Case Studies

Cross-Border IPO for China-Based Company

In 2014, Patterson Belknap acted as depositary counsel for a multinational financial institution in facilitating the largest cross-border IPO for a China-based limited holding company. The firm’s client acted, among others, as depositary bank for the NYSE-listed American Depositary Shares. In this transaction, in excess of $24.0 billion was raised including the sale of equity interests by existing shareholders. Subsequent to the closing of the IPO, Patterson Belknap has been instrumental in structuring cross-border transactions for holding company’s affiliates, including multi-jurisdictional equity based financing for these affiliates.

Telecommunications Company Corporate Debt Refinancing

In 2014, Patterson Belknap acted as issuer’s counsel in connection with the refinancing of corporate debt for a Barbados-based telecommunications company that owns and operates subsea fiber optic cable networks in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The $1.25 billion multi-jurisdictional financing included a repayment of existing debt, the release of collateral in multiple jurisdictions and the listing of notes on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Since closing the refinancing, Patterson Belknap has advised the client as to covenant matters in connection with its sale of to a multinational telecommunications company headquartered in London.

Global Depositary Notes (GDNs) Counsel

Patterson Belknap has acted as counsel for a GDN depositary in developing sovereign debt-based GDN programs from 16 countries. In addition to performing the legal due diligence for each of the jurisdictions, the firm has assisted in structuring the GDN programs to address legal and practical issues raised by the legal and infrastructural requirements of each of these jurisdictions and in preparing the applicable transaction documentation.