Norton Rose Fulbright

Capital Markets (International Firms) Department

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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. Additionally advises on spin-off listings and top-up placings. 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 Commentary emphasises a responsive team, with one client saying: "They provided very short response and turnaround times, and were reachable all the time. They know the client very well and are very good at communication. They have good commercial sense and professional knowledge, and are very well qualified."

Another client states: "They're an international law firm with excellent quality of work. You get prompt responses, hands-on partners, efficient work and attention to detail."

Work highlights Advised HSBC and Goldman Sachs as joint sponsors on Country Garden Holdings' spin-off and listing of its property management services on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners

Known to be "very diligent and detail-minded," Margie Chan is popular with clients, with one noting: "She's attentive to clients’ needs, as well as efficient and fast." She has a solid reputation for advice on high-yield covenants.

Psyche Tai advises on a wide range of equity placings and listings, and is also well known for transactional work. She assisted CICC with China Isotope & Radiation Corporation's HKD1.61 billion global offering and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Terence Lau is sought out by clients for his advice on Hong Kong IPOs. "He's very knowledgeable and hands-on, as well as prompt in following up on matters," says a client.