Capital Markets Partner David Johnson to Lead O’Melveny’s Hong Kong Office

May 17, 2012



Julie Fei                                                            Josh Gartner                                                      

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HONG KONG ─ MAY 17, 2012 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP announced that longtime capital markets partner David Johnson is the new head of the Hong Kong office, relocating from the Firm's Century City office.


Recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer by such prestigious rankings organizations as Chambers, Legal 500, and International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Johnson is a former global head of O’Melveny’s Transactions Department, responsible for developing and spearheading the group’s worldwide strategy. He brings to Hong Kong 25 years of experience representing corporations, funds, and investment banks in all aspects of capital formation, strategic advice, and restructuring involving the international financial markets.  Johnson is highly sought after by companies, boards, and special committees as a trusted legal advisor on disclosure, strategic alternatives, corporate governance matters, and high-profile public company transactions.


Specifically, Johnson has advised issuers, financial institutions, and investment funds on an array of complex public and private equity and debt capital markets offerings, and PIPE transactions for such global companies as Toyota Motor Credit Corp., International Lease Finance Corp., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Avenue Capital, and Lions Gate Entertainment. Johnson also has handled a number of restructurings, including for companies in the financial services, retail, technology, media, telecommunications, and healthcare industries. Over the years he also has advised issuers and deal managers on a number of high-profile US IPOs of China-based companies such as Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, ATA Inc., and Focus Media. A list of notable transactions led by Johnson is included below.


“Expanding our Hong Kong office capabilities and strengthening our capital markets practice are key components of our larger plans for growing O’Melveny’s presence in Asia and we’re fortunate to have Dave Johnson leading those efforts,” said Bradley J. Butwin, chair of O’Melveny. “D.J.’s experience helping clients with a broad range of corporate finance transactions and serving as a boardroom-level advisor will be important to increasing the breadth of offerings to our clients in Hong Kong and globally.”


Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, O’Melveny’s Asia Transactions Practice has been involved in some of the most important financing deals in the region.  In both the equity and debt arenas, the capital markets team handles groundbreaking dim sum bond offerings, as well as complex securitizations, take-private transactions, and a long pipeline of listings assignments in Hong Kong. O’Melveny’s award-winning China funds team excels in renminbi funds work and in navigating the PRC regulatory landscape. The mergers and acquisition lawyers are noted for their frequent representations of multinational and Chinese corporate and fund clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and direct investment projects. In Southeast Asia, the mergers and acquisitions team deploys a wide array of equity and debt investment techniques, including preference shares, hybrid instruments, convertible debt, mezzanine and high-yield financing to handle the most complex special situations and to structure offshore investments into emerging markets. The China private equity group has extensive experience negotiating and structuring complicated investments and acquisitions for a diverse client base.


“The Firm’s practice in Asia is one of our proudest achievements. Very few international firms can match the level of our offerings across China, Japan, India, Korea, Singapore, and Southeast Asia, and now with our new associated office, Indonesia,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to continue my work with our great team here in Asia, but now located in Hong Kong. I am looking forward to being even more involved in the great work we do for clients in the region.”


About O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Asia Practice

O'Melveny & Myers LLP began its practice in Asia nearly 25 years ago, and over this time we have become one of the most respected and full-service legal service providers in the region.  The Firm maintains large offices in the most important political and commercial centers of Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, and Jakarta*.  Most of our lawyers are native to the region, understand the local law and business practices, speak the local languages, and, most importantly, function as an integrated team that taps the Firm’s vast resources in Asia and globally, delivering value and expediency to its clients.  For more information, please visit www.omm.com.
*in association with Tumbuan & Partners


About O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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Johnson has:

  • represented the underwriters in a US$1 billion and a US$2.5 billion notes offering for Toyota Motor Credit Corporation in 2011;
  • represented Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. in a number of debt and equity offerings, including high-yield debt offerings totaling US$436 million and the public offering of 22 million common shares of stock held by Icahn;
  • advised the joint book-runners in Shell International Finance’s 2010 US$2.75 billion notes offering in 2010;
  • represented bondholders in negotiated exchange with Six Flags, Inc. of three tranches of senior notes aggregate of US$1.1 billion;
  • represented Ambassadors International, Inc. in registered tender offer and exchange with existing bondholders in 2009 and 2010;
  • advised Qwest Communications on a number of important deals over the years, including a US$12.9 billion exchange offer and consent solicitation, and a senior notes offering, a cash tender, and a revolving credit facility—each valued at more than US$1 billion;
  • represented ATA Inc. in its 2008 IPO, valued at approximately US$46.3 million;
  • advised the joint lead managers of Focus Media’s US$172 million initial public offering in 2005, which at that time was the largest NASDAQ listing of a Chinese company;
  • advised Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited and its selling shareholders on the company’s high-profile US$156 million IPO in 2004.