Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital Markets (International Firms) Department

China
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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. A growing 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 Feedback indicates good knowledge of market conditions, with one client stating: "I always recommend them to colleagues. They provide great service and commercial awareness. I always find their opinions very helpful not only for a legal perspective, but also for a commercial perspective. They are definitely one of the best law firms I have worked with."

A client comments: "Their performance is excellent. They have very strong product knowledge and sound execution capabilities. The client service and commercial awareness is outstanding. I have been very happy with them. They are my top choice for underwriters' counsel in the Asia-Pacific equity-linked space."

Work highlights Represented Haitong International, China CITIC Bank, CNCB HK Capital, Guotai Junan International and other banks as underwriters in the USD200 million offering of 9.5% guaranteed senior notes by Yango Justice International.

Assisted Bank of Gansu with its HKD6 billion IPO of H-shares listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Su rejoined the firm in February 2018, bolstering the team's capabilities with his expertise in advising on IPOs. "He's very professional and experienced," attests one client.

Cathy Yeung is popular with clients, and one remarks: "She responds very fast, with quality advice." She co-chairs the global capital markets practice, while advising on IPOs and H-share listings.

Mandarin-speaking Liu Ji is extremely active advising on large-scale debt issuances. A client says: "For DCM in Hong Kong Liu Ji has made big inroads into the market over the past couple of years."