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Second Annual Institute on Corporate & Securities Law in Hong Kong 2014

Author(s): Edward F. Greene, Stephen Revell, James Grandolfo, Mina Park
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, International Law
Published: May 2014
PLI Item #: 51745
CHB Spine #: B2104

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.

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
Hobart College, B.A.

New York
Registered foreign lawyer, Hong Kong

Edward F. Greene is senior counsel based in the New York office. Mr. Greene’s practice focuses on securities, corporate governance, regulatory and financial services reform and other corporate law matters.

Mr. Greene served as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1981 to 1982 and Director of the Division of Corporation Finance from 1979 to 1981. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Greene served as General Counsel of Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group.

Mr. Greene is the author of a number of leading books and law review articles, including U.S. Regulation of the International Securities and Derivatives Markets and The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Analysis and Practice, both of which were co-authored with several partners at Cleary Gottlieb and are widely used as essential sources of practical advice. Mr. Greene has been recognized as one of the best capital markets lawyers by Chambers Global.

Mr. Greene originally joined the firm in 1982 and returned in 2009. During his more than 20 year tenure at Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Greene was also resident in the firm’s Washington, Tokyo and London offices, and was the first licensed foreign lawyer to be admitted to practice law in Japan in 1987.

Mr. Greene received an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School in 1966 and an undergraduate degree from Amherst College in 1963. Mr. Greene is currently a Senior Research Scholar & Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and has been a Lecturer at the Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center. He was appointed to the Nomura Chair of International Securities Regulation (a part-time position) by the law faculty of the University of Tokyo for the 1989-1990 academic year, was Chairman of the Legal Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange from 1995 until 2001, and was a member of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Capital Formation and Regulatory Processes. Mr. Greene is on the Board of Advisors of the Capital Markets Law Journal, published by Oxford University Press, and a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).

Mr. Greene is a member of the Bar in New York.

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.