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Deals of the Year 2023

India Business Law Journal reveals 50 standout deals and disputes of 2023, and the law firms that successfully concluded them

Back from the brink

China's increasingly mature bankruptcy regime has become a reliable tool for market self-correction

Disputes veteran Andrew Chung now Linklaters’ new China head

Andrew Chung, a financial dispute resolution veteran from Goldman Sachs, is now Linklaters' managing partner for China, succeeding William Liu

Grounds for jurisdiction

This column considers the grounds on which Chinese courts generally can accept jurisdiction in foreign-related civil disputes

Trio counsels parties on HK’s USD767m digital green bond

Allen & Overy, Ashurst and Linklaters have advised on the Hong Kong government’s successful issue of HKD6 billion in multi-currency digital green bonds

Firms advise on Indonesia’s USD2.75bn first toll road platform

Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith Freehills, and ABNR advise on APG's USD2.75bn co-investment in Indonesia's first toll road platform

2023 – The legal year in review

From artificial intelligence and de-risking from China to energy transitions and global taxation, law firms and in-house counsel had plenty to keep them busy in 2023

ICBC (Macau) issues first public bond under new system

Six firms consulted on ICBC’s issuance of USD2.48 million in senior debenture bonds in the first such public offering

Technology neutrality

This column explores tech neutrality's role in financial regulation, addresses tech innovation in regulation, and questions its ongoing relevance

Quartet assist Aoyuan’s USD7.3bn offshore debt restructuring

Linklaters, Harneys, Allen & Overy, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges have advised on property developer China Aoyuan Group’s USD6.2 billion debt restructuring

2023 – The legal year in review

In 2023, law firms and in-house counsel navigated AI, China de-risking, energy transitions, and global taxation challenges

Zhao Sheng names Richard Gu as new managing partner

Zhao Sheng Law Firm has appointed Richard Gu, a Shanghai-based corporate partner, as its managing partner

Closure on cards for Winston Hong Kong, LC Lawyers next year

Winston & Strawn's Hong Kong office, along with LC Lawyers, a global EY member, to close early next year

Expert evidence on culture and language

Examining culture and language's impact on civil and commercial disputes—key presentation insights

Three firms act on TikTok’s USD1.5bn Indonesian revival

White & Case and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) assist MMG's USD1.88B acquisition of Cuprous Capital for operating rights to the Khoemacau copper mine in Botswana

Japan Law Firm Awards

Asia Business Law Journal shines a spotlight on the exceptional performance of top law firms in Japan, highlighting their excellence and impact in the legal field

Three firms act on Sunac’s USD10bn debt restructuring

Sidley Austin, Linklaters and Maples Group advised on the implementation of Sunac China’s USD10.2 billion offshore debt restructuring

Quartet advises first HK rights issue under China’s new rules

Baker McKenzie, Zhong Lun Law Firm, Linklaters and JunHe advised on Hong Kong-listed Yuexiu Property’s HKD8.36 billion (USD1.07 billion) rights issue

Linklaters acts for BlackRock in 49% buy of Chow Energy

Linklaters has advised BlackRock on acquiring a 49% stake in Chow Energy, its first renewable energy venture in Thailand, for an undisclosed sum

Bird & Bird expands China presence after 15 years

Bird & Bird has opened the Shenzhen office following Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, marking the firm’s latest expansion in China after 15 years

Restorative justice

Explore the concept of restorative justice and its objectives in China's legal system, focusing on repairing harm and promoting reconciliation

Full speed ahead

India Business Law Journal is pleased to present its selection of the top 15 foreign law firms for India-related work

Yongtai Technology is first Shenzhen firm to list in London

JunHe, Linklaters and Clifford Chance have advised on chemical company Zhejiang Yongtai Technology’s global depository receipt (GDR) offering

Insolvency law reform

This article provides a brief overview of the main corporate insolvency regimes in Australia and reforms in recent years

