Firm / Organisation

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Chairperson: Kim Koopersmith
Number of partners: 329
Number of lawyers: 966
Languages: 40+
International Offices: Frankfurt, Geneva, Moscow, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hartford, Houston, Irvine, Longview, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco and Washington, DC

Firm Overview:
Akin Gump is one of the world’s largest law firms, with 21 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 with the firm’s European, Middle East and US offices.

Practice Areas:
Capital Markets
Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption
Cross-Border Transactions
Energy & Natural Resources
Global Project Finance
Hedge Funds
International Trade
Investment Management
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity Funds
Restructuring & Insolvency

Main Areas of Practice:

Capital Markets:

Akin Gump represents investment banks, securities houses and venture capital and private equity firms in the full range of public and private debt and equity transactions, such as initial and secondary public offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, traditional private placements and debt restructurings.

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity:
Lawyers in the Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore offices guide clients through all stages of their corporate and private equity transactions, from deal structuring, through negotiation to post-acquisition issues. Akin Gump represents clients across numerous industries and sectors in relation to private and public company mergers, acquisitions and disposals, joint-ventures and buyouts.

Corporate Investigations/Anti-corruption:
Well-known for its deep knowledge of business practices in the 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. The team also advises on alternative financing solutions, including pre-IPO investments and other financing structures.

Financial Restructuring:
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.

Akin Gump advises clients on many of the largest and most complex energy projects across Asia-Pacific, regularly advising exploration and production clients on LNG project development and upstream oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures. The firm acts on conventional and renewable energy project development and financing, as well as the purchasing and selling of power projects and companies.

International Trade:
The firm’s international trade team advises clients on all aspects of international trade law including on the regulatory and compliance aspects of cross-border transactions and 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.

Investment Management:
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 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 across Asia. Work on contentious matters focuses on, among other things, restructurings, distressed debt investments, lending arrangements, bondholder disputes and shareholder activism campaigns.