Simon Leung Partner, Finance, Baker & McKenzie Simon Leung Partner, Finance, Baker & McKenzie
Mr. Leung’s practice focuses on structured finance, acquisition finance, project and export credit loans and general banking matters, with a particular focus on cross-border PRC related financing transactions.
- Representing a major Chinese policy bank in relation to a project finance transaction for the development of a 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant in Pakistan, with insurance coverage on the equity investment of the project sponsor and credit insurance protection for the lender to be provided by Sinosure. This is one of the first major project financing transactons under the OBOR initiatives which has achieved financial close. - Acting for China CITIC Bank in relation to a US$1.01 billion loan facility for the acquisition of Outfit7 Investments Limited by a Chinese consortium. - Acting for a lending syndicate comprising Chinese and overseas lender in relation to a US$800 million loan facility for the acquisition of NXP B.V. by a Chinese consortium. - Acting on a number of Sinosure-supported buyer credit facilities provided by lending syndicates to the leading electricity company in Vietnam for the development of the coal-fired power and hydropower projects in Vietnam. - Acting for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on the acquisiton of a majority stake in the Toulouse Airport in France by a Chinese consortium. - Advising Bank of China as the lead arranger on the financing for the acquisition of Hamley’s Group in England by C.Banner International Holdings. - Advising Bank of China Hungary and Moscow Branches on a property financing for the development of a shopping mall in St. Petersburg by a consortium comprising a Chinese sponsor and a Finnish listed property developer. - Acting for Bank of China in connection with an export credit facility to a telecommunication company in the Democratic Republic of Congo in respect of purchase of telecommunication equipment from a Chinese supplier. - Representing a Hong Kong-registered investment firm formed by five large Chinese companies as borrower in relation to an acquisition finance facility made available for the purpose of a strategic investment in a leading niobium manufacturer in Brazil. - Acting for a syndicate of Chinese banks in connection with a commercial tranche and a Sinosure-supported tranche of facilities in connection with the financing of a telecommunication network and services construction project for a major Cambodian telecommunication company. - Acting for a Chinese bank in connection with a Sinosure-supported export credit facility to finance the development of a telecommunication network in Kazakhstan. - Advising a Chinese policy bank as lender in connection with a loan facility with respect to the development of a new steel mill in Texas, the United States. - Acting for PRC lenders in relation to a Sinosure-supported export credit financing for the acquisition of mobile telecommunication network in India. Mr. Leung graduated from the University of Hong Kong with an LL.B. (1999) and P.C.LL (2000), and completed his post-graduate education at Oxford University with a BCL (2001). He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England and Wales. Neal Beatty Partner, Control Risks Pacific Limited Neal Beatty Partner, Control Risks Pacific Limited
Neal Beatty is a Partner and General Manager of Control Risks’ Hong Kong office. In this role, he is responsible for client relationships in Hong Kong, developing new business with multinational clients, and advising on areas of business risk that impact their operations in Hong Kong, Greater China and the Asia Pacific region.
Neal also consults with clients on issues relating to strategic risk management and crisis preparedness, including restructuring and reputational issues. He has assisted clients dealing with sensitive internal compliance and business continuity issue and regularly conducts crisis management workshops with senior management groups. A fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker, Neal regularly gives presentations to both MNC and Chinese companies on a range of business risk-related issues. Recent projects that Neal was involved in include: - A complex internal fraud issue where a manufacturing client needed to gather evidence and then plan carefully for the eventual exit of a number of key sales staff - Assisting a large multinational client with planning for an extensive restructuring of their operations in China - Advising a technology company on the risks around their market entry into China Before his appointment as General Manager of Control Risks Hong Kong, Neal was based in Control Risks' Shanghai office. During that time, he was the Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai (April 2013 – May 2015)) and has spent most of the last 25 years living and working in Greater China. Before joining Control Risks, Neal worked as head of security in China for a large US financial institution, based in Beijing. Prior to this, Neal worked in Shanghai as a manager for a risk management consulting firm and in Taiwan for the Swiss group Société Générale de Surveillance. Neal holds a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds and a BSc in chemistry from Warwick University, both in the UK. David Chao First Vice President, United Overseas Bank Limited David Chao First Vice President, United Overseas Bank Limited
David Chao joined United Overseas Bank (UOB) Hong Kong in 2013 to lead the bank’s newly set-up Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Advisory unit. The FDI Advisory unit facilitates the bank’s clients with their trade and investment flows between Greater China and Southeast Asia. In 2015, the FDI Advisory unit won the HKB International Business Award and in 2016, the FDI unit won the UOB Hong Kong Customer Commitment Award – bestowed for outstanding client service. David has been routinely asked by organizations such as the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Belt and Road Summit and government bodies such as the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong, to speak and moderate at public forums on FDI flows and trends. To date, David has facilitated over 100 investment deals from Greater China to Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Prior to working in Hong Kong, David worked in several Asia Pacific countries building strong business and governmental networks through providing advisory services to facilitate investments between China and Southeast Asia. David started his investment career in New York as an analyst with Goldman Sachs, followed by over 5 years as an equities investment analyst at Balyasny Asset Management and Visium Funds. David has substantial experience in investing in healthcare services and technology companies in emerging markets. David is a U.S. Congress-Bundestag Scholar and received a BA cum laude degree in International Political Economy from Cornell University where he was selected as a Meinig Family National Scholar. He completed his General Course in economics at the London School of Economics and Master’s Degree in International Affairs at the University of Hong Kong, specializing in the political economy of China and Southeast Asia. David has also studied at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and completed a short-term research sabbatical on Chinese outbound investment at Peking University in the summer of 2016. David is an active member of the AmCham Hong Kong, serving as the Vice Chair of the Trade and Investment Committee and has been a guest lecturer in 2017 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Graduate School of Business’ Belt and Road Series. Tara Joseph President, The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong Tara Joseph President, The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Tara Joseph is the President of AmCham Hong Kong. In her 22 years as journalist, she has reported on hundreds of the world’s most important and high profile news stories including Russia’s financial crisis, Myanmar’s emergence from virtual isolation, China's rise on the world stage and the Beijing Olympics to name a few. Earlier in her career, Tara was the editor and main presenter of Reuters Financial Television based in London, and covered emerging markets and G7 economic issues. She has twice served as President of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest press clubs.