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Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital Markets (International Firms)

3 ranked lawyersBand 2ChinaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Well-balanced practice assisting clients on ECM, investment-grade debt and high-yield work. Continues acting on a wide range of debt transactions, working on deals originating in China and abroad, regularly assisting Chinese SOEs and private companies, often acting for property developers and industrial clients. Notably active advising on convertible bonds and other hybrid issuances. ECM team has a strong track record of acting on significant IPOs for clients in the healthcare, technology and finance industries. Notably active on cross-border transactions relating to South-East Asian jurisdictions. Offers an integrated team with US, Hong Kong and UK law capabilities.

Strengths

"The team have delivered best-in-class services throughout our collaboration; they are highly professional, detail-oriented and academically strong while also having good commercial sense," enthuses a client.

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

Work highlights

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

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

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

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Su is best known for his work on equity offerings. He is singled out for appreciation by sources for his attentive approach and his expertise on US IPOs.

Global vice chair of capital markets Cathy Yeung is well equipped to advise clients on high-profile IPOs and secondary listings. A client reports: "Cathy is a well-known expert and has a very good reputation in capital markets; she is helping us work with all intermediaries, thinking ahead of us and providing us with valuable advice."

Liu Ji is an integral part of both the firm's investment-grade and high-yield debt teams, frequently advising PRC real estate companies and industrial clients as issuers, as well as advising bookrunners. A client describes him as "a very experienced counsel" and appreciates that he "speaks the language fluently too, which means he can help negotiate and explain things to issuers."

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China

Capital Markets: Debt (International Firms)


Ji Liu
Band 3

Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)


Benjamin Su
Band 4
Cathy Yeung
Band 2