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Biggest HK IPO in education

Skadden is advising China Education Group Holdings, a large-scale private higher education group in China, on its HK$3.225 billion (US$413 million) IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. This is the largest IPO in the education sector to date in Hong Kong. Trading commenced on 15 December 2017.

The Skadden team includes partners Christopher Betts and Edward Lam; Asia-Pacific counsel Anthony Pang; associates Ryan Tou, Paul Mok, Wentao Yuan, Will Wang and Arthur Chan; and international legal project manager Xu Zheng.

Skadden in Japan bonds offering

Skadden represented JP Morgan, Barclays, Daiwa Capital Markets Europe and Goldman Sachs International as underwriters in a US$4.5 billion offering of government-guaranteed bonds by the Japan Bank for International Co-operation in three tranches: US$1.5 billion of 2.125% guaranteed bonds due 2020; US$1.5 billion of 2.375% guaranteed bonds due 2022; and US$1.5 billion of 2.750% guaranteed bonds due 2027.

The team includes in Tokyo, partner Kenji Taneda, Asia-Pacific counsel Ken Kiyota, and associates Yuko Ozaki, Tomoaki Kuragano and Timothy Morgan (corporate); and, in Palo Alto, partner Sean Shimamoto and associate Martin de Jong (tax).

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