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Sidley Austin LLP

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Chairman of Executive Committee: Michael J. Schmidtberger
Chairman of the Management Committee: Larry A. Barden
Number of lawyers worldwide: 2148
Number of partners: 670
Asia Pacific Offices: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo
International Offices: Brussels, Boston, Chicago, Century City, Dallas, Geneva, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Washington, DC

Firm Overview:
Sidley is one of the few international law firms to have continuously maintained on-the-ground capabilities to serve clients in Asia Pacific for more than 35 years. The firm now has approximately 230 legal professionals based in six offices across the region, and provides Singapore, US, Hong Kong, English and Japanese law advice to clients where and when they need it.

Main Areas of Practice:


Sidley handles a wide range of antitrust matters, including government investigations, merger clearances, litigation, antitrust counselling, compliance programs and policy projects across many industries.

Capital Markets:
Sidley has one of the largest and most active capital markets teams of any law firm in the region. Sidley represents issuers and underwriters on equity, debt and equity-linked transactions, including IPOs, SEC-registered offerings, international securities offerings and issuances involving ADR or GDR programs. (Ranked #1 in the Hong Kong IPO legal advisor league table by deal number 2018-2019Q3, HKEX and ranked #1 in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) High-yield Bonds Issuer Legal Advisors 2017-2019 Q3, Debtwire).

Sidley represents clients in every aspect of the energy industry, including upstream oil and gas developers, oilfield service companies, pipelines, electric utilities, merchant electric transmission companies, independent power producers, alternative energy developers, suppliers and contractors, and energy trading companies.

Sidley offers a wide range of structured finance, asset-based finance and syndicated and leveraged finance legal services. The firm has experience with every major asset class, company representations, project and infrastructure finance, real estate finance and REITs, workouts and restructurings transactions (‘Winning Law Firm for Banking and Finance’ 2017-18, China Business Law Journal).

Investment Funds:
Sidley offers a comprehensive range of services spanning fund formation, securities, regulatory and downstream investment matters. Sidley’s award-winning investment funds practice is one of the largest of any law firm worldwide and is consistently recognised as the market leader in the Asia Pacific region (Best Onshore Law Firm in 2019, HFM Asia Hedge Funds Awards).

Life Sciences:
Sidley serves life sciences clients in FDI, M&A, licensing and joint ventures, anti-bribery/ FCPA compliance, antitrust, IP, regulatory and enforcement work. The firm advises major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food, dietary supplement and cosmetics companies (Sidley is the only firm to receive Band 1 rankings nine consecutive years since the life sciences chapter was launched in 2010 in the Chambers Asia Pacific Guide).

Litigation & International Arbitration:
Sidley handles corporate and commercial disputes, insolvency, construction, insurance, global FCPA and anti-corruption, life sciences, shipping, international trade, IP and employment matters. The firm conducts arbitrations under the rules of HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, ICC and UNCITRAL in Asia. (International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year in 2017-2018, Law360).

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Sidley is an adviser to financial sponsors, financial institutions and industrial and commercial enterprises throughout Asia Pacific in a variety of M&A transactions in multiple industries. The firm has represented Asian companies on M&A, financing, joint ventures, international trade, litigation and regulatory and compliance issues (including CFIUS) in the US and Europe including on over 65 M&A transactions over the past two years.

Private Equity & Venture Capital:
Sidley serves clients in all issues faced by private equity, venture capital and hedge funds in the acquisition, financing and disposition of portfolio companies. The firm has extensive experience in the structuring and negotiation of private equity, venture capital and M&A transactions.

Project Finance & Infrastructure:
Sidley has advised on numerous projects around the globe including infrastructure, energy, power, alternative generation, transmission, oil and gas pipelines, biofuels, gas-to-liquids, petrochemicals, metals and mining, transportation and telecommunications. (Hong Kong Firm of the Year for Projects and Project Financing in 2018, Asian-MENA Counsel).

Regulatory & Compliance:
Sidley provides regulatory and compliance advice for clients across a broad range of industries, particularly in the financial services sector. Sidley also advises international corporations on regulatory and compliance risks, such as anti-bribery laws, FCPA, trade controls, sanctions, anti-money laundering regulations and data privacy. (Firm of the Year – China Regulatory & Compliance in 2013-2018, Asian-MENA Counsel).

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Sidley represents issuers, investors, lenders and financial advisers in a variety of debt restructurings, insolvency proceedings and liability management projects. Due to the varied levels of sophistication and predictability of result, the firm has devised restructuring solutions for clients that are adapted to each particular jurisdiction. The firm’s matters generally involve the restructuring of large and mid-size companies throughout Asia Pacific, North America and Europe. (Best Law Firm for Insolvency in 2015, Asialaw).


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