one source asserting: "I do have a lot of respect for her." 

Lu Mengyu remains a rising ECM lawyer and a "responsible and capable partner who is hands-on with key issues, compared to partners in other firms who just oversee the process without deep involvement," according to a client. The same client adds: "She can always find a better balance between issuer and sponsor to make everything smooth and in compliance with the regulatory scheme." She has notable experience in for acting for life sciences and biotech clients. She joined Kirkland & Ellis in February 2021 and heads the firm's Hong Kong capital markets practice.

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Overview

Kirkland has a strong capital markets practice, representing both issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of securities offerings. The large number of corporate transactions in which the Firm is involved has made us seasoned in a number of disciplines (including corporate, commercial lending, tax, securities litigation, environmental, intellectual property, ERISA and real estate) that often need to be marshaled in complex financings. In addition, Kirkland's emphasis on teamwork makes it easier to use the different areas of experience required in a particular transaction for the benefit of the Firm's clients.


Capital Markets (International Firms) Department

Kirkland & Ellis

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26th Floor, Gloucester Tower

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15 Queen's Road Central

Hong Kong

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Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)


David Zhang
Band 1
Li-Chien Wong
Band 3
Mengyu Lu
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