Patrick S. Sinclair, a veteran federal prosecutor who played a key role in the Eastern District of New York’s high-profile business fraud investigations, is today joining Ropes & Gray, one of the world’s leading corporate law firms, as a partner in the government enforcement group.

Mr. Sinclair, 38, was until August the Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He will initially join the firm in New York and relocate to Hong Kong in early 2015. (more…)

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Davis Polk advised Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc and Sun Hung Kai Investment Services Limited in their capacity as placing agents for the top-up placement of 160,000,000 shares in Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited (SHK) for a total consideration of approximately US$129 million. (more…)

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Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm advised China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Holdings Limited (“China Rongsheng”) in relation to the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in Central Point Worldwide Inc. (“Central Point”) by its indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary, Ocean Sino Holdings Limited.

The consideration for the acquisition is HK$2.184 billion (US$281 million), which is satisfied by the allotment and issuance of 1,400,000,000 shares by China Rongsheng. (more…)

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The international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has recently advised on the successful reopening of notes by the Vista Land group. Milbank advised DBS Bank Ltd. (DBS), as international underwriter, on the US$125 million reopening of 7.45% Guaranteed Notes due 2019 (the Notes) by VLL International, Inc., a subsidiary of Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. (Vista Land), one of the largest residential property developers in the Philippines. The Notes were unconditionally guaranteed by Vista Land and other subsidiaries of the Vista Land group. (more…)

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Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has advised COFCO Land Holdings Limited on its acquisitions of the minority interests in Jetway Developments and Yalong Development (HK) Company.

The aggregate consideration was approximately HK$2 billion which was satisfied by the issue and allotment of shares in COFCO Land to the respective sellers. (more…)

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Leading Asia commercial litigator Denis Brock will be joining O’Melveny & Myers as a partner in the Hong Kong office on October 1.

Brock adds top-notch disputes and regulatory strength to O’Melveny’s Asia platform. His broad practice encompasses complex litigation and arbitration, regulatory and insolvency matters, and internal investigations for financial institutions, international corporations, insurance brokerages and accounting firms. In addition, Brock will expand O’Melveny’s FCPA strengths and other regulatory and investigatory capabilities in Asia. He will be part of the Firm’s Business Trial and Litigation Practice. (more…)

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Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm represented West China Cement Limited in connection with its Regulation S offering of US$400 million of 6.50% senior notes due 2019. West China Cement is one of the leading cement producers in Shaanxi Province. Credit Suisse and Nomura acted as Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Managers for the transaction. (more…)

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Hogan Lovells has announced that partner Steven Tran will join its Hong Kong corporate practice next week.

Steven specializes in private equity and M&A across a broad range of sectors and joins Hogan Lovells from Kirkland & Ellis in Hong Kong. He is experienced in both domestic Hong Kong transactions as well as complex multi-jurisdictional cross-border transactions across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. His client base consists of private equity houses, funds and corporates. (more…)

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Neil McDonald will join the Firm as a partner in the Hong Kong office. Mr. McDonald will join Kirkland’s Restructuring Practice Group, which includes more than 100 lawyers around the world.

“Neil is a preeminent restructuring lawyer in Asia, widely recognized for his expertise in a variety of financial distress matters,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “We are excited that this extraordinary lawyer will be joining our top-tier, global restructuring practice and our Hong Kong office.” (more…)

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Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm represented Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, CITIC Securities Corporate Finance (HK) Limited, ICBC International Securities Limited, CCB International Capital Limited, DBS Asia Capital Limited, First Shanghai Securities Limited, GF Securities (Hong Kong) Brokerage Limited and Celestial Securities Limited as counsel to the underwriters in China VAST Industrial Urban Development Company Limited’s (“China VAST”) US$130 million Hong Kong IPO and Rule 144A global offering on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. (more…)

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Kirkland & Ellis represents Orchid Asia Group Management Limited, a leading independent Chinese private equity firm, which recently closed its sixth private equity fund Orchid Asia VI. The fund closed at its hard cap with aggregate capital commitments of US$920 million. The fund, which will continue Orchid Asia’s investment strategy in China’s consumer services and products sector and the outsourced manufacturing and services sector, accepted commitments from a broad mix of global institutional investors, including public and private pension plans, endowments and foundations, diversified financial institutions and family offices. (more…)

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The Hong Kong office of the Firm recently represented Ta Chong Bank, Ltd. in its issuance of US$350 million 1.0% Convertible Senior Bonds (the “Bonds”) to an affiliate of the Carlyle Group. Ta Chong Bank is a leading full-service commercial bank and one of the most profitable private banks in Taiwan. Common shares of Ta Chong Bank are traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under the trading code “2847”. The Bonds are listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. (more…)

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