Linklaters assists Mitsui in Danish e-methanol business buy

Linklaters assisted Japanese investment company Mitsui to acquire 49% of Kasso MidCo, the world’s first large-scale e-methanol business in Denmark

Huayou Cobalt raises USD582.5m in successful SIX listing

Four law firms advised on Chinese A-share listed company Huayou Cobalt’s largest GDR listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Linklaters strengthens arbitration practice in Singapore

International arbitration specialist Andrew Battisson joins Linklaters in the Singapore office as a partner of its litigation, arbitration and investigations practice

Five law firms sail yacht maker Ferretti to Euronext Milan

Gianni & Origoni, Pedersoli Studio Legale, Shearman & Sterling, KWM and Linklaters advised luxury yacht maker Ferretti Group on its dual listing on the Euronext Milan

The music of law

This column outlines Western and Chinese philosophical approaches to the relationship between music and law, discusses the similarities between the two, and explores the question as to whether law has its own music, and how so.

Five law firms advise on Chinese tech firm’s Swiss GDR listing

Five law firms assisted the listing of Kunshan Dongwei Technology, a leading domestic electroplating equipment manufacturer, raising USD105 million in a GDR offering on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Linklaters, NKF assist on Hong Kong’s first tokenised notes

Linklaters and Niederer Kraft Frey (NKF) advised Bank of China International (BOCI) on launching the first digital structured notes based on public blockchain in Hong Kong valued at USD27.7 million

China Business Law Awards 2023

China Business Law Journal reveals its top performing law firms of 2022

Hong Kong SFC senior director to join Linklaters

Roger Cheng, a senior director and head of the takeovers team at the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong, is set to join Linklaters as a partner in August

AI and directors’ duties

Companies and their senior management are increasingly utilising artificial intelligence (AI) for a range of purposes

Linklaters assists Actis to set up Japan renewables business

Linklaters advises London-headquartered global investment firm Actis in the launch of renewable platform Nozomi Energy aimed at Japan, with a USD500 million investment plan, and its acquisition of all stakes in Hergo Japan Energy

Nishimura & Asahi partner joins Linklaters in Tokyo

Linklaters has hired corporate lawyer Yoshiyuki Asaoka from Nishimura & Asahi as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice in Tokyo

Linklaters, Zhao Sheng advise HKEX on Swap Connect scheme

Linklaters and Zhao Sheng advised HKEX on Swap Connect, giving global investors access to China's interbank financial derivatives market through Hong Kong to hedge interest-rate risks in Chinese bonds.

Rahul Chatterji joins Linklaters, bolsters Asian banking practice

Linklaters hires Rahul Chatterji as a partner to strengthen its Asia banking practice, particularly its leveraged finance capabilities

Two Chinese companies embrace Swiss listing in a week

Two Chinese A shares successfully launched global depositary receipts (GDRs) on the SIX Swiss Exchange within a week

Sunac China taps Sidley Austin, Linklaters on offshore debt restructuring

Sunac China sought advice from Sidley Austin and Linklaters on a USD10.2 billion offshore debt restructuring plan

Thailand Law Firm Awards 2023

Things are looking up for Thailand, with the reopening of borders welcoming travellers back. With a fast-developing economy and strong business ties to the region, Thailand is set to regain its position as an attractive destination for foreign tourists and investment

Weerawong corporate head starts new firm TTT+Partners

After eight years at Thai law firm Weerawong C&P and seven years leading its capital markets and corporate governance practice groups as a senior partner, Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt launches her own firm, TTT+Partners

Wills

This column explores the topic of wills from a historical and comparative perspective

Deal highlights

Notable IPOs, De-SPAC, bond issuance, joint venture, license agreement, and loans in March and their legal advisors

Deals of the year 2022

India Business Law Journal reveals the standout deals and disputes of 2022 and the law firms that showed their worth in successfully concluding them

