Milbank LLP

Capital Markets Department

Asia-Pacific Region
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What the team is known for Excellent spread of high-yield mandates, including work on deals in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. Well-regarded and experienced teams based in Singapore and Hong Kong. Increasingly well recognised for advising international investment banks on investment-grade offerings in South-East Asia. Recognised for further DCM activity throughout the region, including MTN programmes and sovereign bond issuances. Additionally maintains a solid ECM practice, with a very strong track record of advising on IPOs and secondary offerings in the Philippines.

Strengths Client commentary emphasises the depth of resources the firm can bring to bear, with one stating: "The transaction involved numerous jurisdictions across China, South-East Asia and the US and they handled all issues superbly. I thought they did very well. The team was extremely committed and went over and above in executing the transaction. There was an abundance of senior attention while the supporting junior team also did an excellent job. Their ability to think about the issues commercially and practically was particularly impressive."

Another adds: "They have done the most deals in the Philippines and know the intricacies that need to be addressed for any kind of deal. They are very much plugged in and, as such, give very good insights and advice."

Work highlights Advised Universal Entertainment on its USD600 million high-yield notes offering.

Acted for the sponsor and global co-ordinators in Xinyi Energy's USD465 million Hong Kong IPO.

Advised Tata Steel on its offering of USD1 billion and USD300 million notes.

Notable practitioners

Singapore-based Naomi Ishikawa heads the firm's Asia-Pacific practice, while James Grandolfo is a key contact in Hong Kong.