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Latham & Watkins LLP

Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms)

2 ranked lawyersBand 2ChinaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Clients benefit from its strong global footprint as well as its impressive local expertise in complex restructuring. Caters to a broad spectrum of Chinese, regional and international clients, including liquidators and debtors in distressed situations. Active on bond defaults, advising both bondholders and corporates. Also skilled in contentious matters that include enforcement action.

Strengths

A client cites "the quality of each individual we've engaged with" as a key attraction to working with the team, adding: "They are very commercially focused and just very good lawyers."

Work highlights

Advised Dongying Fangyuan Group in relation to the restructuring of its onshore and offshore bank debts, totalling approximately USD4 billion.

Notable practitioners

Howard Lam remains sought after for his language skills and regularly advises on debt and bond restructurings, as well as on enforcement matters. Sources note his strong relationships with key clients, particularly Chinese corporates.

Hong Kong-based Josef Athanas assists lenders, liquidators and noteholders on domestic and cross-border mandates. A client likes that he is "a no-nonsense lawyer " who "cuts to the chase" and is "very commercial and responsive."

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Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms)


Howard Lam
Band 3
Josef S Athanas
Band 4