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Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital Markets

Band 1Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Hugely respected for its very strong high-yield practice and has recently been highly active in this area in Hong Kong, India and Singapore. Also has a very strong practice across the region, working on investment-grade debt and equity offerings including IPOs, hybrid products and secondary offerings. Acts for a solid roster of blue-chip clients on high-profile deals throughout Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Advises an enviable roster of international underwriters and notable corporate issuers. Particularly active on issuances in the energy, technology and healthcare sectors.

Strengths

A client, referring to the firm's China-focused finance group, asserts that "the team has delivered best-in-class services throughout our collaboration. It is highly professional, detail-oriented and academically strong while also having good commercial sense."

The Singapore-based team is praised by one client for its "ability to understand complex issues and clarity of presented analysis, facilitating clear decision-making."

Another client reports on the China-based finance team: "The team has extensive experience and the partners are all very knowledgeable and hands-on, offering consistent high-quality services."

An interviewee appreciates the firm's "ethos for providing high-quality legal advice on some of the leading and largest deals being done in India."

Work highlights

Advised ESR Cayman as issuer on its USD1.6 billion IPO and listing on the SEHK.

Represented Asset World Corporation in its USD1.57 billion IPO on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Advised China National Chemical Corporation on its USD2.3 billion Reg S offering.

Acted on behalf of Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited on Axis Bank's QIP valued at USD1.7 billion.

Advised Zhengzhou Zhongrui Industrial on its issuance of USD70 million 12% guaranteed senior notes due 2022.

Notable practitioners

Cathy Yeung in Hong Kong is a key contact for the firm's China practice. In Singapore, Michael Sturrock is the key contact, while the India practice is fronted by Rajiv Gupta.

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