14 January 2022
Tiang & Partners has been recognised by Chambers & Partners, an independent publication which ranks the region's top legal firms and practitioners, in its latest three guides in the 2022 editions: Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Greater China Region and Chambers FinTech Legal.
Collectively, the firm has achieved three firm and six lawyer rankings. Amongst the achievements, Michelle Taylor has once again been ranked Band 1 for Capital Markets: Securitisation for both China and South Korea.
A summary of the rankings is as follows:
Chambers Greater China 2022 edition:
- Capital Markets: Securitisation (International Firms) – Band 2
- Aviation: Finance (International Firms) – Band 4
Chambers Fintech 2022 edition:
- FinTech Legal (International Firms) in China – Band 3
Chambers Greater China 2022 edition:
- Michelle Taylor: Capital Markets: Securitisation (International Firms) in China – Band 1
- Tejaswi Nimmagadda: Aviation: Finance (International Firms) in China – Band 3
- Chiang Ling Li: Intellectual Property (International Firms) in China – Band 3
- Martyn Huckerby: Competition/Antitrust (International Firms) in China – Band 4
- Gaven Cheong: Investment Funds (International Firms) in China – Up and Coming
- Nai Kwok: Aviation: Finance (International Firms) in China – Up and Coming
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 edition:
- Michelle Taylor: Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives: International Firms in South Korea – Band 1
Chambers reviews (including testimonials):
- Tiang & Partners offers clients a specialised securitisation team in Hong Kong. Regularly acts for arrangers, swap providers and note trustees on the securitisation of credit card receivables and mortgage loan receivables. Also advises note agents on securitisation programmes. Noted for strength advising on Korea-related matters. (Capital Markets: Securitisation)
- Tiang & Partners fields an established banking and finance practice which is regularly sought after by well-known domestic and international clients, including banks and leasing companies. Noted for its specialist advice on portfolio sales and acquisitions, financing and leasing as well as securitisations in the aviation space. Provides one-stop service to clients by leveraging its global network and working with teams based in other jurisdictions, including Singapore, Japan, Australia and the UK. (Aviation: Finance)
- The team is lauded by one client because they "know what matters and go straight to the point." "They are both practical and creative in their approach to problem solving," another source reports. (Aviation: Finance)
- Tiang & Partners is an independent Hong Kong firm working closely with PwC Legal. The Hong Kong-based firm is a recognised legal authority to the international crypto community and has supported countless clients through their token sales and ICOs. Tiang & Partners has also advised on financial regulation, KYC, cybersecurity, corporate governance and tax matters for cryptoexchanges, blockchain projects and token mining enterprises, among others. Gaven Cheong heads the firm's investment funds practice. (Fintech Legal)
- Michelle Taylor is widely held to be one of the strongest securitisation lawyers in the market. She is based in Tiang & Partners' Hong Kong office but boasts noted South Korea-related expertise. A client confirms this, stating: "She is a key person in the Korean securitisation market and very much committed to responding to the questions and comments of the parties involved at any stages of a transaction." Another client asserts that she is "one of the best securitisation lawyers in Asia-Pacific."
- Michelle Taylor of Hong Kong-based Tiang & Partners continues to assist clients with securitisation and structured finance matters. A client states: "She is a key person in the Korean securitisation market and very much committed to responding to the questions and comments of the parties involved, at any stage of a transaction." A second client likes that "she is on top of all aspects of a deal," and a market source lauds: "Michelle has a wealth of knowledge and is very adept at dealing with sensitive situations."
- Tejaswi Nimmagadda is recognised for handling complex deals in the Asia-Pacific region. He remains a popular choice of counsel among Chinese and foreign clients on aircraft financing and leasing transactions. A client applauds him for being "very technically excellent," and "creative in his approach to dealing with issues."
- Kwok Nai is an up-and-coming lawyer who is actively building his reputation in the aviation area. He ably advises on multi-jurisdictional financing matters, including JOLCO deals.
- Martyn Huckerby of Tiang & Partners is well versed in Hong Kong antitrust regulation and in particular is well regarded for his TMT expertise. Clients praise him for his "clear communication and ability to efficiently manage the workstream."
- Li Chiang Ling joined Tiang & Partners in 2021. The Hong Kong-based lawyer is highly skilled in handling patent and trade secrets disputes as well as brand protection mandates and licensing agreements, especially when it comes to representing clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. Sources say: "Li is good in patent work and has been practising for a long time."
- Gaven Cheong of Tiang & Partners is the head of the investment funds team. He advises hedge fund managers on the formation of novel funds, including in the cryptocurrency space.
Chambers & Partners ranks lawyers and law firms based on several factors and considerations. The research team analyses the information gathered via submissions and interviews based on a set of key factors and considerations, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence and commitment. Full rankings can be found here.