“The team is fully committed to the transaction and covers all possible legal aspects. They are very committed to practice and fully available. Sidley`s London office, the largest in Europe, was established in 1974. The firm`s culture of teamwork and collaboration helps the London office support clients across a wide range of legal disciplines and leverage the talents of Sidley`s lawyers around the world. With licensed lawyers in the UK and US, the London office coordinates cross-border projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Sidley`s clients in London include the world`s largest financial institutions, funds, private equity sponsors and multinational corporations across a wide range of sectors. Private Equity: Our Hong Kong private equity lawyers advise clients on all aspects of a wide range of domestic and cross-border private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, privatization deals, growth capital investments, venture capital investments, pipes and a variety of other acquisitions and financings. We represent private equity promoters, private equity arms, financial institutions and other organizations, and hedge funds in these areas. In addition, we regularly advise private equity-sponsored portfolio companies and assist them in all legal matters, including ancillary acquisitions, financings, recapitalizations, investments, liquidity events and other exceptional transactions. Finance: In Hong Kong, our finance lawyers offer a wide range of legal services related to structured finance, asset-based financing, syndicated financing and leveraged financing.
We have extensive experience in all major asset classes and numerous esoteric asset classes, corporate representations, real estate and REIT financing, turnarounds and restructuring transactions. Our financial lawyers have been involved in some of the largest financial transactions in the industry. Sidley and Sidley Austin refer to Sidley Austin LLP and related partnerships, as explained in www.sidley.com/disclaimer. “The acquisition finance team has proven to be a very valuable partner in our negotiations and risk assessments in all legal matters. The team brings innovation and thinking to all discussions with lenders, is commercial and provides insightful advice on the market context. “David Howe is an excellent lawyer. He helps clients understand the most complex issues, has a keen eye for assessing legal risks and combines a rare blend of deep technical experience, market knowledge and the ability to find highly innovative and groundbreaking solutions. “Mark Knight`s in-house experience prior to joining Sidley Austin makes him an ideal hybrid, combining legal expertise and experience with an experienced business understanding of his clients` needs. Established in 1994 and located in the financial centre of Asia, Sidley`s Hong Kong office provides a full range of legal services to international, regional and local clients in all areas of trade and industry, including financial services, energy and natural resources, life sciences, technology, telecommunications and media, consumer goods and real estate, and government agencies. Our team in Hong Kong includes over 80 lawyers qualified to practice law from Hong Kong, England, the United States and Singapore. Capital Markets: Our corporate finance group is one of the largest and most active teams in Hong Kong.
We have a strong capital markets practice in Hong Kong, focused on public and private debt and equity offerings. In recent years, we have completed more than 200 IPOs on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Sidley was appointed as the leading international law firm (tie) advising on IPOs in Hong Kong based on the number of transactions (The Lawyer, March 2014). As we apply the laws of Hong Kong, England, the United States and Singapore, we are also qualified to work on dual listings and other cross-border securities transactions. We have extensive experience with SEC-registered offerings as well as listings on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, Singapore Stock Exchange and, in collaboration with local advisors, the Jakarta and Korea stock exchanges. We also have a highly respected debt capital markets practice, including a world-class high-yield debt capital market practice recognized by major legal directories. Since 2014, Sidley has advised issuers and underwriters on more than 40 high-yield debt capital markets transactions in the Asia-Pacific region, with a total volume of approximately USD 15 billion. Investment funds: Our mutual fund practice is one of the largest groups of funds of any law firm in Hong Kong and one of the most recognized in the region. The team has won several awards and is ranked among the top independent legal publications.
We have also proven ourselves in some of the most innovative and groundbreaking fund transactions in recent years. The team covers the full spectrum of mutual fund issues and a full range of related services, including hedge fund formation, private equity fund formation, real estate fund formation, regulatory and compliance issues, and downstream investments. Sidley is one of the few international law firms to continuously work in the field for 40 years to serve clients in the Asia-Pacific region. The firm now employs approximately 230 lawyers in six offices across the region, providing legal advice to clients in Singapore, the United States, Hong Kong, England and Japan when and where they need it. Sidley is a global law firm committed to providing excellent client service, fostering a culture of collaboration and mutual respect, and creating opportunities for lawyers from all walks of life.