Asia Practice

WHAT WE DO/ SPECIFIC AREAS OF FOCUS

As one of the first international law firms to operate in the Region, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has a rich history of working in Greater China, Japan and South-East Asia and has built a truly strong local presence through its own offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore and well-established relationships with selected local law firms – leaders in the relevant jurisdictions – to be sure to be able to respond to any particular requirements and either lead or recommend a team that will deliver exceptional results.

We have made a significant investment in building an offering in key practice areas to support demand from our clients investing in or doing business in the Region. We have grown quickly to over 40 lawyers permanently based in our offices in the Region and are able to draw on a further 1600 lawyers globally.

Our approach

We act as a hub and a lead counsel across Asia on a range of different transactions and legal issues in the region. Where we do not have expertise in a particular area or location, we team up with our preferred service firm providers who are best-in-class in that area or location, in order to provide our clients with the best local expertise combined with our quality and proactive project management as an international law firm. The regular nature of our work with our preferred service firm providers enables us to ensure the quality, timing and cost effectiveness of their legal services.

Strategically located offices

With offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing, we are strategically positioned across Greater China and South-East Asia to support flows of capital as companies invest in and finance major projects both regionally (particularly on emerging markets) and internationally.

With our dedicated teams in the Region and in our ten other locations internationally, including Moscow and London, we are very well positioned to provide comprehensive legal support to both Russian and multinational investors interested in entering Chinese/ Japanese/ SEA markets or doing business in the Region, as well as to local clients considering outbound investments, including in Russia / the CIS or partnering with Russian corporates and banks.

Our cross-office Asian team is multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual. The majority of our lawyers are English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese speakers and are qualified in multiple jurisdictions, including England, Russia, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is also the only foreign law firm with lawyers authorised in Japan to advise on Russian law there. 

Listening to feedback from our clients for whom we have worked on Asia-related projects, they appreciate:

  • our experience of project-managing overseas legal teams, and sifting and stress-testing their work in order to deliver fully integrated advice and tailored solutions; 
  • a single point of contact to streamline the project and reduce demands on the in-house team; 
  • the flexibility of engaging the very best lawyers in the Region for a particular project. 

Our core sector expertise and strengths in Asia-based offices

Real Estate, infrastructure, transport, banking & investment, TMT and energy deals are at the heart of what we do in Asia. Whether our clients are buying, selling, investing in or developing a major capital asset, we furnish a full service offering across the entire life cycle. 

Our cross-office team provides clients with industry-specific legal expertise, unique skills in handling complex international transactions and a deep understanding of local perspectives and issues, wherever it might be required – in Japan, Greater China, South-East Asia or in Russia / the CIS.

Bringing together our local and global expertise, the emphasis is on supporting clients that invest in – or finance – high value real estate or capital assets including in infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, utilities, mining, telecommunications, commercial and retail developments, aviation, hotels and leisure.

Currently, jointly with our colleagues in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore, our Moscow-based Asia team is working on a few big Asia-related projects for major Russian clients and vice versa – Russia-related projects for Asian investors.

Greater China 

Our Beijing and Hong Kong offices focus primarily on providing world-class legal services to clients’ businesses domestically, regionally or globally. Our commercial and contentious teams support clients that operate, invest in or finance high value capital assets, ranging from infrastructure, hotels and major real estate developments to oil and gas, utilities, mining, shipping and aviation. 

Singapore

As the most critical commercial and trade hub for South East Asia, Singapore is the obvious choice for a strong commercial legal team to support foreign investment and intra-regional activity. We help clients address a wide range of issues, from structuring cross-border transactions to minimising regulatory risk. We offer expert advice across projects, finance, asset finance, corporate, dispute resolution and international arbitration, tax and trusts, in sectors such as energy and natural resources, real estate and infrastructure, aviation and shipping, as well as the private client sector.

Japan

Although we do not have yet local presence in Japan, we have some of the strongest Japanese speaking lawyers at our Clients’ disposal with huge experience in Japan. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is also the only foreign law firm with lawyers authorised in Japan to advise on Russian law there. We have lawyers on our team admitted in Japan as a Gaikokuho jimu bengoshi (Authorised Consultant in Foreign Law) for the laws of New York State and the Russian Federation and admitted to the Bar of the City of Moscow and the Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association.

Recent Deals

During the past five years, we have worked with our preferred firm network in Asia on over 350 matters covering China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

We deliver first-rate legal advice to a wide portfolio of Russian and international clients in Asia, including major public and private corporate organisations, financial institutions, government bodies and other prominent public sector organisations and private clients.

Experience

Asia Practice

GTLK Europe DAC

Assisting GTLK Europe DAC with preparing a complex roadmap and advising on the legal and tax structures for establishing a leasing platform in Hong Kong for aircraft and ship leasing, in order to assess the benefits available to such platform under the concessionary aircraft leasing tax regime introduced in Hong Kong in 2017 for leasing aircraft and ships to different jurisdictions and implement the establishment of such platform.

Export Import Bank of China (CEXIM)

Advised Export Import Bank of China (CEXIM) on refinancing of a major lessor’s acquisition of two A320 aircraft on lease to a Russian airline.

CITIC Telecom International

Advised CITIC Telecom International on acquisition of the telecommunication business of Linx Telecommunications, including Linx's 470 km optic fiber network in the Baltic Sea, and its network operations centers (NOCs) in Moscow and Tallinn, Estonia.

Consortium of Japanese energy companies

Advised a consortium of Japanese energy companies and conducted a due diligence review of a medium-sized Russian oil & gas company based in Irkutsk Region; reviewed its licences, project documentation, real estate rights to use the surface area above its oil & gas fields, title to its extraction facilities and private pipelines, environmental and other compliance.*

A Japanese government-controlled entity

Advised a Japanese government-controlled entity on its participation in an international consortium of sponsors for the development of the Kovykta gas and gas condensate field in Irkutsk Region, Russia.*

Japanese hotel chain

Providing comprehensive legal support to Japanese hotel chain within the Russian Federation, including on acquiring assets and advising on structuring of a hotel business in Russia.

A Russian power generating company

Advised a Russian power generating company on joint venture arrangements with a Chinese partner in respect of potential projects to build and operate storage-based hydroelectric and flood control dams.

Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, BOCOM International Securities

Advised Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, BOCOM International Securities in connection with HKD 2.6 bn global offering and Hong Kong listing of Mingfa Group (International) Company Limited, a leading and well-known property developer in China.

A major Chinese development bank

Advised a major Chinese development bank on allocating a USD 1.43 bn facility for financing a RUSAL Taishet Ltd. aluminum plant.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Represented The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a five-year loan to finance the initial development of an Arctic oil field in the Komi Republic in the north-eastern part of European Russia by a small independent operator committed to environmental improvements and transparency; the borrower, OOO Pechora Energy is a 100-per cent Russian subsidiary of UK-registered Concorde Oil and Gas plc.*

EBRD, the US Export-Import Bank, JBIC and ECGD

Advised The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the US Export-Import Bank, JBIC and ECGD as secured lenders to the Sakhalin II PSA Project on Sakhalin Island, Russia.*

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