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First Annual Institute on Corporate and Securities Law in Hong Kong

 
Author(s): Stephen Revell, Mina Park, Edward F. Greene, James Grandolfo
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, International Law
Published: Apr 2013
ISBN: 9781402419775
PLI Item #: 39018
CHB Spine #: B2017

James leads the Hong Kong office where he specializes in capital markets, M&A and private equity transactions. James has been based in Hong Kong since 2000 and has developed expert knowledge advising clients across all of Asia.

Primary Focus & Experience

James has over 20 years of experience advising clients in every major country in Asia. He represents issuers and investment banks in a variety of debt, equity and equity-linked capital markets transactions, including high-yield, regulatory capital, corporate hybrids, Rule 144A/Regulation S transactions and SEC-registered offerings, privatizations and liability management transactions. Jim is highly active in the corporate space regularly advising clients on a variety of M&A, equity and leveraged finance transactions with particular focus on Southeast Asia. He also has extensive experience advising issuers and underwriters on offerings by sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities.

Recognition & Accomplishments

James heads Milbank’s Hong Kong office and is a top tier ranked lawyer in the Philippines, China and India by Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global, 2019. Jim leads Milbank’s Legal 500 Tier One-ranked Philippines practice and is listed as a leading lawyer in Hong Kong in Debt Capital Markets and Equity Capital Markets in IFLR 1000.

James is the Vice-Chair of the International Securities Law Committee of the American Bar Association as well as the Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Corporate & Securities Law in Hong Kong.


Mina Park is a director and deputy general counsel at Citi, focusing on equity and debt capital markets, mergers & acquisitions advisory and investment banking.  She joined Citi in 2007, first in London and relocated to Hong Kong in 2010.  In her current role, Mina covers the Asia-Pacific region, ex-Japan and Australia.  Prior to joining Citi, Mina was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and London. 

Mina is a graduate of New York University School of Law and received her B.A. from Harvard University.  She is a member of the New York bar.

 


Stephen is the senior corporate partner in Freshfields Asia practice and a member of the global transactions team. Stephen splits his time between Hong Kong and Singapore. He was the co-head of Freshfields’ global capital markets practice for many years helping build a practice that has acted on many of the world’s most significant capital markets offerings and been responsible for many innovations in capital markets globally. His specializations include privatizations, debt and equity securities offerings, especially those with cross-border elements – he has worked on listings on over 15 different stock exchanges.  He has particular experience of dual listings and has worked on transactions involving ‘duals’ listed on Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, London, Almaty, Zagreb, Prague, Moscow, Kiev and several western European countries. He also has an active M&A practice and has recently been appointed a member of the takeover panel in Singapore.

Stephen has a well-earned reputation for driving deals to a successful conclusion through a combination of innovative thinking and carefully planned execution. He has been at Freshfields for nearly 40 years and a partner for over 30 years– clients benefit from his experience and his knowledge of the firm throughout the world.  He is a hands-on partner, always available for clients, and gets fully involved in any transaction.  He has spent time on secondment to clients and works hard at understanding client goals and challenges.

He has a deep understanding of market norms and practices, including the need to respect the fact that all companies are different.  His relationships with regulators around the world gives him a clear perspective and understanding of the policy drivers.

Stephen has practiced in the United States, for some of this time as US managing partner, throughout Europe and in Asia and has worked on transactions in over 50 countries – he is known for his global perspective and local knowledge. He is a highly experienced emerging markets specialist – one who can get the job done to international standards in a developing business and legal environment.

Qualifications and education

Stephen was educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge and is admitted to practice in England and in Hong Kong.