Latham & Watkins LLP

Banking & Finance (International Firms) Department

China
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What the team is known for Offers robust expertise regarding syndicated loans, leveraged and acquisition finance and refinancing transactions. Also has considerable expertise in large-scale margin lending. Popular choice of counsel among major international banks and financial institutions. Demonstrable expertise in cross-border matters related to Thailand, India and Vietnam.

Strengths Market feedback indicates a business-aware practice, with one client saying: "The quality of the firm’s work is outstanding, highly professional and very commercial, focusing on practical solutions rather than overworked legal solutions to ultimately commercial problems. The commercial awareness is high. They sell their services through the quality of their work."

Another client adds: "Unhesitatingly, their work has been first rate. The client service is second to none and the team as a whole is working very hard. The firm's commitment to delivering a workable deal, both technically and commercially, for all parties involved is unsurpassed in my experience and generated an intangible value that it is hard to match or quantify."

Work highlights Represented Warburg Pincus as borrowers' counsel in connection with a term loan facility for the acquisition of ARA Asset Management.

Acted for HSBC as lenders' counsel in relation to Tai Hung Fai Group's acquisition of a portfolio of 17 real estate properties.

Notable practitioners

According to a client, Gary Hamp is "a formidable yet charming negotiator with an acute grasp of technical matters and a zest to close deals." He is best known for advising on major leveraged acquisition finance mandates.

Howard Lam has a strong focus on China-focused financing work. He is well placed to advise Chinese borrowers regarding the financing of outbound acquisitions. A pleased client remarks: "He's very commercial, knowledgeable and resourceful, and very client-focused."