International law firm Simmons & Simmons expands its financial markets practice in Hong Kong with the appointment of David Neuville who has joined the firm this week as a partner.

David specialises in capital markets, both equity and debt. His practice focuses on the representation of issuers and underwriters in global offerings of securities. He is recognised for his work as a US capital markets lawyer across a wide variety of capital markets transactions and has experience working on major cross border financing transactions in China, Hong Kong and throughout Asia, including in India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea and Mongolia. (more…)

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Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and the IFC Global Infrastructure Fund, a fund managed by the IFC Asset Management Company (AMC), as co-investors on an aggregate US$150 million equity investment in China Tian Lun Gas Holdings Limited (more…)

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Davis Polk advised BHP Billiton on investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) into potential breaches of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) related to previously terminated minerals exploration and development efforts as well as hospitality provided by the Company to foreign government officials at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The DOJ completed its investigation without taking any action. Today, the SEC announced a settled administrative proceeding related to BHP Billiton’s hospitality program hosted by BHP Billiton in connection with its sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (more…)

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Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that the firm has advised China New Town Development Company Limited (“CNTD”) on a CNY1.3 billion notes issuance on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (more…)

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Akin Gump has advised Newforest Limited (“Newforest”) in its US$109 million acquisition of 63 percent of the issued capital of Greenheart Group Limited (“Greenheart”, HKSE:0094), 40 percent of Greenheart Resources Holdings Limited and certain shareholder loans from Emerald Plantation Holdings Limited (EPHL) and its group of companies. The deal closed today, May 7, 2015 (more…)

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Appleby acted as BVI and Bermuda counsel to Yuexiu Transport Infrastructure Limited (Yuexiu Transport) in the establishment of a guaranteed US$1 billion medium term note programme (Programme) issued by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. Under the Programme, a debut €200 million 1.625% guaranteed notes due 2018 will be issued on 7 May. The Programme is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong while the notes will be listed on the Irish Stock Exchange (more…)

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International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Joe Sevack has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Corporate Group in the Firm’s Hong Kong office.

Mr. Sevack’s practice focuses on debt and equity capital markets, banking and finance and mergers and acquisitions. He is a widely-recognized expert in high yield bond financings and other complex, covenant-heavy debt financing structures, and has vast experience representing both issuers and borrowers as well as underwriters and lenders. Mr. Sevack has lived and practiced in Hong Kong for more than 17 years and has been involved in some of Asia’s most significant transactions during that period, including numerous international debt financings and initial public offerings. (more…)

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DaHui is pleased to announce that Arthur Ma has joined the firm as a partner in the highly regarded dispute resolution team.

Arthur Ma was educated in both China and the US. He has qualified as a lawyer in New York State, England and Wales and the PRC in turn. His practice focuses on foreign-related and cross-border dispute resolution and he has extensive experience in representing clients, both Chinese and foreign, in commercial arbitration and litigation before arbitration institutions and courts in and out of China. He has handled arbitration under the ICC, HKIAC, LCIA, ICDR, CIETAC and UNCITRAL Rules and is one of the few Chinese practitioners with rich experience in hearing preparation and cross-examination. (more…)

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Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen will join the Hong Kong office as partners in the Corporate practice. Mr. Freeman and Mr. Chen both join from Fried Frank, where they were private equity and M&A partners, and Mr. Freeman was head of the Asia practice. (more…)

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International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised Manulife Financial Asia Ltd on its entry into a bancassurance distribution arrangement with DBS Bank Ltd (more…)

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading law firm to global corporations and financial institutions, has successfully advised Ports Design Limited, a fashion garments manufacturer and retailer listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in connection with the conditional mandatory general cash offer made by Somerley Capital Limited on behalf of Bluestone Global Holdings Limited to acquire all of the issued shares of Ports Design Limited at a consideration of up to US$119 million (HK$923 million) (more…)

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Allen & Overy has advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan as joint bookrunners on Export-Import Bank of India’s inaugural USD500 million Regulation S green bond issue. The transaction marks the first USD-denominated green bond out of India as well as the first benchmark-sized green bond out of Asia in 2015 (more…)

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