New rules pave path for Chinese companies to revive offshore IPOs

Chinese companies now have a clearer idea of whether they can list overseas when new China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) rules take effect from 31 March 2023

Domestic commercial courts

This column examines commercial courts in a domestic context. It outlines the features of efficient and effective commercial dispute resolution, as recognised by international practice

Allen & Overy adds three partners in Hong Kong

Allen & Overy hires White & Case’s only Hong Kong litigation partner Melody Chan to grow its Asia disputes practice, with two Linklaters partners Gilbert Li and Iris Yeung also joining the same office

Deals of the year 2022

China Business Law Journal announces the most exciting China-related legal transactions and disputes of 2022

Judges and retirement

This column evaluates the policy reasons for and against the imposition of a mandatory retirement age on judges

Financial product governance

This article explains the concept of product governance, outlines operational and regulatory fundamentals, and considers developments in jurisdictions such as the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China

Linklaters hires financial regulation specialist in Singapore

Linklaters has hired financial regulatory lawyer from Ashurst Evan Lam as a partner in the firm’s financial regulation and structured finance and derivatives practices in Singapore

Allen & Overy, Linklaters’ joint operation partners add talent

Two China joint operation firms linked with Allen & Overy and Linklaters have hired partners Vivian Cao and Ellen Zhang, respectively

Sunshine Insurance raises HKD6.7bn in Hong Kong H-share listing

Sunshine Insurance, a leading private insurance group in China, issued H shares for the first time in an HKEX IPO, raising USD861.4 million and becoming the fourth largest listing on the city’s bourse in 2022

Interveners

This column discusses the role and purpose of an intervener in common law jurisdictions and examines a recent example in New Zealand

Sunwoda Electronic eyes European capital via Swiss GDR listing

Linklaters, Shu Jin Law Firm, Niederer Kraft Frey, Jingtian & Gongcheng and Freshfields assisted parties in lithium battery maker Sunwoda Electronic, raising USD440 million on its global depository receipts (GDR) listing in Switzerland

Banking on effective mandates

This column discusses the role of central banks and why it is important for them to have clear mandates

K&L Gates expands debt capital markets practice in Hong Kong

K&L Gates has hired debt capital markets partner Jay Lee in Hong Kong, who joined from Simmons & Simmons

HKEX opens consultation on new listing rules for tech firms

The HKEX has launched a consultation on lowering the bar for companies going public from five “specialist technology industries”  to generate business for the Hong Kong bourse from the rapidly evolving tech sector

Linklaters assists Thai power company in Taiwan wind farm investment

Linklaters advised Thai utility provider GPSC in acquiring a 25% stake in the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm in Taiwan from local shareholders, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, for a USD500 million investment

Hainan taps Linklaters advice for first offshore bonds

Linklaters advised the Hainan government in a maiden double, with its first offshore bonds, which also marked the first local government in China to issue blue and sustainability bonds

K&L Gates lures Linklaters’ Hong Kong capital markets partner

K&L Gates has hired Iris Leung as a corporate and capital markets partner in its Hong Kong office

Former Allen & Overy Asian restructuring head joins Linklaters

Richard Woodworth, who was a founder and co-head of the Asia-Pacific restructuring and recovery group at Allen & Overy, has joined Linklaters as a partner based in Hong Kong handling this Asian sector

Linklaters guides RMB3bn sovereign bonds issue in Macau

Linklaters’ leading partner William Liu advised China’s Ministry of Finance on issuing RMB3 billion (USD431 million) worth of notes in Macau in the second issuance of RMB sovereign bonds in the city since 2019

Khaitan key to CCI approval of USD1.6bn Axis-Citi deal

Khaitan & Co helped Axis Bank in gaining the green light in record time for its INR123 billion (USD1.6 billion) acquisition of Citibank’s Indian consumer business

CTG Duty Free raises HKD16bn in Hong Kong

China Tourism Group Duty Free (CTG Duty Free), the world’s largest travel retailer, has raised HKD16.24 billion (USD2.07 billion) from its IPO on the HKEX on 25 August

