Chairperson: Kim Koopersmith
Number of partners: 332
Number of lawyers: 948
International Offices: Frankfurt, Geneva, Moscow, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Irvine, Longview, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco and Washington, DC
Akin Gump is one of the world’s largest law firms, with 20 offices and over 900 lawyers worldwide, handling high-profile and high-value matters for clients around the globe. In Asia, the firm advises its clients across a wide range of practices and industries. Akin Gump’s Asia offices work very closely together, and with, the firm’s European, Middle East and US offices.
Main Areas of Practice:
Lawyers in the Hong Kong and Beijing offices have extensive experience representing clients in negotiating and completing cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures. The team guides clients through all stages of a deal, from advising on deal structuring, through negotiation, to post-acquisition issues. Lawyers represent clients across numerous industries and sectors in a wide array of transactions including private and public company mergers, acquisitions and jointventures, buyouts and going-private transactions.
Well-known for its deep knowledge of business practices in the Asia-Pacific region, the firm’s Asia-based investigations team covers antibribery and FCPA-related investigations, antitrust, fraud, sanctions, export controls, World Bank issues and securities-related matters.
The firm’s finance and alternative credit team represents investor clients on new debt and equity investments throughout Asia-Pacific, including secured and unsecured credit facilities, straight and convertible bonds and other debt instruments. Financing experience includes myriad alternative financing solutions, including pre-IPO investments and other financing structures in China and across the region.
Akin Gump’s Asia financial restructuring team is widely recognised for its representation of creditors and, combined with the firm’s marketleading US and European financial restructuring teams, is an integral part of a top-tier global financial restructuring practice. With unrivalled experience acting for bondholders, noteholders and other creditors of companies in financial distress on complex, cross border restructurings, the team plays a leading role in most major Asia-Pacific restructurings.
Global Energy & Transactions:
Akin Gump advises clients on many of the largest and most complex energy projects across Asia-Pacific. The team regularly advises exploration and production clients in LNG project development and upstream oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures. The firm is one of the leading law firms working in conventional and renewable energy project development and financing as well as the purchasing and selling of power projects and companies.
The firm’s Asia-Pacific international trade team advises clients on all aspects of international trade law including on the regulatory and compliance aspects of cross-border transactions and on a range of trade related issues, such as compliance trade policy and WTO matters. The firm represents a number of Asia-Pacific governments with many of its lawyers serving as former government officials, offering significant insight into the workings and considerations of governments.
As a leading alternative investment management practice serving clients in the world’s primary financial centres, Akin Gump offers unparalleled depth of technical knowledge and experience. The firm’s Asia investment management practice encompasses all aspects of fund formation and ongoing operations including fund structuring and management, investor relations and portfolio company representation. Akin Gump’s representation of a broad range of asset managers and institutional investors gives it proprietary insight on emerging private equity and hedge fund market trends.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s full-service dispute resolution practice advises hedge funds and other financial institutions with interests in the Asia-Pacific region. Work on contentious matters focuses on, among other things, restructurings, distressed debt investments, lending arrangements, bondholder disputes and shareholder activism campaigns.