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Capital Markets

Tapping into capital markets is a lot more than just raising funds for your business. You may be exposed to obstacles and restrictions hidden in complicated documentation.  In addition to commercial agreements, you will need to play the game by rules – if your company is planning a listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, you need to be aware of the Hong Kong Listing Rules and the Securities and Futures Ordinance and if you are a listed company or your investments relate to listed securities, the Hong Kong Code on Takeovers and Mergers may also be applicable to you.

Capital markets transactions are technical and often arcane. They may be further complicated by cross-border issues. Our corporate team combines a strong legal expertise with a clear understanding of our clients’ needs to structure transactions and place you in the best position to achieve your goals. We work closely with you at every stage, from initial structuring and negotiations of the documentation to completion of the transaction, rather than simply regurgitating the legal requirements.

We advise on all aspects of equity capital markets transactions, from initial public offering on the Main Board and the GEM market of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, takeovers, placings, fundraisings, capitalisations to follow-on advice for listed business with a particular focus on corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

Our team members have substantial experience in representing listed and non-listed companies, issuers, financial institutions, sponsors, underwriters, placing agents, brokers and other market intermediaries and nomads, both domestic and internationally. Our advice and services span across a variety of sectors, including real estate, infrastructure, energy, mining, healthcare, retails, technology, media and telecommunications. We also advise the board, directors and senior management of listed companies in their own capacity and we offer sensible and timely advice on a wide array of issues and regulatory matters.

Our areas of practice include:

  • Equity capital markets
  • Pre-IPO investments and cornerstone
  • Initial public offerings
  • Public takeovers and financing
  • Securities placing and private placements
  • Convertibles and exchangeable bonds and notes
  • Advise on listing rules, takeovers code and SFO
  • Disclosure of interests

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