Hong Kong continues as a leader in global Equity Capital Markets (ECM) activity
Our deep local roots and international practice capabilities help our clients master the dynamics of today’s capital markets. Clients value our long-standing Hong Kong based ECM team as legal advisors who can keep up with the latest legal and business developments, seamlessly facilitating cross-border transactions with a thorough understanding in how regulatory bodies operate are key to ensure the smooth delivery of an equity capital markets transaction.
With equally strong teams, clients rely on our ECM and regulatory lawyers for our deep understanding of the markets in which our clients operate and invest in. Our dedicated lawyers advise international and Chinese issuers, underwriters and financial institutions at every stage of the capital raising process.
Our team has worked on landmark and first-in-market primary listings as well as secondary offerings across various sectors including but not limited to energy and resources, fintech and other traditional financial services, TMET, biotech and healthcare, property and property management and trading and manufacturing etc.
One-stop- capability with unparalleled understanding of the China market
International firms without a robust China presence, or where their China presence is limited to a few partners, cannot truly dominate this market when they are unable to practice PRC law. We have deep roots in China, with one of the most enviable client lists of Chinese issuers and financial institutions that are most active in the capital markets space.
Our multi-jurisdictional and cross-practice approach, combined with our capability to provide legal advice on the laws of the PRC, Hong Kong SAR, US and England & Wales, Australia and some other jurisdictions, makes us key legal advisors for H-share listings, privatisations, spin-off listings in Hong Kong.
Our US Securities practice is also assisting in the wave of secondary “homecoming” listings of US-Chinese foreign private issuers.
Our Hong Kong ECM team has a solid track record advising on IPOs and numerous secondary offerings. The team has represented issuers across a wide range of industries including mining, energy and resources (including clean energy), TMET, fintech and other traditional financial services biotech, healthcare and pharmaceutical, trading and manufacturing and real estate etc. Private equity and venture-capital funds also look to our ECM team for expert advice regarding exit strategies for their investments.
Our offerings include the following:
- IPOs, introductions, secondary listings, dual listings and reverse takeovers
- Public company fund raisings, placements, open offers and rights issues
- Share buybacks
- Scrip dividends and distributions in kind
- Hong Kong Listing Rules, Takeovers Code and Securities and Futures Ordinance compliance, regulatory and corporate governance advisory
- Capital and debt restructuring, capital reduction and schemes of arrangement
- Pre-IPO investments and financings
- Senior executive service contracts, share option schemes and incentive schemes
Market leading insights and strong network with regulatory authorities
We can provide first-hand insights and best practices for listing applications - members of our ECM team have worked at the HKEX in addition to numerous years in private practice.
Clients benefit from our close relationships with government and industry bodies in Hong Kong and the PRC. Our strong and long-standing relationships with regulators in Hong Kong include the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC), Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).