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Global 2022
Asia-Pacific Region Capital Markets
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Band 3

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Capital Markets: Debt - Asia-Pacific Region
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Band 3
What the team is known for

Simpson Thacher has an exceptional equity practice across Asia-Pacific, with a long history of acting for underwriters and issuers on some of the largest and most significant transactions in the market. Well regarded for advising on high-profile IPOs, block trades and REIT listings. Often advises major PRC companies on outbound deals and US law. Also highly skilled at assisting clients with investment-grade debt and hybrid transactions in East Asia. The practice is primarily driven from the hubs of Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

Strengths

A client describes it as a "very good team with flawless technical skills and good issuer and underwriter representation," stating: "Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are one of my go-to options for US IPOs."

Sources affirm the team's leading position in the Japan market. "They are certainly a leader in the market. Good practitioners in the team and the market respects them," comments one interviewee.

A further client highlights the team's "full knowledge and experience of IPOs," describing the lawyers as "efficient."

Work highlights

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett acted for the joint lead managers on a global offering by freee K.K. and selling shareholders, valued at USD322 million.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett assisted BNP Paribas, Cathay United Bank, Capital Securities, Taishin International Bank and SinoPac Securities as joint managers with the offering of USD100 million floating rate notes by Woori Card.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett represented CICC, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse as the underwriters in the USD684.6 million global offering and secondary listing of the ordinary shares of Autohome on the main board of the SEHK.

Notable practitioners

Alan Cannon is a key contact based in Tokyo, while Celia Lam in Hong Kong is head of the China practice. Jin-Hyuk Park in Hong Kong is also a key contact.