Norton Rose Fulbright

Capital Markets (International Firms) Department

China
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What the team is known for Best known on the ECM side, where it acts for a range of underwriters and issuers on IPOs and secondary offerings. Particularly active advising issuers on private placements and offerings to institutional subscribers. Focuses on acting for clients in the technology, real estate, energy, finance and life science industries. Also well known for working with major PRC investment banks. Advises on cross-border deals relating to China, as well as countries in South and South-East Asia.

Strengths Feedback highlights a strong pool of talent, with one client saying: "We've been pleased, the staffing they provide is very good. Who you have on board is very important. They are also a very responsive team."

Another client says: "They're excellent, I very much prefer to use them. They are responsive, have a strong understanding of the legal framework and are able to provide good advice on a timely basis."

Work highlights Represented HSBC as placing agent in relation to the approximately USD425 million top-up placing by China Jinmao Holdings Group.

Assisted China International Capital Corporation as joint sponsor with the HKD977 million spin-off listing of Sisram Medical.

Notable practitioners

Margie Chan joined Norton Rose Fulbright from Davis Polk & Wardell LLP. She is an up-and-coming DCM expert, with a particular focus on China high-yield. A client enthuses: "We direct a lot of work to counsel Margie Chan, she's a rising star and very strong player. She's important in regional and Chinese DCM."

Psyche Tai "is the main person we work with, a good lawyer who knows how to handle clients well," remarks one client. She handles sizeable IPOs and follow-on offerings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Terence Lau has a long history advising on ECM listings in Hong Kong. A client effuses: "I believe he is one of the most technical lawyers in town for ECM work. He has deep understanding on the listing rules, guidance and decisions and is like a walking encyclopaedia in that space."