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Banking and Finance

Banking and Finance

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Cambodia

Laos

Myanmar

Thailand

Vietnam

OVERVIEW

We know that finance is about more than just numbers.

Capital empowers investors, entrepreneurs, and corporations to effect change, and Tilleke & Gibbins is dedicated to helping clients access capital in Southeast Asia. Through long-term relationships with domestic and international businesses, financial institutions, investors, and regulators, we consistently deliver insight and results to both borrowers and lenders to facilitate the region’s largest projects, groundbreaking real estate transactions, and most ambitious businesses.

Our banking and finance team is also trusted by major local and foreign banks, securities brokers and dealers, equity and investment firms, and other financial institutions to assist with their lending activities, market entry, and day-to-day operations in the region. Through our advice on licensing and establishment, regulatory compliance, acquisitions and joint ventures, and every other aspect of operations, we have helped the region’s leading banking institutions thrive in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia.

We are also proud to be a trusted authority on technological solutions in the industry, with our robust technology industry group working with some of the world’s most innovative companies on fintech, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and cybersecurity matters.

Experience

  • Served as local counsel to a Chinese bank in a USD 60,000,000 loan transaction to finance a portion of an expressway project. We also advised the bank with respect to a USD 6,500,000 loan transaction to finance an automotive assembly company.
  • Advised a multinational financial institution on documents required from a Thai company as security for financing of over GBP 28,000,000 for a major construction project. We acted as Thai legal advisers when our client lent an initial GBP 23,500,000 in a refinancing of facilities. We provided legal opinions on the transaction from a Thai law perspective and, subsequently, on amendments and restatements of the facilities agreement.
  • Represented a global American investment bank, in a joint investment with an American private equity firm, in providing an unusually complex USD 235 million equity injection to a Thai property developer, to enable the development and completion of a mixed-use 77-storey luxury skyscraper and a nearby retail building in Bangkok’s central business district.
  • Completely redesigned corporate governance for one of the largest financial institutions in Myanmar by advising on and implementing best practice international corporate governance policies and procedures across all of the bank’s departments.
  • Retained by one of the fastest growing and most innovative banks in Cambodia to advise on a wide range of matters, including facilities offerings, digital transformation and fintech, KYC requirements, data protection, and various other matters related to their operations.
  • Represented two major Japanese banks in preparing security documents for a syndicated loan financing valued at approximately USD 190 million.
  • Represented a private equity fund controlled by a subsidiary of one of Asia’s largest banking and finance groups. A Share Subscription and Investment Agreement, an Undertaking Agreement, and a Disclosure Letter were prepared for investment into a major rubber company in Thailand.
  • Represented a leading export finance institution in structuring a substantial and complex loan to a company in Vietnam and in registering the loan with the State Bank of Vietnam.
  • Assisted the leading investment banking firm in Vietnam with obtaining an investment license for a landmark project in central Vietnam. This development involves complex sub-units and various financing structures.
  • Advised a North American banking institution on a host of Vietnamese banking regulations regarding investment accounts, electronic banking, check clearing and international payment services, ACH transactions, foreign exchange services, and other issues.
  • Advised a coalition of European banks regarding Vietnamese law on secured aircraft finance and provided annual updates on changes to same.
  • Advised a consortium of financial institutions on telecommunications laws in connection with their bids to provide credit facilities (totaling THB 15.85 billion) to a major telecommunications operator for the expansion of a 3G mobile network and infrastructure.

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