Yuen-Yee Cho

Yuen-Yee Cho

Yuen-Yee Cho is a Banking and Finance partner in the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons. She specialises in acquisition financings, project and infrastructure finance and general corporate finance. Yuen-Yee is the Global Practice Coordinator for Banking & Finance for the King & Wood Mallesons network.

Yuen-Yee has been ranked as a leading Banking & Finance lawyer by Chambers Global Guide since 2011 and Best Lawyers in Australia since its launch in 2008. Yuen-Yee was also named the best Banking & Finance lawyer in Sydney in the 2014 peer review - Best Lawyers, a ‘rainmaker’ in Australasian Lawyer’s Hot 40 for 2015 and as Dealmaker of the Year in Lawyers’ Weekly’s Women in Law Awards, 2015.

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Recent Matters

Acquisition/Leveraged finance

  • HanesBrands Inc, on the financing for its A$1.1bn takeover of ASX-listed Pacific Brands group
  • Affinity Equity Partners on its $640m acquisition of Nine Live and investment in the Virgin Australia Airlines/Velocity Frequent Flyer spin-out
  • Quadrant Private Equity or its lenders on Estia Health, VIP Petfoods and Good Life
  • CHAMP Private Equity on its investments in Pepperstone and acquisition of Axieo
  • KKR on several transactions including BIS (since 2006), Findex and Sundrop Farms
  • Lenders supporting private equity bids for Healthe Care.

Corporate finance

  • Woolworths on its A$2 billion+ syndicated facilities
  • Qantas on its ever A$158 million fronted bank guarantee facility
  • Lenders to Vocus Communications group (post-merger with M2 Group) on its A$1.1 bn+ refinancing facilities
  • Costa Group on its IPO facilities
  • Steadfast Group’s debut $285million syndicated facilities
  • Sydney Airport’s US$900m r144a US bond issue
  • Hoyts Group’s lenders on A$465m syndicated facilities to refinance existing US TLB debt.


  • Asia-Pacific Loan Market Association (Australia Branch) Documentation Committee
  • Former Board Member, Banking & Financial Services Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Law Society of NSW
  • Law Society, England & Wales.


  • 1991: Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Hons I), University of Sydney
  • 1992 - 1994: Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 1994 - 1995: Bachelor of Civil Law (Hons I), Oxford University
  • 1995 - 1997: Solicitor, Allen & Overy, London
  • 1998 - 2000: Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2001 - present: Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques/King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney.

Yuen-Yee has lectured in undergraduate and postgraduate finance law at the University of New South Wales and has written chapters for the Australian Finance Law textbook (6th edn). She was a speaker at the International Bar Association / Law Council of Australia private equity conference in April 2008, the Banking & Financial Services Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (BFSLA) conference in 2013 and the IBA Private Equity Symposium in London in December 2011 and 2014.


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