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Tiang & Partners recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 in Hong Kong and South Korea

14 January 2022

Tiang & Partners has been once again recognised by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022, an independent publication which ranks top legal firms and practitioners in over 150 jurisdictions.

The firm has achieved five firm rankings and seven lawyer recommendations. Of particular note, our Structured Finance & Securitisation team and Aviation Finance team have received firm rankings as well as individual mentions for each team member.

A summary of the rankings is as follows:

Ranked practices:

  • Structured Finance and Securitisation in Hong Kong – Tier 2
  • Antitrust and Competition in Hong Kong – Tier 3
  • Asset Finance: Aviation Finance in Hong Kong – Tier 3
  • Capital Markets: Foreign Firms in South Korea – Tier 4
  • Corporate (including M&A) in Hong Kong – Firms to Watch (new ranking)

Ranked individuals:

  • Michelle Taylor – Structured Finance and Securitisation in Hong Kong – Leading individual
  • Michelle Taylor – Capital Markets: Foreign Firms in South Korea – Recommended individual
  • Tejaswi Nimmagadda – Asset Finance: Aviation Finance in Hong Kong – Recommended individual
  • Martyn Huckerby – Antitrust and Competition in Hong Kong – Recommended individual
  • Kevin Tsang – Structured Finance and Securitisation in Hong Kong, and Capital Markets: Foreign Firms in South Korea – Recommended individual
  • Nai Kwok – Asset Finance: Aviation Finance in Hong Kong – Recommended individual
  • David Law – Structured Finance and Securitisation in Hong Kong – Recommended individual
  • Charissa Chu – Asset Finance: Aviation Finance in Hong Kong – Recommended individual

Legal 500 reviews:

  • Since its establishment in 2017, Tiang & Partners has developed a strong reputation for securitisation work. Team head Michelle Taylor has been instrumental in the firm picking up work from foreign banks in relation to securitisations involving a range of asset classes, including credit card receivables and auto loans. Taylor has a particular specialism in handling work with a nexus to Korea, although her broader practice involves matters spanning the whole of the Asia Pacific region. (Structured Finance and Securitisation)
  • Independent Hong Kong firm Tiang & Partners works in collaboration with Big Four accounting outfit PwC, combining local expertise with global reach. The practice handles a broad range of competition and antitrust matters, including merger clearance, regulatory investigations, strategic advice and compliance. (Antitrust and Competition)
  • Independent Hong Kong firm Tiang & Partners works in collaboration with the PwC global network and is well known in the asset finance space for handling aviation finance work. It acts for western financiers investing in China and for Chinese clients on outbound transactions. Areas of focus for the practice include the sale and purchase, financing and leasing of aircraft, engines and other equipment, and also and dispute resolution. The team is headed by Michelle Taylor and Tejaswi Nimmagadda who is qualified in Hong Kong, England and Wales, New York and New South Wales. (Asset Finance: Aviation finance)
  • Independent Hong Kong firm Tiang & Partners operates in collaboration with the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Legal to serve as a one-stop for M&A transactions encompassing both local and international law. Rebecca Silli is the key contact. (Corporate (including M&A))
  • Practice head Michelle Taylor and the capital markets team at Tiang & Partners focuses on asset-backed securitisation, with extensive experience as international legal counsel on Korean cross-border and domestic securitisation transactions. Counsel Kevin Tsang is a key member of the team and advises a wide range of industries such as aviation, real estate and automobile, across the Asia Pacific region. (Capital Markets: Foreign Firms in South Korea)

Testimonials:

  • The team is technically very strong and provides great client service. There is also a lot of partner involvement and you know you are in good hands with this team.’ (Structured Finance and Securitisation)
  • ‘Michelle Taylor has a very loyal following amongst the arrangers and originators.’
  • ‘Kevin Tsang is a rising star who is practical and very hardworking.’
  • ‘The value of the advice from Tiang & Partners was high’. (Antitrust and Competition)
  • “Martyn Huckerby was great in handling the requests of founding members and guiding the process during the critical phase of obtaining the required clearances from a various set of regulators’.
  • ‘Martyn Huckerby has been able to assist us greatly in navigating the issues’.
  • ‘Tiang and Partners team has very extensive knowledge and experience in Korean securitization markets and the relevant Korean laws. ’ (Capital Markets: Foreign Firms in South Korea)
  • ‘Michelle Taylor is remarkable in understanding various parties’ commercial positions and always prepared to accommodate the parties’ commercial agreements into documentation and to address local law issues as well. ’

Legal 500 ranks lawyers and law firms using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Assessment is based on information gathered via submissions and interviews taking into consideration a wide variety of factors including legal technical ability, bench strength, cross-practice abilities, client service, and market standing.

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