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StandoutSidley Austin89926Achieved an offshore debt restructuring for China-based client LDK Solar, while keeping onshore creditors on board. It sets a precedent for multi-jurisdictional restructurings of Chinese companies.
StandoutSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom89926Developed a new model for presenting financial information to enable ecommerce company Cogobuy’s Hong Kong Stock Exchange initial public offering and listing. It supports the re-emergence of HK as a centre for Chinese high-tech IPOs. Commended: Christopher Betts.
Highly CommendedAllen & Overy88925Put together a unique risk mitigation package for export credit agencies and commercial bank funders of Western Australia’s Roy Hill iron ore project, the largest ever project financing for land-based mining. Commended: Adam Stapledon.
Highly CommendedLatham & Watkins88925Advised Roy Hill Holdings and project sponsors in the $7.2bn limited recourse project financing for the construction of the Roy Hill iron ore project. Commended: Stephen McWilliams, Andrew Roche.
Highly CommendedNorton Rose Fulbright89825Advised the Hong Kong government on its inaugural $1bn sukuk issuance in the first US dollar-denominated Islamic bond originated by an AAA-rated government.
Highly CommendedPaul Hastings98825Using debt raised from US institutional investors, advised on a pioneering financing on behalf of lead arrangers for KKR-affiliate IBC Capital’s acquisition of Goodpack, a Singapore-listed company.
Highly CommendedSimpson Thacher & Bartlett98825Represented KKR in the acquisition and restructuring of Goodpack using a complex series of loan financing facilities devised with institutional US investors.
Highly CommendedFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer88824Introduced a new financing device to the Asian market and allowed Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba to pursue its ambitious growth strategy in advising on its $3bn, five-year, revolving credit facility. Commended: David Winfield.
Highly CommendedPaul Hastings98724Acted for Deutsche Bank Tokyo Branch in the non-recourse ¥11.2bn financing for a solar project in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
Highly CommendedWhite & Case88824Advised on the largest private equity buy-out in South Korea since 2008 and the country’s first mezzanine financing in asset manager Carlyle Group’s $1.93bn acquisition of security company ADT Korea.
CommendedAllen & Overy87823Worked with HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank on the $1bn debut sukuk offering in Hong Kong, helping to develop its reputation as hub for Islamic finance.
CommendedLatham & Watkins78823Acted for the underwriters and lenders in Asia’s first leveraged buy-out to be directly financed through a high-yield bond in a buyout by a consortium led by investment firm Blackstone Group of consulting and outsourcing company Pactera Technology International.
CommendedLinklaters87823Worked with Bank of China on a landmark $6.5bn issue of renminbi-denominated, US-dollar-settled offshore preference shares.
CommendedNorton Rose Fulbright87823Prepared Bank of China for its agreement with the Australian Stock Exchange allowing Australian companies to use the renminbi as a settlement currency.
CommendedRopes & Gray87823Advised an ad hoc committee of holders of LDK Solar’s New York law-governed, 10 per cent senior notes, in the context of a wider restructuring of LDK’s offshore liabilities.
CommendedShearman & Sterling78823Worked with the International Finance Corporation and PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance as senior lenders in the refinancing of PT Bajradaya Sentranusa’s hydroelectric power plant in Sumatra, Indonesia. Commended: Bill McCormack
CommendedSimpson Thacher & Bartlett87823Helped Laos-based Kolao Holdings deliver its first bond offering utilising the Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility established by the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
CommendedSlaughter and May87823Advised Alibaba in its strategic investment in department store operator Intime Retail under the new Practice Note 20 issued by Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission.
CommendedAshurst78722Overcame complex market challenges, advising three big export credit agencies, to provide financing for the first non-integrated, $2.8bn Donggi-Senoro LNG Project in Indonesia. Commended: Matthias Schemuth.
CommendedLinklaters78722Advised wind turbine company Suzlon Energy on the largest bond restructuring completed by an Indian company, bringing together the competing interests of stakeholders and the support of domestic regulators.
CommendedNorton Rose Fulbright87722Acted for a syndicate of banks on the first ever non-recourse, cross-border financing in Myanmar.
CommendedSlaughter and May78722Helped broker Citic Securities Brokerage (HK) on documenting certain funds financing under a general offer by investment company Pioneer Top Holdings for shares in China XLX Fertiliser.
CommendedBaker McKenzie77721Used a cross-border team to advise both project company and sponsors on the development and financing of the Rajamandala Hydroelectric Power Project in Indonesia.
CommendedSullivan & Cromwell77721Following a ground-breaking initial public offering, represented the initial purchasers in Alibaba’s multiple concurrent offerings of senior unsecured notes valued at $8bn.
CommendedWhite & Case77721Assisted Chinese conglomerate Fosun in its acquisition of Caixa Seguros e Saude, the Portuguese insurer, in a ground-breaking multi-jurisdictional acquisition financing.
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