Global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Orrick) represented 361 Degrees International Ltd. (361°), a leading Chinese sportswear company, in its HK$1.8 billion (US$233 million) listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) with a global initial public offering, including a U.S. Rule 144A placement. The company’s shares began trading on the SEHK on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
Representing the second-largest Hong Kong initial public offering this year, 361° sold 500 million new shares—representing a 25-percent stake—through the global offering. Merrill Lynch Far East Limited and CCB International Capital Limited were the joint lead managers.
Based in Fujian, southern China, and established in 2003, 361° is one of China's fastest-growing sportswear companies. Its products are sold at more than 5,900 361° authorized retail outlets in 31 provinces and most major cities in China.
A group of Hong Kong- and U.S.-qualified capital markets lawyers from Orrick's Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, led by partners Edwin Luk and David Cho, represented the company.
"We are delighted to have advised 361° in this successful Hong Kong IPO and global offering," commented Edwin Luk. "As the markets slowly start to pick up again, we expect to see many more of our clients listing over the coming year."
David Cho added: "Orrick's team of Hong Kong and U.S. capital markets lawyers is committed to helping Asian companies such as 361° with their growth strategies, from pre-IPO and private equity financing to global equity offerings, including IPOs, which allow access to international markets and investors."
Orrick's Greater China team of nearly 90 legal professionals in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai has a 35-year track record in advising Chinese and international clients on domestic and cross-border matters, including mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, securities offerings, private equity, investment funds, securitization and structured finance, real estate finance and development, project finance, litigation and arbitration, intellectual property, restructuring, competition and antitrust law.
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