Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital Markets Department

Asia-Pacific Region
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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 Commentary highlights the team's international skills, with a client saying: "We work with the teams here and in the US a lot on convertible bonds and equity derivatives. They are experts regarding convertible bond issuance in the States, which gives them a competitive advantage. Latham & Watkins understand the inside knowledge."

"We like to work with good law firms, so they're on our panel," remarks one client, adding: "They are quite dedicated, put a lot of resources in, and have hired a lot of good people. They are also very technical."

Another client remarks: "Latham & Watkins have been uniformly excellent. They have some of the top product counsel in Asia and always do a great job. They're very strong."

Work highlights Assisted Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse as underwriters with NagaCorp's USD300 million issuance of high-yield senior notes.

Advised Vinhomes Joint Stock Company on its IPO and listing of shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange.

Represented the underwriters in Shenwan Hongyuan Group's HKD9.1 billion IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners

Cathy Yeung in Hong Kong is global vice chair of capital markets for the firm, as well as head for Greater China. In Singapore, Michael Sturrock is the key contact, while the India practice is fronted by Rajiv Gupta.