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David Kuo

David Kuo

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Central, Hong Kong, HKG

David Kuo is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Primary Focus & Experience
David has extensive experience in a broad range of transactions in Asia and the U.S., including representing investment banks and issuers in a variety of debt and equity –linked capital markets transactions (including high yield, investment grade, RMB, convertibles and corporate hybrids) and liability management exercises (including debt restructuring, tender offers and exchange offers).  David also regularly advises on a wide range of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, business combinations and private equity transactions.

David’s recent experience includes representing:

  • Brookfield Property Partners, a U.S. listed company focused on operating and investments in commercial real estate, on its USD500 million pre-IPO investment in China Xintiandi, a subsidiary of Shui On Land, a Hong Kong listed real estate property developer in the China;
  • Ule Group Holdings, an e-commerce company and a joint venture between China Post, a Chinese stated owned enterprise, and TOM Group Limited, a Hong Kong listed media company, on its pre-IPO financing by strategic and financial investors;
  • Blackstone, Capital International, Carlyle Group, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and PGGM on various private equity transactions in China;
  • Jinchuan Group Limited, one of the largest global base metal producers on its approximately USD1.36bn unsolicited take-over of Metorex Limited, a South Africa based on Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed producer of copper and cobalt, by way of a scheme of arrangement;
  • Barclays Bank PLC, as the sole manager, on the bifurcated tender offer and consent solicitation for 21Vianet’s RMB 1 billion bonds, to be funded by the concurrent offering of new RMB 2 billion bonds. This is the first tender offer effected for bonds traded over the CMU system;
  • Bank of China International, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and UBS, as joint global coordinators, and other banks on the dual currency and dual tranche concurrent offering by CNOOC Curtis Funding No. 1 Pty Ltd. for US1.3 billion USD senior notes due 2023 and Euro 500 million senior notes due 2023, both of which guaranteed by CNOOC; and
  • China Automation Group, a safety systems supplier whose shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, on its debut issue of USD200m high yield bonds.

Columbia Law School, J.D.

Hong Kong, Solicitor

Recognition & Accomplishments
David is ranked in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2013; 2014) and Chambers Asia-Pacific (2013; 2014; 2015) in the category of Corporate/M&A, and is listed as a Rising Star in Private Equity by IFLR1000 (2014; 2015).


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