Chandler MHM establishes regional hub for cross-border deal flow
Chandler MHM has a roster of Thai, Japanese and American lawyers who know the market, each bringing specific expertise to a fully integrated legal practice
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Cross-border deals with syndicated financing for infrastructure projects in emerging markets and mergers and acquisitions (M&As) involving Southeast Asian parties have been driving deal flow in Asia for several years now. For such complex transactions, the expertise and network of Chandler MHM (CMHM) are invaluable in cultivating ties that bind.
“Relationships remain fundamentally important within Asia,” says Satoshi Kawai, CMHM managing partner. “Our clients still require the human touch.”
A leading independent law firm in Thailand, which is considered Southeast Asia’s hub with its central location and tremendous growth opportunities, CMHM draws on more than 40 years of experience in emerging markets. Combining Thailand’s Chandler and Thong-ek Law Offices and Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, one of the big four law firms in Japan, CMHM is differentiated with a roster of Thai, Japanese and American lawyers who know the market, each bringing a specific expertise to a fully integrated legal practice. The team is distinguished for its focus on client needs, commitment to precision in deal execution and capability to create long-lasting solutions.
Among CMHM’s many landmark accomplishments is the financial closing of the US$1 billion Nam Theun 1 hydroelectric power project in Laos, so far the largest cross-border energy undertaking between Thailand and Laos this year. The firm also represented major international banks that financed US$1.95 billion as part of the US$3.5 billion acquisition by Thai Beverage of a controlling stake in Vietnam’s largest brewery.
Specialising in complex cross-border deals especially in energy, infrastructure and M&As, CMHM has added an office in Ho Chi Minh City to its network spanning Thailand, Japan, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Yangon and Jakarta.
“We are focused on maintaining relationships with players that influence the growth within these markets to follow the needs of our clients,” Kawai says.
CMHM has a global reach with long-standing relationships in all jurisdictions, and welcomes new partners in upcoming markets.