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 finance, acquisition/leverage finance and project/infrastructure 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) 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 leading rainmaker in Australasian Lawyer’s Hot 40 for 2015, Dealmaker of the Year in Lawyers’ Weekly’s Women in Law Awards 2015 and Market Leader in IFLR1000’s Guide to Leading Financial Law Firms 2017.

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Recent Matters

Acquisition/leveraged finance

  • Senior and/or holdco/opco mezzanine financings – 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), Affinity Equity Partners’ Ticketek (2015) and Velocity Frequent Flyer (2014)
  • 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 (LEAP Legal/Infotrack) (2017), GenesisCare’s Euro TLB (2018)
  • A$ Unitranche financings for Findex Group, Bain Capital’s Only About Children group (2018) and a PE bidder for a significant healthcare business (2017)
  • KKR/GenesisCare group on Asia-Pacific’s first A$790m stapled financing in conjunction with its A$1.7bn sale to the China Resources/Macquarie Group consortium (Oct 2016)
  • HanesBrands A$465m acquisition facility for ASX-listed Pacific Brands, Jul 2016.

Corporate finance

  • Woolworths Group - $400m world-first fronted bank guarantee facility, backed by offshore sureties in 2014 and subsequent refinancings
  • Woolworths Group – bank facilities, including the A$2bn+ syndicated loan (Apr 2016) and subsequent A$600m follow-on facility (Nov 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
    • oOh! Media/Financing Facilities on acquisition/refinancing facilities to support their successful A$570 million bid for Adshel
    • Lenders to Origin Energy on their various syndicated facilities since 2004, including the refinancing of A$4.5bn banking facilities (2018)
    • Lenders to Vocus Group on its A$1.2bn+ facilities (2018)
    • Infigen Energy on its $605 million financing transition (2018)
    • IPO facilities for Virtus Health, Mantra, Costa Group, Estia Health and Bingo Industries.

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 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 2017 and the IBA Private Equity Symposium in London in December 2011 and 2014.

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

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

The ICLG Lending & Secured Finance 2019 provides a practical cross-border guide into lending and secured finance. Here are the Australia, Hong Kong and China chapters.

15 April 2019

The Australasian leveraged loan market has been shaken up by competing products in the form of the unitranche facilities and the Aussie Term Loan B or TLB.

19 July 2018

This article was written by Tim Klineberg and Carone Huang. The new ipso facto reform will commence on and from this Sunday, 1 July 2018. Rights in contracts, agreements and arrangements entered...

25 June 2018

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