James Grandolfo is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and has over 20 years of experience advising corporations, investment banks and financial investors in connection with capital markets, leveraged finance, private equity and other corporate finance transactions. James has been based in Hong Kong since 2000 and closed deals in most every major country in Asia.
James regularly represents issuers, including corporates, banks, sovereigns and quasi sovereigns, and investment banks in a variety of debt, equity and equity-linked capital markets transactions. These include investment grade, high yield, regulatory capital, corporate hybrids, Rule 144A and Regulation S transactions and SEC-registered offerings, privatisations and debt repurchases including tender and exchange offers. James also acts for corporates and investors on a wide range of joint venture, leverage finance and private equity transactions.
James is a top tier ranked lawyer in the Philippines and India by Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 and Chambers Global, 2015. James also received strong editorial mentions in the latest edition of Legal500 Asia Pacific 2015 for his work in the Philippine and in the areas of Debt and Equity Capital Markets in Hong Kong. In the 2015 IFLR1000 guide, James is listed as a leading lawyer in Hong Kong in Debt Capital Markets and Equity Capital Markets.
James is the Vice-Chair of the International Securities Law Committee of the American Bar Association as well as the Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Corporate & Securities Law in Hong Kong.
Education Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
Hobart College, B.A.
Admissions New York
Registered foreign lawyer, Hong Kong
Mina Park is a director and deputy general counsel at Citi, focusing on equity and debt capital markets, mergers & acquisitions advisory and investment banking. She joined Citi in 2007, first in London and relocated to Hong Kong in 2010. In her current role, Mina covers the Asia-Pacific region, ex-Japan and Australia. Prior to joining Citi, Mina was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and London.
Mina is a graduate of New York University School of Law and received her B.A. from Harvard University. She is a member of the New York bar.
As head of our corporate practice in Asia and managing partner of Freshfields Singapore, Stephen helped build a practice that has acted on many of the world’s most significant capital markets offerings and been responsible for many innovations in capital markets globally.
Stephen works on all types of capital market transactions – IPOs, equity offerings, rights issues, debt offerings, high-yield debt and hybrids of all kinds – many with a cross-border element and involving emerging markets. He also has an active M&A practice.
He is a hands-on partner, always available for clients, and gets fully involved in the prospectus drafting process. He has particular experience of dual listings and has worked on transactions involving ‘duals’ listed on Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, London, Almaty, Zagreb, Prague, Moscow, Kiev and several western European countries. He has spent time on secondment to clients and works hard at understanding client goals and challenges.
He works for both issuers and underwriters and has a deep understanding of market norms and practices, including the need to respect the fact that all issuers are different. His relationships with securities regulators around the world gives him a clear perspective and understanding of the policy drivers for disclosure documents.
Stephen has worked for nearly seven years in the US, for some of this time as US managing partner, and has worked in various countries around the world, including many emerging markets. He is a highly experienced emerging markets specialist – one who can get the job done to international standards in a developing business and legal environment.
“With ‘great knowledge’, Stephen Revell is ‘the standout star, hands-on and very user friendly”’ Legal 500.
Qualifications and education
Stephen was educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge and is admitted to practice in England and in Hong Kong.