Dispute lawyer moves to Linklaters Indonesia

Narendra Adiyasa as a partner to lead the firm’s dispute resolution and employment and incentives practices in Jakarta

Bouncing back

Revealed: The top international law firms for India matters

Linklaters helps Swiss bourse to revise listing rules

Linklaters advised the SIX Exchange Regulation, an autonomous and independent body within the SIX Swiss Exchange, on the amendment of its listing rules

New World Development blazes path for green, social bonds

The world’s first public sector issuance of social and green dual-tranch bonds saw Linklaters’ capital markets partner Gloria Cheung advising the issuer, Hong Kong developer New World Development

R&F strikes the biggest Asian real estate debt restructuring

Sidley Austin has helped Guangzhou R&F Properties to complete a USD4.9 billion debt restructuring

Linklaters, Tian Yuan advise in first GDRs under new stock connect scheme

Tian Yuan Law Firm and Linklaters advised Ming Yang Smart Energy Group, a wind turbine manufacturer, on its global depositary receipts (GDR) trading on the Shanghai-London Stock Connect scheme on the Main Market of the LSE

BOC issues USD500m green bond update with EU

Linklater and Allen & Overy advised on an updated Common Ground Taxonomy debt instrument between China and the European Union

China Business Law Awards 2022

China Business Law Journal reveals the law firms that have excelled in the past year

Linklaters’ new Bangkok and Singapore heads eye Asia recovery

Linklaters has named Jonathan Horan and Wanwisar Nakarat as managing partners in Singapore and Bangkok, respectively

Sino-Ocean subsidiary issues credit enhanced bonds

Sino-Ocean Land Treasure IV issued USD200 million 3.8% credit enhanced green notes due 2025 backed by a standby letter of credit (SBLC) from China Zheshang Bank

Arwiko returns to Widyawan & Partners

Linklaters’ formal association firm in Indonesia, Widyawan & Partners, has hired corporate lawyer Teguh Arwiko as a partner in Jakarta

Deal highlights

Aquila Acquisition Corporation became the first special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to list in Hong Kong

DLA strengthens China energy finance with new hire

Former Linklaters partner Crystal Chen is moving to DLA Piper to be a partner in the firm’s finance, projects and restructuring practice based in Hong Kong

Linklaters advises Makro in retail transfer

Linklaters advised the Thai wholesale stores operator Siam Makro on its group restructuring through an entire business transfer

Linklaters, Conyers spins China-Cayman first with Golden Wheel

With the approval of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, Golden Wheel Tiandi, a Hong Kong-listed and Jiangsu-based real estate company

JunHe hires expert in securities law

Shi Libin has joined JunHe as an expert in corporate and securities law. She joins from Linklaters and has legal qualifications in China and New York State

Outside the box

As general counsel in the west demand greater diversity and inclusion from their legal advisers, law firms in Asia must step up to the plate. But just how committed is the region’s legal profession to delivering such change?

Future Legal Leaders 2022

India Business Law Journal identifies 50 promising lawyers who are poised for greater success

Thailand Law Firm Awards 2022

Recovering global demand is softening the impact of the pandemic on Thailand. While travel restrictions continue taking a heavy toll on the tourism sector, a major contributor to the economy, the country has rolled out an extensive and comprehensive package to kick-start a rebound.

War of attrition

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the international legal community has condemned not just with words, but by boycotting Russian business and transactions

Deals of the Year

India Business Law Journal reveals the standout deals and disputes of 2021 and the law firms that worked hard to successfully conclude them

Deals of the year 2021

We look back at the most significant transactions and disputes of last year as we ring in the year of the tiger

Earth v law

Do lawyers have a heightened responsibility to help avert a climate catastrophe?

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Mapping global expertise

As a wave of dealmaking showcases legal prowess around the world, India Business Law Journal reveals the top foreign law firms for India work

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