Equity & Debt Financing

Our corporate and finance team offers comprehensive legal services to support our clients in respect of equity and debt transactions, as well as banking and finance, including joint ventures and strategic alliances, equity and quasi-equity investments and debt, project and acquisition financing, and restructuring of financings.

The GPS corporate and finance team has advised clients on the following transactions:

Equity Financing/Joint Ventures/Foreign Direct Investment

  • Hong Kong-based company most known for operating food, beverage and restaurant chains regarding general commercial matters including with respect to certain cross-border joint ventures in Mainland China
  • Australian blockchain services company specialising in NFTs and blockchain technology regarding its Web3 partnership with an Australian association
  • Award-winning, global RegTech company headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Singapore, Mainland China, Ireland and the UK regarding a partnership underpinned by an investment with a global company as well as various capital injections by existing shareholders via issuance of additional shares – for details, see here
  • Venture capital firm with offices in Hong Kong and San Francisco regarding various investments in portfolio companies in Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Australian network-as-a-service technology company regarding its operations and joint venture projects in Hong Kong and Mainland China
  • Top 5 global alcohol manufacturer and distributor regarding negotiations and finalisation of a Mainland China-based joint venture with a multinational brewery and pub chain based in Scotland
  • Luxembourg-based fund with a focus in global investments in equity and tokens that support prominent technologies regarding its Web3 investments
  • Asset servicing firm dedicated to alternative asset services regarding a potential incoming investment by a growth equity investment firm that specialises in investing in high-growth companies offering innovative solutions
  • Gym company regarding its setup of a Hong Kong company for the purpose of opening and operating a new franchised gym in Hong Kong, with the franchisor being an Australia-based group of gyms that is known for their science-backed workout programs
  • Local startup in the business of door-to-door dog food delivery regarding its friends and family round of capital fundraising
  • Multinational travel group regarding its establishment of operations in Mainland China
  • Australian telecoms group regarding its establishment of operations in Mainland China

Debt Financing

  • Multinational bank regarding a multi-billion-dollar credit facility to finance amongst other things the acquisition of shares in various entities and intragroup loans
  • Multinational banks regarding numerous waivers, consents and amendments in relation to an existing multi-billion-dollar syndicated PPP project financing including issues relating to an impaired agent and security agent 
  • Multinational bank regarding certain amendments and waivers in relation to an existing financing for the acquisition of new build LNG barges
  • Multinational bank regarding the assignment of its debt in a syndicated asset financing EUR1 billion facility in the context of an impaired agent 
  • Multinational bank regarding the potential risks and mechanics of funded and risk sub-participations in respect of an existing syndicated dual currency term loan financing
  • Multinational banks regarding certain amendments to a consortium agreement relating to the construction of a multi-purpose fast neutron research reactor

Prior to GPS, Brett Stewien, a partner in our corporate and finance team, was the lead lawyer in advising clients on the following transactions:

Equity Financing/Joint Ventures/Foreign Direct Investment

  • Leading UK private equity house in respect of an acquisition of interests in a Hong Kong corporate fiduciary and corporate secretarial business
  • Hong Kong-based healthcare group regarding various joint ventures in Mainland China
  • Mainland Chinese private equity fund regarding its investment through a Mainland Chinese medical equipment company to acquire the R&D capabilities of an Italian orthopaedic equipment manufacturer
  • UK statutory body in respect of its establishment of a joint venture with the Mainland Chinese government for provision of heath-related training
  • Hong Kong healthcare services group in respect of its joint venture arrangements with one of the largest real estate developers in Mainland China
  • One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in respect of its co-investment in a Mainland Chinese biosciences business
  • Japanese media-focussed conglomerate regarding their establishment of a film joint venture with a Hong Kong media company and its listed parent
  • UK multinational alcoholic beverages company regarding the drafting and negotiation of joint venture contracts with a Chinese business partner for the establishment of first retail operations anywhere in the world
  • Global luxury group with respect to its restructuring of its South East Asian joint venture operations
  • High net worth individual regarding the establishment of a USD200 million investment with one of Australia's largest gaming companies for investments into gaming and other businesses worldwide
  • Luxembourg group regarding its investments into a structure for the Vietnamese real estate market
  • Swiss company specialising in integrated physiotherapy, rehabilitation and strength training regarding a joint venture with a Mainland Chinese partner to develop franchise gyms in Mainland China
  • UK manufacturer of household appliances with respect to its joint venture agreements, technology transfer agreements and cooperation arrangements with its Mainland Chinese partners and distributors
  • Italian investment group regarding its investment in the Mainland Chinese franchise operations of a French luxury food retailer
  • Multinational Australian energy company regarding its joint venture with a Mainland Chinese organisation to commercialise underground coal gasification to gas-to-liquids in Mainland China
  • US energy company regarding its establishment of operations in Mainland China
  • European alternative energy investor, producer and developer regarding the disposals of its interests, and creation of joint ventures for several projects in Mainland China
  • Multinational corporations regarding their establishments and acquisitions of renewable energy projects (including wind power and biomass) in Mainland China
  • Taiwanese group regarding its establishment of electric vehicles manufacturing operations in Mainland China and issues related to financing
  • One of the world’s largest supermarket chains regarding its establishment of supermarket operations in a number of cities in Mainland China
  • UK listed manufacturer regarding its establishment of operations for manufacturing games in Mainland China

Debt Financing/Financial Services

  • Various UK banks in respect of enforceability and capacity opinions and advice on facility agreements, security and guarantees in Hong Kong
  • One of Mainland China’s largest financial leasing companies regarding finance and leasing related contracts with a major UK bank
  • Multinational entertainment group in respect of negotiation of contracts for provision of branded corporate credit cards with Citibank across the Asia-Pacific
  • Global UK headquartered bank in respect of a fintech/payments related project, numerous hire purchase and equipment leasing agreements, facility agreements and corresponding guarantees with Hong Kong incorporated companies (private and publicly listed) and on local Hong Kong retail loan and guarantee documentation
  • UK licensed global payments facilitator regarding their Hong Kong (and regional)expansion, including advising them on the Hong Kong regulatory landscape and assisting them with necessary licensing
  • Global Middle Eastern and UK focussed bank regarding certain aspects of Islamic finance, share charge and debenture agreements involving assets and companies located in Hong Kong
  • World leading Mainland Chinese payments business in respect of terms and conditions for their international merchants in Hong Kong and Europe