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 general corporate/infrastructure finance and acquisition/leverage finance.

Yuen-Yee has been ranked as a leading banking lawyer by Chambers Global Guide since 2011 (Band 1 – both Corporate Finance and Acquisition Finance), Best Lawyers in Australia since its launch in 2008 and Market Leader in IFLR1000’s Guide to Leading Financial Law Firms since 2017. Yuen-Yee was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Chambers Asia-Pacific in April 2021 for being “an outstanding lawyer who has been consistently identified as amongst Australia’s very best finance partners for over a decade.”  Chambers’ client / peer feedback describes Yuen-Yee as an “absolutely top-class” practitioner with “acute commercial awareness” who is “very effective at getting the outcomes.”

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Recent Matters

Acquisition/leveraged finance

  • Senior and/or holdco/opco mezzanine financings – BGH Capital’s acquisitions of Abano group, Healius medical centres and Village Roadshow group (2020), Brookfield’s successful bid for Healthscope Limited (2019), Navis Capital’s Device Technologies Australia (2019), KKR’s acquisition of Australian Venue Company (previously known as Dixon Hospitality) and the subsequent JV with Coles’ Queensland hotels business (2018)
  • First-ever Aus Term Loan B and other TLB transactions - Apollo/Leighton’s Ventia Group refinancings (2015 onwards), Baring Private Equity’s acquisition of SAI Global (2016), Bain Capital/Camp Australia’s refinancing (2017), Australian Technology Innovators A$ TLB (2017), GenesisCare’s Euro/A$ TLB (2018), Madison Dearborn/APM’s A$ TLB (2020)
  • Unitranche financings for Findex group, Bain Capital’s Only About Children group, Quadrant Private Equity’s Experience Australia and Advent international’s Transaction Services Group.

Corporate finance

  • Woolworths Group - $400m world-first fronted bank guarantee facility, backed by offshore sureties in 2014 and subsequent refinancings
  • Woolworths Group – syndicated and bilateral bank facilities (since 2016)
  • Sydney Airport - bank, bond, USPP facilities since 2004, including its landmark A$1.4bn sustainability-linked syndicated bank facilities (2019), the first such syndicated deal in Australia and the largest in Asia Pacific
  • Lenders to Origin Energy on their various syndicated facilities since 2004, including the refinancing of A$4.5bn banking facilities (2018)
  • IPO facilities and subsequent refinancings for Virtus Health, Mantra, Costa Group, Estia Health, Bingo Industries, Latitude Financial Group and Pepper Money.

Qualifications

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 (7th edn). She is a sought-after a speaker at various industry forums such as International Bar Association’s private equity conferences, the Banking & Financial Services Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (BFSLA), APLMA and the Australian Corporate Treasury Association (formerly the Finance & Treasury Association).

Professional memberships

  • 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.

Location

Legal insights

2020 presented a number of challenges for the Australasia leveraged loan markets. Among other impacts, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) resulted in several aborted deals, detailed examination of MAC/MAE...

15 December 2020

Treasury has released draft legislation to make handling and settlement of insurance claims a new ‘financial service’. The exposure draft is open for consultation until 10 January 2020 and is set to...

13 December 2019

This year has seen the Australasian leveraged loan market build on the product developments we have seen in recent years.

21 November 2019

KWM advised Brookfield Business Partners on its proposal to acquire Healthscope. We discussed the innovative aspects of the deal with partners David Eliakim and Yuen-Yee Cho.

17 April 2019

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